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Martin family papers and Campus Martius Museum records relating to Lilly Martin Spencer, 1825-1971

Catalog Data

Spencer, Lilly Martin, 1822-1902  Search this
Bagley, Sarah G.  Search this
Eastman, Maria M.  Search this
Emerson, Mary Moody  Search this
Gage, Frances Dana Barker  Search this
Hebert, William  Search this
Parsons, Anna Q. T.  Search this
Severance, Caroline M. Seymour (Caroline Maria Seymour)  Search this
Swift, Adeline T.  Search this
Martin, Giles  Search this
Martin, Angelique  Search this
Trumbull Phalanx (Braceville, Ohio)  Search this
Ohio Historical Society  Search this
Campus Martius Museum  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Physical Description:
1 Microfilm reel
Access Note / Rights:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Family papers include letters to Giles Martin from William Hebert and others concerning the Martin's plans to emigrate from England to America, and ca. 50 letters, 1828-1860, to Giles and Angelique Martin in Marietta and at Trumbull Phalanx by reformers active in Ohio and Massachusetts temperance, antislavery, labor and/or Association movements, among them Sarah G. Bagley, Maria M. Eastman, Mary Moody Emerson, Frances D.B. Gage, Anna Q.T. Parsons, Caroline M. S. Severance, Adeline T. Swift, and others less known but very active. Also included are 3 letters from Spencer, 1842 Mar. 31 and June 10, and 1847 July 10 to her parents.
The Campus Martius Museum records consist of correspondence with owners of Spencer's prints, paintings and and papers; clippings, articles, and reproductions of Spencer's work.
Martin family papers and Campus Martius Museum records relating to Lilly Martin Spencer, 1825-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
35mm microfilm reel 132 (frames 402-908) available at Archives of American Art offices, the Ohio Historical Society Library, and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals in: Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.
Biography Note:
Spencer was a portrait and genre painter; New York, N.Y. and Ohio. She was born Angelique Marie Martin November 26, 1822, in England to French parents, Giles and Angelique Martin, followers of the French social critic, Charles Fourier. Upon emigrating to the U.S. in 1830, and moving to Marietta, Ohio in 1833, the Martins, along with others active in the cooperative movement organized a communal association, Trumbull Phalanx, near Braceville, Ohio in 1845, and became active in women's rights and other reform movements. Spencer chose to concentrate on painting, first in Cincinatti and then in New York in 1848 with her husband Benjamin Rush Spencer, a cloth merchant. She maintained a successful painting career while raising seven children and moving several times, to Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Newark, N.J., and Highlands and Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Spencer died May 22, 1902.
Language Note:
English .
Lent for filming 1971 by Campus Martius Museum, Ohio Historical Society.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Painting, Modern -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Women's rights -- United States  Search this
Women's suffrage -- United States  Search this
Collective settlements -- Ohio  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art