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John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1848-1999

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Series 3: Correspondence and Project Files , 1928-1946
(Boxes 1-3, OV 11; 2.3 linear feet)

This series contains correspondence and other materials related to Curry's position as Artist in Residence at the University of Wisconsin (1936-1946), other professional projects during that period, and scattered earlier correspondence and print material. Other types of documents found include receipts, invoices, lists of artwork, clippings, photographs, blueprints, and other miscellany. Documents are arranged alphabetically by personal name, corporate name, subject, or project. Substantial files are found for galleries that represented Curry, including Maynard Walker's Ferargil Gallery, Walker Galleries, and Associated American Artists. Curry's major mural projects are documented under the headings "Kansas State House Murals," "Treasury Department, Section of Painting and Sculpture," and University of Wisconsin. Illustration jobs are filed by title or publisher under the heading Book Illustration.
Background documentation for Curry's appointment as artist-in-residence in the agricultural college at the University of Wisconsin is found in the University of Wisconsin files, including writings and research materials related to the "Rural Art" program he served there. Throughout the series, correspondence with art students, art teachers, aspiring artists, art clubs, and other civic clubs in Wisconsin and throughout the midwest reflect his role in this initiative.
Arrangement is idiosyncratic. In general, letters are filed alphabetically by organization or corporate name, if applicable. Place names for schools and civic clubs are common access points. Names with five or more letters are filed in their own folders, and the remainder of correspondence is filed in miscellaneous files. Selected correspondents whose names do not appear in headings are indicated in a note following the folder heading. Materials other than correspondence are also noted in the folder listing.
Description Container Select
Miscellaneous A, 1938-1946
1
22
Abbott Laboratories, 1945
1
23
Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Henry J., 1931, 1946, undated
(See also Kansas State House Murals)
1
24
American Academy in Rome, 1941-1944
1
25
American Artists Group, 1936-1946, 1950
(2 folders)
1
26-27
American Association of University Women -- Green Bay, 1943
1
28
American Association of University Women -- Superior, WI, 1944-1945
1
29
Army Medical Department Art Project, 1944-1945
1
30
Art Institute of Chicago, 1942, 1945
(Daniel Cotton Rich)
1
31
Art Reference Round Table, American Library Association, 1942
1
32
Artext Prints, Inc., 1938-1941, 1945-1946
1
33
Associated Amateur Art Clubs, circa 1929-1939
1
34
Associated American Artists, 1937-1946
(16 folders)
(Reeves Lewenthal, Thomas Mabry, Treasury Department, Francis Henry Taylor)
1
35-50
Associated American Artists, Receipts, 1938-1946
(3 folders)
1
51-53
Associated American Artists, Prospect List, Chicago, 1945
1
54
Miscellaneous B, 1936-1946
(letter to Peyton Boswell, letter from Mrs. Henry Breckenridge)
1
55
Ball, David, 1946
1
56
Barloga, Viola, 1945
1
57
Beggs, Thomas M. (Pamona College), 1944-1946
1
58
Beloit College, 1942-1943
1
59
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1937-1945, undated
(contains technical notes and recipes, draft of Benton's review of JSC Pageant of America, a 1937 catalog, and an illustrated pamphlet by Benton entitled "The Year of Peril"; see also Estate Papers for correspondence between Benton and Kathleen Curry)
1
60
Book Illustration Projects
Book of the Month Club, 1942-1945
(Harry Abrams, The Complete Essays and Other Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, My Friend Flicka, Thunderhead; also contains promotional pamphlet for Flicka and Thunderhead)
1
61
Divine Comedy, 1943-1946
(A. Tedesco and Doubleday, Doran, and Co.)
1
62
J.F. Cooper's "The Prairie", 1937-1941, undated
(George Macy, William Kitteridge; also contains contract)
1
63
John Brown's Body, circa 1944-1946
(George Macy, Limited Editions Club; also contains contract)
1
64
Leaves of Grass, 1942-1943
(Peter Bailenson, Peter Pauper Press)
1
65
The Literary Works of Abraham Lincoln, circa 1938-1942
(3 folders)
(George Macy, Limited Editions Club; also contains contract, research material, clippings, fan mail, typescripts draft and table of contents)
1
66-68
The Red Badge of Courage, 1943-1944
(George Macy, Limited Editions Club; also contains contract)
1
69
Tall Book of Bible Stories, 1944-1946
(Lucille Ogle, Artists and Writers Guild; cotains typescript list of illustrations)
1
70
The Wisconsin, 1940-1943
(August Derleth, Farrar and Rinehart; contains photographs)
1
71
Brittingham, Thomas E., 1937-1946
(contains press release regarding Brittingham donation to fund Curry's mural in the Biochemistry Building, U. Wisconsin; see also University of Wisconsin)
2
1
Bruce, Edward (see Treasury Department)
2
Butler Art Institute, 1941-1944
2
2
Miscellaneous C, 1931-1946
(Senator Arthur Capper, CBS, Cincinnati Art Museum (Walter Siple), Wilford Conrow, Cooper Union School of Art)
2
3
Carnegie Institute, 1937-1946
(John O'Connor, Homer Saint Gaudens)
2
4
Chappell, Warren, 1944
2
5
Christensen, Chris L., 1945-1946
(see also University of Wisconsin)
2
6
Christ-Janer, Albert, 1942-1943
2
7
Corcoran Gallery of Art/Corcoran School of Art, 1937-1945
(C. Powell Minnigerode, Dick Lahey)
2
8
Craven, Thomas, circa 1935-1946
2
9
Miscellaneous D-E, 1928, 1939-1945
(Dayton Art Institute, James Daugherty)
2
10
Dance Players, Inc., 1941-1942
(Eugene Loring, Winthrop B. Palmer; concerning decorations for a ballet of Carl Sandburg's "The Prairie")
2
11
Davis, Vachel, 1940-1945
(2 folders)
2
12-13
Dodd, Lamar, circa 1939-1945
2
14
Educational Policies Commission, 1941
2
15
Encyclopedia Brittanica, 1943-1946
(also contains receipts)
2
16
Esquire Magazine, 1938-1943
(Eric Lundgren and Arnold Gingrich)
2
17
Miscellaneous F, 1937-1946
(Hulda Reiter Fischer)
2
18
F.W. Weber Co., 1929-1946
(2 folders)
(also contains technical bulletins about art materials and receipts)
2
19-20
Farr, Helen "Pete" (later Sloan), 1935, undated
(contains technical notes)
2
21
Ferargil Galleries, circa 1930-1935
(3 folders)
(Maynard Walker, W. H. White, Mateel Howe Farnham; contains article by Farnham about Curry)
2
22-24
Ferargil Galleries, Financial Statements, 1931-1935
2
25
First National Bank (Madison, Wisconsin) Murals, 1940-1944
(also contains contract)
2
26
Fortney, Vivian, 1939-1942
2
27
Fults, Louise C., 1943
2
28
Miscellaneous G, 1938-1946
(McLeod M. Pearce of Geneva College regarding Curry's honorary degree; Henry Allen Moe of the Guggenheim Foundation)
2
29
Garrison, Lloyd, 1940-1946
(See also Estate Papers)
2
30
Gilbertson, Boris, 1941-1945
2
31
Miscellaneous H, 1936-1945
(Oskar Hagen, Sidney Howard, Marion Humfield)
2
32
Hibbs, Ben ( Country Gentleman), 1941
2
33
Hodgell Family, 1941-1946
(Ray, Robert, and Murlin Hodgell)
2
34
Miscellaneous I-J, 1937-1945
(Fritz Jochem, Wilbur Peat of John Herron Art Institute)
2
35
Janesville Art League (Wisconsin), 1942-1944
2
36
Miscellenous K, 1937-1946
2
37
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 1945
2
38
Kansas State House Murals, circa 1937-1943
(8 folders)
(Jack Harris, Beth Dickerson, Roy Stookey, Reeves Lewenthal, Henry Allen, Fred Crittenden (see also Misc. C), Henry Carey, Ted Wear and article by Wear, Walter Jones, Olle Nordmark, W.A. White, H.G. Lull, Senator Arthur Capper, Paul Jones, Ray Hodgell, Raymond Eastwood, Tulsa Tribune, Albert Cole, Maynard Walker; contains receipts and 1941 state resolution blocking further work on the murals; see also Henry J. Allen, John Helm, Jr., and Sam Nock)
2
39-46
Kansas State House Murals, Narrative Description and Contract
2
47
Kansas State Federation of Art, 1935-1944
(John Helm, Jr.)
2
48
Kappa Pi, Honorary Art Fraternity, circa 1942-1944
2
49
Katona, Verna Wendelin and Arthur, 1944
2
50
Kittredge, William A., 1938-1944
(See also book Illustrations)
2
51
Knickerbocker, Laura, 1941-1942
(Topeka Community Art Center; see also Kansas State House Murals)
2
52
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, circa 1941, 1944
2
53
Miscellaenous L, 1937-1946
(Clare Leighton, Starker Leopold, F. Jochem of Louisiana State)
2
54
Layton School of Art, 1938-1941
2
55
Lea, Tom, 1941
2
56
Life Magazine, 1942-1945
(Margit Varga)
2
57
Miscellaneous M, 1938-1946
(2 folders)
(Russell Plumpton of Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Glen Mitchell, Frederick Robinson of Museum of Fine Arts Springfield)
2
58-59
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, 1942-1943
(Walter Heil; see also Estate Papers)
2
60
Marsh, Reginald, 1938, 1940-1942, undated
(first postcard in folder is a photocopy, location of the original is not known; file also contains technical notes and illustrated letters; see also Estate Papers)
2
61
Mathiesen, John, 1941-1946
(see also University of Wisconsin Rural Art Program)
2
62
McCloy, William, 1941-1946
2
63
Meier, Norman C., 1941
2
64
Men's Sketch Club of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, 1939
2
65
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1941, 1945
(Francis Henry Taylor)
2
66
Milwaukee Art Institute, 1943-1946
2
67
Miscellaneous N-O, circa 1931945
(National Institute of Arts and Letters, Edward Alden Jewell and Howard De Vree of the New York Times, Newsweek)
2
68
National Academy of Design, 1937-1944
2
69
Neville Public Museum (Green Bay, Wisconsin), 1943
2
70
Nock, Sam, 1940-1946
2
71
Miscellaneous P-Q, 1938-1945
(Lorene Payne with print reproductions enclosed, Lydia Bond Powel)
2
72
Pick, Stephen, 1941
2
73
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1941-1942
2
74
Permanent Pigments, 1944
2
75
Miscellaneous R, 1938-1946
(Helen Appleton Read, Carroll Russell)
3
1
Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan, 1940-1945
3
2
Ringling Brothers, 1933-1945-1946
(Beverly Kelley)
3
3
River Falls State Teachers College, 1945
(Alberta Greene)
3
4
Miscellaneous S, 1938-1945
(2 folders)
(Paul Sample, Mrs. Millard Smith)
3
5-6
Schmeckebier, Laurence, 1939-1944
(2 folders)
(see also Estate Papers)
3
7-8
Simon and Schuster, 1940-1941
3
9
State Teachers College (Eau Claire, WI), 1941
3
10
Miscellaneous T, 1931, 1939-1946
(2 folders)
(Ann Elgin and Arthur Northwood of Time, Inc., C.B. Porter of the Washington Times Herald, Margaret Treadwell)
3
11-12
Treasury Department, Section of Painting and Sculpture, circa 1934-1943
(Ed Rowan, Edward Bruce, Forbes Watson, Maria K. Ealand; also contains pamphlet "New Forces in American Art" by Watson)
3
13-15
Treasury Department, Section of Painting and Sculpture, Blueprints, 1935, 1939
3
16
Treasury Department, Section of Painting and Sculpture, Contracts and Vouchers, 1935-1939
3
17
Miscellaneous U-V, 1937-1946
(Robert Von Neumann)
3
18
University of California, Berkeley, 1941-1942
3
19
University of Minnesota Farm and Home Week, 1944-1945
3
20
University of Wisconsin, 1936-1946
(Chris Christensen; contains a photograph, postcards, employment documents, documents related to law library mural, and article announcing Curry's appointment)
3
21
University of Wisconsin, Rural Art Program, circa 1934-1945
(4 folders; see also OV 11)
(contains articles, clippings, catalogs, lists, and items related to exhibitions of rural artists in Wisconsin; clippings related to the appointment of Curry as artist-in-residence; poetry by Earl Sudgen; review of Curry's biography)
3
22-25
Upital, Frank, 1942
(Mrs. H.L. Burnham, Federated Women's Groups)
3
26
Miscellaneous W, 1937-1946
(Wisconsin State Fair, Frank Lloyd Wright)
3
27-28
Walker Galleries, 1930-1941
(6 folders)
(contains inventories and price lists, an essay by Maynard Walker, documents related to transfer of inventory from Ferargil Galleries, consignment records, financial statements, Maynard Walker letters and third-party correspondence)
3
29-34
Washburn, Helen (Mrs. Kenneth), 1944-1945
(contains excerpt of article on Curry by Washburn)
3
35
Webster, Bethuel, circa 1938-1942
(legal correspondence)
3
36
Western Playing Card Company, 1941-1946
3
37
White, W.A., 1930-1942
(contains letters between Maynard Walker, W.A. White, and Mrs. H.J. Allen; see also Kansas State House Murals)
3
38
Whitney Museum, circa 1937-1942
(Juliana Force)
3
39
Whyte, Malcolm K., 1939-1945
3
40
Wickey, Harry, 1931-1942
3
41
Wisconsin Loan Exhibition, 1937-1938
(2 folders)
(contains catalog typescript, receipts, insurance records, clipping)
3
42-43
Wood, Grant, 1936-1942
(contains essay about Wood by Curry)
3
44
Worcester Art Museum, 1937, 1942
(Francis Henry Taylor)
3
45
Miscellaneous Y-Z, 1945-1946
(Stanley Young, Anita Zentner)
3
46
First Names Only and Unsigned, 1936-1945
3
47
Oversized Materials from Correspondence and Project Files (see Box 3, folder 24)
11 (OV)

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