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Guide to the Rosalind Howe Sturges Allen Papers ca. 1928-1999

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Howe, Rosalind
Title: Rosalind Howe Sturges Allen Papers
Dates: ca. 1928-1999
Quantity: 8.5 cubic ft (20 boxes and map case material)
Abstract: Research materials, sketches, drawings, published materials, and exhibition materials relating to Howe's work as an artist and architectural cartographer as well as professional correspondence, published materials about Howe and published materials which included Howe's work.
Forms of Materials: Research materials, sketches, drawings, published materials, and exhibition materials.

Biographical Note

Rosalind Howe Sturges Allen was an artist and architectural cartographer who pioneered the use of anachronistic maps which featured the architectural history of a place rather than its geographic features. She was born in 1907 to Mary Locke and Wallis Howe and graduated from Vassar College in 1928. She died in 1999.

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Scope and Content Note

Collection includes research materials, sketches, drawings, published materials, and exhibition materials relating to Howe's work as an artist and architectural cartographer. Collection also includes professional correspondence, drawings, paintings, and other artwork created by Howe as well as published materials about Howe and published materials which included Howe's work. Loose items removed from the notebooks in Series XX were put in F.s 7.13-7.18. Many materials in this collection are oversized and stored in the map cases, drawer 23. These items are indicated by an "M" in the container list. See also Vassariana Collection for additional published Vassar maps.

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Access and Use

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Organizations:

  • Cathedral Village -- Drawing.
  • Old Sturbridge Village -- Drawing.
  • Vassar College -- Maps, Pictorial.
  • Wellesley College -- Maps, Pictorial.

Subjects:

  • Architectural historians.
  • Maps, Pictorial.
  • Women Cartographers.
  • Women artists.

Places:

  • Annapolis (Md.) -- Maps, Pictorial.
  • Blackstone River Valley (Mass. and R.I.)-- Drawings.
  • Bristol (R.I. : Town) -- Drawings.
  • Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- Drawings.
  • Deerfield (Mass.) -- Maps, Pictorial.
  • Hingham (Mass.) -- Maps, Pictorial.
  • Nantucket (Mass.) -- Drawings.
  • New England -- Maps, Pictorial.
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Maps, Pictorial.
  • Princeton (Mass.) -- Maps, Pictorial.
  • Providence (R.I.) -- Maps, Pictorial.
  • Rhode Island -- Drawings.
  • Rittenhouse Square (Philadelphia, Pa.)-- Drawings.
  • Westminster (Mass.) -- Drawings.
  • Worcester (Mass.) -- Maps, Pictorial.

Document Types:

  • Drawings.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Adrienne Turner, September 2008.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rosalind Howe Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Rachel Schles, May 2007. Last updated July 2011.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Elizabeth Browne, Philemon Sturges, Helen Nader, and Rosalind Waters. (M2001-015).

An additional gift was made by Elizabeth K. Allen in 2010 (M2011-019).

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Series List

Series I. Vassar College, NY

Series II. Annapolis, MD

Series III. Worcester, MA

Series IV. New England

Series V. Deerfield, NY

Series VI. Philadelphia, PA

Series VII. Princeton, MA

Series VIII. Bristol, RI

Series IX. Providence, RI

Series X. Hingham, MA

Series XI. Wellesley College, MA

Series XII. Cathedral Village, PA

Series XIII. Blackstone Valley, MA

Series XIV. Sturbridge Village, MA

Series XV. Chestnut Hill, PA

Series XVI. Up Country, PA

Series XVII. Nantucket, MA

Series XVIII. Rittenhouse Town, PA

Series XIX. Rhode Island

Series XX. Westminster, MA

Series XXI. Notebooks

Series XXII. Miscellaneous Materials

Series List

SERIES I. VASSAR COLLEGE, NY

F. 12.12 - 12.14 Drafts, mostly Princeton, includes Providence and Vassar College
F. 3.01 Published Materials
M1 Published Materials

SERIES II. ANNAPOLIS, MD

F.9.01 - 9.05 Research and Drafts Materials, Possibly Annapolis or Princeton
F. 11.01 Published Materials
M1 Published Materials

SERIES III. WORCESTER, MA

F. 11.02 - 11.03 Research Materials
F. 11.04 Research Materials and Drafts
F. 11.05 - 11.09 Drafts
F. 19.01 Drafts
M2 Drafts
F. 3.02 - 3.04 Published Materials
F. 19.02 Published Materials
M2 Published Materials

SERIES IV. NEW ENGLAND

F. 3.05 - 3.10 Research Materials
F. 11.10 - 11.13 Research Materials
F. 19.03 Research Materials
F. 11.14 - 11.15 Drafts
F. 19.04 Drafts
M3 Drafts
M4 Drafts
F. 3.11 Published Materials - Negatives
F. 3.12 Published Materials
M4 Published Prints
M18 Published Prints

SERIES V. DEERFIELD, MA

F. 1.18 Research Materials - Photographs: Deerfield or Sturbridge Village
M5 Drafts
F. 3.13 Drafts - Deerfield and Sturbridge Village
M5 Published Prints

SERIES VI. PHILADELPHIA, PA

M8 Research Materials
F. 4.01 Research Materials
F. 4.02 Drafts
F. 12.01 - 12.02 Drafts
M6 Drafts
F. 4.03 Drawing
F. 4.04 - 4.06 Published Materials
M8 Published Materials

SERIES VII. PRINCETON, MA

F. 4.07 - 4.10 Research Materials
F. 1.07 - 1.09 Research Materials - Photographs
F. 12.03 Research Materials and Drafts
F. 9.01 - 9.05 Research and Drafts Materials, Possibly Annapolis or Princeton
F. 4.11 - 4.21 Drafts
F. 12.04 - 12.11 Drafts
F. 12.15 - 12.20 Drafts
F. 12.12 - 12.14 Drafts, mostly Princeton, includes Providence and Vassar College
F. 19.05 Drafts
M14 Drafts
F. 5.01 - 5.03 Drawings
F. 13.01 - 13.04 Drawings
M17 Drawings
F. 5.04 - 5.05 Published Materials
F. 13.05 - 13.07 Published Materials
F. 19.06 - 19.08 Published Materials
M7 Published Materials
F. 19.09 Exhibition Materials
M7 Exhibition Materials
M12 Exhibition Materials
M13 Exhibition Materials
M14 Exhibition Materials

SERIES VIII. BRISTOL, RI

F. 13.08 Drafts
F. 7.12 Drawings - Rhode Island including Bristol
F. 13.08 Published Materials
M9 Published Materials, 1955

SERIES IX. PROVIDENCE, RI

F. 5.07 Research Materials
F. 12.12 - 12.14 Drafts, mostly Princeton, includes Providence and Vassar College
F. 5.08 Published Materials
M9 Published Materials, 1962

SERIES X. HINGHAM, MA

M14 Published Print, signed by R.H., 1980

SERIES XI. WELLESLEY COLLEGE, MA

M10 Drawing, Pre-1945
M10 Published Prints, 1943

SERIES XII. CATHEDRAL VILLAGE, PA

F. 1.01 - 1.06 Research Materials - Photographs
F. 1.10 Research Materials - Photographs
F. 5.09 Research Materials and Drafts
F. 5.10 - 5.19 Drafts
F. 13.09 - 13.10 Drafts
F. 5.20 Published Materials
F. 14.18 Published Materials
F. 14.19 Published Materials, photocopies

SERIES XIII. BLACKSTONE VALLEY, MA

F. 6.01 - 6.02 Research Materials
F. 13.11 - 13.13 Research Materials
F. 13.14 Drafts
M19 Drafts

SERIES XIV. STURBRIDGE VILLAGE, MA

F. 1.18 Research Materials - Photographs: Deerfield or Sturbridge Village
F. 13.15 Drafts
F. 3.13 Drafts - Deerfield and Sturbridge Village
F. 6.03 Published Materials
F. 13.16 Published Materials

SERIES XV. CHESTNUT HILL, PA

F. 6.04 Research Materials
F. 1.11 - 1.17 Research Materials - Photographs
F. 6.05 - 6.06 Research Materials and Drafts
F. 6.17 Research Materials and Drafts
F. 14.02 - 14.03 Research Materials and Drafts
F. 6.08 - 6.10 Drafts
F. 14.01 Drafts
F. 14.04 - 14.08 Drafts
F. 6.07 Drafts - Negatives
F. 14.09 - 14.11 Drafts and photocopies
F. 14.12 Drafts-Plates Commissioned by VC
F. 14.13 - 14.17 Drafts, mostly Chestnut Hill, includes Rittenhouse Town
F. 19.10 Drafts and Published Materials
F. 6.11 Drawings
M16 Drawings
F. 6.12 Published Materials - Negatives
F. 6.13 - 6.15 Published Materials
F. 19.11 - 19.14 Published Materials
M16 Published Materials
F. 6.16 Exhibition Materials
F. 15.01 - 15.03 Exhibition Materials
F. 19.05 Exhibition Materials

SERIES XVI. UP COUNTRY PENNSYLVANIA

F. 1.19 Research Materials - Photographs
F. 1.20 Research Materials - Photographs - Bethlehem Pike
F. 1.21 Research Materials - Photographs - Sumneytown Pike, Limekilm Pike, Harleysville Pike
F. 1.22 - 1.23 Research Materials - Photographs - Skippack Pike
F. 1.24 Research Materials - Photographs - Ridge Pike
F. 1.25 Research Materials - Photographs - De Kalb Pike
F. 1.26 Research Materials - Photographs - Germantown Pike
F. 7.01 Drafts - Sumneytown Pike, Limekilm Pike, Harleysville Pike
F. 7.02 Drafts - Germantown Pike
F. 7.03 Drafts - Ridge Pike
F. 7.04 Drafts - De Kalb Pike
F. 7.05 Drafts - Skippack Pike
F. 7.06 Drafts - Bethlehem Pike
F. 15.04 - 15.05 Drafts
F. 15.06 - 15.08 Drawings

SERIES XVII. NANTUCKET, MA

F. 7.07 Drafts
F. 15.09 Drawing

SERIES XVIII. RITTENHOUSE TOWN, PA

F. 15.10 Research Materials
F. 15.11 Drafts
F. 14.13 - 14.17 Drafts, mostly Chestnut Hill, includes Rittenhouse Town
F. 7.08 Published Materials
F. 15.12 Published Materials

SERIES XIX. RHODE ISLAND

F. 7.09 - 7.11 Research Materials
F. 13.11 - 13.13 Research Materials
F. 1.27 Research Materials - Photographs
F. 7.12 Drawings - Rhode Island including Bristol
M5 Drafts - Blackstone Valley, Rhode Island

SERIES XX. WESTMINSTER, MA

F. 6.18 Drawings (xeroxes)

SERIES XXI. NOTEBOOKS

Box 18 Volumes 1-14
F. 7.13 Materials removed from notebook 4
F. 7.14 Materials removed from notebook 7
F. 7.15 Materials removed from notebook 8
F. 7.16 Materials removed from notebook 9
F. 7.17 Materials removed from notebook 10
F. 7.18 Materials removed from notebook 12

SERIES XXII. MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

F. 9.01 - 9.05 Research and Drafts Materials, Possibly Annapolis or Princeton
F. 9.06 - 9.10 Sketches
F. 16.01 Sketches and Paintings
M15 Drawings and Sketches
F. 9.16 - 9.20 Drawings
F. 9.21 Final Drawing, February 1999
F. 16.02 - 16.07 Drawings
F. 20.02 - 20.03 Drawings
F. 20.01 Self-Portrait
F. 17.02 - 17.03 Winter Studies, 1982
F. 8.10 - 8.12 Small studies
F. 9.11 - 9.13 Medium Studies
M11 Figure Studies
F. 9.14 - 9.15 Snow Studies
F. 8.13 Sketches of Vehicles
F. 8.14 - 8.15 Sketches of Construction
F. 20.04 Paintings
F. 8.08 - 8.09 Project Materials
F. 10.01 - 10.02 Published Materials
F. 10.03 Published Materials - Springside
F. 10.04 - 10.06 Published Materials - Cards - Some with Correspondence
F. 8.05 - 8.07 Art Anatomy Materials, Vassar Class, ca. 1928
F. 20.05 - 20.06 Published Materials about Howe
F. 20.07 - 20.08 Published Materials which include Howe's work
F. 17.01 Articles by Howe
Box 2 Copy Right Materials and Professional Correspondence
F. 8.02 Professional Correspondence with the Albany Institute of History and Art
F. 8.03 - 8.04 Professional Documents
Box 18 Wood block, Jamaica Print
F. 8.01 Materials relating to the Inauguration of President W. J. Clinton, 1993
F. 1.28 - 1.29 Research Materials - Photographs - Unidentified
F. 10.07 - 10.08 Unidentified Drafts
F. 10.09 - 10.14 Unidentified Sketches
F. 17.07 - 17.18 Unidentified Sketches
F. 20.09 - 20.10 Unidentified Sketches
M15 Unidentified Sketches
F. 10.15 - 10.19 Unidentified Drawings
F. 17.05 - 17.06 Unidentified Drawings
F. 17.04 Unidentified - Published Materials

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