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Mary Jane Peale and Peale family selected papers, [ca. 1815]-1897

Peale, Mary Jane, 1827-1902



Collection Information

Size: 1 Linear foot, (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Mary Jane Peale's diaries and letters, and papers collected by Peale relating to Rubens Peale, Mrs. Rubens Peale (Eliza Burd Patterson Peale), and the Peale family.
REELS 3900-3901: 10 volumes of Mary Jane Peale's diaries which contain domestic and social news as well as discussions of Mary Jane's paintings.
REEL 3904: The bulk of the material 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; 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

Painter; Philadelphia, Pa. Daughter of painter Rubens Peale, neice of Rembrandt Peale, and grandaughter of Charles Willson Peale.


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.

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, [ca. 1815]-1897. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.