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Biographical data; photographs of MacGowan; and a scrapbook containing letters, newspaper clippings and other printed material, 1929-1932, documenting her work. Also included is an album of photographs of seventy-four paintings by MacGowan compiled in 1977, to facilitate the distribution of her estate.
Clara MacGowan papers, 1929-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Painter, educator; Chicago, Ill. MacGowan was Assistant and later Associate Professor of Art at Northwestern University from 1927-1947, and a frequent lecturer at local women's clubs and exhibitor at the Arts Club of Chicago and the Chicago Society of Artists.
Donated 1996 by the Illinois Historical Art Project through Joel Dryer.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001