Anne Spicer papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1916–1942
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

3 boxes (1.5 linear feet) of materials consisting of the papers of Anne Higginson Spicer, especially relating to her poetry and other writings and publications. A small volume of material relates to the creation of a memorial to Spicer in her hometown of Kenilworth, Illinois, including correspondence with Sylvia Shaw Judson and Ruth Sherwood, sketches by Sherwood for the sculpture she made for the memorial, and a small number of photographs of Anne Spicer and her husband, Vibe Spicer, their home and garden, Anne’s “pottery gargoyles,” and Vibe’s carved wood weathervanes and toy Viking ships.

Biographical Historical Note

Anne Higginson Spicer was a poet who lived with her husband, Vibe Spicer, in Kenilworth, Illinois. The two were active in the arts and crafts movement in Kenilworth at the turn of the 20th century, founding the local Arts and Craft Guild and working in pottery, copper, brass and wood. A memorial to Anne Spicer created in 1938 featured a garden sculpture by Ruth Sherwood.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Kenilworth Assembly Hall Association Records, Kenilworth Historical Society.