COLLECTION GUIDES

1924-2002

Offsite Storage Inventory

Restrictions on Access

The Mary A. Reardon papers are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

Note: This collection is UNPROCESSED and closed to researchers pending processing.


Collection Summary

Abstract

The collection consists of the professional and personal papers of liturgical artist Mary Agnes Reardon of Quincy and Hingham, Mass., 1924-2002. Professional papers include art exhibition and sales records; records of commissions for murals, book covers, Christmas cards and other artwork; sketches; and teaching files from Emmanuel College. Personal papers include correspondence with her father Daniel B. Reardon, her mother Mary Cashman Reardon, her brothers George and Paul C. Reardon, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. The collection also includes subject files, clippings, photographs and diaries.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by the family of Mary A. Reardon through Martha A.R. Bewick, July 2005.

Restrictions on Access

The Mary A. Reardon papers are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

Note: This collection is UNPROCESSED and closed to researchers pending processing.

Restrictions on Use

The Massachusetts Historical Society does not claim ownership to the literary rights (copyright) of letters and manuscripts written by individuals other than Mary A. Reardon in this collection. The Massachusetts Historical Society cannot give permission to publish or quote from documents by individuals for whom it does not hold copyright. Use of these materials does not imply permission to publish. It is the sole responsibility of the researcher to obtain formal permission from the owners of the literary rights (copyright) to publish or quote from documents in this collection.

Photocopies are for personal use only. Personal use photocopies may not be donated or deposited in other libraries or archives, or made available to other researchers without the written permission of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Biographical Sketch

Mary A. Reardon attended Radcliffe College, 1930-34, Yale School of Fine Arts, 1938, and studied in Mexico with artist David Alfaro Siquieros. Her major liturgical works include the Guadalupe chapel and two transept ceilings at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., a triptych at the Cathedral of Mary our Queen in Baltimore, Maryland, an early mural at Cabot Hall at Radcliffe College, two half domes, soffits and historical walls at the St. Louis Cathedral. She also illustrated seven children's books.

Summary Description of the Collection

Carton 1SH 17DH /
Correspondence
Carton 1SH 17DH /
Photographs
Carton 1SH 17DH /
"Paul's Papers" (correspondence)
Carton 1SH 17DH /
Art exhibition and sales records
Carton 1SH 17DH /
Exhibition invitations
Carton 1SH 17DH /
School notebooks
Carton 1SH 17DH /
Church records
Carton 1SH 17DH /
Business cards
Carton 1SH 17DH /
Travel papers
Carton 1SH 17DH /
Museum of Fine Arts
Carton 1SH 17DH /
Miscellaneous material
Carton 2SH 17DI +
Art exhibition invitations
Carton 2SH 17DI +
Artwork and sketchbooks
Carton 2SH 17DI +
Emmanuel records
Carton 2SH 17DI +
Printed material
Carton 2SH 17DI +
Clippings and newspapers
Carton 2SH 17DI +
Miscellaneous material
Carton 3SH 17DJ %
Subject files
Carton 3SH 17DJ %
Mary Reardon's office files (Includes papers related to Yale, Radcliffe, artwork, friends, and donations)
Carton 4SH 17DK 0
Diaries, 1944-1947
Carton 4SH 17DK 0
Subject files
Carton 4SH 17DK 0
Books illustrated by Mary Reardon
Carton 5SH 17DL 1
Family correspondence, 1920s-1990s (includes letters written by her brother Paul Reardon to parents Daniel and Mary Cashman Reardon)
Carton 6SH 17DM 2
Correspondence
Carton 6SH 17DM 2
School notebooks
Carton 6SH 17DM 2
Exhibit loan and sales records)
Carton 6SH 17DM 2
Travel diary, 1963
Carton 6SH 17DM 2
Miscellaneous material
Carton 7SH 17DN 3
Correspondence
Carton 7SH 17DN 3
Records related to art commissions and teaching
Carton 7SH 17DN 3
Miscellaneous material
Carton 8SH 17DP 5
School papers
Carton 8SH 17DP 5
Correspondence (mostly condolence letters of the death of Mary Cashman Reardon), 1952
Carton 8SH 17DP 5
Miscellaneous material
Carton 9SH 17DQ 6
School notes
Carton 9SH 17DQ 6
Sketchbooks
Carton 9SH 17DQ 6
Prints
Carton 9SH 17DQ 6
Clippings
Carton 9SH 17DQ 6
Correspondence
Carton 9SH 17DQ 6
Emmanuel College
Carton 9SH 17DQ 6
Papers from trip to Mexico
Carton 9SH 17DQ 6
Miscellaneous material
Carton 10SH 17DR 7
Correspondence, 1940s
Carton 10SH 17DR 7
Subject files
Carton 11SH 17DS 8
Radcliffe papers
Carton 11SH 17DS 8
School notes
Carton 11SH 17DS 8
Trip to Mexico
Carton 11SH 17DS 8
Sketches
Carton 11SH 17DS 8
Miscellaneous material
Carton 12SH 17DT 9
Correspondence, 1929-30s
Carton 12SH 17DT 9
Subject files
Carton 12SH 17DT 9
Miscellaneous material
Carton 13SH 17DU A
Photographs
Carton 13SH 17DU A
International Exposition of Sacred Art, Trieste, Italy, 1961
Carton 13SH 17DU A
School papers
Carton 13SH 17DU A
Travel diary, India, 1981
Carton 13SH 17DU A
Guest book, 1939
Carton 14SH 17DV B
Correspondence
Carton 14SH 17DV B
Daniel Reardon condolence letters, 1961
Carton 14SH 17DV B
Subject files
Carton 14SH 17DV B
Photographs
Carton 14SH 17DV B
Miscellaneous material
Carton 15SH 17DW C
Commissions
Carton 15SH 17DW C
Christmas cards
Carton 15SH 17DW C
Ars Instaurare
Carton 15SH 17DW C
Emmanuel College
Carton 15SH 17DW C
Subject files
Carton 16SH 17DX D
Daybooks and diaries, 1940s-1950s
Carton 17SH 17DY E
Subject files

Oversize material stored onsite at Ms. N-2172:

Oversize carton 1
Oversize sketchbooks(Oversize)
Oversize carton 2
Photographs(Oversize)
Oversize carton 2
Clippings(Oversize)
Oversize carton 2
Miscellaneous material(Oversize)

Preferred Citation

Mary A. Reardon papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Reardon, Daniel B., d. 1961.
Reardon, George.
Reardon, Mary Cashman, d. 1952.
Reardon, Paul C.

Organizations:

Emmanuel College (Boston, Mass.)--Faculty.

Subjects:

Christian art and symbolism.
Women artists--Massachusetts--Hingham.
Women artists--Massachusetts--Quincy.