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Selections from the Seymour Adelman collection, 1845-1958

Adelman, Seymour, 1906-1985



Collection Information

Size: 1 partial microfilm reel.

Summary: Materials relating to the Sartain family and to Thomas and Susan Eakins. The Sartain materials include letters, 1845-1945, to Emily Sartain, Harriet Sartain, John Sartain, Samuel Sartain and William Sartain. Correspondents include artists William Trost Richards, James Hamilton, Russell Smith and Xanthus Smith. Eakins material includes: letters, 1931-1958 to Adelman from Charles Bregler, including a few responses from Adelman; Susan Eakins correspondence, 1931-1938, mostly from Eakins to Adelman regarding paintings, commissions, exhibitions, articles and personal matters; postcards to Susan Eakins and Thomas Eakins, 1890-1933, including one from Walter Pach to Susan Eakins; 1 letter, 1868, from Thomas Eakins to Benjamin Eakins, and 2 letters to Thomas Eakins; Thomas Eakins' three account/ledger sheets, 1870-1895; miscellaneous Eakins family materials; photographs by Thomas Eakins, Susan Eakins and others, primarily of formal and informal portraits of Thomas and Susan Eakins, their families and pets.

Biographical/Historical Note

Bibliophile, collector; Philadelphia, Pa. Died 1985. Adelman met Susan Eakins in the 1930s and became her close friend and promoter of the work of Thomas Eakins.


Lent for microfilming 1991 by Bryn Mawr College. Microfilmed as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. The material was selected from over 45 linear ft. of manuscript material in the Adelman Collection.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in: Bryn Mawr College Library.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reel 4567 available for use 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

Selections from the Seymour Adelman collection, 1845-1958. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.