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A Finding Aid to the Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967 | Digitized Collection

Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967

Rush, Olive, 1873-1966

Muralist, Painter, Portrait painter, Illustrator

The papers of Olive Rush in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2004. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 9,064 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 5.7 linear ft.

Summary: The records of Olive Rush measure 5.7 linear feet and date from 1879 to 1967. They contain correspondence, artwork, photographs, writings, and other personal papers documenting Rush's education and career as an illustrator, portraitist, muralist, painter, teacher, and promoter of Native American art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Olive Rush (1873-1966) was a painter, illustrator, and muralist from Sante Fe, N.M. Studied at the Art Students League with Twatchman and Mowbray and the Howard Pyle School. Muralist for the La Fonda Hotel and Public Library, Sante Fe; WPA murals: United States Post Office, Florence, Colo. and Pawhuska, Okla. Illustrator for Collier's, & Scribners. Specialities: women, children, American Indians, frescos.

Provenance

Diaries and some sketches donated by an anonymous donor, 1970. Other materials donated by Olive Rush, 1964 and 1970. Material on reel SW 4 lent for microfilming by the Olive Rush Memorial Studio, 1970.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art holds a brief oral history interview with Olive Rush concerning her involvement with Federal Art Projects.

Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • Reel SW 4: Originals in the Olive Rush Memorial Studio, Sante Fe, New Mexico.