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Boston Public Library Arts Department collection of John Singer Sargent clippings and other ephemera

Call Number: MS.SC.0001

Scope and Contents

Newspaper clippings and other ephemera outlining Sargent's work and exhibitions. Topics include murals at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Harvard Widener Library, portraiture, religious imagery, Boston Public Library murals, and biographical information.


  • 1896 - 1939


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. In most cases, the Boston Public Library does not hold the copyright to the items in our collections. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make their own determination about what types of usage might be permissible under U.S. and international copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was an American artist known for portrait painting. Sargent was considered a prolific artist, producing over 900 paintings and nearly 2000 watercolors in addition to studies and sketches. Later in his career, Sargent undertook the commission of large mural sequences for Widener Library at Harvard University, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Boston Public Library.


1.5 Cubic Feet (3 boxes (1 oversize))

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged in three groups: Clippings, Reproductions, and Correspondence. The groups are roughly arranged by subject, assigned by Boston Public Library Fine Arts Department staff members.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Compiled by Fine Arts librarians at the Boston Public Library, circa 1960-1980, from local and national news publications.

Processing Information

The original order of the collection has been maintained, with materials rehoused in archivally sound enclosures.

Processing Information

This electronic finding aid is transcribed from legacy data. In many cases, transcriptions were not verified against collection materials at the time of transcription. As a result, this finding aid could be incomplete and might only reflect a partial understanding of the material.

Statement on harmful description

Archival description reflects the biases of time periods and cultures in which it was created and may include direct quotations or descriptions that use inappropriate or harmful language. Creator provided descriptions may be maintained in order to preserve the context in which the collection was created and/or used. Legacy description and potentially offensive content may be made available online until a collection can be reprocessed because the access that they provide to primary source materials is uniquely valuable to the research community at large. Our efforts to repair outdated descriptions and to describe our collections more equitably are iterative and ongoing.

Boston Public Library Arts Department collection of John Singer Sargent clippings and other ephemera
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Eve Griffin
2021 August
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