Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Search Results

Collections Search Center
42 documents - page 1 of 3

Merton Clivette papers, circa 1927-1932

Creator:
Clivette, Merton, 1868-1931  Search this
Subject:
Nassauery, Gustave  Search this
Citation:
Merton Clivette papers, circa 1927-1932. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7468
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209626
AAA_collcode_clivmert
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209626

Merton Clivette papers

Creator:
Clivette  Search this
Names:
Nassauery, Gustave  Search this
Extent:
0.01 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1927-1932
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Merton Clivette date from circa 1927-1932, measure 0.01 linear feet, and consist of a 1929 handwritten biographical sketch of Clivette written by Gustave Nassuery, news clippings and other printed material about Clivette including an autobiographical piece, reviews of Clivette's work and exhibitions, and a page from a catalog with a reproduction of Clivette's painting of Walt Whitman.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, sculptor, author, and magician Merton Clivette (1868-1931), spent his early life as a vaudevillian and entertainer before he settled in New York City to paint, and was a well-known figure in the Bohemian Greenwich Village scene of the 1920s. While Clivette's early artistic style was associated with the realism of the Ashcan school his work evolved through periods of expressionism and more figurative work, before ultimately becoming more abstract.
Provenance:
The provenance of the Merton Clivette papers is unknown.
Occupation:
Magicians -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.clivmert
See more items in:
Merton Clivette papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d0399093-2a1c-4cb7-984d-96c534b19cc9
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-clivmert
Online Media:

Mary Fanton Roberts papers, 1880-1956

Creator:
Roberts, Mary Fanton, 1871-1956  Search this
Subject:
Yeats, John Butler  Search this
Troubetzkoy, Pierre  Search this
Seton, Ernest Thompson  Search this
Roberts, Dorothy  Search this
Rerikh, Nikolai Konstantinovich  Search this
Remington, Frederic  Search this
Osbourne, Lloyd  Search this
Roberts, William C.  Search this
Roberts, Goodridge  Search this
Haggin, Ben Ali  Search this
Henri, Robert  Search this
Glackens, William J.  Search this
Guilbert, Yvette  Search this
Le Gallienne, Eva  Search this
Borglum, Gutzon  Search this
Herford, Oliver  Search this
Kroll, Leon  Search this
Barnard, George Grey  Search this
Muray, Nickolas  Search this
Enters, Angna  Search this
Fanton, Belle  Search this
Carman, Bliss  Search this
Sloan, John  Search this
Coburn, Charles Douville  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Citation:
Mary Fanton Roberts papers, 1880-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Theme:
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8457
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210633
AAA_collcode_robemary
Theme:
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210633
Online Media:

Owen Gallery records, 1929-2010, bulk 1980-2010

Creator:
Owen Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen)  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Lawson, Ernest  Search this
Sloan, John  Search this
Shinn, Everett  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil  Search this
Owen, Michael  Search this
Yost, James  Search this
Luks, George Benjamin  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Henri, Robert  Search this
Glackens, William J.  Search this
Citation:
Owen Gallery records, 1929-2010, bulk 1980-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art, American -- 19th century  Search this
Art, American -- 20th century  Search this
Art, Modern -- United States  Search this
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Eight (Group of American artists)  Search this
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16259
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)370966
AAA_collcode_owengall
Theme:
Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_370966
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Adolph Gottlieb

Interviewee:
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Interviewer:
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) -- Students  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Cézanne, Paul, 1839-1906  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Sloan, John, 1871-1951  Search this
Extent:
2 Sound cassettes (Sound recordings (90 min.))
27 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1967 Oct. 25
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Adolph Gottlieb conducted 1967 Oct. 25, in New York, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.
Gottlieb speaks of his childhood in New York; his decision to pursue art and its connection to a generational rebellion against traditional middle class values; his interest in art by the age of fifteen; the cultural influence of pop culture and comic strips (Mutt and Jeff); his interrupted high school career at Stuyvesant; his eighteen month stay in Europe (1921) studying in museums and various art schools; his subsequent exposure to Matisse, Picasso, and Leger; his experiences with German Expressionism in Vienna, Munich, Dresden, and Berlin; his return to the states; his attraction to Italian and French Renaissance painting as well as Ingres Courbet, and Delacroix; his time spent attending Saturday classes at the Arts Student League under John Sloan; the influence of John Sloan's cubist side; his foresight of the transient nature of the Ashcan school; his belief in painting from the imagination and memory; Cezanne's influence insofar as the notion of how to approach the forms of nature in terms of their volume; his instinct to maintain the surface and to keep it flat; his use of muddy, gray, brown, subdued colors, applied in a rich juicy impasto style; his first exhibition with the Art Alliance; his relationship with Rothko and Avery and specifically the heavy influence of Avery on his subject matter after his marriage;his short time working for the WPA in 1936; his self-discovery in Arizona; his literary influences, Pound, Joyce, Proust, 19th century writers, and Russian writers; his return to New York City and his further abstraction and reduction of means; his use of a horizon as the result of a shift in forms; his budding interest in primitive art (particularly African Art); the formation of his pictographs and the influence of the Surrealists and the philosophy of Jung and the collective unconscious; his belief in surface techniques to achieve freshness, much like the automism; the elimination of compartmentalization in his work in the 50's; his interest in certain opposing images; art as a matter of subjective rather than objective; his more refined work, more colorful, and more subtle work of the mid 50's; his distaste for academic devises; his recent Burst paintings; and his impulse to work on a larger scale.
Biographical / Historical:
Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974) was a painter from New York, N.Y.
General:
Transferred from original acetate tape reels.
Sound quality is poor.
The recording ends before the conclusion of the interview.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Topic:
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Surrealism  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Art, Abstract -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Expressionism (Art)  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.gottli67
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97b338531-8b28-486d-ab31-96ff3cb82d6f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gottli67
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Ira Spanierman, 2007 June 6-12

Interviewee:
Spanierman, Ira, 1928-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Adler, A. M. (Abraham M)  Search this
Fraad, Daniel  Search this
Fraad, Rita  Search this
Gerds, Abigail  Search this
Goodrich, Lloyd  Search this
Halles, Bruce  Search this
Halles, Diane  Search this
Heinrich, Hans  Search this
Hirsch, Norman  Search this
Leroy, Roy  Search this
Newington, Barbara  Search this
Novak, Barbara  Search this
Terra, Daniel J.  Search this
Thaw, Eugene Victor  Search this
Warner, Jack  Search this
Wilson, Peter  Search this
Poskas, Peter  Search this
Noortman, Rob  Search this
Woodner, Ian  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Museum  Search this
Savoy Gallery  Search this
Syracuse University  Search this
Spanierman Gallery  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ira Spanierman, 2007 June 6-12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art, American -- 19th century  Search this
Art, American -- 20th century  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Gallery owners -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Hudson River school of landscape painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13617
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)270857
AAA_collcode_spanie07
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_270857
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Ira Spanierman

Interviewee:
Spanierman, Ira  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-  Search this
Names:
Cooper-Hewitt Museum  Search this
Savoy Gallery  Search this
Spanierman Gallery  Search this
Syracuse University -- Students  Search this
Adler, A. M. (Abraham M), 1902-1985  Search this
Fraad, Daniel  Search this
Fraad, Rita  Search this
Gerds, Abigail  Search this
Goodrich, Lloyd, 1897-1987  Search this
Halles, Bruce  Search this
Halles, Diane  Search this
Heinrich, Hans  Search this
Hirsch, Norman  Search this
Leroy, Roy  Search this
Newington, Barbara  Search this
Noortman, Rob  Search this
Novak, Barbara  Search this
Poskas, Peter  Search this
Terra, Daniel J., 1911-1996  Search this
Thaw, Eugene Victor  Search this
Warner, Jack  Search this
Wilson, Peter  Search this
Woodner, Ian  Search this
Extent:
63 Pages (Trancript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2007 June 6-12
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ira Spanierman conducted June 6-12, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art, in the Spanierman Gallery, New York, New York. Spanierman speaks of growing up and living in New York City his whole life; the influence of working in his father's antique store; studying English at Syracuse University; how he got involved in the art business; becoming an auctioneer at Savoy Gallery working with silver and arms and armor; his collecting preferences; the influence of the Internet and technology; changes in the art market among buyers and collectors; the development and growth of art auctions; opening his first gallery and what kind of art he showed; interest in dealing 19th and 20th century American art; the kind of clientele he attracted; the Spanierman Gallery catalogues and publication program; publishing and distributing the catalogue raisonné; working and collaborating with other institutions like the Cooper-Hewitt; working with a panel of scholars to identify work that was fraud; the various kinds of collectors he has dealt with in the past and what kind of collectors he prefers to work with; opening a contemporary and modern wing to the gallery and the motivation behind that; relationships with artists; exhibiting members of the Ashcan School, the Ten, and the Hudson River School; trying to find artists that have been overlooked in the past and promoting a re-emergence of these figures and their work; a number of mentors in his life including Abe Adler and Roy Leroy; advice for younger collectors; what he sees in the future for the art market; a shift in privately owned art being turned over to museums; the educational aspect of his gallery; future goals of his gallery; the role of the museum today; what he has contributed to the art world; and how he would like to be remembered and thought of in the future. Spanierman also recalls Peter Wilson, Gene Thaw, Lloyd Goodrich, Abigail Gerds, Peter Poskas, Hans Heinrich, Daniel Terra, Jack Warner, Diane and Bruce Halles, Daniel and Rita Fraad, Barbara Newington, Robert Noortman, Ian Woodner, Barbara Novak, Roy Leroy, Abraham Adler, Norman Hirsch and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Ira Spanierman is a gallery owner from New York, New York. James McElhinney (1952- ) is a painter and educator from New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 21 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
Art, American -- 19th century  Search this
Art, American -- 20th century  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Gallery owners -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Hudson River school of landscape painting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.spanie07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b043c6af-8567-41a7-a56f-39662af49109
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-spanie07
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Adolph Gottlieb, 1967 Oct. 25

Interviewee:
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Interviewer:
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994  Search this
Subject:
Cézanne, Paul  Search this
Sloan, John  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Adolph Gottlieb, 1967 Oct. 25. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Surrealism  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Art, Abstract -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Expressionism (Art)  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12369
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214103
AAA_collcode_gottli67
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214103
Online Media:

Exhibition of paintings by Arthur B. Davies, William J. Glackens, Robert Henri, Ernest Lawson, George Luks, Maurice B. Prendergast, Everett Shinn, John Sloan

Creator:
Macbeth Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen)  Search this
Glackens, William J. (William James)  Search this
Henri, Robert  Search this
Lawson, Ernest  Search this
Luks, George Benjamin  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil  Search this
Shinn, Everett  Search this
Sloan, John French  Search this
Macbeth Gallery  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1908
Citation:
Macbeth Gallery. Exhibition of paintings by Arthur B. Davies, William J. Glackens, Robert Henri, Ernest Lawson, George Luks, Maurice B. Prendergast, Everett Shinn, John Sloan, 1908. Miscellaneous art exhibition catalog collection, 1813-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Eight (Group of American artists)  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6211
See more items in:
Miscellaneous art exhibition catalog collection, 1813-1953, bulk 1915-1925
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6211

Owen Gallery records

Creator:
Owen Gallery  Search this
Names:
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen), 1862-1928  Search this
Glackens, William J., 1870-1938  Search this
Henri, Robert, 1865-1929  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953  Search this
Lawson, Ernest, 1873-1939  Search this
Luks, George Benjamin, 1867-1933  Search this
Owen, Michael  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil, 1858-1924  Search this
Shinn, Everett, 1876-1953  Search this
Sloan, John, 1871-1951  Search this
Yost, James  Search this
Extent:
9.4 Linear feet
0.093 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Date:
1929-2010
bulk 1980-2010
Summary:
The records of Owen Gallery measure 9.4 linear feet and 0.093 GB and date from 1929-2010, bulk 1980-2010. The gallery, which operated from 1986 to 2009 in New York, specialized in late nineteenth and early twentieth century American art with an emphasis on The Eight, Ashcan, and early American modernism. Michael Owen and James Yost owned and directed the gallery. Found within the records are exhibition files; inventory and sales records; printed and digital material; and records regarding painter Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Material dating from before 1986 when the gallery was established is research related to an artwork's provenance.
Scope and Contents:
The records of Owen Gallery measure 9.4 linear feet and 0.093 GB and date from 1929-2010, bulk 1980-2010. The gallery, which operated from 1986 to 2009 in New York, specialized in late nineteenth and early twentieth century American art with an emphasis on The Eight, Ashcan, and early American modernism. Artists represented include Thomas Hart Benton, Arthur B. Davies, William Glackens, Robert Henri, Ernest Lawson, George Luks, Maurice Prendergast, Everett Shinn, John Sloan, and others. Michael Owen and James Yost owned and directed the gallery. Found within the records are exhibitions files; inventory and sales records; printed and digital material; and records regarding painter Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Material dating from before 1986 when the gallery was established is research related to an artwork's provenance.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as four series

Missing Title

Series 1: Exhibition Files, 1989-2010 (2.1 linear feet; Box 1-3, 0.001 GB; ER01)

Series 2: Inventory and Sales Records, 1929-2010, bulk 1980-2010 (5.7 linear feet; Box 3-8, 0.092 GB; ER02-ER04)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1994-2008 (0.4 linear feet; Box 8-9)

Series 4: Records Regarding Yasuo Kuniyoshi, circa 1955-2000 (1.2 linear feet; Box 9-10)
Biographical / Historical:
Owen Gallery, a New York gallery specializing in late nineteenth and early twentieth century American art, operated from 1986 to 2009 and was owned and directed by Michael Owen and James Yost. The gallery represented many artists associated with The Eight, Ashcan, and American modernism. Although exhibitions and the retail gallery have closed, the business remains in operation.
Provenance:
The Owen Gallery records were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2015 and 2016 by Michael Owen and James Yost.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Art, American -- 19th century  Search this
Art, American -- 20th century  Search this
Art, Modern -- United States  Search this
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Eight (Group of American artists)  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State)
Citation:
Owen Gallery records, 1929-2010, bulk 1980-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.owengall
See more items in:
Owen Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ca1b312c-5c58-4f00-9b5f-2605bed6e111
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-owengall
Online Media:

Mary Fanton Roberts papers

Creator:
Roberts, Mary Fanton, 1871-1956  Search this
Names:
Barnard, George Grey, 1863-1938  Search this
Borglum, Gutzon, 1867-1941  Search this
Carman, Bliss, 1861-1929  Search this
Coburn, Charles Douville  Search this
Enters, Angna, 1907-  Search this
Fanton, Belle  Search this
Glackens, William J., 1870-1938  Search this
Guilbert, Yvette, 1865-1944  Search this
Haggin, Ben Ali, 1882-1951  Search this
Henri, Robert, 1865-1929  Search this
Herford, Oliver, 1863-1935  Search this
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974  Search this
Le Gallienne, Eva, 1899-  Search this
Muray, Nickolas, 1892-1965  Search this
Osbourne, Lloyd, 1868-1947  Search this
Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909  Search this
Rerikh, Nikolai Konstantinovich, 1874-1947  Search this
Roberts, Dorothy, 1906-  Search this
Roberts, Goodridge, 1904-  Search this
Roberts, William C.  Search this
Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1860-1946  Search this
Sloan, John, 1871-1951  Search this
Troubetzkoy, Pierre, 1864-1936  Search this
Yeats, John Butler, 1839-1922  Search this
Extent:
3.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1880-1956
Summary:
The papers of art writer and editor Mary Fanton Roberts measure 3.8 linear feet and are dated 1880 to 1956. The bulk of this collection is Roberts' correspondence with numerous important artists, dancers, actors, writers, and musicians of the day. Also found are scattered biographical materials, family correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs and artwork.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of art writer and editor Mary Fanton Roberts measure 3.8 linear feet and are dated 1880 to 1956. The collection is comprised mainly of correspondence with family members, artists, dancers, actors, writers, musicians, and visual and performing arts organizations. Also found are scattered biographical materials, writings, printed material, photographs and artwork.

The collection contains a small amount of biographical material about Mary Fanton Roberts and her husband, William Carman Roberts, including his journal of a vacation with Ernest Thompson Seton and his wife. Personal Correspondence is with her husband and sister Belle Fanton, and with friends. Business and political correspondence documents her career as a magazine editor and writer, her participation in political organizations and events, her participation in radio talks, and her correspondence regarding war issues.

Art correspondence/subject files include correspondence with and collected materials on artists, photographers, art patrons, critics, and wives of artists, as well as arts organizations, museums, and schools. Correspondence of note is with George Gray Barnard, Gutzon Borglum, Ben Ali Haggin, Leon Kroll, Frederic Remington, W. Goodridge Roberts, Nicholas Roerich, Pierre Troubetzkoy, illustrator Oliver Herford, John Butler Yeats, and Ashcan school artists Robert Henri, John Sloan, and William Glackens, as well as many others. Dance and theatre correspondence/subject files include correspondence with actors, dancers, playwrights, patrons, organizations and theatres. Correspondence of note in this series is with Charles "Orlando" Coburn, Eva Le Gallienne, Angna Enters, and the "Duncan Dancers." Literary and music orrespondence/subject files include correspondence with authors, poets, critics, singers, publishers, and musicians, such as Bliss Carman, Yvette Guilbert, and Lloyd Osbourne. Additional material found in these subject files, other than letters, includes invitations, photographs, calling cards, artwork, news clippings, and printed material.

Writings by Roberts include an autobiographical essay about her youth and early career, guest lists and notes concerning hosted events, and typescripts of poems by her niece Dorothy Gostwick Roberts. Printed material is comprised of art exhibition catalogs, published articles and trade bulletins written by Roberts, and newsclippings. Photographs are of Roberts, her family, friends, and places she lived, and include autographed portraits given to her, primarily from actors and actresses. Also found are photographs taken by Nickolas Muray of art models. Scattered artwork in this collection includes several small drawings by unidentified artists, as well as a pencil portrait of Roberts by John Butler Yeats.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 11 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1906, 1912-1941, undated (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 2: Personal Correspondence, 1902-1951, undated (Box 1; 7 folders)

Series 3: Business and Political Correspondence, 1903-1959, undated (Box 1; 6 folders)

Series 4: Art Correspondence/Subject Files, 1898-1956, undated (Box 1-2; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 5: Dance and Theatre Correspondence/Subject Files, 1902-1953, undated (Box 2-3; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 6: Literary and Music Correspondence/Subject Files, 1900-1952, undated (Box 3; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 7: General Correspondence, 1898-1946, undated (Box 3-4; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 8: Writings, 1915-1926, 1952, undated (Box 4; 3 folders)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1899, 1909-1947, undated (Box 4-5; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 10: Photographs, 1880-circa 1943, undated (Box 5; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 11: Artwork, 1906, undated (Box 5; 3 folders)
Biographical Note:
Mary Fanton Roberts was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1864. When she was a young girl her family moved to Deadwood, in the Montana territory, where her father had mining prospects. When she was old enough, she and her sister were sent back to New York to attend the Albany Female Academy. After finishing school, Roberts pursued journalism and became a staff writer for four years for the Herald Tribune, the Journal, and the Sun in New York. During her long career she was editor of Demorest Magazine, editor-in-chief of New Idea Woman's Magazine, managing editor of The Craftsman, and creator and editor of The Touchstone Magazine and Decorative Arts magazine. Her longest period at one publication was seventeen years as editor of Arts and Decoration. She often wrote articles on the topic of decorative arts and home decorating, and published two books, Inside 100 Homes, and 101 Ideas for Successful Interiors.

In 1906 she married William Carman Roberts, writer and editor of Literary Digest for thirty years. They lived in Manhattan and Waterford, Connecticut.

Roberts was very involved in the artistic, theatrical, and literary circles in New York City, and met and became friends with many young avant garde American artists, including Robert Henri and John Sloan. Through her husband she met many writers and poets, including Theodore Dreiser and Bliss Carman. Roberts was active in organizations such as the Women's City Club, Pen and Brush, and the MacDowell Society and also attended countless art openings, theater performances, and other social events. As an avid supporter of modern dance, she became friends with many performers, including Isadora Duncan and Angna Enters. After her husband's death in 1941, Roberts moved to the Chelsea Hotel, where she lived for the rest of her life. She maintained lifelong relationships with a wide circle of friends and continued to correspond with them and attend social events until her death in 1956 at the age of 92.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1957 by Phoebe DuBois and Violet Organ.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
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.
Occupation:
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Editors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Mary Fanton Roberts papers, 1880-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.robemary
See more items in:
Mary Fanton Roberts papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ea19ad44-7788-4ec4-8cb4-d4b8ec49fde3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-robemary
Online Media:

Men of the rebellion : the eight and their associates at The Phillips Collection

Author:
Turner, Elizabeth Hutton 1952-  Search this
Phillips Collection  Search this
Subject:
Phillips, Duncan 1886-1966 Art collections  Search this
Phillips Collection  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
C1990
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Eight (Group of American artists)  Search this
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.E4 M53 1990
N6512.5.E4M53 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_398046

The immortal eight : American painting from Eakins to the Armory show, 1870-1913 / by Bennard B. Perlman ; introd. by Mrs. Joan Sloan

Author:
Perlman, Bennard B  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
C1979
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Eight (Group of American artists)  Search this
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Call number:
ND210 .P4 1979X
ND210.P4 1979X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_400203

William Glackens and his friends : from November 5th to November 30th, 1957 / Kraushaar Galleries

Author:
Glackens, William J. 1870-1938  Search this
Kraushaar Galleries  Search this
Subject:
Glackens, William J. 1870-1938  Search this
Physical description:
[4] p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1957
1957?]
20th century
Topic:
Painters, American  Search this
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Call number:
ND237.G5 A4 1957
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_911788

The independents : the Ashcan School & their circle from Florida collections / Valerie Ann Leeds

Title:
Ashcan School & their circle from Florida collections
Ashcan School and their circle from Florida collections
Author:
Leeds, Valerie Ann 1958-  Search this
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Fine Arts Museum  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 102 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Florida
Date:
1996
20th century
Topic:
Eight (Group of American artists)  Search this
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.E4 L43 1996X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_490681

Metropolitan lives : the Ashcan artists and their New York / Rebecca Zurier, Robert W. Snyder, Virginia M. Mecklenburg

Author:
Zurier, Rebecca  Search this
Snyder, Robert W. 1955-  Search this
Mecklenburg, Virginia M (Virginia McCord) 1946-  Search this
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
232 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
In art
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1995
20th century
Topic:
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Eight (Group of American artists)  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_483473

The eight : [exhibition] September 15-October 27, 1985, The New Britain Museum of Art / Arthur B. Davies ... [et al.]

Author:
Davies, Arthur B (Arthur Bowen) 1862-1928  Search this
Dubois, Daniel  Search this
New Britain Museum of American Art  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1985
[1985?]
Topic:
Eight (Group of American artists)  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.E4 N53 1985
N6512.5.E4N53 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_432924

George Bellows and the ashcan school of painting

Author:
Braider, Donald 1923-  Search this
Subject:
Bellows, George 1882-1925  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 153 p., [32] p. of plates illus., ports. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
[1971]
Topic:
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.B44 B814 1971
N40.1.B44B814 1971
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_401144

Picturing the city : New York in the press and the art of the Ashcan school, 1890-1917 / by Rebecca Zurier

Author:
Zurier, Rebecca  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. : ill
Type:
Books
In art
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1988
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Eight (Group of American artists)  Search this
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.E4 Z96 1988a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_454450

Picturing the city : urban vision and the Ashcan School / Rebecca Zurier

Author:
Zurier, Rebecca  Search this
Physical description:
x, 407 p., 12 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
In art
Place:
New York (State)
New York
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
2006
C2006
20th century
Topic:
Ashcan school of art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_799057

Modify Your Search







or


Narrow By