Friends: Artemas Ginzton, 1987-1989
This series contains life documents, resumes and biographical summaries, student records, awards, files on friends and family, and personal photographs. Student records include Henry's report card from the Institute of Design signed by László Moholy-Nagy and Henry's master's thesis notebooks.
Files on friends and family primarily consist of photographs, letters, and cards, but also include news clippings, drawings, and invitations. Of note are letters from Emerson Woelffer, a painter and one of Henry's teachers at the Institute of Design. Family members include: Henry's parents, Lucy and Eugene Dill; Henry's husband from 1940-1966, Wilbur Henry; Henry's daughter, Suzanne Rahn, and son-in-law, John Rahn; and Henry's son, William (Bill) Henry.
The series also contains documentation of Henry's house and grounds, a kitchen design contest submission she made to McCall's Magazine, and personal objects (colored pencils and a crystal prism).
- Creation: 1987-1989
Language of Materials
From the Collection: 14.5 Linear Feet
From the Collection: 3.65 Gigabytes
Biographical / Historical
Content description from Suzanne Rahn's inventory of the archive: Artemas Ginzton (wife of Stanford nuclear physicist, met Mary at Camp Curry, Yosemite, where both had summer jobs as "cabin maids," and lived within walking distance in Los Altos Hills. Artemas was an unwavering supporter of Mary's career, from the 1950s—when she hired her as an interior decorator of their home and floated a "Junior Explorer" series which she wrote and Mary illustrated. She organized the Los Altos Town Hall show for her, publicized her mosaics, and even paid for the two of them on at least two garden tours in the 1980s. The Ginzton home (which contains 2 mosaics by Mary) is now permanently preserved by the National Preservation Trust.