Size: 0.2 Linear feet
Summary: The scattered papers of jeweler and painter Florence Koehler measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1890 to 1978. Found are artworks including sketches and paint color trials, two letters, a notebook, and printed material. Also found are personal business records regarding the dispersal of Koehler's estate, her will, and the records of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Sharpe who inherited Koehler's collection and subsequently donated many pieces to various institutions and museums.
Florence Koehler (1861-1944) was a jeweler, painter, and designer in Chicago, Illinois and later London, England and Paris, France. She created fine jewelry in 18 carat gold with cabochon stones.
Mary Elizabeth Sharpe, a friend of Koehler and the principal beneficiary of her estate, donated the papers to the Archives of American Art in 1979.
The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts holds additional material in the Florence Cary Koehler Papers, 1880-1951.
Processing of this collection received support from the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative.