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A Finding Aid to the Walter Gay papers, 1870-1937, 1980 | Digitized Collection

Walter Gay papers, 1870-1937, 1980

Gay, Walter, 1856-1937

Painter

This site provides access to the papers of Walter Gay in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2015, and total 2,600 images.

This collection was processed and digitized with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 1.2 linear feet

Summary: The papers of expatriate painter Walter Gay measure 1.2 linear feet and date from 1870-1937 with some photocopied items and a photograph dated 1980. The collection includes photocopies of two letters, scrapbooks assembled by Gay's wife, Matilda Gay, with correspondence, photographs, exhibition catalogs, price lists for artwork, and clippings, photocopies of a scrapbook of clippings, four of Gay's sketchbooks, three photographs of Gay, and a photograph of a painting by Gay.

Biographical/Historical Note

Expatriate painter Walter Gay (1856-1937) was born in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Provenance

The Walter Gay papers were donated in two 1980 accessions. Scrapbooks, transcripts and photographs of Gay were donated by Mrs Bronson (Sophie Gay) Griscom, niece of Walter Gay. Sketchbooks, photocopies of a scrapbook, photocopies of letters, and a photograph of artwork were donated by John Gay, nephew of Walter Gay.

Funding

This collection was processed and digitized with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 2802, letters and scrapbook: Originals retained by donor John Gay.
  • Reel 2139, fr. 339-348, three photographs of Gay in Paris studio, in an exhibition hall, and a photographic portrait of Gay: Originals returned to donor, Mrs. Bronson Griscom, after microfilming.