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William E. L. Bunn papers, 1863-2009

view William E. L. Bunn papers, 1863-2009 digital asset number 1
Creator:
Bunn, William E. L. (Edward Lewis), 1910-2009
Subject:
Allen, Lee
Wood, Grant
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Painting and Sculpture
W.A. Sheaffer Pen Company
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
12.9 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 painter, muralist, and designer William E. L. Bunn measure 12.9 linear feet and date from 1863-2009. The collection documents Bunn's career as a painter, industrial designer, and his work on Treasury Department post office mural commissions through biographical material, scattered correspondence, project files, industrial design records, diaries and journals, writings and notes, printed material, photographs, and artwork. Also found are Bunn's papers regarding Grant Wood.
Citation:
William E. L. Bunn papers, 1863-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Two sketchbooks (Sketchbook #4 and Sketchbook #5) in this collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reel 3813 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan.
Biography Note:
Wiliam Edward Lewis Bunn (1910-2009) was a designer, muralist, and painter in Muscatine, Iowa and Ojai, California. Bunn studied under Grant Wood at the University of Iowa. During the 1930s he won commissions from the Federal Department of Fine Arts to paint murals in public buildings throughout the Midwest. He also worked as an industrial designer for Shaeffer Pen and Cuckler Steel. Later in life, he turned to painting placid scenes of Americana, and was particularly fond of Mississippi river boats as a subject.
Provenance:
Donated by Bunn in 1989 and in 2010 by Bunn's daughter, Chari Petrowski. The sketchbooks and sketches on reel 3813 were transferred with Bunn's permssion from the General Services Administration, which had received them from Bunn.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts
Blueprints
Watercolors
Drawings
Muralists
Diaries
Sketches
Designers
Transcriptions
Designs
Interviews
Photographs
Mural painting and decoration
Sketchbooks
New Deal, 1933-1939
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7067
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209200
AAA_collcode_bunnwill
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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