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Olive Thompson Cowell papers, [ca. 1950-1982]

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Creator:
Cowell, Olive Thompson, 1887-1984
Subject:
Bridgman, Lilian
Cowell, Henry
Falkenstein, Claire
Wildenhain, Frans
Wildenhain, Marguerite Friedlaender
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
0.3 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.
Summary:
A handwritten memoir, photographs, house plan, three cassette tapes related to Cowell's anniversary and birthday (1973), materials and a letter from sculptor Claire Falkenstein, and letters from California potters Frans and Marguerite Wildenhain. Also included is one spiral-bound photograph album containing ca. 40 photographs of Olive Cowell, her husband, Harry, and his son, pianist and composer Henry taken in their home in San Francisco, Calif., and a photograph of architect Lilian Bridgman taken in her studio.
Citation:
Olive Thompson Cowell papers, [ca. 1950-1982]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Art and music patron, professor of International Relations; San Francisco, Calif.; b. 1887; d. 1984 Olive Cowell was founder of the international relations department of San Francisco State University, where she taught until 1956.
Provenance:
Donated 1994 and 1998 by Alan W. Ford, who inherited and resided in Cowell's home and received the papers from Cowell. He destroyed all other Cowell papers at her request. Ford subsequently resided in a house designed by architect Lilian Bridgman, and donated a group of Bridgman's papers as well; these are cataloged separately.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art patrons
Photographs
Sound recordings
Women art patrons
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6455
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215607
AAA_collcode_coweoliv
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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