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Percy Ives papers, circa 1890-1994, bulk circa 1890-circa 1930

Ives, Percy L. (Percival L.), 1864-1928

Art teacher, Painter

Representative image for Percy Ives papers, circa 1890-1994, bulk circa 1890-circa 1930

This site provides access to the papers of Percy L. (Percival L.) Ives in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2019, and total 253 images.

Collection Information

Size: 1.4 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Detroit portrait painter Percy Ives (1864-1928), measure 1.4 linear feet and date from circa 1890-1994, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1890-circa 1930. Two hundred and fifty-eight glass plate negatives of sitters, models, and artwork by Ives form the bulk of the collection. Additional papers include two 1923 letters, a folder of notes, news clippings, sketches, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Percy Ives (1864-1928), was a portrait painter and dean of the Detroit Museum of Art School in Detroit, Michigan. Ives was also the son of artist Lewis Thomas Ives.


The sketches and glass plate negatives were donated by the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library, 1956-1957. Additional material was donated in 1994 by James B. Parker, whose father, Dr. Albert Russell Parker, purchased Ives's desk with the items intact.

Related Materials

Location of Originals

  • Reel 593: Originals returned to lender, Burton Historical Collection, after microfilming.