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Beatrice S. Levy papers, 1890-1974

Levy, Beatrice S. (Beatrice Sophia), 1892-1974

Art teacher, Engraver, Etcher


Collection Information

Size: 1.9 Linear feet

Summary: The Beatrice S. Levy papers measure 1.9 linear feet and date from 1890-1974. Included are biographical material, correspondence, writings, works of art, photographs, and printed material.
Biographical material includes awards, a confirmation certificate, and a diploma. Correspondence is with Levy's family and art organizations. Writings consist of numerous diaries by Levy. Works of art include a sketchbook, sketches and etches. Loose photographs and three photograph albums contain images of Levy, family, friends, and travels. Also included is a picto-viewer with images of her works. Printed material relates to Art News and Levy's work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Beatrice Levy was an etcher in Chicago, Ill. and La Jolla, Calif. Levy studied at the Art Institute of Chicago under Ralph Clarkson and with Charles W. Hawthorne in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She had a studio in Chicago's 57th Street Art Colony. Her work was exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition (1915), the Century of Progress in Chicago (1933-1934), and the New York's World's Fair (1939). Levy was President of the Chicago Society of Artists, Supervisor of the Works Progress Administration Art Project Gallery, and Supervisor of the Easel Painting Division in 1936 for the Federal Art Project. In 1950 she moved to California, where she taught at the La Jolla Museum School of Arts and Crafts (1961-1962) and continued to exhibit her work.


Donated 2018 by Heather Peck, granddaughter of Dorothy Stratton, a friend of Beatrice Levy. Material microfilmed on reel 4190 (frames 773-1023) was originally part of a larger collection of material given to the University of Louisville (Kentucky) by Samuel Steinfeld, a cousin of Beatrice Levy. The University of Louisville transferred this group of papers to the Art Institute of Chicago, who in turn donated them to the Archives of American Art in 1986. Samuel Steinfeld donated additional material on reel 4190 (frames1024-1311) in 1986.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Portions available on microfilm reel 4190 at the Archives of American Art offices at the Chicago Institute's Ryerson Library, and through interlibrary loan.

How to Cite This Collection

Beatrice S. Levy papers, 1890-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.