MC.01.01 Miriam Brown notebook, 1933.
MC.01.01 Miriam Brown notebook, 1933.
Title: Miriam Brown notebook, 1933.
Creator: Fine, Miriam Brown.
Collection Dates [bulk]: 1933
Collect Dates [inclusive]: 1933
Extent: .209 linear feet
Location: Row 4, Column 3, Shelf 2
This collection is composed of the contents of a notebook that Miriam Brown Fine kept as a third year design student at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art in 1933. The first folder contains Fine drew for a costume design lecture course, and are primarily pen, ink, and pencil drawings of classical and medieval fashions. The remainder of the contents are fabric swatches and notes compiled for course on fabric design taught by Elise Logan Rhoads.
Miriam Brown notebook, 1933. The University of the Arts, University Libraries and Archives.
Biographical and Historical Notes
Miriam Brown Fine (March 28, 1913-December 26, 2003) attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art from 1931 until 1935, when she received a diploma in Advertising Design. She later continued her studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Despite the focus of her education on design, Fine dedicated herself painting and poetry. Although her work encompasses a variety of media, she is best known for her watercolors of flowers. In addition to having several one-person exhibitions at local galleries, Fine’s works were also included in a number of national and international group shows. Of particular note are her inclusion in “The Book as Art IV” exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC (1992-1993), and in an exhibit sponsored by the Women’s Caucus in Nairobi, Kenya (1986). Additionally, Fine was a dedicated educator, and served for a long time as an art teacher in the Philadelphia public school system, and subsequently provided instruction at community centers and privately. She was also an active member of several professional associations, including the Temple University Association for Retired Professionals (TARP), the Artists Equity Association, the American Watercolor Society, the Women’s Caucus for Art, and several literary groups. In addition to her activity in the visual arts, Fine was also a published poet.
Sources: Miriam Brown Fine obituary. The Philadelphia Inquirer, 4 January 2004: p. B04. Print.
North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century : a Biographical Dictionary. Edited by Jules Heller and Nancy G. Heller. New York: Garland, 1995.
Collection Scope and Contents Note
The contents of this collection are notes and sketches taken from the notebook that Miriam Brown Fine kept as a third year design student in 1933. The first folder contains sketches Fine drew for a costume design lecture course, and are primarily pen, ink, and pencil drawings of classical and medieval fashions. The remainder of the contents are fabric swatches and notes compiled for course on fabric design taught by Elise Logan Rhoads. This collection has not been arranged into series and original order has been maintained.
University of the Arts. University Archives, 2015.
The University of the Arts University Libraries & Archives
320 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19102
Open to researchers.
University of the Arts
Collection processed and finding aid created in 2015 by Phoebe Kowalewski. Contents had been rehoused in a plastic binder prior to acquisition. Contents were removed and placed in acid-neutral folders. Notes from binder photocopied for reference.
Collection is not digitized.
Controlled Access HeadingsPersonal Name(s)
- Fine, Miriam Brown.
- University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.)--Alumni and alumnae.
- Philadelphia Museum and School of Industrial Art--Alumni and alumnae.
- Philadelphia Museum and School of Industrial Art--Curriculum.
- Costume design.
- Textile design.