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Caroline Peart Papers

Identifier: MS 069


This collection contains the personal papers of Pennsylvania artist Caroline Peart. Strengths of the collection include personal correspondence between Caroline Peart and her husband Christian Brinton. Additional strengths include the civil war correspondence and papers of her father, industrialist John Peart. Lastly, an extensive collection of influential images provides insight into the development and understanding of Caroline Peart's artistic style. Also contained with Peart papers is research material assembled on Caroline Peart.


  • Creation: 1858-1999,
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1890-1956


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Publication may be restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

Caroline Peart, daughter of John Peart and Martha Herr Peart, was born in 1870 in Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. When she was seven, the family moved to the city of Philadelphia where her father became a prosperous lumber dealer. Caroline was educated at the Philadelphia Friends School and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In 1888, she went to Europe to travel and study in Italy, Spain, and France. She returned from Europe in 1892, and resided with her parents on Vine Street in Philadelphia. In 1898, she was awarded the Mary Smith Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1899, she again traveled to Paris and Madrid. Upon her return, she opened her own studio on Chestnut Street where she regularly received criticism from artist Cecilia Beaux. In 1901, she was asked to exhibit at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, NY. Her work was also exhibited at the Worcester Art Museum, and the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, DC. In 1905, the Peart family moved to "Androssan" in West Chester, PA. Her father died the following year, and Caroline abandoned painting completely. She continued to live with her mother at Androssan for a number of years. After a brief three-year marriage to art collector and critic Christian Brinton, she moved to Atlantic City, NJ with her mother in 1920. Her mother later returned to the family home in Washington Borough, Lancaster County. After her mother's death in 1940, Caroline moved into the Washington Borough family home and resided there until her death in 1963.


3 Linear feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection: Organized into 3 series: Caroline Peart papers; Peart family papers; Research material assembled on Caroline Peart.

Ownership and Custodial History

Personal papers of Caroline Peart given to library in September 2004 by Carol Faill, Director of the Phillips Museum, Franklin and Marshall College. Originally acquired in 1963 from the estate of Caroline Peart.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Carol Faill. Address--Franklin and Marshall College. Method of acquisition--Transfer; Date of acquisition--2004..

Publications About Described Materials

Snider, Katharine John. "Moments of Light and Years of Agony: Caroline Peart, American Artist 1870-1963" Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Pennsylvania State University, 2018. Available electronically at:

Processing Information

Processing completed 2004.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States