Thornton Oakley papers

Collection ID:
Oakley, Thornton, 1881-1953
Physical Description:
1.4 Linear feet
(on partial microfilm reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Oakley's research material on illustrator, Howard Pyle. Also includes other artists letters collected by Oakley. Letters from Pyle to Oakley discuss illustrations, sales, exhibitions and social engagements. There are also letters from various members of the Pyle family, including his wife Anne; from Pyle's students and artists discussing Pyle and their own careers, including Arthur Stanley, William Aylward, Anna Whelan Betts, Elizabeth Shippen Green Elliott, George Harding, Henry Peck, Allen True, and Frank Schoonover, efforts to purchase Pyle oils, pen and ink drawings, and illustrated books, and regarding exhibitions relating to Pyle and his students.
Scope and Contents
Also included are letters documenting Oakley's efforts to purchase Pyle's oils, drawings, and illustrated books; regarding exhibitions relating to Pyle and his students; some letters from Cecilia Beaux; and autograph letters from Edwin Ausin Abbey, Edwin Blashfield, Samuel Clemens, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 4409 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals in: Free Library of Philadelphia.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Microfilmed in 1990 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Only portions of the collection were selected for microfilming. Oakley solicited and purchased some of the letters.

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

Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
A finding aid to the collection prepared by the Brandywine River Museum, with notations indicating filmed portions, available on microfilm reel 4394.

More Information

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Illustration of books Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illustrators -- Delaware -- Wilmington Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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