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Rose Labrie papers, 1948- 2000

Labrie, Rose, 1916-1986

Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 3.3 Linear feet

Summary: Correspondence, writings, personal photographs, and printed material, such as gallery announcements, magazines featuring her articles and art work, clippings, flyers, relating to Labrie's work as a journalist, children's book author and illustrator, author onhistorical subjects, and self-taught artist. Among Labrie's correspondents are Robert Bishop, David O'Neil, Jay Johnson, Mattie Lou O'Kelly, Emeline Paige, Robert Miner, Henry P. (Heinz) Kupfer, Frederick Franck, Harry Goodwin, Janet Hutchinson, Emiline Page and daughter Christie Labrie.

Biographical/Historical Note

Rose Labrie (1916-1986) was an author, illustrator of children's books, journalist, gallery director and self-taught "primitive" artist in Portsmouth, N.H. Born in Boston, Mass., Labrie moved to Vermont at the age of two. Her childhood memories of West Hartford, Vt. formed the basis for children's stories and paintings. She attended the University of New Hampshire and the University of Wisconsin and studied creative writing. Her early career was in journalism. In the 1960s she turned to painting and writing on historical monuments, especially lighthouses. She contributed to magazines such as "The Clarion," 1984, "Down East," 1956- 1969, "Vermont Life," 1953- 1979, "Yankee," 1962- 1976, and was the author of "Dancer's Image" (1982), "King, The Leprechaun Pony" (1979), "Nubble Light" (1979) and "Randy, the Rooster," (1985). Labrie also was founder and first director of the Strawberry Bank Children's Festival, later known as the Prescott Park Arts Festival, in Portsmouth.


Donated 2000 by Christie Labrie.

Language Note

English .

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Restrictions on Use

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How to Cite This Collection

Rose Labrie papers, 1948- 2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.