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Ruth Butler Research Collection

Identifier: RBR

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs, journal articles, notes, photocopies of original archival documents, transcriptions, and other research material compiled by Ruth Butler. The majority of the material is focused on Auguste Rodin. The collection also contains files related to Butler's publication titled, "Hidden in the Shadow of the Master: The Model-Wives of Cézanne, Monet, and Rodin."


  • 1990-2000


Language of Materials

English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Ruth Butler Rodin Research Collection are the physical property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Biographical / Historical

Ruth Butler was born in Buffalo, N.Y. She attended Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. A part-time job at the Cleveland Museum of Art helped to determine her path in art history. Butler won a Fulbright in 1957 and traveled to Paris to begin research on a PhD dissertation on the early works of Rodin. She has since taught at Boston University, University of Maryland, College Park and is professor emerita at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is author of several publications including Western Sculpture: Definitions of Man, Rodin in Perspective, Rodin Rediscovered, Rodin: the Shape of Genius and Hidden in the Shadow of the Master: The Model-Wives of Cézanne, Monet and Rodin.


1.5 linear feet (1 record carton, 1 document case)


This collection contains research material compiled by the art historian, Ruth Butler.

Processing Information

These materials were arranged and described by Margaret Huang in 2017.


Guide to the Ruth Butler Research Collection
Margaret Huang
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States