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Biesel family papers

Creator:
Biesel family  Search this
Names:
Artists Equity Association  Search this
Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists  Search this
Federal Art Project (Ill.)  Search this
Index of American Design  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
University of Chicago. Renaissance Society  Search this
Armin, Emil, 1883-  Search this
Biesel, Charles, 1865-1945  Search this
Biesel, Frances Strain, 1898-1962  Search this
Biesel, Fred, 1893-1954  Search this
Bohrod, Aaron  Search this
Foy, Frances M., 1890-1963  Search this
Richards, William Trost, 1833-1905  Search this
Extent:
3.1 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 3 reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Date:
1859-1983
bulk 1915-1983
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, essays, subject files, art work, clippings and other materials documenting the activities of a Chicago family of artists, the 57th Street Art Colony and the Chicago art world in the early twentieth century.
REELS 4207-4209: Biographical materials, including seven biographical accounts, a 1960 program and a 1961 certificate of honor for Frances Strain Biesel and four biographical accounts of Fred Biesel; correspondence, 1927-1963, primarily concerning activities of Fred and Frances; price lists for works of art; a 1955 estate list of the works of Charles Biesel; mailing lists; miscellaneous receipts, 1928-1961; a notebook, 1931-1934, containing addresses and financial notations concerning the sale of works of art.
writings, including two essays, "Is It Futuristic or Cubistic?" and "The 57th Street Colony," 2 untitled essays concerning the perception of modern art, a short story about an appointment with Charles Biesel, lecture notes by Fred Biesel, "War and Arts Exhibition" (Renaissance Society), an untitled lecture at the University of Chicago Art Gallery, "The Story of Modern Art" (Beverly Hills, 1957), lecture notes concerning printmaking, and a 1945 typescript annotated as the "Bohrod talk." Also included are
subject files, 1939-1962, containing correspondence and printed material on the Federal Art Project (Index of American Design), Renaissance Society, Artists Equity Association, Artists Union of Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Society of Artists, and the 1020 Club; art works, including six sketchbooks and miscellaneous drawings, 1907-1919, by the Biesels, a sketchbook, 1859-1878, by William T. Richards, 3 prints, 1928-1932, by Emil Armin, and a 1930 print by Frances Foy;
photographs, 1919-1960, of Biesel family members, friends, a costume party with John Sloan (2), art classes,1920 and 1950, at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Layton School of Milwaukee, "The Ten" opening reception at the Marshall Field Galleries, 1929 (2), Artists Equity members and activities, 1947-1948 (3), and of works of art;
and printed materials, including a scrapbook of clippings, 1915-1916, compiled by Charles Biesel, a scrapbook, 1926-1931, concerning "Ten Artists", clippings, 1897-1962, exhibition announcements and catalogs, 1921-1983, for Biesel and others, including 11 catalogs from the Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists, a 1923 souvenir program for the No-Jury Artists "Cubist Ball", and miscellany.
UNMICROFILMED: Papers, 1934-1944, relating to Fred Biesel's work for the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project in Illinois, including correspondence with John Walley, Increase Robinson, George Thorp, Franklin D. Roosevelt and others; printed material, 1934-1941, including the newsletter "Chicago Artist," 1937, published by the Artists Union of Chicago, and several exhibition catalogs of the National Exhibition of the Index of American Design; a 25 p. typescript of a speech by Holger Cahill; a teachers handbook with silk-screen illustrations of "Let the Artist Speak"; business records including project proposals for the W.P.A.; and Biesel's letter of resignation, 1943.
Biographical / Historical:
Family of artists. Charles Biesel: marine painter, student of William Trost Richards; his son, Fred Biesel, a painter and art administrator; and Fred's wife, Frances Strain Biesel, a painter and director of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago for many years.
Provenance:
Microfilmed material donated 1985 by Garnett Biesel, son of Fred Biesel; he donated unmicrofilmed material in 1990, after it had been used in preparation for the book The Federal Art Project in Illinois, 1935-1943 (1990), by George Mavigliano and Richard Lawson.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Marine painters -- Illinos -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Modernism (Art) -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Women painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.biesfami
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-biesfami

Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Names:
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago. School  Search this
Abercrombie, Gertrude, 1909-1977  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander, 1887-1964  Search this
Arquin, Florence  Search this
Aubin, Barbara, 1928-2014  Search this
Biesel, Fred, 1893-1954  Search this
Foy, Frances M., 1890-1963  Search this
Gardner, Helen, d. 1946  Search this
Halstead, Whitney  Search this
Kapsalis, Thomas Harry, 1925-  Search this
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Yoshida, Ray  Search this
Extent:
8.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1920-1990
Scope and Contents:
Spears papers (ca. 0.5 ft.) include photographs of Spears and her work; writings about Spears; letters, 1935-1967; a file on the WPA; and travel notes. Blackshear's papers include: writings by and about Blackshear, including an unpublished manuscript by Blackshear, SURVEY OF ART, 1926, and an editor's proof of Helen Gardner's ART THROUGH THE AGES (3rd ed.); photographs of Blackshear and her work; travel diaries, 1920 and undated; ca. 80 sketches; a sketchbook; letters, 1925-1986; address books, 1947-1963 and undated; clippings, 1926-1967; exhibition announcements, 1929-1965; files on Gertrude Abercrombie, Alexander Archipenko, Florence Arquin, Helen Gardner, Whitney Halstead, Tom Kapsalis, Ray Yoshida, and others, containing letters, printed material, photographs of works of art, and personal photographs; and 2.0 ft. of notebooks on art.
Also included are 2.0 ft. of handmade Christmas cards to both Blackshear and Spears from Barbara Aubin, Fred Biesel, Frances Foy, Rockwell Kent, Ray Yoshida, and many others.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, lecturer, writer, educator; Chicago, Ill. As a graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Blackshear worked as a teaching assistant under Helen Gardner and then continued to teach there for 35 years. She had a lifetime friendship with painter and instructor Ethel Spears.
Provenance:
Donated 1990 by William Terrell, Blackshears' nephew and executor.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Women painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.blackath
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-blackath

Frances Foy and Gustaf Dalstrom papers, 1909-1961

Creator:
Foy, Frances M., 1890-1963  Search this
Dalstrom, Gustaf O. (Gustaf Oscar), 1893-1971  Search this
Subject:
United States  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Topic:
Art -- Finance  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Public art  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9302
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211497
AAA_collcode_foyfrang
Theme:
Women
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211497

Frances Foy and Gustaf Dalstrom papers

Creator:
Foy, Frances M., 1890-1963  Search this
Dalstrom, Gustaf O. (Gustaf Oscar), 1893-1971  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot ((on 2 partial microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Date:
1909-1961
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, New Deal materials, exhibition and financial records.
Two brief biographies by Frances Foy for "Leading American Women"; Illinois Academy of Fine Arts membership cards for Foy and Dalstrom; correspondence, with the Art Institute of Chicago and other museums, local galleries, dealers, and arts organizations such as the Renaissance Society, American Federation of Arts, and Chicago Society of Etchers; a letter of 3/26/34 from fellow artist Rifka Angel regarding selection of artists for Public Works of Art Projects; New Deal art project materials, including correspondence about a mural commemorating Marian Anderson's 1939 concert at Lincoln Memorial and with federal agencies,concerning commissions, contracts, vouchers, drawings and blueprints for projects, announcements, speeches, and articles on the government art programs.
Exhibition records include receipts, loan agreements, checklists, and shipping forms. Financial records include invoices, pricelists, purchase orders, receipts, remittances, and vouchers from private customers. Printed materials include news clippings, brochures, advertisements from art supply companies; articles on exhibitions, newsletters from arts organizations, announcements and catalogs of exhibitions, and a copy of Dali's "Declaration of the Independence of the Imagination and the Rights of Man to His Own Madness" 1939.
Arrangement:
I. Biographical. II. Correspondence. III. New Deal materials. IV. Exhibitions. V. Financial. VI. Printed matter. VII. Lists and notes.
Biographical / Historical:
Muralists and painters; Chicago, Ill. Married in 1923. Worked on the Public Works of Art Project and Federal Art Project. Painted several post office murals. Belonged to local arts organizations such as the Renaissance Society and the No-Jury Society of Artists. Foy, who used her maiden name professionally, gained recognition locally for her paintings of flowers.
Provenance:
Donated 1987 by Lars M. Dalstrom, son of Frances Foy and Gustaf O. Dalstrom.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Muralists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art -- finance  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Public art  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Identifier:
AAA.foyfrang
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-foyfrang

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