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Florence Heywood collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2476

Scope and Contents

This collection includes four journals used by Florence Heywood to record her daily activities from March 1893 to November 1895 while attending the Classical School for Girls in Indianapolis, her composition book from circa 1894, the undated poem, "O'er the Sea," and the undated composition, "The Visit of an Unsophisticated Traveller to Sicily and Egypt."

This collection also includes catalogs from the Classical School for Girls for the years 1883/84, 1885/86, 1886/87, 1888/89, 1890/91, and 1902/03.


  • 1883-1903, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Florence Heywood was born on April 12, 1877 in Chicago to James B. and Caroline S. (Manchester) Heywood. The family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and Florence attended the Classical School for Girls, graduating in 1896. She entered the Indianapolis Normal Training School and graduated in June 1897, then entered Stanford University as a sophmore in 1899 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1902. Heywood moved to Paris, France and studied art at the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre. She became an art critic and her lectures on art kept her traveling extensively most of her life. Heywood lived in Paris for more than twenty years and during that time also served as the official American lecturer at the Louvre. She was the author of The Important Pictures of the Louvre, A Survey of the Evolution of Painting, With Reference to the Important Pictures of the Louvre and edited The Life of Christ and His Mother: According to Jean Fouguet, 1452. During her last years, Heywood returned to Indianapolis and passed away there at the age of 77 on February 8, 1955.


Information found within collection. "Florence Heywood." U.S., Passport Applications, 1795-1925. Accessed December 29, 2021.

"Authority on Art Lived in Indiana: Miss Florence Heywood, Who Speaks Here, Spent Girlhood in Indianapolis." Muncie Morning Star (IN), April 19, 1923.

"Florence Heywood Book With Fine Plates at Art Museum." Indianapolis News (IN), November 23, 1928.

"Heywood Rites Tomorrow." Indianapolis News (IN), February 9, 1955.


0.04 Cubic Feet (4 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Andrea Bean Hough. Collection reprocessed and EAD finding aid created 2021/12/29 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.