Frances Rich papers
Scope and Contents
- SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS
- SERIES II. ARTWORK
- SERIES III. PHOTOGRAPHS
Dates of Materials
- 1912 - 1988
- Rich, Frances (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
In the years following her graduation, Rich appeared in a number of Hollywood films and on stage. In 1933 she met sculptor, Malvina Hoffman, and studied with her in Paris for two years. When she returned to the U.S. Rich did intensive work at the Boston Museum School and established her own studio in New York City. Between 1937 and 1940 she was a resident student at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she met sculptor Carl Milles, with whom she worked for the next eighteen years.
When the United States entered World War II, Rich began work as a mechanical draftsman at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, California. In 1942 she joined the Women's Reserve of the U.S. Navy as a Junior Grade Lieutenant, graduating in the first class of women at the Officer's Training School at Smith College. She was posted to Washington, D.C. and became the National Director of Publicity for "V" Mail and traveling speaker for the Director of the WAVES. When she was discharged at the end of the war, Rich held the rank of Lt. Commander and received a citation for outstanding service from the Chief of Naval Personnel.
Following the war she did graduate work at Scripps College working with sculptor Albert Stewart, and at Columbia University. In 1947 she became the first Director of Public Relations at Smith College, a post she held until 1950 when she resigned to return to her art work. Rich has been featured in many publications and has exhibited in major art centers. Her works include portrait busts, wall and door panels, plaques and medallions, drawings, and statues. Subjects of her portrait busts include Alice Stone Blackwell, Lotte Lehmann, Margaret Sanger, Diego Rivera, and Katharine Hepburn. She also sculpted the Army-Navy Nurse Monument in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Much of her work is religious in nature and includes statues of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Joseph, Christ of the Sacred Heart, Our Lady of Combermere, St. Catherine of Siena, and various Madonnas. Rich established studios in California, and Payson, Arizona.
Frances Rich died at her home in Payson, Arizona, on October 14, 2007
5 boxes (2.75 linear feet)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
- Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003
- Lehmann, Lotte
- Rich, Frances
- Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957
- Sanger, Margaret, 1879-1966
- Sculptors -- United States -- 20th century
- Sculpture (visual work)
- Smith College -- Students
- United States. Naval Reserve. Women's Reserve.
- Women sculptors -- United States -- 20th century
- Finding Aid to the Frances Rich papers
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Finding aid prepared by Susan Boone.
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