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Eugenie Frederica Shonnard Collection

Identifier: AC 211

Scope and Content

The collection revolves around the internationally recognized sculptor and longtime resident of Santa Fe -- Eugenie Fredericka Shonnard. The bulk of the collection is from the mid-nineteenth century to the late 1970s. The collection is arranged both topically and chronologically. Biographical sketches precede those individuals whose papers comprise a significant portion of the overall collection.

Collection consists of letters, diaries, ledgers, clippings, scrapbooks, notebooks, business and financial documents. Collection also includes the papers of her husband Edward Gordon Ludlum, her father Frederic Shonnard, her mother Eugenie Smyth Shonnard, her friend and mentor Alphonse Mucha, and her friend Pedro Ribera Ortega. Among the Shonnard family's papers are genealogies and family histories of the Shonnard, Smyth, and Seymour families.


  • 1729-1978 (bulk, 1850-1978)

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History Note

Eugenie Frederica Shonnard (4-29-1886 to 4-5-1978) was born in Yonkers, New York, the youngest of five children, to Frederic Shonnard and Eugenie Smyth Shonnard. Eugenie successfully completed her elementary and secondary education in Yonkers' public schools and began to study graphics at the New York School of Applied Design for Women where she studied under Alphonse Mucha, the Czechoslovakian artist who popularized "Art Nouveau." Eugenie received her first formal training in sculpture from James Earl Fraiser at the Art Students League in New York. Shortly after the death of her father in 1911, Eugenie and her mother moved to Paris in order that the young sculptress might study with August Rodin and Emile Bourdelle. Eugenie and her mother left France at the beginning of World War I and took up private and professional residence in New York City. In the spring of 1925, Eugenie and her mother came to Santa Fe on the invitation of Edgar L. Hewett. Eugenie and her mother moved permanently to Santa Fe in 1927.

Eugenie married Edward Gordon Ludlam, a civil engineer and entrepreneur, in Santa Fe on 26 July 1933. On 13 October 1955, Eugenie lost her husband after an extended illness. Eugenie died in Santa Fe just shy of her ninety-second birthday.


12 Linear Feet

Separated Material

Art work received with the collection is housed and cataloged separately.


Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. The Palace of the Governors
  3. P.O. Box 2087
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2087, U.S.A.
  5. Phone: (+)505.476.5090
  6. Fax: (+)505.476.5093
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Guide to the Eugenie Frederica Shonnard Collection, 1729-1978 (bulk, 1850-1978)
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Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090