As requested by the donor, the original arrangement has been maintained, but the collection has been rehoused for preservation purposes. The collection is arranged as 4 series. Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1890-1991 (Boxes 1-2; 1.5 linear feet) Series 2: Writings, 1963-1991 (Box 2; 2 folders) Series 3: Printed Material, 1916-1991 (Box 2, OV 4; 6 folders) Series 4: Miscellany, circa 1920s-1977 (Box 2, OV 3; 7 folders)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
The papers of painter Houghton Cranford Smith measure 2.2 linear feet and date from 1890-1991. They consist of eight scrapbooks compiled by his widow containing correspondence with family and friends, biographical materials, sketches, school work, extensive clippings, exhibition catalogs, travel documents and numerous photographs of family and friends.
Houghton Cranford Smith papers, 1890-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 5029-5030 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Funding for a portion of the processing was provided by the Laura Cranford Smith Art Trust.
Painter Houghton Cranford Smith (1887-1983) traveled extensively and painted throughout his life. He lived and studied art in France, South America, New York City and Provincetown. He had three children, Houghton Jr., Gerrit and Florence with his first wife, Elena Peralta. He held the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas department of Drawing and Painting from 1921-1925.
Florence Cranford Smith Shepard donated her father's papers in 1993-1994.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001