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Jervis McEntee papers, 1796, 1848-1905

Jervis McEntee papers, 1796, 1848-1905

McEntee, Jervis, 1828-1891

Landscape painter

Collection Information

Size: 1.2 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. The 5 v. diary was 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.

Related Materials

A diary was lent for microfilming in 1964 by the Adirondack Museum and is available on Reel D9.

Location of Originals

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

Additional Forms Available

The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Diaries are available on microfilm reel D180.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Jervis McEntee papers, 1796, 1848-1905. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Digitization Note

Letters and family papers of Jervis McEntee in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. Diaries scanned from the original microfilm of McEntee's diaries (5 volumes, 1872 to 1890) are temporarily unavailable online except at Archives of American Art offices.