This site provides access to the papers of Louis Prang in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2015, and total 261 images.
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Scope and Contents
The papers of lithographer Louis Prang date from 1848 to 1932 and measure 1.2 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material, writings, art work, card samples, printed material, and photographs.
Biographical material includes a Prussian arrest warrant for Prang, a passport, a receipt for household purchases, patent and membership certificates, and a photocopy of a letter from John Greenleaf Whittier.
Writings are primarily typescripts of lectures by Prang and a typescript "Lithographic Process Used by Louis Prang" by the donor, E. Wrightson Christopher, and a hand-written page concerning a card design competition by Clarence Cook.
Art work consists of a pencil drawing executed by Prang, possibly as a school assignment. Printed material consists of a book of color separation proofs, a sales book of samples of Prang's products, and catalogs for Easter and Valentine cards. Photographs are of Prang, family members, his residence, events, and colleagues.
The Louis Prang papers were donated in 1989 by Thomas West Christopher, M.D., son of E. Wrightson Christopher who compiled the papers while he was a publisher of greeting cards. A photocopied letter and a sales book of samples were donated separately and have unknown provenances.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is the Mary Margaret Sittig research material on Louis Prang.
Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Three collections previously cataloged separately were merged and processed by Jean Fitzgerald in January 2011. The collection was prepared for digitization by Judy Ng and digitized in 2015 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.