Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.blackath
Creators:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974
Dates:
1920-1990
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
8.4 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
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 Blackshear's papers include: writings by and about Blackshear, including an unpublished manuscript by Blackshear, SURVEY OF ART, 1926, and an editor's proof of Helen Gardner's ART THROUGH THE AGES (3rd ed.); photographs of Blackshear and her work;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.
Scope and Contents
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
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.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1990 by William Terrell, Blackshears' nephew and executor.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords
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Art -- Illinois -- Chicago Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women painters -- Illinois -- Chicago Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Archipenko, Alexander, 1887-1964 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arquin, Florence Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Halstead, Whitney Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kapsalis, Thomas Harry, 1925- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yoshida, Ray Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Abercrombie, Gertrude, 1909-1977 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Biesel, Fred, 1893-1954 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Foy, Frances M., 1890-1963 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gardner, Helen, d. 1946 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aubin, Barbara, 1928-2014 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art Institute of Chicago Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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