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Parton family papers, 1840-1977

Parton, Parton family


Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet, (175 items partially microfilmed on 2 reels)

Summary: Correspondence, sketches, a journal, biographical information, printed materials, and photographs of George Parton, and his artist sons Arthur, Ernest, and Henry.
REEL 723: Biographical material, correspondence, and sketches.
REEL 3894: Henry Woodbridge Parton's journal of a sketching trip to the White Mountains, N.H. with Arthur and Ernest Parton, 1871; correspondence; 22 sketches, undated and 1866-1877, 5 signed by Ernest Parton; biographical material; clippings and magazine articles; and two photographs.
UNMICROFILMED: Photocopy of the section of the Parton family biography written by Charles Parton; and award certificates from the Universal Exposition, Paris, to Arthur Parton, 1895, Ernest Parton, 1895 and 1900, and from the World's Columbian Exposition to Ernest, 1893.

Biographical/Historical Note

George and Elizabeth Parton, Hudson, N.Y., parents of artists Arthur, Ernest, and Henry; associated with the Hudson River School of painting.


Material on reel 723 lent for microfilming by Sonia Parton Whelan, 1974. Material on reel 3894 and unmicrofilmed Parton family biography were donated 1981 and 1988 by Charles Parton. The award certificates were donated 1992 by Anna W. Saxton. Whelan, Parton and Saxton are the grandchildren of Arthur Parton.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 723: Originals returned to the lender, Sonia Parton Whelan, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 723 and 3894 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

Parton family papers, 1840-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.