A Finding Aid to the Margery Ryerson Papers, circa 1790, circa 1900, 1902-1965, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.ryermarg
Creators:
Ryerson, Margery
Dates:
circa 1790
1902-1965
circa 1900
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.7 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of painter, printmaker, and educator Margery Ryerson measure 0.7 linear feet and date from circa 1790, circa 1900, and 1902-1965. The collection comprises scattered documentation of Ryerson's career through biographical material, correspondence, photographs, a scrapbook, and writings, and a small amount of artwork by others dating from circa 1790.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of painter, printmaker, and educator Margery Ryerson measure 0.7 linear feet and date from circa 1790, circa 1900, and 1902-1965. The collection comprises scattered documentation of Ryerson's career through biographical material, correspondence, photographs, a scrapbook, and writings, and a small amount of artwork by others dating from circa 1790.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Margery Ryerson (1886 – 1989) was a painter, printmaker, illustrator, educator, and writer active in New York City, New York. She studied at the Art Students League under Robert Henri.
Ryerson was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1886 and graduated from Vassar College in 1909. After graduation she spent time at the Cape School of Art to study with Charles Hawthorne. Later, she moved to New York City to study at the Art Students League where she was inspired by the teachings of Robert Henri. She edited and compiled student remembrances, letters, and notes for Henri's The Art Spirit (1924).
Ryerson spent most of her career in New York City, teaching art to those living in settlement homes and featuring many of the children living there as subjects of her work. She painted many portraits of children and soldiers after World War II.
Margery Ryerson died in New York City in 1989.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of the collection are available on 35mm microfilm reels 962 and 3471 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Jayna Josefson in 2021.
Author
Jayna M. Josefson
Sponsor
Processing of this collection received federal support from the Collections Care Initiative Fund, administered by the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative and the National Collections Program
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Margery Austen Ryerson, in October 1960 and August 1967.

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.
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.
Preferred Citation
Margery Ryerson papers, circa 1790, circa 1900, 1902-1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women painters Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Henri, Robert, 1865-1929 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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