For Students

On Church and Olana

Ashberry, John
“Historic Houses: Frederic Church at Olana; an Artist’s Fantasy on the Hudson River”
Architectural Digest, June 1997

Avery, Kevin J., and John Wilmerding
Treasures from Olana: Landscapes by Frederic Edwin Church
Cornell University Press, 2005. Purchase this book online

Carr, Gerald L.
Frederic Edwin Church: Catalogue Raisonné of Works of Art at Olana State Historic Site
Cambridge University Press, 1994

Carr, Gerald L.
Olana Landscapes – The World of Frederic E. Church
New York: Rizzoli, 1989

Fels, Thomas Weston and Kevin J. Avery
Fire and Ice; Treasures from the Photographic Collection of Frederic Church at Olana
New York: Dahesh Museum of Art, 2002
Purchase this book online

Kornhauser, Elizabeth Mankin and Katherine E. Manthorne
Fern Hunting among These Picturesque Mountains: Frederic Edwin Church in Jamaica
Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010
Purchase this book online

Ryan, James Anthony
Frederic Church’s Olana: Architecture and Landscape as Art
Hensonville, NY: Black Dome Press, 2001
Purchase this book online.

Trebilcock, Evelyn and Valerie Balint
Glories of the Hudson: Frederic Edwin Church’s Views from Olana
Hudson, NY: The Olana Partnership, 2009
Purchase this book online

Toole, Robert M.
“The Art of the Landscape Gardener; Frederic Church at Olana”
The Hudson River Valley Review, Vol. 21, No. 1, Autumn 2004. pg. 38-63

Wilmerding, John
Maine Sublime : Frederic Edwin Church’s Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin
Hudson, N.Y., Ithaca, N.Y. and London: The Olana Partnership and Cornell University Press, 2012
Purchase this book online

On Church and his Art

Avery, Kevin J.
Church’s Great Picture – The Heart of the Andes
New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993

Carr, Gerald L. et al.
Frederic Edwin Church: Romantic Landscapes and Seascapes
New York and Houston: Adelson Galleries in Association with Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services and Meredith Long & Company, 2007

Harvey, Eleanor Jones and Gerald L. Carr.
The Voyage of the “Icebergs:” Frederic Church’s Arctic Masterpiece
New Haven and Dallas: Yale University Press and Dallas Museum of Art, 2002

Howat, John K.
Frederic Church
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005

Huntington, David C.
The Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church: Visions of an American Era
G. Braziller, 1966

Kelly, Franklin
Frederic Edwin Church and the National Landscape
Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988

Kelly, Franklin, Stephen Jay Gould, James Anthony Ryan and Debora Rindge
Frederic Edwin Church.
Washington and London: National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989

Wilton, Andrew et al.
Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2013

On Hudson River School, 19th-Century Art & Culture

Davis, John
The Landscape of Belief: Encountering the Holy Land in Nineteenth-century American Art and Culture
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.

Edwards, Holly
Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in America, 1870-1930
Princeton University Press/ Clark Art Institute, 2000

Gotkin, Michael Owen and Don Freeman
Artists’ Handmade Houses
Abrams, 2011

Harvey, Eleanor Jones
The Civil War and American Art
Washington and New Haven: Smithsonian American Art Museum and Yale University Press, 2012.

Lewis, Tom
The Hudson: A History
Yale University Press, 2007

Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Paradise: The World of the Hudson River School
New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987

Phillips, Sandra et al.
Charmed Places: Hudson River Artists and Their Homes, Studios and Vistas
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1988

Schuyler, David
Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists and the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909
Ithica and London: Cornell University Press, 2012

Wilton, Andrew and Tim Barringer
American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States, 1820-1880
Princeton and London: Princeton University Press and Tate Publishing, 2002

Zukowski, Karen
Creating the Artful Home: The Aesthetic Movement
Layton, UT, 2006

For Grade Schoolers

Locker, Thomas and Robert C Baron
Hudson: The Story of River
Fulcrum Publishing, 2004
Ages 8 and up

Talbott, Hudson
River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River
Putnam Juvenile, 2009
For 6-8 year olds

For Researchers

Olana Reports

Olana staff and consultants have produced in-depth reports on various aspects of Olana.
These unpublished reports are available for consultation.

Turner, Suzanne
This timeline is an excerpt from Olana’s 2015 Strategic
Landscape Design Plan by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and The LAGroup. To view click here.

Birnbaum, Charles
Managing Change at Olana: Preliminary Recommendations for a National Historic Landmark Cultural Landscape.  To read the article click here.

Toole, Robert M.
Historic Landscape Report, Olana State Historic Site
December 1996 (unpublished report)
Available for consultation by qualified researchers.
Please contact the curatorial staff at Olana.

Waite, John G. Associates, Architects PLLC
Olana Historic Structure Report
The Olana Partnership, 2001. (unpublished report)
Available for consultation by qualified researchers.
Please contact the curatorial staff at Olana.

Zukowski, Karen
The Historic Furnishings Report for Olana State Historic Site: A History of the Interiors, Thoughts on their Significance, and Recommendations for their Restoration
NYSOPRHP/TOP, 2000. (unpublished report)
The full document is available for consultation by qualified researchers.
Please contact the curatorial staff at Olana.

List of books in the Church family library.
Available for consultation by qualified researchers.
Please contact the curatorial staff at Olana.

Gordon, Debra S. and James Briggs
Olana S.H.S. Bell Tower Cornice Research Report
NYSOPRHP, Nov. 1999

Gordon, Debra S. and James Briggs
Olana State Historic Site: Dining Room Cornice Research Report
NYSOPRHP, Dec 1997

Olana: Special Architectural Studies in support of the Olana Historic Structure Report
NYS OPRHP & The Olana Partnership, 2002

Research Collection and Archives

Olana has an extensive research collection of primary and secondary source materials. This is open to graduate students and scholars, by appointment. Researchers should email a formal request, stating the topic and purpose of your research and items that you hope to consult at Olana. Please email the Curatorial Department.

Among the items available are:

Transcripts of correspondence to and from Frederic Edwin Church

Transcripts of correspondence to and from Isabel Church, Louis Church and other members of the Church family

Copies of 19th-century writings about Frederic Church

Diaries kept by Frederic Church during trips to South America and Petra

Research files, papers, reports and database extracts on collections at Olana, including the Old Master paintings; the natural history specimens; 19th-century visitors to Olana; frames; the Melbye/Pissaro collection; the Pre-Columbian collection

The campaign to save Olana, 1964-1967

Campaign to protest a proposed nuclear power plant on the Hudson River, 1970s

Images of artworks at Olana, including Church’s architectural sketches for the main house

MA and PhD thesis on Olana, Church and related topics

Much of Olana’s original artwork and primary source material is not kept at the site. This includes the artwork by Frederic Church not on view in the main house; 19th-century photographs; prints after Church’s paintings and other prints; drawing by other artists; bills, receipts and other financial records; the records of David Huntington and other Church scholars. A Finding Aid for this material is available at Olana, and under special circumstances these materials can be accessed. Please inquire with the curatorial staff at Olana stating specifically the material you seek, and the purpose of your research.

Other Resources


A short essay on the Hudson River School of painting.
This is an accompaniment to a PBS produced series on American songs. Click here.

An essay on the Hudson River School of Art,
part of the Helbrunn Timeline of Art History, produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click here.


Olana Overview. Click here.

Hanging the reproduction wallpaper in Mrs. Church’s dressing room. Click here.

Linda Ferber, curator of The New-York Historical Society, discussing Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School. With footage at Olana. Click here.

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