Cowdrey, Mary Bartlett, 1910-1974

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Art historian, critic, and archivist.

From the description of Papers, 1781-1971. (Rutgers University). WorldCat record id: 28413817

Mary Bartlett Cowdrey (1910-1974) had a long career as an art historian, archivist, and curator. She graduated from the New Jersey College for Women (later Douglass College) at Rutgers University in 1933, and spent the next two years studying at the University of London in Great Britain, where she conducted research in philosophy and aesthetics.

From the description of Mary Bartlett Cowdrey papers. 1834-1963, bulk 1930-1954. (University of Delaware Library). WorldCat record id: 311142716

Mary Bartlett Cowdrey (1910–1974) had a long career as an art historian, archivist, and curator. She graduated from the New Jersey College for Women (later Douglass College) at Rutgers University in 1933, and spent the next two years studying at the University of London in Great Britain, where she conducted research in philosophy and aesthetics.

Cowdrey held a variety of positions in prominent cultural institutions, starting as an assistant in the exhibits department at the Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey, in 1935. She worked as registrar at the Brooklyn Museum (1940–1942); curator of prints at the New York Historical Society (1943); curator of paintings at the Old Print Shop/Harry Shaw Newman Gallery in New York (1943–1949); curator, assistant director, and acting director of the Smith College Museum of Art (1949–1955); New York area archivist for the Archives of American Art of the Detroit Institute of Art (1955–1961); and curator of prints for the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark (1961-1962). She also belonged to the American Museum Association, Long Island Historical Society, Bibliographical Society of America, and the College Art Association.

Cowdrey wrote numerous articles and reviews in the field of nineteenth century art. She contributed to American Collector, Antiques , Dictionary of American Biography, Art in America, Panorama, The Old Print Shop portfolio, and several other publications. She is responsible for compiling the National Academy of Design Exhibition Record, 1820-1860 (New York: Printed for the New York Historical Society, 1943) and the American Academy of Fine Arts and American Art-Union Exhibition Record, 1816-1852 (New York: New York Historical Society, 1953). These two-volume sets are considered important references sources for information on paintings and engravings in America. In 1963 Cowdrey completed A History of American Painting and Sculpture, 1700-1713 for the National Park Service. She also served as author and co-author of several books and exhibition catalogs on artists, including George H. Durrie, William Sidney Mount, Fanny Palmer, and Winslow Homer.

Who's Who in American Art. New York & London: R.R. Bowker Company, 1966. p. 90. Who's Who of American Women. Chicago: Marquis-Who’s Who, 1965. p. 221. Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives. "COWDREY, Mary Bartlett, 1910-1974." http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/libs/scua/womens_fa/wfa_c_d.shtml (accessed March 29, 2007). Additional biographical information derived from the collection.

From the guide to the Mary Bartlett Cowdrey papers, 1834–1963, 1930–1954, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Art historian; Passaic, New Jersey.

Author of "National Academy of Design Exhibition Record, 1826-1860," 2 v., 1944. Co-author: "William Sidney Mount, 1807-1868, An American Painter," 1944. Cowdrey was also a collector for Archives of American Art in the late 1950s.

From the description of Mary Bartlett Cowdrey papers, 1830-1960. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84401691

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associatedWith American Academy of the Fine Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith American Art-Union. corporateBody
correspondedWith Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1822-1904 person
associatedWith Bloch, E. Maurice. person
associatedWith Durrie, George Henry, 1820-1863 person
associatedWith Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910 person
associatedWith La Farge, John, 1835-1910. person
associatedWith McCausland, Elizabeth, 1899-1965. person
associatedWith Mellquist, Jerome. person
associatedWith Mount, William Sidney, 1807-1868 person
associatedWith National Academy of Design (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Palmer, F. (Fanny), 1812-1876 person
associatedWith Rutledge, Anna Wells. person
associatedWith Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965, person
associatedWith Stuart, Gilbert, 1755-1828. person
associatedWith Walkowitz, Abraham, 1880-1965 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
New York (N.Y.)
Massachusetts
Passaic (N.J.)
New Jersey
Northampton (Mass.)
Boston (Mass.)
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Artists
Art, Modern--19th century--Indexes
Art, American--Exhibitions--History--Sources
Painting, American--Exhibitions--History--Sources
Artists--Photographs
Art, American--Exhibitions--History
Painting, American--Exhibitions--History
Art criticism
Art, American
Art, American--19th century--Indexes
Art literature--Inventories
Artists--Autographs
Art--Inventories
Occupation
Women art critics--United States
Archivists--United States
Art historians--United States
Women art historians--United States
Women archivists--United States
Art critics--United States
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