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Merle Schipper Papers

Creator:
Schipper, Merle, 1922-2001  Search this
Names:
ArtScene (periodical)  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Biederman, Charles Joseph, 1906-2004  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Holty, Carl, 1900-1973  Search this
Hélion, Jean, 1904-1987  Search this
Mullican, Matt, 1951-  Search this
Noland, Kenneth, 1924-2010  Search this
Orr, Eric, 1939-1998  Search this
Smith, Kiki, 1954-  Search this
Spratling, William, 1900-1967  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Extent:
12.1 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Photographs
Prints
Transcripts
Drawings
Place:
France -- Paris -- photographs
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social life and customs
Date:
circa 1930s-1999
Summary:
The papers of Los Angeles art historian, art critic, and writer Merle Schipper measure 12.1 linear feet and date from circa 1930s to 1999. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writing and research project files, printed material, writings by others, photographs, and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Los Angeles art historian, art critic, and writer Merle Schipper measure 12.1 linear feet and date from circa 1930s to 1999. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writing and research project files, printed material, writings by others, photographs, and artwork.

Biographical material consists of a notebook planner and professional contact addresses, as well as Schipper's resume and bibliography. Scattered correspondence is both personal and professional with family and colleagues.

Over one-half of the collection consists of Schipper's writing, research, project, and exhibition files. There are drafts, essays, manuscripts, notes, and research documentation about California art and artists, an exhibition of craftsman William Spratling curated by Schipper, Schipper's dissertation and additional projects on Jean Helion, the exhibition Americans in Paris in the 1950s (1997), additional exhibitions, as well as transcripts of interviews with artists. The research files on Helion include an interview transcript with Willem de Kooning about Helion and correspondence with artists about Helion, including Charles Biederman, Alexander Calder, Philip Guston, Carl Holty, Jack Tworkov, and others. Additional exhibition files are found for Visions of Inner Space (1988) and Marmo: The New Italian Stone Age (1989). Artists interviewed by Schipper include Billy Al Bengston, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Laddie John Dill, Kenneth Noland, Eric Orr, and others.

Extensive printed materials include clippings and copies of journals and periodicals containing Schipper's writings.

There are a few scattered writings by others about art and artists. Photographs are of Schipper, artists, artwork, and places, including Paris. Artwork includes one original poster print by Kiki Smith and one drawing by Matt Mullican.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1970s-1998 (5 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: General Correspondence, 1944-circa 1998 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Writing and Research Project Files, circa 1930s-1999 (7.8 linear feet; Boxes 1-9)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1933-1997 (3.1 linear feet; Boxes 9-12, OV14-16)

Series 5: Writings By Others, circa 1944-1991 (0.2 linear feet; Box 12)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1960s-circa 1992 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 12-13)

Series 7: Artwork, 1982-1992 (0.1 linear feet; Box 13, OV16)
Biographical / Historical:
Merle Schipper (1922-2001) was an art historian, writer, and art critic active in Los Angeles, California.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Merle Solway Schipper was naturalized in Los Angeles in 1950 and received a PhD in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1974. Schipper was a familiar figure on the Los Angeles art scene. Her primary scholarly focus grew out of her dissertation research on Jean Helion, but much of her writing attention was devoted to Los Angeles artists and art world events. She was a regular contributor to many art periodicals, including ArtScene, Images and Issues, Artweek, ARTnews, and the Los Angeles Daily News.

As an independent curator, Schipper's research interests led to several exhibitions, including Americans in Paris: the 50s (1979) at California State University, Northridge, Visions of Inner Space (1988) co-curated with Lee Mullican at UCLA's Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, Marmo: the New Italian Stone Age (1989), Being There/Being Here: Nine Perspectives in New Italian Art (1991), traveling exhibition sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute, and an exhibition of William Spratling for the Craft and Folk Art Museum in 1997. Schipper also taught and lectured at UCLA, USC, CSU Northridge, and Claremont Graduate School.

Merle Schipper died in 2001.
Provenance:
The Merle Schipper papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2002 by the Merle Schipper Estate via Schipper's daughter Amy Schipper Howe.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Merle Schipper 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:
Authors -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art critics -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art historians -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Photographs
Prints
Transcripts
Drawings
Citation:
Merle Schipper papers, circa 1930s-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.schimerl
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schimerl

The power of the zoot : youth culture and resistance during World War II / Luis Alvarez

Author:
Alvarez, Luis 1972-  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 318 p. : ill ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2008
C2008
20th century
1918-1945
Topic:
Popular culture--History  Search this
Youth--Social life and customs  Search this
Minority youth--Social life and customs  Search this
Fashion--History  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Social aspects  Search this
Sleepy Lagoon Trial, Los Angeles, Calif., 1942-1943  Search this
Zoot Suit Riots, Los Angeles, Calif., 1943  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Social conditions  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_904320

Naked Hollywood : Weegee in Los Angeles / Richard Meyer

Author:
Meyer, Richard 1966-  Search this
Weegee 1899-1968  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Pacific Standard Time (Exhibition)  Search this
Subject:
Weegee 1899-1968  Search this
Weegee 1899-1968 Naked Hollywood  Search this
International Center of Photography  Search this
Physical description:
143 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Pictorial works
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
2011
20th century
Topic:
Trick photography  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photograph collections  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
TR654 .W385 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_983565

Chinese in Hollywood / Jenny Cho and the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California

Author:
Cho, Jenny  Search this
Physical description:
127 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Biography
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
2013
Topic:
Chinese Americans--Social life and customs  Search this
Chinese Americans--History  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1024551

Westside : young men and hip hop in L.A. / William Shaw

Author:
Shaw, William 1959-  Search this
Physical description:
332 p. : maps ; 23 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
African American young men--Social life and customs  Search this
African American young men  Search this
African American young men--Social conditions  Search this
Hip-hop  Search this
Rap (Music)  Search this
Music trade  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Social conditions  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_597572

City of nets : a portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's / Otto Friedrich

Author:
Friedrich, Otto 1929-  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 495 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
1986
C1986
Topic:
Social life and customs  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
F869.H74F75 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_305326

Rough air / Ernest Haycox

Author:
Haycox, Ernest 1899-1950  Search this
Physical description:
310 pages ; 20 cm
Type:
Fiction
Love stories
Place:
West (U.S.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Date:
1934
Topic:
Pilots and pilotage  Search this
Man-woman relationships  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
PZ3 .H3237RoX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_130356

Life in a day of Black L.A. : the way we see it : L.A.'s Black photographers present a new perspective on their city / edited by Roland Charles and Toyomi Igus ; essays by Howard Bingham and J. Eugene Grigsby III ; text by Toyomi Igus ; photography by Nathaniel Bellamy ... [et al.]

Author:
Charles, Roland  Search this
Igus, Toyomi  Search this
Bellamy, Nathaniel  Search this
Black Photographers of California  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles Center for Afro-American Studies  Search this
Physical description:
147 p. : ill. ; 24 x 32 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
African Americans--Social life and customs--Pictorial works  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
F869.L89N35 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_444775

Japanese American celebration and conflict : a history of ethnic identity and festival, 1934-1990 / Lon Kurashige

Author:
Kurashige, Lon 1964-  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 274 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
2002
C2002
20th century
Topic:
Japanese Americans--Social life and customs  Search this
Japanese Americans--Social conditions  Search this
Japanese Americans--Ethnic identity  Search this
Ethnic festivals--History  Search this
Citizens' associations--History  Search this
Ethnic relations  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Social conditions  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_710245

A Day in the life of Hollywood : as seen by 75 of the world's leading photographers on one day, May 20, 1992 / essays by Charles Champlin, Mark Matousek, Linda Sunshine ; interviews by Andy Marx with Benny Medina, Joe Roth, John Singleton

Author:
Champlin, Charles 1926-  Search this
Matousek, Mark  Search this
Sunshine, Linda  Search this
Physical description:
223 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 37 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_791209

The Los Angeles Plaza : sacred and contested space / William David Estrada ; foreword by Devra Weber

Author:
Estrada, William D  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 357 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Plaza (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
2008
Topic:
Public spaces--History  Search this
Sacred space--History  Search this
Memory--Social aspects--History  Search this
Community life--History  Search this
Human ecology--History  Search this
History  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Ethnic relations  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_947616

Atwater Village / Netty Carr ... [et al.] ; Friends of Atwater Village

Author:
Carr, Netty  Search this
Friends of Atwater Village  Search this
Physical description:
127 p. : chiefly ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Biography
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Atwater Village (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
2011
C2011
Topic:
Historic buildings  Search this
History  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_980259

Bruce Davidson : Los Angeles 1964

Title:
Los Angeles 1964
L.A. 1964
Photographer:
Davidson, Bruce 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Davidson, Bruce 1933-  Search this
Physical description:
56 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 30 x 30 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
2015
20th century
Topic:
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1049515

Imperial Courts, 1993-2015 / Dana Lixenberg ; texts: Kenneth Cox, Dana Lixenberg, Carla Williams

Photographer:
Lixenberg, Dana  Search this
Physical description:
294 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 31 cm
Type:
Portraits
Pictorial works
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Date:
2015
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Public housing  Search this
African Americans--Social life and customs  Search this
Black-and-white photography  Search this
Call number:
TR681.B52 L48 2015
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1060651

Sunshine and wealth : Los Angeles in the twenties and thirties / Bruce Henstell

Author:
Henstell, Bruce  Search this
Physical description:
132 p. : ill. ; 25 x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
1984
[1984]
Topic:
Popular culture  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
F869.L85H46 1984X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_327430

Hollywood anecdotes / Paul F. Boller and Ronald L. Davis

Author:
Boller, Paul F  Search this
Davis, Ronald L  Search this
Physical description:
493 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Date:
1987
Topic:
Motion picture industry--Anecdotes  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Anecdotes  Search this
Call number:
PN1993.5.U65B65 1987X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_327805

Chicano folk medicine from Los Angeles, California / Beatrice A. Roeder

Author:
Roeder, Beatrice A  Search this
Physical description:
v, 377 p. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
1988
C1988
Topic:
Mexican Americans--Medicine  Search this
Traditional medicine  Search this
Folklore  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
GR111.M49 R64 1988X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_414090

3-D Hollywood / photographs by Harold Lloyd ; edited by Suzanne Lloyd Hayes

Author:
Lloyd, Harold 1893-1971  Search this
Hayes, Suzanne Lloyd  Search this
Physical description:
95 p. : col. ill. ; 27 x 27 cm
Type:
Portraits
Pictorial works
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Motion picture actors and actresses  Search this
Celebrities  Search this
Photography, Stereoscopic  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
PN2285.L56 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_437164

Peter Stackpole : life in Hollywood, 1936-1952

Author:
Stackpole, Peter 1913-  Search this
Subject:
Stackpole, Peter 1913-  Search this
Physical description:
248 p. : ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Motion picture actors and actresses--Portraits  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Pictorial works  Search this
Call number:
TR647.S7812 A1 1992
TR647.S7812A1 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_442641

Those glorious glamour years / by Margaret J. Bailey

Author:
Bailey, Margaret J  Search this
Physical description:
384 p. : ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Date:
1982
C1982
Topic:
Costume design--History  Search this
Costume designers  Search this
Motion picture actors and actresses  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_474094

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