The collection is arranged as 8 series Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1930-2002 (1.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, 14-15) Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1930-2003 ( 2.3 linear feet; Boxes 2-4) Series 3: Writings, circa 1930-2003 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 4-5) Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1942-2003 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 5-6) Series 5: Printed Material, 1932-2000 ( 0.9 linear feet; Boxes 6, 16, OV 18) Series 6: Artwork, circa 1949-1998 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 6-7, 17) Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1948-1997 (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 7-8, 16) Series 8: Photographs, circa 1914-2002 (5.2 linear feet; Boxes 8-13, 17)
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
The papers of jeweler Irena Brynner measure 14.2 linear feet and date from circa 1914 to 2003. The papers document Brynner's career as a jeweler in California and New York through biographical material including sound recordings of her diary; correspondence with family, friends, and art organizations; diaries, notebooks, and other writings; exhibition announcements, news clippings, and other printed material; photographs and slides; artwork including eight sketchbooks; and eleven scrapbooks.
Irena Brynner papers, 1914-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Irena Brynner conducted by Arline M. Fisch, 2001 April 26-27.
Irena Brynner (1917-2003) was jeweler, sculptor, and opera singer who worked primarily in New York City. Brynner was born in Vladivostok, Russia. Her father was a member of the Swiss diplomatic corp, and she spent her youth living in China, Japan, and France. Brynner immigrated to the United States prior to World War II where she began her career as jeweler. Brynner was the cousin of actor, Yul Brynner, and worked in the San Francisco Bay area through the 1950s before moving to New York City. Brynner held exhbitions across the United States, throughout Europe, and in Japan.
The collection is in English, French, Russian, and German.
The Irena Brynner papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Ragnar D. Ness, executor of the Irena Brynner Estate, in 2004.
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