The papers of Greta Kempton document her personal life, her career as an artist, her financial affairs, and her associations with President Harry S. Truman and other prominent individuals whose portraits she painted. The series also contains materials relating to financial and legal records (including appraisals of many of Kempton's paintings) and family correspondence.
Size: 8 linear feet, 9 linear inches (about 16,000 pages).
Copyright: The Truman Library Institute, which was Kempton's residual legatee, has donated its copyright interest in any unpublished writings in this collection to the people of the United States. Documents prepared by U.S. Government employees in the course of their official duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in documents that do not fall into these two categories is presumed to remain with the writers of the documents.
Processed by: Randy Sowell, Sam Rushay, Dennis Bilger, Monica Milliren, and Patrick Osborn (1997); Aaron Davis, David Clark, and Jan Davis (2014); Jim Armistead, Doug McClellan and David Clark (2015-2016).
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1901 (March 22)
Born, Vienna, Austria
Emigrated to the United States
Student, National Academy of Design and Art Students League, New York City
Commissioned to paint portraits of Drucie Snyder, Treasury Secretary John Snyder, Margaret Truman, and President Harry S. Truman (the official White House portrait)
Democratic National Committee distributed hundreds of thousands of prints of official White House portrait as part of Truman reelection campaign
1949, February 5
One-woman show opened at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1949, February 21
Portrait of Truman in Masonic regalia (as Grand Master of Missouri) presented to the President, Hotel Statler, Washington, DC
Painted additional portraits of Mr. Truman, Bess Truman, Margaret Truman, and several Truman administration officials
Named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London
Bess Truman portrait presented to the White House
"Greta Kempton: Forty Years on Canvas" exhibition at the Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Missouri
1991, December 10
Died, New York City
The papers of Greta Kempton document her personal life, her career as an artist, her financial affairs, and her associations with President Harry S. Truman and other prominent individuals whose portraits she painted. The series also contains materials relating to financial and legal records (including appraisals of many of Kempton's paintings) and family correspondence. The papers consist of one series, a Subject File.
The Subject File contains extensive personal correspondence from Kempton's friends, along with material documenting her career as an artist, her social life, and her financial affairs. There are documents related to John Snyder and his family; Senator Carter Glass of Virginia and his family; Postmaster General Robert Hannegan; Postmaster General Jesse Donaldson; Secretary of the Interior Julius Krug; Secretary of the Air Force Stuart Symington; and His Eminence Samuel Cardinal Stritch of Chicago. These files contain correspondence, particularly with John and Drucie Snyder. Also included is information concerning exhibitions of Kempton's work and her memberships in a variety of organizations. Additional materials consist of contracts for portraits painted by Kempton during the early stages of her career and "Sketchbooks" and "Sketches" that include some of her original drawings.
Other documents consist of letters and postcards to Kempton from her daughter Daisy Dickson and her grandson Albert d'Ossche, with related materials. Also included are correspondence, printed materials, and other items documenting Kempton's relations with President Truman and the Harry S. Truman Library. Much of this material concerns a 1987 exhibition of Kempton's work at the Library. Additional materials relate to Kempton's career as an artist and to her investments. The series includes appraisals of the monetary value of Kempton's paintings, checkbooks, and material relating to Kempton's apartment in Manhattan. The series includes scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, exhibit brochures, periodicals, and other publications reflecting the development of Kempton's career as a painter and her interest in the work of other artists.
More information about Greta Kempton can be found in other collections at the Truman Library: the Greta Kempton oral history interview conducted by the Truman Library; Truman Presidential Papers (Official File 1446) and Post-Presidential Papers (General Correspondence File and Outgoing Correspondence File); John W. Snyder Papers; and Snyder's oral history interview). The Truman Library's museum collection includes several of Kempton's paintings.
|SUBJECT FILE, 1938-1991
Correspondence, printed materials, newspaper clippings, financial records, contracts, sketches, handwritten notes, and other materials documenting Kempton's artistic career, personal life, and financial affairs. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
- Address Books
- Adelphi University [1 of 2]
- Adelphi University [2 of 2]
- American Biographical Institute
- American Federation of Arts
- American Newspaper Women's Club Reception
- Anderson, Polly
- Andreoli, Emita
- Anslinger, Harry J.
- Apartment Data
- Appointment Book, 1970
- Appointment Book, 1971
- Appointment Book, 1987
- Appraisals and Other Financial Records
- Appraisals-Dorothy White Estate
- Appraisals-Fine Art
- Appraisals-Marjorie Neil Krug
- Art Association of Harrisburg, PA.
- Art Associations-General
- Art Donations [Subscriptions]
- Art in the Embassies--U.S. Department of State
- Art Supplies
- Artists [Exhibits]
- Artists' Fellowship Inc.
- Artists Welfare Fund Inc.
- Awards and Certificates
- Baradel, Edith and Joseph
- Batchelder, Barbara Ellen and William
- Bates, Franklin A.
- Beinecke, Edwin J.
- Bennett, Betty and Richard
- Biographical Information
- Boas, Gus and Grace
- Brazilian Court Hotel
- Broady, John G. (Steve)
- Burns, Gene A.
- Burr Artists
- Business Cards [Membership Cards]
- Canton Art Institute
- Cash Receipts, Disbursements
- Cashman, Gideon & Kathy
- Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
- Chemical Bank New York Trust Company
- Childers, Evelyn
- Christmas Card List
- Christmas Correspondence
- Christmas Lists
- Clark, Betty Woodworth
- Cleveland Museum of Art
- Clifford, Clark
- Clippings [1 of 2]
- Clippings [2 of 2]
- Colloquium [Money Management Institute, 1970]
- Compton, Wilson and Family
- Contracts for Paintings
- Corcoran Gallery of Art
- Crosby, May
- Cross Reference Sheets
- David, Pierre
- Dewey, Thomas E.
- Diller, Mary Black
- Disney Productions
- Dividends and Deposits
- Dixon, Jeane L.
- Donaldson, Jesse
- Draper, Williams
- Drivers License
- Editions Publisol
- Eifert, French and Company [1 of 2]
- Eifert, French and Company [2 of 2]
- Eli [Eli Zivan portrait]
- Elliman, Douglas
- Engel, Michael
- English Speaking Union
- Equity General, Inc.