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Beaux Arts, Incorporated

Identifier: 2004-71

Scope and Contents

Scrapbooks containing newsclippings, publicity, and photographs of Balls (1953-1966) and Fairs (1967-1974); 120 color slides of balls


  • Creation: 1953-1974


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This collection is open for research.

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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: Accessed June 9, 2017]


3 Box(es) (2 oversized boxed scrapbooks and 6 slide sheets in small box)

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Physical Location

Range 42 Section 1

Immediate Source of Acquisition


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Repository Details

Part of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center Repository

321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490 United States

About the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center:

The Special Collections Department of the Davenport Public Library was established in 1982. In November of 1999, the newly renovated department opened to better serve its community and was renamed the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. The Center acquires, arranges, describes, preserves, and makes available local history and genealogical materials concentrating on those pertaining to Davenport, Scott County, and Eastern Iowa.

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