Collection is being processed and digitized and is CLOSED to researchers.
Biographical material; diaries; correspondence; notes; writings; business records; scrapbooks; art work; subject files; printed material; photographs; a videotape; and artifacts.
Biographical material, 1881-1981, includes family trees and biographical accounts. "Sedgemere Diary," 1855-1881, contains a clipping on Robert Emmet and entries by William Jenkins Emmet and Rosina Emmet Sherwood, including illustrations and her comments about William Merritt Chase's art class. Another diary, 1891-1933, contains sporadic entries by Julia and Rosina, including an account of the painting of Rosina's daughter by Cecilia Beaux.
Correspondence, 1792-1985, consists of letters between family members, primarily Julia and her daughters. Other correspondents include Cecilia Beaux, Henry James, Ellen "Bay" Emmet Rand, and Rosamond Sherwood. Topics include the Emmets' experiences while studying art in Paris, Rosina's presentation at Queen Victoria's court, Lydia's work at the Columbia Exposition, Jane's friendship with John Singer Sargent, portrait painting activities, the troubles of their friend Susy Metcalfe's marriage to Pablo Casals, and the activities of Rosina's son, playwright Robert Emmet Sherwood and friends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.
The collection also contains 2 address books; an address book/account, 1878-1883, kept by Rosina; 2 illustrated notebooks, one by Jane; miscellaneous lists, notes and writings; a contract, 1899, for the reproduction of Lydia's work; 3 account books, 1880-1945; a scrapbook, 1895, containing 5 drawings, reproductions of art work, opera programs, and photographs; drawings, watercolors, and sketchbooks by Julia, Rosina, Lydia, Jane, Bay, Libby LeRoy, and Elizabeth "Lybba" Emmet Morgan; photographs and a clipping concerning Rosina's winning of Louis Prang Co. Christmas card competition; a file on the exhibition "The Emmets: A Family of Women Painters" held at the Berkshire Museum, 1982, containing letters, writings, registrarial records, photographs, clippings, and audio cassettes, 1947-1983; clippings, 1889-1982; exhibition catalogs, 1872-1989; reproductions of art work; the book "Out of Town" (1896) by Rosina; and photographs of family members, including Robert Emmet Sherwood as a young man, friends Richard Harding Davis, Frederick MacMonnies, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and of art work.
A scrapbook kept by Rosina, containing drawings in pencil, India ink and watercolor pasted on paper, undated and 1870-1875. Images consist of portraits of children, scenes from Emmet family life, and visits to West Point, Newport, and Southampton. One page which was not filmed contains 2 portraits of Henrietta and views from Southampton.
Travel scrapbook by Rosina, 1876-1877, containing portrait sketches, drawings of her dogs, genre scenes and travel views; and photographs of travels, friends, actors, and the ship "Scythia."
A videotape (VHS), "The Emmets; Portrait of A Family" (1988), produced by Nancy B. Doyle; and artifacts, including an optical device and samples of 11 family members' hair.
Emmet family papers, 1792-1989, bulk, 1851-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reels 4486, 4544, and 4754-4766 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Travel scrapbook, Reel 4544: Original returned to Mrs. Earl Maize, daughter of lender R. Douglas Cochrane, after microfilming.
The Emmet family is an artistic family from Stockbridge, Massachusettes, New York, N.Y., 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.
Donated 1988-1991 by Rosamond Sherwood, daughter of Rosina Emmet Sherwood, and her estate, via Douglas Cochrane, executor and Rosamond's nieces, Virginia Sherwood and Julia Shipway. One sketchbook was microfilmed on reel 4486 as a loan and was subsequently donated; another was microfilmed on reel 4544 and returned to Cochrane's daughter, Mrs. Earl Maize, after microfilming.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001