Scope and Contents
The papers of educator and mosaicist Marjorie Kreilick measure 6.8 linear feet and date from 1946-2018. Kreilick was mostly based in Madison, Wisconsin and the papers document her career through biographical material, correspondence, project files; professional and studio materials files, which include notebooks, recipes for materials used in the mosaics, and samples of mosaic pieces; artwork in the form of preparatory sketches and paintings; and photographic material.
Biographical material includes Marjorie Kreilick's award certificates, diplomas, curriculum vitae, passports, information regarding her American Academy in Rome year abroad, and materials on a trip to Scotland. There are also sound recordings of an interview with Marjorie Kreilick and a lecture by Linda Nochlin. There is a small amount of biographical material about other people.
Correspondence consists of letters from friends and colleagues, as well as places where Marjorie Kreilick taught, notably the University of Wisconsin, Madison; organizations she belonged to, and art institutions where she exhibited.
Project files include materials on Kreilick's mosaic commissions. The folders often contain correspondence, project proposals, timelines, cost estimates, photographs, blueprints, and floor plans. Noteworthy projects include the mosaics for the Milwaukee State Office Building, Mayo Clinic, Beth Aaron Synagogue, and Telfair Academy.
Professional and studio material files mostly contain research and recipes for materials used in mosaics. There are also notebooks, financial records, organization membership documents, and other files.
Artwork mostly consists of preliminary paintings and drawings, as well as diagrams for various mosaics. The preliminary paintings for the Milwaukee State Office Building mosaics are especially noteworthy. There are some watercolor sketches, abstract paint sketches, and drawings as well.
This collection includes photographs of Marjorie Kreilick, friends, colleagues, travel, artwork, mosaics created for commissions, and a few photographs of exhibition installations. The photographic materials are in a variety of formats such as slides, negatives, contact sheets, and prints.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Marjorie Kreilick papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Marjorie Kreilick in 2021.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison special collections has Marjorie Kreilick's lecture notes and associated slide carousels in its holdings.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by Marjorie Kreilick.
The collection was fully processed, prepared for digitization, and described in a finding aid by Rihoko Ueno in 2022 with funding provided by the artist Marjorie Kreilick.