Jayna M. Josefson
Scope and Contents
The papers of portrait painter Greta Kempton measure 1.1 linear feet and date from 1942 to 1975. The papers document Kempton's career as an artist and include biographical material, correspondence, an exhibition file, printed material, photographs, and scattered writings.
Much of Kempton's correspondence is with members of prominent families whose portraits she painted. Photographs of Kempton are with members of the Truman and Johnson Administrations during the presentation of her portraits. Other photos are of her works of art. Writings by Kempton include recollections of her experience painting portraits of the Truman family.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Greta Kempton donated her papers to the Archives of American Art in 1976 and 1977.
The Harry S. Truman Library also holds the Papers of Greta Kempton, 1930-91, bulk dates 1946-1991.
Processing of this collection received federal support from the Collections Care Initiative Fund, administered by the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative and the National Collections Program
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Jayna Josefson in 2020.