Betty Boylan Papers

Summary Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Boylan, Betty.
Betty Boylan Papers
1967-1985, Bulk 1967
0.25 Linear feet
Collection consists of documents that portray the unveiling of 101 Prints, a book handmade by Norman R. Eppink. Included are programs from the first public viewing, held in Emporia, Kansas, in 1967, and newspaper articles about the project and the artist from the  Emporia Gazette and the  Kansas City Star. The collection also contains an art retrospective from a 1972 show and a photocopy of Norman Eppink’s obituary.

Preferred Citation note

The Betty Boylan Papers at the Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

101 Prints

In 1967 Norman R. Eppink released a limited edition book of 101 original prints illustrating the graphics media found in major exhibitions or collections, including text explaining each process. Only 15 sets were created; these were distributed to a select group of institutions in the United States and England, including the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York), and the British Museum (London, England). The purpose of this book was to provide students of the graphic arts with a single reference for all processes and technical variations, providing print examples that could be handled and examined closely in partnership with the accompanying text. In 1972 101 Prints became available in hardcover and paperback editions from the University of Oklahoma Press.

Norman R. Eppink

Norman Roland Eppink was born in Cleveland, Ohio, July 29, 1906, to Herman and Catherine Koch Eppink. He graduated from the Cleveland Art Institute and Western Reserve University (Ohio), and taught in Cleveland and Lakewood, Colorado. He taught at Emporia State University from 1939-1975, becoming head of the Art Department in 1947. Norman was the Emporia Gazette’s “Man of the Week” twice, on June 1, 1957 and October 21, 1967. The latter honor was due to the issuing of  101 Prints, a limited edition book illustrating the graphics media found in major exhibitions or collections and including explanatory text. He had worked for five years researching and creating the book by hand; however, his original idea had existed in notes for 28 years. “Eppink: Retrospective,” an exhibit displaying more than 60 years of his artwork, was held on campus in April, 1972. Norman was a member of the Rotary Club and also served as a member of the Kansas Cultural Arts Commission. In 1981 the Norman R. Eppink Art Gallery was established in King Hall on the Emporia State University campus. Norman R. Eppink died June 14, 1985.

Norman married Helen Brenan on June 15, 1931; they had one daughter and two granddaughters. Helen was born in Springfield, Ohio, to Bayard Richards and Grace Hewitt Brenan on August 19, 1910. She was also an artist and attended the John Huntington Polytech Institute (Ohio) and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Helen taught art at Ottawa University, K.S.T.C., and the College of Emporia, serving as the head of the College of Emporia’s Art Department from 1961-1974. She was the Emporia Gazette’s “Woman of the Week” March 22, 1969. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Kansas Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Wichita Art Museum, Kansas State University, and the Emporia Women’s City Club, where she also served as a member of the art committee. Other memberships included the Quest Club, Junto, Kansas Federation of Artists, and the Kansas State Art Teachers Association. Norman dedicated  101 Prints to his wife. Helen Brenan Eppink passed away March 14, 1986.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection primarily consists of items created in 1967 in reference to the first public showing of Norman R. Eppink’s book 101 Prints. Includes two programs from the exhibit on campus; one contains an invitation to the event issued by the Friends of Art. Several newspaper articles from  The Emporia Gazette and  The Kansas City Star are also included. A hand-marked list of individuals with the words “Where are they now?” written at the top is of unknown origin. Also contains a list of the items displayed at the art exhibit “Eppink: Retrospective” in 1972 and a photocopy of Norman’s 1985 obituary.

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Arrangement note


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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives July 2005

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

A hardcover edition of 101 Prints is available (761 Ep74o). Several articles about Norman Eppink’s work, exhibitions, and art awards won are printed in the  Bulletin, including a guest editorial he wrote on March 30, 1951. Articles and obituaries are available via microfilm copies of  The Emporia Gazette.

Separated Materials note

1 oversized file folder is located in the basement oversize drawer OS 1.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia. Dept. of Art .

Personal Name(s)

  • Eppink, Hellen, 1910-1986.
  • Eppink, Norman R., 1906-1986.


  • Art -- Study and teaching -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Prints -- Technique.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Program, K.S.T.C. reception honoring completion of 101 Prints, 1967. 

Separated Materials note

Newspaper clippings located in oversized drawers OS 1.

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Newspaper article, Emporia Gazette, October 11, 1967. 

1 2

Newspaper article, Emporia Gazette, October 15, 1967. 

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Newspaper article, Kansas City Star, October 15, 1967. 

1 4

Newspaper picture, circa 1967. 

1 5

Newspaper article, Emporia Gazette, circa 1967. 

1 6

Newspaper article, Emporia Gazette, October 21, 1967. 

1 7

Newspaper clipping, circa 1967. 

1 8

Newspaper clipping, circa 1967. 

1 9

Retrospective, Norman R. Eppink, K.S.T.C. Art Dept., April 1972. 

1 10

Obituary, Norman R. Eppink, Emporia Gazette, June 17, 1985. 

1 11

List, undated. 

1 12