The collection is arranged as 11 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1902-1983 (Box 1, 13; 0.7 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1916-1983 (Box 1-3; 1.7 linear feet) Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1940-1970s (Box 3; 0.2 linear feet) Series 4: Interviews and Interview Transcripts, 1955-1982 (Box 3; 0.2 linear feet) Series 5: Organizational Records, 1970s-1983 (Box 3; 0.1 linear feet) Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1948-1983 (Box 3-4; 0.8 linear feet) Series 7: Printed Material, 1930s-1980s (Box 4-6, 13; 1.7 linear feet) Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1941-1982 (Box 6, 9-10; 1.0 linear feet) Series 9: Sketchbooks, 1940-1960s (Box 6-7, 11; 1.2 linear feet) Series 10: Artwork, circa 1944-1979 (Box 7, 13-15; 0.6 linear feet) Series 11: Photographs, 1890s-1981 (Box 7-8, 12; 0.9 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advanced notice.
The papers of Portland, Oregon painter, printmaker, and educator Louis Bunce (1907-1983) measure 9.1 linear feet and date from the 1890s to 1983. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, interviews and interview transcripts, organizational records, personal business records, printed materials, nine scrapbooks, eighteen sketchbooks, artwork, and photographs. A few audiovisual recordings are scattered throughout series.
Louis Bunce papers, 1890s-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of this collection, including Jackson Pollock letters, catalog, and announcement, are available on 35 mm microfilm reel 3999 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund
The Louis Bunce 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.
Also in the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Bunce, one conducted on October 29, 1965 by Dorothy Bestor and a second conducted on December 3-13, 1982 by Rachel Rosenfield, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project
Louis Bunce (1907-1983) was a painter, printmaker, and educator active in Portland, Oregon. His modernist style influenced many artists in the Pacific Northwest.
Collection is in English.
The Louis Bunce papers were donated by the artist's son, Jon Bunce in 1984.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001