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Hobson Pittman papers

Creator:
Pittman, Hobson Lafayette, 1899 or 1900-1972  Search this
Names:
Woodstock School of Painting  Search this
Albright, Ivan, 1897-1983  Search this
Annenberg, Walter H., 1908-  Search this
Canaday, John, 1907-1985  Search this
Gummo, Blanchard, 1906-1986  Search this
Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967  Search this
Luce, Clare Boothe, 1903-1987  Search this
Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954  Search this
Robinson, Edward G., 1893-1973  Search this
Sanger, Margaret, 1879-1966  Search this
Sothern, Ann, 1909-  Search this
Extent:
6 microfilm reels
1,538 Sketches (Addition)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Sketches
Date:
1916-1990
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material, correspondence, legal and financial material, notes and writings, art work, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, printed material, subject files and photographs.
REEL 4154: Five scrapbooks containing clippings, exhibition brochures, photographs of Pittman and of his works (1934-1969); and two sketchbooks containing European views of landscape and architecture (1927-1956).
REELS 4468-4472: Biographical material; correspondence, 1920-1900, with family, colleagues, students, and patrons, including Ivan Albright, Walter H. Annenberg, John Canaday, Blanchard Gummo, Edward Hopper, Edward G. Robinson, Ann Southern, and others; Pittman's will and estate papers; receipts, 1921-1980; 2 address books; school notebooks; writings by and about Pittman, including his "Drift of Consciousness" manuscript; 4 scrapbooks of drawings, 70 unbound drawings, and 2 prints; a menu decorated with sketches of acrobats and annotated "to H. Pittman from R. Marsh" and "E. Hopper"; files containing letters, printed material, and photographs on topics including Clare Boothe Luce (1946-1972), Margaret Sanger (1947-1974), greeting cards designed by Pittman (1960-1965), Pittman residences (1945-1974), Woodstock artists (1972-1975) and Guggenheim fellowships (1938-1956-contains a travel journal about Italy); a scrapbook of clippings (1938-1971) and clippings (1931-1985); exhibition announcements and catalogs (1930-1989), and other printed material; and photographs of Pittman, his family, friends, art classes (1945-1971), and works of art.
ADDITION: Preliminary works of art by Pittman consisting of 1,538 sketches in watercolor, ink and graphite.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, art instructor; Philadelphia, Pa. Born in Epworth, North Carolina, Pittman moved permanently to Pennsylvania in 1918.
Related Materials:
Letters from Pittman to his cousin Lucy Cherry Crisp located in Collection no. 154, East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.
Provenance:
Material on reel 4154 lent for microfilming 1988 by Bryn Mawr College as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Papers on reels 4468-4472 were lent by the Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council, 1990, who received it from Pittman's niece, Alyce Weeks Gordon.The sketches were donated in 1997 from the North Carolina Museum of Art, which had received it from the Hobson Pittman estate.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.pitthobs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-pitthobs

William Robert Pearmain and Pearmain family papers

Creator:
Pearmain, William Robert, 1888-1912  Search this
Names:
Industrial Workers of the World  Search this
Berkman, Alexander, 1870-1936  Search this
Bowditch, Nancy Douglas  Search this
Brooks, John Graham, 1846-1938  Search this
Brush, George de Forest, 1855-1941  Search this
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910  Search this
Dole, Charles F. (Charles Fletcher), 1845-1927  Search this
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Pearmain, Alice  Search this
Pearmain, Jack  Search this
Pearmain, Margaret  Search this
Pearmain, Mary  Search this
Pearmain, Summer  Search this
Sanger, Margaret, 1879-1966  Search this
Sanger, William, b. 1888?  Search this
Trautmann, W. E. (William Ernst), b. 1869  Search this
Upton, Sarah  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Writings
Photographs
Sketches
Watercolors
Diaries
Date:
1888-1955
Summary:
The papers of painter and activist William Robert Pearmain (1888-1912) and the Pearmain family measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1888-1955. Papers are found for William Robert Pearmain, his wife Nancy Douglas Brush (later Bowditch), their daughter Mary "Polly" Pearmain, and other members of the Pearmain family. There are biographical materials; family correspondence; a watercolor; a travel diary and school essays by Pearmain; printed materials, including clippings and two publications by the Industrial Workers of the World; and photographs of the Pearmain family and artwork.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of painter and activist William Robert Pearmain (1888-1912) and the Pearmain family measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1888-1955. Papers are found for William Robert Pearmain, his wife Nancy Douglas Brush (later Bowditch), their daughter Mary "Polly" Pearmain, and other members of the Pearmain family. There are biographical materials; family correspondence; a watercolor; a travel diary and school essays by Pearmain; printed materials, including clippings and two publications by the Industrial Workers of the World; and photographs of the Pearmain family and artwork.

Scattered biographical information includes materials concerning the Pearmain and Upton families including a wedding invitation, school transcripts, biographical sketches and a debutate ball program from 1931.

Much of the correspondence is from William Robert Pearmain to his family written while in school and in Europe. Pearmain's correspondence with his family discusses his career, marriage, daughter, travel, and political views. Later correspondence is from both Robert and Nancy to family members. Other family correspondence is between Nancy, Polly, Sarah Upton, Sumner, Alice, Margaret, and Jack Pearmain.

There are a few incoming letters to Robert, including one from Margaret Sanger. There are condolence letters to Nancy from John Graham Brooks, Rockwell Kent, William Sanger, and Alexander Beckman. A letter from George de Forest Brush to Robert's mother, possibly dated 1906, discusses her unhappiness about Robert leaving Harvard and staying with the Brushs' in Italy. A photocopy of a letter from Samuel Clemens to George de Forest Brush is found. Additional correspondents include Charles F. Dole and William E. Trautmann.

Artwork consists of one watercolor by William Robert Pearmain. Writings and notes include one diary written by Robert while in Europe (1907), school essays, and a list of European trip expenses. Printed materials include clippings, and one issue each of Solidarity , and Mother Earth. Photographs are of a drawing of William Robert Pearmain by Will Loring and family snapshots of Robert, Nancy, and Polly Pearmain in New Hampshire (1911).
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 6 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1888-circa 1955 (Box 1; 5 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1899-1955 (Box 1; 0.25 linear feet)

Series 3: Artwork, circa 1910 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, circa 1900-1908 (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1907-1913 (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1900-1911 (Box 1; 2 folders)
Biographical Note:
William Robert Pearmain (1888-1912), known as Robert, was a painter and political activist working in Boston and New York City. Born to a wealthy family in New England, Pearmain attended Harvard University to study architecture and studied painting in Italy under George de Forest Brush.

Between 1907 and 1908, Pearmain travelled through France and Italy studying with Brush and other artists. Upon returning to the United States, Pearmain married the eldest daughter of his mentor, Nancy Douglas Brush in Dublin, New Hampshire. Also an artist, Nancy settled with Robert in Boston and later in New York City. While in New York, Pearmain worked as an assistant to muralist Barry Faulkner. In 1911, the Pearmains welcomed their daughter Mary Alice, whom they called Polly.

While in New York, Pearmain grew dissatisfied with his artistic career. He discovered an interest in the conditions of the working class and his social and political viewpoints became increasingly radical. Despite his privilaged upbringing, he immersed himself in the world of manual labor. Leaving his wife and daughter behind, Robert walked from New York City to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to work at the Westinghouse Electric Company. Additionally, Pearmain became associated with the Industrial Workers of the World organization and participated in anarchist demonstrations.

Soon after arriving in Pittsburgh, Pearmain's health started to fail. His family believed the hard working conditions caused his illness and a doctor suggested that he return to Massachusetts to recover. In September of 1912, Robert Pearmain died of leukemia. Later, Nancy remarried Dr. Harold Bowditch.
Related Material:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is the Nancy Douglas Bowditch papers, circa 1900s-1970s that contain materials relating to her first husband, William Robert Pearmain and an oral history interview with Nancy Douglas Bowditch conducted on January 30, 1974 by Robert F. Brown.
Separated Material:
That Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel 4589) including a drawing by Will Loring of William Robert Pearmain as a child. This item was returned to the lender and is not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Nancy Bowditch and Edward F. McClennen, Pearmain's widow and grandson, donated the William Robert Pearmain and Pearmain family papers in 1973 and 1974. The photograph of the drawing on microfilm reel 4859 was lent for microfilming by William Robert Pearmain, Pearmain's nephew, in 1974.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The William Robert Pearmain and Pearmain family papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Travel -- Europe  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Political activists -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Political activists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Writings
Photographs
Sketches
Watercolors
Diaries
Citation:
William Robert Pearmain and Pearmain family papers, 1888-1955. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.pearwill
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-pearwill
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Papers

Author:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  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:
2 items
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Manuscripts (documents).)
Sources
Date:
1927
1927-1929
Topic:
Science--History  Search this
Technology--History  Search this
History  Search this
Science  Search this
Technology  Search this
Call number:
MSS 001325 A
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_179353

Margaret Sanger : her life in her words / Miriam Reed ; foreword by Margaret Sanger Lampe

Author:
Reed, Miriam 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 397 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Biography
Correspondence
History
Records and correspondence
Place:
United States
Date:
2003
©2003
20th century
Topic:
Birth control--History  Search this
Women's rights--History  Search this
Women social reformers  Search this
Call number:
CT275.S22 R44 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_746201

Questions and answers about birth control / Margaret Sanger

Author:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. ; 13 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1931
C1931
Topic:
Birth control  Search this
Call number:
HQ763.5 .S26 1931
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_771106

What every boy and girl should know, by Margaret Sanger

Author:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Physical description:
140 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1927
Topic:
Sex instruction  Search this
Call number:
HQ53 .S26 1927
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_790809

Woman of valor : Margaret Sanger and the birth control movement in America / Ellen Chesler

Author:
Chesler, Ellen  Search this
Subject:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Physical description:
639 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Birth control--Biography  Search this
Women social reformers  Search this
Call number:
CT275.S22 C52 1992
HQ764.S3C44 1992X
CT275.S22C52 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_425722

Margaret Sanger : a biography of the champion of birth control / by Madeline Gray

Author:
Gray, Madeline  Search this
Subject:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Physical description:
494 p. : ill. [4] leaves of plates ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1978
C1979
Topic:
Birth control--History  Search this
Call number:
HQ764.S3 G7X
HQ764.S3G7X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_112326

Woman and the new race / by Margaret Sanger ; with a pref. by Havelock Ellis

Author:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 234 p. : port. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1920
Topic:
Birth control  Search this
Call number:
HQ766 .S22
HQ766.S22
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_195297

The Margaret Sanger story and the fight for birth control

Author:
Lader, Lawrence  Search this
Subject:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Physical description:
352 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1955
Topic:
Birth control  Search this
Call number:
CT275.S22 L2
CT275.S22L2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_20526

Birth control in America; the career of Margaret Sanger [by] David M. Kennedy

Author:
Kennedy, David M  Search this
Subject:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 320 p. port. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1970
Topic:
Birth control--History  Search this
Call number:
CT275.S22 K3
HQ764.S22 K3
CT275.S22K3
HQ764.S22K3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_4333

"Hear me for my cause"; selected letters of Margaret Sanger, 1926-1927, by Elizabeth S. Duvall

Author:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Duvall, Elizabeth S  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
Topic:
Birth control  Search this
Call number:
HQ764.S32 A1
HQ764.S32 A1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_51659

Woman rebel / Alex Baskin, advisory editor & historical consultant

Author:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Baskin, Alex  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 56 p. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1976
Topic:
Feminism--Periodicals  Search this
Birth control  Search this
Women and socialism  Search this
Call number:
HQ1101 .W87
HQ1101.W87
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_68745

The practice of contraception; an international symposium and survey, edited by Margaret Sanger and Hannah M. Stone; with a foreword by Robert L. Dickinson; from the Proceedings of the Seventh International Birth Control Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, September, 1930

Author:
International Birth Control Conference (7th : 1930 : Zurich)  Search this
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Stone, Hannah Meyer 1894-  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 316 p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1930
1931
Topic:
Birth control--Societies, etc.  Search this
Contraception  Search this
Call number:
HQ763 .I6 1930bX
HQ763.I6 1930bX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_74324

Margaret Sanger; an autobiography

Author:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Subject:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Physical description:
504 p. port. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1970
Call number:
CT275.S22 A1 1970
CT275.S22A1 1970
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_8228

The birth of the pill : how four crusaders reinvented sex and launched a revolution / Jonathan Eig

Author:
Eig, Jonathan  Search this
Subject:
McCormick, Katherine Dexter 1876-1967  Search this
Pincus, Gregory 1903-1967  Search this
Rock, John 1890-1984  Search this
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Physical description:
x, 388 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
History
Date:
2014
Topic:
Oral contraceptives--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1037939

Margaret Sanger : a life of passion / Jean H. Baker

Author:
Baker, Jean H  Search this
Subject:
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966  Search this
Physical description:
349 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2011
20th century
Topic:
Women social reformers  Search this
Birth control--History  Search this
Women's rights--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_988320

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