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Evelynne Mess, "Adirondack Trail" etching

 Collection — Folder: S2826
Identifier: S2826

Scope and Contents

This collection includes one etching created by Evelynne Mess in 1946 depicting the Adirondack Trail in the Northeast United States.


  • 1946


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

Evelynne Mess was born Evelynne Charlien Bernloehr on January 8, 1903, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her father was in the jewelry business and her mother was a baker. Both parents enjoyed and encouraged their children in the arts, including music. Mess could play at least five instruments, but she developed a strong interest in drawing and art as a youth. She attended Indianapolis Public Schools and earned a scholarship to the forerunner to the John Herron Art Institute. Afterwards, she attended the Wayman Adams School of Portrait Painting in New York, the Chicago Art Institute, the École des Beaux Arts and other specialized art schools in France, even receiving the Beaux Arts Diploma at the Palace of Fontainebleau in 1929.

Mess returned to Indianapolis and became active in and supportive of the local arts communities, and helped found the Indiana Society of Printmakers in 1934. Her works are at the Library of Congress, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Indiana State Museum. She met her first husband, artist George Joseph Mess, while attending evening classes at the Herron Institute. They were together for forty years until his death in 1962 and Evelynne Mess claimed they shared and complemented everything each other did. She married again in 1968, this time to Edward Daily, who died in 1974. Mess suffered acid damage to her lungs which forced her to give up much of her print making for a time. She eventually returned to her art and continued until her passing at age 100 in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 9, 2003. She was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery.


Items in the collection "Evelynne B. Mess." Biography. Accessed February 5, 2024.

Wikipedia "Evelynne Mess Daily." Accessed February 5, 2024.


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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing finished 2024/01/30 by A.J. Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid created 2024/02/06 by A.J. Chrapliwy.
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