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Blanche Lazzell papers, 1893-1956

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as 9 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1894-1970
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1

Biographical material includes school report cards from West Virginia Conference Seminary and West Virginia University, 2 address books, obituaries, membership certificates, and assorted travel documents from Blanche Lazzell's trips to Europe.
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West Virginia Conference Seminary Report Cards, 1894-1898
1
1
West Virginia University Report Cards, 1902-1910
1
2
Membership Certificates, 1896-1956
1
3
Europe Trip Printed Material, 1912-1913
1
4
Europe Trip Receipts and Expenses, 1912-1923
1
5
Address Book, circa 1913
1
6
Address Book, 1949
1
7
Obituaries for Siblings, 1931-1955
1
8
Family History, circa 1956-1970
1
9
Blanche Lazzell Estate Papers, circa 1956
1
10
Blanche Lazzell Obituary, 1956
1
11
Short Biographical Profiles, circa 1958
1
12

Series 2: Correspondence , 1897-1965
1.2 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Correspondence is with family members, friends, and colleagues.
This series is arranged as 2 subseries.
  • 2.1: Family Correspondence, 1899-1956
  • 2.2: Friends and Colleagues, 1897-1965
2.1: Family Correspondence, 1899-1956
The bulk of the Lazzell's family correspondence is with her sisters on the subject of daily life, experiences, and travels. There is also additional scattered correspondence with her brother Rufus and other relatives, such as her niece Frances Reed.
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Correspondence with Sisters, 1896-1956
1
13
Correspondence with Sisters, 1913
1
14
Correspondence with Sisters, 1915-1919
1
15
Correspondence with Sisters, 1920-1926
1
16
Correspondence with Sisters, 1927-1929
1
17
Correspondence with Sisters, 1931-1940
1
18
Correspondence with Sisters, 1941-1944
1
19
Correspondence with Sisters, 1945-1950
1
20
"Aunt Jo", circa 1901
1
21
"Barkis", 1901-1903
"Barkis" is probably an uncle. The nickname is from David Copperfield.
1
22
Lazzell, B. F., 1927
1
23
Lazzell, Rufus F., 1899-1919
1
24
Lazzell, Delmar, 1944-1945
1
25
Lazzell, Mrs. Charles, 1956
1
26
Lazzell, Nellie, 1899
1
27
Reed, James Cornelius and Janet, 1926-1954
1
28
Sellers, Frances Reed, 1923-1953
1
29
Taylor, Grace Martin (Frame), 1932-1942
1
30
2.2: Friends and Colleagues, 1897-1965
The bulk of the correspondence with friends is with Arthur Lee Pos. Additional scattered correspondence is with friends and colleages, including artists Oliver Chaffee, Andrew Dasburg, Robert Henri, and Ralph M. Pearson, among others. There is also limited correspondence with museums and art organizations, such as the Société Anonyme, of which Lazzell was a member, and one folder of acceptance and rejection notices from exhibitions. regarding artwork Blanche Lazzell submitted.
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Anthony, Mrs. Harvey C., 1927-circa 1932
1
31
A-B, Miscellaneous, 1911-1948
1
32
Cain Family, 1899-1903
Correspondence from W. O., Lois, Ida, Ruth, and Jameson Cain.
1
33
Chaffee, Oliver, 1941
Letters from Lois, Ida, Ruth, Jameson, and W. O. Cain.
1
34
C, Miscellaneous, 1898-1944
1
35
Dasburg, Andrew, 1919
1
36
Dwight Family, 1900-1941
Includes correspondence from Annie, Frank, and Mary Dwight.
1
37
D, Miscellaneous, 1901-1934
1
38
E-F, Miscellaneous, 1908-1943
1
39
Grant, Justin F., 1939-1945
1
40
G, Miscellaneous, 1942-1955
1
41
Henri, Robert, 1910
1
42
H, Miscellaneous, 1897-1945
1
43
J-K, Miscellaneous, 1897-1934
1
44
Leonard, William J., 1917
1
45
de Liva, H., 1913-1916
1
46
L, Miscellaneous, 1903-1910
1
47
Marshall, Emma R., 1913-1914
1
48
McCormick, Katherine H., 1943-1953
1
49
M-N, Miscellaneous, 1900-1939
1
50
New York World's Fair, 1938
1
51
O'Connor, John, Jr., 1934-1948
1
52
Pearson, Ralph M., 1929-1930
1
53
Post, Arthur Lee, 1890-1900
1
54-57
Post, Arthur Lee, 1901-1906
2
1-4
Post, Arthur Lee - Undated, circa 1895-1906
2
5
P, Miscellaneous, 1902
2
6
Ramsey Family, 1900-1901
Includes correspondence from Boyce, Tallulah, and Hattie Ramsey.
2
7
R, Miscellaneous, 1898-1934
2
8
Schanzenbacher, Nellie, 1908-1912
2
9
Smith, Simeon Earnest and Mother, 1921-1923
2
10
Société Anonyme, 1928
2
11
S, Miscellaneous, 1898-1942
2
12
T, Miscellaneous, 1933-1941
2
13
W, Miscellaneous, 1930-circa 1965
2
14
Young, M. G., 1923
2
15
Y, Miscellaneous, 1926
2
16
Unidentified Correspondents, 1897-1955
2
17
Partial Undated Letters, circa 1900-circa 1940
Fragments of letters written by Blanche Lazzell with dates and names of correspondents missing.
2
18
Notices for Exhibition Submissions, 1951-1952
2
19
Christmas Cards, 1924-1961
2
20

Series 3: Writings , 1893-1969
1.2 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

Writings include notebooks, essays, and notes. The bulk of the notebooks contain class notes from Lazzell's classes at West Virginia Conference Seminary and West Virginia University. There is also one notebook from Lazzell's art studies with Albert Gleizes in Paris and one notebook that tracks time spent and progress made on prints and works in progress, with some information about pricing. Essays and notes consist of school papers, handwritten and typed drafts of essays on art, biographical sketches, lists and inventories of exhibitions and artwork, and miscellaneous notes.
This series is arranged as 2 subseries.
  • 3.1: Notebooks, 1893-1937
  • 3.2: Essays and Notes, 1899-1969
3.1: Notebooks, 1893-1937
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Untitled School Notebook, 1893
2
21
West Virginia Conference Seminary Notebook, 1896
2
22
West Virginia Conference Seminary Notebook, 1898
2
23
West Virginia Conference Seminary Notebook, 1898
2
24
West Virginia University Notebooks
17th Century Literature Notebook, 1901-1911
Mostly class notes, but also includes a few pages at the end of the notebook on sales of handpainted "china pins" in 1911.
2
25
17th Century Literature Notebook, 1901
2
26
Chapel 47 Notebook, 1901
2
27
Botany Notebook, 1902
Includes a few drawings of budding branches.
2
28
Chapel 49 Notebook, 1902
2
29
Chapel 51 Notebook, 1902
2
30
Literature: The Elizabethan Period Notebook, 1902
2
31
Literature: The Classic Period Notebook, 1902
2
32
Literature 15 Notebook, 1902-1903
2
33
Literature 17 Notebook, 1903
2
34
History of Greek Art Notebooks, 1903
2
35-36
History of Roman and Modern Art Notebooks, 1904
2
37-38
West Virginia University Notebooks
19th Century Literature Notebook, 1904
3
1
Art History Notebook, 1904
3
2
Bible as Literature Notebook, circa 1904
3
3
Art History Notebook, 1906
3
4
Loose Pages School Notebooks, circa 1901-1904
3
5
Untitled Notebook, 1902-1934
Mostly school notes from 1902-1904, but also includes several pages used as a studio guest list from 1930-1934.
3
6
"Measurements in Paintings" Notebook, circa 1923
Notebook is written in French, possibly from a class with Albert Gleizes, and includes several sketches.
3
7
Art Record Book, 1936-1937
3
8
3.2: Essays and Notes, 1899-1969
Description Container
School Papers, 1899-1904
3
9
Essays on Art, 1912-circa 1939
3
10
"Some Palaces of Florence", circa 1925
3
11
"The Color Wood Block Print" , 1929
3
12
Notes on the Creativity of Children, 1930
3
13
Wood Block Print Exhibitions List, 1931-1953
3
14
Biographical Sketch, 1931-circa 1953
3
15
Biographical Notes, circa 1934-1955
3
16
"Creative Design" Essay on Rugs and Fabrics, 1934
3
17
"The Provincetown Print" Drafts, circa 1935-1953
3
18
Compilations of Publicity and Notes, 1914-1952
Includes retyped excerpts from reviews of Blanche Lazzell's work along with other notes.
3
19
Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1925-circa 1952
3
20
"On a Provincetown Dock" by Mary A. Kirkup, circa 1920
3
21
"Metamorphic Progressions of Shape" by Stanley E. Shafer, circa 1969
3
22

Series 4: Diaries , 1896-1924
0.1 Linear feet
Box 3

There are five bound diaries and a few loose scattered diary entries. Three of the diaries are from Lazzell's first trip to Europe from 1912 to 1913, one of which also includes entries about her second trip to Europe in 1923-1924. There is also a guidebook heavily annotated by Lazzell with information about itineraries and and locations of interest.
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Diary, 1896
3
23
Loose Pages from Diaries, 1897-1902
3
24
Diary, 1899
3
25
"My Winter in Paris" Travel Diary, 1912-1913
3
26
Europe Travel Diary, 1912-1913
3
27
Europe Travel Diary, 1912-1934
Includes entries about first Europe trip and second trip from 1923-1924.
3
28
Europe Guidebook with Annotations, 1912
3
29

Series 5: Personal Business Records , 1894-1916
0.1 Linear feet
Box 3

Personal business records consist of 3 ledgers that list Lazzell's expenses beginning in her early school years at the West Virginia Conference Seminary, and one book tracking the sales and expenses for hand-painted china.
This series is arranged chronologically.
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Expense Account Ledger, 1894-1897
3
30
Expense Account Ledger, 1902-1905
3
31
Expense Account Ledger, 1905-1915
3
32
Account Book for Handpainted China Expenses and Sales, 1903-1916
3
33

Series 6: Printed Material , 1899-1986
1 Linear foot
Boxes 3-4

Printed material includes guestbooks of visitors to exhibitions and Lazzell's studio, news clippings, exhibition catalogs for solo and group shows, exhibition announcements, assorted magazines, brochures, newsletters, and other miscellaneous material. Most but not all of the clippings and catalogs include references to Blanche Lazzell and her art.
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Painting Exhibitions Guestbook, 1914-1916
3
34
Blanche Lazzell Studio Guestbook, 1926-1936
3
35
Loose Pages from Wood Block Print Exhibition Guest Sign-In, 1949
4
1
Newspaper Clippings, 1904-1982
4
2-8
Undated Newspaper Clippings, circa 1910-1956
4
9
Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings, circa 1910-1972
4
10
Magazine Articles, 1927-1986
4
11
Blanche Lazzell Exhibition Catalogs, 1914-1957
Includes catalogs for solo shows and group exhibitions that Lazzell participated in.
4
12-14
Exhibition Catalogs for Other Artists, 1913-1957
4
15
Blanche Lazzell Exhibition Announcements, 1914-1985
4
16
Exhibition Announcements for Other Artists, circa 1923
4
17
School Arts, 1940
4
18
Art News, 1953
4
19
West Virginia University Magazine, 1972-1981
4
20
Pittsburgher Magazine, 1979
4
21
Provincetown Brochures, 1915-circa 1974
4
22
The Student Newsletters, 1912-1914
4
23
Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, 1920
4
24
Vedanta Quarterly, 1947
4
25
Pamphlets and Programs, 1899-1952
4
26
Blanche Lazzell Exhibit Poster, circa 1979
4
27
Press Releases, circa 1979
4
28
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1907-1954
4
29

Series 7: Artwork , 1924-circa 1940
0.1 Linear feet
Box 4

Artwork includes pencil drawings from a class with Albert Gleizes during Lazzell's second trip to Paris in 1924. The drawings and sketches include annotations by Lazzell along with some class notes. There is also one folder of miscellaneous, undated sketches.
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Pencil Drawings from Albert Gleizes Class, 1924
4
30
Sketches from "The Golden Section and Mathematics in Art", circa 1924
4
31
Miscellaneous Sketches, circa 1924-circa 1940
4
32

Series 8: Photographic Material , 1897-1956
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 5-6

This series includes photographs, slides, and one lantern slide. Most of the photographs are black and white, with a few in color, and they show Blanche Lazzell with artists and friends, her Provincetown studio and harbor, artwork, and travels in Italy.
The materials are grouped first by format, such as prints and slides, then by subjects in chronological order.
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Blanche Lazzell and Lotta Kemp, circa 1897
5
1
West Virginia University Group Outing at Coopers Rock, 1905
5
2
Italy Trip, 1923
5
3
Italian Art from Italy Trip, 1923
5
4
Blanche Lazzell and Friends, 1923-1950
Includes photographs of Blanche Lazzell alone and accompanied by friends, a few while traveling in Italy, but mostly at outside her Provincetown studio.
5
5
Provincetown Wharf and Boats, 1926-1946
Includes photographs of the Provincetown wharf, harbor, and shore near Lazzell's studio.
5
6
Photographs of Blanche Lazzell's Artwork, circa 1925-1956
5
7
Artwork Photographed on Site at Provincetown, 1927-1951
Includes photographs of artwork at various locations in Provincetown such as inside Lazzell's studio and at Hans Hofmann's class.
5
8
Provincetown Studio Exterior, 1933-1954
5
9
Justice Mural at Courthouse in Morgantown, West Virginia, 1934
5
10
Group Photos of "Gallery 200" Artists at Provincetown, 1949
5
11
Assorted Kodak Films Envelopes, 1923-1951
5
12
Color Slides of Provincetown Studio, 1942-1950
5
13
Color Slides of Artwork, circa 1940
6
1
Lantern Slide of Red and White Petunia, circa 1940
6
2

Series 9: Artifacts , circa 1910-1956
0.1 Linear feet
Box 6

Artifacts include 2 metal signs and 1 paint palette in a metal case.
The signs are first, followed by the paint palette.
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"Franklin Wheeling" Metal Sign, circa 1910-1956
6
3
"Insured Peabody Wheeling" Metal Sign, circa 1910-1956
6
4
Paint Palette in Metal Case, circa 1910-1956
6
5

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