Hildreth Meière papers, 1901-1999

Meiere, M. Hildreth (Marie Hildreth), b. 1892 d. 1961
Painter, Muralist, Designer, Mosaicist
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 20.2 linear feet
1 rolled doc.

Collection Summary: Biographical information, correspondence, writings, works of art, photographs, and motion picture film documenting the career of painter and muralist M. Hildreth Meière.

Biographical information includes M. Hildreth Meière's passport, 1922, and awards. Among the correspondence, some illustrated, are letters with family, including letters to Meière's daughter, Louise (Dunn), her brother, Lloyd Meière Bowers, friends, and Katherine Harvey, the daughter of Fred Harvey (1835-1901) the railroad restauranteur of the Midwest and West. The correspondence covers Meière's education, travels, work on theater design and costumes, her friendship with actor Alfred Lunt, work with architect Bertram Goodhue, and travels in Europe in the mid-1930s when she reports her impressions of Germany, Hitler, Bayreuth and the Wagner family, Russia, and France. (Typed transcriptions of family letters from 1916-1924, as well as a CD of the letters, and a chronology of Meières life drawn from the letters prepared by the donor are also included).

Writings consist of Meière's poetry and translations of Spanish poems, a typescript of a memoir detailing Meière's experiences in Spain during the Spanish Civil War; essays and diaries, spanning the years 1903-1954 recording daily events and travels, some including poems, sketches, and photographs. Photographs and slides are of Meière's commissions, including the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., St. Martin's Church, Providence, R.I., the Nebraska State Capitol, and the New York World's Fair. Also included are six renderings of the Maryland Cathedral (1920) by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue.

Works of art include sketchbooks, pencil and crayon sketches including renderings of theatrical scenes, individuals, animals, landscapes, buildings reflecting Meière's experiences at the Art Students League, Camp Yosemite Valley, Hampton Court, London, Fort Mason, San Francisco, Rigoletto at the Tivoli Opera House, Italy, Venice, Paris, Rome.

Motion picture film includes ninety-two 16mm reel-to-reel films of Meière's travels, frescoes, murals and triptychs, including her work for the New York City World's Fair, Paris Fair, 1936 Olympics, and the Municipal Center, Washington, D.C. One reel of motion picture film Meière's travels in Spain (1937) and a two-reel film, "The Making of a Triptych" (194-), are available in digital form.

Biographical/Historical Note: M. Hildreth Meière (1892-1961) was a painter and muralist in New York, N.Y. Meière was an architectural muralist in the Art Deco style; she was also a painter, mosaicist, and designer from the 1920s-1950s.

A majority of the collection placed on deposit 2001 by Louise Meière Dunn, daughter of Hildreth Meière. The collection was donated incrementally by Dunn through 2012. Donations occurred 2001-2007, and again in 2010-2012.

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