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Creator:
Kienbusch, William Austin, 1914-1980  Search this
Subject:
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Poor, Henry Varnum  Search this
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Tam, Reuben  Search this
Clifford, Stanley  Search this
Kraushaar, Antoinette M.  Search this
Schrag, Karl  Search this
Maitland, Walter McClymonds  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
5.0 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
The papers of landscape painter and art instructor William Kienbusch measure 5.0 linear feet and date from 1915 to 2001, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1936 to 1980. The collection documents Kienbusch's life as an artist in New York City and Cranberry Island, Maine. Files include biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues; writings and notes; scattered printed material; photographs; and artwork, including 17 sketchbooks.
Citation:
William Kienbusch papers, 1915-2001, bulk 1936-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Location of Originals:
Reel N70-22: Originals returned to William Kienbusch after microfilming.
Related Materials:
William Kienbusch loaned materials for microfiliming in 1970. Originals of loaned material, including a scrapbook of clippings, exhibition catalogs, photographs of Kienbusch, letters, writings, and two journals describing his travels in Europe and the Orient were returned to Kienbusch after microfilming and were not subsequently donated by his estate. Loaned material is available on reel N70-22 but is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is the Walter Maitland correspondence with and about William Kienbusch, 1969-1981; the William Kienbusch letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe, 1958-1977; the Thomas Barrett and Leni Mancuso papers relating to William Kienbusch, 1950-1980; and an oral history interview with William Kienbusch conducted by Forrest Selvig, November 1-7, 1968.
Biography Note:
William Austin Kienbusch (1914-1980) was a painter and art instructor in New York, N.Y. Kienbusch received a B.A. from Princeton in 1936 and attended the Art Students League the following year, where he studied under Henry Varnum Poor, Abraham Rattner, and Stuart Davis. He taught camouflage to soldiers during World War II and was later on the faculty of the Brooklyn Museum Art School.
Provenance:
The William Kienbusch papers were donated by his sisters, Millicent Kelly and Juliana Little, and his friend Stanley Clifford as co-executives of the Kienbusch estate from 1985-1991. Additional papers were donated by Stanley Clifford in 2008 and 2010.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Painting  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7726
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209890
AAA_collcode_kienwill
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209890