Archives of American Art

Elizabeth Nourse sketchbooks and scrapbooks

Collection ID:
Nourse, Elizabeth, 1859-1938
Physical Description:
10 Volumes
(on 2 microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
8 sketchbooks; and 2 scrapbooks containing photographs, sketches, printed material and biographical information.
Scope and Contents
REEL 2709: 2 scrapbooks, 1880-1932, containing photographs of Nourse, her art work and her studio; biographical information; letters and postcards; clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements; sketches and prints; and lists of paintings.
Scope and Contents
REEL 2758: Eight sketchbooks containing charcoal, chalk and watercolor sketches, titled as follows: "1885-1886/ Cincinnati/ Mt. Nebo-Tennessee/ Mountains"; "1887 Enroute to Paris/ Steamer/ Antwerp/ Paris/ Villa des Dames"; "1888 May - October/ Paris and Barbizon"; "1888-1889 December - May/ Russia"; "1889 - Paris/ Lille/ Auvers/ Etaples/ Le Portel/ 1890 - Italy"; "1890. Italy/ Florence/ 1891 - Borst - Austria and Nurenburg"; "1897 St. Leger-en-Yvelines, 1896 St. Leger, 1897-1899"; and "1909 Paris/ Alsace-Lorraine/ Oberelsass."

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter; Paris, France. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Studied at the Cincinnati School of Design and the Academie Julian. Member: Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1901, Paris American Women's Art Association, and the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors. Received a medal at the Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 2709 and 2758 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Scrapbook, reel 2709, frames 3-165: Original returned to the lender, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Thompson, after microfilming.
Existence and Location of Originals
Sketchbooks, reel 2758, scrapbook, reel 2709, frames 171-410: Originals returned to the lender, Patricia Niehoff, after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Sketchbooks on reel 2758 and scrapbook on reel 2709, fr. 171-410 lent for microfilming by Patricia Niehoff, 1983, through the national Museum of American Art, who exhibited them in a Nourse exhibit. Scrapbook on reel 2709, fr. 3-165, lent for microfilming by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thomas, 1983, through Mary Alice Burke, guest curator for the exhibition.

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

Keywords table of terms and types.
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Painters -- France -- Paris Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists' studios -- France Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women painters Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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