Frances Foy and Gustaf Dalstrom papers, 1909-1961

Foy, Frances M., b. 1890 d. 1963
Painter, Muralist
Active in Chicago, Ill.

Dalstrom, Gustaf O. (Gustaf Oscar), b. 1893 d. 1971
Painter, Muralist, Educator
Active in Chicago,Ill.

Collection size: 1.0 linear ft. (on 2 partial microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence, New Deal materials, exhibition and financial records.

Two brief biographies by Frances Foy for "Leading American Women"; Illinois Academy of Fine Arts membership cards for Foy and Dalstrom; correspondence, with the Art Institute of Chicago and other museums, local galleries, dealers, and arts organizations such as the Renaissance Society, American Federation of Arts, and Chicago Society of Etchers; a letter of 3/26/34 from fellow artist Rifka Angel regarding selection of artists for Public Works of Art Projects; New Deal art project materials, including correspondence about a mural commemorating Marian Anderson's 1939 concert at Lincoln Memorial and with federal agencies,concerning commissions, contracts, vouchers, drawings and blueprints for projects, announcements, speeches, and articles on the government art programs.

Exhibition records include receipts, loan agreements, checklists, and shipping forms. Financial records include invoices, pricelists, purchase orders, receipts, remittances, and vouchers from private customers. Printed materials include news clippings, brochures, advertisements from art supply companies; articles on exhibitions, newsletters from arts organizations, announcements and catalogs of exhibitions, and a copy of Dali's "Declaration of the Independence of the Imagination and the Rights of Man to His Own Madness" 1939.

Biographical/Historical Note: Muralists and painters; Chicago, Ill. Married in 1923. Worked on the Public Works of Art Project and Federal Art Project. Painted several post office murals. Belonged to local arts organizations such as the Renaissance Society and the No-Jury Society of Artists. Foy, who used her maiden name professionally, gained recognition locally for her paintings of flowers.

Donated 1987 by Lars M. Dalstrom, son of Frances Foy and Gustaf O. Dalstrom.

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