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Reuben Tam papers, 1931-2006

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Creator:
Tam, Reuben, 1916-1991
Subject:
Andrews, Dorothy
Kienbusch, William Austin
Nesjar, Carl
Solomon, Hyde
Alan Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Coe Kerr Gallery
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
8.1 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 educator Reuben Tam measure 8.1 linear feet and date from 1931 to 2006. The papers document his career as a painter in New York, Maine, and Hawaii through biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, art organizations, schools, and galleries; diaries, poetry, and other writings; exhibition catalogs, news clippings, other printed material; photographs; artwork, including seventeen sketchbooks; and eight scrapbooks.
Biographical material includes school documents, records of his tenure as an instructor at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School, artwork consignment and sales records, and slides and accompanying audio cassette recording of the "Reuben Tam Show" about his work as an artist on Monhegan Island, Maine.
Correspondence is with family, fellow artists, including William Kienbusch and Hyde Solomon, as well as art organizations, schools, and museums, such as Brooklyn Museum of Art School, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Maine Coast Artists group, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Also found is correspondence with the three galleries which represented his work: Downtown Gallery, Alan Gallery, and Coe Kerr Gallery.
The collection includes five bound diaries as well as diary entries written by Reuben Tam on loose sheets of paper, primarily documenting the 1940s. Other writings include drafts of poetry, one notebook, miscellaneous notes, and essays by others.
Printed material consists of school publications, exhibition catalogs and announcements for solo and group shows, brochures, flyers, magazines, bulletins, and news clippings. Eight scrapbooks found in this collection also include newspaper clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, as well as event invitations, membership cards, and letters, documenting 40 years of Reuben Tam's career.
Photographs are of Reuben Tam, Tam with friends and family, and artwork. One photograph album contains photographs from Tam's visits to Maine from 1946 to 1948, and includes photographs of fellow artists Hyde Solomon, Carl Nesjar, Dorothy Andrews, and William Kienbusch. Artwork in the collection includes prints, drawings, and watercolors, as well as seventeen large sketchbooks documenting the coastal landscape of Monhegan Island, Maine.
Citation:
Reuben Tam papers, 1931-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Scrapbooks in this collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reel 33 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan.
Related Materials:
Reuben Tam papers, 1958-1966, also at Syracuse University.
Biography Note:
Reuben Tam (1916-1991) was an American landscape painter in Maine and Hawaii.
Provenance:
Scrapbooks were lent for microfilming 1970 by Reuben Tam and were subsequently donated in 2009 along with additional papers by Geraldine King Tam, Reuben Tam's widow.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Diaries
Drafts (documents)
Drawings
Educators
Educators
Educators
Painters
Painters
Painters
Photographs
Poems
Prints
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Watercolors
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8481
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210657
AAA_collcode_tamreub
Theme:
Asian American
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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