Beatrice S. Levy papers

Collection ID:
Levy, Beatrice S. (Beatrice Sophia), 1892-1974
Physical Description:
1.9 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Beatrice S. Levy papers measure 1.9 linear feet and date from 1890-1974. Included are biographical material, correspondence, writings, works of art, photographs, and printed material.
Scope and Contents
Biographical material includes awards, a confirmation certificate, and a diploma. Correspondence is with Levy's family and art organizations. Writings consist of numerous diaries by Levy. Works of art include a sketchbook, sketches and etches. Loose photographs and three photograph albums contain images of Levy, family, friends, and travels. Also included is a picto-viewer with images of her works. Printed material relates to Art News and Levy's work.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Beatrice Levy was an etcher in Chicago, Ill. and La Jolla, Calif. Levy studied at the Art Institute of Chicago under Ralph Clarkson and with Charles W. Hawthorne in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She had a studio in Chicago's 57th Street Art Colony. Her work was exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition (1915), the Century of Progress in Chicago (1933-1934), and the New York's World's Fair (1939). Levy was President of the Chicago Society of Artists, Supervisor of the Works Progress Administration Art Project Gallery, and Supervisor of the Easel Painting Division in 1936 for the Federal Art Project. In 1950 she moved to California, where she taught at the La Jolla Museum School of Arts and Crafts (1961-1962) and continued to exhibit her work.

Existence and Location of Copies
Portions available on microfilm reel 4190 at the Archives of American Art offices at the Chicago Institute's Ryerson Library, and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2018 by Heather Peck, granddaughter of Dorothy Stratton, a friend of Beatrice Levy. Material microfilmed on reel 4190 (frames 773-1023) was originally part of a larger collection of material given to the University of Louisville (Kentucky) by Samuel Steinfeld, a cousin of Beatrice Levy. The University of Louisville transferred this group of papers to the Art Institute of Chicago, who in turn donated them to the Archives of American Art in 1986. Samuel Steinfeld donated additional material on reel 4190 (frames1024-1311) in 1986.

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Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Illinois -- Chicago Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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