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Hortense Ferne papers, 1889-1951

Ferne, Hortense T., 1885-1976

Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet, (50 items on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Letters from Harry Roseland, Edward Caswell, Francis C. Jones, Devitt Welsh, and John Taylor Arms; autographs of American literary and art figures, late 19th-20th centuries; catalogs of the Philadelphia Society of Etchers, 1928-1937; catalog, March 1906, of the American Association of Artists listing paintings sold for Moses Tanenbaum, Ferne's father, a collector; and 36 letters to Tanenbaum from painters James Gale Tyler, Arthur P. Tait, Thomas Moran, Edward L. Henry, Jules Worms, Frederick James, Arthur Parton, Henry P. Smith, and Frank Russell Greene, discussing the progress of Tanenbaum commissions Also includes autographs and sketches to Ferne and two letters from Stephen Massett and William H. Payne.

Biographical/Historical Note

Hortense Tanenbaum Ferne was a painter, etcher, and lithographer in New York, New York. and Philadelphia. Ferne's father, Moses Tanenbaum, was a collector. She married Herman Fernberger (sometimes listed as Ferneberger) in 1906 and in 1940 changed her name legally to Ferne.


Donated 1971 by Hortense Ferne. Her father's letters were re-microfilmed on reel 97. Some of the materials on reels 50-51 were returned to Ferne after microfilming.

Location of Originals

  • Some originals were retained by Hortense Ferne after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 50-51 and 97 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. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Hortense Ferne papers, 1889-1951. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.