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Frank and Eleanor Freed papers, 1923-1990

Freed, Frank, 1906-1975



Collection Information

Size: Ca. 1400 items (on 5 microfilm reels)

Addition: 2.0 linear ft.

Summary: Printed material, guestbooks, writings, scrapbooks, photographs, video tapes, and cartoons and sketches.
REEL 2812: Printed material, 1969-1975, including exhibition catalogs, announcements, clippings and articles; a resume; note cards with reproductions of Freed's paintings; and photocopies of Frank's cartoons for the RICE OWL.
REELS 3432-3433: Guestbooks, 1957-1985, with thanks and drawings by visitors, including sketches by artists; writings by Frank regarding his experiences in World War II and a 3-part travel article, "Art of Provence"; 3 scrapbooks containing clippings regarding a trial on which Frank was a juror and "Mexican Painting and Drawing," a show curated by Frank; source material for paintings; a guestbook from an exhibition at Instituto Mexicanos Norteamerico de Relaciones Culturales; and sketches.
REEL 3448: Biographical material; writings by Frank, some done under his pen name Caliph McFloe; photocopies of his cartoons for the RICE OWL, 1923-1924; reproductions of paintings; exhibition catalogs, announcements, press releases and clippings; ca. 100 photographs of paintings; and transcripts of speeches given at his memorial service.
REEL 3538: Articles written by Eleanor as art critic for the Houston Post, 1965-1973; and an article written for Texas Humanist, 1984, "Dominique de Menil: Rare Visions in the Arts," outlining the collecting philosophy of Menil and the establishment of a private museum to exhibit the collection.
UNMICROFILMED: A video tape of a 1975 television program on Frank and 2 tapes from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, panel discussion "The Fine Arts from Various Points of View"; and 3 lithographs by Frank.
ADDITION: Exhibition catalogs and announcements; greeting cards with reproductions of Freed's paintings; guestbooks, 1985-1990; four sketchbooks; a videotape of his 80th birthday celebration; an audio cassette; photographs of Freed and his works of art, including color photographs of 71 paintings; slides of paintings; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Frank Freed was a painter, cartoonist and writer. His wife, Eleanor was an art critic. They lived in Houston, Texas.


Material on reels 3432-3433 lent for microfilming 1985, by Frank and Eleanor Freed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project. The remainder was donated by the Freeds, 1978-1985, and by Eleanor Freed Stern's estate, 1993. The estate bequest included the guestbooks which were part of the 1985 loan.

Location of Originals

  • Clippings on reel 3538: Originals were discarded after microfilming.
  • Reels 3432-3433: Originals returned to the lenders, Frank and Eleanor Freed, after microfilming. The guestbooks were subsequently donated.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reel 2812 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

microfilm reels 3432-3433, 3448 & 3538 available for use only at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 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

Frank and Eleanor Freed papers, 1923-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.