This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
The papers of art collector Emily Hall Tremaine measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1890 to 2000. Found within the papers are biographical materials on the Hall, von Romberg, and Tremaine families, including a sound cassette on the Tremaines; personal correspondence; art collection files, which include inventory binders, records of sales and donations, artist files, exhibition loan files, and reproduction request files; 2 scrapbooks documenting Tremaine's first marriage to Baron Maximilian von Romberg; and photographs of Tremaine, her family and friends, and works of art from her collection. There are also materials related to the 1984 exhibition "The Tremaine collection: 20th Century Masters at the Wadsworth Athenaeum," including a video recording of Philip Johnson's exhibition lecture.
Emily Hall Tremaine papers, 1890-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available on the Archives of American Art website. Items not digitized include duplicate photographic material, blank versos of photographs, and other blank pages. Some of the items in the scrapbooks were not digitized due to fragility. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had only their covers, title pages, and relevant pages digitized. The sound recording in this collection was digitized for research access and is available at Archives of American Art offices.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the The Brent R. Harris Charitable Fund. Funding for the digitization of the papers was provided by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. Researchers are invited and encouraged to inform the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation of publication efforts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Emily Hall Tremaine conducted by Paul Cummings, January 24, 1973.
Art collector Emily Hall Tremaine (1908-1987) lived in New York City and Madison, Connecticut and was known for having assembled one of the most noteworthy collections of post-World War II art focused on modernist, pop, and contemporary artists.
The papers were donated in 2005 by Tremaine's step-grandson, Burton G. Tremaine III.
This site provides access to the papers of Emily Hall Tremaine in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2019, and total 13,577 images.
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