Valerie Harrisse Walter papers, [ca. 1920]-1979

Walter, Valerie Harrisse, b. 1892 d. 1984
Sculptor
Active in Md.

Collection size: 1.8 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Collection Summary: Correspondence; photographs and photograph albums; business records; scrapbooks; a sketchbook; cassettes; exhibition catalogs; and clippings. REEL D239: Correspondence, 1924-1936; photographs of Walter, and of others, her sculptures; four scrapbooks, containing photographs of sculpture, a few clippings, sketches and other items; a sketchbook of pencil drawings; exhibition catalogs; and clippings. UNMICROFILMED: A handwritten resume; calling cards; letters received, undated and 1925-1979, from Eugene W. Leake, William Meyerowitz, and others; photographs of Walter, one taken by Arnold Genthe, of her sculptures, human and animal subjects; writings and notes, including an account of her experience sculpting a gorilla from life; a watercolor painting entitled "Souvenir" by an unknown artist, 1922; lists of works; two cassette tapes, recording presentations of Walter's works, 1977; subject files containing source material on gorillas and women athletes; three albums of photographs of Walter's work; exhibition catalogs; clippings; and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note: Sculptor; Baltimore, Md.

Material on reel D239 lent for microfilming 1965 and portions subsequently donated 1983, along with unmicrofilmed material by Valerie H. Walter via Mrs. Henderson Braddick, niece of Walter.

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