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Marcia Oakes Woodbury papers, 1891-1914

Woodbury, Marcia Oakes, 1865-1913



Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear feet (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Journals; sketchbooks; writings; correspondence documenting Woodbury's work, travels in the Netherlands, and ideas on art.
REEL 3681: Journal, entitled "Bicycle Journey in Drenthe, September 2-27, 1895," ca. 50 pages, contains daily lengthy descriptive entries about the region, the people, paintings and drawings made on the trip, the weather, and Woodbury's feelings. It is illustrated with numerous pencil sketches and contains small photographs of the people and the countryside. A sketchbook (1891-ca. 1898), ca. 25 pages, contains sketches of Dutch people done in Vollendam, Rotterdam, Dordrecht, and other locales. One page is labeled "Harwich, England, May 30, 1891." It also contains 17 loose sketches, mainly of young children. A sketchbook (1907), ca. 30 pages, made while Woodbury was in Holland contains sketches of Dutch children and notes and descriptions of buildings and clothing.
REEL 4281: Letters: include Marcia Oakes Woodbury's correspondence with friend and family (ca. 1900-1910s) and her husband Charles' letters to his mother Mrs. Seth H. Woodbury (ca. 1882-1894). Travel diaries concern Holland (1888?, 1894), writings include Woodbury's critiques of Whistler's paintings "Blue Wave" and "Symphony in Violet and Blue," (ca. 1904) and a letter to a newspaper on Whistler's work; miscellaneous essays and art notes; and a biographical sketch of Dutch painter Albert Neuhuys (24 pp.)
A notebook (1891-ca.1903) contains watercolor and pencil sketches of works sold, descriptions and sales prices, miscellaneous sketches, notes and writings by Woodbury, and copies of writings by others. A sketchbook depicts Voldendam (1892); A photograph shows Woodbury, her husband Charles and son David. Other materials consist of an obituary and a memorial exhibition announcement.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Boston, Mass. Born Susan Marcia Oakes. She was a student of painter Charles Woodbury in 1888 in Boston in his School Street studio. They were married in June 1890, and went on their first European trip in August to continue their art studies. Much of their married life was spent abroad in Holland. She is known for her studies of Dutch children. According to a date handwritten on her obituary, she died on November 13, 1913. A memorial exhibition of Woodbury's work was held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in April, 1914.


Material on reel 3681 lent for microfilming 1985 by Ruth R. Woodbury, Marcia Woodbury's daughter-in-law.; she donated the material on reel 4281 in 1986.

Language Note

Some notes in the 1907 sketchbook are in Dutch.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 3681: Originals returned to lender, Mrs. David (Ruth) Oakes Woodbury, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 3681 and 4281 available 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

Marcia Oakes Woodbury papers, 1891-1914. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.