Converse Art & Archives

at Malden Public Library


The art collection at the Malden Library was begun through the generosity of the rubber-soled shoe tycoon Elisha Slade Converse and his wife. Not only did Converse finance the library building itself, but upon his death in 1904 he left $50,000, the income only to be used specifically for the purchase of works of art. This sum was added to the $15,000 Mrs. Converse left in her will the previous year.

Current Exhibit

Perle Fine: exhibit Abstract
The exhibition will include newly acquired works by nationally-renowned artist Perle Fine, as well as works by I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, Constantine Arvanites, and Constance Stella, among others.