Bettina Steinke papers

Collection ID:
Steinke, Bettina, 1913-1999
bulk 1936-1976
Physical Description:
0.6 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Photographs, printed material, and artifacts documenting Bettina Steinke's career as a portrait painter.
Scope and Contents
The bulk of the collection contains photographs of portraits by Steinke, including members of the Circus Saints and Sinners Club of America, 1936-1944, and military figures in the United States during World War II. Also included are photographs of Steinke in her studio, at work, and with others. Printed material includes newspaper clippings and magazine articles, many with printed reproductions of Steinke's portraits. Also included are two buttons, depicting Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower (the images presumably reproduced from Steinke's portraits).

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Bettina Steinke (1913-1999) was a portrait painter in New York, New York. During World War II she painted portraits for the United States War Department.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2001 by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution via curator Wendy Reaves who received the papers from Susan Conway, a friend of Steinke's.

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 table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Portrait painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists' studios Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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