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Fay L. Hendry Outdoor Sculpture Project records

Identifier: UA-10.3.420

Scope and Contents

The records consist of research data gathered between 1976 and 1981 and related administrative records. The bulk of the research files are organized according to geographical emphasis. Individual series document sculpture in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, other Michigan cities, the United States in general, and Brazil. The Michigan series is organized by city; the others by the artist, title, or location of the sculpture, according to available information. The general files in each series contain information pertaining to more than one sculpture. Additional information may also be found in the Architect and Miscellaneous Research series.

A typical file concerning a sculpture in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, or Lansing consists of an inventory form with a photograph, correspondence, interview notes, and newspaper clippings. Magazine articles, dedication booklets, exhibition catalogs, and other publications may also be included. Files for other localities are usually limited to published information.

Administrative records include correspondence, proposals, fiscal records, and reports relating to the grants that funded the research, copies of the original guidebook manuscripts, and publicity materials.


  • Creation: 1976 - 1981


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

The outdoor sculpture project documented by these records grew out of research on cultural properties conducted by Fay L. Hendry for the Michigan History Division in 1976. Unable to locate much information on outdoor sculpture in Michigan but convinced that it did exist, Hendry decided to conduct a pilot study of sculpture in the Lansing area. This was followed in 1977 by an exhibit at the Michigan Historical Museum entitled "Outdoor Sculpture in Greater Lansing: From Tombstones to Titus the Tinner."

With the aid of funds provided by the Michigan State University Development Fund, the Michigan Council for the Arts, the Michigan Council for the Humanities, the Michigan Foundation for the Arts, the Grand Rapids Foundation, the Kalamazoo Foundation, and an anonymous donor, the project was expanded in 1978 to include the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids areas. Between 1978 and 1980, Hendry located, photographed, and documented free-standing, architectural, and cemetery sculpture in the three cities. The information collected served as the basis for three guidebooks, a traveling photographic exhibit, and public forums. The forums were held in each city in conjunction with the exhibit during 1980.

Photographs for the exhibit and guidebooks were commissioned from Balthazar Korab of Troy, Michigan. Cooperating institutions included Michigan State University, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids), and the Michigan Historical Museum, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Biographical Note

Fay L. Hendry earned a B.A. (1973) and a M.A. (1975) in Art History from Michigan State University (MSU). From 1975 to 1977, she did additional postgraduate studies at MSU and the University of Michigan in art history, computer science, historic preservation, photography, and decorative arts in the museum. Hendry worked for various departments at MSU, including WMSB, Kresge Art Center, the Department of Art, and the University Archives & Historical Collections. In 1976, the Michigan History Division hired Hendry to create a report on cultural properties of the Coastal Zone Management Program. This led to her embarking on a study of outdoor sculpture in Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids. The result was a series of three guidebooks about outdoor sculptures in the aforementioned cities, “with an orientation toward social and cultural history rather than aesthetic merit” (from the Preface of the guidebooks). Additionally, the project led to several lectures and museum exhibitions.


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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into 11 series

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  1. List of Abbreviations Used in the Records
  2. Sculpture Files, Grand Rapids Area
  3. Sculpture Files, Kalamazoo Area
  4. Sculpture Files, Lansing Area
  5. Sculpture Files, Michigan
  6. Sculpture Files, United States
  7. Sculpture Files, Brazil
  8. Architect Files
  9. Miscellaneous Research Files
  10. Administrative Files, 1978 - 1981
  11. Vita of Fay L. Hendry

Custodial History

Gift of Fay L. Hendry, 1981-04-06.

Related Archival Materials

See the Balthazar Korab collection (UA 28.25) for photographs of the sculptures.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Record group changed from 00149 to UA 10.3.420 to reflect Hendry's connection to Michigan State University. M. Badgley Malone, February 2020.

Fay L. Hendry Outdoor Sculpture Project Records
4 Published And Cataloged
M. Patton
October 1981
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US