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The papers of painter Romaine Brooks measure 3 linear feet and date from 1910 to 1973. Found are biographical sketches, correspondence, seven journals, writings and notes, printed materials, a scrapbook, and photographs. Most of the materials focus on Brooks' later life while living in Paris and Nice, France and Fiesole, Italy and make little reference to her paintings and portraits.
Romaine Brooks papers, 1910-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2012 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website. Duplicates and photographs of works of art have not been scanned. Only the covers, title pages, and relevant pages have been scanned for some printed materials.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Romaine Brooks (1874-1970) was a portrait painter who lived in Paris and Nice, France, and Fiesole, Italy.
The Romaine Brooks papers were donated by Meryle Secrest, Brooks's biographer, in 1999. Secrest received the letters and notebooks directly from Brooks's estate and compiled the remainder. Additional papers were transfered from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art via the Smithsonian Institution Archives in 1986.
This site provides access to the papers of Romaine Brooks in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2012. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 2,144 images.
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