Scope and Contents
Papers kept by Jane Richardson Hanks relating to the friendship between her mother, Maud Wilkinson Richardson and the painter William Keith measures 0.02 linear feet and consists of six items and date 1898 to 1905. Included is documentation on a painting Kilmeny that Keith gave to Wilkinson as a wedding gift upon her marriage to Leon J. Richardson in 1900. The painting, as well as Keith's nickname of "Kilmeny" for Maud were inspired by Maud's and Keith's admiration for the poem "Kilmeny" by Scottish author James Hogg written in 1813.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated in 2017 by Michael L. Heslip, a painting conservator who received the material from Jane Hanks when Heslip was treating the painting Kilmeny, at the time owned by Hanks.
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2018.