The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Family papers from 19th to 20th century, including correspondence, financial records; inventory of the estate of James Pitts; and catalogs.
Pitts family papers, 1885-1958. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reel 370 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Massachusetts family many of whose descendants were painters. Lendall Pitts, most recent of the family's artists, married artist Elizabeth McCord. They lived in Paris from the turn of the 19th century until 1938 when Lendall died and Elizabeth returned to live in America.
Some correspondence is in French.
The collection was donated in 1961 by Elizabeth McCord Pitts and other family descendants through Edward Parker an acquaintance of the family and friend of AAA. The complete collection has since been deaccessioned and given to the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Mass. AAA maintains a microfilm copy of the collection.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001