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Bowman, Ruth, 1923-  Search this
Lassaw, Ibram  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Cézanne, Paul  Search this
Burkhardt, Hans Gustav  Search this
Bolotowsky, Ilya  Search this
Bengelsdorf, Rosalind  Search this
Holty, Carl  Search this
Ferren, John  Search this
Eakins, Thomas  Search this
Diller, Burgoyne  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu  Search this
Morris, George L. K.  Search this
McNeil, George  Search this
Mason, Alice Trumbull  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques  Search this
Levine, Les  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Anshutz, Thomas Pollock  Search this
MacDonald, Duncan (Broadcaster)  Search this
Wilfred, Thomas  Search this
Sloan, Helen Farr  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
New York University  Search this
WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Newark Museum  Search this
KUSC (Radio station : Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Craft and Folk Art Museum  Search this
Long Beach Museum of Art  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
American Federation of Arts  Search this
American Association of Museums  Search this
Canadian Museums Association  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Sound recordings
Scripts (documents)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
26.7 Linear feet; 21.99 Gigabytes
This collection is arranged as 5 series: Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1964-1984 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence, 1963-1996 (Box 1; 0.7 linear feet) Series 3: Writings and Related Research, 1942-1999 (Boxes 1-3; 1.5 linear feet) Series 4: Subject Files, 1936-2006 (Boxes 3-12, 26; 9.6 linear feet) Series 5: Interviews, 1963-1989 (Boxes 12-25; 9.2 linear feet, ER01-ER70; 21.99 GB)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The papers of art historian and museum educator Ruth Bowman are dated 1936-2006, bulk 1963-1999, and measure 26.7 linear feet and 21.99 GB. Professional correspondence and subject files document Bowman's relationships with colleagues and reflect her interests, activities including curatorial work, and accomplishments as a museum educator. Writings and related research materials include her thesis,"Thomas Pollock Anshutz, 1851-1912" (M.A., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1971), and unfinished projects. Also found are interviews conducted by Bowman with a wide range of individuals for a variety of purposes.
Ruth Bowman papers, 1936-2006, bulk 1963-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Use Note:
Research material including correspondence, writings and notes, photographs, and printed material on Cezanne, Thomas Eakins, and Picasso: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce requires written permission from Ruth Bowman. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Biography Note:
Ruth Bowman (b. 1923) is an art historian and museum educator who worked in New York City and Los Angeles. She is known for her interest in using new communications technology for museum education, discovering Arshile Gorky's long forgotten murals at Newark Airport, and expertise in the work of Thomas Anshutz.
Language Note:
The collection is in English.
Donated by Ruth Bowman in 2004.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art, American -- 20th century  Search this
Women art historians  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Art Theory and Historiography  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
Art Theory and Historiography
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art