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Houghton Cranford Smith papers, 1890-1991

Smith, Houghton Cranford, 1887-1983

Painter, Commercial artist

Collection Information

Size: 2.2 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter Houghton Cranford Smith measure 2.2 linear feet and date from 1890-1991. They consist of eight scrapbooks compiled by his widow containing correspondence with family and friends, biographical materials, sketches, school work, extensive clippings, exhibition catalogs, travel documents and numerous photographs of family and friends.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter Houghton Cranford Smith (1887-1983) traveled extensively and painted throughout his life. He lived and studied art in France, South America, New York City and Provincetown. He had three children, Houghton Jr., Gerrit and Florence with his first wife, Elena Peralta. He held the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas department of Drawing and Painting from 1921-1925.

Provenance

Florence Cranford Smith Shepard donated her father's papers in 1993-1994.

Funding

Funding for a portion of the processing was provided by the Laura Cranford Smith Art Trust.