Archives of American Art

Tom and Dorothy Benrimo papers

Collection ID:
Benrimo, Tom, 1887-1958
Benrimo, Dorothy
Physical Description:
6 Microfilm reels

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The microfilmed Tom and Dorothy Benrimo papers consist of biographical records; correspondence, including some illustrated letters, with friends, family members, art galleries, and others; photographs of the Benrimos and their friends, and of Tom's work; an illustrated travel diary by Dorothy in Italy; writings, including Dorothy's book, Camposantos: A Photographic Essay, and lecture notes; handwritten notebooks of Thomas's; address books and appointment books; drawings, including Dorothy's jewelry designs; Thomas's sketchbook; business and financial records; scrapbooks; and printed matter.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Thomas Benrimo (1887-1958) was a painter in Taos, New Mexico. He taught at Pratt Institute in New York and was one of the first artists in the United States to introduce the teaching methods developed at the German Bauhaus school of design. Benrimo relocated to Taos in 1939 for his health and there began to paint full-time.
Dorothy Benrimo (1903-1977) was a jewelry designer in Taos, New Mexico. After her studies at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Benrimo received multiple Tiffany Foundation Fellowships and worked at the Tiffany estate. She also taught at Carnegie Mellon and at Pratt until she and her husband moved to Taos in 1939. Benrimo is also a photographer and her photographs were exhibited at the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art and published in book the book Camposantos: A Photographic Essay in 1966.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 3452-3457 available for use only at Museum of Fine Arts Houston; and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals returned to Earl Stroh after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1984 by Earl Stroh, a friend of Tom Benrimo.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Related Materials
The Fashion Institute of Technology Gladys Marcus Library Special Collections and College Archives holds the Tom Benrimo sketch collection, 1930-1939.

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