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Sidney Noyes Riggs Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Riggs, Sidney Noyes
Title: Sidney Noyes Riggs Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1960-1970
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft
Abstract: Correspondence and linoleum block prints from the American artist and author.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Sidney Noyes Riggs was an American printmaker. He married his wife, Dionis Coffin Riggs, in 1922, and Riggs worked for several years as an experimenter for Thomas Edison. Dionis Riggs was an author (as well as a poet and journalist) and Sidney provided the illustrations for many of her books. They retired to Martha's Vineyard in 1954. Sidney died in 1976 and Dionis in 1997. They had several children, including daughter Cynthia Riggs who is a mystery author and as of 2006 still lives in Cleaveland House, the family home/bed and breakfast in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Sidney Noyes Riggs Collection consists of a small amount of Correspondence between Riggs and John S. Mayfield, then-curator of manuscripts and rare books at Syracuse University; Published material in the form of three issues of the Duke's County Intelligencer with illustrations by Riggs; and Artwork, a set of linoleum block prints by Riggs, most of which are scenes from the Martha's Vineyard/West Tisbury area.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence and published material are arranged chronologically. Prints are in the artist's original order.

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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.

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Subject Headings


Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931.
Riggs, Sidney Noyes.


Printmakers -- United States.


Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)

Genres and Forms




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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Sidney Noyes Riggs Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Sidney Noyes Riggs, 1970

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 11 Jun 2007
Revision history: 11 Sep 2019 - number of linocuts updated (MS)

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Box 1 Mayfield, John S. 1968, 1970 - includes Riggs' explanation of his work with Thomas Edison
Published material
Box 1 Dukes County Intelligencer 1960, 1962
Box 1 Linocuts (linoleum block prints) undated - includes itemized list provided by Riggs (52 items)

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