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Watercolor sketch of sculpture of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Park, Chicago

Creator:
Armin, Emil, 1883-1971  Search this
Subject:
Lincoln, Abraham  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Place:
Chicago, Ill.
Date:
1916
Topic:
Monuments  Search this
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18085
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Emil Armin papers, 1922-1977
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18085
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The parade of the Chicago artists to the No-jury Artists cubist ball

Creator:
Armin, Emil, 1883-1971  Search this
Subject:
Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Place:
Chicago, Ill.
Date:
1923 October
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18108
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Emil Armin papers, 1922-1977
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18108

Gertrude Abercrombie papers

Creator:
Abercrombie, Gertrude, 1909-1977  Search this
Names:
Algren, Nelson, 1909-1981  Search this
Armin, Emil, 1883-  Search this
Armour, Richard Willard, 1906-  Search this
De Diego, Julio, 1900-  Search this
Evans, B.  Search this
Huppler, Dudley, 1917-1988  Search this
Karidis, Jerome  Search this
Priebe, Karl J., 1914-1976  Search this
Purdy, Carl  Search this
Purdy, James  Search this
Rollins, Sonny  Search this
Rorem, Ned, 1923-  Search this
Terkel, Studs, 1912-2008  Search this
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964  Search this
Warren, Paul, 1916-  Search this
Wilcox, Wendell  Search this
Wilde, John, 1919-2006  Search this
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975  Search this
Extent:
5.9 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Sketches
Photographs
Writings
Date:
circa 1880-1986
bulk 1935-1977
Summary:
The papers of surrealist artist Gertrude Abercrombie date from circa 1880-1986, with the bulk of the material dated 1935-1977, and measure 5.9 linear feet. Found within are biographical material; correspondence (mostly incoming letters) with friends, museums, and galleries; files for artists that interested her; writings and notes, including five journal-type notebooks; scattered personal business records; two sketchbooks by Abercrombie and additional sketches and drawings, some by others; printed material, audio recordings, one scrapbook, photographs, and estate records.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of surrealist artist Gertrude Abercrombie date from circa 1880-1986, with the bulk of the material dated 1935-1977, and measure 5.9 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material; correspondence (mostly incoming letters) with friends, museums, and galleries; artists files; writings and notes, including five journal-type notebooks; scattered personal business records; two sketchbooks by Abercrombie and additional sketches and drawings, some by others; printed material, audio recordings, one scrapbook, photographs, and estate records.

Biographical material consists of biographical notes, Gertrude Abercrombie's will, address books, and a file titled "memorabilia." Personal and professional correspondence consists mainly of incoming letters and some drafts of Gertrude Abercrombie's outgoing letters. Letters from museums and galleries concern loans of paintings and exhibitions. A large amount of the personal correspondence consists of post cards including many antique ones, as well as cards containing original art work by Julio de Diego, Jerry [Jerome] Karidis, Karl Priebe.

Artist files consist of correspondence, printed material, and photographs concerning painters, writers, a jazz musician, and a photographer. The individuals represented are: Dudley Huppler, Jerome Karidis, Karl Priebe, James Purdy, Sonny Rollins, Carl Van Vechten, Wendell Wilcox, John Wilde, and Thornton Wilder.

Writings and notes include reminiscences, miscellaneous writings and notes, and a girlhood diary with brief entries. Five notebooks contain a variety of writings dating from 1953 through 1975, and undated. One volume concerns only her second husband Frank Sandiford.

Business records include a painting catalog on file cards, mailing and guest lists, and miscellaneous sales records. In addition, six notebooks record expenses, sales, inventories, mailing lists, a register of paintings, and a guest book.

There are two sketchbooks, Christmas card designs, sketches and drawings done by Gertrude Abercrombie. There are also prints, drawings, and a painting by Emil Arman, B. Evans, de Diego, and unknown artists.

Printed material consists of articles and clippings about Gertrude Abercrombie, exhibition catalogs, and reproductions. Also included are books by friends inscribed by the authors, among them: Nelson Algren, Richard Armour, Dudley Huppler, James Purdy, Ned Rorem, Paul Warren [pen name of Abercrombie's second husband, Frank Sandiford], Studs Terkel, and Thornton Wilder.

Audio recordings (33-1/3 rpm phonograph alums) are inscribed to Gertrude Abercrombie by the artists. Orlando's album cover, designed by Abercrombie, incorporates one of her paintings.

Records of the Estate of Gertrude Abercrombie and the Gertrude Abercrombie Trust, Donald Baum, Executor, consist mainly of correspondence with the institutions that were offered works of art by Gertrude Abercrombie and from her personal collection. Also included are general correspondence, financial and tax records, and legal documents.

There is one scrapbook dated 1943 containing photographs and printed material.

Photographs are of art work, people, places, and miscellaneous subjects; negatives, slides, and transparencies are included in this series, too. Photographs of art include the work of Gertrude Abercrombie, Karl Priebe, and Charles Sebree. People pictured are Gertrude Abercrombie and family, including her parents, Richard I. Livingston, Dinah Livingston, and Frank Sandiford. There are also 19th and early 20th century photographs of ancestors. Among the images of friends are: Ivan le Lorraine Albright, Arnold Blanch, Dudley Huppler, Doris Lee, Karl Priebe, and Richard Purdy. Photographs of jazz artists include: Louis Armstrong, George Davis, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Earl Hines, Orlando, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughn, and the Modern Jazz Quartet. Of particular note the portraits of Gertrude Abercrombie and Dizzy Gillespie by Carl Van Vechten.Among the photographs of places are interior views of Gertrude Abercrombie's home and studio, unidentified landscapes, travel pictures of San Francisco and commercially produced stereopticon slides of other locations. Miscellaneous subjects are automobiles, cats, exhibition installations, and a still life setup.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 11 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1902-1976 (Box 1, OV9; 0.1 linear ft.)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1935-1977 (Boxes 1-2; 1.65 linear ft.)

Series 3: Artist files, circa 1935-1977 (Box 2; 0.25 linear ft.)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, circa 1919-1977 (Box 3; 0.1 linear ft.)

Series 5: Business Records, circa 1944-1977 (Box 3; 0.2 linear ft.)

Series 6: Art Work, circa 1939-1975 (Boxes 3, 7; O.2 linear ft.)

Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1906-1977 (Boxes 3-4; 1.6 linear ft.)

Series 8: Audio Recordings, circa 1970-1974 (Box 7; 0.1 linear ft.)

Series 9: Estate Records, circa 1976-1986 (Box 5; o.5 linear ft.)

Series 10: Scrapbook, circa 1943(Box 5; 1 folder)

Series 11: Photographs, circa 1880-1978(Boxes 5-7; OV8, 1.0 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
Surrealist painter Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977) lived and worked in Chicago and was a prominent member of Chicago's Hyde Park arts community.

Abercrombie was known for surrealist oil paintings featuring dreamlike landscapes and fantasies. Her wide circle of friends included locally and nationally known artists, writers, and jazz musicians who made her home a popular avant-garde salon. She was the inspiration for Richie Powell's "Gertrude's Bounce" and, appeared as a fictional character in Malcolm, Eustace Chisholm, and as herself in Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue all by James Purdy.

The only child of Tom and Lula Janes [Jane] Abercrombie, Gertrude was born in Austin, Texas in 1909, while her opera singer parents were in town with a traveling company. In 1913, the family relocated to Berlin to further Jane's career, but the outbreak of World War I forced their return to the United States. They lived with Tom Abercrombie's family in Alledo, Illinois, before permanently settling in Chicago.

Gertrude Abercrombie had a facility with language and possessed musical and artistic talents. After graduation from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a degree in romance languages in 1929, she studied figure drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a short time. She then enrolled at the American Arcademy of Art, also in Chicago, for a year long course in commercial art. Her first job was drawing gloves for Mesirow Department Store ads, followed by a stint working as an artist for Sears.

By 1932, Gertrude Abercrombie began painting seriously. The following summer, she participated in an outdoor art fair in downtown Chicago where she made her first sale and received favorable mention in a newspaper review of the event. Abercrombie's work that featured self-portraits and recurring images of personal symbols - trees, horses, owls, keys, shells, doors, stairways, ladders - began to attract attention. Beginning in 1934, Gertrude Abercrombie was employment as a painter in the WPA Federal Art Project in 1934, enabling her to feel validated as an artist and move from the home of her conservative, Christian Scientist parents to her own apartment. The Chicago Society of Artists presented a solo exhibition of Abercrombie's work in 1934, and in 1936 she showed at the Katharine Kuh Gallery (along with Rita Stein and Nicola Ziroli). In 1936 and 1938 Gertrude Abercrombie won prizes at the Art Institute of Chicago's Annual Exhibition of Works by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity.

She left the WPA in 1940 and married lawyer Robert Livingston. Their daughter, Dinah, was born in 1942, and they soon moved to a large Victorian house on South Dorchester St. where Gertude lived for the remainder of her life. The couple divorced in 1948. That same year she married Frank Sandiford, a music critic whose pen name was Paul Warren. An accomplished improvisational pianist, Gertrude Abercrombie became friends with many prominent jazz artists whom she met through Sandiford; in fact, Dizzy Gillespie performed at their wedding. Abercrombie and Sandiford separated in 1964.

The 1940s through 1950s were Gertrude Abercrombie's most productive and prolific period. Although she no longer painted many portraits, he work remained focused on the same themes and symbols. She believed that art was about ideas rather than technique and insisted that "It is always myself that I paint." During this period, Amercrombie exhibited widely in group shows and had solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, Associated American Artists (New York), and Leonard Linn, Inc. (Winnetka, Ill.)

By the late 1950s, Gertrude Abercrombie began a long decline. Alcoholism started to take a toll. She suffered serious financial reverses, and in 1964 separated from Frank Sandiford. Debilitating arthritis eventually landed her in a wheel chair, and she became reclusive. In 1977, very near the end of her life, Gertrude Abercrombie was honored with a well-received retrospective exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. She was able to attend the reception and enjoy seeing the many old friends who were at the event.

Gertrude Abercrombie died in Chicago in 1977. Her will established The Gertrude Abercrombie Trust that cared for and distributed to various institutions her own paintings and a personal collection of works by other artists to selected institutions, mainly in the Midwest.
Related Material:
A photograph of Gertrude Abercrombie at home with her painting "Slaughter House", was donated by Donald Baum to the National Collection of Fine Arts in 1979 and transferred to the Archives of American Art that same year.
Provenance:
Donald Baum, executor of both the estate and trust of Gertrude Abercrombie, donated the papers to the Archives of American Art in 1978 and 1986.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Gertrude Abercrombie papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Surrealism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Sketches
Photographs
Writings
Citation:
The Gertrude Abercrombie papers, circa 1880-1986, bulk 1935-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.abergert
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Gertrude Abercrombie papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-abergert

Emil Armin papers, 1922-1977

Creator:
Armin, Emil, 1883-1971  Search this
Subject:
Levy, Beatrice S. (Beatrice Sophia)  Search this
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Sketchbooks  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Exhibition catalogs  Search this
Painters  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Greeting cards  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7027
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209160
AAA_collcode_armiemil
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Art Theory and Historiography
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Lives of American Artists
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209160

Emil Armin, 1883-1971 : Illinois State Museum, Springfield, April 27 - June 8, 1980 / catalog by Maureen A. McKenna

Author:
McKenna, Maureen A  Search this
Armin, Emil 1883-  Search this
Illinois State Museum  Search this
Subject:
Armin, Emil 1883- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
29 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1980
[1980?]
Call number:
N40.1.A7284 M15 1980
N40.1.A7284M15 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_388472

[Emil Armin : miscellaneous uncataloged material]

Author:
Armin, Emil 1883-  Search this
Subject:
Armin, Emil 1883-  Search this
Type:
Books
Vertical files
Call number:
VF-- Armin, Emil
Restrictions & Rights:
FOLDER(S) DO NOT CIRCULATE . FOLDER(S) AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY AT THE NMAA/NPG LIBRARY.
Photocopies of items in the folder(s) are available upon request, subject to fees and other current copyright guidelines for reproduction.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_603149

Flower Still Life, (painting)

Painter:
Armin, Emil 1883-1971  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
University of Illinois Krannert Art Museum 500 East Peabody Drive Champaign Illinois 61820
Topic:
Still Life--Flower  Search this
Control number:
IAP 11960023
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_254707

My Neighbors, (painting)

Painter:
Armin, Emil 1883-1971  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1973.141.1
Date:
1929
Topic:
Architecture interior--Domestic--House  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Animal--Dog  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08583160
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_394239

The Fair and Fishing, (painting)

Painter:
Armin, Emil 1883-1971  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Illinois State Museum Springfield Illinois 62706
Date:
1934
Topic:
Landscape--River  Search this
Figure  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Fishing  Search this
Control number:
IAP 13110035
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_408353

Tones, (painting)

Painter:
Armin, Emil 1883-1971  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Illinois State Museum Springfield Illinois 62706
Date:
1924
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAP 13110036
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_408354

Wild West, (painting)

Painter:
Armin, Emil 1883-1971  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1973.141.2
Date:
1929
Topic:
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Figure male  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Cart  Search this
Animal--Donkey  Search this
Equestrian  Search this
Occupation--Other--Cowboy  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic--Adobe  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08583161
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_394240

Canyon, (painting)

Painter:
Armin, Emil 1883-1971  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum 6000 North New Braunfels San Antonio Texas 78209 Accession Number: 1950.6
Date:
1929
Topic:
Landscape--Canyon  Search this
Control number:
IAP 52250020
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_402473

Emil in the Mirror, (painting)

Painter:
Armin, Emil 1883-1971  Search this
Subject:
Armin, Emil  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Illinois State Museum Springfield Illinois 62706
Date:
1932
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Portrait male--Self Portrait  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Object--Art Tool--Artist's Brush  Search this
Architecture interior--Studio  Search this
Control number:
IAP 13110018
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_408262

Store Front, 57th Street, (painting)

Painter:
Armin, Emil 1883-1971  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Illinois State Museum Springfield Illinois 62706
Date:
1958
Topic:
Cityscape--New York--New York City  Search this
Cityscape--Street  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Architecture exterior--Commercial--Store  Search this
Control number:
IAP 13110019
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_408263

The Gateway, (painting)

Painter:
Armin, Emil 1883-1971  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Valparaiso University Brauer Museum of Art Valparaiso University Center for the Arts Valparaiso Indiana 46383
Date:
1927
Topic:
Cityscape--Illinois--Chicago  Search this
Cityscape--River--Chicago River  Search this
Architecture--Bridge  Search this
Architecture--Boat  Search this
Architecture exterior--Commercial--Office Building  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8E390013
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_444818

The Open Bridge, (painting)

Painter:
Armin, Emil 1883-1971  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Illinois State Museum Springfield Illinois 62706
Date:
1930
Topic:
Cityscape--New York--New York City  Search this
Cityscape--River--Chicago River  Search this
Architecture--Bridge  Search this
Architecture exterior--Commercial--Skyscraper  Search this
Control number:
IAP 13110020
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_408264

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