Beth and James Arient papers, 1979-1988

Arient, Beth, b. 1946
Collector
Active in Naperville, Ill.

Arient, James, b. 1946
Collector
Active in Naperville,Ill.

Collection size: 147 items (on 1 partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: 23 letters from Howard and Pauline Finster to the Arients, 1979-1987; and photographs of folk artists, some with the Arients, and their work, 1980-1988. Among the artists photographed are Elijah Pierce, Mary Borkowski, Jesse Howard, Joe "The Welder" Janosik, Eunice McCloskey, Dow Pugh, Howard Finster, Minnie Black, Nellie Mae Rowe, Lanier Meaders, B.C. Craig, William Dawson, Carl McKenzie, Denzil Goodpaster, S.L. Jones, Carlton Garrett, Frank Pickle, Sam Doyle, David Butler, Luster Willis, "Daddy Boy" Williams, Kid Mertz, Dilmus Hall, James "Son" Thomas, Derek Webster, Raymond Coins, James Harold Jennings, Sarah Mary Taylor, Mary T. Smith, and Clyde "Jungle Boy" Jones.

Biographical/Historical Note: Folk art collectors; Illinois.

Lent for microfilming 1988 by the Arients.

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