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Mary Margaret Sittig research material on Louis Prang, 1860-1978

Creator:
Sittig, Mary Margaret  Search this
Subject:
Prang, Louis  Search this
Heinzen, Rosa Prang  Search this
L. Prang & Co.  Search this
Type:
Watercolors
Prints
Etchings
Paintings
Drawings
Photographs
Citation:
Mary Margaret Sittig research material on Louis Prang, 1860-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Lithographers  Search this
Greeting cards industry  Search this
Chromolithography  Search this
Lithography  Search this
Theme:
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5970
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)227984
AAA_collcode_sittmary
Theme:
Research and writing about art
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Archives of American Art
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Mary Margaret Sittig research material on Louis Prang

Creator:
Sittig, Mary Margaret  Search this
Names:
L. Prang & Co.  Search this
Heinzen, Rosa Prang  Search this
Prang, Louis, 1824-1909  Search this
Extent:
3.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Watercolors
Prints
Etchings
Paintings
Drawings
Photographs
Date:
1860-1978
Summary:
Art historian Mary Margaret Sittig's research material on Louis Prang dates from 1860 to 1978 and measures 3.5 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material for Louis Prang and for Mary Margaret Sittig, collected letters from various members of the Prang family, and scattered letters to Sittig from friends. Additional collected research materials include scattered personal business records for Louis Prang and his wife, notes and writings, art work, printed material, and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
Art historian Mary Margaret Sittig's research material on Louis Prang dates from 1860 to 1978 and measures 3.5 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material for Louis Prang and for Mary Margaret Sittig, collected letters from various members of the Prang family, and scattered letters to Sittig from friends. Additional collected research materials include scattered personal business records for Louis Prang and his wife, notes and writings, art work, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical material concerning Louis Prang includes a record book and genealogy listing Prang family members, ephemera, and scattered family papers. Biographical material concerning Mary Margaret Sittig includes resumes, a photograph of Sitting, and scattered ephemera. Letters primarily consist of scattered communications between miscellaneous Prang family members, and a few business-related letters. Letters to Mary Margaret Sittig are primarily from friends and discuss her research activities. Personal business records consist of an account book for Louis Prang's wife, Rosa, and miscellaneous receipts for Louis Prang.

Notes and writings primarily consist of photocopies of research material on Louis Prang collected by Mary Margaret Sittig and include a typescript of her thesis L. Prang and Company, Fine Art Publishers. Art work consists of ink drawings, watercolor sketches, an etching, a block print, and an oil painting on fabric.

Printed material concerning Louis Prang includes clippings, commercial lithographs of book illustrations, chromolithographs of ceramics from the Walters Collection, and printed reproductions of work by others.

Photographs are of Louis Prang, his wives Rosa Prang and Mary Dana Hicks Prang, miscellaneous Prang family members, and of scattered art work. There is also the Prang Family Photograph Album that contains annotations, but no photographs.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1881-1973 (Box 1; 10 folders)

Series 2: Letters, 1864-1974 (Box 1; 23 folders)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1875-1917 (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 4: Notes and Writings, 1890-1978 (Box 1; 16 folders)

Series 5: Art Work, circa 1880 (Box 1; 9 folders)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1866-1972 (Box 1-8; 2.5 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographs, 1860-1957 (Box 3, 7; 6 folders)
Biographical Note:
Mary Margaret Sittig was a doctoral student at George Washington University in Washington D.C. working on a dissertation about the life and work of Boston lithographer Louis Prang (1824-1909), often referred to as the "father of the American Christmas card." Sittig completed her Master's theses L. Prang and Company, Fine Art Publishers in 1970, but died before completing her doctoral dissertation.

In 1864, Prang visited Europe to study the latest techniques in German lithography. He returned to Boston to create high quality reproductions of major works of art using a lithographic process he called "chromos." In 1874, he began producing greeting cards for the popular market in England and began selling the Christmas card in the United States the next year. Also in 1874, Prang began publishing books for drawing and elementary art study for public schools. This latter activity proved so successful that he formed the Prang Educational Company in 1882.
Related Material:
The Archives also holds the Louis Prang papers, 1848-1932.
Provenance:
The papers were donated by Mary Margaret Sittig's brother James C. Sittig in 2001, in memory of Charlotte, Edgar, and Mary Sittig.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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 historians -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Topic:
Lithographers  Search this
Greeting cards industry  Search this
Chromolithography  Search this
Lithography  Search this
Genre/Form:
Watercolors
Prints
Etchings
Paintings
Drawings
Photographs
Citation:
Mary Margaret Sittig research material on Louis Prang, 1860-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.sittmary
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GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9211818e5-2c47-440f-b183-8d25800b9998
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