Skip to main content

Helen Appleton Read papers, [ca. 1920]-1974

Read, Helen Appleton, 1897-1974

Art historian, Gallery director, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 1.6 Linear feet

Summary: Correspondence, biographical data, writings, lectures, articles, printed material, scrapbooks, and photographs.
REEL N736: Five volumes of the Sunday art pages of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1922-1935.
REELS 3094-3096: Biographical data; correspondence with Samuel Reyburn, President of Lord and Taylor, concerning an exhibition of modern French decorative art; letters from Eugene Speicher and others and one from Rockwell Kent, 1946, discussing his relationship with Robert Henri; a transcript from the New York School Art League broadcast "Meet the Artist" in which Read discusses portrait painting; notes, lectures and articles; 4 scrapbooks containing biographical data, letters, exhibition invitations and catalogs from Portraits, Inc. and other galleries, clippings, her articles for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Smith College memorabilia and photographs; photographs of portraits, Read, her friends and family; and lecture announcements.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art critic for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and gallery director of Portraits, Inc., Portrait Center of America, New York, N.Y.


Material on reels 3094-3096 donated by Helen Read Trent, Read's daughter, 1975. Scrapbooks on reel N736 lent for microfilming by Helen Appleton Read, 1967. Read subsequently donated them to Smith College.

Location of Originals

  • Reel N736: Originals in Smith College Archives.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels N736 and 3094-3096 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.

How to Cite This Collection

Helen Appleton Read papers, [ca. 1920]-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.