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Samuel F. B. Morse papers, 1826-2009, bulk 1826-1871

Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872

Inventor, Portrait painter

Representative image for Samuel F. B. Morse papers, 1826-2009, bulk 1826-1871

This site provides access to the papers of Samuel Finley Breese Morse in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2019, and total 936 images.

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

Collection Information

Size: 0.6 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse date from 1826-2009 (bulk 1826-1871), and measure 0.6 linear feet. This small collection documents Morse's role in the early years of the National Academy of Design through his correspondence as the academy's first president, and also includes scattered biographical material, Morse's writings and notes on art from that period, printed material including clippings about Morse and an exhibition catalog, eight photographs, including one of Morse, and a microfilm reel of one of Morse's sketchbooks.

Biographical/Historical Note

Portrait painter and inventor Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872), was a founding member of the National Academy of Design who was subsequently known for his invention of the Morse code.

Provenance

The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by the National Academy of Design in 2018.

Funding

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