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Natalie S. Henry and Rowena Fry papers, 1927-1987

Henry, Natalie Smith, 1907 Jan. 4-1992

Muralist, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet

Summary: Biographical material assembled by Henry on herself (1929-1987) and Rowena Fry (1927-1987) consists of brief typescripts, letters, clippings, exhibition catalogs, samples of Christmas cards designed by Henry and Fry, a print "Bird's Tree in Winter" by Henry (1968), and photographs of works of art. The material emphasizes Henry's mural for the Springdale, Arkansas post office, commisssioned for the Section of Fine Arts, and her work for the Oscar Mayer Company. A subject file contains clippings (1958-1987) concerning Hubert Ropp, Dean of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who had a great influence on the careers of Henry and Fry.

Biographical/Historical Note

Muralist, Chicago, Illinois. Natalie Henry managed the art supply store at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1948 until her retirement in 1972. Rowena Fry came to Chicago in 1923 to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Both exhibited regularly at the Chicago Society of Artists and the Art Institute of Chicago during the 1930s and 1940s. Henry and Fry shared an apartment in the Lambert Tree Studios Building from 1948 until moving back to their respective family homes in Arkansas and Tennessee in the 1980s. In 1989, Fry joined Henry in her home in Malvern, Arkansas.


Donated 1989 by Natalie S. Henry.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the possession of Natalie S. Henry.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Fifty percent of material is photocopies.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Natalie S. Henry and Rowena Fry papers, 1927-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.