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La Vern Frank-Rush papers relating to the WPA Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa, 1936-2007, bulk 1936-1942

Frank-Rush, La Vern, 1918-


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear ft.

Summary: The La Vern Frank-Rush papers regarding the WPA Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa, measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1936 to 2007 with the bulk dated 1936 to 1942. Two scrapbooks compiled by Frank-Rush between 1936 and 1942 contain introductory and concluding statements added by her in 2006. A memoir, circa 2007, documents activities, achievements, staff, and participants of the WPA Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Also included is a CD-ROM with images of the scrapbooks and memoir.
Two scrapbooks document the Sioux City Art Center's founding by the WPA in 1938, its activities, and programs. The Center, which still exists today, is one of four WPA art centers in Iowa to survive without interruption. Photographs record exhibits, staff members, students, and work produced at the Art Center and also depict Frank-Rush's personal life.
The CD-ROM is a digitized version of the collection. Images on the CD-ROM do not completely reproduce the scrapbooks. For instance, although scrapbook volume 2 contains the complete script for The Shoe Bears, the entire play does not appear on the CD-ROM.
Frank-Rush's memoir and scrapbooks provide insight into how the WPA Art Center impacted her as well as the larger community. In her own words, the collection "reveals the personality of the Sioux City Art Center." A small selection of her artwork, preserved on CD-ROM, lends a view into the late 1930s.

Biographical/Historical Note

La Vern Frank-Rush (1918-2010) was a librarian, art teacher, and regionalist painter from Sioux City, Iowa. Frank-Rush was the librarian and art teacher at the WPA Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa from 1938-1942.


Donated 2007 by LaVern Frank-Rush.

Related Materials

WPA Photograph Collection contains 18 photographs of the Sioux City Art Center, classes, projects, puppet workshops, exhibitions, and marionettes. (Reel 1178, frames 0011-0044)

Iowa Community Art Centers, 1938-1939, features 13 photographs of the Sioux City Art Center. (Reel NDA 16, frames 290-317)