Theodore C. Steele papers, 1870-1967

Steele, Theodore Clement, b. 1847 d. 1926
Painter, Muralist, Printmaker
Active in Calif.; Ind.

Collection size: 2.0 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Collection Summary: Correspondence, sketchbooks, biographical information, photographs, manuscripts, diary, notebooks, exhibition catalogs, and scrapbooks. UNMICROFILMED: Steele's diary, 1875, including illustrations; 18 notebooks; correspondence with Herman Lieber, Carl Lieber, Brandt Steele (Steele's son); drafts of manuscripts by Steele; manuscript by Selma Steele (Steele's second wife); six small sketchbooks and several loose sketches; photograph of Steele, his studio, house, memorial exhibition, paintings, and artist Frank Tomkins and his work; exhibition catalogs; and two scrapbooks of clippings. REEL 956: Correspondence with family and friends, mostly written while Steele was in Munich, including a poem and letter from James Whitcomb Riley and 3 letters from Louisa (Mrs. Booth) Tarkington; 9 sketchbooks from his time in Munich; biographical information; legal papers; photographs of him and his family; manuscripts of essays; notes on art; and ephemera.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Indianapolis, Indiana.

Microfilmed material lent for filming and unmicrofilmed material donated 1975 by Theodore L. Steele, Steele's grandson.

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