Clement Haupers and Clara Gardner Mairs papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.haupclem
Creators:
Haupers, Clement, 1900-
Mairs, Clara, 1878-1963
Dates:
1918-1983
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 Linear feet
(on 4 microfilm reels)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Biographical material (1931-1982), correspondence (1920-1983), business records (1958-1973), subject files concerning the WPA's Federal Art Project (1934-1976) and printed material (1918-1981) reflect the activities and careers of Clement Haupers and Clara Mairs.
Scope and Contents
Biographical material concerning Clement Haupers consists of 2 portrait drawings, an autobiographical account, a biographical account written by Les Grunwald, 6 clippings (1974-1982), an essay "Clement Haupers: Art Appreciation, Arlington Library" by Romeo Gutsche, a transcript of an interview conducted by Peter Lewson, and a resume (1943). Biographical material for Clara Mairs includes 2 biographical accounts, 2 exhibition catalogs (undated and 1976), and a clipping of her obituary (1963).
Scope and Contents
Correspondence (1920-1983) consists of letters exchanged between Haupers, Mairs, their family members, and colleagues. Letters exchanged between Haupers and Mairs primarily concern the annual Minnesota State Fair exhibitions (1933-1936) and Haupers' involvement in the Federal Art Project in Washington, D.C. (1943). Other letters concern the couple's art-related activities and Haupers' teaching and art restoration work, and include magazine illustrations by Haupers and Mairs. Correspondents include artists Cameron Booth, Andre Boratko, Floyd E. Brewer, Alida Flexer, Frances Cranmer Greenman, Patsy Reed High, LeRoy Neiman, Alexander Oja, James E. Rea, and Erik Smith.
Scope and Contents
Business records (1958-1973), primarily Mairs' estate documents, include her will (1958), correspondence relating to her death, probate court documents and inheritance tax documents. Financial material consists of sales receipts for the sale of art work (1969-1973). Printed material consists of clippings (1918-1981) and exhibition catalogs (1929-1979).
Scope and Contents
A subject file on the St. Paul Arts and Crafts Center (1934-1935), which was supported by the State Emergency Relief Administration, contains a description of the Art Center, a list of classes, clippings, and photographs of classes and students' work. A second subject file on the Haupers' work for the Work Projects Administration's Federal Art Project (1937-1976) includes reports, an essay "Minnesota Artist" (1938), exhibition catalogs, brochures, and photographs.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Artists; St. Paul, Minn. Clement Bernard Haupers was born in St. Paul and was employed as a secretary by the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad from 1917-1920. In 1918 he studied art and joined Clara Mairs' Art League of St. Paul. Clara Gardner Mairs was born in Hastings, Minn. and received art training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. During the late 1920s, Haupers and Mairs traveled to Europe and studied in Paris and Northern Africa. In 1929, they returned to St. Paul and established studios. Between 1931-1943, Haupers was involved in many of the federal government's art programs, including teaching at the St. Paul Arts and Crafts Center. In 1935, he was appointed the Minnesota state director of the WPA-FAP. Haupers later returned to teaching and art restoration.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 4310-4313 available for use only in the Archives of American Art office in Washington, D. C., through interlibrary loan, and at the Minnesota Historical Society (reel MN 526).
Reproduction Note
Microfilmed by the Division of Library and Archives, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1987 (1 reel).
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals in the Division of Library and Archives, Minnesota Historical Society.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Microfilm purchased from the Minnesota Historical Society, 1988.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Conditions Governing Use
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from the Division of Library and Archives, Minnesota Historical Society.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Federal aid to the arts -- Minnesota Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Restorers Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art centers -- Minnesota -- Saint Paul Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Flexer, Alida Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Greenman, Frances Cranmer, 1890-1981 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
High, Patsy Reed Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Neiman, LeRoy, 1921-2012 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oja, Alexander, 1903- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rea, James Edward, 1910- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smith, Erik Johan, d. 1939? Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Booth, Cameron, 1892-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Boratko, Andre, 1912- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brewer, Floyd Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
St. Paul Arts and Crafts Center Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Federal Art Project (Minn.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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