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Helen Travis Chistmas Card Collection

Identifier: AC 609

Scope and Content

Helen Travis was one of several artists who created cards. The cards in this collection were her creation. All cards were signed Vancil Foster and none of the names of the actual artists were included. The artists cut the stencils for the card colors, local women then came to do the actual coloring. Collection contains custom orders such as family homes, boats, pets, etc., and Christmas, Southwestern, and Native American themed cards. Collection also includes Christmas cards by Ralph Pearson and Will Shuster.


  • 1920s-1930s

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Information

Helen Travis was born to Laura Mary Krudwig Travis and Horace Earl Travis on 31 October 1902, in Clarksburg, West Virginia. She graduated from Emma Willard School in Troy, NY in 1920 and toured Europe thereafter. In 1922 she went to Parson’s Art School in New York and then in 1924 to Parson’s School in Paris. She returned to and worked in New York City. On 28 October 1931 she married Tom Bell, a dentist and they had two daughters. Helen Travis died on 5 November 1974, in Durham, NC.

In 1928 Helen Travis went to Taos for the first time and returned off and on thereafter. She became one of the many Taos artists in the late 1920s and 1930s who intermittently worked for Vancil (Joseph) Foster (and Ralph Pearson).


.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Finding Aid of the Helen Travis Chistmas Card Collection, 1920s-1930s
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090