Sara R. Currie papers about Alfred Lenz, 1899-1926

Currie, Sara R. (Sara Rockefeller)
Active in Jacksonville, Fla.

Collection size: 35 items (on partial microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: Biographical sketch written by Currie; photographs of Lenz and some of his work; correspondence; an exhibition catalog; and postcards of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco, Calif. in 1915; newspaper clippings about Lenz, and his sculptures, particularly "Stardust," done just before his death; and a printed reproduction of a bas relief done by Lenz of an Aztec Indian, 1910. [Microfilm title: Alfred Lenz papers.]

Biographical/Historical Note: Sara R. Currie, Jacksonville, Fla., was a close friend of Lenz and described herself as his assistant. She is a member of the well-known Rockefeller family. Alfred Lenz, sculptor; born in Fon-du-Lac, Wisconsin. Moved to San Francisco at 19 years, but soon left and went to New York City where he spent a short period working for Gorham Silversmiths. He soon became absorbed with sculpting and devoted the rest of his life to developing and perfecting a special lost wax technique of casting metals which was used by the ancient Chinese. He also designed a bas relief medallion for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.

Donated by Sara R. Currie.

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