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Peter Howard Selz papers, 1929-2018, bulk 1950-2005

Creator:
Selz, Peter Howard, 1919-2019  Search this
Subject:
Bury, Pol  Search this
Paris, Harold Persico  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques  Search this
Golub, Leon  Search this
Baykam, Bedri  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Chatzes, Demetres  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Lindner, Richard  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto  Search this
Graves, Morris  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Tinguely, Jean  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Conner, Bruce  Search this
Petlin, Irving  Search this
Chase-Riboud, Barbara  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Onslow-Ford, Gordon  Search this
Bergman, Ciel  Search this
Benton, Fletcher Chapman  Search this
Beckmann, Max  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Christo  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Marlborough Gallery  Search this
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (Calif.)Art Council  Search this
University of California, Berkeley.University Art Museum  Search this
College Art Association (U.S.)  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Political cartoons  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Art  Search this
Authors  Search this
Realism in art  Search this
Pop art  Search this
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)  Search this
Environmental art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8464
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210640
AAA_collcode_selzpete
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210640
Additional Online Media:

Oral history interview with Leo Holub, 1997 July 3

Interviewee:
Holub, Leo, 1916-2010  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Corbett, Edward  Search this
Packard, Emmy Lou  Search this
Barnes, Matthew Rackham  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Smith, Hassel Wendell  Search this
Mondale, Walter F.  Search this
Randolph, Lee F.  Search this
Hackett, Dick  Search this
Piazzoni, Gottardo Fidele  Search this
Sinel, Joseph Claude  Search this
Wilson, Charis  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen  Search this
White, Minor  Search this
Sterne, Maurice  Search this
Weston, Edward  Search this
Adams, Ansel Easton  Search this
Mackey, Spencer  Search this
Oldfield, Otis  Search this
Gaw, William A.  Search this
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail  Search this
Holub, Florence  Search this
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (Calif.)  Search this
Stanford University.Dept. of Art  Search this
University of California, San Francisco.School of Fine Arts  Search this
Art Schools in California Oral History Project  Search this
Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Photography  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Art  Search this
Art schools  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12356
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216329
AAA_collcode_holub97
Theme:
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216329
Additional Online Media:

Marian W. Sinton papers, 1962-1971

Creator:
Sinton, Marian W., 1894-1980  Search this
Subject:
Feldman, Bella Tabak  Search this
Van Hoesen, Beth  Search this
Patchen, Kenneth  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne  Search this
Rose, Henri Marie  Search this
Anderson, Carlo  Search this
Siegriest, Louis Bassi  Search this
Oliveira, Nathan  Search this
Topic:
Art  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7145
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209279
AAA_collcode_sintmari
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209279

[Photographs of artists taken by Mimi Jacobs, photographer], 1971-1981

Creator:
Jacobs, Mimi, 1911-1999  Search this
Subject:
Zammitt, Norman  Search this
Brice, William  Search this
Brown, Joan  Search this
Wasserstein, Julius  Search this
Saar, Betye  Search this
Gilhooly, David  Search this
Benton, Fletcher Chapman  Search this
Villa, Carlos  Search this
Saunders, Raymond  Search this
Hudson, Robert H.  Search this
Adams, Mark  Search this
Beasley, Bruce  Search this
Richardson, Sam  Search this
Arnoldi, Charles Arthur  Search this
Dill, Guy  Search this
Anderson, Jeremy Radcliffe  Search this
De Forest, Roy  Search this
Bechtle, Robert Alan  Search this
Raffael, Joseph  Search this
Voulkos, Peter  Search this
Dickinson, Eleanor Creekmore  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Chicago, Judy  Search this
Wiley, William T.  Search this
Johnson, Robert E. Robert Emory,  Search this
Paris, Harold Persico  Search this
Lobdell, Frank  Search this
Adams, Ansel  Search this
Ramos, Mel  Search this
Todd, Mike  Search this
Irwin, Robert  Search this
Valledor, Leo  Search this
McLean, Richard Thorpe  Search this
Gooch, Gerald  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu  Search this
Hedrick, Wally  Search this
Allan, William George  Search this
DeLap, Tony  Search this
Hopkins, Henry T. (Henry Tyler)  Search this
Sinton, Nell  Search this
DeFeo, Jay  Search this
Berlant, Anthony  Search this
Bischoff, Elmer  Search this
Oliveira, Nathan  Search this
Martin, Bill  Search this
Beall, Dennis Ray  Search this
Mullican, Lee  Search this
Armer, Ruth  Search this
Wonner, Paul John  Search this
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Ihle, John Livingston  Search this
Siegriest, Louis B.  Search this
Neri, Manuel  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen  Search this
Francis, Sam  Search this
Goldyne, Joseph R.  Search this
Conner, Bruce Guldner  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Asawa, Ruth  Search this
Arneson, Robert  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne  Search this
Reichman, Fred  Search this
Graham, Robert  Search this
Holland, Tom  Search this
Light, Alvin  Search this
Howard, Robert Boardman  Search this
Celmins, Vija  Search this
Woelffer, Emerson  Search this
Blunk, J. B.  Search this
Shaw, Richard Blake  Search this
Kauffman, Craig  Search this
Falkenstein, Claire  Search this
Gordon, Russell Talbert  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Photographers  Search this
Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9285
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211480
AAA_collcode_jacomimi
Theme:
Audio - Visual
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211480

California State University Art Museum card catalog file on Nathan Oliveira, 1978-1980

Creator:
California State University, Long Beach. University Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Oliveira, Nathan  Search this
Topic:
Printmakers  Search this
Art  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9873
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212375
AAA_collcode_calistat
Theme:
Audio - Visual
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212375

Oral history interview with Rupert Garcia, 1995 Sept. 7-1996 June 24

Interviewee:
Garcia, Rupert, 1941-  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R.  Search this
Montoya, Malaquias  Search this
Galeria de la Raza  Search this
San Francisco State University  Search this
Four (Art group)  Search this
Asco (Group of artists)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Mexican American artists  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13572
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215906
AAA_collcode_garcia95
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215906
Additional Online Media:

Oral history interview with Richard Shaw [videorecording], 1998 April 3 and 6

Interviewee:
Shaw, Richard Blake, 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Braunstein, Ruth  Search this
Hudson, Robert H.  Search this
Melchert, Jim  Search this
Chanco, Pauletta  Search this
San Francisco Art Institute  Search this
Archives of American Art  Search this
Braunstein/Quay Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Ceramicists  Search this
Pottery  Search this
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13046
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216429
AAA_collcode_shaw98
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216429

1948-C

Artist:
Clyfford Still, American, b. Grandin, North Dakota, 1904–1980  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
80 7/8 x 68 3/4 in. (205.4 x 174.6 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
(1948)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 1992
Accession Number:
92.8
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Abstract Expressionism (First Generation)
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_92.8

Elmer Bischoff papers

Creator:
Bischoff, Elmer, 1916-1991  Search this
Names:
Staempfli Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
University of California, Berkeley -- Faculty  Search this
University of California, Berkeley -- Students  Search this
Extent:
4.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Collages
Drawings
Watercolors
Interviews
Date:
1914-1990
Summary:
The papers of San Francisco painter and arts instructor Elmer Bischoff measure 4.4 linear feet and date from 1914 to 1990, with the bulk of the material dating from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s. Found within the papers are biographical materials, scattered correspondence, notes and notebooks, teaching and student files, printed materials, artwork and two sketchbooks, and photographs and negatives of Bischoff, his family, post World War II Europe, and artwork studies.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of San Francisco painter and arts instructor Elmer Bischoff measure 4.4 linear feet and date from 1914 to 1990, with the bulk of the material dating from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s. Found within the papers are biographical materials, scattered correspondence, notes and notebooks, teaching and student files, printed materials, artwork and two sketchbooks, and photographs and negatives of Bischoff, his family, post World War II Europe, and artwork studies.

Biographical materials document jurying on art prize committees, interviews with others, lists of names and addresses, and biographical materials. Scattered correspondence is with Staempfli Gallery, organizations, and artists. Notes and notebooks document people Bischoff kept in touch with, as well as day-to-day occurrences in his life, including health and travel. University files document Bischoff's years as a professor at UC Berkeley, as well as papers written about him and notes from his days as a student at UC Berkeley. The bulk of the collection consists of printed material documenting exhibitions, magazines and newspapers where Bischoff's work was profiled, and materials that document his personal interests. Artwork and two sketchbooks contain drawings, watercolors, and collages by Bischoff. Photographs are of Bischoff, his family, travel, and art resource photographs.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1930-1990 (Box 1, 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1956-1990 (Box 1, 0.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Notes and Notebooks, 1976-1989 (Box 1, 0.3 linear feet)

Series 4: University Files, 1954-1990 (Box 2, 0.4 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1941-1990 (Box 3-6, 1.6 linear feet)

Series 6: Artwork and Sketchbooks, 1958, undated (Box 7-8, 0.6 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographic Materials, 1914-1990 (Box 9, 0.2 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Elmer Bischoff (1916-1991) was an influential painter and arts instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area figurative art movement that emerged in the early 1950s.

Bischoff grew up in Berkeley, California and attended the University of California (UC) at Berkeley, receiving his Master of Arts in 1939. During the Great Depression, he became involved with the Federal Art Project and taught ceramics at an arts center in Sacramento, California. During World War II, he served in the US Air Force and was stationed in England as an intelligence officer. When he returned to California in 1945, he taught at the California School of Fine Arts (now known as San Francisco Art Institute) with Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, and Ad Reinhardt. He resigned from the school in the early 1950s when he took up figurative painting, but returned in 1956 to head the graduate program. In 1963 he became an associate professor at UC Berkeley, and was promoted to full professor in 1965, where he stayed until he retired in 1985.
Related Materials:
Among other resources relating to the Elmer Bischoff papers are two oral histories with Bischoff; one conducted in 1965 by Mary McChesney and the other conducted in 1977 by Paul J. Karlstrom.
Provenance:
Two items on reel 2787 were donated in 1974 by Elmer Bischoff. His papers were donated in 1991 by his widow, Adelie Bischoff.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Elmer Bischoff 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:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Collages
Drawings
Watercolors
Interviews
Citation:
Elmer Bischoff papers, 1914-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.biscelme
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Elmer Bischoff papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-biscelme

Jay DeFeo papers

Creator:
DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989  Search this
Names:
Berman, Shirley  Search this
Berman, Wallace, 1926-1976  Search this
Blum, Irving, 1930-  Search this
Conner, Bruce  Search this
Hedrick, Wally, 1928-2003  Search this
Lobdell, Frank, 1921-  Search this
McClure, Michael  Search this
Peterson, Margaret, 1903-  Search this
Remington, Deborah  Search this
Sinton, Nell, 1910-1997  Search this
Terrill, Ruth  Search this
Extent:
1.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1940s-1970s
Summary:
The papers of artist Jay DeFeo measure 1.3 linear feet and date from circa 1940s to circa 1970s. The collection documents her career through biographical material, correspondence with friends, personal business records, writings, printed material, artwork, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of artist Jay DeFeo measure 1.3 linear feet and date from circa 1940s to circa 1970s. The collection documents her career through biographical material, correspondence with friends, personal business records, writings, printed material, artwork, and photographs.

About half of the collection is made up of correspondence and photographs. DeFeo maintained ongoing communications with many artists, friends, and business associates. Notable correspondence is with Wallace and Shirley Berman, Irving Blum/Ferus Gallery, Bruce Conner, Frank Lobdell, Fred Martin, Michael McClure, Margaret Peterson, Deborah Remington, Ruth Terrill, and Eleanor (Nell) Sinton. The photographs document her adult years, although there are some as a teenager. DeFeo, her artist husband Wally Hedrick, and friends appear in many of the images. The remainder of the collection includes printed materials, exhibition information, some writings and some limited artwork. The collection is particularly rich in documentation on her artwork, The Rose.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series

Series 1: Biographical material, 1948-1969 (1 folder; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1960-1970s (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1960s (3 folders; Box 1)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1964-1974 (2 folders; Box 1)

Series 5: Printed Material, circa 1950s-1970s (2 folders; Box 1, OV 3)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1940s-1970s (0.4 linear feet; Box 1, OV 3)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1950s-1960s (0.2 linear feet; Box 2)
Biographical / Historical:
Jay DeFeo (1929-1989) lived and worked in Northern California where she was a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area art scene as a painter in the progressive art community. She identified her artistic style as expressionist and symbolist.

DeFeo was born in Hanover, New Hampshire, and was three years old when her family moved to the Bay Area. She attended the University of California Berkeley and earned an Associate's Degree in 1948, a B.A. in 1950 and a M.A. in Fine Arts in 1951. After earning the M.A. she took 18 months to travel in France, Spain, northern Africa, and Italy. She spent 6 months in Florence where she painted and produced her first important body of work. DeFeo returned to San Francisco at the end of her trip.

DeFeo married fellow artist Wally Hedrick in 1954. They settled in a large Victorian flat at 2322 Fillmore Street and actively participated in Beat counter culture. DeFeo and Hedrick counted many artists among their friends and colleagues, including musicians, painters, poets, and photographers. They threw large parties with hundreds of guests. DeFeo produced a range of works during her four-decade long career. She began working on her most celebrated and massive painting, The Rose, in the Fillmore flat.

In the mid-1960s, DeFeo began teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute. She and Wally Hedrick divorced in 1969, and she moved to Larkspur in Marin County to regroup from personal set-backs and the draining experience of working on The Rose. In 1980 she joined the art faculty at Mills College. She maintained personal and professional correspondences with many people, and her papers include letters about conservation efforts for The Rose.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art has an oral history interview with DeFeo conducted 1975 June 3-1976 January 23 by Paul Karlstrom for the Archives of America Art. An 83 page transcript is available online.

The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley holds some of DeFeo's archival materials.
Provenance:
Donated between 1975-1981 by Jay DeFeo.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Jay DeFeo 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.
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Topic:
Photography -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Photographers -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Photography -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Jay DeFeo papers, circa 1940s-1970s. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.defejay
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Jay DeFeo papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-defejay

Wallace Berman

Creator:
Berman, Wallace, 1926-1976  Search this
Names:
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989  Search this
Di Prima, Diane  Search this
Duncan, Robert Edward, 1919-  Search this
Fonda, Peter, 1940-  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-  Search this
Heinecken, Robert, 1931-  Search this
Herms, George, 1935-  Search this
Hirschman, Jack, 1933-  Search this
Hopper, Dennis, 1936-  Search this
Jess, 1923-  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-  Search this
Jordan, Patricia M., 1937-1989  Search this
Lamantia, Philip, 1927-  Search this
McClure, Michael  Search this
Meltzer, David  Search this
Miller, Henry, 1891-  Search this
Patchen, Kenneth, 1911-1972  Search this
Perkoff, Stuart Z.  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Sherman, Donald  Search this
Wieners, John, 1934-  Search this
Extent:
5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Date:
1907-1979
bulk 1955-1979
Summary:
The Wallace Berman papers date from 1907 to 1979 (bulk 1955-1979). The collection measures 5 linear feet and presents a cursory overview of Berman's career as an assemblage artist and poet. The collection contains business correspondence, letters from other artists and writers of the Beat movement, writings by others, scattered artwork by Berman, photographs by Robert F. Heinecken, and sound recordings of poetry readings.
Scope and Content Note:
The Wallace Berman papers, 1907-1979 (bulk 1955-1979), measure 5 linear feet and present a cursory overview of Berman's career as an assemblage artist and poet. The collection is valuable not only for its documentation of the work of Wallace Berman, but for its documentation of the California beat movement of the late 1950s through the early 1970s.

Found are numerous letters, writings, poems, and other published material which portray the thoughts, attitudes, and trends popular in a prominent underground culture which eventually led to radical changes in America and American art. The collection contains business correspondence, letters from other artists and writers of the beat movement, writings by others, scattered artwork by Berman, and photographs by Robert F. Heinecken. In addition, the collection contains files for Berman's mail art publications Semina and S.M.S. Also of note is the large volume of printed material (2.7 feet), much of it in the form of books and other published material. Sound recordings include poets Michael McClure, Kenneth Patchen, David Melzer, and another unidentified writer performing their work.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into nine series which generally reflect material type.

With the exception of the letters in Series 1, each series is arranged chronologically. The original arrangement of the letters has been maintained, with a chronological arrangement of miscellaneous business letters and an alphabetical arrangement of the letters from Berman's more prominent colleagues.

Series 1: Letters, 1957-1979, undated (box 1, 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Notes from Interview, 1967 (box 1, 1 folder)

Series 3: Writings by Others, 1972, undated (box 1, 6 folders)

Series 4: Artwork, 1956-1976 (box 1, 4 folders)

Series 5: Semina, 1955-1967 (boxes 1-2, 26 folders)

Series 6: S. M. S., 1968 (box 2, 1 folders)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1907-1976 (boxes 2-5, 2.7 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, 1956-1976 (box 5, 6 folders)

Series 9: Sound Recordings, 1962-1965 (box 5, 6 folders)
Biographical Note:
Wallace Berman was born in 1926 in Staten Island, New York. In the 1930s, his family moved to the Jewish district in Los Angeles. After being expelled from high school for gambling in the early 1940s, Berman immersed himself in the growing West Coast jazz scene. During this period, he briefly attended the Jepson Art School and Chouinard Art School, but departed when he found the training too academic for his needs.

In 1949, while working in a factory finishing antique furniture, he began to make sculptures from unused scraps and reject materials. By the early 1950s, Berman had become a full-time artist and an active figure in the beat community in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Many art historians consider him to be the "father" of the California assemblage movement. Moving between the two cities, Berman devoted himself to his mail art publication Semina, which contained a sampling of beat poetry and images selected by Berman.

In 1963, permanently settled in Topanga Canyon in the Los Angeles area, Berman began work on verifax collages (printed images, often from magazines and newspapers, mounted in collage fashion onto a flat surface, sometimes with solid bright areas of acrylic paint). He continued creating these works, as well as rock assemblages, until his death in 1976.
Provenance:
The Wallace Berman papers were donated by Tosh Berman, Wallace Berman's son, in 1992.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy. Use of audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Wallace Berman 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:
Works of art  Search this
Poets  Search this
Collage  Search this
Art -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Assemblage (Art)  Search this
Assemblage artists  Search this
Beat generation -- California  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Citation:
Wallace Berman papers, 1907-1979 (bulk 1955-1979). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bermwall
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Wallace Berman
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bermwall
Additional Online Media:

San Francisco Green Map / North California Green Access

Designer:
David Kupfer  Search this
Producer:
David Kupfer  Search this
Printer:
GreenerPrinter, American  Search this
Medium:
Low-VOC soy and other vegetable-based inks printed on 100% recycled New Leaf Reincarnation Matte paper, folded
Type:
graphic design
Map
Object Name:
Map
Date:
October 2007
Credit Line:
Gift of Wendy Brawer, Green Map System
Accession Number:
2011-46-3
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2011-46-3

Francis M. Mair Papers

Donor:
Mair, LaVeda  Search this
Creator:
Mair, Francis M., 1916-1991 (commercial artist)  Search this
Names:
Landor Associates  Search this
United States. Naval Training School  Search this
Landor, Walter  Search this
Extent:
56 Cubic feet (104 Boxes, 40 map-folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Beverage labels
Fruit crate labels
Labels
Place:
San Francisco (Calif.)
Date:
1935-1994
Summary:
Client files, administrative files, artwork, and collected food labels from graphic and industrial designer Francis Mair. Mair specialized in beverage labels and packaging during his many years with Landor Associates in San Francisco. Late in his career, he directed Landor's Museum of Packaging History. His prolific freelance career included designs for furniture, decorative arts, letterhead, and corporate images. His personal artwork included alphabets, typefaces, and sketchbooks. Much of his personal artwork is humorous or erotic.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists largely of client files and artwork from Mair's years with Landor Associates and his freelance design work. Mair's specialty was the design of beverage containers, labels, and packaging, and there is a significant body of material produced for West Coast and national breweries and wineries. Mair also managed Landor's Museum of Packaging Antiquities, and there are several boxes of the Museum's administrative files. Of particular interest is Mair's large collection of historical and contemporary wine, liquor, and fruit crate labels (both foreign and domestic). The labels seem to have served as an inspiration and a record of his work, as well as documentation of historical packaging for the Museum. Mair's freelance clients were diverse, though most of them were small businesses and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to food and beverage labels, these commissions included posters, promotional materials, letterhead and personal announcements, invitations, and cards. Lastly, the collection includes personal artwork and records of entrepreneurial projects (such as the Flexigon, a flexible geometric toy).
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into eight series.

Series 1, Professional Materials, 1956-1991, undated

Series 2, Landor Associates Files, 1946-1993, undated

Series 3, Landor Museum of Packaging Antiquities, 1960-1989, undated

Series 4, Freelance Client Files, 1946-1989, undated

Series 5, United States Naval Training School, Radio Chicago, 1943-1945, undated

Sereis 6, Personal Artwork and Designs, 1935-1994, undated

Series 7, Reference Files, 1950-1985, undated

Series 8, Labels, undated
Biographical / Historical:
Francis Marion Mair was born in Streator, Illinois to Alexander Morrison Mair and Jessie C. Williams on May 5, 1916. He began his career as an artist and designer at the University of Illinois School of Design in Chicago receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting in 1938. That year he joined the United States Navy and where he designed visual aids for the Naval Training School in Chicago, Illinois. Even at this early stage in his career, acute design sense and humor are evident in his work. In 1949, he joined Landor Associates in San Francisco, California where he worked for forty years, retiring in 1989. At Landor, he specialized in designing packaging and labeling for beverages. He also was the director of Landor's Museum of Packaging History which shared quarters with Landor Associates on the Ferryboat Klamath. Throughout his career, Mair took on diverse freelance projects. One of his most successful was the Suva line of rattan furniture and decorative objects for Decorative Imports. Mair published articles in Advertising Age, Industrial Design, Advertising Techniques, and Wines and Vines. Mair died on April 29, 1991 in Contra Costa County, California.
Related Archival Materials:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Walter Landor and Associates (AC0500)

NW Ayer Advertising Agenecy Records (AC0059)

Hills Bros. Coffee Company Records (AC395)

Emmett McBain Afro American Adertising Poster Collection (AC0192)

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana (AC0060)

Marilyn E. Jacklear Memorial Collection of Tobacco Advertisements (AC1224)

Marlboro Oral History and Documentation Project (AC0198)
Related Materials:
A glass final production version of a French's mustard jar and three hand-carved, solid-wood prototypes for this jar are in the Museum's Division of Work and Industry. These were found in Mair's home studio.
Provenance:
Collection donated by LaVeda Mair, April 23, 1996.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Copyright for a portion of the collection held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.
Topic:
advertising -- 20th century  Search this
Beverages -- advertising -- 1940-1990  Search this
Commercial art -- 1940-1990  Search this
Design, Industrial  Search this
Erotica  Search this
Graphic design  Search this
Labels -- Alcoholic beverages  Search this
Labels -- Crates -- Fruit  Search this
Liquors -- advertising -- 1940-1990  Search this
Nudes  Search this
Nudity  Search this
Packaging  Search this
Rattan furniture  Search this
Toys  Search this
Wine labels  Search this
Wit and humor  Search this
Wit and humor in advertising  Search this
Genre/Form:
Beverage labels
Fruit crate labels
Labels
Citation:
Francis M. Mair Papers, 1938-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of LaVeda Mair.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0548
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Francis M. Mair Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0548

Elmer Bischoff papers, 1914-1990

Creator:
Bischoff, Elmer Nelson, 1916-1991  Search this
Subject:
Staempfli Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
University of California, Berkeley  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Interviews
Sketchbooks
Collages
Watercolors
Photographs
Topic:
Art teachers  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6686
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208811
AAA_collcode_biscelme
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208811
Additional Online Media:

George Demont Otis papers, 1931-1974

Creator:
Otis, George Demont, 1879-1962  Search this
Subject:
Hartley, Grace  Search this
Nixon, Pat  Search this
Type:
Exhibition catalogs
Sketchbooks
Topic:
Indians of North America  Search this
Painters  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6980
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209109
AAA_collcode_otisgeor
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209109

Jay DeFeo papers, circa 1940s-1970s

Creator:
DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989  Search this
Subject:
Martin, Fred  Search this
McClure, Michael  Search this
Lobdell, Frank  Search this
Remington, Deborah Williams  Search this
Berman, Shirley  Search this
Hedrick, Wally  Search this
Sinton, Nell  Search this
Conner, Bruce Guldner  Search this
Blum, Irving  Search this
Peterson, Margaret  Search this
Berman, Wallace  Search this
Terrill, Ruth  Search this
Type:
Works of art
Photographs
Topic:
Photographers  Search this
Painters  Search this
Photography  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7417
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209575
AAA_collcode_defejay
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209575
Additional Online Media:

Blanche Phillips Howard and John Langley Howard papers, 1947-1981

Creator:
Howard, Blanche Phillips, 1908 or 1910-1976  Search this
Howard, John Langley, 1902-1999  Search this
Subject:
Berman, Ann  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Exhibition catalogs
Photographs
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7810
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209976
AAA_collcode_howablan
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209976

William T. Wiley illustrated journals, 1971-1974

Creator:
Wiley, William T., 1937-  Search this
Type:
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Journals (accounts)
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13509
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211771
AAA_collcode_wilewill
Theme:
Diaries
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211771

Eya Yellin interview, 1977 May 11

Creator:
Yellin, Eya, 1920-1988  Search this
Arkelian, Marjorie Dakin  Search this
Subject:
Davies, Harold C.  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10657
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214244
AAA_collcode_yelleya
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214244

Ann W. Heymann interviews of artists, 1974-1985

Creator:
Heymann, Ann W.  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6396
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215367
AAA_collcode_heymann
Theme:
Audio - Visual
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215367

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