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John Warner Norton and Norton family papers, 1893-1954

Norton, John Warner, 1876-1934

Muralist, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 200 Items, Ca. 200 items (on 3 partial microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence, sketches and sketchbooks, printed material, writings and photographs.
REEL 3257: Norton's passport; 2 photographs of him and his work; a bibliography; letters to Norton's wife (some illustrated), his mother, ca. 1898, when he was with the Rough Riders, and correspondence concerning mural commissions; subject files on the Jefferson County Court House murals in Birmingham, Ala. and at the Logan Museum, Beliot College; his memorial exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, and obituaries and condolence letters received by his wife; cancelled checks; a typescript of writings by his children regarding a trip to Mexico City; a contract for a mural; an award; clippings; his memorial biography, JOHN W. NORTON: AMERICAN PAINTER; a sketchbook and sketches; and a scrapbook containing illustrated letters, photographs and sketches.
REEL 3367: A typed draft of Norton's story "White Man's Luck"; Norton's United Scenic Artists' union card; 9 sketches and a sketchbook of drawings, notes and a draft of Norton's last letter to Tom Lea, 1933.
REEL 4074: Twelve letters, many illustrated, from John to his family including his son "Bud" (John Francis Norton); a magazine article on Norton from Northwest Architect; an address and a poem by Norton; and 19 photographs and a 5 page manuscript written by Madge Norton, John's wife, describing their trip to Arizona in 1904.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, muralist; Chicago, Ill. Taught at the Art Institute of Chicago.


Passport and photographs donated 1984 by Mr. and Mrs. John Norton Garrett, Norton's grandson. Material on reels 3257 & 3367 lent for microfilming by Mr. & Mrs. Garrett, 1984, as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas Project. Material on reel 4074 lent for microfilming, 1987, by John C. Norton, John Norton Garrett and Katherine Norton Smalley, grandsons and granddaughter of John W. Norton as part of AAA's Chicago project.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reels 3257 (fr. 14-396) & 3367: Originals returned to the lenders, Mr. & Mrs. John Norton Garrett, after microfilming.
  • Reel 4074: Originals returned to the lenders, Katherine Norton Smalley, John C. Norton and John Garrett, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 3257 and 3367 available for use only at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and through interlibrary loan.

35mm microfilm reel 4074 available for use 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

John Warner Norton and Norton family papers, 1893-1954. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.