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Emmet family papers, 1792-1989, bulk, 1851-1989

Emmet family papers, 1792-1989, bulk, 1851-1989
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Creator
Emmet family
Subject
Doyle, Nancy
Fontanne, Lynn
Emmet, Julia Colt Pierson
Quilter, Roger
Ormond, Violet Sargent
Casals, Pablo
Emmet, Robert
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
Emmet, Lydia Field
White, Stanford
Millay, Edna St. Vincent
Sherwood, Rosamond
Sargent, Emily
MacMonnies, Frederick William
James, Henry
Lunt, Alfred
La Farge, Bancel
Sherwood, Robert E. (Robert Emmet),
Sargent, John Singer
Beaux, Cecilia
Sherwood, Rosina Emmet
Monod, Lucien
Metcalfe, Susy
Rand, Ellen Emmet
De Glehn, Jane Erin Emmet
De Glehn, Wilfrid-Gabriel
Berkshire Museum
Danforth Museum
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
Type
Drawings
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Video recordings
Sketchbooks
Record number
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10250
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213367
AAA_collcode_emmefami
Place of publication, production, or execution
Other
Physical Description
9.1 linear feet
Access Note / Rights
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.
Summary
The Emmet Family papers document the lives and careers of two generations of the Emmet family from New Rochelle, New York and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The collection dates from 1792 to 1989, with the bulk of the material dating from 1851-1989, and measures 9.1 linear feet. Through biographical material, two diaries, correspondence, writings and notes, exhibition files, business records, printed material, two scrapbooks, artwork, and photographs of family, friends, exhibitions, and artwork, the papers provide both a rich overview and detailed insights into the daily lives, relationships, and careers of many members of the family. The collection focuses in particular on sisters Lydia Field Emmet, Jane Erin Emmet de Glehn, and Rosina Emmet Sherwood, their mother, Julia Colt Pierson Emmet, and their cousin Ellen Gertrude "Bay" Emmet, all noted painters and illustrators, whose artistic talents flourished during the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries.
Citation
Emmet family papers, 1792-1989, bulk, 1851-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2017 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Location of Originals
Travel scrapbook, Reel 4544: Original returned to Mrs. Earl Maize, daughter of lender R. Douglas Cochrane, after microfilming.
Funding
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by The Walton Family Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Related Materials
One scrapbook, compiled by Rosina Emmet Sherwood and consisting of portrait sketches, drawings of her dogs, genre scenes, travel views, and photographs of travels, friends, actors, and the ship "Scythia," was loaned for filming in 1991 by Douglas Cochrane and subsequently returned to Mrs. Earl Maize after microfilming. Loaned material is available on microfilm reel 4544 and through interlibrary loan, but is not described in the Container Listing of the finding aid.
Biography Note
The Emmet family is an artistic family from Stockbridge, Massachusetts, New York, New York, and London, England. Its members included illustrator Julia Colt Emmet, her daughters, painters and portraitists Rosina "Posie" Emmet Sherwood (Mrs. Arthur M. Sherwood), Lydia Field Emmet, and Jane Erin Emmet De Glehn, who lived in England with her husband, painter Wilfrid De Glehn. The De Glehns used the surname Von Glehn until 1919. The family also includes cousins, painters Ellen "Bay" Emmet Rand (Mrs. William Blanchard Rand) and Edith Leslie Emmet, and Rosina Emmet Sherwood's children, painter Rosamond Sherwood and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Robert Emmet Sherwood.
Provenance
The bulk of the Emmet family papers were donated by Rosamond Sherwood, daughter of Rosina Emmet Sherwood (via Katharine Emmet Bramwell of New York), by Rosamond Sherwood's estate (via F. Douglas Cochrane, executor, from Boston), and by Rosamond's nieces, Virginia Sherwood and Julia Shipway, in 1988-1991. Additionally, one scrapbook was lent for microfilming in 1990 and subsequently donated by Mrs. Earl Maize.
Digitization Note
This site provides access to the papers of Emmet family in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2016, and total 22,429 images.
Location Note
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Data Source
Archives of American Art
Theme
Diaries
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Usage
Usage conditions apply