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Daingerfield family papers

Identifier: AC-1283

Scope and Contents

The Daingerfield family papers relate primarily to two Daingerfield family artists Elliott Daingerfield (1859-1932) and his daughter Marjorie Jay Daingerfield Lundean (1900-1977).

The papers include correspondence, photographs, news clippings, magazine articles, biographies, pamphlets and announcements from galleries and museums, broadsides, descriptions of art pieces, inventories at various institutions and exhibits, and family biographies. The biographies were written by the artist(s), hosting institutions, and various reporting entities. In addition to the biographies, several papers are genealogical in nature, including family trees, timelines, and handwritten recollections.

The financial and legal documents include papers relating to the sale, loan, and shipment of artwork. There are letters of item provenance, the last will, and testament of Anna Grainger Daingerfield and Marjorie Daingerfield's tuition receipt to The School of American Sculpture. There are also records of the purchase and transport of Oliver Holmes' grave monument.

Most photographs date from the 1890s through the 1930s and primarily feature family members and friends. There are photographs of the family's estate, Westglow, and recent photographs of Elliott Daingerfield's paintings at Mt McGregor.

Most correspondence is primarily between Anna Daingerfield and her daughter Marjorie and dates between the 1920s and 1930s. The pair stayed in touch as Marjorie traveled as an artist and also with her husband. There are also letters with Elliott as the recipient or author and other family members, including Anna's daughter Gwendoline, and Marjorie's first husband, Oliver Holmes. There are letters of professional nature throughout as well.

One letter of note is from Elliott to his daughter Gwendoline as he was traveling on commission. The letter speaks of his exhaustion from travel and how he longs for home and misses his family. The letter includes a self-portrait sketch of the artist's appearance once he fell asleep.

The printed materials series is the most extensive collection, with ephemera included dating from 1889. The exhibition ephemera includes programs, guides, and announcements of exhibits. News clippings and magazine articles on both artists are found throughout.

There are several writings and publications by Elliott Daingerfield. They include descriptions of his mentor George Inness and landscape artists Ralph Albert Blakelock and Albert Pinkham Ryder.


  • 1889-2021


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Biographical / Historical

The Daingerfield family has long ties to Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The family relocated to the area after the patriarch, and artist Elliott Daingerfield stayed in Blowing Rock after suffering from Diptheria in 1886. Edgewood Cottage was his first home and studio. The family went on to build other homes in Blowing Rock. Construction was completed on the estate Windwood in 1890, and Westglow was built in 1916. The family divided their time between the North Carolina mountains and New York City, where Elliott continued to work as an artist.

Elliott Daingerfield was born in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 1880 he moved to New York City to study art. There he met the artist and his mentor George Inness. In 1884 Elliott married Roberta Strange French (1858-1891), who passed away during childbirth in 1891. He remarried in 1895 to Anna Grainger (1868-1939) and had two daughters, Marjorie (1900-1977) and Gwendoline (1904-1982). In 1902, Daingerfield was elected to the National Academy of Design; he then taught composition at the Philadelphia School of Design and the Art Students League in New York. He is responsible for the landscape works The Grand Canyon (1912) and Mountain Country (1908), as well as the religious paintings: The Child of Mary, The Holy Family, and The Story of Madonna. Elliott was also a published author who wrote George Inness: The Man and His Art (1911) and other papers and stories.

Marjorie Daingerfield was born in New York City. She was a sculptor who studied at the School of American Sculpture and the Grand Central School of Art. She lectured at several institutions, including The School of American Sculpture, the Grand Central School of Art, the Mint Museum, Duke University, and the North Carolina Art Association. She is known for sculpting bronze and marble and creating portrait busts, heads, and figures. Marjorie married World War I veteran and lawyer Oliver Ellsworth Holmes (1898-1930) in 1928. Before his death, the couple resided in New York. Marjorie remarried fellow artist James Louis Lundean (1894-1961), known for Western-inspired horse paintings. Marjorie is responsible for works of art such as The Offering.


2.91 Linear Feet

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In the absence of original order for most of the colelction, this collection was divided into nine series by format and arranged chronolgically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Blowing Rock Art and History Museum on September 10, 2022. It was donated by Joseph D. Dulaney.

Daingerfield family papers
Angela Ocuto Howell
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository