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Jessie Willcox Smith papers, 1901-1931

Smith, Jessie Willcox, 1863-1935

Painter, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 0.5 Linear feet (on two microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence, both personal and professional; clipppings, postcards, invitations, invoices, notes, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Illustrator; Philadelphia, Pa. Was famous for her "Good Housekeeping" covers and book illustrations and a native Philadelphian. Attended the Moore College of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy and studied under Howard Pyle at Drexel. It was in Pyle's class that Smith met Violet Oakley and Elizabeth Shippen Green who became life long friends and with whom she shared a home and studios. Exhibited at the Academy's Annuals and was awarded several prizes.


The provenance is unknown. Microfilmed with other artists papers in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as part of the Archives of American Art Philadelphia project. Portions of Smith's papers were not selected for microfilming, including scrapbooks of clipped illustrations (not Smith's work), and unidentified photographs of children.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.