Adele Earnest Papers
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The bulk of the material in this collection was amassed at the Stony Point Art Gallery and pertains to business conducted at the gallery; however, there are some personal materials such as notebooks from college, and various insurance and banking documents. Some material that included personal information, such as social security numbers and banking information, has been restricted.
- 1913 - 1993
- Earnest, Adele, (1901-1993) (Person)
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In 1939, she established the Stony Point Art Gallery in Stony Point, New York, where she exhibited and collected American folk art. Earnest had relationships with several folk artists and their families, including Elmer Crowell, William Edmondson, and John Scholl, as well as collectors such as David and Nelson Rockefeller. She corresponded with and held exhibitions of these artists and highlighted their work in her book, Folk Art in America: A Personal View (Schiffer Publishing, 1984).
Earnest was also an expert in decoys, publishing The Art of the Decoy: American Bird Carvings (Schiffer Publishing, 1982), which explores the history and tradition of bird decoys throughout the world. Through her extensive collection of decoys, she developed relationships with many other collectors and carvers of decoys.
In 1961, Earnest was one of six founding trustees of the American Folk Art Museum (originally established as the Museum of Early American Folk Art). She corresponded regularly with the curators and directors of the museum, and she donated some of her decoy collection and the Archangel Gabriel weathervane to the museum.
11 cubic feet (18 standard document cases; 2 half-size document cases; 1 oversized flat case 15 x 19 x 3"; 1 record carton 4.75 x 5.75 x 10.5"; 1 35 mm reel case; 1 7" audio reel box)
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
1. Books and magazines were removed from the collection and integrated into the library catalog, with the book plate "Gift of Adele Earnest."
2. Catalogs, announcements, and clippings relating to exhibitions have been interfiled into the museum exhibition files.
3. Clippings from newspapers and a wide range of ephemeral materials (mostly relating to decoys, weathervanes, and folk art collectors and collecting) have been interfiled into the museum subject files.
- A Guide to the Adele Earnest Papers
- Emily Dunne and Mimi Lester
- April 2015
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Part of the American Folk Art Museum Archives Repository