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Thomas B. Brumbaugh research material on Abbott Handerson Thayer and other artists, 1876-1994, (bulk 1960s-1994)

Thomas B. Brumbaugh research material on Abbott Handerson Thayer and other artists, 1876-1994, (bulk 1960s-1994)

Brumbaugh, Thomas B. (Thomas Brendle), 1921-

Art historian, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 1.4 linear ft.

Summary: Brumbaugh, an art historian and educator, wrote several articles on Thayer, and these papers contain related correspondence, photocopies and transcripts of Abbott Handerson Thayer's correspondence, research files, and copyprint photographs. Also found are Brumbaugh's research files on various other artists compiled during his career.

Brumbaugh's research material on Abbott Handerson Thayer includes his correspondence with people who knew the Thayer family, other researchers, and museums, organizations, and individuals who owned works by Thayer. Also found are photocopies and transcripts of Abbott Thayer's personal correspondence with family, friends, and patrons. Brumbaugh also maintained research files on people who were friends or worked with Thayer that include correspondence, printed material, and notes. Photographs (all copyprints) that Brumbaugh gathered are of Thayer, his family and friends, models, his home and studio, and his artwork. Brumbaugh conducted most of his research beginning in 1966 in order to write a biography of Thayer, and though the book was never realized, much of this material was used for several scholarly articles about Thayer.

Brumbaugh's documentation on various additional artists, mostly contemporary, were compiled during his career as an art historian and professor at Vanderbilt University. The files include his correspondence, news clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, reproductions of artwork, and notes.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art historian; Clarksville, Tenn. Brumbaugh is professor of fine arts at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and author of many articles on American art and artists.

Provenance

Donated 1995 and 2004 by Thomas Brumbaugh.

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Funding

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

A Finding Aid to the Thomas B. Brumbaugh research material on Abbott Handerson Thayer and other artists,
1876-1994 (bulk 1960s-1994)
, in the Archives of American Art
AAA.brumthom
Biographical Note
Art historian and educator Thomas Brendle Brumbaugh was born in 1921. He spent most of his career as a professor of fine arts at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and has published many articles on American painting, sculpture, and architecture. He was co-editor of
Architecture of Middle Tennessee: The Historic American Buildings Survey
and co-author of
The Art of Gerald Brockhurst
. Brumbaugh spent several years doing research for a book on Abbott Handerson Thayer that was never realized, and published several articles on Thayer, including "An Artist and His Model: Abbott H. Thayer and Clara May,"
The American Art Journal
, vol. 10 (May 1978).
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into 2 series:
Series 1: Research material on Abbott Handerson Thayer, 1876-1994 (bulk 1960s-1994)(Box 1; 0.9 linear feet)
Series 2: Artists' Files, 1923-1994 (Box 1-2; 0.5 linear feet)
Provenance
Donated 1995 and 2004 by Thomas Brumbaugh.
Processing Information
A portion of the Thomas B. Brumbaugh research material on Abbott Handerson Thayer and other artists received a preliminary level of processing after donation. The collection was fully processed by Erin Corley in 2007 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Thomas B. Brumbaugh research material on Abbott Handerson Thayer and other artists, 1876-1994, (bulk 1960s-1994). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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