A Finding Aid to the Marie Danforth Page Papers, 1867-2016, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.pagemari
Creators:
Page, Marie Danforth, 1869-1940
Dates:
1867-2016
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
5.9 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of Boston portrait painter Marie Danforth Page measure 5.9 linear feet and date from 1867 to 2016. The papers document her career in Boston, Massachusetts, through biographical material, correspondence, subject files, personal business records, printed material, artwork, and photographic material.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of Boston portrait painter Marie Danforth Page measure 5.9 linear feet and date from 1867 to 2016. The papers document her career in Boston, Massachusetts, through biographical material, correspondence, subject files, personal business records, printed material, artwork, and photographic material.
Biographical information includes award certificates and diplomas, biographical sketches, family records, membership cards, notes, notebooks, and some writings by others. The series also contains material on the artist's husband Calvin G. Page.
There is correspondence with Marie Danforth Page from family, friends, colleagues, museums, and galleries. Notable correspondents include Abbott H. Thayer, Elizabeth Bartol, George Bellows, Frank W. Benson, Aldro T. Hibbard, Jonas Lie, and Cecilia Beaux. There is also posthumous correspondence with Calvin G. Page concerning memorial exhibitions for Marie Danforth Page, and a fair amount correspondence with other family members such as daughters Margaret and Susan.
Subject files consist of card files of artwork, meeting minutes and other material for The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Council (Boston) and the Hazeltine Portrait Committee, and records related to memorial exhibitions of Marie Danforth Page's artwork.
Personal business records include estate papers, lists of artworks, loan receipts, insurance records, and insurance policies.
Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, annual reports, books, bulletins, magazines, and clippings. Works of art consist of printing plates, handmade Christmas cards, sketchbooks, and drawings.
Photographs are albums, prints, and glass plate negatives of Page, artwork, exhibitions, and other people and places.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 7 series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1869-1952 (0.2 linear feet; Boxes 1, 7)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1867-2011 (1.2 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
  • Series 3: Subject Files, circa 1901-1949 (0.3 linear feet; Box 2)
  • Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1867-1951 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2)
  • Series 5: Printed Material, 1882-2016 (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 2-4)
  • Series 6: Artwork, 1881-1940 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 4, 7)
  • Series 7: Photographic Material, circa 1880-1940 (1.9 linear feet; Boxes 4-8, OVs 9-11, GPN Box 12)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Marie Danforth Page (1869-1940) was a portrait painter in Boston, Massachusetts. Page was a member of the conservative Boston School of Painting. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with Frank W. Benson and Edmund Tarbell, from 1890 to 1895. She married Dr. Calvin Gates Page in 1896.
In 1904, Page took a summer course at Harvard with Denman Ross, and she also studied informally with Abbott Handerson Thayer. She was a charter member of the Guild of Boston Artists, active in the Copley Society, and on the Board of Visitors of the Museum of Fine Arts School.

Administration
Author
Rihoko Ueno
Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of the collection including a diploma; correspondence; handwritten notes and notebooks; personal and other writings; photographs; exhibition materials; clippings; business receipts and lists of paintings; card files and subject files are available on 35mm microfilm reels 4071-4072, and 4404 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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Marie Danforth Page papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1985 by Danforth Page Fales and H. Gordon Fales, Page's grandchildren. Additional material was donated in 2020 by Danforth Page Fales.
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Rihoko Ueno in 2020.

Using the Collection
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.
Terms of 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.
Preferred Citation
Marie Danforth Page papers, 1867-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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