The collection is arranged as 7 series: Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1942-1979 (2 folders; Box 1) Series 2: Personal Business Records, 1893-1966 (9 folders; Box 1) Series 3: Correspondence, 1887-1961 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2) Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1892-1947 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2) Series 5: Sketchbooks and Sketches, circa 1900 (0.2 linear feet; Boxes 2-3) Series 6: Printed Material, 1883-1984 (0.2 linear feet; Box 3) Series 7: Photographs, circa 1900-circa 1920 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 3-4)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The papers of Boston area painters Esther Baldwin Williams and daughter Esther Williams measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1887 to 1984. The scattered papers of both women include biographical information, personal business records, correspondence, writings and notes, two diaries, four sketchbooks, printed materials, photographs, and one photograph album.
Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams papers, 1887-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2012 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website. Materials which have not been scanned include blank pages, blank versos of photographs, and duplicates. In some cases, publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages scanned.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are the papers of Esther William's husband Roland Joseph McKinney.
Esther Baldwin Williams (1867-1964) and her daughter Esther Williams (1907-1969) were painters active in Boston, Paris, and New York City.
The Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams papers were donated in two installments by Peter McKinney, step-son of Esther Williams in 1974 and by Nadia Williams, Esther Baldwin William's daughter-in-law in 1985.
This site provides access to the papers of Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2012, and total 2,938 images.
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