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Henry Mattson Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: Ryan Perry
Date: 30 Mar 2015

Biographical History

Henry Mattson (1887-1971) was a Swedish-American painter known for his seascapes, nocturnal scenes and figures. Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Mattson emigrated to the United States in 1906. Mattson began painting in 1912, while working in a machine shop in Worcester, Massachusetts. He moved to Woodstock, New York in 1916 and developed a distinctive style through being almost entirely self-taught. In the 1930s and 1940s, Mattson’s career began to flourish, winning awards and wider recognition.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Henry Mattson Papers are divided into five series. Clippings include both newsprint and magazine articles related to Mattson's work. Correspondence is a mixture of personal and professional letters, often congratulating Mattson on accomplishments or negotiating the purchase of a work of art. Memorabilia are a collection of photos, receipts, self-portraits, and other materials. Publications are a collection of full publications featuring articles on Mattson's work. Writings include autobiographical materials written for address or broadcast.

Arrangement of the Collection

Materials are alphabetically arranged by topic or format. Publications are arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Mattson, Henry E. (Henry Elis), 1887-1971.


New York World's Fair (1939-1940: New York, N.Y.)
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.


Woodstock (N.Y.).

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Henry Mattson Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Henry Mattson, 1964.

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