John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1790-2007, bulk 1900-1956

Storrs, John Henry Bradley, b. 1885 d. 1956
Painter, Sculptor, Engraver
Active in Paris, France; Chicago, Ill.; Orléans, France

This site provides access to the papers of John Henry Bradley Storrs in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2006. The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 27,498 images.

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


Collection size: 19.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of sculptor, painter, and printmaker John Henry Bradley Storrs measure 19.8 linear feet and date from 1790 to 2007, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1900 to 1956. The collection documents Storrs' career as an artist and his personal life through biographical material, correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues, personal business records, forty-eight diaries and other writings, printed material, photographs of Storrs and his family and friends, artwork, scrapbooks, estate records, and audio visual material. There is also a substantial amount of Marguerite Storr's correspondence as well as scattered correspondence of other members of the Storr's family.

Biographical/Historical Note: John Henry Bradley Storrs (1885-1956) was a sculptor from Chicago, Ill. and Mer, France. Storrs studied with Lorado Taft at the Chicago Art Institute and with Charles Grafly at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts upon his return from a trip abroad, 1907-1908. He returned to France in 1912, where he studied with Auguste Rodin. He turned from traditional representation to machinelike forms in 1920. After 1921, he and his wife, French writer Maguerite Deville Chabrol, lived in their chateau Chantecaille in Mer, France. Between 1941-1944, Storrs was arrested and imprisoned several times by the Gestapo.

The John Henry Bradley Storrs papers were donated in several installments from 1979 to 2011 by Storrs' daughter, Monique Storrs Booz, and her daughter, Michelle Storrs Booz. A portion of these papers were loaned for microfilming in 1977 and subsequently donated in 1980.

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The Booz family also loaned approximately 1,000 drawings by John Storrs and select family photographs for microflming. Loaned material is available for viewing on reel 1555, but is not described in this container listing of this finding aid.
Also available at the Archives of American Art is the Noel Frackman research material on John Henry Bradley Storrs, 1972-2003. In addition, Archives of American Art microfilm reels 1463 and ND/S-1 contain the John Henry Bradley Storrs scrapbook and studio book, 1909-1972.