Manuscript Collections

The manuscript collections of the Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives focus on three major collecting areas, each complementary to the strengths of the Museum’s permanent art collection. These collections, in conjunction with the book and Museum art collections, contribute to a unique research opportunity at the Delaware Art Museum.


Waterwillow-webSamuel Bancroft, Jr. (1840–1915) was a successful Wilmington textile manufacturer who amassed one of the most important collections of Pre-Raphaelite art in America, with special emphasis on the works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The manuscript collection includes correspondence and transaction records relating to his art collection, photographs, exhibition catalogs, handwritten manuscripts, and the personal letters of some of the Pre-Raphaelites and their associates.

Finding Aid for the Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Pre-Raphaelite Manuscript Collection




Howard-pyle-webHoward Pyle (1853–1911) was one of the most influential American illustrators of all time. His work and teachings ushered in the golden age of American illustration and influenced generations of illustrators in the United States. The manuscript collection includes Pyle’s correspondence, lectures, photographs, and newspaper clippings, as well as scrapbooks of his book and magazine illustrations and records of exhibitions held at the Museum.

Finding Aid for the Howard Pyle Manuscript Collection





John Sloan (1871–1951) was one of the most important American painters and printmakers of the first half of the 20th century. As a member of “The Eight,” Sloan became known for his gritty images of working-class life in New York City. This urban subject matter would earn him and his colleagues the moniker of “the Ashcan School.” The manuscript collection includes correspondence with artist-friends and others, personal and family papers, financial and legal records, organizational matter, photographs, and printed matter about Sloan and related artists.

Finding Aid for the John Sloan Manuscript Collection




Arthurs, Stanley Massey manuscript collection
Ashley, Clifford W. papers
Bancroft, Samuel and Mary R. Pre-Raphaelite manuscript collection
Bates, Bertha Corson Day papers
Beerbohm, Max caricatures
Chalfant, Jefferson David papers
Cham (Amédée Charles Henri, Comte de Noé) papers
Chapin, James Ormsbee papers
Chic illustration collection, 1880-1881
Davies, Arthur B. papers
Davies, Arthur B. printing plates
Davies, Virginia M. correspondence, 1891-1935
Delaware Arts Organizations files
Dunn, Harvey files
Elliott, Elizabeth Shippen Green files
Elliott, Elizabeth Shippen Green photographs
Elliott, Huger papers, 1943-1948
Glackens, William illustration collection
Goodnough, Robert – Stuart B. Young files
Heiser, Scott Heiser papers
Homer, William Innes research papers on Thomas Pollock Anshutz
Homer, William Innes research papers on Robert Henri
Hoskins, Gayle Porter manuscript collection
Hoskins family scrapbook, 185x-1953
Judge illustration collection
Kuhn, Brenda correspondence, 1962-1968 and undated
Lindsay, Albert Mumford papers
Luks, George Benjamin papers, 1920-1994
Marsh, Reginald negatives from Art Discovers America
Myers, Jerome papers
Norris, Jr., Howes autograph collection
Oakley, Thornton papers
Oakley, Violet papers
Oral history interviews
Pach, Walter papers
Parrish, Maxfield illustrated letters to Henry Bancroft, 1883-1909
Peets, Orville correspondence, 1944-1958
Perlman, Bennard – Robert Henri papers
Puck illustration collection, 1876-c.1901
Pyle, Howard manuscript collection
Pyle, Katharine files
Pyle, Katharine letters
Pyle, Katharine papers
Rabin, Lucille Feiden papers
Records of Art in Wilmington
Rockwell, Norman collection of Saturday Evening Post covers, 1919-1976
Ruskin, John letters to William Cassels, 1881-1884
Schoonover, Frank E. manuscript collection
Schoonover, Frank E. catalogue raisonné collection
Shinn, Everett papers
Sloan, Helen Farr autograph collection, 1886-1964
Sloan, John manuscript collection
Sloan, John correspondence to Will and Selma Shuster
Small manuscript collection
Sterner, Albert correspondence, 1927-1946 and undated
Studio Group archive
Students of Howard Pyle files
Ward, Sir Leslie (Spy) papers
Winter, Charles and Alice Beach papers
Wireman, Katharine Richardson archive
World’s Fair memorabilia
Wyeth, N.C. papers