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Greta Kempton papers, 1945-1977

Kempton, Greta, 1903-1991

Portrait painter


Collection Information

Size: 1.2 Linear feet

Summary: Photographs of Kempton with members of the Truman and Johnson Adminstrations during the presentation of her portraits of Harry S. Truman; photographs of works of art; news clippings and releases; correspondence, much of it with members of prominent families whose portraits she painted; exhibition catalogs and announcements; biographical material; writings by Kempton, including recollections of her experience painting portraits of the Truman family; and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Portrait painter; New York, N.Y. Most noted for her portraits of Harry S. Truman, his family, and other politicians.


Donated 1976-1977 by Greta Kempton.

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How to Cite This Collection

Greta Kempton papers, 1945-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.