Paul E. Barr Papers, 1928-1955
Primary Creator: Barr, Paul E. (1892-1953)
Extent: 4.25 Linear Feet
Paul Everett Barr was born November 25, 1892, in Tipton County, Indiana. Barr's first exhibit was at the St. Louis Exposition in 1904, when he was only 11 years old. Barr grew up on an Indiana farm until he graduated from Tipton High School in 1911. He attended eight colleges and universities and received both A.B. and M.A. degrees. He received a Brevet de Histoire de l'Art et Archeologie from the University of Paris and also studied at the Sorbonne under a foreign scholarship from the Institute of International Education. He married the former Margaret Libby (daughter of Orin G. Libby) on June 8, 1932. Barr was the first artist to paint extensively in the North Dakota Badlands. This region appealed to him greatly because of its grandeur and majesty. He also traveled extensively in America and abroad, and painted everywhere he went.
His work was displayed throughout the country, including Grand Forks, Chicago, Miami, Washington D.C., New York City, "Rockefeller Center," Kansas City, and West Palm Beach, Florida. For nine years Barr was state chairman for American Art Week. During that time, North Dakota received two national awards, and several names of artists in the state were added to the Honor Roll of the American Artists Professional League. Barr received this citation of honor in 1947. Barr also headed the Art Department at the University of North Dakota from 1928 until his death on December 22, 1953. He was in a Grand Forks hospital due to a stroke he suffered on December 14. Before his death, he researched the history of artists in the state for a book titled North Dakota Artists. The book was published posthumously in 1954.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Method: Donation; the original acquisition records are unavailable
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Paul E. Barr Papers. OGLMC 32, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid migrated to Archon in February 2015.
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- Box 1
- Folder 1: General correspondence, 1928-1955
- Folder 2: Art and war: poetry, notes, editorials and newspaper and magazine articles
- Folder 3: Federal Emergency Relief Administration
- Folder 4: Delta Phi Delta Art Fraternity
- Folder 5: Levan West (Ivan Dmitri), Einar Olstad, and Ted Cornell: biographies, magazine and newspaper clippings
- Folder 6: Magazine articles - North Dakota artists and their work
- Folder 7: Newspaper clippings
- Folder 8: "Art in North Dakota," first draft of proposed book by Paul E. Barr
- Folder 9: North Dakota Artists: first draft
- Folder 10: North Dakota Artists: first draft
- Folder 11: North Dakota Artists: research material
- Folder 12: North Dakota Artists: drawing and pictures.
- Folder 13: American Art Week in North Dakota: 1947
- Folder 14: American Art Week in North Dakota: awards, clippings and miscellaneous.
- Folder 15: American Art Week in North Dakota: 1941-1952, correspondence, bulletins, awards, exhibits, and reports
- Folder 16: American Art Week in North Dakota: 1941-1952, correspondence, bulletins, awards, exhibits, and reports
- Folder 17: Hoosier Solon Shows at UND: 1931-1935, correspondence, annual reports, newspaper clippings and miscellaneous
- Folder 18: Hoosier Solon Shows at UND: 1931-1935, correspondence, annual reports, newspaper clippings and miscellaneous
- Folder 19: Art in North Dakota and the United States: pamphlets and books
- Folder 20: Biographical Information, 1938
- Folder 21: Wilder Bequest of T. Moran Etchings and Pierre Cot Engraving, 1943-1946 and Huntington Bequest of Bronze Statue "Elephants Fighting", 1941
- Folder 22: Amidon Bequest-Painting by Margarethe Heisser, 1950-1953
- Folder 23: Ryan Bequest-Painting, "The Magdalen", 1953
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