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Betty Lark-Horovitz Purdue University buildings sketches

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 40

Scope and Contents

The Betty Lark-Horovitz Purdue University Buildings sketches (1930; 0.5 cubic feet) shows drawings of five buildings on Purdue University's campus in 1930.  These buildings include University Hall, Ladies' Hall, Purdue Men's Hall, Mechanical Engineering buildings and the Pharmacy/Science building.  All of the sketches are in black and white pencil except for the sketches of University Hall, which are in color. [Note: author is sometimes referred to as Betty Lark-Horowitz.]


  • 1930
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/08/2011


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection are in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Mrs. Betty Lark-Horovitz was an artist of international renown. She was commissioned to do etchings of several buildings at Purdue University in 1930. These buildings were Ladies Hall, The Old Dormitory, The Pharmacy Building, University Hall and the Mechanical Engineering Building. The etchings, one of which was in color, were issued in Limited Form. There were only 100 sets, each numbered and signed by the artist.

Mr. W. H. Winterrowd, M. E., 1907 conceived of the idea of having the etchings done, and he underwrote the cost, and presented the entire 100 sets to Purdue University. The sets were to be sold and the entire income from their sale was to go to the University. They were sold at $100 per set.

In addition to her work at Purdue, Lark-Horovitz was also well known for woodblocks depicting Yosemite National Park and SanFrancisco, and other scenes in California. Lark-Horovitz authored several books, including The Art of the Very Young: An Indicator of Individuality; With Graver and Woodblock Over American Highways; Children's Art Abilities; and Understanding Children's Art for Better Teaching.

Betty Lark-Horovitz was the wife of Dr. Lark-Horovitz who was in charge of the Department of Physics at Purdue. Interestingly for the time, Dr. and Betty Lark-Horovitz combined family surnames when they married in 1926. Together they had two children, Caroline and Karl Gordon Lark. Lark-Horovitz lived to be 100.


0.872 Cubic Feet (One newspaper box)

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Marvin Olson in 2009. It was transferred to the archives via the Dean of Students Office.

Other Descriptive Information

View digitized version of this collection Sometimes referred to as Betty Lark-Horowitz.
Betty Lark-Horovitz Purdue University buildings sketches
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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