Flora de Stephano papers relating to Robert Frederick Blum

Collection ID:
De Stephano, Flora
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
(on a partial microfilm reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Letters, photographs and clippings about Blum collected by De Stephano. Correspondence includes 2 letters from Robert Blum (1889, 1900), a letter to Blum from De Stephano (1893), several cables and a letter about Blum's death (1903), letters and 2 legal documents relating to de Stephano's claims against Blum's estate (1903-1932), and letters pertaining to De Stephano's loan of works by Blum to the Carnegie Institute exhibition (1923). Photographs show Blum; groups including Blum, De Stephano, Otto Bacher, William Merritt Chase, John Twachtman, and J. Alden Weir; and paintings by Blum (1889-1911). Printed material consists of a Carnegie Institute exhibition catalog (1923) and 20 clippings (1901-1932).

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
After Robert Blum's death, Flora de Stephano claimed to be his widow. She eventually received a small sum of money, some personal possessions, and three paintings by Blum from his executors.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 4039 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Reproduction Note
Exhibition catalog is a photocopy.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were given to the donor, Alan Pensler, by Webster de Stephano Smith, a descendant of Flora de Stephano.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing 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.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painters Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bacher, Otto H. (Otto Henry), 1856-1909 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blum, Robert Frederick, 1857-1903 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chase, William Merritt, 1849-1916 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Twachtman, John Henry, 1853-1902 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weir, Julian Alden, 1852-1919 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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