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Theodore Brenson papers, 1937-1959

Brenson, Theodore, 1893-1959

Illustrator, Graphic designer


Collection Information

Size: 406 Items

Summary: Correspondence, mostly personal; catalogues and announcements; clippings; lecture and teaching materials, poetry and other writings; biographical material; and miscellany. Among the correspondents are Louis Bromfield, Fitz Roy Barrington, Carol Janeway, Joseph Lacasse, Hannah Weber Sachs, Albert Reese, Joop Sanders, Jerome Melquist, and Howard Conant.

Biographical/Historical Note

Illustrator, etcher, painter, writer, teacher, and lecturer (New York City). Born in Latvia, Brenson authored and illustrated books on European travel, art, and education. In addition, he contributed to national magazines and taught at the College of Wooster in Ohio.


Donated 1959-1960 by Mrs. Theodore Brenson, widow of Brenson.

Language Note

Some of the letters are in French.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 848 thorugh 849 available 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. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Theodore Brenson papers, 1937-1959. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.