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Walker, Nellie V., Collection, 1901-1973

Nellie V. Walker (1874-1973) Collection,

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The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 1994

Nellie V. Walker (1874-1973) Collection, 1901-1973

Accession Number: 1988.4

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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Nellie V. Walker (1874-1973) Collection, 1901-1973
EXTENT:1 linear foot (2 boxes) and flatfile materials
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:Correspondence, design papers, and photographs document the work of American sculptor Nellie V. Walker and her association with American sculptor Lorado Taft.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Autograph and typescript correspondence, printed papers, an architectural reprographic print, and black and white photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Walker, Nellie V. (1874-1973)
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The majority of the Nellie V. Walker Collection was purchased from a private dealer in 1988. The Friends of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries contributed funds towards its purchase. Other materials were donated to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives by the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art in April 2005.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Nellie Verne Walker (1874-1973) had received no formal training before one of her works--a carved stone bust of Lincoln--was selected for exhibition in the Iowa Building at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. After the exposition her formal training consisted of taking classes at The Art Institute of Chicago and serving as a teaching assistant for Lorado Taft, beginning in 1901. When Taft established the Midway Studios in 1911, Walker moved her studio to join him and occasionally worked on Taft's commissions. The majority of Walker's commissions are located in the Midwest: the Lincoln family monument, near Vincennes, Indiana; grave monuments in Chicago, Cadillac and Battle Creek, Michigan; statues of Chief Keokuk and Iowa Senator James Harlan; and sculptural panels for buildings at the University of Michigan, Sullivan School in Chicago, and the Iowa State Capitol. Walker moved from Chicago to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1948 and produced few sculptures between 1948 and her death in 1973.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
Approximately thirty of Walker's sculptures are represented with black and white photographs in the collection, arranged chronologically. One project--the grave monument and statue of Winfield Scott Stratton, in Colorado Springs--is particularly well documented in correspondence and other business papers. Series III, Personal Papers, contains a certificate, a newspaper article, correspondence, and typescript. Series IV, Lorado Taft Papers, includes portraits of Taft, views of Taft working, group photos of Taft and others, photos of a few of Taft's sculptures, his studio, and some unidentified photographs. Also included are two printed speeches by Taft, newspaper and magazine articles about Taft, and one contract.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: WINFIELD SCOTT STRATTON MONUMENT. Correspondence from Walker to William Lloyd, in chronological order, is followed by correspondence from Virginia Cobb to William Lloyd, in chronological order; thereafter, statue fabrication estimates, in chronological order; a legal agreement, and design documents complete the series.

SERIES II: PHOTOGRAPHS. Divided into two subseries: Walker Artwork and Walker Miscellaneous. The first subseries consists of black and white photographs of Walker's work are listed chronologically by the sculpture's completion date, with an undated sculpture listed at the end of the series.

SERIES III: PERSONAL PAPERS. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES IV: LORADO TAFT PAPERS (SMART MUSEUM GIFT). Divided into three subseries: Photographs and Images, Printed Matter and Business Papers.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Walker, Nellie Verne, 1874-1973
Taft, Lorado, 1860-1936
Sculpture, American--19th century--Photographs
Sculpture, American--20th century--Photographs
Sculptors--United States--Archives

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
ALSautograph letter, signed
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
Flatf.flatfile
n.d.not dated
TLStyped letter, signed

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Nellie V. Walker Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1994. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003 and by Nathaniel Parks in 2005.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
The materials donated by the University of Chicago's Smart Museum were acquired by that institution through a gift of Irma Clark, a cousin of Nellie V. Walker.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: WINFIELD SCOTT STRATTON MONUMENT
CORRESPONDENCE:
Box.FF 1.1
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
TLS. Regarding use of boulder with bust.
10/11/1901 1
Box.FF 1.1
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
TLS. Regarding use of bronze for monument with granite base.
10/05/[1904?] 1
Box.FF 1.1
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding need for information from Stratton estate executors.
11/08/1904 1
Box.FF 1.1
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding contract arrangements.
11/09/1904 1
Box.FF 1.2
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding distinction between monument and statue of Stratton, with comment about stone selection.
08/26/1905 1
Box.FF 1.2
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding Walker's inability to travel to Colorado Springs in fall.
09/02/1905 1
Box.FF 1.2
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding imminent completion of full-size model.
10/30/1905 1
Box.FF 1.2
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding inability to provide estimate until final design completed.
11/06/1905 1
Box.FF 1.2
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
TLS. Regarding estimate for Stratton statue.
12/07/1905 1
Box.FF 1.2
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding pleasure that contract negotiations completed and advising that Walker will send sketches.
12/18/1905 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Enclosing completed and sworn form.
01/06/1906 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Acknowledging receipt of $2000.00 check and expressing concerns about delivery date for bronze casting.
02/05/1906 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Returning contracts and discussing pedestal proportions.
03/20/1906 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Acknowledging receipt of contract with approval of judge.
03/26/1906 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding delayed granite delivery.
05/22/1906 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding need for a necktie of Stratton's.
07/03/1906 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Acknowledging that monument has been shipped.
09/06/1906 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding missing payment for shipping granite.
10/04/1906 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Acknowledging receipt of $250.00 draft.
10/10/1906 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding plaster model nearly ready and discussing plans for additional bronze busts.
10/30/1906 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding difficulty in finding block of Colorado granite.
11/06/1906 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding arrangements for pedestal for statue.
11/15/1906 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding concerns about pedestal design and cost.
11/19/1906 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nellie V. Walker to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding request for Mrs. Cobb's address.
03/08/1906 1
Box.FF 1.4
Virginia S. Cobb to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding uncertainties about her role in selection of artist and about budget limits.
03/11/1905 1
Box.FF 1.4
Virginia S. Cobb to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding several meetings with Nellie Walker in Chicago.
06/08/1905 1
Box.FF 1.4
Virginia S. Cobb to William Lloyd.
ALS. Regarding desire to complete arrangements for Stratton monument before sailing for Europe.
03/27/19-- 1

STATUE FABRICATION ESTIMATES SENT TO WILLIAM LLOYD:
Box.FF 1.5
Tiffany Studios
10/08/1904 1
Box.FF 1.5
Tiffany Studios
11/01/1904 1
Box.FF 1.5
Roman Bronze Works
01/30/1906 1
Box.FF 1.5
Bills Bros.
11/08/1906 1
Box.FF 1.5
Bayha and Bohm Rocky Mountain Monumental Works.
11/1906 1

LEGAL AGREEMENT:
Box.FF 1.5
Agreement between Nellie V. Walker and Executors of Estate of W.S. Stratton.
Typescript. Agreement is unsigned; regarding commission for Walker to provide a bronze portrait statue of Stratton.
n.d. 1

DESIGN DOCUMENTS:
Flatf. 13
Working drawing: statue pedestal elevations.
Blueprint on paper.64 x 49.5 cm.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.6
Specifications for granite Stratton statue pedestal.
Typescript.
n.d. 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: PHOTOGRAPHS

WALKER ARTWORK:
LINCOLN BUST, 1891
Box.FF 1.7
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.7
Bust, with Nellie V. Walker posing.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

WINFIELD SCOTT STRATTON PORTRAIT STATUE, 1907
Box.FF 1.8
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

JAMES HARLAN [SENATOR FROM IOWA] STATUE, 1907
Box.FF 1.9
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.9
Side view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

DELOS AND ESTHER DIGGINS MONUMENT, 1909
Box.FF 1.10
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

CHIEF KEOKUK STATUE, 1913
Box.FF 1.11
One front and two side views.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.11
Side views.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.11
Nellie V. Walker working on statue in studio.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

FRED AND CARRIE DIGGINS MEMORIAL, 1916
Box.FF 1.12
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

MITCHELL FAMILY MONUMENT, 1918
Box.FF 1.13
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

DR. W.F. KING BUST, 1920
Box.FF 1.14
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

ISAAC STEPHENSON MONUMENT, 1921
Box.FF 1.15
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.15
Side view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

IOWA STATE COLLEGE LIBRARY, 1923
Box.FF 1.16
Front façade of building.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.16
Detail views of two relief panels on façade.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 2

ROGER SULLIVAN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 1927
Box.FF 1.17
View of dedication plaque.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

POLISH-AMERICAN WAR MEMORIAL, 1927
Box.FF 1.18
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

ROYAL NEIGHBORS BUILDING, 1928
Box.FF 1.19
Detail view of spandrel over main entrance.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.19
Detail view of pair of panels at third floor.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 2

MYRON LEARNED MEMORIAL, 1928
Box.FF 1.20
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

ELLIS CHILDREN PORTRAIT BAS RELIEF, 1929
Box.FF 1.21
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

1812 TABLET COMMEMORATING ILLINOIS SOLDIERS, 1929
Box.FF 1.22
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

BAS RELIEF OF TWO CHILDREN IN PROFILE [SWIFT FAMILY?], 1929
Box.FF 1.23
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

LINA E. TROENDLE BAS RELIEF, 1929
Box.FF 1.24
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

BARLOW MONUMENT, 1929
Box.FF 1.25
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.25
Side view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.25
Front view of model.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, WOMEN'S BUILDING, 1932
Box.FF 1.26
Façade of building.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.26
Character, front views.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.26
Character, side view of head.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.26
Friendship, front view.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 2

IOWA SUFFRAGE MEMORIAL, IOWA STATE CAPITOL, c.1934
Box.FF 1.26b
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

ABRAHAM LINCOLN MONUMENT NEAR VINCENNES, 1937
Box.FF 1.27
View of monument.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.27
Candid shot of monument with young boy standing in front
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.27
Preliminary model view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

MARY LANNING BUST, 1940
Box.FF 1.28
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

HER SON. PLASTER (?) SCULPTURAL GROUP, 1940
Box.FF 1.29
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

DR. FREDERICK BESLEY MONUMENT, 1946:
Box.FF 1.30
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 2

IN THE SPRINGTIME, RELIEF PANEL FOR CHILD DAY CARE CENTER, 1953
Box.FF 1.31
View of completed sign and detail of model.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 2

COURAGE. STANDING MALE FIGURE, 1965
Box.FF 1.32
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

ST. FRANCIS. STANDING FIGURE, 1965
Box.FF 1.33
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

THE YOUNG DONATELLO. STANDING FIGURE, 1965
Box.FF 1.34
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

THE SECRET. FEMALE (?) HEAD, 1965
Box.FF 1.35
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

CARL GRAY FAMILY MONUMENT, N.D.
Box.FF 1.36
View of monument and of model.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

LORADO TAFT STATUETTE, N.D.
Box.FF 1.36b
Views of model.
Black and white photographs. These photographs were tranferred to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives from the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art in April 2005.
n.d. 2

TO ILLUSTRATE THE INNOCENT COW THAT STARTED THE FIRE, N.D.
Box.FF 1.36b
View of model.
Black and white photograph. This photograph was tranferred to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives from the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art in April 2005.
n.d. 2

WATER FILTRATION PLANT. ENTRANCE FLANKED BY HIGH RELIEF PANELS HEALTH AND HAPPINESS, N.D.
Box.FF 1.37
Front view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1


WALKER MISCELLANEOUS:
Box.FF 1.38
Portrait of J.S. Dickenson.
Black and white photograph. Moffett Studios, photographer.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.38
Interior view of unidentified room, with tall candlesticks and menorahs on mantelpiece.
Black and white photograph. Moffett Studios, photographer. Notation on reverse, "For weddings."
n.d. 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES III: PERSONAL PAPERS
Box.FF 1.39
Irma Clark to Nellie V. Walker.
Postcard. This item were tranferred to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives from the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art in April 2005.
05/1964 1
Box.FF 1.39
"Miss Nellie Verne Walker Made Honorary Citizen of Keokuk, Iowa."
Clipping from unidentified Colorado Springs, Colorado, newspaper.
c.1965 1
Box.FF 1.40
Works of Nellie V. Walker.
Photocopied typescript.
c.1965 1
Box.FF 1.41
Certificate of recognition from Daughters of the American Revolution.
05/12/1973 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES IV: LORADO TAFT PAPERS (SMART MUSEUM GIFT)

PHOTOGRAPHS AND IMAGES:
TAFT PORTRAITS
Box.FF 2.1
Head and full body views, from middle to old age.
Black and white photographs and photomechanical prints.
n.d. 13
Box.FF 2.2
Watercolor (?) portrait with printed Taft signature.
Black and white photomechanical print.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.2
Taft in studio and at work.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 2

GROUP PHOTOS
Box.FF 2.2
Group posing outside Taft's studio (?).
Black and white photograph.
04/1914 1
Box.FF 2.2
Group lunch in Taft's studio.
Black and white photographs. Includes Lorado Taft, Nellie Walker, Paul Felde, Garrière, Miss Fromer, Fred Tarry, Amy, Frank Ingals, Leonard Crunelle, Prasuhn, Clyde Chandler, Henry Fuller, and Kathleen Robinson Ingals.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 2.2
Taft, Walker, and unidentified man standing outside in front of sculpture base.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

TAFT ARTWORK
Box.FF 2.3
Black Hawk, Oregon, IL. Thomas Wood Stevens etching.
Printed.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.3
Black Hawk, Oregon, IL. Exterior perspective view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.3
Fountain of the Great Lakes, Chicago, IL.
Postcard.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.3
Fountain of Time, Chicago, IL. Souvenir card.
Printed.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.3
Solitude of the Soul, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Postcard.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.3
Unidentified sculpture in reflecting pool. Exterior perspective view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

MISCELLANEOUS
Box.FF 2.3
Unidentified exterior views of a building, probably Taft's studio.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 3
Box.FF 2.3
Unidentified birdbath in garden.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1


PRINTED MATTER:
BY TAFT
Box.FF 2.4
"Beauty In American Life." From the inauguration of President Homer Leroy Shantz.
Printed.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.4
"Beauty In the Home Town." Address given at Recreation Congress, Atlantic City, NJ.
Printed.
c.1922 1

ABOUT TAFT
Box.FF 2.5
Newspaper and magazine articles.
Printed.
1917-1965, n.d. 19
Box.FF 2.6
Lorado Taft's Indian Statue Black Hawk. An Account of the Unveiling Ceremonies at Eagles' Nest Bluff, Oregon, Illinois, July the First Nineteen Hundred and Eleven, Frank O. Lowden Presiding. Privately published.
Printed.
1912 1
Box.FF 2.7
Lorado Taft, Sculptor and Citizen. Greensboro, NC: Mary Taft Smith.
Printed.
1946 1

MISCELLANEOUS
Box.FF 2.8
Newspaper and magazine articles regarding other sculptors and Gettysburg Address.
Printed.
n.d. 3


BUSINESS PAPERS:
Box.FF 2.9
Agreement between Loredo Taft Associates and The Patriotic Foundation of Chicago, for the execution and erection of the George Washington, Haym Solomon, Robert Morris Monument.
09/1937 1







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