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Edward S. Shorter Collection (MC 30)

Biographical Note

Edward Swift Shorter was born in1908 in Columbus, Georgia. He attended the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia and Mercer University in Macon,Georgia. He also studied at the Corcoran Art School in Washington, D. C., and in Paris. His art has been exhibited in various museums. He was director of the Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts, and in 1980 made a donation to the Columbus College Foundation, Inc. to establish the Edward Shorter Endowment Fund.

Scope and Contents

Part of the collection consists of approximately five hundred monographs from his personal library relating to art, travel, the classics, foreign culture and other related themes. These have been cataloged and are housed in the Archives pending the completion of the Arts Library. In addition there is a box of material relating to the arts as well as Shorter family material.

1884-1970s 500 vols., 1 box (46 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish from Edward S. Shorter Collection (MC 30) must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication of exhibit is required:

Edward S. Shorter Collection MC 30
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


These materials were donated over a period of years by Edward S. Shorter in the 1970s and 1980s.

Box and Folder List

Box 1


1 Carnegie Institute Painting Exhibition Program, 1929.

2 Carnegie Institute Painting Exhibition Program, 1931.

3 Souvenir Program from the Coronation of George VI, 1939.

4 Katherine Cornell: A Gallery of Stage Portraits, 1937

5 Five Centuries of French History through French Art, 1939.

6 Commemorative Exhibition of the Members of the National Academy of Design, 1825-1925. 1926.

7 “Mary's Dining Room”. Illustrated poem. n.d.

8 Contemporary Art of 79 Countries, 1939

9 Notice des peintures, sculptures et dessins de l'ecole moderne de Musee National du Luxembourg, 1884.

10 National Academy of Design Exhibition Program, 1949.

11 National Academy of Design Exhibition Program, 1937.

12 National Gallery Millbank Illustrations, Exhibition Catalog, 1923.

13 Southern States Art League. 13th Annual Exhibition. Program, 1933.

14 The American Colorist by Faber Birren, 1939.

15 Exhibition of Portraits of the Signers of the Declaration ofIndependence, Corcoran Gallery, 1938.

16 George Inness and Thomas Eakins by Elizabeth McCausland.

17 Society of Washington Artists. 42nd Annual Exhibition. Program, 1933.

18 What do you know about American Art?, by Rose V. S. Berry., 1928.

19 Paintings, Drawing, and Prints of the Two Tiepolos, Art Institute ofChicago, Catalog, 1938.

20 Tiziano, 1935 (?).

21 Manet, by Charles Leger, 1931.

22 Munder Reproductions of Etchings, 1924.

23 Glenn O. Coleman Memorial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1932.

24 School of Fine and Applied Arts of the John and Mabel Ringling Art Museum, Bulletin, May, 1931.

25 Pictures on Exhibit Magazine, 1937-1940.

26 Pictures on Exhibit Magazine, 1949.

27 International Exhibition of Paintings, 1938-1939. Carnegie Institute. Catalog, (two copies), 1938

28 The Three Arts Club, Cornelia, Georgia, 1938-1939.

29 Exhibition of American Oil Paintings, 13th and 15th Biennial. Catalogs, 1933 and 1937.

30 Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University Handbook. 1931.

31 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Miniatures, 1950.

32 Scrapbook owned by Mary E. Church, New Bedford, Mass, 1900. It consists of newspaper clippings detailing a trip made by the Reverend T. De Witt Talmage, of Brooklyn, New York to the Holy Lands from November, 1889 to January 1890

33 Scrapbook owned by Mary E. Church, New Bedford, Mass, 1900. It consists of newspaper clippings detailing wills and bequests from notable people of the 1890s

34 Diary possibly belonging to Mary E. Church of New Bedford, MA. 1891-1897

35 Two issues of the weekly newspaper, The National Investment Transcript, both from November, 1932

36 Letter from J. H. Shorter to “Etta”, written from Macon, Georgia, March 9, 1898.

37 Manuscript history of the George family in the colony of Georgia. n.d.

38 Georgia Dictionary of Biography entry of Edward Swift Shorter of Columbus, Georgia, who was born there in 1908. (Photocopy)

39 Miscellaneous unprocessed material.