A Finding Aid to the Dorothy Sturm Papers, 1913-1989, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.sturdoro
Creators:
Sturm, Dorothy
Dates:
1913-1989
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
2 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of Dorothy Sturm measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1913 to 1989. The papers document Sturm's career as a painter, enamelist, writer, and medical illustrator through writings, professional files, printed material, and photographs.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of Dorothy Sturm measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1913 to 1989. The papers document Sturm's career as a painter, enamelist, writer, and medical illustrator through writings, professional files, printed material, and photographs.
Writings include drafts of poems and short stories written by Sturm, drafts of manuscripts, lecture notes, writings by other educators on Sturm, a book of poems by Sturms mother, and four audio cassettes in which Sturm reads one of her stories and discusses her writings.
Professional activity files include address books, correspondence, sketches, and material related to her work as a medical illustrator for medical journals and pamphlets.
Printed material includes magazine and newspaper clippings, exhibition catalogs, and copies of some of her published works.
Photographic material includes images and transparencies of Sturm and her works.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into four series.
  • Series 1: Writings, 1913-1989 (1.0 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Professional Activity Files, 1935-1984 (0.5 linear feet; Box 2)
  • Series 3: Printed Material, 1930-1988 (0.4 linear feet; Box 2)
  • Series 4: Photographs, circa 1967 (0.1 linear feet; Box 2)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Dorothy Sturm (1910-1988) was a painter, enamelist, and medical illustrator in Memphis, Tennessee. She studied art in New York at the Grand Central School of Art and the Arts Student League during the 1930s. Between 1952 and 1978 Sturm exhibited at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York. Sturm taught art at the Memphis Academy of Art between 1938 and the late 1970s, and also assisted in establishing a collection of contemporary art at the Memphis Brooks Museum.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Ricky Gomez in 2020.
Author
Ricky Gomez
Sponsor
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Dorothy Sturm papers were donated to the archives in 1991 by the Dorothy Sturm estate via Marvin Ratner, executor.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Preferred Citation
Dorothy Sturm papers, 1913-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Related Materials
At the request of the donor drawings originally in the collection were subsequently donated to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Sound recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Enamelers -- Tennessee -- Memphis Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Medical illustrators -- Tennessee -- Memphis Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Tennessee -- Memphis Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Betty Parsons Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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