Marcia Oakes Woodbury papers

Collection ID:
Woodbury, Marcia Oakes, 1865-1914
Some notes in the 1907 sketchbook are in Dutch.
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
(on 2 microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Journals; sketchbooks; writings; correspondence documenting Woodbury's work, travels in the Netherlands, and ideas on art.
Scope and Contents
REEL 3681: Journal, entitled "Bicycle Journey in Drenthe, September 2-27, 1895," ca. 50 pages, contains daily lengthy descriptive entries about the region, the people, paintings and drawings made on the trip, the weather, and Woodbury's feelings. It is illustrated with numerous pencil sketches and contains small photographs of the people and the countryside. A sketchbook (1891-ca. 1898), ca. 25 pages, contains sketches of Dutch people done in Vollendam, Rotterdam, Dordrecht, and other locales. One page is labeled "Harwich, England, May 30, 1891." It also contains 17 loose sketches, mainly of young children. A sketchbook (1907), ca. 30 pages, made while Woodbury was in Holland contains sketches of Dutch children and notes and descriptions of buildings and clothing.
Scope and Contents
REEL 4281: Letters: include Marcia Oakes Woodbury's correspondence with friend and family (ca. 1900-1910s) and her husband Charles' letters to his mother Mrs. Seth H. Woodbury (ca. 1882-1894). Travel diaries concern Holland (1888?, 1894), writings include Woodbury's critiques of Whistler's paintings "Blue Wave" and "Symphony in Violet and Blue," (ca. 1904) and a letter to a newspaper on Whistler's work; miscellaneous essays and art notes; and a biographical sketch of Dutch painter Albert Neuhuys (24 pp.)
Scope and Contents
A notebook (1891-ca.1903) contains watercolor and pencil sketches of works sold, descriptions and sales prices, miscellaneous sketches, notes and writings by Woodbury, and copies of writings by others. A sketchbook depicts Voldendam (1892); A photograph shows Woodbury, her husband Charles and son David. Other materials consist of an obituary and a memorial exhibition announcement.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter; Boston, Mass. Born Susan Marcia Oakes. She was a student of painter Charles Woodbury in 1888 in Boston in his School Street studio. They were married in June 1890, and went on their first European trip in August to continue their art studies. Much of their married life was spent abroad in Holland. She is known for her studies of Dutch children. According to a date handwritten on her obituary, she died on November 13, 1913. A memorial exhibition of Woodbury's work was held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in April, 1914.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 3681 and 4281 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reel 3681: Originals returned to lender, Mrs. David (Ruth) Oakes Woodbury, after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reel 3681 lent for microfilming 1985 by Ruth R. Woodbury, Marcia Woodbury's daughter-in-law.; she donated the material on reel 4281 in 1986.

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

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Netherlands -- description and travel Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women painters Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Neuhuys, Albert, 1844-1914 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Woodbury, Charles H. (Charles Herbert), 1864-1940 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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