Alfred J. Frueh papers, 1904-2010

Frueh, Alfred Joseph, b. 1880 d. 1968
Painter, Illustrator, Designer, Cartoonist
Active in New York, N.Y.

This site provides access to the papers of Alfred Joseph Frueh in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2005. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 8,814 images.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


Collection size: 5.3 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of caricaturist and illustrator Alfred J. Frueh measure 5.3 linear feet and date from 1904-2010. These papers consist of biographical information, including a sound recording of reminiscences about Frueh by his children; correspondence that includes many illustrated letters and greeting cards; notes and writings; numerous caricature sketches, cartoons, and 25 sketchbooks by Frueh; printed material; and photographs of Frueh and his artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note: Alfred J. Frueh (1880-1968) worked primarily in New York and was best known for his caricatures of theater personalities that appeared in The New Yorker from 1925 through 1962. In addition, he was a cartoonist, illustrator, painter, and designer of children's furniture, toys, pop-ups, and cut-outs.

The Alfred J. Frueh papers were the gift of his children, Barbara Frueh Bornemann, Alfred J. Frueh, Jr., and Robert Frueh, in 1993 and 1997. An addition of 25 sketchbooks and other materials were given by his grandson Stephen Bornemann in 2011.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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  • The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2011 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website. Blank pages, blank versos of photographs, photographs of artwork, duplicates, and exhibition catalogs of other artists have not been scanned. In most cases, the cover, title page, and individual relevant pages have been scanned from published materials.
    The sound recording in this collection was digitized for research access in 2011 and is available at the Archives of American Art offices. Researchers may view the original cassette for the archival notations on them, but the original cassette is not available for playback due to fragility.
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