The collection is arranged into 9 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1879-1970s (Box 1, OV 16; 0.8 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence, 1879-1984 (Box 1-6; 4.6 linear feet) Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1895-1964 (Box 6-9; 3.3 linear feet) Series 4: Commission Files, 1920-1979 (Box 9-10; 0.8 linear feet) Series 5: Organization Files, 1909-1964 (Box 10-11; 0.9 linear feet) Series 6: Financial and Legal Records, 1896-1965 (Box 11; 0.4 linear feet) Series 7: Printed Material, 1895-1979 (Box 11-13, OV 16-17; 1.8 linear feet) Series 8: Photographs, 1881-1971 (Box 13-14, OV 22; 0.8 linear feet) Series 9: Artwork, 1891-1950s (Box 14-15, OVs 18-21; 0.9 linear feet)
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The papers of painter and muralist Daniel Putnam Brinley and his wife, linguist and writer Kathrine Sanger Brinley, date from 1879 to 1984 and measure 14.3 linear feet. The Brinleys' careers and lives are documented in biographical materials, as well as extensive correspondence with one another, family, friends, art galleries, organizations, publishers, and others. Also found within the papers are writings by both, including 16 diaries (1 by Daniel Putnam Brinley and the rest by Kathrine), essays, manuscripts, typescripts, notes and notebooks, poetry, and various other writings. There are mural commission files, files for organizations of which the Brinleys were members, financial and legal records, exhibition catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material. Also found are photographs of the Brinleys, family, friends, travels, and artwork, and six sketchbooks and original artwork by Daniel Putnam Brinley.
Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley papers, 1879-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The papers of Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2009, and total 23586 images.
Material not scanned includes routine financial records, a portion of the printed material, and photographs of works of art.
Materials lent for microfilming are available on 35 mm microfilm reel 1427 at the Archives of American Art offices and for interlibrary loan.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is the Elizabeth Loder research material on Daniel Putnam Brinley, 1919-1990. The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming on reel 1427, including select family photographs. Loaned material was returned to the lender is not described in the collection container inventory.
Daniel Putnam Brinley (1879-1963) was a muralist and painter in New York City and New Canaan, Connecticut. Brinley was born in Newport, Rhode Island, and studied from 1900 to 1902 at the Art Student's League under Kenyon Cox and John Henry Twachtman. Influenced by Twachtman, he became an impressionist landscape painter for a time. In 1904, he married his childhood friend, writer Kathrine Gordon Sanger (1877-1966). For the next four years they traveled throughout Europe and lived in Paris, where Brinley studied art independently and became a member of the modernist circle of painters.
The Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley papers were lent for microfilming by their niece, Elizabeth Loder, in 1978-1979. Loder subsequently donated all but select family photographs in 1991 and additional material in 1992.
The papers of Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2009. The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 23,586 images.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001