Betty Feves Scrapbook, 1920s-1937

Overview of the Collection

Feves, Betty, 1918-1985
Betty Feves Scrapbook
1920s-1937 (inclusive)
0.25 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 Box), (231 Images)
Collection Number
PC 196 (collection)
Scrapbook of sculptor Betty Feves, containing photographs and drawings from her LaCrosse High School and Washington State College days. Includes images of Clyfford Still and Alexander Archipenko.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Betty Jean Whiteman (1918-1985) spent her childhood in the Milton-Freewater, Walla Walla, and La Crosse areas, and the attended Washington State College from 1935 to 1939, graduating with a B.A. in Fine Arts. While at WSC, she studied under Clyfford Still. She received her M.A. from Columbia University, and worked in the New York City area during World War II; after marrying Louis Feves to become Betty Feves she returned to the northwest and spent the remainder of her life in Pendleton, OR. She had a career as a noted artist, primarily working in clay.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of a single scrapbook, focused primarily on her undergraduate years at Washington State College, but also including images from her high school and childhood years. Not counting blank pages, there are 37 pages of photographs and text, or 231 individual images. One page includes photographs of art done during a summer of coursework at the University of Washington, studying under Alexander Archipenko.

In addition to photographs, the collection contains numerous caricatures drawn by Feves of her college friends and teachers.

Handwritten labels and art in white were created by Betty; labels in other colors were primarily added by her husband Lou.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Betty Feves Scrapbook, 1920s-1937 (PC 196)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Alan Feves of Pendleton, OR initially loaned this scrapbook to the WSU Museum of Fine Art in spring of 2020, and subsequently donated it to the Washington State University Libraries in March of 2021.

Processing Note

Mark O’English processed this collection in May of 2021.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Archipenko, Alexander, 1887-1964 -- Photographs
  • Feves, Betty, 1918-1985 -- Archives
  • Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980 -- Photographs

Corporate Names

  • State College of Washington -- Students