New York, N.Y.
Collection size: 0.7 linear feet
Collection Summary: Photographs, printed material, and artifacts documenting Bettina Steinke's career as a portrait painter.
The bulk of the collection contains photographs of portraits by Steinke, including members of the Circus Saints and Sinners Club of America, 1936-1944, and military figures in the United States during World War II. Also included are photographs of Steinke in her studio, at work, and with others. Printed material includes newspaper clippings and magazine articles, many with printed reproductions of Steinke's portraits. Also included are two buttons, depicting Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower (the images presumably reproduced from Steinke's portraits).
Biographical/Historical Note: Bettina Steinke (1913-1999) was a portrait painter in New York, N.Y. During World War II she painted portraits for the United States War Department.
Donated 2001 by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution via curator Wendy Reaves who received the papers from Susan Conway, a friend of Steinke's.