Martyl papers


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

Unprocessed. Papers of the artist Martyl Langsdorf, often known simply by her first name, including approximately 7 linear feet of correspondence, printed papers, sketchbooks, reference files and audio and visual documentation.

Biographical Historical Note

Martyl (professional name of Martyl Suzanne Schweig Langsdorf) was born in St. Louis and studied at Washington University in St. Louis. She painted abstract landscape paintings and murals. Though primarily a painter, Martyl worked across a variety media including painting, printmaking, drawing and stained-glass. Her husband, physicist Alexander Langsdorf, Jr. worked on the Manhattan Project and helped found the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Martyl created the image of the Doomsday Clock for the cover of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Elizabeth H. Paepcke Papers, University of Chicago Library.