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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2381

Blanche C. Grant papers for The forty seventh star - New Mexico


Typescript, photographs, and other papers for an unpublished historical study on the state of New Mexico.


  • Creation: 1948

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Includes a corrected typescript of this unpublished history of New Mexico, a letter concerning her research, as well as visual materials she assembled for use in illustration of the text.

Biographical / Historical

Blanch Chloe Grant (1874-1948) was born in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1874, daughter of Willard Webster Grant (Harvard A.B. 1869) and Mercy Ann Parsons Grant. She was a graduate of Vassar College (1896), and studied art at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy, and at The Art League in New York. She became an established magazine illustator and landscape painter in Wilmington, Delaware, and in 1920 moved to Taos, New Mexico and became an author and editor of books on Taos and other areas of the Southwest. Some of her many books were: Kit Carson's own story of his life, On hundred years ago in old Taos,Taos today and Taos Indians. She also painted Native Americans extensively until her death in June of 1948.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

49M-165. Gift of Rev. George E. Cary and Mrs. Ethel Grant Cary, 6 Church St., Bradford, Massachusetts; received: 1950 March 20. Ethel Cary was Blanche Grant's sister.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Grant, Blanche C. (Blanche Chloe), 1874-1948. Blanche C. Grant papers for The forty seventh star - New Mexico, 1948: Guide.
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