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E. A. Burbank papers
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.