MS Am 2381
Grant, Blanche C. (Blanche Chloe), 1874-1948. Blanche C. Grant papers for The forty
seventh star - New Mexico, 1948: Guide.
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Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
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Call No.: MS Am 2381
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Grant, Blanche C. (Blanche Chloe), 1874-1948.
Title: Blanche C. Grant papers for The forty seventh star - New Mexico,
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Typescript, photographs, and other papers for an unpublished historical study on the
state of New Mexico.
49M-165. Gift of Rev. George E. Cary and Mrs. Ethel Grant Cary, 6 Church St., Bradford, Massachusetts; received: 1950 March 20. Ethel Cary was Blanche Grant's sister.
Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
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Blanche C. Grant Papers for The Forty Seventh Star - New Mexico, 1948 (MS Am 2381). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Blanch Chloe Grant (1874-1948) was born in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1874, daughter of
Willard Webster Grant (Harvard A.B. 1869) and Mercy Ann Parsons Grant. She was a graduate
of Vassar College (1896), and studied art at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts,
the Pennsylvania Academy, and at The Art League in New York. She became an established
magazine illustator and landscape painter in Wilmington, Delaware, and in 1920 moved
to Taos, New Mexico and became an author and editor of books on Taos and other areas
of the Southwest. Some of her many books were: Kit Carson's own story of his life, On hundred years ago in old Taos,Taos today and Taos Indians. She also painted Native Americans extensively until her death in June of 1948.
Includes a corrected typescript of this unpublished history of New Mexico, a letter
concerning her research, as well as visual materials she assembled for use in illustration
of the text.
- (1). Grant, Blanche C. (Blanche Chloe), 1874-1948. The forty seventh star - New Mexico : typescript with autograph annotations and corrections, Taos, New Mexico, 1948. 6 folders
Includes biographical note, author's note, table of contents, and bibliography.
- (2). Priestley, Herbert Ingram, 1875-1944. Letter to Blanche C. (Blanche Chloe) Grant, 1941. 1 folders
From Bancroft Library concerning her research.
- (3). Images of New Mexico and the Southwest. 6 folders
Materials were assembled for the book project and include photographs, cabinet photographs, postcards, a stereograph, photographs of paintings, and printed images.
Images include the following subjects: Acoma Pueblo, La Belle Mining Camp, Bent's
Fort Monument, Canyon de Chelly, Carlsbad Caverns, Gaspar Perez de Villagra, Chicken
Itza - House of the Jaquars, cliff dwellings, De Vargas Day (Santa Fe, New Mexico),
Dedication of Colorado Tunnel (LaBelle, New Mexico), Devil's Half near Gallup, Dick
Rutledge, Isleta Indians, Kit Carson, Laguna, Matachinas, Navajo Reservation, Old
Sharp Studio (Taos, New Mexico), Palace of the Governors (Sante Fe, New Mexico), Pay
Train on the point of Dump Mountain, Picuris Pueblo, San Miguel Church (Sante Fe),
San Francisco St. (Santa Fe), Santa Fe Fiesta, Taos Pueblo Indians, Tewa Indians of
the San Juan Pueblo, and many others.
Photographers include: Brooks Studio, Dane Coolidge, O.T. Davis, W.Herbert Duntan, Paul Frazier, E. F. Frisbie, B. C. Grant, Gurnsey's Rocky Mountain Views, Bert Harwood, E.A. Leach, C. E. Lord, J. R. Willis, and Ben Wittick, among others.