Lue Osborne and Cordray Simmons papers, 1905-1975

Osborne, Lue, b. 1889 d. 1968
Active in New York, N.Y.

Simmons, Cordray, b. 1888 d. 1970
Active in New York,N.Y.

Collection size: 355 items (on 1 microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: Letters to Osborne and Simmons from friends, gallery owners, and colleagues, among others, including some about their use of synthetic resin paints; 83 photographs; 70 clippings, catalogs, essays and other printed materials. Correspondents include H. Daniel Webster, F. Valentine Dudensing, Walter M. Grant, Robert Henri, and Onya LaTour. Also included is one letter from Thomas Hart Benton to Mrs. Brett Osborne, daughter in law of Lue and Cordray. She had inherited their paintings and asked Benton's advice what to do with them.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; New York City; b. 1889, Belleville, Ill.; d. 1968 Osborne's husband, Cordray Simmons, is also a painter; discovered with her husband "vinyl lite," a new kind of acrylic paint

Lent for microfilming 1976 by Signature Galleries.

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