Anthony Angarola papers, 1911-1988

Angarola, Anthony, b. 1893 d. 1929
Painter
Active in Ill.

Collection size: 1.5 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, business records, writings, art works, a scrapbook, printed material, and photographs document the life and career of Anthony Angarola and the impact of modernism on the Chicago art scene in the 1920s.

Biographical material includes 7 diplomas (1915-1924), an award certificate (1916), and a passport (1928). Correspondence consists of letters exchanged between Angarola, his wife Maria and their children (1916-1929), letters from colleagues including Dewey Albinson, Belle Baranceanu (many illustrated), and Albert Bloch (1912-1988), three letters written by George Seldes to Angarola's son, Richard, and Christmas cards decorated with original prints from Albinson, Baranceanu, Leo Henkora, Alexander Kostellow, Karl Mattern, William Rosenbauer, Maynard Walker, and Dudley Crafts Watson.

Business records consist of letters concerning Angarola's father's estate (1927), insurance records (1927), a bank book (1924-1928), a ledger recording sales of works of art (1923-1937), price lists (1929-1933), and receipts and invoices (1926-1933).

Writings include miscellaneous notes, a handwritten page in Latin, poems, typescripts for exhibition catalogs (undated and 1928) and a radio speech, a manuscript concerning Herman Hyde, and 2 essays "The Art of Anthony Angarola" by an unknown author and "In Honor of Anthony Angarola" by Faith M.Plumer. Art work consists of 14 pencil sketches (41 x 46.5 or smaller) by Angarola and drawings by his children (undated and 1921). A scrapbook contains 3 letters, a poem "Dream" by Angarola, clippings, programs, and reproductions of works of art (1911-1936).

Printed material consists of clippings (1922-1987), exhibition announcements and catalogs (1923-1986), 2 art school catalogs (1913-1929), 3 books THE ITALIANS IN CHICAGO (1928), BEN SILBERT by Louis Vauxcelles (1928), and LES ARTISTES DU LIVRE: HERMANN PAUL (1929), reproductions of works of art, a recital program (1923), miscellaneous brochures, picture postcards from Europe, and a poster advertising Herman Hyde (1928). Photographs show Angarola, his family, his friends including George Seldes, and works of art (undated and 1929).

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter. Studied at the Minneapolis School of Fine Art, and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Carnegie Institute. He taught at the Art Institute of Chicago, Kansas City Art Institute and the St. Paul School of Art. Angarola was one of a group of Chicago artists advocating modernism in the 1920s.

Donated by Anthony Angarola's son, Richard Anthony Angarola, and his children, Ondine, Richard M.J. and Anthony Francis Angarola.

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