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Dorothy Sturm papers, 1913-1988

Sturm, Dorothy M., 1910-1988

Painter, Enameler, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 2.0 linear ft.

Summary: Writings; letters received; photographs; a scrapbook; address books; audio cassettes; and printed material relate to Sturm's career as an artist, medical illustrator, and writer. Her longtime teaching career at the Memphis Academy of Arts is only briefly documented through teaching notes.
Letters received, 1955-1983, are primarily from the Betty Parsons Gallery regarding exhibitions and works sold. Writings by Sturm include several manuscripts of short stories, poems, a novel, "Tall Windows" written under ther pseudonym Wyn Evans, and 1 small binder of teaching notes. Writings by others include edited and final typescript by Marcus Orr, "The Art of Dorothy Sturm," and a book of poems by Sturm's mother. Files on Sturm's work as a medical illustrator contain photographs of Sturm's drawings, publications containing her work, and a few sketches.
Photographs are of Sturm and her work; a scrapbook contains photos and slides of work. Printed material, 1944-1988, consists of exhibition catalogs and announcements, clippings and publications containing Sturm's work. Also included are address books; an engagement diary, 1913, probably belonging to Sturm's mother; and 4 cassettes of interviews of Sturm discussing her work and reading her story, "My Grandfather's House."

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, enamelist, medical illustrator; Memphis, Tennessee. Died 1988. Taught at the Memphis Academy of Arts, 1938-late 1970s.


Donated 1991 by the Dorothy Sturm estate via Marvin Ratner, executor. Drawings received with the papers were transferred to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art at the donor's request.

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How to Cite This Collection

Dorothy Sturm papers, 1913-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.