A Finding Aid to the Felicia Meyer Marsh and Meyer Family Papers, circa 1880-1977, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.marsfeli
Creators:
Marsh, Felicia Meyer, 1912-1978
Meyer, Herbert W. (Herbert William)
Meyer, Anne
Dates:
circa 1880-1977
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
4.9 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of painter Felicia Meyer Marsh and the Meyer family measure 4.9 linear feet and date from circa 1880 to 1977. The collection is comprised of biographical materials including family business records, writings by Marsh, and other family documents; and Marsh's correspondence with her husband Reginald Marsh, her parents Herbert and Anne Meyer, and with numerous artists such as Peggy Bacon, Alexander Brook, Olin Dows, Philip Evergood, Lloyd Goodrich, Edward Hopper, George Tooker, and Andrew Wyeth after her husband's death in July 1954. Also found are 24 diaries belonging to Marsh and her parents; printed materials documenting the art careers of Marsh and Herbert Meyer; artwork including 20 sketchbooks; and photographic materials containing 19th and 20th-Century photographs of Felicia and Reginald Marsh, the Meyer family, and friends.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of painter Felicia Meyer Marsh and the Meyer family measure 4.9 linear feet and date from circa 1880 to 1977. The collection is comprised of biographical materials including family business records, writings by Marsh, and other family documents; and Marsh's correspondence with her husband Reginald Marsh, her parents Herbert and Anne Meyer, and with numerous artists such as Peggy Bacon, Alexander Brook, Olin Dows, Philip Evergood, Lloyd Goodrich, Edward Hopper, George Tooker, and Andrew Wyeth after her husband's death in July 1954. Also found are 24 diaries belonging to Marsh and her parents; printed materials documenting the art careers of Marsh and Herbert Meyer; artwork including 20 sketchbooks; and photographic materials containing 19th and 20th-Century photographs of Felicia and Reginald Marsh, the Meyer family, and friends.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as six series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1907-1976 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1903-1977 (Box 1; 0.8 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Diaries, 1914-1953 (Box 1-3; 1.4 linear feet)
  • Series 4: Printed Material, 1931-1977 (Box 3, OV 13; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Artwork, 1892-1977 (Box 3-6, OVs 7-13; 1.5 linear feet)
  • Series 6: Photographic Material, circa 1880-1976 (Box 4-5, OV 14; 0.8 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Felicia Meyer Marsh (1912 or 1913-1978) was a painter in Dorset, Vermont and was married to artist Reginald Marsh from 1934 until his death on July 3, 1954.
Marsh was born in New York City to artists Herbert and Anne Norton Meyer. She studied at The Finch School, the Art Students League, and in Paris, France. Marsh was known for her landscapes of Vermont where she spent time during her youth and much of her time as an adult when she was not in New York City. In addition to landscapes, Marsh also painted portraits, figures, cityscapes, interiors, and nature scenes.
In her early career, Marsh showed her work in group exhibitions during the 1930s and 1940s. She held several solo exhibitions from the 1940s until 1974 at the Wakefield Gallery, Macbeth Gallery, Frank K.M. Rehn Gallery, and others.
Marsh died in 1978 in New York City.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2019.
Existence and Location of Copies
The collection is available on 35mm microfilm reels 1817 (fr. 812-815), 2082, 2087-2090, 2233-2235, and 4473-4475 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Author
Sarah Mundy
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Felicia Meyer Marsh and Meyer family papers were donated in 1979 by the Felicia Meyer Marsh estate via executor Elizabeth Barlett Sturges, friend of Marsh. Other material was transferred from the Reginald Marsh papers in 2005.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Felicia Meyer Marsh and Meyer family papers, circa 1880-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goodrich, Lloyd, 1897-1987 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bacon, Peggy, 1895-1987 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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