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The Austin Merrill Mecklem and Marianne Greer Appel papers measure 1.4 linear feet and date from 1910-2006, with the bulk of materials dating from 1928-1977. Correspondence, writings, drawings, printed material, miscellaneous items and photographs document Mecklem as an artist, Works Progress Administration (WPA) muralist and art instructor and Appel as an artist, puppet designer and author and illustrator of children's books. A significant portion of Appel's papers consist of drafts of two illustrated children's books, "The Story of Juliet" (1945) and "Perlydew" (after 1953).
Austin Merrill Mecklem and Marianne Greer Appel papers, 1910-2006, bulk 1928-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Austin Merril Mecklem (1894-1951) was a WPA muralist and art instructor in Woodstock, N.Y. 1894-1951. Mecklem was married to painter, illustrator and puppet maker Marianne Greer Appel (1913-1988).
Donated 2010 by Sarah Greer Mecklem and Merrill Mecklem Piera, Austin Mecklem's and Marianne Appel's daughters.
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