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Lue Osborne and Cordray Simmons papers, 1905-1975

Osborne, Lue, 1889-1968



Collection Information

Size: 355 Items, (on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: Letters to Osborne and Simmons from friends, gallery owners, and colleagues, among others, including some about their use of synthetic resin paints; 83 photographs; 70 clippings, catalogs, essays and other printed materials. Correspondents include H. Daniel Webster, F. Valentine Dudensing, Walter M. Grant, Robert Henri, and Onya LaTour. Also included is one letter from Thomas Hart Benton to Mrs. Brett Osborne, daughter in law of Lue and Cordray. She had inherited their paintings and asked Benton's advice what to do with them.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; New York City; b. 1889, Belleville, Ill.; d. 1968 Osborne's husband, Cordray Simmons, is also a painter; discovered with her husband "vinyl lite," a new kind of acrylic paint


Lent for microfilming 1976 by Signature Galleries.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lender, Signature Galleries, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 1126 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

Lue Osborne and Cordray Simmons papers, 1905-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.