Series II. Research files


2.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Terhune's research files offer documentary evidence and substantiation to a number of topics noted on her index cards. The "People" subseries consists of information about Hovenden, his family, and other figures who influenced his work, particularly contemporary artists and collectors. In addition to photocopying primary materials held at various institutions, Terhune apparently had access to materials held by Hovenden's descendants who continue to live in the Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania area, where the artist maintained his home. Photocopies of the artist's sketchbook, lecture notes and snapshots are identified as "attic" material. Terhune made an inventory of these materials, which also included 19th century catalogues and clippings. Terhune also conducted interviews at Plymouth Meeting, and made "miscellaneous" notes about the Corson family, which was the family of Hovenden's wife Helen. "African Americans" is one of the more extensive topics documented in the "Subjects" subseries and consists primarily of articles on their depiction in art. There is also a notebook in which Terhune made comments to a related exhibition at the Wadsworth Athenaeum as well as notes from her 1992 interview of, and later lecture by, Edmund Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of National Center of Afro-American Artists. The subseries also includes a print-out of American art exhibitions prior to 1877 as well as photocopies of directories of 19th century galleries and other art institutions. Also of note is Terhune's demographic research based on 1880 censuses of Plymouth Meeting and Montgomery counties. Terhune's papers include photocopies of these documents as well as her analysis of the information. Most of the material in the "Works of Art" subseries consists of Terhune's correspondence with institutuions and private collectors owning works by Hovenden. Provenance, identification of the artist's models, and permission to publish are the issues most often documented. Photographs, notes and clippings are also included. "Writings" consist of clippings, original and photocopied, to which Terhune did not assign a specific topic. Included in the "Primary" sources are articles from the Philadelphia Press, Harper's Weekly and Harper's Magazine. "Secondary" sources include scholarly writings by Linda Ferber (1980), Lee M. Edwards (1987) as well as chapters from American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Volumes II and III (1980, 1985) and New York Times clippings.