Guide to the Papers of Alma Gilbert-Smith, 1979 - 1999Manuscript MS-748

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Alma Gilbert-Smith, 1979 - 1999

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-748

Collection Dates:

1979 - 1999

Size of Collection:

3 boxes (1.25 linear feet)

Abstract:

Alma Gilbert-Smith, author. Contains drafts for her studies on artist Maxfield Parrish as well as documentation related to law suits Gilbert has been involved with.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Papers of Alma Gilbert-Smith contains drafts, corrected drafts, and final typescripts for her studies of Maxfield Parrish. Includes drafts and typescripts of "The Make Believe World of Maxfield Parrish and Sue Lewin" (1990) and "Maxfield Parrish: The Masterworks" (1992). Also includes photographs of Parrish's home, "The Oaks" immediately after a fire in 1979 destroyed the house as well as after a reproduction was created on the site. The second box details the lawsuit brought by Alma Gilbert against Pomegranate Publications and the executors of the rights of Maxfield Parrish in 1995 and 1996.

Biography

Alma Gilbert-Smith, author and Maxfied Parrish enthusiast. Gilbert-Smith has written numerous pieces on Parrish and his works including "Maxfield Parrish: The Masterworks" and "The Make Believe World of Maxfield Parrish and Sue Lewin". In the 1980's and '90's Gilbert-Smith was involved in a number of publicized and suspect dealings in the art world, including accusations of selling Parrish fakes and abusing the non-profit status of a short-lived museum run out of her home in New Hampshire. Gilbert-Smith has also been involved in prominent legal disputes with the estate of Maxfield Parrish and other art dealers.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1979, 1994-1997

Contains photographs of the "Oaks", manuscripts and typescripts for Gilbert's book "The Make Believe World of Maxfield Parrish and Sue Lewin", manuscripts and typescripts for "Masterworks", drafts of "A Treasury of Art and Children's Literature" along with copies of pictures to be used in the final work, "Poster Book" draft.

Box Contents

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Box: 2, Dates: 1988, 1993-1996

Contains documents detailing the lawsuit brought by Alma Gilbert against Pomegranate Publications and the executors of the rights of Maxfield Parrish in 1995 and 1996. Within this, there are papers recalling the controversial sales of Parrish fakes by Gilbert from 1988. Of note is the only known nude photograph of Susan Lewin by Parrish which had been hidden in his house, "The Oaks", and found by a workman in 1978.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 1983-1996

Legal papers documenting the proceedings of Alma Gilbert's 1988 trial for the sale of fake copies of Maxfield Parrish paintings. Includes newspaper articles 1988-1995, letters relating to Maxfield Parrish commemorative stamp and a Norman Rockwell stamp, papers and letters relating to the 1996 calendar, copies of Maxfield Parrish sketches, articles on Maxfield Parrish, Alma Gilbert's bankruptcy letters.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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