Theodore Bolton

ID: SIA2011-0275 or 32216-8

Creator: Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: November 1935

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder 1 Scrapbook II, 1934-1942, "A-N"

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Mr. Theodore Bolton, (1889-1973) seated in a room in front of a draped window. He appears to be gesturing with his hands. Bolton was a librarian, book artist, specializing in book illustrations and portrait miniatures, art historian, scholar and artist who studied at Pratt, New York University and Harvard. Bolton served various posts in the Washington, D.C. Public Library from 1911 to 1913, the Library of Congress from 1918 to 1921, and the Brooklyn Public Library from 1924 to 1926. From 1926 until his retirement in 1958, Bolton was librarian of the Century Association in New York City. Upon retirement he and his wife moved to Coconut Grove, Florida.


Bolton, Theodore


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The image was taken by Ruel P. Tolman, Director of Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Arts, and is included in a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds and buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C. scenes (Section B).
  • For an image of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Bolton together: SIA2011-0278, SIA2011-0279, SIA2011-0280 and SIA2011-0281; Mrs. Bolton: SIA2011-0272 and SIA2011-0273; and Mr. Bolton: SIA2011-0274.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder 1 Scrapbook II, 1934-1942, "A-N"

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


November 1935

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  • Art History
  • Art
  • Historians
  • Librarians
  • Artists
  • Art historians
  • Art History--American


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

SIA2011-0275 or 32216-8

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white ; Size: 2.25w x 2.25h ; Type of Image: Person, candid ; Medium: Photographic print

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