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Fairbanks, Avard T. (Avard Tennyson), 1897-1987



  • Existence: 1897 - 1987

Biographical History

Avard Tennyson Fairbanks (1897-1987) was Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Utah.

Avard Tennyson Fairbanks was born March 2, 1897 in Provo, Utah to John B. and Lilly Annetta Huish Fairbanks. He married Beatrice Maude Fox on June 25, 1918 in Honolulu, Hawaii. They had ten children. Avard's father was a talented artist, and Avard followed in his footsteps, becoming well-known at a young age. He was called a "Young Michelangelo." He graduated from Yale and the University of Michigan and was eventually appointed Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Avard died January 1, 1987 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

NUCMC files (Fairbanks, Avard Tennyson, 1897-1987; sculptor; Avard T. Fairbanks; Avard Fairbanks)

LC data base, 1-5-87 (hdg.: Fairbanks, Avard Tennyson, 1897-; usage: Avard T. Fairbanks)

Wikipedia, website viewed August 20, 2014 (Avard Fairbanks; Avard Tennyson Fairbanks; prolific 20th-century American sculptor; born March 2, 1897, Provo, Utah; died January 1, 1987, Salt Lake City, Utah; studied at Art Students League of New York; Bachelor's degree, Yale University; Master's degree, University of Washington; studied at the Guggenheim Fellowship in Florence, Italy; Ph.D., anatomy, Univeristy of Michigan; professor of scupture at University of Michigan; resided in Ann Arbor while going to school and teaching; member of the faculty of the University of Oregon and University of Utah; did friezes for the LDS Laie Hawaii Temple and Angel Moroni statues for several LDS temples)

FamilySearch, via WWW, May 16, 2011 (Avard Tennyson Fairbanks; b. 2 March 1897 in Provo, Utah to John Boylston and Lilly Annette Huish Fairbanks; m. Beatrice Maude Fox on 25 June 1918; d. 1 January 1987)

Fairbanks Art, via WWW, May 16, 2011 (Avard Tennyson Fairbanks; called "Young Michaelangelo"; went to Yale, and University of Michigan; Dean of Fine Arts at University of Utah; had 10 children)

Cope and Fairbanks family papers, 1830-2017 (Avard T. Fairbanks)

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Avard T. Fairbanks papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5866

Correspondence (including with church officials), lecture notes, addresses, sketches, and drawings of Avard T. Fairbanks, a sculptor and professor of fine arts.

Dates: 1906-1999

Avard T. Fairbanks photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 246
Scope and Contents

Collection include 444 photographs of Avard T. Fairbanks family and artwork.

Dates: approximately 1920-1989

John B. and Avard T. Fairbanks photograph collection

 Collection — Oversize 1: [Barcode: 31197227644033]
Identifier: MSS 4261
Scope and Contents

This collection contains twenty eight 11 x 14 enlargements of photographs by John B. Fairbanks. The photographs are of Benjamin Cluff, streets and buildings in Provo, New York Harbor, his family members, and members of the Central American Expedition. Also in the collection are forty eight 11 x 14 enlargements of photographs of sculptures created by Avard T. Fairbanks. The sculptures are of a variety of subjects, including Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, Abraham Lincoln, and the pioneers.

Dates: approximately 1897-1982

Daniel Cowan Jackling photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 440
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs, with one corresponding safety film negative, of Jackling taken between approximately 1900-1959. Most of the photographs document the unveiling of his statue, created by Avard Fairbanks, in the Utah State Capitol building in 1954.

Dates: approximately 1900-1959

Life of Avard T. Fairbanks, sculptor

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197230351790]
Identifier: MSS 7396
Scope and Contents note Manuscript of an unpublished biography of Avard T. Fairbanks and CDs prepared by Eugene Fairbanks. Consists of a collection of stories and recollections from the life of Fairbanks. The biography originates mainly from dictations from Avard T. Fairbanks about his own life, but also includes stories from various family members on specific times in Fairbank's life. The biography covers Fairbanks' early life in Utah, his studies in both the United States and abroad, his work on Latter-day Saint...
Dates: approximately 1980

Representative sculpture, biography, and bibliography of Avard T. Fairbanks

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230318062]
Identifier: MSS SC 1934
Scope and Contents

Illustrations of creative art, news clippings, correspondence, a biography by Eugene Fairbanks, biographical notes, bibliographies, and miscellaneous items. The materials were collected by Avard's son Eugene Fairbanks.

Dates: 1940-1980

Treasurer's Office records

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231011732]
Identifier: UA 372
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence concerning the exchange of art work for tuition credits for relatives of Avard Fairbanks, and account statements concerning the arrangements. Materials date from between 1940 and 1951.

Dates: 1940-1951