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Adams (Velma) Papers, Photographs, and Artwork
MS.244  
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Description
Papers and photographs from Velma Adams. Some of the photographs are of the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonials. Contains 5052.G
Background
Velma Adams was born April 4, 1902 in Fruita, Colorado. She studied at the Otis Art Institute (Los Angeles County Art Institute), the Grand Central School of Art, and the Art Students League of New York. Her instructors included George Biddle, F. Tolles Chamberlin, and Loren Barton. She was a member of the California Art Club, Print Makers Society of California, California Society of Etchers, Southern Printmakers Society, Women Painters of the West, and the Los Angeles Art Association. Her work was displayed at the Southwest Museum, the Appalachian Museum of Art in Mt. Airy, GA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Science and Arts, and in private collections. She received several awards for her lithography, watercolor, sculpture, and prints. In the 1930s, Adams accompanied Dr. Frederick W. Hodge on a camping trip through Southwest Indian country. During this trip, Adams sketched many Indian individuals and landscapes, as well as the symbols used throughout Indian arts and crafts. She developed a chart of these symbols which was widely distributed to trading posts across the Southwest. This chart was sold through Southwest Indian Symbols with the help of Jack Dodge. Velma Adams lived on South Oxford Avenue in Los Angeles, CA.
Extent
1.25 Linear Feet (2 document boxes, 1 flat box)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.