A Finding Aid to the Eve Peri Papers, circa 1900-1996, bulk 1939-1966, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.perieve
Creators:
Peri, Eve, 1897-1966
Dates:
circa 1900-1996, bulk 1939-1966
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.6 Linear Feet
Repository:
The papers of painter and embroidery artist Eve Peri measure 0.6 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 1996 with the bulk of materials dating from 1939 to 1966. The papers are scattered and include biographical materials, travel documents, correspondence, financial records, printed material, designs for embroidered clothing, and photographs.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of painter and embroidery artist Eve Peri measure 0.6 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 1996 with the bulk of materials dating from 1939 to 1966. The papers are scattered and include biographical materials, travel documents, correspondence, financial records, printed material, designs for embroidered clothing, and photographs.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as one series.
  • Series 1: Eve Peri papers, circa 1900-1996 (0.6 linear feet; Box 1, OV2-3)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Eve Peri (1897-1966) was a collagist, embroiderer, and painter active in New York City, New York.
Eve Peri was born in Bangor, Maine in 1897. From her mother and aunts, Peri learned traditional quilting and embroidery techniques. A largely self-trained artist, she used her skills to design clothing, tapestry, and collages and also painted. She collaborated with her husband Alfonso Umana Mendez, a designer for Fred Leighton, designing women's embroidered clothing. After divorcing in 1939, she traveled around Europe and began to exhibit her works.
Peri moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania late in life and opened a gallery in New Hope to show her works. She died in 1966.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Jayna Josefson in 2018.
Author
Jayna M. Josefson
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Eve Peri papers were donated by Elizabeth Bullock and Judith Stein, executor and curator of the estate in 2001.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Preferred Citation
Eve Peri papers, circa 1900-1996, bulk 1939-1966. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Embroidery Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists -- United States Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fiberwork Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Collagists -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fiber artists -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
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