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Groom, Emily, professor of Art,1902-1914; 1935-1957 . Her art works are in the Lawrence University permanent collection in the Wriston Art Center Galleries

 File — Folder: 85
Identifier: Folder 85
Includes six letters written to Emily Groom by Alice Chapman from her travels in Europe.


  • 1850-1964

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 4.00 Linear Feet (2 filing drawers)

Biographical Note

Notes from Heidi Poser, Emily Groom's grand-niece:
Emily Goom was a well known artist in Milwaukee. She was hired by Ellen Sabin to teach art at Milwaukee-Downer in 1901. When the Director of the Art Department, Robert Schade, died in 1902, she was hired as Director of the Art Department. Emily seems to have developed very good relationshjips with the members of the Board of Trustees, including Alice Chapman, whi wrote to her while traveling in Europe in 1910 and 1911 about art to purchase. It seems as though she valued Emily's opinion on the subject. In 1914 Emily joined Alice and possibly her daughter to travel in Europe when the war broke out. Alice was a great supporter and patron of Emily and her art and the Women's Club of which she was a member, was also a big source of support for emily. In 1917 Emily left Milwaukee-Downer to pursue a career as an artist. She also purchased and acre of land from the Howard Greene farm and built a small studio there. From 1920-1947 she most likely taught art at Layton. In 1921 she did a charcoal portrait of Ellen Sabin. In 1935 she returned to Milwaukee-Downer and taught art classes including the very popular Ladies Extension class. She remained at Milwaukee-Downer until 1957 when she was 82 years old.

Method of Acquisition

Letters from Alice Chapman to Emily Groom were donated by Heidi Poser, Groom's grand-niece, on 2021-02-10.


Repository Details

Part of the Lawrence University Archives Repository

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