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Helen Weinrich Knaths photograph album, 1879-1976

Knaths, Helen Weinrich, 1876 or 7-1978



Collection Information

Size: 1 Volume, (63 items on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: Included in the album are 61 photographs, a slide, and a clipping. Pictured are Helen; her older sister, Agnes Weinrich, including one of her in class at the Art Institute of Chicago, ca. 1906, one with Helen and others in Berlin, Germany, ca. 1899, and one of her tombstone (designed by Knaths); Helen's husband, Karl Knaths, including one of them on their wedding day, 1922, a few of him camping in New Hampshire, his studio in Provincetown, and with Helen and others; family friends and pets; the family farm in Iowa; and other locales.

Biographical/Historical Note

Helen Weinrich Knaths (1876 or 7-1978) was born 1877 as Lena (Lee) Weinrich on a farm in Des Moines County, Iowa. Her sister, Agnes Weinrich, studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, in Paris during 1913, and beginning in 1914, in Provincetown, where she and Helen met artist and teacher Karl Knaths. Karl and Helen were married in 1922, and continued to live, with Agnes, in Provincetown during the summer, and in New York during the winter. Agnes died April 17, 1946, Karl Knaths died in 1971, and Helen died at age 102 in 1979.


Lent for microfilming 1996 by Jane Jennings, grandniece of Helen and Knaths.

Language Note

Undetermined .

Location of Originals

  • Original in: the Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 5140 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Helen Weinrich Knaths photograph album, 1879-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.