Roger Medearis papers, 1920-2001

Medearis, Roger Norman, b. 1920 d. 2001
Painter
Active in San Marino, Calif.

Collection size: 3.2 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Correspondence; exhibition and gallery files and files on works of art; writings; transcripts and audio recordings; printed material and miscellaneous. Correspondence is with Thomas Hart Benton and his wife Rita, ca. 1945-1971, and with Marianne Berardi, ca. 1994-2000. Also included are letters from Medearis to his wife, Elizabeth [Betty], as well as letters from Medearis childhood, ca. 1920-1937, including a letter to Santa and letters home from Baptist University. Files on writings include include Medearis' unpublished book "My Regionalism," ca. 1949-1950; transcripts of lectures and speeches given by Medearis; and transcripts of an interview of Thomas Hart Benton by Earl Bennett, prepared by Medearis. Printed material incudes exhibition catalogues and newspaper clippings. Also included are calendars and work records, ca. 1948-2001; Medearis' death certificate, 2001, an audio recording of Medearis' memorial service and transcripts of eulogies, and other miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Kansas City, Kan.; b. 1920; d. 2001. Medearis was a Regionalist painter who studied under Thomas Hart Benton at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Donated 2006 by Elizabeth Medearis, third wife and widow of Roger Medearis.

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