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Guide to the Dorathy Bruce Farr papers
The Dorathy Bruce Farr papers
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Guide to the Dorathy Bruce Farr papers

Title

Guide to the Dorathy Bruce Farr papers

Summary

Materials written by and about artist Dorathy Bruce Farr.

Source Format

Batik

Painting

Collection Guide

Date

1965-1989

Repository

Willamette University University Archives and Special Collection

Repository Address

900 State Street; Salem, Oregon; 97301 USA; Phone: 503/370/6764; Fax: 503/370/6141; Email: archives@willamette.edu; URL: http://library.willamette.edu/archives/

Location of Collection

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Collection Number

WUA027

Language

Materials are in English.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged in two series, in chronological order.

Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Dorathy Bruce (1904-1989), also known as Dorathy Bruce Farr, was a Portland painter and batik artist who spent a portion of her career in New York, where she and her husband, the painter Fred Farr, were associated with the Abstract Expressionist group which included Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell. Bruce created murals in New York and Florida and had shows from New Hampshire to New Orleans. Bruce and her husband, Farr, won a grant in the 1940s to work on a mural in the Social Security Building in Washington, D.C. In addition to murals, Bruce worked in lithography, woodblock, pottery and mosaics.

Back in Portland, Dorathy Bruce had shows at the Fountain Gallery and Sally Judd Gallery from the 1960s to the early 1980s before becoming ill and unable to work. She died on August 21, 1989.

Geographic Place Names

Portland, Oregon

Quantity

1 linear foot

Content Description

This collection of papers represents various stages of Dorathy Bruce Farr’s life. There are letters she wrote to a good friend, Rex Amos

news clippings of art show reviews

photographs taken at a party late in her life and a copy of her obituary from The Oregonian in 1989.

Names

Kline, Franz (1910-1962)

Motherwell, Robert (1915-1991)

Pollock, Jackson (1912-1956)

Subject

Portland Art Museum (Or.)

Sally Judd Gallery Art

Portland

Pacific Northwest Artists Archive

Restrictions on Access

Materials are open to researchers.

Restrictions on Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.; For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.; Copyright Information: Before material from collections at Willamette University Archives and Special Collections may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives and Special Collections should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Collection

Finding Aids

Title

The Dorathy Bruce Farr papers