Florence Arquin papers, 1923-1985

Arquin, Florence, b. 1900 d. 1974
Art critic, Painter, Educator, Photographer
Active in Chicago, Ill.; Mexico

This site provides access to the papers of Florence Arquin in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2015, and total 18,346 images.

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

Collection size: 8.3 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of Florence Arquin measure 8.3 linear feet and date from 1923 to 1985. The papers document Arquin's career as a painter, photographer, educator, writer, and critic through biographical material, correspondence, writings, teaching and project files, printed material, photographs, artwork, and scrapbooks. Additionally, the papers relate to her personal relationships with her husband Samuel Williams and friends, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Teaching and project files include material from Arquin's work with the Federal Art Project at the Art Institute of Chicago and as director of the U.S. State Department's Kodachrome Slide Project, which was part of an effort to provide educational agencies with visual aids to support Latin American Studies.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, photographer, educator, writer, and critic, Florence Arquin (1900-1974) was active in Chicago, Illinois. She was widely known for her expertise in the field of Latin American Studies and had a close relationship with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. From 1935 to 1939 she worked as administrator for the Federal Art Project in Illinois and joined the Art Institute of Chicago in 1939 to develop education programs aimed at secondary school students.

Donated in 1990 by Samuel Williams, Arquin's husband.

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

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