The Arizona Daily Star publishes a series of articles written by Tucson author and historian Jan Cleere, recognizing Arizona women who made their mark in the early history of the territory and the state. Some of them confronted extraordinary circumstances while others were known for their adventuresome spirits, all seeking new frontiers to explore, enrich and conquer. The articles will appear monthly and can be accessed at azstarnet.com.
June 21, 2016:
Effie Anderson Smith
Around 1927, Southwestern artist Effie Anderson Smith, who was often called Arizona's dean of women painters, donated several of her paintings to the University of Arizona's newly built library. The pictures hung majestically in the reading room of what is now the Arizona State Museum for several years but have since disappeared, and according to her great-grandnephew, Steven Carlson, no one at the university or the museum has any idea what happened to these works of art. The mystery of Effie's missing paintings continues to stir interest around the state even though Effie has been gone for many years. . .. Read more . . .
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