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Velma Adams Papers, Photographs, and Artwork
MS.244  
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Description
Papers and photographs from Velma Adams. Some of the photographs are of the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonials.
Background
Velma Adams (1902-1990) was an American lithographer, etcher, engraver, painter, and sculptor. She was born to Robert Lee Adams and Myrtle Elizabeth (Turner) Adams in Fruita, Colorado 1902 April 4. She attended high school at Northeast High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Adams studied art at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California, the Art Students’ League in New York, and the Grand Central School in New York. Her teachers included Julia Bracken Wendt, Merrell Gage, F. Tolles Chamberlin, Loren Barton, and George Biddle. In 1935, Velma Adams accompanied Dr. Frederick Hodge, director of the Southwest Museum, on a camping trip through the southwestern states of America. During this time, Adams produced numerous sketches of the landscapes and people she encountered. She also attended the 1935 Intertribal Council ceremonies at Gallup, New Mexico. Velma Adams was active in many art associations including the Printmakers Society of California, the California Society of Etchers, the Southern Printmakers Society, the California Art Club, theWomen Painters of theWest, the Los Angeles Art Association, and the Friday Morning Club. In the California Art Club, Adams served as print curator (1939-1940), recording secretary (1943), and was on the board of directors in 1945. She served as the associate chairman of art in 1944 for the Friday Morning Club. Adams’ artwork was exhibited at the Appalachian Museum of Art in Mt. Airy, Georgia, the Los Angeles County Museum of Science and Arts, the California Art Club (1935, 1938), the San Gabriel Artists Guild (1938), the Ebell Salon (1938), the Southwest Museum (1939, 1946), Frances Webb Galleries (1939), the Friday Morning Club (1944), Polytechnic High School (1946), and Occidental College (1946). Adams also received awards from the California Society of Etchers, the California Art Club, the Otis Institute Alumni Association, the Southern Printmakers Society, and the Women Painters of the West. Adams remained active in Los Angeles until the early 1960s. Adams passed away 1990 November 13.
Extent
1.25 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 flat box)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.