Archive and Art Collection

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Archive

The Portfolio’s archive and art collections are on loan to the Irvington Historical Society and housed at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center in the Indianapolis eastside neighborhood of Irvington. The collection can be viewed by appointment.

The Bona Thompson Memorial Center
5350 E. University Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46219
(317) 353-2662

Among the archive are the club’s programs, yearbooks, club minutes, and treasurer reports dating from the Club’s inception in 1890 to the present. The archive further consists of photographs of Portfolians from all decades, scrapbooks containing news clippings about Portfolians, and miscellaneous copies of the programs that were given at meetings over the years.

There are two other ways to view our archives as well.

Duplicate yearbooks and some vintage photographs are available at the library of the Indiana Historical Society.

The Portfolio Club yearbooks, 1980 to present, can be viewed on the Indianapolis Public Library’s site, Digital Indy.

The Portfolio Club Art Collection

The Portfolio Club’s art collection consists of paintings, drawings, and lithographs by Portfolian artists William Forsyth, Wayman Adams, Clifton Wheeler, Simon Baus, Frederick Polley, Constance Forsyth, Charles Yeager, and Hilah Wheeler.

In developing an arts community outreach program, The Portfolio Club has lent works from its art collection to various exhibitions, including the statewide traveling show, “Creating History: Indiana’s Historic Women Artists.”

Below are pieces in the collection. A gallery view of the artworks is at the bottom of the page where you can click on an image to enlarge it. 

Wayman E. Adams (1883-1959)
“Portrait of William Forsyth” (1917)
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
Signed lower right

Simon (Paul) Baus (1882-1969)
Portrait of an unknown man
Oil on canvas
26 X 21 inches




Charles Yeager
Mountain landscape
Gouache on paper
15 x 19 inches

Helen Fechtman
“Portrait of Simon Baus
Oil on board
15 x 19 inches
Signed lower right

William Forsyth (1854-1935)
Sketch of Dr. Brayton (1925)
Pastel on paper
10 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches
Signed lower right

William Forsyth (1854-1935)
Study of women in meadow (1905)
Oil on board
9 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
Signed lower right

Clifton Alfred Wheeler (1883-1953)
Portrait of Anton Scherrer
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 inches

Clifton Alfred Wheeler (1883-1953)
Portrait of Kurt Vonnegut, Sr.
Oil on board
20 x 14 inches

Clifton Alfred Wheeler (1883-1953)
“Woman in Mountainscape”
Oil on board
48 x 60 inches
Monogrammed lower right

Clifton Alfred Wheeler (1883-1953)
“Portfolians in Classical Landscape”
Oil on board
46 x 36 inches
Signed lower left

* Front of double-sided painting, reverse of which is “Rural Landscape”

Depicted left to right, Portfolio members William Forsyth, Charles Yeager, Otto Stark, unknown woman, and Simon Baus.

Clifton Alfred Wheeler (1883-1953)
Portfolians in Classical Landscape”
Oil on board
46 x 36 inches
Signed lower left

* Reverse of double-sided painting, reverse of which is “Portfolians in Classical Landscape”

Clifton Alfred Wheeler (1883-1953)
Farm scene (1908)
Oil on board
11 x 19 inches
Signed lower left

Hilah Drake Wheeler (1877-1970)
Floral still life
Watercolor on paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
Signed lower left

Simon Baus (1882-1969)
Portrait of Hilton U. Brown
Oil on canvas
26 x 21 inches
Signed lower right

*Brown was the first Portfolio Club president in 1890.

Take a closer look at the artworks here…

View artworks individually by clicking on an image. Upon viewing an image, you can click the arrows to the left or the right of the image to view the next or previous artwork in the grouping.