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Elisabeth Telling Papers, 1902-1965
9 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 160

Abstract:
Artist, Traveler, Ethnographer. The Elisabeth Telling Papers include extensive correspondence (1902-36) with her family describing her travels; diaries (1902-65); photographs and slides; writings; and her artwork. Her writings include published articles and her unpublished manuscript, "An Artist In Guatemala." Notable correspondents include playwright Stuart Walker, Sophia Smith Collection Director Margaret Storrs Grierson, sculptor Alice Morgan Wright, and artist Robert Eskridge.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of unpublished works by Elisabeth Telling is unknown. Copyright for works by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Drawing of "Balinese little boy" from travel sketchbook, undated

Drawing of "Balinese little boy"
from travel sketchbook, undated

Elisabeth Telling was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1892. She graduated from Smith College in 1904 and studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts from 1904 to 1905. Telling was a member of the Society of Women Geographers and traveled extensively in Europe, Central America, the Far East, Southeast Asia, Peru, and Haiti. She specialized in portraits of children and people in their native costume. Her artwork has been exhibited across the country and she published several articles about her travels.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Elisabeth Telling Papers include extensive correspondence (1902-36) with her family describing her travels; diaries (1902-65); photographs and slides; writings; and her artwork. Her writings include published articles and her unpublished manuscript, "An Artist In Guatemala." Notable correspondents include playwright Stuart Walker, Sophia Smith Collection Director Margaret Storrs Grierson, sculptor Alice Morgan Wright, and artist Robert Eskridge.

NOTE: This collection has not been fully processed; therefore:

  • The container list may not be completely accurate.
  • Although some materials may not be arranged in a logical order, please do not rearrange items or folders.
  • Locations of materials are subject to change when the collection is fully processed at a later date.
  • Some fragile items may not be protected in proper archival enclosures and should be handled with extreme care.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of unpublished works by Elisabeth Telling is unknown. Copyright for works by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Elisabeth Telling Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Elisabeth Telling donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1980. Additional papers were transferred from the Smith College Archives in 1981.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Margaret Jessup, 2005.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/

Language
English.

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS



Contents


Box 1
Biographical material


Box 1: folder 1



General


Box 1: folder 2
Travel


Box 1: folder 3
Diaries,
1902-53

Box 2
Diaries,
1954-65

Box 3
SERIES II. WRITINGS AND ARTWORK



Writings



"An Artist in Guatemala": manuscript,
n.d. (1934?)

Box 4: folder 4
"Book on Guatemala": manuscript, early
1930s

Box 4: folder 5
Untitled manuscript and notes,
1939, n.d.

Box 4: folder 6
Correspondence,
1936-38

Box 4: folder 7



General


Box 4
Portraits: exhibitions and miscellaneous


Box 4: folder 8-9
Illustrations


Box 4: folder 10
Correspondence


Box 4
A-Z


Box 4: folder 11
Print Makers Society of California,

[see also OVERSIZE MATERIALS]

1921-27

Box 4: folder 12
Pine Mt. Settlement School,
1920-21

Box 4: folder 13


Box 4
A-F


Box 5: folder 13a
G-L


Box 5: folder 13b
M-P


Box 5: folder 13c
R-Z


Box 5: folder 13d
Unidentified


Box 5
Women


Box 5: folder 13e
Men


Box 5: folder 13f
Children


Box 5: folder 13g
Travel portraits


Box 5
Bali, China, Ecuador


Box 5: folder 13h
Guatemala


Box 5: folder 13i
Japan, Java


Box 5: folder 13j
Peru, Siam


Box 5: folder 13k
Yucatan


Box 5: folder 13l
Unidentified


Box 5: folder 13m
Miscellaneous works


Box 5: folder 13n
Sketches, pencil


Box 5: folder 13o
Sketchbooks (8)


Box 6
SERIES III. CORRESPONDENCE



To family



France and Germany,
1902-14

Box 7: folder 14
Germany,
1914-20

Box 7: folder 15
1928

Box 7: folder 16
China, Java,
1930-31

Box 7: folder 17
Bali,
1931

Box 7: folder 18
Singapore, Bangkok, Bali,
1932

Box 7: folder 19
Mexico, Guatemala,
1933-34

Box 7: folder 20
Guatemala,
1935-36

Box 7: folder 21
To friends and associates,
1933-34, 1937

Box 7: folder 22
From family,
1914-20

Box 8: folder 23-24
From friends and associates



Robert Eskridge,
1923-24

Box 8: folder 25
Margaret Grierson,
1963-65

Box 8: folder 26
Else Hall, from Germany,
1914-16

Box 8: folder 27
Stuart A. Walker,
1917

Box 8: folder 28
Louise H. Wood (AFSC),
1946

Box 8: folder 29
Alice Morgan Wright,
1913-14

Box 8: folder 30



Peru, Haiti and Ecuador


Box 9
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Color portraits


Flat File
Color landscapes, flowers


Flat File
Pencil sketches


Flat File

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Subjects
  • Central America--Description and travel--Sources
  • East Asia--Description and travel--Sources
  • Eskridge, Robert Lee, b. 1891--Correspondence
  • Ethnology--History--Sources
  • Europe--Description and travel--Sources
  • Grierson, Margaret Storrs--Correspondence
  • Indonesia--Description and travel--Sources
  • Peru--Description and travel--Sources
  • Telling, Elisabeth, 1882-1979
  • Voyages and travels--1900-1950--Sources
  • Walker, Stuart, d. 1941--Correspondence
  • Women painters--United States--20th century--Sources
  • Wright, Alice Morgan--Correspondence


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