The C.A. Seward and Prairie Print Makers Collection
||The C.A. Seward and Prairie Print Makers Collection
||.5 linear feet
||Donation of Carole Gardener and Barbara J.
||JRB, 05-06-2008; LMA, 05-23-2013; LMM, 05-23-13; LMM 2-3-2015
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This collection consists mostly of correspondence,
exhibition programs, publications and news clippings documenting the career
of Wichita visual artist C. A. (Coy Avon) Seward. This collection also contains
correspondence, art work, membership materials, publications and news clippings
documenting the formation and activities of the Prairie Print Makers. Seward
was a founding member of this organization which brought together diverse
artists throughout the Midwest.
C. A. (Coy Avon) Seward was born on March 3, 1884,
in Chase (Rice County), Kansas. After studying at Bethany College in Lindsborg,
Kansas, under the artist Birger Sandzen, Seward worked as a commercial artist
for many years and became well known for his lithographs and prints. Many
of his works were displayed at prestigious museums during his lifetime,
including the Smithsonian, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bibliothèque
Nationale. Seward’s active promotion of the Prairie Print Makers provided
a venue for many artists from not only the Midwest but elsewhere in the
United States. Seward died on January 31, 1939.
Detailed Description: Series Listing
||Box 1 FF 1-2
||Biographical Material on C. A. Seward. This series
contains biographical information on Kansas artist C.A. Seward,
||Box 1 FF 3
||Writings of C. A. Seward. This series contains
reproductions of writings by Seward, 1928-1936.
||Box 1 FF 4
||Professional Correspondence. This series contains
letters to Seward documenting the correspondents’ professional
||Box 1 FF 5
||History of the Prairie Print Makers. This series
contains information on the history and organization of the Prairie
Print Makers, 1930-1988.
||Box 1 FF 6
||Correspondence of James Swann. This series contains
correspondence of Prairie Print Maker James Swann sent mostly from
other writers, including C. A. Seward, 1936-1951.
||Box 1 FF 7
||Selected Art of the Prairie Print Makers. This
series contains a catalog of gift prints and reproductions of drypoint
prints from members of the Prairie Print Makers, 1931-1965.
Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing
Series 1 ‒ Biographical Material on C. A. Seward
||Kansas Magazine issue containing the article “C.
A. Seward-Promoter of Kansas Art” by Birger Sandzen, 1937,
and a reproduction of the article. Biographical summary of Seward’s
professional and personal accomplishments, including memberships
and publications. Timeline of Kansas history, 1870-1940, with quotations
from prominent artists such as Thomas Hart Benton and Alfred Stiglitz,
1907-1941. List of honors, awards, and exhibits of C. A. Seward.
Notes on Seward compiled by his daughter Mildred Seward. List of
Seward prints, oil paintings, water colors, and etchings, 1915-1937.
Draft of “The Prairie Printmakers” exhibition catalog
by Barbara Thompson (Seward’s granddaughter), 1981.
||Reproductions of Kansas Magazine covers designed
by Seward and examples of his commercial art created while art editor
of the publication, c. 1909. Examples of commercial artwork, including
a reproduction of a Kansas postcard designed for National Postcard
Day, 1911-1912. Reproduction of Being a Collection of Woodcuts,
Drawings and Paintings of C. A. Seward, 1923 Program reproduction
for an exhibition of paintings and prints by Kansas artists at the
Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University, 1925. Program reproduction
of the First Annual Exhibition of the Artists Guild of Wichita,
December 5-22, 1925, and newspaper article about the formation of
the guild, n.d. Reproduction of “Three Men of Kansas: Sandzen,
Seward and Hall in the Paris Exposition” by Lloyd C. Foltz
in The Western Art Magazine, December 1928. News clippings on Seward’s
exhibits, honors, and activities as a commercial and studio artist,
including publication of his book, Metal Plate Lithography, 1921-1991,
and n.d. News clipping, “Art Shop is Wichita’s Latest
Contribution toward Furthering Things Purely Artistic,” by
Birger Sandzen which details the opening of Seward’s art shop
in Wichita, n.d. News clippings on favorable recognition of Seward’s
print, “On the Road to the Pueblo,” at the First International
Exhibitions of Lithographs and Wood Engravings at the Art Institute
of Chicago, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and at
museums in Australia; and reproduction of a gift acceptance from
the Art Institute of Chicago for Seward’s zinc plates, tools,
prints, and crayons, for display in a lithography process case,
n.d. News clippings on Seward’s art work on exhibition, including
at the National Academy of Design in New York, the Bibliothèque
Nationale in Paris, and the Smithsonian, and Seward’s selection
for the 1930-1931 edition of Who’s Who in America, c. 1923-1931.
News clippings of Seward’s obituary, n.d. Exhibition programs
from The Graphic Art of C. A. Seward and The Acrylics of Helen Seward
Solter, n.d. Wichita Art Museum newsletter announcing a luncheon
lecture of Seward’s work, November/December 1991.
Series 2 ‒ Writings of C. A. Seward
||Reproduction of Seward’s article, “American
Block Prints,” which originally appeared in the American Magazine
of Art, 1928. Reproduction of Seward’s article, “Print
Collecting: A Cultural Adventure That May Be Made a Profitable Commercial
Experience,” from The Western Art Magazine, March 1929. Reproduction
of Seward’s article, “Starting a Collection of Prints:
First Steps for the Beginner in This Altogether Delightful Pursuit,”
from The Western Art Magazine, April 1929. Reproduction of Seward’s
article, “The Care of Prints: Some Suggestions for Beginners
Gleaned from the Experience of Old Collectors,” from The Western
Art Magazine, June 1929. Reproduction of Seward’s article,
“An Easy Way to Make a Lithograph,” from School Arts,
March 1936. Enjoy Your Museum, 11G: Lithographs by C. A. Seward,
Series 3 ‒ Professional Correspondence
||List of correspondence received by C. A. Seward,
including the year and author of each letter, 1922-1938. Original
copies and reproductions of letters to Seward documenting the correspondents’
professional activities; these letters are separate from correspondence
related to the Prairie Print Makers, 1922-1938. Unsigned description
of the physical appearance and character of John Noble, a colleague
of Seward, n.d.
Series 4 ‒ History of the Prairie Print Makers
||News clipping on the formation of the Prairie
Print Makers, n.d. Photograph of Charter Members of the Prairie
Print Makers in Lindsborg, Kansas, 1930. Reproduction of an article,
“American Prints To Be Shown in Italy,” by Alice Lee
Parker from The American Magazine Of Art, October 1931. Documents
and correspondence about members and membership in the Prairie Print
Makers, including a brochure and membership card, c. 1931-1938.
Letter to W. M. Dickerson from Seward regarding the formation of,
and membership in, the Prairie Print Makers, 1931. Letter to Seward
from Maynard Dixon declaring membership in the Prairie Print Makers,
1934.Letter to Seward from John Stewart Curry declaring membership
in the Prairie Print Makers, 1938. Letter to Seward from Swigart
Paper Company regarding paper samples, n.d. Correspondence from
Arthur W. Hall and James Swann about officers and membership activities
of the Prairie Print Makers, including its disbandment, 1944-1966.
Incomplete list of the Prairie Print Makers members and founders
to 1936, compiled in 1981. News clipping on Arthur W. Hall’s
artistic career and awards, n.d. Letter from Herschel C. Logan to
Howard E. Ellington on the publication of a book on the Prairie
Print Makers, 1981. Galleys for The Prairie Print Makers, a book
by Barbara Thompson O’Neil and George C. Forman in cooperation
with Howard C. Ellington, n.d. Exhibition program of “The
Prairie Print Makers: The Gift Paints, Selections from the Bud and
Ruby Jennings Collection,” 1988.
Series 5 ‒ Correspondence of James Swann
||Letters to James Swann from Charles Capps, n.d.
Letters to James Swann from C. A. Seward, 1936-1938. Letter of condolence
to Seward’s widow, Mabel (Drew) Seward from James Swann, 1939.
Letters to James Swann from Arthur W. Hall, 1936 and 1939. Letter
to Arthur W. Hall from May Tuttle Peterson, Swann’s personal
assistant, 1939. Letters to Swann from John F. Helm, and one letter
from Helm to Charles “Chili” Capps regarding Swann,
1950. Letters to Swann from James D. Havens, 1950-1951. Letters
to Swann from various writers, 1951.
Series 6 ‒ Selected Art of the Prairie Print Makers
||Catalog of gift prints by the Prairie Print Makers,
1931-1944. Drypoints, 1932, 1935, and 1937-1948. Single sheet drypoints
without images, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954-1962, 1964, and 1965.