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Emmy Lou Packard Papers, 1900-1990

Packard, Emmy Lou, 1914-1998

Muralist, Painter, Printmaker

This site provides access to the papers of Emmy Lou Packard in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2012. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 13,155 images.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 9.4 Linear feet

Summary: The Emmy Lou Packard papers measure 9.4 linear feet and date from 1900 to 1990, and focus on the career of painter, printmaker, muralist, and sculptor Emmy Lou Packard. Also found are extensive materials relating to Packard's personal and professional relationship with muralist Diego Rivera and painter Frida Kahlo, with whom Packard lived for one year in Mexico. Papers include correspondence, financial records, notes, writings, exhibition files, photographs, and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Emmy Lou Packard was born in Imperial Valley, California on April 15, 1914, to Walter and Emma Leonard Packard. In the late 1920s she lived with her family in Mexico City where she became acquainted with Diego Rivera, from whom she received regular art criticism and encouragement. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and completed courses in fresco and sculpture at the California School of Fine Arts in 1940. That year and the next, Packard worked as a full-time painting assistant to Rivera on his 1,650 square-foot fresco at the World's Fair in San Francisco. During this project, Packard became very close to Rivera and Frida Kahlo and returned to Mexico with them and spent a year living with the couple.

Provenance

Emmy Lou Packard donated her papers to the Archives of American Art from 1984-1988.

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Language Note

The collection is in English.

Funding

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.