The collection is arranged into 6 series: Series 1: Biographical Information, 1873-1941, circa 1960 (Box 1; 5 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1864, 1906-1960 (Box 1; 2 folders) Series 3: Subject Files, 1841-1844, 1941-1956(Box 1; 2 folders) Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1900 (Box 1; 1 folder) Series 5: Photographs, circa 1930 (Box 1; 1 folder) Series 6: Artifact, circa 1832 (Box 1; 1 folder)
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The scattered papers of inventor and portrait painter John Goffe Rand measure 0.2 linear feet and date from circa 1832-1960, bulk 1832-1873. Included are biographical sketches, a will, lists of portraits by Rand, a small amount of correspondence, United States patents for the collapsible paint tube invented by Rand and later improvements, printed materials, a photo, and an example of one of the first paint tubes made in a factory.<br /> Biographical Information includes an unpublished biography about Rand, typescripts of an obituary, short biographical sketches, lists of portraits painted by Rand, and a copy of his will. A small amount of correspondence consists of one letter written by Rand in 1864 addressed to his neice and typescripts of letters written by members of Rand's extended family concerning the artist and his works.<br /> Subject files document Rand's invention of the collapsible tin artists' paint tube and include two patents from the United States Patent Office dated 1841 and 1844. The 1844 patent was for improvements to the tube. The patent applications contain diagrams and written descriptions of the tube. There are also clippings about the anniversaries of the invention.<br /> Additional clippings are about members of the Rand family and a painting by Rand. One photograph depicts Rand's gravesite circa 1930. Artifacts include an example of one of the first collapsible paint tubes made in a factory.
John Goffe Rand papers, circa 1832-1960, bulk bulk 1832-1873. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The papers of John Goffe Rand in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2010 and total 112 images.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
The John Goffe Rand 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.
John Goffe Rand (1801-1873) lived and worked in Boston, London, and New York as a portrait painter and inventor. Rand invented and patented the first collapsible artist's paint tube.
The John Goffe Rand papers were donated by Rand's great-grandnieces Mary and Katherine Anglemyer in 1981 and 1985.
The papers of John Goffe Rand in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2010. The papers have been scanned in their entirety and total 112 images.
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