Subseries A. People

Date:
1916, 1929-1944, 1950-1986, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries is comprised mainly of primary source material related to Thomas Eakins, his wife Susan Macdowell Eakins, and the artist's many students, sitters, relatives, friends, and other associates. Much of the material was compiled by Goodrich between 1930 and 1933 when Goodrich was working on his first biography of Eakins and making frequent research trips to Philadelphia. Of particular importance is Goodrich's correspondence and interview notes with Susan Eakins, Charles Bregler, Samuel Murray and other people personally acquainted with Eakins and his work. This information, combined with the painting registers, notebook, and many letters of Thomas Eakins which Susan Eakins permitted Goodrich to transcribe during these same years, formed the basis of his 1933 book.

Goodrich continued to add primary source material to these files over the next fifty years, diligenty tracking down Thomas Eakins's correspondence from a variety of people and institutions, and adding copies of these letters to his files. In addition, he clipped obituaries of various Eakins's acquaintances and added this, and other biographical information from secondary sources, to his files.