John Drury-Marion Neville 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

22 linear feet (50 boxes and 1 oversize box)  of material consisting of correspondence, clippings, manuscripts, artwork, personal materials, and photographs of author and journalist John Drury, and his wife, journalist and painter Marion Neville. The collection includes correspondence between Marion Neville and poet and artist Mark Turbyfill and artist Gertrude Abercrombie, as well as artwork by Neville and by Emil Armin.

Biographical Historical Note

John Drury was a Chicago newspaper columnist, poet, and author of several books on Chicago and the Midwest. Drury and his wife, Marion Neville, belonged to the 57th Street artists colony in Hyde Park. During the 1950s and 1960s Marion became an amateur artist and had paintings shown in a few local exhibitions when the couple was living in Chesterton, Indiana.