Emmy Lou Packard papers, 1900-1990

Packard, Emmy Lou, b. 1914 d. 1998
Painter, Muralist, Printmaker
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

This site provides access to the papers of Emmy Lou Packard in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2012. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 13,135 images.

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

Collection size: 9.4 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Emmy Lou Packard papers measure 9.4 linear feet and date from 1900 to 1990, and focus on the career of painter, printmaker, muralist, and sculptor Emmy Lou Packard. Also found are extensive materials relating to Packard's personal and professional relationship with muralist Diego Rivera and painter Frida Kahlo, with whom Packard lived for one year in Mexico. Papers include correspondence, financial records, notes, writings, exhibition files, photographs, and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note: Emmy Lou Packard (1914-1998) was a painter, printmaker, and muralist in San Francisco, California. Packard lived in Mexico City in the late 1920s. In 1940-1941, she worked as Diego Rivera's painting assistant on his giant fresco for the World's Fair in San Francisco. Subsequently, she spent a year in Mexico with Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

Emmy Lou Packard donated her papers to the Archives of American Art from 1984-1988.

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

How to Use this Collection

  • Read the Finding Aid for this digitized collection
  • The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2012 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    The unpublished sound recording in this collection was digitized for research access in 2012 and is available at the Archives of American Art offices.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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Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Emmy Lou Packard conducted by Mary Fuller McChesney in 1964.