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Theodore C. Steele papers, 1870-1967

Steele, Theodore Clement, 1847-1926

Muralist, Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 2 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: Correspondence, sketchbooks, biographical information, photographs, manuscripts, diary, notebooks, exhibition catalogs, and scrapbooks.
UNMICROFILMED: Steele's diary, 1875, including illustrations; 18 notebooks; correspondence with Herman Lieber, Carl Lieber, Brandt Steele (Steele's son); drafts of manuscripts by Steele; manuscript by Selma Steele (Steele's second wife); six small sketchbooks and several loose sketches; photograph of Steele, his studio, house, memorial exhibition, paintings, and artist Frank Tomkins and his work; exhibition catalogs; and two scrapbooks of clippings.
REEL 956: Correspondence with family and friends, mostly written while Steele was in Munich, including a poem and letter from James Whitcomb Riley and 3 letters from Louisa (Mrs. Booth) Tarkington; 9 sketchbooks from his time in Munich; biographical information; legal papers; photographs of him and his family; manuscripts of essays; notes on art; and ephemera.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Indianapolis, Indiana.


Microfilmed material lent for filming and unmicrofilmed material donated 1975 by Theodore L. Steele, Steele's grandson.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 956: Originals returned to lender, Theodore L. Steele, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 956 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 C. Steele papers, 1870-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.