John Sloan Manuscript Collection

John Sloan (1871–1951) was one of the most important American painters and printmakers of the first half of the 20th century. As a member of “The Eight,” Sloan became known for his gritty images of working-class life in New York City. This urban subject matter would earn him and his colleagues the moniker of “the Ashcan School.” Helen Farr Sloan, widow of John Sloan and benefactor to the Museum, formally donated Sloan’s extensive library as well as the materials that would form the manuscript collection in 1978.

The John Sloan Manuscript Collection includes correspondence with artist-friends and others, personal and family papers, financial and legal records, organizational matter, photographs, and printed matter about Sloan and related artists. Among the correspondents are: Robert Henri, Will Shuster, Walter Elmer Schofield, George Luks, William Glackens, John Butler Yeats, A. E. Gallatin, Rockwell Kent, John Kraushaar, Walter Pach, John Cotton Dana, and George Otis Hamlin.

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