The collection includes an annotated auction catalog and a price list of Turner's paintings sold at auction in 1910. Biographical material consists of biographical notes on Turner created by Turner's granddaughter, as well as a death notice and an obituary for Turner. Correspondence comprises four letters to Turner, primarily regarding portrait commissions, and an illustrated letter from Turner to his granddaughter.
Artwork by Turner includes six oils including a self-portrait, two etchings and eighteen etching plates, five watercolors created for the annual costume ball of the Boston Arts Club, two watercolors of Turner's studio, a sketchbook with four watercolors, and a portrait on wood "after David Neal." Also found are three silk etchings by Edmond H. Garrett.
Printed material includes Turner's signed copy of The Art of Painting and Drawing in Colored Crayons by Henry Murray.
Photographs include two portraits of Turner and photographs of Turner's wife, Elsie, including two cyanotypes; images of the exterior and interior of Turner's Jackson studio; a photograph album and loose photographs of Boston and Germany, where Elsie Turner was born; two photographs of Adolphe Lesrel's Paris studio; a photograph of O. A. Taft; and a folder of photographs of Turner's artwork.
Two glass plate negatives are images of artwork.
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
The Charles Henry Turner papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Charles Henry Turner papers, 1875-circa 1973, bulk 1890-1910. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Glass plate negatives in this collection were digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.