Finding aid for the H. Edward and Thelma Frazier Winter Papers

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Winter, H. Edward and Thelma Frazier
Title: H. Edward and Thelma Frazier Winter Papers
Dates: 1908-1976
Extent: 6.21 linear feet (9 containers and 1 oversize folder)
Abstract: The H. Edward and Thelma Frazier Winter were successful and popular artists in Cleveland, Ohio, during the period 1932-1976. Edward, whose legal name was H. Edward, was primarily an enamellist, and his wife Thelma was a ceramic sculptor. Edward studied in Vienna, Austria, and introduced many simple sifting techniques he learned there to the United States. He was the first to use enameling to make large bowls and plates of enamel on copper, and murals on copper and steel. He was associated with the Ferro Corporation in Cleveland for many years. Thelma pioneered ceramic sculpture in glaze and color in the U.S. and was also involved with Edward in creating many large enamel murals for churches and corporations. Both taught and wrote quite extensively, and their work was exhibited widely and often. Edward served as a technical illustrator for the army during World War II. The collection consists of biographical information, writings, correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks. The collection pertains to the Winters' art work during the period 1932-76, and the presence of the various writings makes it useful for understanding new methods and techniques of enamel and ceramic art introduced by them. The correspondence is useful for understanding the day-to-day activities of the operation of an arts and crafts business, as well as the personal relationship of the Winters during World War II and the lives of soldiers who remained on the home front. Also included is some material on the Moravian Church in Ohio, the Moravian Music Foundation, Eliot Ness and his alleged wife, Elizabeth Katherine Ness, a Peter family genealogy and Ferro Corporation correspondence, brochures and clippings.
MS Number MS 4503
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English