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A Finding Aid to the Jervis McEntee papers, 1796, 1848-1905 | Digitized Collection

Jervis McEntee papers, 1796, 1848-1905

McEntee, Jervis, 1828-1891

Landscape painter

Representative image for Jervis McEntee papers, 1796, 1848-1905

This site provides access to the letters and family papers of Jervis McEntee in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2007. McEntee's diaries (5 volumes, 1872 to 1890) are currently being digitized in high resolution. Transcripts of the diary entries are available at The diaries are also available on microfilm reel D180.

Collection Information

Size: 1.6 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Hudson River School painter Jervis McEntee contain letters from close friends and family members to McEntee and include many from his mentor Frederic Edwin Church, and fellow artists Samuel Putnam Avery, George Henry Boughton, Sanford Gifford, Richard Henry, Eastman Johnson, Elizabeth B. Stoddard, John Ferguson Weir, Worthington Whittredge, and others. Papers relating to the McEntee family include obituaries, a family genealogy, and letters from and regarding family members. There are also papers relating to the Vaux family (McEntee's brother-in-law's family) and American architect and landscape artist Calvert Vaux, who designed a studio for McEntee. Of special significance are five volumes of diaries dating from 1872 through 1891 which provide a detailed depiction of the American art world in the 1870s and 1880s.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jervis McEntee (1828-1891) was a landscape painter from New York, N.Y. Born in Rondout, N.Y.


The diary on reel D9 was lent for microfilming 1964 by the Adirondack Museum. Many of the letters were donated in 1959 by Charles E. Feinberg, an active donor and friend of AAA. Five volumes of diaries were donated 1964 by Mrs. Helen S. McEntee. Additional papers were donated by William Gaffken, director of the insurance company which acquired the McEntee family insurance firm, in 1990 and 1997.

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Location of Originals

  • Reel D9: Originals in the Adirondack Museum, Blue Lake Mtn., New York.