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Clement Haupers and Clara Gardner Mairs papers, 1918-1983

Haupers, Clement Bernard, 1900-1982

Painter, Printmaker, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 2 Linear feet (on 4 microfilm reels)

Summary: Biographical material (1931-1982), correspondence (1920-1983), business records (1958-1973), subject files concerning the WPA's Federal Art Project (1934-1976) and printed material (1918-1981) reflect the activities and careers of Clement Haupers and Clara Mairs.
Biographical material concerning Clement Haupers consists of 2 portrait drawings, an autobiographical account, a biographical account written by Les Grunwald, 6 clippings (1974-1982), an essay "Clement Haupers: Art Appreciation, Arlington Library" by Romeo Gutsche, a transcript of an interview conducted by Peter Lewson, and a resume (1943). Biographical material for Clara Mairs includes 2 biographical accounts, 2 exhibition catalogs (undated and 1976), and a clipping of her obituary (1963).
Correspondence (1920-1983) consists of letters exchanged between Haupers, Mairs, their family members, and colleagues. Letters exchanged between Haupers and Mairs primarily concern the annual Minnesota State Fair exhibitions (1933-1936) and Haupers' involvement in the Federal Art Project in Washington, D.C. (1943). Other letters concern the couple's art-related activities and Haupers' teaching and art restoration work, and include magazine illustrations by Haupers and Mairs. Correspondents include artists Cameron Booth, Andre Boratko, Floyd E. Brewer, Alida Flexer, Frances Cranmer Greenman, Patsy Reed High, LeRoy Neiman, Alexander Oja, James E. Rea, and Erik Smith.
Business records (1958-1973), primarily Mairs' estate documents, include her will (1958), correspondence relating to her death, probate court documents and inheritance tax documents. Financial material consists of sales receipts for the sale of art work (1969-1973). Printed material consists of clippings (1918-1981) and exhibition catalogs (1929-1979).
A subject file on the St. Paul Arts and Crafts Center (1934-1935), which was supported by the State Emergency Relief Administration, contains a description of the Art Center, a list of classes, clippings, and photographs of classes and students' work. A second subject file on the Haupers' work for the Work Projects Administration's Federal Art Project (1937-1976) includes reports, an essay "Minnesota Artist" (1938), exhibition catalogs, brochures, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Artists; St. Paul, Minn. Clement Bernard Haupers was born in St. Paul and was employed as a secretary by the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad from 1917-1920. In 1918 he studied art and joined Clara Mairs' Art League of St. Paul. Clara Gardner Mairs was born in Hastings, Minn. and received art training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. During the late 1920s, Haupers and Mairs traveled to Europe and studied in Paris and Northern Africa. In 1929, they returned to St. Paul and established studios. Between 1931-1943, Haupers was involved in many of the federal government's art programs, including teaching at the St. Paul Arts and Crafts Center. In 1935, he was appointed the Minnesota state director of the WPA-FAP. Haupers later returned to teaching and art restoration.


Microfilm purchased from the Minnesota Historical Society, 1988.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the Division of Library and Archives, Minnesota Historical Society.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 4310-4313 available for use only in the Archives of American Art office in Washington, D. C., through interlibrary loan, and at the Minnesota Historical Society (reel MN 526).

Microfilmed by the Division of Library and Archives, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1987 (1 reel).

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from the Division of Library and Archives, Minnesota Historical Society.

How to Cite This Collection

Clement Haupers and Clara Gardner Mairs papers, 1918-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.