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Jervis McEntee Diary

A description of his diary at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: PRB
Date: May 2004

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Spanning August, 1844 to October, 1845, the Jervis McEntee Diary comprises one early personal journal of the Hudson River School artist. Written while he was a student at the Clinton Liberal Institute in Clinton, NY, the diary details McEntee's life at the school and his travels back and forth to his home in Rondout, NY. The later journals of Jervis McEntee, filled with details of the New York art world of the late 19th century, are a well-known resource and this journal foreshadows the style of observation that would become the hallmark of his reputation later in life.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single volume.


Access Restrictions:

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.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The entire diary has been digitized and is available through SCRC Online, our digital portal.

The next volume of McEntee's diary, covering Oct 1845 to Sep 1846, is at the University of Tulsa Library. The Archives of American Art also has five volumes of McEntee's diaries, which have been digitized and are available online.

Subject Headings


McEntee, Jervis, 1829-1891.


Clinton Liberal Institute.
Hudson River school of landscape painting.
Landscape painting, American -- 19th century.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Jervis McEntee Diary,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Abbie Harper Bigelow, 19??

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Note on alternate formats:

The entire diary has been digitized and is available through SCRC Online, our digital portal.