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Blanche Stillson papers

 Collection — Folder: S2443
Identifier: S2443

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typewritten copy of an article published in the February 25, 1930 Indianapolis News that was written by Blanche Stillson about two portraits of Dr. and Mrs. C. G. McLean that were given to the Herron Art Institute. The article relates Dr. McLean's background and the history of the McLean Female Institute, a seminary for women in Indianapolis that operated for about 15 years before closing shortly after the U.S. Civil War. The article also discusses Jacob Cox and Rembrandt Peale, the artists credited with painting the portraits. The collection includes a half sheet of paper with handwritten notes, possibly written by Miss Stillson, regarding the McLean Seminary.


  • circa 1930


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Blanche Stillson was born June 6, 1889 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Dr. Joseph O. and Mathilde (Bisch) Stillson. She graduated from DePauw University in 1911 and attended the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. Stillson taught art, art history and painting at Shortridge High School, DePauw and Herron. She had several books published and wrote a weekly art appreciation column for the Indianapolis News. Stillson died at the age of 87 on January4, 1977.


"Blanche Stillson Dead at 87." Indianapolis News (IN), January 5, 1977.

Thompson, Donald E., comp. Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1917-1966. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1974.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/11/01 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/11/01 by Laura Eliason.
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.