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Pitts family papers, 1885-1958

Pitts family


Collection Information

Size: 400 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Family papers from 19th to 20th century, including correspondence, financial records; inventory of the estate of James Pitts; and catalogs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Massachusetts family many of whose descendants were painters. Lendall Pitts, most recent of the family's artists, married artist Elizabeth McCord. They lived in Paris from the turn of the 19th century until 1938 when Lendall died and Elizabeth returned to live in America.


The collection was donated in 1961 by Elizabeth McCord Pitts and other family descendants through Edward Parker an acquaintance of the family and friend of AAA. The complete collection has since been deaccessioned and given to the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Mass. AAA maintains a microfilm copy of the collection.

Language Note

Some correspondence is in French.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 370 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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

Pitts family papers, 1885-1958. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.