Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Place of publication, production, or execution:
4.0 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of video recording requires advance notice.
The papers of jeweler and designer Mary Ann Scherr measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1941 to 2007, with the bulk of the material from 1960 to 2000. Scherr's career is documented through scattered biographical material; correspondence with museums, universities, professional entities, and colleagues; writings by her as well as professional and student writings about her; business records documenting projects and connections with institutions and organizations; news clippings, promotional ephemera, catalogs, posters, and other printed materials; and photographs of Scherr and of her artwork.
An additional 2.0 linear feet donated in 2016 includes biographical material including information about Scherr's children, resumes and awards; personal and professional correspondence; teaching files and material regarding honorary degrees; project files pertaining to Scherr's "Body Monitors" jewelry; financial records including invoices for projects and supplies; photographs of Scherr with her designs, with others, and of works of art; artwork consisting of designs, illustrations, and computer clip art design; and printed material.
Mary Ann Scherr papers, 1941-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Mary Ann Scherr conducted by Mary Douglas, April 6-7, 2001.
Mary Ann Scherr (1921-2016) was a jeweler and designer living in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The collection was donated by Mary Ann Scherr in 2001, 2005, and 2008 under the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Additional material donated 2016 by Scott Scherr, Mary Ann Scherr's son.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001