Elisabeth Telling papers
Scope and Contents
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 Her writings include published articles and her unpublished manuscript, "An Artist In Guatemala."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.
Dates of Materials
- Telling, Elisabeth (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Biographical / Historical
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.
9 boxes (3.5 linear feet)
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 Her writings include published articles and her unpublished manuscript, "An Artist In Guatemala."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.
This collection is organized into four series:
- I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS
- II. WRITINGS AND ARTWORK
- III. CORRESPONDENCE
- IV. SLIDES
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Elisabeth Telling donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1980. Additional papers were transferred from the Smith College Archives in 1981.
Finding aid revised by Margaret Jessup, 2005.
- Central America -- Description and travel
- East Asia -- Description and travel
- Eskridge, Robert Lee, b. 1891--Correspondence
- Europe -- Description and travel
- Grierson, Margaret Storrs
- Indonesia -- Description and travel
- Peru -- Description and travel
- Telling, Elisabeth
- Telling, Irving
- Voyages and travels -- 1900-1950
- Walker, Stuart, d. 1941--Correspondence
- Women painters -- United States -- 20th century
- Works of art
- Wright, Alice Morgan--Correspondence
- Elisabeth Telling papers
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