Paul Strayer papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1931–1976
Survey Repository: 

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

1.25 linear feet of material including correspondence and copies of a screenplay entitled "The Castle Inn" from Paul Strayer, a Chicago-area painter and illustrator of historical themes. The correspondence is between Strayer and various friends, relatives, authors, and people involved in reproducing his art, such as magazine, newspaper and encyclopedia editors. Topics include his own work, the work of other artists, his childhood experiences in Park Ridge, Illinois, and his conservative social and political views.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Park Ridge, Illinois, Paul Strayer studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He was a painter and illustrator who specialized in Western subjects. He was also a photographer and designed his own home in River Forest, Illinois.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Paul Strayer Collection, Polish Museum of America.