Florence Dibell Bartlett

Type
Individual
Role
Collector, Donor
Identifier
BartlettFlorenceDibell
Lifespan
1882 – 1954
Statement
"The world is changing rapidly. It would be wise to secure as much Folk Art as possible now--before it is too late." Florence Bartlett to Boaz Long, April 12, 1954. [Retrieved on 12/20/2017 from Bartlett Library vertical file: http://library.internationalfolkart.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=23628]
Publications
General building construction specifications for Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, for Miss Florence Dibell Bartlett, Chicago, Illinois, owner. Meem, Zehner, Holien and Associates, Architects (firm) - Santa Fe, N.M. 1950;Bartlett, Florence Dibell. [General catalog] - Chicago Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co [pref. 1899-1915] ;Bartlett, Florence Dibell. The idea of folk art the Bartlett Collection. [Exhibit, June 22-Sept. 22, 1963 - Santa Fe 1963]
Biography
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. [Retrieved from biography in Bartlett Library vertical file: http://library.internationalfolkart.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=kw&q=Florence Bartlett&offset=25] The magnitude of Florence Dibell Bartlett's gift to the Museum of International Folk Art, and to the people of New Mexico, is so great that it is difficult to assess...She gave us a superb collection of folk art...[S]he built this Museum building, planning with the architects, every part of it, from the way it was to function, to the details such as color and hardware...When she turned it over to the people of New Mexico, she gave part of herself...her generosity led her to establish the International Folk Art Foundation to which she gave nearly two and a half million dollars...for the sole use of the Museum of International Folk Art. [John Gaw Meem remarks made at the presentation to the Museum of the bronze plaque of Florence Dibell Bartlett. Retrieved on 12/20/2017 from Bartlett Library vertical file: http://library.internationalfolkart.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=23628]
Geographic names
Santa Fe, Chicago
Related collection
AR.00001 Florence Dibell Bartlett Collection (is related to)
Related people/organizations
Museum of International Folk Art (is related to)
Truman Bailey (worked with)
John Gaw Meem (worked with)
Boaz Long (worked with)
Robert Bruce Inverarity (worked with)
Related exhibitions/events
A Handmade Planet: The Vision of Florence Bartlett and the Museum of International Folk Art (supplied)
(supplied)
Bonader from the Bartlett Collection (supplied)
The Idea of Folk Art (supplied)