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A Finding Aid to the Emmy Lou Packard papers, 1900-1990 | Digitized Collection

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 13,135 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 (1914-1998) was a painter, printmaker, and muralist in San Francisco, California. Packard lived in Mexico City in the late 1920s. In 1940-1941, she worked as Diego Rivera's painting assistant on his giant fresco for the World's Fair in San Francisco. Subsequently, she spent a year in Mexico with Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

Provenance

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

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Funding

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