Beaux Arts Fund Committee Records
Scope and Contents
This is mainly a collection of promotional material for the Beaux Arts Balls and Fairs held in Davenport, Iowa to raise funds for the Davenport Museum of Art. It includes black and white photographic prints with identification from several balls in the 1960s, programs and tickets from 1956-1970, newspaper items and a bit of correspondence regarding borrowing copies of the British Crown Jewels to display at one of the balls in 1962. The original 1953 articles of incorporation are included as well as an undated set of by-laws.
- Creation: 1953-1970
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Biographical / Historical
The Beaux Arts Fund Committee, Inc., was incorporated November 2, 1953 as a fund-raising support group for the Davenport Museum of Art. There were 22 people listed as incorporators, most well-known of which was the Davenport sculptor Isabel Bloom.
The Committee organized Beaux Arts Balls as their fund-raiser for many years. Each event had an original theme that guided the creative costumes that patrons wore. In 1967, Ed Voss, who had chaired most of the balls, suggested staging a weekend art fair instead. The direction of their fund-raiser changed from then on. [Source: http://www.beauxartsfair.com/history.html Accessed June 9, 2017]
0.23 Linear Feet (in 1 legal 2.5" manuscript box.)
Language of Materials
Range 41 Shelf 05
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Davenport IA 52801-1490 United States