The Emmet family papers are arranged as nine series. Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1855-1988 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 1, 10, OV 12) Series 2: Correspondence, 1792-1985 (6.2 linear feet; Boxes 1-7) Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1870s-1981 (11 folders; Box 7) Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1947-1983 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 7-8) Series 5: Business Records, circa 1799-1945 (7 folders; Box 8) Series 6: Printed Material, 1872-1989 (0.35 linear feet; Boxes 8, 10) Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1870-1890 (0.2 linear feet; Boxes 8, 10) Series 8: Artwork, circa 1850-circa 1920 (0.35 linear feet; Boxes 8, 10) Series 9: Photographs, circa 1870s-circa 1950s (1 linear foot; Boxes 8-9, 11)
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The Emmet Family papers document the lives and careers of two generations of the Emmet family from New Rochelle, New York and Stockbridge, Massachusetts, whose artistic talents flourished during the later 19th through the mid-20th centuries. The collection dates from 1792 to 1989, with the bulk of the material dating from 1851-1989, and measures 9.1 linear feet. Through biographical material, two diaries, correspondence, writings and notes, exhibition files, business records, printed material, two scrapbooks, artwork, and photographs of family, friends, exhibitions, and artwork, the papers provide both a rich overview and detailed insights into the daily lives, relationships, and careers of many members of the family. The collection focuses in particular on sisters Lydia Field Emmet, Jane Erin Emmet de Glehn, and Rosina Emmet Sherwood, their mother, Julia Colt Pierson Emmet, and their cousin Ellen Gertrude "Bay" Emmet, all noted painters and illustrators.
Emmet family papers, 1792-1989, bulk 1851-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
This bulk of the collection was digitized in 2017 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Material lent for microfilming is available on 35mm microfilm reel 4544 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by The Walton Family Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art
The Emmet family 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.
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reel 4544) including one scrapbook, compiled by Rosina Emmet Sherwood, consisting of portrait sketches, drawings of her dogs, genre scenes, travel views, and photographs of travels, friends, actors, and the ship "Scythia,". Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
The Emmet family, descended from patriot Thomas Addis Emmet, brother of Irish martyr Robert Emmet, counts many physicians, lawyers, and writers (including cousin Henry James) among its ranks. Although evidence of artistic talent existed in several previous generations, it flourished during the later 19th through the mid-20th centuries in the professional portraiture of sisters Rosina Emmet Sherwood, Lydia Field Emmet, Jane Erin Emmet de Glehn, and their cousin Ellen "Bay" Emmet Rand.
In 1988-1991, the bulk of the Emmet family papers were donated by Rosamond Sherwood, daughter of Rosina Emmet Sherwood (via Katharine Emmet Bramwell of New York), by Rosamond Sherwood's estate (via F. Douglas Cochrane, executor, from Boston), and by Rosamond's nieces, Virginia Sherwood and Julia Shipway. Additionally, one scrapbook was lent for microfilming in 1990 and subsequently donated by Mrs. Earl Maize. Douglas Cochrane then loaned another scrapbook for microfilming (reel 4344) in 1991 which was returned to Mrs. Earl Maize.
This site provides access to the papers of Emmet family in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2016, and total 22,429 images.
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