AR.00001 Florence Dibell Bartlett Collection

Collection, MOIFA.AR.00001
1953 – 1989 Bulk date(s)
December 2016 – January 2017 Date(s) of record-keeping activity
1 legal size document box, 2 small flat file boxes, one oversize flat file box
Administrative/Biographical History
Florence Dibell Bartlett (11/11/1881 - 05/03/1954) founded the Museum of International Folk Art in 1948, donating both the building and her own collection of folk art. She also established the International Folk Art Foundation and endowed it with funds which it draws upon to assist the Museum of International Folk Art in a variety of ways. Born in Chicago in 1881 to a wealthy family, she attended Smith College and subsequently devoted much of her life to altruistic endeavors, travel, and the collection and preservation of folk art. Her sister Maie Bartlett Heard founded the Heard Museum in Phoenix; her brother Frederic Clay Bartlett gave a splendid collection of Impressionist art to the Art Institute of Chicago. Following their examples, she donated her ranch, El Mirador at Alcade, NM, to the State and built the Museum of International Folk Art, which opened September 5, 1953. She died by her own hand on May 3, 1954. (Copied from original finding aid, created in September 1997)
Scope and Content
This collection contains biographical information related to Florence Dibell Bartlett, certain members of her family, and her property. There are three matted photographs by Henry Dendahl, and included in the second series are photographs of Miss Bartlett’s collection of textiles and costumes, which were used by the Art Institute of Chicago. There is very little original material in this collection; it is mostly information compiled long after Miss Bartlett’s death.
Contents List
Series 1: Biographical Box 1, Folder 1: Bartlett Family: • Correspondence between MOIFA Librarian Judith Sellars and Pamela Euston about Mrs. Frederick Clay Barton’s Florida house • Frederick Clay Barton death notices Box 1, Folder 2: General Articles: • Florence Dibell Bartlett biography by Mrs. O.R. Sellers • Florence Dibell Bartlett biography (unknown author) • Newspaper profile in the New Mexican • Honor Award from the New Mexico Folklore Society to Florence Dibell Bartlett • Article from Pasatiempo about Countess Alice von Lehmden Box 1, Folder 3: Articles on Death • various newspaper clippings • letter from Albert G. Ely of the Museum of New Mexico Box 1, Folder 4: Commendations • Correspondence regarding receipt and retention of New Mexico Folklore Society Honor Award • Certificate of Appreciation from the People of Santa Fe to Florence Dibell Bartlett Box 1, Folder 5: Interview with Edward R. Murrow (tape transcript) Box 1, Folder 6: 1991 Smith College Exhibition • Letter from Mimi Lempart of the Hillyer Art Library to MOIFA’s Judith Sellars • Smith College Library brochure Box 1, Folder 7: Social Invitations • Invitation to Swedish festival hosted by Florence Dibell Bartlett • Festival program Box 1, Folder 8: MOIFA exhibit booklet – Selections from the Bartlett Collection Box 1, Folder 9: A Tribute to Florence Dibell Bartlett (2 copies) Box 1, Folder 10: Correspondence regarding Florence Dibell Bartlett • Requests for access to Florence Dibell Bartlett’s papers and material about her • Art Institute of Chicago exhibition schedule • Art Institute of Chicago Florence Dibell Bartlett Public Lectures schedule Box 1, Folder 11: Photographs • 3 matted prints of photographs by Henry Dendahl • Box 1, Folder 12: Photo portrait of Miss Bartlett and its negative Box 1, Folder 13: El Mirador Property • 1984 Santa Fe Style article on use of property to host a program for mentally retarded men Series 2: Folk Art Collection Box 2 (oversize): Guatemalan textile photographs Box 3: Bartlett Textile and Costume Collection photographs (Scandinavian) Box 4: Bartlett Textile and Costume Collections photographs (Latin American)
Conditions Governing Access
Contact the Bartlett Library and Archives at the Museum of International Folk Art (505-476-1210) for further information.
Museum of International Folk Art Archives (Florence Dibell Bartlett Collection, AR.00001)
LOC Terms
Textile fabrics [info:lc/authorities/subjects/sh85134321], Clothing and dress [info:lc/authorities/subjects/sh85027160], Collectors and collecting [info:lc/authorities/subjects/sh85028263]
Geographic names
Santa Fe, Chicago
Related people
Museum of International Folk Art (is creator of); Bartlett Library and Archives (was used in); Florence Dibell Bartlett (was used in)