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Ernest L. Blumenschein Collection

Identifier: AC 354

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the personal papers of Ernest L. Blumenschein, including Blumenschein's correspondence; articles and clippings about him and his work, and biographical and genealogical information. Collection also contains copies of his letters to Ellis Butler Parker. Some of the material is contained in Blumenschein's scrapbooks. Additionally, collection holds financial and tax records, and ephemeral material such as driver's licences and passports. Inventory was produced at item level with individual annotations and synopses.


  • 1891-1993

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Copy Restrictions

Duplication allowed for research purposes. User responsible for all copyright compliance. Note: Duplication of material is currently restricted and requires the approval of Blumenschein Catalgoue Raisonné Limited Co.'s representative. Restriction will expire December 2004.

Biographical History

Ernest L. Blumenschein was born 1874 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Initially influenced by his father's profession as a muscician and composer, Blumenschein developed early on an artistic talent. While attending the Cincinatti Art Academy, he decided to pursue a career in art and trained at the Art Students League in New York and the Académie Julian in Paris, France. Until Blumenschein established himself as an artist, he worked as a commercial illustrator, and for many years split his time betwen Europe, East Coast (U.S.), and Taos, New Mexico. Eventually in 1918, Blumenschein and his wife Mary Greene Blumenschein, also a highly successful artist, settled permanently in Taos where he was prolific in his art work. He and his wife had one daughter, Helen. Mary Blumenschein died in 1950, and Ernest Blumenschein died ten years later in 1960. Blumenschein, one of the original founders of the Taos Society of Artists, received numerous awards and honors for his artistic work and his paintings are included in many important collections.


3.25 Linear Feet

Related Material

Ernest L. Blumenschein Papers, 1946-1955 (AC 021-p) and Helen Greene Blumenschein Collection (AC 376)


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
  7. Email:
  8. URL:
Guide to the Ernest L. Blumenschein Collection, 1891-1993
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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