William Sidney Mount and Mount family papers

Collection ID:
Mount, William Sidney, 1807-1868
bulk 1830-1860
Physical Description:
6 Reels
3,000 items (on 6 microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, journals, notebooks, sketchbooks, notes, scrapbooks, documents, photographs, lists, catalogs, clippings, and other publications, primarily of William Sidney Mount.
Scope and Contents
REEL A: Correspondence of William Sidney Mount, 1833-1868, pertaining to art, politics, personal affairs, and other matters. Among the correspondents are Charles Lanman, William Schaus, Jonathan Sturges, B.T. Hutchinson, Evelina Mount, Charles B. Wood, Samuel P. Avery and others. Also included are Robert Nelson Mount correspondence, undated cards and announcements, and notes.
Scope and Contents
REELS SM1-SM4: The Mount Brothers, exhibition catalog (1947); Scrapbook of clippings re Edward P. Buffet's biography of William Sidney Mount; Wm. S. Mount journals and notebooks, 1843-1868?; biographical notes; genealogy; Micha Hawkins papers; papers of Mount family members: Thomas S., John S., Henry S., Shepard Alonzo, Robert Nelson, John Henry, Thomas Shepard, Evelina, William Shepard, John Brester, Sarah Fisher, and Clara Brewster; William Sidney Mount correspondence, 1830-1868; estate papers; books owned and inscribed by Mount; and photographs of sketches by Mount.
Scope and Contents
REEL N726: A sketchbook of William Sidney Mount.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
William Sidney Mount: painter; New York City and Stony Brook, Long Island. Born Setauket, L.I. to Thomas Shephard and Julia Hawkins Mount. Studied at National Academy of Design and with Henry Inman. Importance as an early genre painter. His three brothers Robert, Henry and Shepard and sister Ruth were also artistic and musical.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels A, SM1-SM4 and N726 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan, and at the Suffolk Museum.
Existence and Location of Originals
REELS SM1-SM4: Originals in: Suffolk Museum, Stony Brook, N.Y.
Existence and Location of Originals
REEL A: Originals in New York Historical Society.
Existence and Location of Originals
REEL N726: Original sketchbook in the Queensborough Public Library, Jamaica, N.Y.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reel A was received by the New York Historical Society from the Clara Brewster Mount estate, December 1, 1943. Papers on reel SM1-SM4 were collected by Ward Melville and donated to the Suffolk Museum at Stony Brook, Long Island. The papers were arranged for microfilming by AAA collector, Mary Bartlett Cowdrey, and microfilmed in 1958. The sketchbook on reel N726 was lent for microfilming by the Queensborough Public Library, 1967.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Related Materials
Mount family papers also located at: Public Library, Smithtown, Long Island.

Keywords table of terms and types.
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Painters -- New York (State) -- Stony Brook Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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