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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Florence Arquin papers, 1923-1985 | Digitized Collection

Florence Arquin papers, 1923-1985

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material, 1939-1962
0.4 linear feet
Box 1, 11

Found are awards and diplomas, resumes, an ID card, travel papers, and address books. Awards and diplomas include a certificate for a sailfish caught by Arquin in 1942 with a photograph of Arquin and an unidentified woman standing beside the fish, a diploma from the Art Institute of Chicago, and three San Francisco International Color Slide Salon awards. There are ten address books, some of which are organized by country of residence, rather than letter.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Awards, 1942-1945
Oversized material housed in Box 11, F1.
1
1
Biographical Sketches and Resumes, 1939-1962
1
2
Identification Card, 1951
1
3
Invitation, 1952
1
4
Travel Papers, 1951-1953
Includes letters of introduction in Spanish, health and vaccine records, and baggage information.
1
5
Voter Registration, 1943-1945
1
6
Address Book, circa 1940
1
7
Address Book, circa 1951-1957
1
8
Address Book, circa 1950
1
9
Address Book, circa 1950
1
10
Address Book, circa 1950
1
11
Address Book, circa 1950
1
12
Address Book, circa 1950
1
13
Address Book, circa 1950
1
14
Address Book, cica 1950
1
15
Address Book, circa 1950
1
16
Oversized Awards, Scanned with Box 1, F1, 1942-1945
11
1

Series 2: Correspondence, 1940-1985
0.8 linear feet
Box 1-2

Found is Florence Arquin's personal correspondence, including copies of several letters from Diego Rivera in 1946 and 1949 and Frida Kahlo in 1943 and 1952. There is also a 1957 letter written by Arquin, apparently unfinished, recording her reaction to the death of Diego Rivera and some of her memories of their friendship.
The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters from Arquin to her husband, Samuel Williams. These letters document her trip to Mexico in the early 1940s to paint as well as her role in the Kodachrome Slide Project. They provide insight into her more personal impressions and experiences during this time period. The letters describe the developement of her friendships with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, whom she met around 1942. They document Rivera's painting of Arquin's portrait and various meetings and conversations that Arquin had with Rivera and Kahlo. Arquin includes her impressions of Rivera's paintings, his ideas, and his working methods. Additionally, the letters document her friendships with Marc Chagall and Juan O'Gorman, and her relationship with Carlos Mérida. Researchers should note that many of these letters are difficult to date and that although an attempt has been made to arrange them chronologically, this was not always possible and some events described in the letters may appear to be out of sequence.
The series also contains two folders of Samuel Williams's correspondence.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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General, 1940-1973
Includes photocopies of letters from Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
1
17-18
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1940 Jun-Jul
1
19
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1940 Oct
1
20
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1940 Nov
1
21
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1941
1
22
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1942 Jan-Sep
1
23
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1942 Oct-Dec
1
24
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1943 Jan-Feb
1
25
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1943 Mar-Jul
1
26
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1943 Aug-Dec
1
27
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1944
1
28
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1945
1
29
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1946
1
30
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1947 Jan-Feb
1
31
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1947 Apr-Dec
1
32
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, 1949
1
33
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, circa 1940-circa 1949
1
34-38
Florence Arquin to Samuel Williams, circa 1940-circa 1949
2
1-3
Samuel Williams, General Correspondence, 1981-1985
2
4-5

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1929-circa 1964
2 linear feet
Box 2-4

Found are extensive notes including research notes, notebooks, and notecards and titled writings by Florence Arquin. Notes are primarily hand-written and contain research and some background material on a wide variety of subjects, including educational programs developed by Arquin. Titled writings by Arquin include her a draft of her manuscript on Diego Rivera,
Diego Rivera (1886-1957): The Shaping of an Artist (Early Period--1889-1921)
. Writings by others are by Justino Fernández, Jose G. Montes de Oca, Jose de Souza Pedreira, Hilla Rebay, and Diego Rivera.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Notebooks
Diego Rivera, 1951
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6
Diego Rivera, circa 1950
2
7-13
Diego Rivera, circa 1959
2
14-18
Picasso, circa 1945
2
19-20
School, 1929
2
21-24
School, 1941
2
25
Likely for Kodachrome Slide Project, circa 1950
2
26-27
Art, circa 1940-circa 1955
2
28-38
Notebooks
Notebooks, General, 1959-circa 1964
3
1-3
Notecards
on Art and Architecture, 1959
3
4-6
School Writings
Assignments and Papers, circa 1929
3
7
Notes, circa 1929
3
8-9
Outlines, on Picasso and Cezanne, circa 1929
3
10-11
Notes
Amazonian Archaeology, circa 1940
3
12
Brazilian Art and Architecture, circa 1950
3
13
Catalog, circa 1950
3
14
Churches, circa 1940
3
15
Colonial Art in Latin America, circa 1950
3
16
Contemporary Mexican Painting, circa 1940
3
17
Folk Art in Latin America and Haiti, circa 1950
3
18
Latin American Art and Architecture, circa 1950
3
19
Latin American Churches, circa 1950
3
20
Latin (Native) American Festivals and Dances, circa 1950
3
21
Mayan Art, circa 19540
3
22
Moorish Art, circa 1950
3
23
Picasso, 1957
3
24
Rivera, circa 1950-circa 1960
3
25-31
Sand Paintings, circa 1940
3
32
Spanish Art, circa 1950
3
33-34
General, Art, circa 1940-circa 1960
3
35-42
Background Material, Latin Native Americans, circa 1950
3
43
Background Material, Mexican Murals, circa 1960
3
44
Diego Rivera (1886-1957): The Shaping of an Artist (Early Period--1889-1921)
, by Florence Arquin, circa 1960
3
45
Diego Rivera (1886-1957): The Shaping of an Artist (Early Period--1889-1921)
, by Florence Arquin, circa 1960
Draft and List of Illustrations
3
46-47
For Museums and Exhibitions, by Florence Arquin, 1941
3
48
"Diego Rivera's Murals," by Florence Arquin, 1942
4
1
"Three Women Painters in Contemporary Mexican Art," by Florence Arquin, circa 1940
4
2
"Notes on 'Day of the Dead' in Mexico," by Florence Arquin, circa 1946
4
3
"Art and Architecture in Latin America", by Florence Arquin, circa 1950
4
4
"Ciudad Trujillo, a Filmslide Sequence of Photographic Studies in Color," by Florence Arquin, circa 1950
4
5
"Contemporary Popular Art in Haiti," by Florence Arquin, circa 1960
4
6
"Diego Rivera, Painter of Mexico: The Story in Paint of One Man's Great Love for his Country, Mexico, and for his Wife, Frida Kahlo," by Florence Arquin, circa 1960
4
7
"Bay of All Saints," by Jose de Souza Pedreira, circa 1950
4
8
"Nota Sobre las Danzas Mexicanas," by Justino Fernández, circa 1950
4
9
"La Fiesta a la Virgen de los Remedios," by Jose G. Montes de Oca, circa 1950
4
10
"The Beauty of Non-Objectivity," and "The Power of Spiritual Realism," by Hilla Rebay, circa 1960
4
11
Forward, for Florence Arquin's Mexico City Exhibition Catalog, by Diego Rivera, 1943
4
12
Writings, in Spanish, 1939-1952
4
13

Series 4: Teaching and Project Files, 1930-1963
1.4 linear feet
Box 4-5

Found are materials relating to Florence Arquin's work teaching at the School of Art Institute of Chicago; her earlier work at the Art Institute's Department of Education with the Federal Art Project; and the Kodachrome Slide Project. Teaching files are scattered and include student papers, course outlines, and a lecture. The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Education materials include plans, proposals and reports relating to outreach in high schools. Reports include some photographs of exhibitions. Kodachrome Slide Project materials include correspondence, receipts, reports, educational material or teaching guides, drafts of slide sequences, and printed material.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
4.1:Teaching Files, 1934-1959
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Assignments and Student Papers, circa 1940
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14
Course Outlines, 1934-circa 1940
4
15-17
Lecture, 1959
4
18
4.2:Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Education, 1939-1944
DescriptionContainer
Plan, 1940
For Museum Correlation of Circulation Exhibits in Secondary Schools
4
19
Project Proposal, circa 1940
4
20
Report on a High School Project, 1942
4
21
Report on a High School Project, Supplementary Charts, 1942
4
22
Museum Correlation Program in Secondary Schools, Reports, 1939-1942
4
23-24
Museum Correlation Program in Secondary Schools, Findings from Questionnaire, 1940
4
25
"A Brief Study of Similar and Contrasting Characteristics of the Ideologies of Germany and Japan as Reflected in Their Paintings, Posters, Sculpture, etc." by Florence Arquin, 1942
4
26
Printed Report, 1944
4
27
4.3:Kodachrome Slide Project, 1930-1963
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, 1942-1945
4
28
Correspondence, 1946-1950
4
29
Correspondence, 1951-1955
4
30
Correspondence, 1956-1958
4
31
Correspondence, 1959-1961
4
32
Correspondence, 1962-1963
4
33
Correspondence, circa 1940-circa 1960
4
34
Receipts and Invoices, 1943-1957
4
35
Final Report, Part I, 1944-1945
4
36
Final Report, Part II, 1945
5
1-2
Educational Material
"Toltec Culture of Mexico", 1945
5
3
"Ancient Mayan Culture at Copan", 1945
5
4
"South America--The Land", 1945
5
5
"Mining in South America", 1945
5
6
"Indian Life in the Lowlands of South America", 1945
5
7
"Mexican Churches of the Colonial Period", 1945
5
8
"Contemporary Mexican Murals", 1945
5
9
Slide Sequence, 1945
5
10
Slide Sequence, 1950
5
11
Printed Guides, 1930-circa 1950
5
12
Drafts of Slide Sequences
Bolvia, 1950
5
13
Brazil, 1950
5
14-16
Peru, 1950
5
17-18
Project Material, Summary, 1945
5
19
Printed Guides, circa 1940
5
20
Newsletter, 1945
5
21

Series 5: Printed Material, 1923-1964
1.8 linear feet
Box 5-7, 11

Found are exhibition announcements and catalogs; magazine and news clippings from both English and Spanish publications; booklets; magazines; tour and travel guides; education journals and guides; museum printed material; subject files on Diego Rivera and Frank Lloyd Wright; blank postcards; and reproductions of works of art. There are extensive booklets and pamphlets produced by the Pan American Union including
The Pan American
, which include articles written by Arquin. Printed material about Diego Rivera and Frank Lloyd Wright may include catalogs and clippings. Also found is a catalog from an exhibition of Arquin's work in Mexico City (1943) with an introduction by Diego Rivera.
This series has been partially scanned. In some cases, only covers and relevant pages have been scanned.
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Exhibition and Lecture Announcements and Catalogs, 1937-1944
5
22
Exhibition and Lecture Announcements and Catalogs, 1945-1961
5
23
Subject Files
Diego Rivera, 1933-1938
5
24
Diego Rivera, 1943-1949
Includes exhibition catalog for Florence Arquin with foreward written by Diego Rivera.
5
25
Diego Rivera, 1954-1957
5
26
Diego Rivera, 1958-1959
5
27
Diego Rivera, 1964
5
28
Diego Rivera, circa 1950
Oversized material housed in Box 11, F5
5
29
Frank Lloyd Wright, 1955
5
30
Frank Lloyd Wright, 1955-1959
5
31
Clippings, 1934-1948
5
32
Clippings, 1949-1951
5
33
Clippings, 1952-1954
5
34
Clippings, 1956-1962
5
35
Clippings, circa 1930-circa 1950
Oversized material housed in Box 11, F6
5
36
Magazine Articles, 1923-1960
5
37
Magazine Articles, circa 1930-circa 1960
5
38
Pan American Union Publications
The Good Neighbor Tour, Vol I
, 1943
5
39
Pan American Union Publications
The Good Neighbor Tour, Vol III
, 1943
6
1
The Good Neighbor Tour, Vol IV
, 1943
6
2
The Good Neighbor Tour, Vol VII
, 1943
6
3
The Good Neighbor Tour, Vol VIII
, 1943
6
4
The Good Neighbor Tour, Vol IX
, 1943
6
5
The Good Neighbor Tour, Vol X
, 1943
6
6
Travel Brochures, circa 1950
6
7-8
The Pan American Union
issues, 1949-1950
6
9
Guides, Bulletins, and Newsletters, circa 1923-1948
6
10-12
Mexican Folkways
Issues, 1927-1937
6
13-14
The Lamp
Issues, 1943-1945
6
15-16
This Week--Este Semana
Issues, 1942-1958
6
17-18
Good Neighbor Series
Issues, 1942
6
19
Education Leaflets, Guides, and Journals, 1929-1944
6
20-22
Education Guides, Latin America, circa 1950
6
23-24
Travel Guides, 1938-1942
6
25-27
Museum Guides and Newsletters, 1944-circa 1950
6
28-30
United Nations Publications, circa 1950
7
1
Federal Art Project Publications, 1937-1939
7
2
Material Written by Robert C. Smith, 1953-1955
7
3
Magazines and Journals, 1944-1949
7
4
Spanish Language Publications, 1935-circa 1950
7
5-7
Book Jacket, circa 1929
7
8
Blank Postcards, circa 1940-circa 1950
7
9-11
Reproductions of Works of Art, by Others, circa 1950
7
12
Oversized Clippings, Scanned with Box 5, F29-36, circa 1930-circa 1960
11
5-6

Series 6: Photographs, 1929-circa 1960
0.7 linear feet
Box 7, 11

Photographs include portraits and snapshots of Florence Arquin, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and other friends, family and colleagues. Photographs of Florence Arquin depict her giving lectures, in her office, with others, and at events. Photographs of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were taken by Florence Arquin, some depict the artists together and others individually. Some of the photos of Diego Rivera depict the artist at work and in his studio. Other photographs are of ruins, festivals, and events taken during Arquin's travels through Latin America.
Also found are photographs of works of art by Diego Rivera.
Some photographs are duplicates of those found in the Scrapbooks.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Florence Arquin, circa 1935-circa 1950
7
13
Florence Arquin, With Others, circa 1936-circa 1951
Oversized material housed in Box 11, F2
7
14
Florence Arquin, Giving a Lecture, circa 1940
7
15
Florence Arquin, at the International Colloquium on Loso-Brazilian Studies, 1950
7
16
Florence Arquin, at Events in Mexico, 1951 February
7
17
Diego Rivera, 1929-circa 1950
7
18
Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, 1932-1948
7
19
Frida Kahlo, 1932-1948
7
20
Family, Friends, and Colleagues, circa 1940-circa 1951
Alario Atano (?)
Alice Rahon Fitzgerald
Carlos Merida
7
21
Funeral of Jean Manzon, 1946
7
22
Ruins and Festivals in Latin America, circa 1930-circa 1950
7
23
Works of Art
by Frida Kahlo, circa 1960
7
24-25
by Diego Rivera, A-B (5x7), circa 1960
7
26
by Diego Rivera, C-E (5x7), circa 1960
7
27
by Diego Rivera, F-M (5x7), circa 1960
7
28
by Diego Rivera, N-P (5x7), circa 1960
7
29
by Diego Rivera, R-Z (5x7), circa 1960
7
30
by Diego Rivera, Untitled or Unidentified (5x7), circa 1960
7
31
by Diego Rivera, A-C (8x10), circa 1960
7
32
by Diego Rivera, D-L (8x10), circa 1960
7
33
by Diego Rivera, M-P (8x10), circa 1960
7
34
by Diego Rivera, Q-V (8x10), circa 1960
7
35
by Diego Rivera, Untitled or Unidentified (8x10), circa 1960
Oversized material housed in Box 11, F3
7
36-37
Medieval and Renaissance Art, circa 1950
7
38
Unidentified, circa 1950
7
39
Oversized Photographs, Scanned with Box 7, F14, 36-37, circa 1950
11
2-3

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1940-circa 1950
2 folders
Box 7, 11

Found is one sketchbook by Florence Arquin circa 1940 and two prints signed by de Diego. The sketchbook includes watercolor and pencil sketches.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Sketchbook, circa 1940
7
40
Prints, by de Diego, circa 1950
11
4

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1935-1956
0.9 linear feet
Box 8-10

Found are four scrapbooks, likely created by Florence Arquin and roughly organized by events. Scrapbooks relate to Arquin's work with the Federal Art Project while at the Art Institite of Chicago; a trip to Mexico in 1943; the Kodachrome Slide Project; and Arquin's travel though Latin America. Included are photographs, writings, maps, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and clippings.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Scrapbook 1, 1935-1939
Found are materials relating to Arquin's work with the Federal Art Project at at the Art Institute of Chicago with education and outreach. Included are photographs of exhibitions; Florence Arquin, Holger Cahill and others; student works of art; and clippings, exhibition announcements and other printed materials.
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1
Scrapbook 2, 1943
Found are materials relating to Arquin's trip to Mexico in 1943. Included are photographs, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and writings. Photographs are of Florence Arquin, Helen O'Gorman, Walter Pach, Diego Rivera, Lupe Rivera, and Dr. Charles Stevens.
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2
Scrapbook 3, 1945-1948
Found are materials relating to the Kodachrome Slide Project and Arquin's travels through Latin America. Included are photographs, clippings, and exhibition materials.
9
1
Scrapbook 4, 1950-1956
Found are materials relating to the Kodachrome Slide Project and Arquin's travels through Latin America. Included are photographs, writings, maps, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and clippings.
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1

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