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A Finding Aid to the Alfred J. Frueh papers, circa 1880-2010 | Digitized Collection

Alfred J. Frueh papers, circa 1880-2010

Frueh, Alfred Joseph, 1880-1968

Cartoonist, Painter, Designer, Illustrator

This site provides access to the papers of Alfred Joseph Frueh in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2005. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 8,814 images.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 5.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of caricaturist and illustrator Alfred J. Frueh measure 5.5 linear feet and date from 1904-2010. These papers consist of biographical information, including a sound recording of reminiscences about Frueh by his children; correspondence that includes many illustrated letters and greeting cards; notes and writings; numerous caricature sketches, cartoons, and 25 sketchbooks by Frueh; printed material; and photographs of Frueh and his artwork. There is a 0.2 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated 2018 that includes Christmas cards by Frueh, photographs and personal correspondence. materials date from circa 1880-1968.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alfred J. Frueh (1880-1968) worked primarily in New York and was best known for his caricatures of theater personalities that appeared in The New Yorker from 1925 through 1962. In addition, he was a cartoonist, illustrator, painter, and designer of children's furniture, toys, pop-ups, and cut-outs.

Provenance

The Alfred J. Frueh papers were the gift of his children, Barbara Frueh Bornemann, Alfred J. Frueh, Jr., and Robert Frueh, in 1993 and 1997. An addition of 25 sketchbooks, Chirstmas cards, photographs and correspondence were given by his grandson Stephen Bornemann in 2011 and 2018.

Funding

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.