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Ray Yoshida papers

Creator:
Yoshida, Ray  Search this
Names:
Art Institute of Chicago. School -- Faculty  Search this
Phyllis Kind Gallery  Search this
Berdich, Vera, 1915-2003  Search this
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Brown, Roger, 1941-1997  Search this
Ito, Miyoko, 1918-1983  Search this
Kapsalis, Thomas Harry, 1925-  Search this
Kim, Jin Soo, 1950-  Search this
Nilsson, Gladys, 1940-  Search this
Nutt, Jim, 1938-  Search this
Ramberg, Christina  Search this
Rossi, Barbara, 1940-  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Wirsum, Karl, 1939-  Search this
Extent:
10 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Collages
Drawings
Interviews
Prints
Sketches
Transcripts
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1895-2010
bulk 1950-2005
Summary:
The papers of Chicago artist and educator Ray Yoshida measure 10 linear feet and date from circa 1895 to 2010, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 2005. Yoshida's career as a painter and collagist as well as his long tenure as a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are documented through biographical material, personal correspondence, notebooks and writings, teaching records, personal business records, printed material, source material, photographs, sketchbooks, artwork by Yoshida and others, and scrapbooks. Items within the collection also document Yoshida's personal interest in collecting folk art and artifacts.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Chicago artist and educator Ray Yoshida measure 10 linear feet and date from circa 1895 to 2010, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 2005. Yoshida's career as a painter and collagist as well as his long tenure as a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are documented through biographical material, personal correspondence, notebooks and writings, teaching records, personal business records, printed material, source material, photographs, sketchbooks, artwork by Yoshida and others, and scrapbooks. Items within the collection also document Yoshida's personal interest in collecting folk art and artifacts.

Biographical material about Ray Yoshida includes award certificates, identification records, student records, and interview transcripts. Also found is one video recording of a documentary short about Yoshida's art and object collection at his Chicago home.

Correspondence includes letters, postcards, and greeting cards from friends, colleagues, and artists, including Roger Brown, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, Christina Ramberg, Karl Wirsum, Miyoko Ito, Jin Soo Kim, Barbara Rossi, Vera Berdich, and Tom Kapsalis.

Notebooks contain notes on art history, art technique, Japanese language, travel, and other subjects. Many of the notebooks include sketches and contain loose items.

Writings by Yoshida consist of college papers, fragments of writings on art and other subjects, and notes. Writings by others include essays by Yoshida's students, exhibition essay drafts, and poetry.

Teaching records primarily document Yoshida's tenure as a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, though a few records of guest professorships at other schools are included. These records include course evaluations, employment records, teaching notes, and letters of recommendation for students. Miscellaneous teaching records include department memos, course summaries, correspondence, and notes.

Personal business records consists of documentation regarding the sale, exhibition, and loan of artwork by Ray Yoshida, including his business dealings with the Phyllis Kind Gallery. Additionally there are several files regarding the estate of artist Roger Brown.

Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, announcements, news clippings, newsletters and press releases documenting Yoshida's career and other subjects.

Source material consists of material that Yoshida gathered and intended to use for his art. Collected printed material includes postcards, comics and comic books, mail order catalogs, magazines, product labels, and advertisements. Also found are many small clippings from comics collected for collages.

Photographs depict Ray Yoshida, friends, students, travel, and artwork. Also found are a few photographs of Karl Wirsum's studio, as well as photographs of various subjects collected by Yoshida. Additionally, there is one photograph album from the early 1910s of an unidentified family.

Sketchbooks include pencil and ink sketches of various subjects.

Artwork by Ray Yoshida includes collages on paper, pencil sketches, and ink drawings. Artworks by others include numerous prints by Kathleen Blackshear, Ethel Spears, and Vivian Mayers, and collages, drawings, and prints given to Yoshida by students and friends. Some work by unidentified artists is included as well. Other artwork, such as handmade picture and alphabet books, appears to have been created by children and collected by Yoshida.

Scrapbooks include volumes that were created by Yoshida as well as books created by others. Three of the scrapbooks containing source images, clippings, and comics appear to have been created by Yoshida. Additional scrapbooks were created by others and collected by Yoshida.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 12 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1950-2005 (0.5 Linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1952-2009 (2 Linear feet; Boxes 1-3, 11, 15)

Series 3: Notebooks, circa 1956-circa 2000 (0.3 Linear feet; Box 3)

Series 4: Writings, circa 1950-2003 (0.3 Linear feet; Box 3)

Series 5: Teaching Records, circa 1960-2003 (0.6 Linear feet; Boxes 3-4)

Series 6: Personal Business Records, circa 1960-2010 (0.4 Linear feet; Box 4)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1906-2010 (1.8 Linear feet; Boxes 4-6, 11, OV 14)

Series 8: Source Material, circa 1940-circa 2005 (0.7 Linear Feet; Boxes 6-7, 11)

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1910-circa 2005 (0.5 Linear feet; Box 7)

Series 10: Sketchbooks, circa 1960-circa 2000 (1.1 Linear feet; Boxes 7-8, 11-13)

Series 11: Artwork, 1903-2009 (0.7 Linear feet; Boxes 8, 13)

Series 12: Scrapbooks, circa 1895-circa 2005 (1 Linear feet; Boxes 8-10, 13)
Biographical / Historical:
Ray Yoshida (1930-2009) was a Japanese American painter, collagist, and educator based in Chicago, Illinois.

Raymond Kakuo Yoshida was born in Kapaa, Hawaii, in 1930. He attended the University of Hawaii for two years and completed a B.A. in Arts Education at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1953. He also served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War. In 1957 he recieved his M.F.A from Syracuse University and became a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1959. He was named Frank Harold Sellers Professor in the Department of Painting and Drawing in 1971, retired as professor emeritus in 1998, and continued to teach until 2003.

Yoshida was a member of the Chicago Imagists, a loose and informal group of representational artists from the late 1960s to early 1970s who were influenced by Surrealism and connected to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Yoshida's friends and contemporaries among this group include but are not limited to Roger Brown, Ed Paschke, Christina Ramberg, and Barbara Rossi. Yoshida was an inspiring teacher and he mentored many of the later Chicago Imagists such as Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, and Karl Wirsum.

Yoshida's paintings and collages were strongly influenced by comics as well as his own collection of folk and outsider art. He regularly exhibited at Phyllis Kind Gallery in Chicago from 1975 to 1996, and a major retrospective of his work was organized by the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu in 1998. He retired to Hawaii in 2005 where he lived until his death in 2009 due to cancer. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Sullivan Galleries held a posthumous retrospective exhibition of Yoshida's work from 2010-2011 and the John Michael Kohler Art Center had an exhibition of Yoshida's personal collection of art and artifacts in 2013.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2012 by Ray Yoshida via Terri Yoho of the Kohler Foundation, representing Yoshida's estate, and in 2013 and 2015-2016 by Jennifer Sabas and Shayle Miller, estate executors.
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. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice. One box of letters from Jim Nutt are ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission.
Rights:
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.
Occupation:
Educators -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Collagists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Folk art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- History  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Asian American painters  Search this
Asian American educators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Collages
Drawings
Interviews
Prints
Sketches
Transcripts
Video recordings
Citation:
Ray Yoshida papers, circa 1895-2010, bulk 1950-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.yoshray
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-yoshray
Online Media:

Rice, Jean and Norman

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 3: Handmade Holiday Cards
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref104

Salwonchick, Marie

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 3: Handmade Holiday Cards
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref107

Schofield, F.

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 24
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 3: Handmade Holiday Cards
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref109

Biographical Material

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1920-1967
Scope and Contents:
Found are scattered biographical materials for Kathleen Blackshears and Ethel Spears. Of note are personal business records kept by Spears of her time with the Works Progress Administration. Also found is a sketchbook from 1920 kept by Blackshears during a trip to Europe. Teaching files consist of copies of Blackshears's given exams at the Art Insititute of Chicago, memoranda, and a file of "blunders" which contain quotes of students' papers she found humorous. Two photographs depict Blackshears and Spears and slides are of works of art by Blackshears.
Collection 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.
Identifier:
AAA.blackath, Series 1
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref11

Sisters

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 26-27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 3: Handmade Holiday Cards
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref111

Stein, Lischa

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 3: Handmade Holiday Cards
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref112

T

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 29
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 3: Handmade Holiday Cards
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref113

Tyler, Quinn

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 31
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 3: Handmade Holiday Cards
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref115

Ulreich, Buk-Nura

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 33
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 3: Handmade Holiday Cards
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref117

Wallace, Ginger Elis

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 36
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 3: Handmade Holiday Cards
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref120

Willever, Don

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 39
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 3: Handmade Holiday Cards
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref123

Witt, M.

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 40
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Collection 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.
See more items in:
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 3: Handmade Holiday Cards
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref124

Zeller, Jos

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 3: Handmade Holiday Cards
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref128

Studies of Negros from 1924 to 1940, by Kathleen Blackshear

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 4: Writings and Notes
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref131

Survey of Art, by Kathleen Blackshear

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 21-23
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1926 June
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 4: Writings and Notes
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref133

Notes, General

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 1-2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940s-1950s
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 4: Writings and Notes
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref136

Abercrombie, Gertrude

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1953
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 5: Artist Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref138

Angel, Rifka

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1936-1961
Collection 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.
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers / Series 5: Artist Files
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref139

Handmade Holiday Cards

Collection Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Extent:
2.8 Linear feet (Boxes 1-4)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1960
Scope and Contents:
This series consists of handmade holiday and greeting cards sent to Blackshear and Spears throughout their long partnership and before, although the majority of the cards are undated. Many of the cards were made and sent by fellow Chicago artists, students, and friends. Some handmade greeting cards contain personal messages. Notable names include Emil Armin, Carl Hoeckner, Rockwell Kent, Increase Robinson, Nelli and Paul Weigardt, and Rudolph Weisinborn.
Collection 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.
Identifier:
AAA.blackath, Series 3
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-blackath-ref14

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