Manuscript Group 003: Eunice LonCoske McCloskey (1904-1983) Collection
- Majority of material found within 1969-1979
1 box Linear Feet (Artist, author, poet, and painter Eunice LonCoske McCloskey (May 25, 1904-August 1983) was born at Ridgway in Elk County, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Frederick and Ada LonCoske. She married Lewis F. McCloskey on January 9, 1932. Their daughter, Eunice “Mimi” Marie McCloskey Minteer, graduated from Indiana State College (IUP) in 1964. Eunice McCloskey graduated from Centennial High School, and she attended Columbia University where she studied poetry and English for one year before she began writing and painting professionally. She was a published author, writing 17 books, creating more than 4,000 paintings, and she was awarded three national poetry awards. She was also awarded the National League of American Pen Women, Associated Artists prizes (1950, 1953), the Henry Posner Prize (1953) and the Aime Jackson Short Prize for water color (1956). Eunice McCloskey was also a member of the International Institute of Arts and Letters, the Professional and Executive Hall of Fame, National League of American Pen Women, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (director), the Pennsylvania Federation for Women, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Delta Kappa Gamma. Eunice McCloskey maintained a painting and drawing studio at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania. She became known as the “Grandma Moses of Pennsylvania” and she passed away in August 1983 at her home in Ridgway, Pennsylvania. ) : The collection contains biographical information, awards, books, correspondence, newspaper articles, notebooks, and photographs. Approximately 20 of her paintings are part of the permanent collection in the University Museum.
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