Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
The papers of Boston painter Edmund Charles Tarbell measure 7.0 linear feet and date from circa 1855-circa 2000, bulk 1885-1938. The collection includes biographical material, correspondence, writings, diaries, personal business records, printed material, photographs, albums, glass plate negatives, and a scrapbook. A small addition donated in 2018 includes nine art instruction books and sketchbooks with childhood drawings and a copper etching plate by Tarbell, all of which were merged with the existing papers.
Edmund C. Tarbell papers, circa 1855-circa 2000, bulk 1885-1938. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2017 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website. Materials which have not been digitized include blank pages, blank versos of photographs, duplicates and nitrate negatives. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages scanned. The material loaned by Mary Tarbell Schaffer was microfilmed and is available on microfilm reels N68-103 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Reel N68-103: Originals returned to the lender, Mary Tarbell Schaffer, after microfilming.
Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by The Walton Family Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Also in the Archives is material loaned for microfilming (reel N68-103) including roughly 75 unidentified and undated photographs, mostly of Tarbell's work and exhibitions; six exhibition catalogs in which his work appears; clippings; 1 sketch by Tarbell, 1883; and 1 letter from Edward Redfield to "Mary."
Edmund Charles Tarbell (1862-1938) was a painter and educator based in Boston, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The Edmund Charles Tarbell papers were donated in 1989 by his granddaughter, Mary Josephine Ferrell Cannon and in 2017 and 2018 by William P. Tarbell, the artist's great-grandson. The material on reel N68-103 was lent for microfilming in 1968 by Mrs. John Schaffer (Mary Tarbell), daughter of Edmund Tarbell.
This site provides access to the papers of Edmund Charles Tarbell in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2018, and total 5,483 images.
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