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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
Additional Online Media:

On picture varnishes and their solvents [by] Robert L. Feller, Nathan Stolow [and] Elizabeth H. Jones

Author:
Feller, Robert L  Search this
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Jones, Elizabeth H  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 251 pages illustrations 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
Topic:
Varnish and varnishing  Search this
Artists' materials  Search this
Call number:
ND1530 .F318 1971
751 .F25 1971
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_6739

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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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-pomeloui
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Stolow, Nathan

Collection Creator:
Pomerantz, Louis  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 60-62
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950s-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.
See more items in:
Louis Pomerantz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-pomeloui-ref153

On picture varnishes and their solvents / Robert L. Feller, Nathan Stolow, Elizabeth H. Jones

Author:
Feller, Robert L  Search this
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Jones, Elizabeth H  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 260 p. : ill ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
1971
C1985
Topic:
Varnish and varnishing  Search this
Artists' materials  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_895351

Conservation and exhibitions : packing, transport, storage, and environmental consideration / Nathan Stolow

Author:
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Physical description:
266 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1986
1987
Topic:
Art--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Art--Packing  Search this
Art--Crating  Search this
Art--Handling  Search this
Call number:
N8560.S78 1987X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_306975

Conservation standards for works of art in transit and on exhibition / Nathan Stolow

Author:
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Physical description:
129 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
Topic:
Cultural property--Protection  Search this
Transportation--Research  Search this
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Art objets--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Call number:
N8560 .S87c
N8560.S87c
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_204319

The microclimate : a localized solution / Nathan Stolow

Author:
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1977
[1977?]
Topic:
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Museums--Climatic factors  Search this
Humidity--Control  Search this
Call number:
AM141 .S87m 1977
AM141.S87m 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_265848

Controlled environment for works of art in transit

Author:
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property  Search this
Physical description:
v, 46 p. illus., tables, diagrs. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1966
Topic:
Cultural property--Protection  Search this
Transportation--Research  Search this
Call number:
N8560.S87
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_101189

The technical organization of an international art exhibition : man and his world, Expo 67 Montreal = l'organization technique d'une exposition internationale d'art : terre des hommes, Expo 67, Montreal

Author:
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Subject:
Expo (International Exhibitions Bureau) (1967 : Montréal, Québec)  Search this
Physical description:
p. [81]-243, XXXIII-XLI : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Montréal (Québec)
Date:
1968
Topic:
Art  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N4752 1967 .S87
N4752 1967.S87
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_132602

Procedures and conservation standards for museum collections in transit and on exhibition

Author:
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Physical description:
56 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
C1981
Topic:
Art--Conservation and restoration--Standards  Search this
Traveling exhibitions  Search this
Transportation--Research  Search this
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Cultural property--Protection  Search this
Call number:
N8560 .S87c 1981
N8560.S87c 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_146129

Report of the working group on the care of works of art in transit / co-ordinator, N. Stolow, with contributions from R.D. Buck [et al.]

Author:
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Buck, Richard D  Search this
ICOM Committee for Conservation  Search this
Physical description:
30 leaves, [1] leaf of plates : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
Topic:
Art objects--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Transportation--Research  Search this
Art objects--Packing  Search this
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Call number:
N8560 .R42
N8560.R42
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_147857

Report on controlled environment for works of art in transit

Author:
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Physical description:
29 [9] l. illus. 33 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1965
Call number:
N8560 .S87r
N8560.S87r
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_157013

Notes on the measurement of relative humidity and temperature for museums / by Nathan Stolow

Author:
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
American Association of Museums Energy Workshop Planning Committee  Search this
Physical description:
9 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1977
[1977]
Topic:
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Museums--Climatic factors  Search this
Call number:
AM141 .S87n
AM141.S87n
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_163895

Progress in conservation. Progrès en conservation et en restauration. Nathan Stolow, editor

Author:
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
National Gallery of Canada  Search this
Physical description:
60 p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1972
Topic:
Painting--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Painting  Search this
Call number:
ND1650 .S75X
ND1650.S75X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_17671

Bo wu guan cang pin bao hu yu zhan lan : bao zhuang, yun shu, cun chu ji huan jing kao liang / (Jia) Nathan Stolow zhu ; Song Yan, Lu Yanling, Huang Xiaohong de yi

Title:
博物馆藏品保护与展览 : 包裝、运输、存储及环境考量 / (加)Nathan Stolow著 ; 宋燕 卢燕玲 黄晓宏等译
Bao zhuang, yun shu, cun chu ji huan jing kao liang
包装、运输、存储及环境考量
Author:
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Song, Yan  Search this
Lu, Yanling  Search this
Huang, Xiaohong  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2010
Topic:
Art--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Art--Packing  Search this
Art--Crating  Search this
Art--Handling  Search this
Call number:
N8560 .S78133 2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1074475

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