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A Finding Aid to the Thomas Anshutz papers, circa 1870-1942 | Digitized Collection

Thomas Anshutz papers, circa 1870-1942

Anshutz, Thomas Pollock, 1851-1912

Painter, Arts administrator

The papers of Thomas Pollock Anshutz in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 870 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 2.3 linear ft.

Summary: The papers document Anshutz's education and career as a painter, photographer, and art instructor. The collection is particularly rich in photographs made between approximately 1880 and 1900, when Anshutz and others at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, under the direction of Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), began using photography as an aid in the study of the figure and as studies for paintings. Also found are correspondence, a notebook with scattered sketches, a handful of clippings regarding Anshutz's career, and scattered notes and printed materials.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Pollock Anshutz (1851-1912) was a painter, photographer, and art instructor from Philadelphia, Penn.

Provenance

A portion of the letters (reel 140), the glass negatives and photographs were donated to AAA in 1971 by Mr. and Mrs. McCarty, occupants of the property formerly owned by the Anshutz family in Fort Washington, Penn. The remaining letters, photographs and school notebook were donated by Elizabeth R. Anshutz, wife of Anshutz's son Edward, at the same time.

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Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • 18 illustrated letters (reel 140): Originals returned to Mrs. Edward Anshutz after microfilming.