E. A. Burbank papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1897–1949
Survey Repository: 
This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

About 350 letters written mainly from the Oklahoma Territory, the Southwest, and the Dakotas by artist Elbridge Ayer Burbank to his uncle Edward E. Ayer, together with two scrapbooks containing incoming correspondence and miscellaneous clippings. The outgoing correspondence includes Burbank’s reports on his painting progress, his travels and experiences in the West, his acquisition of Indian crafts such as rugs and pottery, and mention of his painting exhibitions. The two scrapbooks, kept in rough chronology, 1945-1949, contain incoming correspondence to Burbank as well as miscellaneous material such as of clippings, a few reproductions of Burbank's later pictures and some memorabilia.

Biographical Historical Note

Elbridge Ayer Burbank, a painter and illustrator who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, was commissioned by Edward E. Ayer in 1897 to produce a series of portraits of prominent Indian Chiefs.

Additional Notes

Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library).