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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers, 1920-1990

Catalog Data

Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1902 or 03-1974  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander  Search this
Biesel, Fred  Search this
Kent, Rockwell  Search this
Yoshida, Ray  Search this
Abercrombie, Gertrude  Search this
Aubin, Barbara  Search this
Foy, Frances M.  Search this
Arquin, Florence  Search this
Kapsalis, Thomas Harry  Search this
Gardner, Helen  Search this
Halstead, Whitney  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago. School  Search this
Travel diaries
Works of art
Christmas cards
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Physical Description:
8.4 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Spears papers (ca. 0.5 ft.) include photographs of Spears and her work; writings about Spears; letters, 1935-1967; a file on the WPA; and travel notes. Blackshear's papers include: writings by and about Blackshear, including an unpublished manuscript by Blackshear, SURVEY OF ART, 1926, and an editor's proof of Helen Gardner's ART THROUGH THE AGES (3rd ed.); photographs of Blackshear and her work; travel diaries, 1920 and undated; ca. 80 sketches; a sketchbook; letters, 1925-1986; address books, 1947-1963 and undated; clippings, 1926-1967; exhibition announcements, 1929-1965; files on Gertrude Abercrombie, Alexander Archipenko, Florence Arquin, Helen Gardner, Whitney Halstead, Tom Kapsalis, Ray Yoshida, and others, containing letters, printed material, photographs of works of art, and personal photographs; and 2.0 ft. of notebooks on art.
Also included are 2.0 ft. of handmade Christmas cards to both Blackshear and Spears from Barbara Aubin, Fred Biesel, Frances Foy, Rockwell Kent, Ray Yoshida, and many others.
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers, 1920-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Painter, lecturer, writer, educator; Chicago, Ill. As a graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Blackshear worked as a teaching assistant under Helen Gardner and then continued to teach there for 35 years. She had a lifetime friendship with painter and instructor Ethel Spears.
Donated 1990 by William Terrell, Blackshears' nephew and executor.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Women painters  Search this
Art  Search this
Painters  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Record number:
Art Theory and Historiography
Lives of American Artists
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art