Size: 2 Microfilm reels
Summary: Biographical material; correspondence; writings and notes; sketches; printed material and photographs document the life and career of Albert Henry Krehbiel.
Among the biographical documents is Krehbiel's marriage announcement. Correspondence, 1893-1945 and 1982-1985, consists mostly of illustrated letters from Krehbiel to his family and close friends. The earliest group of letters document his interest in the wheel. Another series, addressed to his sister Linda, includes a "Travel Log" of his transatlantic voyage to Europe and his sojourn there. Other letters written during the same years to his future wife, recount in detail his experiences as an American student in Paris and his travels. A group of letters written in the 1940s reveal Krehbiel's opinions on modern art and the social and political changes at the Cliff Dwellers, an important early Chicago art club. Also found are letters sent to Rebecca Krehbiel regarding her late father-in-law.
Writings and notes include Krehbiel's diary of 1938 containing impressions of Mies van der Rohe, newly appointed director of the Armour Institute. Krehbiel was the only in-place instructor that Mies van der Rohe kept on the staff; a 1906 notebook on Greek costumes, an undated notebook about murals for the State Capitol of South Dakota (Krehbiel did not receive the commission for these); typed proposals for murals in the State Capitol of South Dakota, and for the Supreme and Appellate court rooms in Springfield, Illinois, versions of a manuscript entitled "Life and the Model in Quick Sketches"; notebooks, 1930-1945, containing notes on art and other topics, journal entries, thumbnail sketches of his paintings and watercolors, and notes for talks; loose notes and sketches by Krehbiel and by his wife Dulah.
Published material about Krehbiel includes 1904, 1905 and 1906 issues of L'ACADEMIE JULIAN and newsclippings, 1907-1940 and undated. Photographs are of paintings by both Albert and Dulah Krehbiel, photographs of his studio and of Dulah posing for murals, and family photographs.