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Eleanor Norcross Papers

Identifier: SMC-021

Scope and Contents

Eleanor Norcross papers include correspondence between Eleanor Norcross and Wheaton President Dr. Samuel V. Cole and Dr. Emory Holman, 1922. Also included is the correspondence between Eleanor, the Wheaton Registrar Sarah Belle Young, Al G. Pritchard and Co. (custom broker), Wheaton Trustee Annie M. Kilham, W1870, and Fitchburg and Leominster St. Railway Co. concerning the gift of artwork and antiquities which Miss Norcross sent from Paris and whether or not it could pass through U.S. Customs duty free.

Other correspondence between the Registrar Sarah Belle Young, and J.H. Drown (custom agent) over earthenware, 1914 exists as part of her papers as well as a biography of Miss Norcross and a catalogue for a memorial exhibition of paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, 1925. Two catalogues for a painting exhibition in Paris entitled “Exposition Alix D’Anethan,” June 1922; a catalogue for an exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum and Watson Gallery, 1980 [see below]; and a copy of an article on the Fitchburg Art Center from the Wheaton Alumnae Magazine, 1929 compose Eleanor Norcross's papers. Clippings that concern Norcross and the Fitchburg Art Center cover the dates 1904-37; 1985; 1991.

The papers span the years 1872-1991.


  • 1872-1991
  • 1915 - 1929


Access Restrictions

No restrictions. Open for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors, or their descendants, of items in these papers as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Eleanor Norcross was born and educated in Fitchburg, MA, graduated from Wheaton Seminary in 1872 and studied art under the noted portraitist William M. Chase in New York. She migrated to Paris in 1894 and was the student of Alfred Stevens (Belgian colorist). Puvis de Chavannes was a great influence on Eleanor and encouraged her to exhibit her work in the Salon.

Eleanor painted a series of views of galleries that summarized the history of decorative arts in France. In 1924 an exhibit of her work was shown at the Louvre and at the Salon d’Automne. Fourteen of her works are held in the permanent collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. She died on October 19, 1923.


0.3 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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Immediate Aquisition Information

Wheaton College Development Office, July 1975

Related Materials

WCA General Files, Class of 1872

Processing Information

Processed by: Ashley Kuhn, W09, October 2008

Encoded using Archivist Toolkit: Hanna Juergens, W13, September 2012

Encoding edited by: Megan Wheaton-Book, Assistant Archivist, September 2012

Inventory of the Eleanor Norcross Papers
Ashley Kuhn W09
October 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections Repository

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