Bertha Elizabeth & Ethel Spencer Lloyd papers, 1936-1955

Lloyd, Bertha Elizabeth, b. b. 1869
Designer, Fiber artist
Active in Detroit, Mich.

Lloyd, Ethel Spencer, b. 1875
Active in Detroit,Mich.

Collection size: 33 items (on partial microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: 30 letters and greeting cards from the sculptor Brenda Putnam, regarding her bust of musician Ossip Gabrilowitsch, other projects, and other matters; a catalog of Putnam's work published by Brookgreen Gardens, S.C., 1937; a sketch by Putnam; a reproduction of her bust of Gabrilowitsch; and two photos, one of Ethel and one of Bertha.

Biographical/Historical Note: The Lloyds were both designers in Detroit, Mich. Bertha Elizabeth Lloyd specialized in leatherwork, lacemaking, and embroidery, and Ethel Spencer Lloyd specialized in jewelry, silversmithing, and embroidery. Brenda Putnam (1890-1975) was a sculptor from Minneapolis, Minn. Among other institutions, she attended the Boston Museum of Fine Art School and the Art Students League. She was an artist for the WPA as well. She and the Lloyds were presumably friends.

Donated 1957 by Ethel Spencer Lloyd.

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