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Edna Reindel papers, 1918-1990

Edna Reindel papers, 1918-1990

Reindel, Edna M., 1894-1990

Muralist, Sculptor, Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 0.8 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: Correspondence, a radio interview transcript, art works, printed material, and photographs document the career of painter and illustrator Edna Reindel, and her friendships with Hollywood celebrities, art patrons, and artists.

REEL 1205: Correspondence, primarily with Robert Macbeth and Homer Saint-Gaudens; other correspondents are Frank Crowninshield, Louis M. Eilshemius, Juliana Force, Karl Free, Greer Garson, Stanley William Hayter, Roland McKinney, Vincent Price, Benita Hume Colman (Mrs. George Sanders), and Ernest Watson. Also included is a WPA contract and related letters, 1936-1948, from Olin Dows and Edward B. Rowan; a transcript of a radio interview, 1937; a portrait of Reindel by Elizabeth Taylor as a child; works of art for book illustrations, undated and 1918; reproductions of book illustrations; clippings, 1936-1947; exhibition announcements and catalogs, 1934-1949; autographs of prominent individuals including Douglas Fairbanks and Hedda Hopper; and an autographed photo of Greer Garson.

UNMICROFILMED: A resume, 1990; a file on Luigi Lucioni, 1926-1929, containing 15 letters and a clipping from Lucioni to Reindel, and a file on Carl Nelson, 1961-1985, containing 26 letters from Nelson to Reindel, a photograph of Nelson, of his exhibition catalogs; ca. 100 exhibition announcments and catalogs for Reindel, 1934-1979; reproductions of art work; ca. 350 photographs of Reindel, her sisters, her friends, including Elizabeth Taylor as a child, her works of art, and exhibition installations, 1937-1949; and miscellany, including an announcement for "Flowers of the Land."

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, illustrator, sculptor; New York, N.Y. and Los Angeles, Calif. Birthdate listed as 1894 in papers. Born in Detroit, Mich. Studied at the Pratt Institute in New York. Had her first solo exhibition in 1934 at the Macbeth Gallery. Between 1938 and 1953, she exhibited her work in several Los Angeles galleries including the Stendahl Galleries, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Vigeveno Galleries.


Material on reel 1205 lent for microfilming by Reindel, 1977. The unmicrofilmed material was donated in 1991 by Reindel's estate through executor and friend, Pauline Davidson.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 1205: Originals returned to the lender, Edna Reindel, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reel 1205 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Edna Reindel papers, 1918-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.