The John Sloan Manuscript Collection consists of more than 300 boxes and drawers of material related to Sloan. The collection includes his diaries, correspondence, photographs, ephemera, notes, and writings. The Museum has started to place images of archival materials online via CONTENTdm, but this represents only a small selection of the John Sloan Manuscript Collection.

For more information on archival material, or to make an appointment to research in the archives, please contact the Museum’s Librarian and Archivist, Rachael DiEleuterio, at

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Through its long partnership with Helen Farr Sloan, the Delaware Art Museum has been deeply involved with the cataloguing of John Sloan’s works. Three comprehensive catalogues have been produced. Sloan sold little and kept excellent records, allowing scholars to create highly accurate and complete catalogues of his work. These standard resources are available at many museum and university libraries. These books are out of print but can generally be purchased through online book resellers.

The Delaware Art Museum does not authenticate or appraise works by John Sloan or any artist.

John Sloan’s Oil Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné by Rowland Elzea (University of Delaware Press, 1992). In the Helen Farr Sloan Library and Archives, the Museum maintains files from Rowland Elzea and Helen Farr Sloan related to this two-volume catalogue raisonné.

John Sloan’s Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Etchings, Lithographs and Posters by Peter Morse (Yale University Press, 1969).

John Sloan’s Illustrations in Magazines and Books by Elizabeth H. Hawkes (Delaware Art Museum, 1993). This book provides a comprehensive, illustrated listing of Sloan’s illustrations in books and magazines, and many of his advertisements and posters. The location of most originals is not known or listed.

Newspaper Illustration There is no published catalogue of Sloan’s work as a newspaper illustrator, but the Helen Farr Sloan Library and Archives has detailed documentation of this aspect of his career compiled by Elizabeth H. Hawkes, Paul Preston Davis, Rachael DiEleuterio, and Heather Campbell Coyle.