Florence Dibell Bartlett

Collector, Donor
1882 – 1954
Following the example of her father, Adolphus Clay Bartlett, who owned a successful hardware company in Chicago, Florence Dibell Bartlett was a generous and principled philanthropist with a strong sense of civic responsibility. Referring to herself as a “civic worker” rather than a “philanthropist,” Bartlett supported numerous causes, including the Eleanor Clubs, which provided housing, education, and employment counseling for working women; the Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago; and the American Scandinavian Society. Living in a time of widespread industrialization, Bartlett championed the handmade. The Museum of International Folk Art was a final and lasting act of generosity before her death in May 1954, 8 months after the opening of the museum.
Geographic names
Santa Fe, Chicago
Related collection
AR.00001 Florence Dibell Bartlett Collection (is related to)
Related person/organization
Museum of International Folk Art (is related to)