The Theodore Bolton digital collection contains over 400 sketches and prints depicting scenes of urban life as they take place on the train, in a café, and at the theatre. Sketches that Bolton made during his travels in the Caribbean are also available online.
Theodore Bolton was a librarian, art historian, book illustrator, and artist. He attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where he received a diploma in the arts in 1915 and a diploma in library science in 1924. Bolton later studied at New York University, where he received a B.S. in education in 1937 and a M.A. in education in 1940. He also received an M.F.A. from Columbia in 1955.
Bolton worked at the Washington, D.C. Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Century Association Library in New York City. His career as an artist was cut short following an injury to his elbow, and instead he focused on writing about art. Upon his retirement, Bolton and his wife moved to Coconut Grove, Florida, where he died in 1973.
The Theodore Bolton Papers contain materials that span the entirety of Bolton's life, especially his work as a book illustrator and art historian. The collection contains typescripts, manuscripts, reprints, and periodicals, as well as sketches, prints, drawings, engravings, and sketchbooks. Visit the finding aid for more information.