Archival Collections

Hildreth Meière’s papers are at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Original sketches, studies for her architectural designs, to-scale models, full-scale cartoons, and full-scale mosaic panels are in collections listed below:

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Hildreth Meière Papers

Hildreth Meière, circa 1922 / Francis Joseph Bruguière, photographer. Hildreth Meière papers, 1901-2011, bulk 1911-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Hildreth Meière, circa 1922 / Francis Joseph Bruguière, photographer. Hildreth Meière papers, 1901-2011, bulk 1911-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The papers of Hildreth Meière measure 23 linear feet and date from 1901 to 2011, with the bulk of material dating from 1911 to 1960. The collection documents Meière's life and travels, and her long and prolific career as an architectural muralist through biographical material, correspondence, writings, thirteen diaries, files regarding her war relief work during the Spanish Civil War and World War II, printed materials, extensive photographs and slides, eight sketchbooks, and two videocassettes and 93 reels of motion picture film documenting her travels, her volunteer efforts in Spain following the civil war, artwork, and home movies.

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Citizens Committee for the Army, Navy and Air Force Records, 1940-45

Color slide of Triptych No. 9, Lions of Judah by Hildreth Meière and Louis Ross, 1942, oil and gilt on wood panel/ Walter J. Russell, photographer. Citizens Committee for the Army, Navy, and Air Force records, 1940-1945. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Digital ID: 19567

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Color slide of Triptych No. 9, Lions of Judah by Hildreth Meière and Louis Ross, 1942, oil and gilt on wood panel/ Walter J. Russell, photographer. Citizens Committee for the Army, Navy, and Air Force records, 1940-1945. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Digital ID: 19567

During World War II, Hildreth Meière was vice president of the Citizen’s Committee for the Army and Navy and director of the Artists’ Committee. She organized a group of artists who designed and painted over 500 portable triptychs for the Service chaplains. She herself painted over 70, three of which have been digitized by the Archives of American Art. Slides of additional triptychs by Hildreth Meière are contained in the Citizens Committee for the Army, Navy and Air Force Records.

Arts Students League

Permanent Collection

Hildreth Meière, Untitled, etching, 1912, 7 7/8 x 5 ½ in.

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215 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Hildreth Meière, Untitled, etching, 1912, 7 7/8 x 5 ½ in.

Hildreth Meière was a student at the Art Students League from 1912-13, studying with Frank Vincent du Mond, Deward Duffner, V. Pressing, Kenneth Hays Miller, and George Bridgman. She studied at the school again in 1916 with Kenneth Hays Miller. In 1916 she filled in a term on the Board of Control; in 1918 she was elected to the Board for her own term; was elected again in 1920; was elected Woman’s Vice President in 1923, and Vice President in 1927 and 1929.

Arts Students League

Archival Records

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215 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Records of Meière’s time as a student and as a Board member can be found in the League’s Archival Records.

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue Architectural Drawings and Papers, 1882-1980

Hildreth Meière, Rotunda Dome: Development of the Figure, No. 123, 7/27/27 for Nebraska State Capitol. Blackline print with colored pencil on paper, 25 x 13 ¾ in. Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York, 1963.002.00858

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300 Avery, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, M.C. 0301, New York, NY 10027

Hildreth Meière, Rotunda Dome: Development of the Figure, No. 123, 7/27/27 for Nebraska State Capitol. Blackline print with colored pencil on paper, 25 x 13 ¾ in. Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York, 1963.002.00858

Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue Papers (and papers for the successor firms Bertram Goodhue Associates, later Mayers, Murray & Phillip)

Hildreth Meière’s collaboration with Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, Bertram Goodhue Associates, later Mayers, Murray & Phillip, at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln; the University of Chicago Rockefeller Chapel, St. Bartholomew’s Church, and Temple Emanu-El in New York is reflected in pencil drawings, blackline prints, photostats, watercolors, and advertisements.

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company architectural records, 1866-1985 (bulk, 1890-1942)

Guastavino advertisement, 1930, with reproduction of to-scale study for vestibule dome, Nebraska State Capitol, by Hildreth Meière, 1924

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300 Avery, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, M.C. 0301, New York, NY 10027

Guastavino advertisement, 1930, with reproduction of to-scale study for vestibule dome, Nebraska State Capitol, by Hildreth Meière, 1924

The collection contains six series: architectural drawings, administrative and technical records, project files, factory orders, slides, and sample products and fragments. Meière’s work with the R. Guastavino Company at the Nebraska State Capitol is documented. The Guastavino collection includes Meière’s watercolor cartoon for the vestibule dome at the Nebraska State Capitol.

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

Rambusch Company records, circa 1910-1984

Craftsmen at the Rambusch Studio fabricating a metal figure for Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine and the Dragon of Ignorance by Hildreth Meière for the 1939 New York World

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300 Avery, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, M.C. 0301, New York, NY 10027

Craftsmen at the Rambusch Studio fabricating a metal figure for Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine and the Dragon of Ignorance by Hildreth Meière for the 1939 New York World's Fair.

The Rambusch Company Papers include Meière’s work with the Rambusch Company at the Nebraska State Capitol, the 1939 New York World’s Fair, St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York, and St. Michael’s Monastery Church in Union City, New Jersey.

Berlinische Galerie Museum für Moderne Kunst

Pühl & Wagner, Gottfried Heinersdorff Archive

Hildreth Meière, Eternal Light, cartoon in gouache on paper for main arch, Temple Emanu-El, 1929. Collection Berlinische Galerie, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Berlin, Germany

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Alte Jakobstraße 124–128, 10969 Berlin, Germany

Hildreth Meière, Eternal Light, cartoon in gouache on paper for main arch, Temple Emanu-El, 1929. Collection Berlinische Galerie, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Berlin, Germany

Extensive correspondence in German between Pühl & Wagner and Ravenna Mosaics refers to the fabrication of Hildreth Meière’s mosaic designs at Temple Emanu-El, St. Bartholomew’s Church, AT&T Long Distance Building, and One Wall Street in New York; St. Katharine of Sienna in Baltimore; St. Aloysius in Detroit; and the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

The archive also includes Meière’s cartoons for Temple Emanu-El, correspondence with Meière regarding various commissions, photographs of mosaic work at different stages of completion, and invoices.

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Museum Collection

Hildreth Meière, model to-scale for the Dome of the Twelve Apostles,1957, gouache on metal, 23 ½ in. diam.

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4431 Lindell Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63108

Hildreth Meière, model to-scale for the Dome of the Twelve Apostles,1957, gouache on metal, 23 ½ in. diam.

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis Museum Collection, open to the public, contains a model to-scale of the Dome of the Twelve Apostles and information on the mosaic-making process.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Collection

Drawing: Design for Sand-Blasted Glass Mural: Mercury Gathering Air Waves Amidst Planets and Stars, 1932. Hildreth Meière. Museum purchase from Drawings and Prints Council Fund. 2001-10-1.

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2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128

Drawing: Design for Sand-Blasted Glass Mural: Mercury Gathering Air Waves Amidst Planets and Stars, 1932. Hildreth Meière. Museum purchase from Drawings and Prints Council Fund. 2001-10-1.

Meière’s design in graphite, black wash, and gouache on paper for a sand-blasted mural to decorate the Communication Hall at the Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago was never executed. The commissioning architect was Raymond M. Hood.

Fordham University, Rose Hill

William D. Walsh Family Library

Four Saints, study for left side panel of the Fordham University Chapel altarpiece, gouache on paper, 1942

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441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458

Four Saints, study for left side panel of the Fordham University Chapel altarpiece, gouache on paper, 1942

Meière designed three altarpieces for the Fordham University Chapel in 1942. The full-scale studies for the right and left side panels in gouache on paper for the main altarpiece are in the collection of the William D. Walsh Family Library, Fordham University, a gift from the Jesuit Center, Wernersville, Pennsylvania. The library’s collection also includes a study for the side altar depicting the Holy Family.

Meière’s additional work at Fordham University can be seen at:

Library of Congress

De Paoli, Bruno, Client, Hildreth Meière, and Robert J Reilly, Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc, photographer. Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, Long Island. Altar detail. Huntington New York, 1946. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress

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10 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

De Paoli, Bruno, Client, Hildreth Meière, and Robert J Reilly, Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc, photographer. Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, Long Island. Altar detail. Huntington New York, 1946. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress

Photographs by Gottscho-Schleisner of Meière’s altarpiece in the crypt chapel of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, New York are in the collection of the Library of Congress.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Costume Institute

Maria Gallenga, evening dress, silk and glass, 1920s. Gift of Mrs. Paxton Dunn in memory of her mother, Hildreth Meière, 1991. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute. 1991.187.4

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1000 Fifth Avenue, Costume Institute, New York, NY 10028

Maria Gallenga, evening dress, silk and glass, 1920s. Gift of Mrs. Paxton Dunn in memory of her mother, Hildreth Meière, 1991. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute. 1991.187.4

Hildreth Meière’s gowns and accessories by Italian designer Maria Gallenga (1880 -1944) form part of the collection at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Metropolitan Opera Archives

Costume for Squire, Act I-III, Costume design by Hildreth Meière for the 1917 Metropolitan Opera production of The Canterbury Pilgrims by Reginald De Koven. Courtesy Metropolitan Opera archives. Photographed by D. James Dee, 1989

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30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Costume for Squire, Act I-III, Costume design by Hildreth Meière for the 1917 Metropolitan Opera production of The Canterbury Pilgrims by Reginald De Koven. Courtesy Metropolitan Opera archives. Photographed by D. James Dee, 1989

Hildreth Meière was commissioned by Livingston Platt to design costumes for the Reginald de Koven opera The Canterbury Pilgrims, which had its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera during the 1917 season, with seven performances. Sketches in gouache on paper for the costumes are in the collection of the Metropolitan Opera Archives.

National Academy of Sciences

Archives

Hildreth Meière

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500 Fifth Street, NW, NAS 290, Washington, DC 20001

Hildreth Meière's sketch of Air for the southeast pendentive in the Great Hall, 1923

The National Academy of Sciences Building Records Group documents the conception, fundraising, construction, maintenance, and enhancements of the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council Building in Washington, DC from 1918 forward. There is some correspondence from Meière about the design and execution of the artwork in the Great Hall, and some sketches of which can be found in the related Photograph File. Most of the Building Records Group’s correspondence is between Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, the architect, with the NAS building committee and contractors, and the construction company. The NAS-NRC Building was Meière’s first major commission and the first of her collaborations with Goodhue. Research at the NAS Archives is by appointment only.

Nebraska State Capitol

Nebraska Capitol Collections

Erwin Barbour, Insecta Lepidoptera, Butterfly, Prodryas Oligocene, Drawing # 5, colored pencil on paper, c. 1927

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1445 K Street, Lincoln, NE 68509

Erwin Barbour, Insecta Lepidoptera, Butterfly, Prodryas Oligocene, Drawing # 5, colored pencil on paper, c. 1927

In addition to Meière’s cartoons for designs at the capitol, the collection at the capitol includes Erwin Barbour drawings on which Meière’s designs for the rotunda floor are based. There are also copies of correspondence between Meière and Hartley Burr Alexander, the originals of which are housed in the Scripps College, Ella Strong Denison Library, Hartley Burr Alexander Papers.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Jerome Robbins Dance Division

Hildreth Meière, Anna Pavlowa in Grecian-style dress, ink and gouache on brown paper, 18 x 12.5 cm., 1915, NYPL catalog ID (B-number):b12176035

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30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Hildreth Meière, Anna Pavlowa in Grecian-style dress, ink and gouache on brown paper, 18 x 12.5 cm., 1915, NYPL catalog ID (B-number):b12176035

Meière executed several sketches of Anna Pavlova and company dancing at the Cort Theatre in San Francisco in 1915.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Billy Rose Theater Division

Margaret Anglin papers, 1898-1952 [bulk 1911-1936]

Hildreth Meière, Margaret Anglin in My Divine Friend, painting in graphite, watercolor, and tempera on paper, 1916, signed by Anglin

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30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Hildreth Meière, Margaret Anglin in My Divine Friend, painting in graphite, watercolor, and tempera on paper, 1916, signed by Anglin

Meière’s early sketches of Margaret Anglin form part of the collection of the Billy Rose Theater Division. The collection also includes Alfred Lunt and Helen Hayes in Clarence, 1919.

New York Public Library, Archives and Manuscripts Division

New York World's Fair 1939 and 1940 Incorporated records 1935-1945 [bulk 1939-1940]

Hildreth Meière, Medicine and Public Health Building, Modern Medicine, 1939, Image ID 1653967

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Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788

Hildreth Meière, Medicine and Public Health Building, Modern Medicine, 1939, Image ID 1653967

The 1939-40 New York World’s Fair records at the New York Public Library contain references with photographs of several of Meière’s eleven commissions on the exterior of World’s Fair buildings:

Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections: Archives and Manuscripts

Ravenna Mosaic Company Records

Hildreth Meière, Two Drinking Deer, to-scale cartoon for mosaic on north wall of Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 1957. Gouache on paper, 11 x 22 in. Saint Louis University Archives, Ravenna Mosaic Company Records

Hildreth Meière, Two Drinking Deer, to-scale cartoon for mosaic on north wall of Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 1957. Gouache on paper, 11 x 22 in. Saint Louis University Archives, Ravenna Mosaic Company Records

The German firm Pühl & Wagner’s American affiliate Ravenna Mosaics was originally based in St. Louis, moved to New York from 1928-39, and then returned to St. Louis. The Ravenna Mosaic Company records include correspondence and sketches regarding Meière’s extensive work at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York, Washington National Cathedral, and the Medicine and Public Health, Science and Education Complex at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. There is also information on the mosaic-making process.

Scripps College, Ella Strong Denison Library

Hartley Burr Alexander Papers

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1030 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA, 91711

The collection includes Hartley Burr Alexander’s extensive correspondence with architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, muralist Hildreth Meière, and sculptor Lee Lawrie.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Photograph Archives

Peter A. Juley & Son Collection

Hildreth Meière, The Onward March of Women, right panel, 1933, photograph by Peter A. Juley

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Image Collections Coordinator, Research and Scholars Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, MRC 970, PO Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013

Hildreth Meière, The Onward March of Women, right panel, 1933, photograph by Peter A. Juley

Hildreth Meière was meticulous about photographing her studies and cartoons before they left her studio. She also had her completed murals photographed by such well-known photographers as Peter A. Juley and Walter Russell. Although they are in black and white, several photographs document Meière’s nonextant murals, such as the two she painted for the lobby of 25 West 43rd Street in Manhattan. The black-and-white photographs also document the original appearance of her altarpiece for St. Mark’s Church in Mount Kisco, New York.

University of Scranton, McHugh Special Collections

Passionist Historical Archives Collection

St. Michael

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900 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA 18510

St. Michael's Monastery Church, Union City, New Jersey, after fire, May 1934, Passionist Historical Archives Collection, McHugh Special Collections, The University of Scranton

The Passionist Historical Archives Collection contain documents, photographs, and newspaper articles relating to Hildreth Meière’s decoration of the Chapel of the Passion at St. Michael’s Monastery Church in Jersey City, New Jersey, the subsequent fire, and her painting of the altar, chancel, and pendentives in the main sanctuary of the rebuilt church.

Washington National Cathedral Archives

Installation diagram in graphite on paper for apse mosaic of the Resurrection in glass mosaic by Hildreth Meière, 1951

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Massachusetts & Wisconsin Avenues, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016

Installation diagram in graphite on paper for apse mosaic of the Resurrection in glass mosaic by Hildreth Meière, 1951

The Archives of Washington National Cathedral contains correspondence from 1950-60 between Hildreth Meière, architect Phillip Frohman, and deans of the cathedral with regard to decoration of the Resurrection Chapel, as well internal memos written by members of the building committee. There are also copies of Meière’s sketches for niche mosaics that were not executed, and supplemental published materials.