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Lois Rapp papers


Held at: Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]1654 Dekalb Street, Norristown, PA, 19401

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"Lois Rapp was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania in 1907. She attended the Philadelphia College of Art and also studied art under Earl Horter. Rapp earned membership in the American Watercolor Society, as well as the Philadelphia Watercolor Club and the Woodmere Art Gallery, where she was on the exhibition committee from 1965-1969. She exhibited extensively throughout her career, contributing works to exhibitions at the Society of Independent Artists, American Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Watercolor Club and the Woodmere Art Gallery. Rapp's works are currently included in the collections of the Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia and the Valley Forge Memorial Chapel, Pennsylvania. As well as being an accomplished watercolorist and illustrator, Rapp was an art instructor from 1935-1957 at the Conshocken Art League, as well as an instructor at the Mater Misericordiae Academy, Merion, PA and the Collegeville Trappe Public Schools, PA."

Bibliography:Wiscasset Bay Gallery. "Rapp, Lois." Accessed February 3, 2012.,cntnt01,showartistpaintings,0&cntnt01artist_id=300&cntnt01language=&cntnt01returnid=19

The Lois Rapp papers, 1922-1992 (bulk 1950-1980), consist of papers, photographs, and ephemera relating to Rapp's art career. Rapp's work is depicted in a large number of photographs, slides, and negatives of her artwork, as well as some prints, and a small amount of original art--a sketch book with graphite on paper illustrations; a book of watercolors. Her exhibitions and projects are documented through gallery programs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and certificates/awards won. Her finances are reflect through inventories, sales records, and travel account books.

Rapp was also a poet, and the collection includes a number of poetry typescripts and a copy of her "Past Tense" chapbook.

While most of the materials in the collection relate to Lois's art career, there are some photographs of Rapp and postcards that are more personal in nature.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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