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Arquin, Florence, 1900-1974  Search this
Williams, Samuel  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd  Search this
Rebay, Hilla  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Kahlo, Frida  Search this
United States. Department of State  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Federal Art Project (Ill.)  Search this
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Physical Description:
8.2 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as 8 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1939-1962 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1, 11) Series 2: Correspondence, 1940-1985 (0.8 linear feet; Box 1-2) Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1929-circa 1964 (2.0 linear feet; Box 2-4) Series 4: Teaching and Project Files, 1930-1963 (1.4 linear feet; Box 4-5) Series 5: Printed Material, 1923-1964 (1.8 linear feet; Box 5-7, 11) Series 6: Photographs, 1929-circa 1960 (0.7 linear feet; Box 7, 11) Series 7: Artwork, circa 1940-circa 1950 (2 folders; Box 7, 11) Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1935-1956 (0.9 linear feet; Box 8-10)
Access Note / Rights:
The Florence Arquin papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
The papers of Florence Arquin measure 8.2 linear feet and date from 1923 to 1985. The papers highlight her expertise in the field of Latin American studies and document Arquin's career as a painter, photographer, educator, writer, and critic through biographical material, correspondence, writings, teaching and project files, printed material, photographs, artwork, and scrapbooks. Additionally, the papers relate to her personal relationships with her husband Samuel Williams and friends, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Teaching and project files include material from Arquin's work with the Federal Art Project at the Art Institute of Chicago and as director of the U.S. State Department's Kodachrome Slide Project, which was part of an effort to provide educational agencies with visual aids to support Latin American Studies.
Florence Arquin papers, 1923-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The collection was digitized in 2015 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Use Note:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Biography Note:
Painter, photographer, educator, writer, and critic, Florence Arquin (1900-1974) was active in Chicago, Illinois. She was widely known for her expertise in the field of Latin American studies and had a close relationship with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. From 1935 to 1939 she worked as administrator for the Federal Art Project in Illinois and joined the Art Institute of Chicago in 1939 to develop education programs aimed at secondary school students.
Language Note:
The collection is in English and Spanish.
The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art by Samuel Williams, Arquin's husband, in 1991.
Digitization Note:
This site provides access to the papers of Florence Arquin in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2015, and total 18,346 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Art, Latin American  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women photographers  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Women art critics  Search this
Women authors  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Women  Search this
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Photography  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Research and writing about art  Search this
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Latino and Latin American
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art