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Cross Family Collection

The Cross Family Collection has over 466 items, many either created, featuring, or owned by one of the three Cross family siblings: Emma Augusta Cross (1850-1933), Henry Clay Cross (1852-1913) and Joel Foster Cross (1846-1925). In addition to pencil sketches, watercolors, oils, pen and inks, there are also boxwood blocks, engraved proofs, photographs, and manuscript material.

The collection consists of 29 boxes and 8 oversized folders of material dating from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries with the bulk of the collection falling between 1870 and 1890. The box list of the entire collection, which also serves as an inventory, is partially illustrated. Thumbnail images of selected works, with an option to enlarge in a new window, are available for each box.

All three Cross siblings were born in Manchester, New Hampshire. Emma Augusta Cross taught school in her native Manchester previous to her employment in Boston as a photo-retoucher. She attended Boston's Evening Drawing Classes, which she successfully completed and was presented with a diploma in May 1886. She established the first public library in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

The brothers Joel Foster and Henry Clay Cross were offered positions with Samuel Smith Kilburn, a wood engraver in Boston in the 1860s, which resulted in successful partnerships. While both left in the 1890s, several boxes in this collection exhibit a representative holding of the material produced by the firm Kilburn & Cross.

The collection was the material documentation for Diana Korzenik's Drawn to Art: A Nineteenth-Century American Dream, winner of the Boston Globe 1986 L.L. Winship Literary Award.

The Cross Family Collection and Cross Family Art Archive were the gifts of Diana Korzenik in 1991 and 2000.

- Jaclyn Penny, Graphic Arts Assistant

A photograph of Emma Augusta, Henry Clay, and Joel Foster Cross from Box 21 of the collection.
Three sample images from the collection.



The box list of the entire collection, which also serves as an inventory, is partially illustrated.