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A Finding Aid to the Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992

Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992

Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991

Fiber artist, Collector

Collection Information

Size: 3.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of fiber artist Claire Zeisler measure 3.5 linear feet and date from 1941 to 1992. Zeisler's career is documented through project files, printed materials, and scrapbooks. The bulk (2.5 linear feet) of the collection consists of twenty-two scrapbooks containing resumes and chronologies; an honorary degree; business correspondence with libraries, museums, and other institutions concerning exhibitions of Zeisler's work and the loan of her personal art collection; exhibition lists and condition reports; loan records; printed materials for exhibitons; and scattered sketches and hanging instructions. Project files contain documents relating to titled weavings and general works, and may include fabric samples, hanging instructions, plans, and material costs. Also found are three exhibition catalogs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Claire Zeisler (1903-1991) was a fiber artist and art collector active in Chicago, Illinois.


Scrapbooks on reel 3019 were lent for microfilming August 1983 by Claire Zeisler. In 1992 her son and executor, Thomas Florsheim, donated additional scrapbooks, and project and weaving files. He also interfiled new material in the previously microfilmed scrapbooks, 1941-1983, expanding them from eight notebooks to thirteen. A few items from the original loan were not returned.

Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview of Claire Zeisler conducted by Dennis Barrie in June 1981.