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Betts, Louis, Collection, 1918-1994

Louis Betts (1873-1961) Collection,

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Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 1998

Louis Betts (1873-1961) Collection, 1918-1994

Accession Number: 1997.3

Electronic access to this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Louis Betts (1873-1961) Collection, 1918-1994
EXTENT:.5 linear foot (1 box)
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:Documents and images of work by portrait painter Louis Betts and about research done on his work.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Printed papers, typescript papers, holograph papers, correspondence, black and whitephotographic prints, black and white slides and color transparencies.
ORIGINATION: Professor William D. Pattison
gathered these documents while researching the Betts portraits in the University of Chicago's collections.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The collection was donated by Prof. William D. Pattison, of the University of Chicago, in September 1997.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Louis Betts was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 5, 1873. Son of painter Edward D. B. Betts, Louis left school at an early age to study painting with his father. He studied at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and subsequently at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1894 to 1895. He also studied in New York under William Merritt Chase. In 1903, Betts received the Cresson Fellowship for travel, and spent the following two years studying the work of Frans Hals in the Netherlands, and Velasquez in Spain, developing his interest in portraiture.

In 1906, Louis Betts returned to Chicago, where he worked until 1910. At this time, he moved to New York, where he spent the remainder of his life. He died in Bronxville, New York on August 13, 1961.

Betts established himself as a prominent society portraitist during his career. His work has been exhibited at the National Academy of Design since 1902, at Macbeth Galleries in New York (1908), and at the Carnegie Institute (1910), where he received Honorable Mention. He served as president of Salmagundi Club from 1933 to 1935, and vice-president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He was also a member of the National Arts Club and Century Association. A retrospective of his work was held at John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis in 1942.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The collection consists of correspondence, published and unpublished matter, photographs and transparencies.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
This material is arranged alphabetically by subject matter.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Betts, Louis, 1873-1961
Betts, Louis, 1873-1961--Correspondence
Portrait painting, American--20th century--Sources
Portrait painters--United States--Archives

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.not dated

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:
Louis Betts 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 1998. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2002.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

PORTRAITS:
Box.FF 1.1
Armellini, Professor.
Correspondence and slide.
01/1994, , n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.2
Betts, Louis (self-portrait).
Correspondence, published and unpublished papers and photographic prints.
1934-1993, , n.d. 13
Box.FF 1.3
Cortissoz, Royal.
Published and illustratedpaper.
1997, , n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.4
Mills, Luther Laflin.
Correspondence, published, unpublished and illustratedpapers.
1952-1956, , n.d. 5
Box.FF 1.5
Pattison, James William.
Published papers, handwritten notes, a photographic print and color transparency.
[1961-1962], , n.d. 5
Box.FF 1.6
Tarkington, Booth.
Correspondence, published papers and a photographic print.
1918-1993, , n.d. 8

IMAGES:
Box.FF 1.7
A child of the sun.
Miscellaneous papers and color transparency. N.B. Frontispiece, What is an arrow more or less?, by Betts.
05/1993-06/1993, , n.d. 5

CATALOGUES:
Box.FF 1.8
American Art in the Union League Club of Chicago, A Centennial Exhibition.
1980 1
Box.FF 1.9
One Hundred Years, 1887-1987, Catalog of the Collection, Union League Club of Chicago.
1987 1
Box.FF 1.10
A Portrait of Chicago Banking, Chicago Clearing House Association, 1865-1990.
1990 1

MISCELLANEOUS:
Box.FF 1.11
Miscellaneous papers.
1995, , n.d. 3
Box.FF 1.12
Miscellaneous publications.
1937-1993 3



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