Guide to the Eugenia Hargous Macfarlane Balch Papers, 1878-1949 and undated
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.
- Collection Number
- Eugenia Hargous Macfarlane Balch papers
- 1878-1949, and undated
- Balch, Eugenia Hargous Macfarlane, 1868-1921
- 1.8 Linear Feet, 400 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
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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[Identification of item], Eugenia Hargous Macfarlane Balch Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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.
- Balch Family Papers,1755-1963, bulk 1870-1920 (Collection 3058) (Includes Eugenia Balch's correspondence and other papers) (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)
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The Eugenia Hargous Macfarlane Balch Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1987.
Processed by Rubenstein Library staff
Encoded by Paula Jeannet and Carrie Mills, May 2011
Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 4-8-87
Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.