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Ruth Porter Ward personal papers

 Collection
Identifier: COR-0001-MS
This collection contains newspaper articles, correspondence, postcards, artwork and photographs related to the artist life of Ruth Porter Ward. The bulk dates of the collection materials is from 1923 through 1965 although there is artwork that Ward created as a child. Much of the newpaper articles concerns art competitions and prizes both about Ward, but more generally about many local DC artists. The correspondence includes Ward interacting with people who commissioned her to paint portraits or purchased her non-commmissioned works. The correspondence also includes a small bound notebook with letters of support for Ward as an applicant with the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. There are also two short notes from Cuthbert Powell Minnigerode, Director of the Corcoran, hoping Ward gets better from her illness. The photographs include images of Ward and friends as well as her art work and the subjects of her portrraits. The artwork includes oil paintings, pencil, crayon, and charcoal. The are also several certificate of awards from the Corcoran.

Dates

  • 1909-1965
  • Majority of material found within 1923 - 1936

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (1 slim document box and 1 flat box)

Overview

Ruth Porter Ward (1900 September 16 - 1936 July 24) was an artist primarily known for her still lifes and portraits done with oil, pastel, and watercolor. Ward was a student at the Corcoran School of art from 1920 through 1928. This collection contains newspaper articles, correspondence, postcards, art work and photographs related to the artist life of Ruth Porter Ward. The bulk dates of the collection materials is from 1923 through 1965 although there is artwork from when Ward was a child.

Biographical / Historical

Ruth Porter Ward (1900 September 16 - 1936 July 24) was an artist known for her still lifes and portraits in oil, pastel, and watercolor. She attended the Corcoran School of Art from October 1920 through 1928. She painted many portraits on commission and exhibited much of her non-commissioned work throughout the District. She also spent a year working and volunteering with the Red Cross where she created campaign posters. Ward was a member of both the Washington Society of Artists and the Washington Water Color Club. She was awarded the prize for still-life study at the annual exhibit of the Society of Washington Artists at the Corcoran Art Gallery in 1932.

Ruth Porter Ward was born in Statesville, North Corolina on September 16 1900. She was injured in a fall at the age of three and used crutches to assist her walking until the age of fifteen. Ward's family moved to Alexandria Virginia in 1917. Ward spent some time as a student at the National School of Fine and Applied Arts before attended the Corcoran. Her career was just beginning to flourish when she died in July 1936.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: Personal papers and Artwork

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Corcoran Institution Board of Trustees donated these records to The George Washington University in 2016.

Source

Title
Guide to the Ruth Porter Ward personal papers, 1909-1965
Status
completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America