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Further Research

The life of Elisabet Ney has captured the imagination and keen interest of many people throughout the last century, including both academics and artists. To connect you with more resources regarding Ney and the people she knew in life, we have compiled a list of various archival collections, articles, books and more so you can continue exploring your own curiosity for the famed sculptor. This list is not exhaustive, but we hope these resources provide further insight into this incredible artist and her lasting legacy.

Archival Institutions

  • Austin History Center of the Austin Public Library, Austin, Texas
  • Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas
  • Fikes Hall of Special Collections and DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
  • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas
  • Texas Collection, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • Texas State Archives, De Zavala Collection, Austin, Texas

Archival Collections


  • Cutrer, Emily.  The Art of the Woman.  University of Nebraska Press, 1988. (University of Texas Ph.D. dissertation and published biography on Elisabet Ney.  Ney's life and work in Texas is the primary emphasis.  Most reliable of publications.  Out-of-print but usually available from amazon.com)
  • Comini, Allesandra. "Who Ever Heard of a Woman Sculptor?  Harriet Hosmer, Elisabet Ney and the Nineteenth-Century Dialogue with the Three Dimensional."  American Women Artists 1830-1930.  Washington, D.C.:  National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1987. (Introductory essay)
  • Fortune, Jan & Jean Burton.  Elisabet Ney.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 1942. (Historical fiction)
  • Goar, Marjorie.  Marble Dust.  Austin, Texas:  Eakin Press, 1984. (Romance novel)
  • Heller, Nancy G.  Women Artists, An Illustrated History.  New York:  Abbeville Press, 1987.  (Portrayal of Elisabet Ney in context of women artists throughout history)
  • Keeton, Morris T.  The Philosophy of Edmund Montgomery.  Dallas, Texas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1950. (Harvard University Ph.D. dissertation and published work on Edmund Montgomery's pioneering philosophical ideas developed on a remote Texas plantation in the late 1800s)
  • Loggins, Vernon.  Two Romantics.  New York:  Odyssey Press, 1946. (Biography on Elisabet Ney and Edmund Montgomery with detailed information on their lives in Europe.)
  • Muller, Eugene.  Elisabet Ney.  Leipzig:  Koehler & Amelang, 1931.   (In German)
  • Reiter, J. S.  The Woman.  New York:  Time-Life Books, 1978. (Short seven-page biography)
  • Rutland, Mrs. J. W. (Willie B.), ed.  Sursum!  Elisabet Ney in Texas.  Austin, Texas:  Elisabet Ney Museum, 1977. (Annotated collection of Elisabet Ney's Texas letters compiled by longtime Elisabet Ney Museum curator)
  • Stephens, I. K.  The Hermit Philosopher of Liendo.  Dallas, Texas:  Southern Methodist University Press, 1951. (Biography on  Edmund Montgomery.  Valuable information also included on Elisabet Ney)
  • Taylor, Bride Neill.  Elisabet Ney, Sculptor.  New York:  Devin-Adair Co., 1916.  (Reprinted by Thomas F. Taylor, Austin, Texas, 1938) (Loving biography on Elisabet Ney written by Ney's close friend.  Based largely on personal experiences and interviews with Elisabet Ney and her devoted circle of friends in Austin, Texas, 1892-1907.)

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, a majority of the portraits and personal memorabilia in the Elisabet Ney Museum form the Elisabet Ney Collection of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas at Austin. Any reproduction rights and citations must indicate proper attribution. Please contact the Elisabet Ney Museum for details.