Material relating to Josephine W. Duveneck, [ca.1969-1982]

Dickman, William J.
Collector
Active in Alexandria, Va.

Collection size: 19 items. (on partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: Letters, greeting cards, and printed material sent to William andIlka Dickman from and regarding Josephine W. Duveneck, her husband Frank, and her father-in-law, painter Frank Duveneck. Included are 10 letters and cards from Mr. and Mrs. Frank Boott and Josephine, regarding the Duveneck family, their ranch "Hidden Villa" in California, and their social and political activities. One card contains a photo of the Duvenecks, and another shows them with their family at their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Also included are a letter from Elizabeth Goodman of Los Altos Hills, Calif., telling of Josephine Duveneck's death; a eulogy given by Wallace Stegner at Josephine Duveneck's memorial service; a letter from Stacy French, president of the Friends of Hidden Villa, to members regarding its future after Josephine Duveneck's death; a booklet, Hidden Villa Tales, written and autographed by Josephine Duveneck; a flyer promoting Josephine's autobiography; a catalogue (not filmed in its entirety) and an invitation for a 1972 exhibition of Frank Duveneck's work at the Chapellier Gallery, N.Y.; and 2 books (not microfilmed) by Josephine: Frank Duveneck-Painter,Teacher, and her autobiography, Life on Two Levels.

Biographical/Historical Note: The Dickmans, of Alexandria, Va., were friends with Frank Boott and Josephine Whitney Duveneck of Los Altos, Calif. Frank Boott Duveneck was the son of the Cincinnati-based painter Frank Duveneck, and Josephine was the daughter of a prominent Boston family. Together, the Duveneck's lived on their ranch, "Hidden Villa," which was also used as a summer camp for poor, inner-city children and as a base for Josephine's social and environmental work. She wrote a biography of her father-in-law, Frank Duveneck, as well as an autobiography.

Donated by William J. Dickman, 1982.

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