Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Jun 1994
|25 Jul 2007||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|5 Sep 2014||additions processed, removal of exhibit catalogs noted (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Bates, Gladys Edgerly.|
|Title:||Gladys Edgerly Bates Papers|
|Quantity:||2 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American sculptor, born 1896. Collection includes correspondence (1924-1956); six sketchbooks (1913-1921); photographs of sculpture; a notebook containing an annotated list of works and biographical notes; personal photographs; clippings (1922-1961); and exhibition catalogs (1920s-1961). Notable correspondents include Dolores Bryant, Beatrice Cuming, sister Beatrice Edgerly, Katherine Forest, brother-in-law John Havard MacPherson, Mabel Pugh, Brenda Putnam, Abraham Rattner, Margaret Sanger, Susan Gertrude Schell, and a number of other artists.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Gladys Edgerly Bates (1896- ) was an American sculptor known for her figure carving. She worked in stone, terra-cotta, and wood. Born in Hopewell, New Jersey, she studied at the School of Industrial Arts in Trenton, New Jersey under Henry MacGinnis. In 1910, at MacGinnis' recommendation, she and her younger sister moved to Washington, D.C. to study at the Corcoran School of Art, where they remained for six years until 1916, when both sisters entered the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.
In 1923 she married fellow artist Kenneth Bates (1895-1973), a painter known for his landscapes and still lifes. The couple had three children.
Most of Bates' career was spent in Mystic, Connecticut, but her work was exhibited in venues across the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Institute, and Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). She was a member of many professional societies including the Mystic Art Association, the National Association of Women Artists, and the National Sculpture Society.
The Gladys Edgerly Bates Papers comprises correspondence, artwork, writings, and memorabilia of the American sculptor. The collection illuminates both her professional and personal career and personal life, as well as, to a lesser extent, that of her husband, painter Kenneth Bates.
Correspondence-subject files (Boxes 1-2) includes incoming family letters from sister Beatrice Edgerly and brother-in-law John Havard Macpherson, both painters, as well as other personal and business communication. Other correspondents include artists (Beonne and Lester Boronda, Clara Bratt, Sheila Burlingame, Doris Caesar, Cornalia Van A. Chapin, Beatrice Cuming, Katherine Forest, Sue May Gill, Genevieve Hamlin, Lucile Howard, Walt Killam, Agnes Lincoln, Arthur Meltzer, Mabel Pugh, Abraham Rattner, Susan Gertrude Schell, Paulette Van Roekens); authors (Faith Andrews, Dolores Bryant, Percy Mackaye); birth control advocate Margaret Sanger; a number of galleries and museums (Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Woodmere Art Gallery); and professional organizations (National Association of Women Artists, National Sculpture Society, Pen and Brush).
Six sketchbooks (1913-1921), photographs of sculpture arranged by title, and a self-generated catalog of Bates' work containing biographical highlights of her career constitute Artwork and Writings (Box 3).
Encompassing personal photographs and printed material, Memorabilia (Box 4) includes photocopies of clippings (1922-1961) from a scrapbook which was disassembled for preservation purposes, and exhibit catalogs.
Correspondence-subject files are arranged alphabetically. Artwork, Writings and Memorabila are arranged alphabetically by type of material.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
The collection originally contained numerous exhibit catalogs. The bulk of these have been removed from the collection and transferred to Rare Books for cataloging. A copy of Brackman: His Art and Teaching donated in 1997, written by Kenneth Bates and signed/inscribed by Brackman to both Kenneth and Gladys, has also been transferred to Rare Books for cataloging. Please refer to the Classic Catalog to locate these items.
Bates, Gladys Edgerly.
Bates, Kenneth, 1895-1973.
Bryant, Dolores Waldorf.
Cuming, Beatrice, 1903-1974.
MacPherson, John Havard.
Pugh, Mabel, 1891-1986.
Putnam, Brenda, 1890-1975.
Sanger, Margaret, 1879-1966.
Schell, Susan Gertrude.
Art, American -- 20th century.
Sculptors -- United States.
Sculpture, American -- 20th century.
Women artists -- United States.
Women sculptors -- United States.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Gladys Edgerly Bates Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Gladys E. Bates, 1965, 1997.
|Box 1||Ames, Winslow 1934|
|Box 1||Andrews, Faith and Jed 1947|
|Box 1||Art Institute of Chicago 1928-1942|
|Box 1||Babcock, Elizabeth Jane 1939|
|Box 1||Boronda, Beonne 1935-1945|
|Box 1||Boronda, Lester 1943, 1948|
|Box 1||Bratt, Clara 1935, 1948|
|Box 1||Braught, Eugenia 1924-1937, undated|
|Box 1||Braught, Ross 1936|
|Box 1||Brown, Clara H. 1925-1926|
|Box 1||Bryant, Dolores Waldorf 1924-1938|
|Box 1||Burlingame, Sheila 1949-1950|
|Box 1||Caesar, Doris 1939|
|Box 1||Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, PA) 1938|
|Box 1||Chapin, Cornelia Van A. 1945|
|Box 1||Cuming, Beatrice 1942, undated|
|Box 1||Edgerly, Beatrice (sister) 1938-1948 (10 folders)|
|Box 2||Edgerly, Beatrice (sister) 1950-1957, undated (6 folders)|
|Box 2||Forest, Katherine 1938, 1950, undated|
|Box 2||Gill, Sue May 1937|
|Box 2||Hamlin, Genevieve Karr 1939|
|Box 2||Hancock, Walker 1937|
|Box 2||Hatch, Emily Nichols 1944|
|Box 2||Howard, Lucile 1945|
|Box 2||Kelsey, Dorothy undated|
|Box 2||Killam, Walt 1935-1946|
|Box 2||Lawton, Alice 1934|
|Box 2||Lincoln, Agnes 1938, 1942, 1949|
|Box 2||Mackaye, Percy undated|
|Macpherson, Beatrice Edgerly|
|See Edgerly, Beatrice (sister)|
|Box 2||Macpherson, John Havard (brother-in-law) 1940-1956 (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Meltzer, Arthur and Paulette Van Roekens 1925-1926, 1939-1954|
|Box 2||Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) 1942-1943|
|Box 2||Miller, Mildred 1931, undated|
|Box 2||National Association of Women Artists 1933-1952|
|National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors|
|See National Associaton of Women Artists|
|Box 2||National Sculpture Society 1941-1951|
|Box 2||State of New Jersey 1938, 1952-1962|
|Box 2||The New Yorker 1951|
|Box 2||Paxton, Elizabeth 1933|
|Box 2||Peabody, Evelyn 1924|
|Box 2||Pen and Brush (New York, N.Y.) 1942-1949|
|Box 2||Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 1939-1951|
|See also Memorabilia: Printed Material: School Circular (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts)|
|Box 2||Philadelphia Art Alliance 1936-1950|
|Box 2||Price, M. Elizabeth 1935|
|Box 2||Pugh, Mabel 1924-1951|
|Box 2||Putnam, Brenda 1934|
|Box 2||Rattner, Abraham 1948|
|Roberts, Lucile Howard|
|See Howard, Lucile|
|Box 2||Sanger, Margaret 1943, 1945|
|Box 2||Schell, Susan Gertrude 1926-1940|
|Slee, Margaret Sanger|
|See Sanger, Margaret|
|Box 2||Southard, Frank Randolph 1950-1956|
|Box 2||Triplett, Margaret L. 1946|
|Box 2||Turnbull, Grace H. 1943|
|Van Roekens, Paulette|
|See Meltzer, Arthur and Paulette Van Roekens|
|Box 2||Webb, Elisabeth Holden 1933-1934, undated|
|Box 2||Wood, Harrie 1932|
|Box 2||Woodmere Art Gallery (Philadelphia, PA) 1943-1948|
|Box 2||A-Z (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Sketchbooks 1913-1921 (6 books)|
|Box 3||Photographs by title, A-Z (4 folders)|
|Box 3||Catalog of Bates' work, biographical highlights|
|Box 4||Kenneth Bates catalog of paintings - handwritten sheets in small 3-ring binder|
|Box 4||Photographs - personal, studio, residence, exhibitions|
|Box 4||Clippings 1922-1961|
|Box 4||Exhibition catalogs 1920s-1960s (5 folders)|
|Most of the exhibit catalogs have been transferred to Rare Books for cataloging. Please refer to the Classic Catalog to locate these items.|
|Box 4||Exhibition catalogs, joint shows with Kenneth 1961, 1985|
|Box 4||School circular, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 1916-1924 (3 folders)|
|Box 4||Who's Who listing 1983, 1997 - photocopies of entries for Gladys and Kenneth|