Ralph Fletcher Seymour 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

1.0 folders of material consisting of Ralph Fletcher Seymour’s correspondence with Harry Kriewitz on the subject of bookplate design. The folder also includes 5 bookplates created by Seymour.

Biographical Historical Note

Ralph Fletcher Seymour was an American artist, author, and publisher of the late nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. Seymour was born in Milan, Illinois, and studied in Cincinnati with Lewis Meakin and Vincent Nowattny, and later in Paris as well. He taught decorative illustration at the Art Institute of Chicago. Fletcher painted, and produced etchings, woodcuts and block prints and he was a noted designer of bookplates. Though long based in Chicago, he was also noted for his work in the American Southwest; he studied, wrote about, and portrayed the Native American cultures of the region.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Bookplate collection, Chicago History Museum.