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Charlotte Partridge (1882-1975)  and Miriam Frink (1892-1978) had combined roles as founders and co-directors of the Layton School of Art, involvement with the Wisconsin WPA, numerous community organizations, and a domestic relationship of over 50 years.

 

Inspired by their primarily untold story with Wisconsin milestones and many contradictions, Levine has spent hundreds of hours with their papers housed at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries’ Archives Department to establish their undervalued roles. The result will be a new book published by OK Stamp Press 2024 titled As Ever. The book conceptually explores saying goodbye over 50 years via Charlotte and Miriam's personal and professional correspondence and will also include a non-exhaustive history of their combined lives, extensive footnotes about the research process and reflection about the importance of lifting up untold queer histories from archives. In 2025, a related exhibition investigating their domestic space curated by Levine will open at Lynden Sculpture Garden. 

Left to Right: Research images including Charlotte Partridge and Miriam Frink, circa 1920; "I am yours humble Miriam" Miriam's sign-off on a letter to Charlotte, circa 1940s; and Various letters and Charlotte's day journal, circa 1920s

Images Courtesy of the Charlotte Russell Partridge and Miriam Frink Papers, 1862-1980, Housed at the University of Wisconsin Libraries' Archives Department

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