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titleThacher family collection, 1807-1984, 1937-1984 (bulk dates).
repositoryThe Winterthur Library
collection titleCollection includes a few business papers for the Thachers’ Rip Van Dam Shop and for Doris Thacher’s needlework business; some information about 18th century paintings; and genealogical information about New York families, particularly the Glen, Livingston, Sanders, and Wilson families. Collection also includes a number of 19th century embroidery, knitting, dress, slipper, and other needlework patterns from the Wilson family home in Clermont, New York.

Most of the dress patterns are from the 1860s, with one from the 1890s. The patterns are not sized. Other items from the Wilson house include some Victorian calling cards and tracings of figures used for a shadow theater. Several books on New York genealogy belonged to Judge John Sanders, a prominent citizen of Schenectady, or were given by him to one of his daughters. One book belonged to William Wilson, a Union College student. As well, the collection includes copies of the publication Ciba Review, published by the Ciba Company of Switzerland, on topics relating to textiles.

Biography or history
The Thacher family lived in New York. Thurston (d.1965) and Doris (d.1990) Thacher ran an antique business, the Rip Van Dam Shop, in Hyde Park. Among their customers was Henry Francis du Pont. Doris Thacher was especially interested in needlework and became an expert embroiderer. She taught classes, had an embroidery supply business, and reproduced antique pieces of embroidery. Thurston Thacher was interested in early American paintings, particularly those executed in the Hudson River valley in the 18th century. Around 1950, the Thachers acquired the contents of the Wilson family home in Clermont (now Germantown), New York. The house contained over two centuries’ worth of family acquisitions, including paintings and documents. Most of these were sold through their business, but the Thachers retained embroidery and dress patterns and a few other odds and ends from the house.

Materials are in English; one book is in French.

Associated materials
An embroidered handkerchief which belonged to Judge W. Wilson of Clermont is in Doc. 697 in this repository.

See also the Glen-Sanders papers available on microfilm at this repository, Mic. 1967-1984.

Materials are in English; one book is in French.

The Winterthur Library, Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, Winterthur, DE 19735

Call Number
Col. 806
extent7 boxes (about 30 linear inches) : ill.
formatsBusiness Papers Printed Materials Ephemera
accessCollection open to the public. Copyright restrictions may apply.
record source
finding aidA finding aid to the collection is available at this repository. Most of the papers are in good condition. The books are in poor condition.
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titleEverett Shinn collection, 1877-1959.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleThe papers of Everett Shinn measure 3.0 linear feet and date from 1877 to 1958.

Found within the papers are biographical material; correspondence with friends and colleagues; personal business records; art work, including two sketchbooks of designs for Belasco's Stuyvesant Theatre; notes and writings, eight scrapbooks, printed material, and numerous photographs of Shinn, his colleagues, and his work.

Biographical material includes miscellaneous biographical accounts and a membership certificate from the American Watercolor Society. Correspondence consists of letters from Shinn's friends and colleagues, primarily from author Poultney Bigelow.

There are also letters from decorator Elsie De Wolfe, dramatist Clyde Fitch, and artists Charles Dana Gibson, William Glackens, and George Luks whose letters are illustrated. There are scattered letters from A. Stirling Calder, Theodore Dreiser, Robert Henri, Ernest Lawson, Julia Marlowe, Claude Rains, Ruth Warrick, Alexander Woollcott, and Mahonri Young.

Personal business records consist of two account books recording art work used in publications and loaned for exhibitions, and miscellaneous invoices.
Art work consists of two sketchbooks of designs for the Stuyvesant Theatre murals, miscellaneous drawings by Shinn. Art work by others including H. B. Eddy, James Ben Ali Haggin, Colonel Hegan, Oliver Henfold, George Luks, and Philip Nolan, consist primarily of caricatures.

Notes and writings include notes for a book on art, poems, and typescripts by Shinn including "Plush and Cut Glass," a book about George Luks and two original handwritten scripts by Everett Shinn for the plays Hazel Weston and Myrtle Clayton, August 1951.

Eight scrapbooks primarily contain clippings. Scrapbook 2 contains clippings, exhibition catalogs, a note from Stuart Benson, an illustrated postcard from Ed, and scattered photographs.

Additional printed material is primarily comprised of clippings, but there are also exhibition announcements and catalogs for Shinn, reproductions of art work, booklets, and miscellaneous printed material.

Rare programs for plays written by Shinn list cast members including Wilfred Buckland, Edith Glackens, William J. Glackens, James Ben Ali Haggin, Robert Henri, J. E. Laub, Thomas Newell Metcalf, James M. Preston, Florence Scovel Shinn, and John Sloan.

Numerous photographs are found within the collection and depict Shinn as a boy, in various Philadelphia newspaper offices, in costume for stage performances, at the easel, and with colleagues including Robert Henri, John Sloan. Photographs of colleagues also include author Poultney Bigelow, decorator Elsie De Wolfe, portrait painter James Ben Ali Haggin, actress Julia Marlowe, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts classmates William Glackens and Florence Scovel.

There are also photographs of Shinn's residences, exhibition installations, set designs and stagings of plays, murals, and other art work.

Bio / His Notes:
Everett Shinn (1876-1953) was a painter, stage designer, writer, and newspaper illustrator from New York, N.Y. Shinn was a member of the group, "The Eight."

Cite As:
Everett Shinn papers, 1877-1958. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Loc. of Assoc. Material:
Additional Everett Shinn papers are available at the Helen Farr Sloan Library, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Del.
extent3.0 linear ft.
formatsBusiness Papers Personal Papers Correspondence Sketchbooks Photographs
accessUse of original papers requires an appointment. CLOSED FOR COLLECTION DIGITIZATION
record link
record source
finding aidIn the repository and on the repository's Web site.
acquisition informationThe bulk of the Everett Shinn collection was acquired via purchase from art dealer Thurston Thatcher between 1958-1964. Art collector Howard Lipman donated additional material in 1962. Five negatives of Shinn's work were donated in 1969 by Dr. Milton Luria, an acquaintance of Shinn's son, Davidson. The photograph of Everett Shinn, John Sloan, and Robert Henri was donated on an unknown date by an unidentified donor. Two handwritten plays were purchased at auction in 2011 by the Archives of American Art.
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