A Finding Aid to the Edith Emerson Papers, 1839-1981, bulk 1894-1971, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.emeredit
Creators:
Emerson, Edith, 1888-1981
Dates:
1839-1981
bulk 1894-1971
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
2.1 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of painter, illustrator, and curator Edith Emerson measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1839 to 1981, with the bulk of the material dating from 1894-1971. Found within the papers are biographical material; letters from friends and colleagues; writings and notes by Emerson and others; artwork, including three sketchbooks; subject files; photographs of Emerson, family, friends, and artwork; and scattered printed material.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of painter, illustrator, and curator Edith Emerson measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1839 to 1981, with the bulk of the material dating from 1894-1971. Found within the papers are biographical material; letters from friends and colleagues; writings and notes by Emerson and others; artwork, including three sketchbooks; subject files; photographs of Emerson, family, friends, and artwork; and scattered printed material.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged as 7 series:
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1950s (Box 1; 1 Folder)
  • Series 2: Letters, 1916-1965 (Box 1, OV 3; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1887-1970 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)
  • Series 4: Artwork, 1839, 1882-1954 (Box 1, OV 3; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Subject Files, circa 1865-1955 (Box 1-2; 0.9 linear feet)
  • Series 6: Photographs, circa 1900-1971 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1916-1981 (Box 2, 6 folders)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Edith Emerson (1888-1981) was a painter, illustrator, and curator in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Born in Oxford, Ohio, Emerson studied at the Art Institute of Chicago with John Vanderpoel and Thomas Wood Stevens and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Cecilia Beaux, Violet Oakley, and Daniel Garber. She assisted Violet Oakley primarily between 1917 and 1930 and shared her studio from 1918 until Oakley's death in 1961. Emerson served on the Board of Directors of the Woodmere Art Gallery beginning in 1940, subsequently becoming Curator. She was also a founding member of the Violet Oakley Memorial Foundation.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Jean Fitzgerald in 1991. A finding aid was written by Carrol Park in 2012.
Separated Materials
Edith Emerson lent four scrapbooks for microfilming in 1977. Loaned material is available on microfilm reels 1186-1187, but is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Existence and Location of Copies
Materials lent for microfilming are available on 35mm microfilm reels 1186-1187 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Author
Carrol Park
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Edith Emerson lent the Archives of American Art material for microfilming in 1977. Addition papers were donated in 1990 by the Free Library of Philadelphia, who received them from Emerson.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Edith Emerson papers, 1839-1981, bulk 1849-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
The Edith Emerson papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Curators -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illustrators -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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