Date Original



This collection contains papers from National Archives Record Group number 121 regarding work done by Harry Louis Freund.

Biographical/Historical Note

Harry Louis Freund (1905-1999) was born on September 16, 1905, in Clinton, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri from 1923 to 1925 and the St. Louis School of Fine Arts from 1925 to 1929. n 1929, he was awarded the Edmund H. Wuerpel Scholarship for Foreign Study which enabled him to study at the Colarossi Academy in Paris and travel throughout Europe from 1929 to 1930. He worked as a professional artist in New York City from 1930 to 1932. During the 1930s commissions granted by the Works Progress Administration allowed him to travel throughout Arkansas and Missouri, painting murals for public buildings. From 1939 to 1946, he was a Resident Artist and then Art Department Head at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. He was awarded the Carnegie Fellowship for study in art history and attended Princeton University in 1940 to 1941. During World War II, he served as Visual Aids Director for the United States Army, painting murals at Camp Robinson in Little Rock and Fort Chaffee. From 1949 to 1967, Freund taught art at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. He started art departments at Little Rock Junior College in 1940 and at Bishop College in Dallas, Texas, in 1968. In 1940, he established the Summer Art School of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs. He continued his work as artist and educator after retiring to Eureka Springs in 1967, working to establish the Eureka Springs Art Gallery and taking an active role in art guilds and community art projects throughout Arkansas. His work includes portraiture, landscapes, murals, genre scenes, protest paintings, Latin American culture paintings, and religious paintings.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Missouri; Oklahoma; Kansas





Resource Type



Harry Louis Freund papers, SMC.038.006


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Harry Louis Freund papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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