Today's Guest Blogger is Alba Fernandez-Keys, the IMA's Head of Libraries and Archives
The state of Indiana owes much of the documentation of its history of art and artists to Wilbur Peat, artist, instructor, historian, and director of the IMA from 1929-1965. Among his books are: Portraits and Painters of the Governors of Indiana, 1800-1943, (1944), Indiana Houses of the Nineteenth Century (1962), and Pioneer Painters of Indiana (1954). This last title is well-known among those interested in early Hoosier art. Peat spent years corresponding with people all over the country as he gathered small pieces of information about artists long dead.