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Alfred J. Frueh papers, circa 1880-2010

Frueh, Alfred Joseph, 1880-1968

Painter, Designer, Cartoonist, Illustrator

This site provides access to the papers of Alfred Joseph Frueh in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2012. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 8,785 images.

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

Collection Information

Size: 7.7 Linear feet; 3.18 Gigabytes

Summary: The papers of caricaturist and illustrator Alfred J. Frueh measure 7.7 linear feet and 3.18 GB and date from circa 1880-2010. 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 and digital material; and photographs of Frueh and his artwork. There is a 2.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated 2020 that includes bound and unbound scrapbooks and loose newspaper and magazine clippings of caricatures by Frueh from the New Yorker and other publications, circa 1920-1940.

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, scrapbooks, and other materials were given by his grandson Stephen Bornemann in 2011, 2018, and 2020.

Language Note

The collection is in English.

Funding

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