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Paul Bransom papers, 1862-1985, bulk 1904-1979

Bransom, Paul, 1885-1979

Painter, Illustrator

Representative image for Paul Bransom papers, 1862-1985, bulk 1904-1979

The papers of Paul Bransom were digitized in 2007 by the Archives of American Art. The bulk of the papers in the collection have been scanned in their entirety, and total 11,397 images. Types of materials that have not been digitized include duplicates, copies, certain printed materials, personal items of limited research value, and certain items related to others, as noted in the folder lists for each series.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 10.1 linear ft.

Summary: Almost half of the collection is comprised of Bransom's correspondence, which is particularly rich in documenting his early career as an illustrator, and his relationships with authors, art editors, and publishers from the 1900s to the 1940s. Correspondence also contains a wealth of cards, many of which bear reproductions or original artwork by his many artist friends. Also found in the papers are biographical essays, certificates and awards, memorabilia, writings and notes, business files, bibliographies, an artwork inventory, exhibition catalogs, clippings, printed illustrations, pamphlets, photographs, scrapbooks, and original artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Paul Bransom (1885-1979) was an animal painter and illustrator from New York, N.Y.


Material on reel D254 was lent for microfilming 1966; portions were subsequently donated along with additional material by Bransom, 1972-1975, by his nephew's wife Althea Bond, 1980, and by the curator of the Bransom collection, Mario Romero, 1983. James Zayicek donated 11 sketches and 8 greeting cards in 1985, and an additional 2 ft. was donated 1986 by Romero.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art holds the Helen Ireland Hays papers related to Paul Bransom, which contains 36 audio cassette recordings of Hays interviewing Bransom, among other materials. The Special Collections Division of the Stewart Library at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah holds the Paul Bransom Collection, a collection containing artwork, books from Bransom's personal library, manuscript material and photographs donated by Bransom in 1972 and 1974.


Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • Reel D254: Originals returned to Bransom after microfilming.