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A Finding Aid to the Gertrude Abercrombie papers, 1880-1986, bulk, 1935-1977

Gertrude Abercrombie papers, 1880-1986, bulk, 1935-1977

Abercrombie, Gertrude, 1909-1977


Collection Information

Size: 5.7 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of surrealist artist Gertrude Abercrombie date from circa 1880-1986, with the bulk of the material dated 1935-1977, and measure 5.7 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material; correspondence (mostly incoming letters) with friends, museums, and galleries; artists files; writings and notes, including five journal-type notebooks; scattered personal business records; two sketchbooks by Abercrombie and additional sketches and drawings, some by others; printed material, audio recordings, one scrapbook, photographs, and estate records.

Biographical/Historical Note

Surrealist painter Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977) lived and worked in Chicago and was a prominent member of Chicago's Hyde Park arts community. Abercrombie's work is associated with Chicago's Surrealist school. She was the center of an informal salon style group of literary figures, artists and jazz musicians.


Donated 1978 and 1986 by Don Baum, executor of the Gertrude Abercrombie Trust.

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