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Hervey, Wilna, 1894-1979  Search this
Mason, Nan, 1896-1982  Search this
Ruellan, Andrée  Search this
Pachner, William  Search this
Heckman, Albert  Search this
Speicher, Elsie  Search this
Klitgaard, Georgina  Search this
Speicher, Eugene Edward  Search this
Lee, Doris  Search this
Komroff, Manuel  Search this
Marsh, Frederick Dana  Search this
Kroll, Leon  Search this
Hopper, Jo N. (Josephine Nivison),  Search this
Rohland, Caroline  Search this
Mason, Dan  Search this
McFee, Henry Lee  Search this
Rohland, Paul  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
4.9 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The collection is comprised mostly of letters to silent film actress and painter Wilna Hervey and her life-long companion painter Nan Mason from friends, colleagues, and Mason's father, Dan Mason, also a silent film actor. Also found are biographical materials, personal photographs and snapshots, Hervey's handwritten memoirs, as well as twelve folders of Dan Mason's papers.
Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason papers, circa 1920-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Wilna Hervey (1894-1979) was a silent film actress and painter in San Francisco, Calif. and Woodstock, N.Y. Nan Mason (1896-1982) was a painter and photographer from New York, N.Y. and the daughter of Dan Mason, a silent film actor who worked with Hervey. Hervey was most known for her role as Katrinka in the film adaptations of the Toonerville Trolley cartoon. In the 1960s, Hervey achieved success as an enamel painter. Mason became well known as a painter and photographer. Hervey and Mason were life partners.
Donated in 2008 by Daniel Gelfand, a friend of Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Motion picture actors and actresses  Search this
Women painters  Search this
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Archives of American Art