This series is comprised of a portion of the material Lloyd Goodrich gathered while preparing "Thomas Eakins: His life and work" (1933), which was published by the Whitney Museum of American Art, where Goodrich was on staff as a researcher and writer of monographs. This biography and catalogue raisonné was the first definitive work on Thomas Eakins, as well as Goodrich's first major publication. It is important to note that the preparatory material for this book became a valuable resource for Goodrich's later publications and continued research on the artist. Thus, much material dated from ca. 1930-1933 can be found in the "People" subseries of the "Research series," the "Preliminary notes" and "Drafts and related material" subseries of the "Thomas Eakins (1982)" series; and the "Catalogue raisonné" series.
The bulk of this series consists of correspondence documenting Goodrich's attempt to locate works of art. There is little conclusive content to these files, and it is apparent that Goodrich removed much of the fruitful correspondence to his working files for his later catalogue raisonné. This series also contains material regarding the book's format, methodology, illustrations, and production and distribution. Some reviews and a prospectus is also included.