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Lilly Martin Spencer papers

Creator:
Spencer, Lilly Martin, 1822-1902  Search this
Names:
Sorosis (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1822-1904  Search this
Ingersoll, Robert Green, 1833-1899  Search this
Sartain, John, 1808-1897  Search this
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902  Search this
Extent:
0.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1828-1966
Summary:
The papers of portrait and genre painter Lilly Martin Spencer, measure 0.9 linear feet and date from 1828-1966. The collection includes biographical material, scattered lists, notes, receipts, and legal documents relating to Spencer's life and work, Spencer's business and family correspondence, printed material, a lithograph, photographs of Spencer and others, and photographs of Spencer's artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of portrait and genre painter Lilly Martin Spencer, measure 0.9 linear feet and date from 1828-1966. The collection includes biographical material, scattered lists, notes, receipts, and legal documents relating to Spencer's life and work, Spencer's business and family correspondence, printed material, a lithograph, photographs of Spencer and others, and photos of Spencer's artwork.

The collection documents Spencer's popularity and success as a painter, her involvement with art associations and civic organizations such as Sorosis, and her personal life as a wife, mother, and breadwinner through correspondence with family, artists including John Sartain and Benjamin John Lossing, dealers including Samuel Putnam Avery, writers and editors such as Robert Green Ingersoll and Fannie Raymond Bitter, and social activists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as four series:

Series 1: Biographical Material and Other Papers, 1853-1959 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OV 3)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1828-1966 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1857-1961 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2, OV 3)

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1890-circa 1950 (0.1 linear feet; Box 2)
Biographical / Historical:
New York and Ohio painter Lilly Martin Spencer (1822-1902) was known for her popular portrait paintings and humorous domestic genre scenes.

Spencer was born Angelique Marie Martin in England to French parents, Giles and Angelique Martin, who were followers of the French social critic Charles Fournier. The family came to New York in 1830, moved to Marietta, Ohio, in 1833 and, in 1845, co-founded the communal settlement, Trumbull Phalanx, near Braceville, Ohio. In 1848, after her marriage to Benjamin Spencer at the age of 22, Spencer returned to New York. She achieved much success as a painter and was the main breadwinner for her family while giving birth to thirteen children, seven of whom survived to adulthood. The family moved several times, to Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Newark, New Jersey; and Highlands and Poughkeepsie, New York.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also has microfilm (reel 132) of the Martin family papers and Campus Martius Museum records regarding Lilly Martin Spencer. Originals are located at the Campus Martius Museum, Ohio Historical Society.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming on reel 131 including family history; biographical material; circa 50 photographs of Spencer and her paintings; M.A. thesis, "Lilly Martin Spencer: American Painter of the Nineteenth Century," by Ann Byrd Schumer; articles about Spencer's life and work, 1959; and a list of paintings owned by her granddaughter, Lillian Spencer Gates. Loaned materials were returned to the donor and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in 1971 by Lillian Spencer Gates, Spencer's granddaughter.
Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing and digitization. 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:
Portrait painters -- New York (State)  Search this
Genre painters -- New York (State)  Search this
Genre painters -- Ohio  Search this
Portrait painters -- Ohio  Search this
Topic:
Women painters  Search this
Citation:
Lilly Martin Spencer papers, 1828-1966. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.spenlill
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-spenlill
Online Media:

Papers

Author:
Haeckel, Ernst 1834-1919  Search this
Author:
Devrient, Otto 1838-1894  Search this
Ingersoll, Robert Green 1833-1899  Search this
Lees, George Frederic William 1872-  Search this
Paine, Thomas 1737-1809  Search this
Wollweber, Otto 1876-  Search this
Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Donor:
Dibner, Bern DSI  Search this
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
28 items : illustrations, portrait
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Manuscripts (documents).)
Sources
Date:
1878
1878-1918
Topic:
Science--History  Search this
Technology--History  Search this
History  Search this
Science  Search this
Technology  Search this
Call number:
MSS 647 A
MSS 000647 A
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_170065

Papers

Author:
Ingersoll, Robert Green 1833-1899  Search this
Donor:
Dibner, Bern DSI  Search this
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Author:
Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
10 items : portrait
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Manuscripts (documents).)
Sources
Date:
1888
1888-1896
Topic:
Science--History  Search this
Technology--History  Search this
History  Search this
Science  Search this
Technology  Search this
Call number:
MSS 740 A
MSS 000740 A
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_170205

Letter

Author:
Brandes, Georg Morris Cohen 1842-1927  Search this
Donor:
Dibner, Bern DSI  Search this
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Author:
Ingersoll, Robert Green 1833-1899  Search this
Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (2 pages)
Type:
Manuscripts
Manuscripts (documents).)
Sources
Date:
1921
Topic:
Science--History  Search this
Technology--History  Search this
History  Search this
Science  Search this
Technology  Search this
Call number:
MSS 000168 A
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_169014

Colonel Bob Ingersoll : a biographical narrative of the great American orator and agnostic / by Cameron Rogers

Author:
Rogers, Cameron 1900-  Search this
Subject:
Ingersoll, Robert Green 1833-1899  Search this
Physical description:
293 p. : ill., port. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1927
Topic:
Atheists--Biography  Search this
Agnostics--Biography  Search this
Orators--Biography  Search this
Lawyers  Search this
Call number:
CT275.I4755 R6 1927
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_513189

The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll ... : in twelve volumes

Author:
Ingersoll, Robert Green 1833-1899  Search this
Physical description:
[64] p., [11] leaves of plates : ports., facsim. ; 24 cm
Type:
Specimens
Date:
1910
Topic:
Dummies (Bookselling)  Search this
Call number:
Z278 .W91 1910
Z278.W91 1910
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_432798

John G. Farnsworth, receiver of the Bankers' and Merchants' Telegraph Co. vs. Western Union Telegraph Co. : Robert G. Ingersoll's opening speech to the jury, delivered May 21st, 1886

Author:
Bankers' and Merchants' Telegraph Company  Search this
Ingersoll, Robert Green 1833-1899  Search this
Western Union Telegraph Company  Search this
New York (State) Supreme Court  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Subject:
Farnsworth, John G  Search this
Bankers' and Merchants' Telegraph Company Trials, litigation, etc  Search this
Western Union Telegraph Company Trials, litigation, etc  Search this
Physical description:
40 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
Date:
1886
Topic:
Telegraph--Law and legislation  Search this
Call number:
HE7651 .B25 1886
HE7651.B25 1886
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_332627

The great agnostic : Robert Ingersoll and American freethought / Susan Jacoby

Author:
Jacoby, Susan 1945-  Search this
Subject:
Ingersoll, Robert Green 1833-1899  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 246 p. ; 22 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2013
C2013
Topic:
Freethinkers  Search this
Freethinkers--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1001872

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