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Ruel Pardee Tolman papers, 1887-1958

Ruel Pardee Tolman papers, 1887-1958

Tolman, Ruel Pardee, 1878-1954

Painter, Museum director, Printmaker, Miniature painter

Collection Information

Size: 2.0 linear feet

Summary: Correspondence; photographs; index card files; books; pages from a notebook; artwork; notes and diagrams; and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ruel P. Tolman (1878-1954) was a museum director and printmaker in Washington, D.C. Tolman was the Director of National Collection of Fine Arts, 1946-1948.


Card files and some photographs donated 1979 by Thomas M. Beggs, Tolman's successor as director of NCFA. Material on reels 2677 and 3480 transferred 1981 and 1986 from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Additional unmicrofilmed material transferred 2006 and 2015 from SAAM/NPG library.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels 2677 & 3480 available for use 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. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Ruel Pardee Tolman papers, 1887-1958. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.