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The Marta Adams papers measure 4.2 linear feet, and date from circa 1914 to circa 1991. Found within are biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, legal and estate papers, printed materials, photographic material, one mixed-media scrapbook, and artwork, including three portfolios of lithographs, "30 Grabados de Galo Galecio," 1946, containing 30 engraving prints by Galecio and "Estampas de la Revolucion Mexicana," 1947, containing 85 engraving prints by 16 artists of the Taller de Grafica Popular, and "Drawings: Seymour Swetzoff," 1949.
Biographical material includes address books, curriculum vitaes, a passport, awards and certificates, and immigration materials.
Correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection and is primarily personal in nature. Most of the correspondence is between Marta and her daughter Kay Kulmala, though there are several files of a blend of personal and professional correspondence to and from others. Additional correspondents include other family members and friends, as well as the Galerie Günther Franke and Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Notable correspondents include Charles L. and Hetty Kuhn, Raquel Jodorowsky, and Kojin Toneyama, among others.
Writings include drafts and manuscripts by Adams, of poetry and children's stories, as well as notes for an unpublished autobiography. Also found are writings about Adams by others.
After Marta Adam's death, her daughter, Kay Kulmala, dealt with her estate by conducting inventories, discussing exhibitions, and facilitating auctions of Adam's artwork--documented via legal and estate papers within the collection.
Printed materials include clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and three limited edition art books with prints by other artists.
Photographs depict portraits of the artist, friends and family, and artwork. Also included are works by others including a signed lithograph by Leopoldo Méndez, and prints by Xavier Guerrero, José Clemente Orozco, Jose Guadalupe Posada, and Alfredo Zalce. There are three limited editions of portfolios of lithographs, "30 Grabados de Galo Galecio," 1946, containing 30 engraving prints by Galecio, "Estampas de la Revolucion Mexicana," 1947, containing 85 engraving prints by 16 artists of the Taller de Grafica Popular, and "Drawings: Seymour Swetzoff," 1949.
Marta Adams papers, circa 1914-circa 1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
Marta Adams (1891 or 3-1978) was a painter, sculptor, and writer, active in Boston, Massachusetts and Mexico.
The bulk of the collection is in English; some records are in Spanish.
The Marta Adams papers were donated to the Archives in 1992 by the estate of Katherine Adams Kulmala (Adams daughter) via Jonathan Strong, executor.
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