Julia Farnsworth Lund Wassmer papers, 1911-1996  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Lund, Judy Farnsworth, 1911-1996
Title
Julia Farnsworth Lund Wassmer papers
Dates
1911-1996 (inclusive)
Quantity
5.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Accn1599
Summary
The Julia Farnsworth Lund Wassmer papers (1911-1996) consists chiefly of scrapbooks chronicling Wassmer's involvement in the arts in Utah and New York.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
SPCreference@lists.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Julia Farnsworth Lund Wassmer was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on November 26, 1911. She became interested in the arts at an early age. While at Bryant Junior High School she won a national poster contest sponsored by Keds and was selected as a "junior reporter" for the Salt Lake Tribune. Her writing and artistic ambitions continued through high school and college. While at the University of Utah she was elected editor of SPUR, a national college publication, and did some illustrations for The Pen college literary magazine. In 1935 she became the first student to receive a Master's Degree in Art from the University of Utah. Wassmer's involvement in the Utah art community began as a volunteer in 1933, planning work projects for artists hit hard by the Depression. She went on to supervise the first statewide program for the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. The success of that project led to further involvement planning projects for the Work Projects Administration. When the Federal Art Project she had proposed was accepted, she became State Art Director and devoted herself full time to art in Utah, developing beautification projects for public facilities, which provided work for artists struggling through the Depression. In 1937 Wassmer moved to New York City where she became a staff member of the Permanent Exhibition of Decorative Arts and Crafts at the Rockefeller Center. She married Theodore Milton Wassmer, another artist, in December 1945. The two spent time in New York City, Cape Cod, Europe, and Woodstock, New York, until 1952 when they settled in the art community at Bearsville (Woodstock), New York, where they continued their artistic pursuits for thirty-three years. In 1985 they returned to Salt Lake City, where Wassmer died in May 1996.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The bulk of the collection, besides the scrapbook of the Depression years, consists of a three-volume scrapbook, "Julia (Judy) Farnsworth Lund," that was compiled by Wassmer's husband shortly after her death. In these volumes, which begin with memorabilia from her childhood and continue through her death in 1996, are reproductions of paintings by herself and her husband, reproductions of paintings in their personal collection, photos, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and announcements and awards. The headings for these volumes indicate that four volumes were prepared. The fourth volume consisted of a script and score for a Christmas musical, "Full of Wonder." This material, along with reviews of the play, have been foldered and placed at the end of box 1. This same box also contains a file on Philo T. Farnsworth, the noted television inventor. The collection also contains Utah Art of the Depression, which includes a history of several projects that Wassmer organized and in which she participated.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Julia Farnsworth Lund Wassmer papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Julia Farnsworth Lund Wassmer papers, Accn 1599, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: Accn 1599.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Scrapbook and Other Documents, 1933-1954Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description Dates
box
1
Folder
1-11
Scrapbook
1933-1937
12
Philo T. Farmsworth
Includes copies of photographs of and articles about Philo T. Farnsworth, who was the cousin of Farnsworth's mother. At one time Wassmer intended to use the material for a play about Farnsworth.
1946-1951
13-15
Full of Wonder
A musical Christmas play with music by Alexander Semmler and story by Judy Lund.
1954

Scrapbooks, 1911-1983Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Container(s) Description Dates
box
2
Volume
1
"Julia (Judy) Farnsworth Lund", Volume 1
1911-1947
2
"Julia (Judy) Farnsworth Lund," Volume 2
1946-1983

Scrapbook and Utah Art of the Depression, 1954-1996Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Container(s) Description Dates
box
3
Volume
1
"Julia (Judy) Farnsworth Lund," Volume 3
1954-1996
2
Utah Art of the Depression, Essay and Catalog by Dan E. Burke
1986

Correspondence and Scrapbook, 1934-1998Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4

Container(s) Description Dates
box
4
Folder
1
Correspondence and Poems
1934-1988
2
Memorial Scrapbook
1996

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Women painters--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Farnsworth, Philo Taylor, 1906-1971
  • Lund, Judy Farnsworth, 1911-1996--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Federal Art Project
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Announcements
  • Awards
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Scrapbooks