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The Buehr family papers date from 1880-1984 and measure 0.9 linear feet. The collection documents the lives and careers of a prominent Chicago family of artists, which included Karl Albert Buehr, his wife Mary Hess Buehr, their children Kathleen Buehr Granger and George F. Buehr, and Karl Buehr's brother-in-law, Will Hess.
Found among the papers are biographical accounts, family histories, Karl Buehr's personal and professional correspondence, love letters between Karl and Mary Hess, writing by various family members, printed materials, artwork in the form of drawings by Kathleen Buehr Granger, and family and travel photographs, including two photo albums.
Buehr family papers, 1880-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2016 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website. Materials which have not been scanned include duplicates of printed material, photographs, and writings; blank pages and versoes of printed materials. In some cases, printed materials have had relevant pages scanned.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Karl Albert Buehr (1865-1952) was a painter of genre scenes, portraits, and Impressionist landscapes. Karl's wife, Mary Hess Buehr (1871-1962) was a painter specializing in miniatures and decorative paintings. Their children Kathleen and George F. Buehr, were both artists as well. George (-1983), known for his watercolors and collages, was director of museum education and a lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago. Kathleen (1902- ), a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, was painter and author.
George Buehr's wife, Margo Hoff, donated the family papers in April, 1986, as part of the Archives' Chicago survey project. George Granger, son of Kathleen Buehr Granger, donated the remaining material in June, 1986.
This site provides access to the papers of family Buehr in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2016, and total 1,012 images.
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