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A Finding Aid to the John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1848-1999 | Digitized Collection

John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1848-1999

Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946

Art teacher, Painter, Lithographer

The papers of John Steuart Curry and the Curry Family in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 10,872 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 9.2 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter, muralist, and illustrator John Steuart Curry, and Curry family papers, measure 9.2 linear feet and date from 1848 to 1999. Papers document his career and family history through certificates, correspondence, photographs, clippings, contracts, receipts, inventories, writings, notes, and other materials. The papers contain particularly rich documentation of Curry's period as artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin, from 1936 to 1946. Mural projects in Kansas, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin are also documented.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Steuart Curry (1897-1946) was a painter, lithographer, and instructor. Curry worked as WPA muralist and is famous as one of The Regionalists, along with Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. He taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1936-1946.

Provenance

Material on reels 164-168 lent for microfilming 1971 by Curry's widow, Kathleen Curry; in 1979 she subsequently donated portions of the material lent, along with additional material (filmed on reels 2746-2748). Curry memorabilia received with the papers (baby cup, baby dress, overalls, medals, paint box, watercolor box, 2 photographs) were transferred to Spencer Museum of Art. Material on reel 2714 donated 1972 and 1975 by Mildred Curry Fike, Curry's sister; and material on reel 2743 donated 1975 by R. Eugene Curry, a brother. The home movies were donated in 1973 by Ellen Schuster, Curry's daughter. Unmicrofilmed material donated in 1991 by Daniel Schuster, Curry's son-in-law, in 1992, 1995, 1999, and 2000 by Kathleen Curry, as well as a group in 1993 by R. Eugene Curry. Additions received from Kathleen Curry between 1992 and 1999 may contain more material previously filmed as a loan on reels 164-168.

Related Materials

Curry memorabilia received with the Kathleen Curry's donation in 1979 (baby cup, baby dress, overalls, medals, paint box, watercolor box, 2 photographs) were transferred to the Spencer Museum of Art in 1985.

Portions of Kathleen Curry's initial 1971 loan were not subsequently donated. The entire loan can be viewed on reels 164-168.

The Archives of American Art holds an oral history interview with Kathleen Curry regarding John Steuart Curry conducted in 1990 and 1992.

Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • Materials loaned by Mrs. Curry in 1971 for microfilming were returned to the donor, who later donated the sketchbooks to the Worcester Museum of Art in 1999.