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Florence Arquin collection

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Unprocessed. 9 linear feet of material consisting primarily of slides of Florence Arquin's photographs taken during her travels in South America, as well as manuscripts of her writings on Mexican painter Diego Rivera.

Biographical Historical Note

Painter, photographer, educator, writer, and critic Florence Arquin was active in Chicago, Illinois. She was widely known for her expertise in the field of Latin American Studies and had a close relationship with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. From 1935 to 1939 she worked as administrator for the Federal Art Project in Illinois and joined the Art Institute of Chicago in 1939 to develop education programs aimed at secondary school students

Additional Notes

Florence Arquin papers are in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.