Malvina Hoffman papers

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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

Approximately 1 linear foot (19 folders) of material relating to Malvina Hoffman’s work on bronze busts for The Field Museum’s Hall of Man, consisting of correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, statements of expenditures, notes about preparing the models for exhibition, and papers about the sale of bronzes, copyright, proposals to syndicate photographs of the sculptures, etc. The collection also includes an audio cassette and 19 reels of 16mm film that were intended to be a working tool, equivalent to an artist's sketchbook.

Biographical Historical Note

Malvina Hoffman was an American figural sculptor who worked in bronze, marble, and plaster. In 1929 Hoffman was commissioned to create approximately 100 bronze busts, individual heads, and full figures depicting the races of man for The Field Museum's Hall of Man. She traveled around the world for 2 years gathering material, and worked on the sculptures in her Paris studio.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Paul Strayer Collection, Polish Museum of America; Shedd Aquarium Archives, Shedd Aquarium.