Paul Strayer 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

0.5 linear feet of material consisting of letters written to pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski and from his secretary. Included are texts of speeches by Strayer on the topic of Paderewski, sketches, and a scrapbook of musical programs and clippings with Strayer’s personal comments and sketches, as well a letter to sculptor Malvina Hoffman and a reply by Hoffman concerning a bust of Paderewski.

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. Strayer was a great fan of pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski and attended many of his concerts. Malvina Hoffman was an American figural sculptor who worked in bronze, marble, and plaster.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Paul Strayer Papers, Chicago History Museum; Malvina Hoffman Papers, The Field Museum.