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Now fully digitized and online: the Winslow Homer letters to M. Knoedler & Company! This small collection of twenty-two letters written by painter and illustrator Winslow Homer to his art dealer, M. Knoedler and Company, date from 1900 to 1904. Homer's letters concern the logistics of selling his paintings and also reference agents, collectors, and art institutions where his work was being exhibited.

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Now fully digitized and online: the Mary Cassatt letters! The collection consists of sixty-three letters written by Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt from 1882 to 1926. Written to family and friends, Cassatt discusses travel, family, the sale and provenance of works of art, and personal news. Cassatt is known for her depictions of both the social and domestic lives of women and their children.

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Need a good beach read this Memorial Day Weekend? Try our post on the Smithsonian Collections Blog. Surf, Sand and Easels: Artists at the Beach http://s.si.edu/1okwYqo
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Now online: a Finding Aid to the Harry Siddons Mowbray and Mowbray family papers! Harry Siddons Mowbray (1858-1928) was a painter, muralist, and public servant who was active in New York, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C.. He served on the Commission of Fine Arts which (among many other accomplishments) standardized the flag of the United States.

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Have you ever wondered about how exhibition designs are conceived? How the graphics get on the walls? Meet the team from the Smithsonian Office of Exhibits Central who designed and installed our current exhibition, "Artists and Their Models:" http://s.si.edu/1wz2mpL
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Now online: a Finding Aid to the Polly Thayer (Starr) papers! Her papers measure 21.4 linear feet and date from 1846 to 2008, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1921-2008. Thayer was a Boston painter of portraits, landscapes, and still lifes.

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Now online: A Finding Aid to the Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings papers! Robsjohn-Gibbings (1905-1976) was a furniture and interior designer who lived and worked in New York City and Athens, Greece.

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"My mother used to make all my clothes, so I knew something about making clothes and working with fabric." Oral history interview with Adela Akers, 2008, 2008 http://s.si.edu/1mOUGct #MothersDay
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The world's largest and most widely used resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America.
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The Archives of American Art is the world’s pre-eminent and most widely used research center dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America.

Our vast holdings—more than 16 million letters, diaries and scrapbooks of artists, dealers, and collectors; manuscripts of critics and scholars; business and financial records of museums, galleries, schools, and associations; photographs of art world figures and events; sketches and sketchbooks; rare printed material; film, audio and video recordings; and the largest collection of oral histories anywhere on the subject of art—are a vital resource to anyone interested in American culture over the past 200 years.

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