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Tom Newby Innovative Lives Presentation and Oral History

Topic:
Innovative Lives Program (NMAH public program series)
Creator:
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.  Search this
Interviewer:
Bowers, Dwight Blocker  Search this
Interviewee:
Newby, Tom  Search this
Names:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
Oral history
Interviews
Date:
August 5, 2006
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Tom Newby, conducted by Dwight Bowers for the Lemelson Center's "Innovative Lives" Program on August 5, 2006. Newby talks about his work with Jim Henson at the Creature Shops, and his work in motion pictures with animated figures.
Arrangement:
1 series.
Biographical / Historical:
Inventor and designer of toys, games and puppets.
Provenance:
Audio recording created by the Innovative Lives Program of the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, August 5, 2006.
Restrictions:
UNPROCESSED COLLECTION.
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Amination (Cinematography)  Search this
Puppets  Search this
Puppet making  Search this
Animators  Search this
Animated films  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes -- 2000-2010
Oral history -- 2000-2010
Interviews -- 2000-2010
Citation:
Tom Newby Innovative Lives Program, August 5, 2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0941
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0941

Austin Merrill Mecklem and Marianne Greer Appel papers

Creator:
Mecklem, Austin Merrill, 1894-1951  Search this
Names:
Albright Art School (Buffalo, N.Y.) -- Faculty  Search this
Federal Works Agency  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Appel, Marianne, 1913-1988  Search this
Henson, Jim  Search this
Mecklem, Austin Merrill, 1894-1951  Search this
Extent:
1.4 Linear feet
0.035 Gigabytes
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Gigabytes
Sketchbooks
Manuscripts
Photographs
Watercolors
Sketches
Drawings
Date:
1910-2009
Summary:
The Austin Merrill Mecklem and Marianne Greer Appel papers measure 1.4 linear feet and 0.035 GB and date from 1910-2006, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1928-1977. Correspondence, writings, drawings, printed and digital material, miscellaneous items and photographs document Mecklem as an artist, muralist and art instructor and Appel as an artist, puppet designer and author and illustrator of children's books. A significant part of Appel's papers consists of drafts of two illustrated children's books.
Scope and Content Note:
The Austin Merrill Mecklem and Marianne Greer Appel papers measure 1.4 linear feet and 0.035 GB and date from 1910-2006, with the bulk of materials dating from 1928-1977. Correspondence, writings, drawings, printed and digital material, miscellaneous items and photographs document Mecklem as an artist, muralist and art instructor and Appel as an artist, puppet designer and author and illustrator of children's books. A significant portion of Appel's papers consist of drafts of two illustrated children's books.

Austin Mecklem's papers include biographical materials, personal and professional correspondence and letters, and printed material from the WPA. Printed material includes newspaper clippings, exhibition catalogs, announcements and press releases, and an article from Fortune Magazine concerning the Coulee Dam, a subject of interest to Mecklem. Digital material consists of "Catalogue Raisonee as of February 2009".

Of particular note are Mecklem's lecture and teaching notes on the "Fundamentals of Art" prepared for his class at the Albright Art School. Also, there are photographs of Mecklem's paintings and murals, including his design for a mural for the Recorder of Deeds Building in Washington, D. C. Original artwork by Mecklem includes the blueprint for the Portland, Connecticut Post Office mural, drawings on tissue paper, a watercolor landscape, and a cartoon entitled "Life at the High."

Appel's papers consist of drafts of children's books, "The Story of Juliet" (1945) and "Perlydew" (after 1953), correspondence, writings, sketches and clippings from the period after Mecklem's death. Correspondence includes personal letters and letters from the Federal Works Agency Public Buildings Administration regarding the Agency's purchase of Appel's artwork. Also found are sketch books and an original watercolor signed by Appel.

Also found are photographs of friends and family as well as photographs of Appel's paintings and puppets she designed. Some photographs of puppets carry notes by Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets. Appel's book drafts include manuscripts, both typed and hand-written, with layouts and illustrations in tempera or gouache.

This collection contains scattered notes by the donors which identify or explain materials.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 3 Series. Materials are generally arranged by record type and chronolgically thereafter.

Series 1: Austin Merrill Mecklem papers, 1910-2006 (Boxes 1-2; OV3; 0.9 linear feet, ER01; 0.035 GB)

Series 2: Marianne Greer Appel papers, 1928-2006 (Boxes 1-2; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Family Photographs, 1928-1950 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Artists Austin Merrill Mecklem "Meck" (1894-1951) and Marianne Greer Appel (1913-1988) married in 1937 and lived and worked in Woodstock, New York as part of the Woodstock artists' colony, Maverick. Mecklem died in 1951 at age 56. In 1953, Appel and her two daughters moved to New York City where she pursued a career as a puppet designer and author and illustrator of children's books. She worked for puppeteer, Bill Baird, and later, Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets. Appel married Carl Harms, actor and puppeteer, in 1960.

Both Mecklem and Appel were associated with the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Mecklem received notable commissions from the WPA, including the painting of murals for the Recorder of Deeds Building in Washington, D. C., the Wrangell, Alaska Custom House and Post Office, and the Post Office in Portland, Connecticut. Mecklem also taught art at the Museum School in Portland, Oregon, the Art Students League in New York, the Albright Art School in Buffalo, New York, and the Woodstock School of Painting. Mecklem's work has been exhibited in a number of one-man shows and at major museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Austin Mecklem was born in Califax, Washington and studied at Washington State University, the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, the Art Students League in New York and in Paris and Holland. His first marriage to Hannah Small, also of the Woodstock artist's colony, ended in divorce. In 1906 Appel began her studies at the Woodstock School, where she met Mecklem. Appel's work has been exhibited at museums such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Provenance:
The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2010 by the artists' daughters, Sarah Greer Mecklem and Merrill Mecklem Piera.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Austin Merrill Mecklem and Marianne Greer Appel papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donors have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art teachers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Puppeteers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Muralists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Illustrated books, Children's  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Manuscripts
Photographs
Watercolors
Sketches
Drawings
Citation:
Austin Merrill Mecklem and Marianne Greer Appel papers, 1910-2006, bulk 1928-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.meckaust
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-meckaust

Austin Merrill Mecklem and Marianne Greer Appel papers, 1910-2006, bulk 1928-1977

Creator:
Mecklem, Austin Merrill, 1894-1951  Search this
Appel, Marianne, 1913-1988  Search this
Subject:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Works Progress Administration  Search this
Albright Art School (Buffalo, N.Y.)  Search this
Federal Works Agency  Search this
Topic:
Authors  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Drawings  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Watercolors  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Manuscripts  Search this
Sketchbooks  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Puppeteers  Search this
Illustrated books, Children's  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15858
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)293423
AAA_collcode_meckaust
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_293423
Additional Online Media:

Rubber Duckie Sesame Street

Artist:
Kids From Sesame Street, The  Search this
Recording artist:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Manufacturer:
Columbia  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Place made:
United States
Date made:
1970
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert B. Campbell in memory of Dorothy and William Campbell
ID Number:
1996.3034.03700
Nonaccession number:
1996.3034
Catalog number:
1996.3034.03700
Label number:
4-45207
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Music & Musical Instruments
Jim Henson
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1010670

Sam Puppet from Sam and Friends

Performer:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Object Name:
puppet
Date made:
1954-10
Subject:
Puppetry  Search this
Television broadcasts  Search this
Television  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson
ID Number:
2010.0144.01
Accession number:
2010.0144
Catalog number:
2010.0144.01
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1396954
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The Original Kermit Puppet

Performer:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
wool (overall material)
leather (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 22 in x 9 in x 9 in; 55.88 cm x 22.86 cm x 22.86 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Date made:
1955
Subject:
Puppetry  Search this
Television  Search this
Television broadcasts  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson
ID Number:
2010.0144.02
Accession number:
2010.0144
Catalog number:
2010.0144.02
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1396955
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Harry the Hipster Puppet from Sam and Friends

Performer:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 20 in x 6 1/2 in x 8 in; 50.8 cm x 16.51 cm x 20.32 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Date made:
1954-09
Subject:
Puppetry  Search this
Television  Search this
Television broadcasts  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson
ID Number:
2010.0144.03
Catalog number:
2010.0144.03
Accession number:
2010.0144
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1396956
Additional Online Media:

Icky Gunk Puppet from Sam and Friends

Performer:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
paper (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 11 in x 3 in; 27.94 cm x 7.62 cm
Object Name:
puppet
nnnnnnnpuppet
Date made:
ca 1955 - 1956
Subject:
Puppetry  Search this
Television  Search this
Television broadcasts  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson
ID Number:
2010.0144.04
Accession number:
2010.0144
Catalog number:
2010.0144.04
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1397158
Additional Online Media:

Moldy Hay Puppet from Sam and Friends

Performer:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
paper (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 13 in x 11 in x 9 in; 33.02 cm x 27.94 cm x 22.86 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Date made:
1956-05
Subject:
Puppetry  Search this
Television  Search this
Television broadcasts  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson
ID Number:
2010.0144.05
Accession number:
2010.0144
Catalog number:
2010.0144.05
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1397160
Additional Online Media:

Mushmellon Puppet from Sam and Friends

Performer:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jane  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
leather (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 11 1/2 in x 14 in x 7 1/2 in; 29.21 cm x 35.56 cm x 19.05 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Date made:
1955-06
Subject:
Puppetry  Search this
Television  Search this
Television broadcasts  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson
ID Number:
2010.0144.06
Accession number:
2010.0144
Catalog number:
2010.0144.06
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1397161
Additional Online Media:

Pierre the French Rat Puppet from Sam and Friends

Performer:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
paper (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 21 in x 9 in x 9 in; 53.34 cm x 22.86 cm x 22.86 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Date made:
1954
Subject:
Puppetry  Search this
Television  Search this
Television broadcasts  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson
ID Number:
2010.0144.07
Accession number:
2010.0144
Catalog number:
2010.0144.07
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1397162
Additional Online Media:

Professor Madcliffe Puppet from Sam and Friends

Performer:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
paper (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 17 1/2 in x 8 in x 8 in; 44.45 cm x 20.32 cm x 20.32 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Date made:
1957
Subject:
Puppetry  Search this
Television  Search this
Television broadcasts  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson
ID Number:
2010.0144.08
Accession number:
2010.0144
Catalog number:
2010.0144.08
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Jim Henson
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1397163
Additional Online Media:

Yorick Puppet from Sam and Friends

Performer:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
paper (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 6 1/2 in x 17 in; 16.51 cm x 43.18 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Date made:
1954-06
Subject:
Puppetry  Search this
Television  Search this
Television broadcasts  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson
ID Number:
2010.0144.09
Accession number:
2010.0144
Catalog number:
2010.0144.09
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1397164
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Chicken Liver Puppet from Sam and Friends

Performer:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jane  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
leather (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 25 in x 9 in x 9 in; 63.5 cm x 22.86 cm x 22.86 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Date made:
1959
Subject:
Puppetry  Search this
Television  Search this
Television broadcasts  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson
ID Number:
2010.0144.10
Accession number:
2010.0144
Catalog number:
2010.0144.10
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Jim Henson
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1397165
Additional Online Media:

Elmo Puppet

Performer:
Clash, Kevin  Search this
Dillon, Ryan  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
synthetic fur (overall material)
foam (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 14 in x 16 in x 11 in; 35.56 cm x 40.64 cm x 27.94 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Date made:
1984
Subject:
Children's television programs  Search this
Puppetry  Search this
Television broadcasts  Search this
Sesame Street  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson
ID Number:
2013.0101.01
Accession number:
2013.0101
Catalog number:
2013.0101.01
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1444757

"Pigs in Space" Puppet

Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
foam (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
felt (overall material)
rayon (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 28 in x 19 in x 6 in; 71.12 cm x 48.26 cm x 15.24 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Date made:
1974
Subject:
Muppet Show  Search this
Television  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson
ID Number:
2013.0101.02
Accession number:
2013.0101
Catalog number:
2013.0101.02
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1444758

Wilkins Puppet

Performer:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
felt (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 1/2 in x 6 in x 7 in; 31.75 cm x 15.24 cm x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Date made:
1957
Subject:
Television  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson
ID Number:
2013.0101.03
Accession number:
2013.0101
Catalog number:
2013.0101.03
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1444759

Rowlf Puppet

Performer:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
synthetic fibers (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
foam (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 24 in x 19 in; 60.96 cm x 48.26 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Subject:
Television  Search this
Puppetry  Search this
Muppet Show  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson
ID Number:
2013.0101.04
Accession number:
2013.0101
Catalog number:
2013.0101.04
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Jim Henson
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1444761

Grover Puppet

Performer:
Oz, Frank  Search this
Jacobson, Eric  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
synthetic fibers (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
foam (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 in x 11 in x 7 in; 58.42 cm x 27.94 cm x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1967
Subject:
Children's television programs  Search this
Sesame Street  Search this
Television  Search this
Puppetry  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson
ID Number:
2013.0101.05
Accession number:
2013.0101
Catalog number:
2013.0101.05
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1444763

J.P. Grosse Puppet

Performer:
Nelson, Jerry  Search this
Maker:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
felt (overall material)
foam (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 25 in x 18 in x 11 in; 63.5 cm x 45.72 cm x 27.94 cm
Object Name:
puppet
Date made:
ca 1977
Subject:
Muppet Show  Search this
Puppetry  Search this
Television  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson
ID Number:
2013.0101.06
Accession number:
2013.0101
Catalog number:
2013.0101.06
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Jim Henson
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1444764

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