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Mary Jane Peale and Peale family selected papers, circa 1815-1897

Peale, Mary Jane, 1827-1902



Collection Information

Size: 3 Microfilm reels, 1 linear foot on 3 microfilm reels

Summary: The microfilmed Mary Jane Peale and Peale family selected papers contain Mary Jane Peale's diaries and letters, as well as papers she collected relating to Rubens Peale, Eliza Burd Patterson Peale, and the Peale family. Microfilmed on Reels 3900-3901 are 10 volumes of Mary Jane Peale's diaries which contain domestic and social news, as well as discussions of Mary Jane's paintings. The bulk of the material microfilmed on Reel 3904 relates to Mary Jane Peale, including correspondence; a list of paintings by Peale, as well as a list of paintings owned by Peale; a volume on oil painting; and Peale's will. The materials relating to the family include letters between Rubens Peale and his wife, Eliza Burd Patterson Peale; letters from Rubens Peale to Franklin Peale; letters from Mrs. Peale to friends and family; and an inventory of pictures in the parlor.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Jane Peale (1827-1902) was a painter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The granddaughter of Charles Willson Peale and daughter of Rubens Peale, she attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and also received painting instruction from her uncle, Rembrandt Peale. She is credited with teaching her father to paint after his retirement.


Microfilm reels 3900-3901 purchased from American Philosophical Society. Material on reel 3904 microfilmed 1987 by Archives of American Art as part of AAA's Philadelphia Documentation Project. The collection was assembled primarily by Mary Jane Peale, who copied or had copied many family documents. Only original materials were microfilmed.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art holds the Rembrandt and Harriet Peale collection, circa 1820-1932 and the Rubens Peale diaries, 1855-1865. Also found at the Archives of American Art are the microfilmed Charles Willson Peale diaries and exhibition announcement, 1765-1826; microfilmed printed material relating to Rembrandt Peale, 1830-1862; microfilmed Titian Ramsay Peale Collection, 1771-1876; microfilmed selected Peale family papers, 1803-1854; microfilmed selected papers from the Peale-Sellers collection, circa 1767-1904; and microfilmed Augusta Barker papers, 1875-1887.
The American Philosophical Society holds the Peale-Sellers Family Collection, 1686-1963 and the Peale family papers, 1705-1898.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the American Philosophical Society.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3900-3901 and 3904 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Reel 3904 also available at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Mary Jane Peale and Peale family selected papers, circa 1815-1897. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.