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Pearmain, William Robert, 1888-1912  Search this
Pearmain, William Robert, 1888-1912  Search this
Sanger, Margaret  Search this
Trautmann, W. E. (William Ernst)  Search this
Sanger, William  Search this
Upton, Sarah  Search this
Dole, Charles F. (Charles Fletcher)  Search this
Pearmain, Alice  Search this
Kent, Rockwell  Search this
Brush, George de Forest  Search this
Pearmain, Margaret  Search this
Pearmain, Jack  Search this
Pearmain, Summer  Search this
Pearmain, Mary  Search this
Berkman, Alexander  Search this
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne  Search this
Bowditch, Nancy Douglas  Search this
Brooks, John Graham  Search this
Industrial Workers of the World  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
0.4 Linear feet
The collection is arranged into 6 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1888-circa 1955 (Box 1; 5 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1899-1955 (Box 1; 0.25 linear feet) Series 3: Artwork, circa 1910 (Box 1; 1 folder) Series 4: Writings and Notes, circa 1900-1908 (Box 1; 3 folders) Series 5: Printed Material, 1907-1913 (Box 1; 3 folders) Series 6: Photographs, circa 1900-1911 (Box 1; 2 folders)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
The papers of painter and activist William Robert Pearmain (1888-1912) and the Pearmain family measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1888-1955. Papers are found for William Robert Pearmain, his wife Nancy Douglas Brush (later Bowditch), their daughter Mary "Polly" Pearmain, and other members of the Pearmain family. There are biographical materials; family correspondence; a watercolor; a travel diary and school essays by Pearmain; printed materials, including clippings and two publications by the Industrial Workers of the World; and photographs of the Pearmain family and artwork.
William Robert Pearmain and Pearmain family papers, 1888-1955. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The papers of William Robert Pearmain in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2010, and total 666 images.
Material lent for microfilming is available on 35mm microfilm reel 4859 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Use Note:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is the Nancy Douglas Bowditch papers, circa 1900s-1970s that contain materials relating to her first husband, William Robert Pearmain and an oral history interview with Nancy Douglas Bowditch conducted on January 30, 1974 by Robert F. Brown. That Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel 4589) including a drawing by Will Loring of William Robert Pearmain as a child. This item was returned to the lender and is not described in the collection container inventory.
Biography Note:
William Robert Pearmain (1888-1912), known as Robert, was a painter and political activist working in Boston and New York City. Born to a wealthy family in New England, Pearmain attended Harvard University to study architecture and studied painting in Italy under George de Forest Brush.
Language Note:
English .
Nancy Bowditch and Edward F. McClennen, Pearmain's widow and grandson, donated the William Robert Pearmain and Pearmain family papers in 1973 and 1974. The photograph of the drawing on microfilm reel 4859 was lent for microfilming by William Robert Pearmain, Pearmain's nephew, in 1974.
Digitization Note:
The papers of William Robert Pearmain in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2010. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 666 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Travel -- Europe  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Political activists -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Political activists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art