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The papers of painter and arts advocate Katherine Schmidt measure 0.2 linear feet and date from circa 1921 to 1971. Scattered correspondence, speeches, proposals, meeting minutes, and notes focus primarily on Schmidt's advocacy for federal and state government support of the arts. Printed materials include exhibition catalogs, clippings, press releases documenting Schmidt's painting career and arts advocacy work. Photographs include portrait photos of Schmidt and photographs of Schmidt's drawings. There are two photographs taken by her first husband Yasuo Kuniyoshi of Schmidt with friends at a party. The papers contain little documentation of Kuniyoshi or their marriage.
Katherine Schmidt papers, circa 1921-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Location of Originals:
Reel 89: Originals returned to Schmidt after microfilming.
The collection was partially digitized in 2007 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.
In 1971, Katherine Schmidt loaned papers for microfilming, including correspondence concerning exhibitions, a scrapbook containing clippings, and exhibition catalogs and announcements. The material was microfilmed on reel 89 and returned to Schmidt. The loaned material is available for viewing on microfilm reel 89, but is not included in the container listing in this finding aid.
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an Oral History Interview with Katherine Schmidt, December 8-15, 1969, by Paul Karlstrom which includes a transcript available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Katherine Schmidt (1898-1978) was a painter from New York, N.Y. Married Yasuo Kuniyoshi, later divorced him. Remarried Irvine J. Shubert.
Donated 1982, by Irvine J. Shubert, Schmidt's widower, except for loaned material on microfilm reel 89 which was lent by Schmidt in 1971.
The papers of Katherine Schmidt in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 401 images.
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