Gladys Nelson Smith papers

Collection ID:
Smith, Gladys Nelson, 1890-1980
Physical Description:
1.4 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers compiled and annotated by Smith's younger sister, Josephine Nelson, as part of her research for her memoir, "My Sister Gladys," in GLADYS NELSON SMITH (Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1984).
Scope and Contents
Included are correspondence between Gladys Nelson Smith and her sisters Josephine and Lorraine Nelson; letters from her dealers, Marie Witwer in Kansas, 1921-1937, the Turner Art Galleries in Denver, 1929-1952, and the Thurber Galleries in Chicago, 1924-1927; a letter from the Art League of Washington with a membership card attached; exhibition catalogs; clippings; a notebook on watercolor painting and frames, with pencil sketches of frames; photographs of braided rugs and wood burning art by Smith; notes about her paintings, The Tippler and Time Out; sales receipts; a diary of a trip to Europe, 1930-1931;
Scope and Contents
photographs of Smith, her family, friends and homes; poems and short stories by Smith, some based on her experiences as a painter; three books with sketches on the end pages by Smith; and miscellany. Also included are Josephine Nelson's writings about Smith and the Nelson Nelson family genealogy and an unbound autobiography of Smith's father, Joseph Kibler Nelson, Recollections of My Early Life.
Scope and Contents
ADDITION: Snapshots of Gladys Nelson Smith's paintings; a list of Smith's paintings arranged by owner; and printed material about Smith.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter; Washington, D.C.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1989 and 1992 by Josephine Nelson.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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