Layton School of Art and Design Records, 1888-1980

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Title: Layton School of Art and Design Records
Inclusive Dates: 1888-1980

  • Layton School of Art and Design
Call Number: Milwaukee Mss 168; PH Milwaukee Mss 168

Quantity: 9.0 c.f. (21 archives boxes and 2 oversize boxes) and 2.4 c.f. (6 archives boxes and 1 oversize box) of photographs

Archival Locations:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)

Official records of the Milwaukee, Wis. art school which was established by Charlotte Partridge and Miriam Frink in 1920 and closed due to financial insolvency in 1974. At its closure, the school was regarded as one of the top five art schools in the country and enjoyed a historical reputation for innovative methods in art education. Included are minutes of the Board of Trustees/Directors; correspondence; and administrative, financial, curricular, legal, historical, public relations, building, registrar's, and student-related materials which provide a broad look at the school's operations and methods. Records primarily cover the period from 1954 to 1974 and coincide with administrative terms of Layton directors Edmund Lewandowski (1954-1972) and Neil Lieberman (1972-1974). Files pertaining to the faculty union established at the school in 1971 and subsequent grievances and lawsuits indicate increasing hostilities between Layton administration and its faculty. Much of the material, including a separate file maintained by Board chair Carl Moebius records the school's traumatic closing. Photographs, mostly dating from 1954 to 1974, document Layton classrooms, art education, student projects, and some of the exhibitions held at the school. There are also views of the building, faculty, Layton Art Gallery, and student life.


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Language: English

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