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Louis Pomerantz papers, 1937-1988, bulk 1950s-1988

Creator:
Pomerantz, Louis, 1919-1988  Search this
Subject:
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Konrad, Anton  Search this
Feller, Robert L.  Search this
Wilke, Ulfert  Search this
Stout, George L. (George Leslie)  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Rijksmuseum (Netherlands)  Search this
Eastman Kodak Company  Search this
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
Type:
Illustrations
Interviews
Sound recordings
Photographs
Topic:
Art  Search this
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Flood damage  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9552
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211752
AAA_collcode_pomeloui
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211752
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Preserving Unstable Painted Surfaces on Freshly Excavated Terracotta: Dilemmas and Decisions

Author:
Strahan, Donna  Search this
Weisser, Terry Drayman  Search this
Ashok, Roy  Search this
Smith, Perry  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1996
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_148422

Traditional Care and Conservation: The Merging of Two Disciplines at the National Museum of the American Indian

Author:
Drumheller, Ann  Search this
Kaminitz, Marian  Search this
Smith, Perry  Search this
Roy, Ashok  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1994
Topic:
Native Americans  Search this
American Indians  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_130392

Masking and Misinterpreting Cotton Fibers: Dangers Associated with the Fiber Analysis of Archeological Textiles

Author:
Smith, Perry  Search this
Roy, Ashok  Search this
Skals, Irene  Search this
Ballard, Mary W.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1996
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_96057

Organic Residue Analysis in Ceramic Studies: Implications for Conservation Treatment and Collections Management

Author:
Smith, Perry  Search this
Roy, Ashok  Search this
Oudemans, Tania F. M.  Search this
Erhardt, W. David  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1996
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_96059

Blood Residues on Archaeological Objects–a Conservation Perspective

Author:
Smith, Perry  Search this
Roy, Ashok  Search this
Wilson, Andrew S.  Search this
Tuross, Noreen C.  Search this
Wachowiak, Melvin J.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1996
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_96060

Access for native people and the public: exhibits at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

Author:
Johnson, Jessica S.  Search this
Townsend, Joyce H.  Search this
Saunders, David  Search this
Woodcock, Sally  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2008
Topic:
Native Americans  Search this
American Indians  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_73987

Natural and Accelerated Thermal Aging of Oil Paint Films

Author:
Mecklenburg, Marion F.  Search this
Tumosa, Charles S.  Search this
Smith, P.  Search this
Roy, A.  Search this
Erhardt, David  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2000
Topic:
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_55854

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Collection Creator:
Constable, W. G. (William George), 1887-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 53
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-1969
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
Collection Rights:
The W.G. Constable 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.
Collection Citation:
W.G. Constable papers, 1905-1983, bulk 1920-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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W.G. Constable papers
W.G. Constable papers / Series 2: Correspondence / 2.1: General
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-conswmgp-ref113

The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Collection Creator::
National Museum of American History. National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Container:
Box 15 of 27
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 14 and 22 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History. National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Records
Records / Box 15
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0359-refidd1e5872

Paper - The identification of Wood Used in the Construction of 17th and 18th Century Keyboard Instruments - Presented at the annual meeting of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works - American group, Winterthur, Jun...

Collection Creator::
National Museum of American History. Department of Conservation  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 13-221, National Museum of American History. Department of Conservation, Departmental Records
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Departmental Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa13-221-refidd1e727

Louis Pomerantz papers

Creator:
Pomerantz, Louis  Search this
Names:
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Eastman Kodak Company  Search this
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
Rijksmuseum (Netherlands)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Feller, Robert L.  Search this
Konrad, Anton  Search this
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Stout, George L. (George Leslie)  Search this
Wilke, Ulfert, 1907-1987  Search this
Extent:
34.2 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Interviews
Illustrations
Sound recordings
Date:
1937-1988
bulk 1950-1988
Summary:
The papers of Chicago art conservator, Louis Pomerantz, measure 34.2 linear feet and date from 1937 to 1988, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1950s-1980s. The papers document two principal aspects of Pomerantz's professional life: his conservation work for institutions and individuals, and the development of his professional expertise as documented through his writings and teachings, his continued conservation training, and his involvement in professional organizations. Files include scattered biographical material, professional correspondence, interviews, writings, project and client files, teaching and reference files, printed material, and photographic material primarily documenting conservation treatments and techniques.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Chicago art conservator, Louis Pomerantz, measure 34.2 linear feet and date from 1937 to 1988, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1950s-1980s. The papers document two principal aspects of Pomerantz's professional life: his conservation work for institutions and individuals, and the development of his professional expertise as documented through his writings and teachings, his continued conservation training, and his involvement in professional organizations. Files include scattered biographical material, professional correspondence, interviews, writings, project and client files, teaching and reference files, printed material, and photographic material primarily documenting conservation treatments and techniques.

Biographical material includes military and educational records, as well as resumés and references from various art institutions and individuals.

Pomerantz's professional correspondence is with other conservators including Anton J. Konrad, Nathan Stolow, and Jean Volkmer, conservation scientists such as Robert L. Feller, and people who assisted Pomerantz early in his career such as George Stout. Also documented is Pomerantz's relationship with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) which undertook his traveling Know What You See exhibition, his involvement with museums and other art institutions, and companies who developed and manufactured conservation equipment such as Eastman Kodak.

Interviews include circa 9 radio station interviews on sound tape reels and sound cassettes of Pomerantz individually or with others, including a recording of a conversation regarding the Florence flood.

Writings and notes are by Pomerantz and include typescripts, notes and background material for lectures and papers delivered from the 1950s-1980s. Also found is a portfolio of his writings from 1962-1978, and a notebook Pomerantz compiled while working at the Rijksmuseum which includes notes, hand-drawn colored illustrations and photographs of conservation techniques.

Project/client files form the largest series and document Pomerantz's work, both in private practice and as conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago, through conditions reports, recommendations for and records of treatment, related correspondence, financial documentation, and photographic material.

Teaching and reference files comprise material gathered by Pomerantz during participation in professional organizations and events, such as the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Also found are subject files, consisting of reference material and correspondence, on a wide range of conservation-related subjects.

Personal business records from the 1950s consist of receipts for conservation-related supplies and one folder of business tax records.

Printed material primarily includes news clippings documenting Pomerantz's career up to and including the 1970s, clippings on conservation-related news, blank postcards of artwork, and two exhibition catalogs.

Photographic material includes images demonstrating a wide variety of conservation techniques, including sets of slides used for lectures and presentations, and images of Pomerantz at work. Also found are photos of artists including Ulfert Wilke. Photographic media include black and white and color photos, slides, glass slides, X-rays and corresponding prints, negatives and 5 glass plate negatives.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1940s-1980s (12 folders; Boxes 1, 33)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1940s-1988 (3.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-4)

Series 3: Interviews, 1961-circa 1970s (8 folders; Box 4)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1950s-1980s (2.8 linear feet; Box 7)

Series 5: Project/Client Files, 1950s-1987 (13.8 linear feet; Boxes 7-20)

Series 6: Teaching and Reference Files, 1940s-1980s (3.9 linear feet; Boxes 20-24)

Series 7: Personal Business Records, 1950s (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 24-25)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1937-1970s (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 25, 33)

Series 9: Photographic Material, 1940s-1980s (8.4 linear feet; Boxes 25-36, OV 37, MGP 1)
Biographical / Historical:
Chicago art conservator Louis Pomerantz (1919-1988), established and operated the conservation lab at the Art Institute of Chicago and then maintained a private practice conducting conservation work for individual collectors and various museums and art institutions in the midwest.

Pomerantz had originally intended to be an artist and enrolled at the Art Students League. After serving in World War II, he returned to Europe to study conservation as an apprentice to a private restorer in Paris, followed by a year spent working under the chief restorer at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and study at the Courtauld Institute and the National Gallery in London. As head of the Art Institute of Chicago's first conservation lab from 1956-1961, Pomerantz employed new and emerging techniques such as powerful binocular microscopes, ultra-violet, infra-red and X-ray machines to study paintings, and a hot table to bond new canvasses to support old ones. Following his resignation from the Art Institute of Chicago to pursue his private practice, Pomerantz organized conservation training programs, and wrote widely on conservation. He served on the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and was a member of the committee which adopted the AIC's first code of ethics for art conservators in May 1967. He became consultant to various art and natural history museums including the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where he formed part of the conservation team that completed an extensive renovation of the museum's Javanese gamelan ensemble composed of 23 brass and wood musical instruments.The gamelan was presented and played for the first time since 1893 in 1978, following the restoration.

Pomerantz also organized several museum exhibitions on conservation, including Know What You See, which was shown at more than 100 museums around the United States, Canada and Mexico, as part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).
Provenance:
The Louis Pomerantz papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Else Pomerantz in 1988.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington D.C. research center. Use of audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Louis Pomerantz 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:
Conservators -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Flood damage -- Italy -- Florence  Search this
Museum conservation methods -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Conservation and restoration -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Conservation and restoration -- Technique  Search this
Museum conservation methods -- Technique  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Interviews
Illustrations
Sound recordings
Citation:
Louis Pomerantz papers, 1937-1988, bulk 1950s-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.pomeloui
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Louis Pomerantz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-pomeloui
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Preventive conservation : the state of the art : contributions to the Turin Congress, 10-14 September 2018 / editors, Austin Nevin, Joyce H. Townsend, Matija Strlič, Nigel Blades, David Thickett, Jo Kirby Atkinson

Title:
Contributions to the Turin Congress
IIC 2018 Turin Congress preprints
Author:
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Congress (2018 : Turin, Italy)  Search this
Organizer:
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
Physical description:
456 pages : illustrations (some color), 30 cm
Type:
Congresses
Conference papers and proceedings
Date:
2018
Topic:
Art--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Call number:
N8554.5 .I56 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1111084

Studies in conservation = Études de conservation

Title:
Études de conservation Oct. 1952-Nov. 1967
Author:
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
Physical description:
volumes : illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1952
Topic:
Art objects--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Call number:
N8560 .S33
AP1 .S93
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_51515

Organizations and Events

Collection Creator:
Pomerantz, Louis  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940s-1980s
Scope and Contents:
This series does not include Pomerantz's contributions at professional events, which can be found in Series 4: Writings and Notes, but does document his attendance and involvement in events such as AIC and International Institute for Conservation of Historical and Artistic Works annual meetings and other conferences primarily in the midwest and California. The records document some of the most prominent and pressing issues in art conservation during the 1960s-1980s.

Records include committee material such as lists of meeting attendees, calls for papers, memoranda, correspondence and notes, conference handouts and other printed material, and 62 sound cassettes and 5 sound tape reels of conference presentations and events.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington D.C. research center. Use of audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Louis Pomerantz 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.
Collection Citation:
Louis Pomerantz papers, 1937-1988, bulk 1950s-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.pomeloui, Subseries 6.1
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Louis Pomerantz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-pomeloui-ref786

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Collection Creator:
Pomerantz, Louis  Search this
Container:
Box 22, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970s-1980s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington D.C. research center. Use of audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Louis Pomerantz 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.
Collection Citation:
Louis Pomerantz papers, 1937-1988, bulk 1950s-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Louis Pomerantz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-pomeloui-ref802

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Damaged Test Strip Sample

Collection Creator:
Pomerantz, Louis  Search this
Container:
Box 22, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington D.C. research center. Use of audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Louis Pomerantz 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.
Collection Citation:
Louis Pomerantz papers, 1937-1988, bulk 1950s-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Louis Pomerantz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-pomeloui-ref803

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Abstracts

Collection Creator:
Pomerantz, Louis  Search this
Container:
Box 22, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950s-1960s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington D.C. research center. Use of audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Louis Pomerantz 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.
Collection Citation:
Louis Pomerantz papers, 1937-1988, bulk 1950s-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Louis Pomerantz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-pomeloui-ref812

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, AAM Art Technical Section

Collection Creator:
Pomerantz, Louis  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel
Container:
Box 22, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Date:
1961
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington D.C. research center. Use of audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Louis Pomerantz 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.
Collection Citation:
Louis Pomerantz papers, 1937-1988, bulk 1950s-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Louis Pomerantz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-pomeloui-ref889

Conservation of Neolithic Lime Plaster Statues from 'Ain Ghazal

Author:
Grissom, Carol A.  Search this
Smith, Perry  Search this
Roy, Ashok  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1996
Topic:
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Natural History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_56174

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