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Emily Hall Tremaine papers

Creator:
Tremaine, Emily Hall, 1908-1987  Search this
Names:
Wadsworth Atheneum  Search this
Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005  Search this
Von Romberg, Maximillian (Baron)  Search this
Extent:
8.9 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Date:
1890-2000
Summary:
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 the 1984 exhibition The Tremaine collection: 20th Century Masters at the Wadsworth Athenaeum, including a video recording of Philip Johnson's exhibition lecture.
Scope and Contents:
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 the 1984 exhibition The Tremaine collection: 20th Century Masters at the Wadsworth Athenaeum, including a video recording of Philip Johnson's exhibition lecture.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1910-1980 (7 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1905-1985 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Art Collection Files, 1950-1980 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 1, 9)

Series 4: Artist Files, 1936-2000 (4.6 linear feet; Boxes 2-6, 9)

Series 5: Exhibition Loan Files, 1960-2000 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 6-7)

Series 6: Reproduction Request Files, 1965-1988 (0.6 linear feet; Box 8)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1931-1937 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 9-10)

Series 8: Photographic Materials, 1890-1997 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 8, 10-11)
Biographical / Historical:
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.

Tremaine was born in Butte, Montana to mining executive William Hubbard Hall and his wife, Elizabeth Smith Hall. Her first marriage to Baron Maximilian von Romberg was well publicized in the society pages of the time and ended with the Baron's death in a plane accident in 1938. Her second marriage to sugar heir Adolph B. Spreckels Jr. ended in divorce in 1940.

While Tremaine collected art in the 1930s, it was not until her 1945 marriage to industrial executive Burton Tremaine that she began acquiring works in earnest. Together, the Tremaines assembled a collection that initially focused on American and European modern artists and would eventually include emerging pop and contemporary art. Their first purchase was Piet Mondrian's unfinished painting, Victory Boogie Woogie, now owned by the Gemeentemuseum. The collection would eventually number over 400 art works and range from paintings by Picasso, Kandinsky, and Georges Braque to works by Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. While single pieces were sold, traded, or donated throughout Tremaine's active collecting years, the bulk of the collection was sold at auction in 1988 and 1991 to raise funds for the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. Tremaine died from complications of emphysema in 1987.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Emily Hall Tremaine conducted by Paul Cummings, January 24, 1973.
Provenance:
The papers were donated in 2006 by Tremine's step-grandson, Burton G. Tremaine III.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Emily Hall Tremaine papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. They may be used for research, study, and scholarship. Authorization to quote, publish, or reproduce for purposes of publication requires written permission from Burton G. Tremaine III.
Occupation:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Emily Hall Tremaine papers, 1890-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.trememil
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-trememil

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