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Deborah Goldsmith Throop Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: A0067

Scope and Contents

This collection contains provenance information related to artworks by Deborah Goldsmith Throop and the role of multiple generations of the Goldsmith Throop family in maintaining the artist's oeuvre. This collection can be a useful resource for those interested in the artist Deborah Goldsmith Throop and examining family records that preserve the artist's work and legacy.

Many of the records and correspondences found in this collection originated from the following members of the multigenerational Goldsmith Throop family: Olive Cole Smith, Dan Addison Throop, Dan Throop Smith, and Martha V. Smith.

The papers within the collection primarily consist of Dan and Martha Smith’s correspondences, receipts, appraisal documents, donation letters and deeds, and loan agreements in relation to the donation of Deborah’s works to various exhibits and institutions between 1975-1989. Some of the institutions include the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, The Museum of American Folk Art, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and the New York State Historical Society.

Also included in the collection are two scrapbooks created by Olive Cole Smith, which contain photographs and handwritten descriptions of the works of Deborah, her grandmother. Miscellaneous information about the Goldsmith Throop family can also be found within the collection, including newspaper and magazine articles, a student thesis about Deborah, and the book American Folk Painting by Mary Black and Jean Lipman, which includes an inscription by Dan Throop Smith in 1972.

Dates

  • 1848, 1942-1948, 1975-1989

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Access to sensitive materials may be restricted at the discretion of AFAM.

Conditions Governing Use

The Deborah Goldsmith Throop Family Collection is owned by the American Folk Art Museum. The collection is subject to all copyright laws, and is dedicated to public use for research, study and scholarship.

Biographical / Historical

Deborah Goldsmith Throop, born Deborah Goldsmith (1808), had an uncommon career for women of her era. During the 1820s, she worked as a professional painter in her hometown of Brookfield, New York, painting primarily portraits of friends and family. She stopped painting professionally upon her marriage to George Addison Throop, whom she met during a portrait session. Deborah died in 1836 at the young age of twenty-eight, leaving behind two children, Cordelia (Throop) Cole and James Addison Throop.

Since her death, Deborah’s works were maintained and passed down to various members of the Goldsmith Throop family, including the following family members referenced in this collection: Olive Cole Smith, daughter of Cordelia Throop Cole and granddaughter of Deborah Goldsmith Throop; Dan Addison Throop, son of Addison James Throop and great-grandson of Deborah Goldsmith Throop; Dan Throop Smith, son of Olive Cole Smith and great-grandson of Deborah Goldsmith Throop; and Martha V. Smith, wife of Dan Throop Smith.

Extent

0.5 linear feet (1 Standard document case )

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Deborah Goldsmith Throop Family Collection contains the family papers related to artist Deborah Goldsmith Throop (1808-1836). The collection includes family correspondences, receipts, appraisal documents, donation letters and deeds, and loan agreements in relation to the donation of Deborah’s works to various exhibits and institutions between 1975-1989. Also included in the collection are two scrapbooks containing photographs and handwritten descriptions, and other material related to Deborah such as newspaper and magazine articles, a student thesis about Deborah, and the book, American Folk Painting, by Mary Black and Jean Lipman.

Arrangement

The Deborah Goldsmith Throop Family Collection is arranged in folders by topic/family member. The contents of each folder are arranged chronologically.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Some delicate photographs and paper found throughout should be handled with care.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Anne Leighton in 2021.

Related Materials

Additional materials about this artist can be found in the AFAM People Files.

Separated Materials

This collection was donated with five artworks by Deborah Goldsmith Throop. These works are now in the Museum’s permanent art collection and have the following accession numbers: 2021.16.1-5.

Processing Information

The scrapbook pages have been removed from the plastic sleeves and original binding due to acidic conditions, but have been kept in the original order.

Title
A Guide to the Deborah Goldsmith Throop Family Collection
Author
Josephine Baran
Date
March 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Arabic

Repository Details

Part of the American Folk Art Museum Archives Repository

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