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Guide to the Eugenia Hargous Macfarlane Balch Papers, 1878-1949 and undated

Abstract

Pennsylvania artist who studied at Vassar College and in Europe.

Clippings, notebooks, photographs, paper ephemera, and correspondence, chiefly 1885-1895, with family or friends (mostly women) concerning in part the role of women in Victorian society and her early career as an artist. Also includes a history of the Clymer family (1949) and several small, original sketches. nicludes a photo album and a scrapbook.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Balch, Eugenia Hargous Macfarlane, 1868-1921
Title
Eugenia Hargous Macfarlane Balch papers 1878-1949, and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.8 Linear Feet, 400 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Clippings, notebooks, photographs, paper ephemera, and correspondence, chiefly 1885-1895, with family or friends (mostly women) concerning in part the role of women in Victorian society and Eugenia Balch's early career as an artist and travels in Europe. Balch lived in Paris for some time, and was fluent in French. Also includes a history of the Clymer family (1949) and several small, original sketches. Includes a photograph album. A letter from Alice Fauchon to her close friend, Eugenia Balch, dated May 30, 1892, recounts in detail her attempts to procure an abortion, which were unsuccessful (she gave birth to a son in October).

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1885-1906 and undated
Box 1
Correspondence, 1879-1913 and undated
Box 2
Correspondence, 1883-1937 and undated
Box 3
Photographs, 1878-1949 and undated
Box 4
Photo album, address books, and account book
Box 4
Scrapbook, undated
Box 5

Historical Note

Eugenia Hargous Macfarlane Balch (1868-1921) was born in Towanda, Pennsylvania, the daughter of James and Mary (Overton) Macfarlane. She studied art at various institutions including Vassar College and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and travelled to Europe for further study. She married Edwin Swift Balch in 1904 and continued to paint and exhibit, notably at the Paris Exposition of 1900. She and her husband published Art and Manin in 1920, and she was a member of various organizations including the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Pennsylvania Historical Society, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She passed away in 1921; her marriage produced no children.

Biography taken from online inventory, University of Virginia and Historical Socety of Pennsylvania.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Balch Family Papers,1755-1963, bulk 1870-1920 (Collection 3058) (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)
  • Balch Family Papers, 1760-1955 (Includes her life story, written by her huband, her Vassar sketchook, and unpublished writings.) (University of Virginia Libraries, Special Collections)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Eugenia Hargous Macfarlane Balch Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Eugenia Hargous Macfarlane Balch Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico and Carrie Mills, May 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 4-8-87

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.