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Alfred Victor Frankenstein papers

Creator:
Frankenstein, Alfred V. (Alfred Victor), 1906-1981  Search this
Names:
American Arts Alliance  Search this
California Palace of the Legion of Honor  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
San Francisco Chronicle (Firm)  Search this
Copley, John Singleton, 1738-1815  Search this
Decker, Joseph, 1853-1924  Search this
Haberle, John, 1856-1933  Search this
Harnett, William Michael, 1848-1892  Search this
Ives, Charles, 1874-1954  Search this
Jenkins, Paul, 1923-2012  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Mount, William Sidney, 1807-1868  Search this
Murdock, Roland P.  Search this
Peto, John Frederick, 1854-1907  Search this
Extent:
19.1 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Date:
1875-1985
Summary:
The papers of art critic and historian Alfred Victor Frankenstein measure 19.1 linear feet and date from 1875 to 1985. The bulk of the collection consists of Frankenstein's research and writing files on American painting, particularly artists working in the nineteenth-century. There are extensive files on artists John Haberle, William Michael Harnett, and William Sidney Mount. The collection also includes biographical material, correspondence, general writings and notes, professional activities files, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and unidentified sound recordings.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art critic and historian Alfred Victor Frankenstein measure 19.1 linear feet and date from 1875 to 1985. The bulk of the collection consists of Frankenstein's research and writing files on American painting, particularly artists working in the nineteenth-century. There are extensive files on artists John Haberle, William Michael Harnett, and William Sidney Mount. The collection also includes biographical material, correspondence, general writings and notes, professional activities files, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and unidentified sound recordings.

Biographical materials include awards, museum passes from the 1970s, school records, and a scrapbook documenting Frankenstein's career at the San Francisco Chronicle. Also found is his father's medical school diploma.

Largely professional in nature, Frankenstein's correspondence is with galleries, museums and institutions, colleges and universities, as well as art historians and museum colleagues including Paul Jenkins, Stanton MacDonald-Wright, and Thomas E. Ripley.

General writings are on subjects such as music, art, California, and the Ronald P. Murdock art collection. It is likely that some writings may be drafts for articles that later appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. Also found are three notebooks, a recorded interview, recorded lectures by Frankenstein and by others.

The bulk of the collection consists of Frankenstein's extensive research files on American sill-life painting in the nineteenth-century. Research topics focus primarily on artists John Haberle (including sketches by Haberle), William Michael Harnett, William Sidney Mount, and John Frederick Peto; however, some files are found for collectors, dealers, and subjects. Files are found both for the research and writing of Frankenstein's books, After the Hunt (1953) and The World of Copley: 1738-1815 (1970). Contents of the research files vary but many contain correspondence, photographs, notes and writings, provenance research, printed materials, and photocopied and original primary documents. Additional research files are also found in Series 5, Exhibition Files.

Files concerning exhibitions curated or organized by Frankenstein include Artist Self-Portraits (1974) at the National Gallery of Art, an exhibition at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, and the World's Fair Exposition exhibition, Our Land, Our Sky Our Water: an Exhibition of American and Canadian Art (1974). Files contain loan agreements, gallery plans, photographs, writings, correspondence, and printed materials.

Frankenstein's professional activities files include material about his job as a music critic at the San Francisco Chronicle, and records documenting his participation in the American Arts Alliance and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Also found are scattered student writings, lecture notes, and some correspondence from his teaching position at the University of California, Berkeley.

An appraisal for a Joseph Decker work, the estate records of Sylvia Frankenstein, general receipts for purchases and shipping records, and vehicle ownership records comprise Frankenstein's personal business records.

Printed materials include clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, magazines, and blank postcards. Also found are eight commercial audio recordings, including a musical piece by Charles Ives on cassette, and six phonograph records that are likely of music. A cassette entitled "Heritage of American Art" may be from an exhibition of the same title held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 1975. Personal photographs include snapshots of Frankenstein with his family and portraits of him, as well as a photocopy of a family photo album. The bulk of the photographs are of artwork.

There are six unidentified sound recordings.
Biographical / Historical:
Alfred Victor Frankenstein (1906-1981) was an art historian, writer, art and music critic, and educator active in San Francisco, California.

Frankenstein was born in 1906 in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at the University of Chicago but moved to San Francisco to take a job as a music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle . Later, the position expanded to include critiques of visual art and art exhibitions. He remained at the San Francisco Chronicle until 1979, concentrating only on art from 1965.

He was an expert on 19th century American still-life and his notable book, After The Hunt (1953), examined the American trompe-l'œil movement in late 19th century and early 20th-century through the work of painters William Harnett and John Frederick Peto. He also authored The World of Copley: 1738-1815 in 1970. Frankenstein curated several major exhibitions, including American Self-Portraits (1974) at the National Portrait Gallery and the 1974 World's Fair Exposition exhibition, Our Land, Our Sky Our Water: an Exhibition of American and Canadian Art..

An educator, Frankenstein was a professor of Art History at the University of California at Berkeley (1940-1974), Stanford University (1973-1981), and at Mills College (1945-1974), where he also taught American music.
Related Materials:
Also found among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are two oral histories with Alfred Frankenstein, one conducted by Mary McChesney on November 9th, 1965 and the other conducted by Paul Karlstrom from 1978 to 1979. Additionally, Frankenstein donated one sketchbook and twelve loose sketches that are cataloged as a separate collection: the William Harnett sketches, 1870.
Provenance:
Alfred Frankenstein donated some of his papers in 1972, and lent materials for microfilming in 1978. His estate, handled by his son John Frankenstein, donated the materials original loaned as well as additional records in 1981.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Alfred Victor Frankenstein 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, American  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art criticism -- United States  Search this
Art critics -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art historians -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Alfred Victor Frankenstein papers, 1875-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.franalfr
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Alfred Victor Frankenstein papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-franalfr
Additional Online Media:

Charles Ives Songs. Vol. 1 [sound recording] : 1894-1915

Performer:
Puffer, Ted  Search this
Corner, Philip  Search this
Commentator:
Tenney, James  Search this
Charters, Samuel Barclay 1929-2015  Search this
Composer:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Album cover design:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
New York
Date:
1965
20th century
Topic:
Songs (high voice) with piano  Search this
Piano  Search this
Local number:
FW03344
Folkways 3344
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231901
Additional Online Media:

Charles Ives Songs. Vol. 2 [sound recording] : 1915-1929

Performer:
Puffer, Ted  Search this
Corner, Philip  Search this
Commentator:
Tenney, James  Search this
Charters, Samuel Barclay 1929-2015  Search this
Composer:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Album cover design:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
New York
Date:
1965
20th century
Topic:
Songs (high voice) with piano  Search this
Piano  Search this
Local number:
FW03345
Folkways 3345
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231902
Additional Online Media:

The sonatas for violin and piano. Vol. 1 [sound recording] : Sonata No. 1 (1903-1908) and Sonata No. 2 (1903-1910) / performed by Paul Zukofsky and Gilbert Kalish

Composer:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Performer:
Zukofsky, Paul  Search this
Kalish, Gilbert  Search this
Commentator:
Charters, Samuel Barclay 1929-2015  Search this
Album cover design:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
New York
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1964
20th century
Topic:
Sonatas (violin and piano)  Search this
Piano  Search this
Violin  Search this
Local number:
FW03346
Folkways 3346
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231903
Additional Online Media:

The sonatas for violin and piano. Vol. 2 [sound recording] : Sonata No. 3 (1902-1914) and Sonata No. 4 "Children's Day at the Camp Meeting" (1905-1914) / performed by Paul Zukofsky and Gilbert Kalish

Composer:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Performer:
Zukofsky, Paul  Search this
Kalish, Gilbert  Search this
Commentator:
Charters, Samuel Barclay 1929-2015  Search this
Album cover design:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
New York
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1964
20th century
Topic:
Sonatas (violin and piano)  Search this
Piano  Search this
Violin  Search this
Local number:
FW03347
Folkways 3347
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231904
Additional Online Media:

Charles Ives [sound recording] : The short piano pieces / played by James Sykes

Composer:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Performer:
Sykes, James 1908-1985  Search this
Commentator:
Charters, Samuel Barclay 1929-2015  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
New York
New Hampshire
Hanover (N.H.)
Date:
1964
20th century
Topic:
Piano music  Search this
Solo instrument music  Search this
Sonatas (violin and piano)  Search this
Piano  Search this
Local number:
FW03348
Folkways 3348
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231905
Additional Online Media:

Charles Ives: Second string quartet [sound recording] : Alan Hovhaness: "Lousadzak" concerto no. 1 for piano and string orchestra

Composer:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Conductor:
Hovhaness, Alan 1911-2000  Search this
Performer:
Ajemian, Maro  Search this
Walden String Quartet (Urbana, Ill.)  Search this
Commentator:
Charters, Samuel Barclay 1929-2015  Search this
Recorder:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Album cover design:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Album cover photo:
Charters, Ann  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Armenian Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
Date:
1967
20th century
Topic:
String quartets  Search this
Concertos (piano with string orchestra)  Search this
Local number:
FW03369
Folkways 3369
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231915
Additional Online Media:

Three Places in New England/Concerto for Violin & Orchestra [sound recording]

Composer:
Diamond, David 1915-2005  Search this
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Date:
1953
Topic:
Music  Search this
Local number:
American Recording Society 27
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only; No Duplication
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_350289

American Brass Music: Charles Ives, Alvin Brehm, Henry Brant, Peter Phillips [sound recording]

Performer:
American Brass Quintet  Search this
Composer:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Brehm, Alvin  Search this
Brant, Henry 1913-2008  Search this
Phillips, Peter 1953-  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Date:
1965
Topic:
Music  Search this
Brass band music  Search this
Trumpet  Search this
Cornet  Search this
Horn (Musical instrument)  Search this
Trombone  Search this
Local number:
Nonesuch 71222
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. rrr
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_356228

New music in quarter-tones : for chamber ensemble and two quarter-tone pianos. [sound recording]

Performer:
Macero, Teo 1925-2008  Search this
Producer:
Behrman, David  Search this
Composer:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Lybbert, Donald  Search this
Hampton, Calvin  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1967
Topic:
Music  Search this
Contemporary music  Search this
Piano  Search this
Ondes Martenot  Search this
Electronic music  Search this
Local number:
Odyssey 0162
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. rrr
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_358904

129 songs / Charles Ives ; edited by H. Wiley Hitchcock

Author:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Hitchcock, H. Wiley (Hugh Wiley) 1923-2007  Search this
Physical description:
1 score (lxxi, 527 p., 9 p. of plates) : facsims., port. ; 31 cm
Type:
Scores
Date:
2004
C2004
Topic:
Songs with piano  Search this
Songs (High voice) with organ  Search this
Songs with instrumental ensemble  Search this
Songs with pianos (3)  Search this
Songs (High voice) with piano, 4 hands  Search this
Call number:
M1620.I95 A12 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_740757

American pioneers : Ives to Cage and beyond / by Alan Rich

Author:
Rich, Alan  Search this
Subject:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Varèse, Edgard 1883-1965  Search this
Cowell, Henry 1897-1965  Search this
Cage, John  Search this
Physical description:
240 p. : ill., facsims., music, ports. ; 22 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
20th century
Topic:
Composers  Search this
Music--History and criticism  Search this
Call number:
ML390 .R53 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_527751

Charles Ives, "my father's song" : a psychoanalytic biography / Stuart Feder

Author:
Feder, Stuart 1930-  Search this
Subject:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954 Psychology  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 396 p. [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Composers  Search this
Call number:
ML410.I94F4 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_425717

Charles Ives : a life with music / Jan Swafford

Author:
Swafford, Jan  Search this
Subject:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 525 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Composers  Search this
Call number:
CT275.I95 S9 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_495695

Charles Ives and his music / by Henry Cowell and Sidney Cowell

Author:
Cowell, Henry 1897-1965  Search this
Cowell, Sidney Robertson  Search this
Subject:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Physical description:
x, 253 p. facsim., music, ports. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
[1969, c1955]
Call number:
ML410.I94C6 1969X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_353173

South Florida's historic Ives Festival, 1974-1976 / [ed. by F. Warren Reilly]

Author:
University of Miami School of Music  Search this
Reilly, F Warren  Search this
Subject:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill., music, ports ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
[1976]
Call number:
CT275.I95 M6
CT275.I95M6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_359400

Charles Ives, the ideas behind the music / J. Peter Burkholder

Author:
Burkholder, J. Peter (James Peter)  Search this
Subject:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 166 p. : ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1985
C1985
Topic:
Composers  Search this
Music--Philosophy and aesthetics  Search this
Call number:
CT275.I95 B9
CT275.I95B9
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_274944

Three American originals : John Ford, William Faulkner, & Charles Ives / by Joseph W. Reed

Author:
Reed, Joseph W. 1932-  Search this
Subject:
Faulkner, William 1897-1962  Search this
Ford, John 1894-1973  Search this
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Physical description:
xxvi, 228 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1984
C1984
20th century
Topic:
Arts, American  Search this
Call number:
CT275.F26 R3
CT275.F26R3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_194827

Charles Ives and the American mind, Rosalie Sandra Perry

Author:
Perry, Rosalie Sandra  Search this
Subject:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 137 p. music 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1974
[1974]
Topic:
Music--Philosophy and aesthetics  Search this
Transcendentalism (New England)  Search this
Call number:
CT275.I95 P45
CT275.I95P45
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_197181

Charles Ives and his music, by Henry Cowell and Sidney Cowell

Author:
Cowell, Henry 1897-1965  Search this
Cowell, Sidney Robertson Mrs  Search this
Subject:
Ives, Charles 1874-1954  Search this
Physical description:
x, 245 p. ports., facsim., music. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1955
Call number:
CT275.I95 C8
CT275.I95C8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_16680

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