Francis Chapin papers, 1917-1984

Chapin, Francis, b. 1899 d. 1965
Painter, Lithographer
Active in Chicago, Ill.

Collection size: 1.5 linear ft. (partially filmed on 1 reel)

Collection Summary: Biographical documents; correspondence; art works; scrapbooks; photographs; and printed material.

REEL 875: Biographical data; business and personal correspondence, 1930-1964, including one or more letters each from Ivan Albright, Edward Hopper, Edmund Kurtz, Abbott Pattison, Peppino Mangravite, and James Wines; three sketchbooks; loose sketches and two Christmas card designs; writings and talks by Chapin; a scrapbook of clippings, sketches, photographs, and memorabilia, 1917-1921; photos of his family and his works; exhibition catalogs and announcements, 1933-1974; clippings, 1928-1968; bills and receipts; a typescript of a conversation between Vivian Chapin and artist Douglas Wilson, 1956; and miscellany.

UNMICROFILMED: A passport, 1928; 7 biographical sketches; correspondence, primarily to Chapin's wife and to friend, David McCosh; lists of paintings; a list of guests; 2 illustrated notebooks; price lists; receipts for works of art, 1948-1974; a proof of a lithograph; 2 drawings; 2 sketchbooks, one by Vivian Chapin, 1960; a scrapbook, 1950-1966, containing clippings and an exhibition catalog, 1958; a scrapbook containing clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, 4 letters, and photographs; printed materials; and photographs of Chapin, his associates, and his work.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, lithographer, teacher; Chicago, Illinois. Studied at Art Institute of Chicago 1922-1929, travelled in Europe with David McCosh 1929, returning to study lithography with Bolton Brown. Chapin taught at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1929-1945, Grant Wood's school, 1932, and was director of the Institute's Summer School at Saugatuck, 1932-1940. He was artist-in-residence at University of Georgia, 1952.

Material on reel 875 lent for microfilming 1974 by Chapin's wife. Chapin's son Todd donated additional material 1986.

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Francis Chapin sketchbooks also located at: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson Library.