Archie L. Musick Diaries
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains Archie Musick's 1925 diary while he was attending Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University), as well as some waterlogged pages from his diary from his years of attending high school.
- Musick, Archie L., 1902-1978 (Person)
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Archie Leroy Musick (1902-1978) was born in Kirksville, where he attended school growing up and later graduated with his Bachelors in Science from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University). Musick became a well-known American painter, and by the time he graduated from NMSTC, his class of 1928 commissioned him to paint the snow-covered ruins of Old Baldwin Hall after the fire in 1924. This painting hangs today on the third floor of Pickler Memorial Library outside of the Special Collections Department. After Musick's time in Kirksville, he spent the rest of his life in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While in Colorado, he spent his time teaching at various colleges and art institutes, such as the Broadmoor Art Academy and Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. His art style is classified as Regionalism. He was commissioned for mural work for the Public Works of Art Project, which was part of the New Deal program. Most of the work he did through the WPA included painting murals in post offices in Colorado and Nebraska. His most well-known WPA painting is located in the City Auditorium in Colorado Springs, titled "Hard Rock Miners." Musick was not the only successful artist in his family; his sister Ruth Ann Musick was a well-known author and folklorist, and his uncle John R. Musick was an American author.
Language of Materials
Kirksville native and artist Archie L. Musick's diaries from Kirksville High School and Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University).
This collection is organized into 2 series.
- Kirksville High School Diary Pages, 1921
- Kirksville State Teachers College (KSTC) Diary, 1925
Donated to Special Collections Department, Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University.
This collection is in its original order.
- Archie L. Musick Diaries, 1921, 1925
- Finding aid prepared by Emma Christensen.
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