Vera Andrus papers, 1939-1979 and [undated]

Andrus, Vera Eugenia, b. 1895 d. 1979
Painter, Author, Lithographer
Active in Mass.; N.Y.

Collection size: 0.7 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Correspondence, diaries, writings, files on publications, art works, photographs, catalogs and clippings.

Correspondence is with Yovan Radinkovitch, 1940s, and Mrs. Edward A. McGill at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1960.

Twelve diaries, 1939-1976, contain drafts of letters, clippings, lists of exhibited, sold and proposed lithographs and paintings, poems, a short autobiography, notes for books Sea Dust and A Wisconsin Story, and accounts of her travels to the Caribbean (1939), France (1956), Florida (1962), Spain (1966) and Maryland (1972). Some highlighted events are Andruss appointment to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1952, her studies in France in 1956, as well as her living in Gloucester, 1964-1966, and Rockport, Mass. Other diary topics include Geo-metrical Art, 1957, the Rockport Art Association, and details of exhibitions throughout her career.

Writings include typescripts of The Blue Tree, Comments and Criticisms by Boardman Robinson (with related letter), Earth Foam: A Second Book of Poems, The Shining River: A Sketchbook of the Hudson (with draft), The Spirit and the Candle: El Greco and the Renaissance World (with draft); and writings about life in Gloucester and New York. Paper," (1990).

Biographical/Historical Note: Lithographer, painter, author; Massachusetts and New York.

Donated 1990 by Lura Andrus Crowther, Andrus' sister.

How to Use this Collection

  • Files on publications contain notes, clippings, letters and illustrations, regard The Shining River and The Spirit and the Candle. Also included are 6 pencil drawings by Andrus (34 x 25.2 cm. or smaller), one of her studio in Dobbs Ferry, NY and 5 landscapes, all undated; photographs of Andrus, her house in New York, and her work; an exhibition catalog, 1990, and photocopies of clippings, catalogs, and writings.
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