Kay Smith papers
MSSmit01

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Smith, Kay
Title
Kay Smith papers
ID
MSSmit01
Date [inclusive]
1976-1996
Extent
4.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Kay Smith, a native of Illinois, was a professional artist who specialized in watercolors and produced several works dealing with U.S. historic sites, landmarks and events. She is noted for producing an "American Legacy," a collection of 250 paintings that depict American history. The Kay Smith Papers include material about her art exhibits, other aspects of her professional work, and related materials such as clippings, published articles, press releases, proclamations, personal statements, brochures, flyers, invitations, postcards, correspondence, memoranda, grant proposals, application forms, biographical information, resumes, maps, lists of paintings, publishers, and literary agents.

Preferred Citation

Kay Smith papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Kay Smith, a native of Illinois, was a professional artist who specialized in watercolors and produced several works dealing with U.S. historic sites, landmarks and events. She is noted for producing an "American Legacy," a collection of 250 paintings that depict American history. She served as artist in residence at Millikin University and the Northwestern Military & Naval Academy (Geneva, Wis.) and was named the 1994 Artist Laureate of Illinois. Smith produced many major exhibits and received several awards from organizations such as the Municipal Art League of Chicago and the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge.

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Scope and Contents

The Kay Smith Papers include material about her art exhibits, other aspects of her professional work, and related materials such as clippings, published articles, press releases, proclamations, personal statements, brochures, flyers, invitations, postcards, correspondence, memoranda, grant proposals, application forms, biographical information, resumes, maps, lists of paintings, publishers, and literary agents. Some miscellaneous items such as a Millikin University course catalog, Richland Community College brochure and map, brochures from the Northwestern Military & Naval Academy and related items are also included in this collection. Folders are arranged in chronological order except for oversize material.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives May 2005

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

Acquisition Information

Helen C. Schubert donated these papers to the University of Illinois in 2001.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Smith, Kay -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Artists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
  • Chicago Design History.
  • Midwest Women's History.
  • Women artists.
  • Women painters.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Kay Smith Papers 

Box Folder

Clippings - Exhibit reviews, 1976-1988 

1 1

Clippings, issue of Horse Digest, 1978-1988 

1 2

Clippings, 1986 

1 3

Brochures - American Legacy Collection, 1987-1994 

1 4

Programs, invitations, brochures, 1987-1995 

1 5

Press releases, post-cards, memoranda, 1988 

1 6

Clippings, correspondence, press releases, 1989-1993 

1 7

Exhibit/lecture fee schedules, memoranda, correspondence, flyers, forms, 1989-1994 

1 8

Press releases, clippings, published articles, 1989-1995 

1 9

Press releases, clippings, invitations, flyers, Illinois History in Watercolor Exhibit programs, art price lists, 1990-1994 

1 10

Illinois History in Watercolor Exhibit - Programs, Press releases, name cards, invitations, flyers, clippings, 1990-1991 

1 11

Photographs, 1990-1993 

1 12

Biographical sketch, clippings, brochures, 1994-1996 

2 13

Correspondence, memoranda, clippings, published articles, exhibit proposals, 1991-1995 

2 14

Flyers, brochures, correspondence, published articles, 1991-1995 

2 15

Millikin University Exhibit - Postcards, press releases, correspondence, memoranda, clippings, flyers, programs, Millikin University course catalog, map, list of works, 1991-1992 

2 16

Clippings, correspondence, and published articles, 1992 

2 17

Illinois Victory '92 - Invitations, photographs, programs, press releases, 1992 

2 18

Follow the Footsteps event responses, guest lists, 1992 

2 19

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba & The House of Domecq Exhibition, June 29 - July 2, 1992 - Name cards, memoranda, invitations, press releases, correspondence, guest lists, proclamation, flyers, 1992 

2 20

Speeches, presentations, 1993 

2 21

Richland Community College Exhibit - College brochure, map, correspondence, 1993 

2 22

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois - Clippings, correspondence, memoranda, press releases, laureate nomination forms, invitations, invitation list, 1993-1994 

2 23

Correspondence, text for brochures, revisions, 1993-1994 

2 24

Correspondence, list of Illinois publishers, literary agents, 1993-1994 

2 25

Illinois Artisans Program - Name cards, memoranda, correspondence, postcards, slide lists, K. Smith biography, 1993-1995 

2 26

Illinois Arts Council - Grant proposal, biography, resume, slide lists, tax bills, fellowship applications, catalogs, correspondence, memoranda, photocopy of passport, 1993-1997 

2 27

Press releases, 1994 

2 28

Northwestern Military & Naval Academy, July 3-31 Artist in Residence - Correspondence, maps, photographs, clippings, published articles, press releases, reviews, lists of paintings, copies of brochures, 1994 

2 29

Northwestern Military & Naval Academy - Flyers, brochures, 1994 

2 30

Daley Center Exhibit, October 1994 - Flyers, correspondence, exhibit agreement forms, 1994 

2 31

D-Day Exhibit - Press releases, correspondence, memoranda, postcards, clippings, exhibit guidelines, program, flyers, project planner, and NUC-1 instructions, 1994 

2 32

Biographical information, resumes, 1994 

3 33

Personal statements re. mission of the artist, 1994-1995 

3 34

Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Visual Artist Fellowship - Application forms, press releases, memoranda, 1994-1995 

3 35

Clippings, correspondence, proposals for exhibits, brochure, 1994-1996 

3 36

Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest - Correspondence, press releases, schedules, lists of participants, 1995 

3 37

"American Legacy Collection" Exhibit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Correspondence, memoranda, biography, flyers, lists of paintings, catalogs, clippings, published articles, 1995 

3 38

"62+ Arts North Exhibition - Photographs, flyers, press releases, memoranda, exhibit descriptions, 1995 

3 39

Correspondence, memoranda, brochure, 1995 

3 40

Broward Center for the Performing Arts - Calendars, 1995 

3 41

Artist's Lecture at the Elder Hostel - Correspondence, press releases, 1995-1996 

3 42

Correspondence, 1995-1996 

3 43

Press Releases, 1995-1996 

3 44

World's Women On-Line - Correspondence, postcards, flyers, press releases, clippings, memoranda, entry forms, 1995-1996 

3 45

Canton, Ohio Exhibit - Correspondence, memoranda, published articles, 1995-1996 

3 46

Correspondence, brochures, clippings, 1994-1996 

3 47

Clippings (oversized), brochures, proclamation, 1986-1995 

3 50

International Museum of Peace & Solidarity Exhibit, Uzbekistan, USSR - Correspondence, 1995-1996 

3 48

Exhibition Proposal for "America's Past Revisited", undated 

3 49

Clippings (oversized), 1987-1995 

3 51

Art collecting and business - Clippings (oversized), published articles, 1988-1994 

3 52

Chicago '93 Exhibit - Flyers, guest lists, press releases, price lists, memoranda, correspondence, name cards, invitations, brochures, postcards, clippings (oversized), 1992-1993 

3 53

Rural scenes - Clippings (oversized), published articles, memoranda, 1994-1995 

3 54
Oversize

Clippings, 1980-1995 

Folder 55

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