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Richard Field Maynard papers, 1895-1979

Creator:
Maynard, Richard Field, 1875-1964  Search this
Subject:
Chadwick, Helen  Search this
Coburn, Charles Douville  Search this
Cole, Alphaeus Philemon  Search this
Curran, Charles C. (Charles Courtney)  Search this
MacKenna, Kenneth  Search this
Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis)  Search this
Morse, Beryl  Search this
Rush, Olive  Search this
Vonnoh, Bessie Potter  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold)  Search this
Bittinger, Charles  Search this
Wiles, Irving Ramsay  Search this
Wiles, Gladys Lee  Search this
Maynard, Margaret Field  Search this
Tenth Street Studio Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7170
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209307
AAA_collcode_maynrich
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209307

Richard Field Maynard papers

Creator:
Maynard, Richard Field, 1875-1964  Search this
Names:
Tenth Street Studio Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Bittinger, Charles, 1879-1970  Search this
Chadwick, Helen  Search this
Coburn, Charles Douville  Search this
Cole, Alphaeus Philemon, 1876-1988  Search this
Curran, Charles C. (Charles Courtney), 1861-1942  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold), 1856-1933  Search this
MacKenna, Kenneth, 1899-1962  Search this
Maynard, Margaret Field  Search this
Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis), 1874-1940  Search this
Morse, Beryl  Search this
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Vonnoh, Bessie Potter, 1872-1955  Search this
Wiles, Gladys Lee  Search this
Wiles, Irving Ramsay, 1861-1948  Search this
Extent:
2 Linear feet
0.2 Linear feet (Addition)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
1895-1979
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material, diaries, correspondence, notes, writings, business records, sketches, scrapbook, clippings, and miscellaneous material.
Correspondence, undated and 1906-1979, is mainly letters from Maynard to his parents; also includes letters from Charles Bittinger, Alphaeus P. Cole, Olive Rush, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and Irving R. Wiles.
Notes and writings, are by Maynard and by his daughter, Sylvia. Business records, 1902-1937, include leases, receipts, miscellaneous financial records, and material relating to his patents.
There are fifty-six sketches, undated and 1902-1915, including a floorplan of Maynard's studio in 1902; a scrapbook, 1895-1898, containing clippings, letters, and 2 sketches, mainly relating to the HARVARD LAMPOON; clippings, 1898-1976; exhibition announcements and catalogs, 1905-1917, miscellaneous printed material, undated and 1898-1901; biographical material, undated and 1938; 7 diaries kept by Maynard, 1888-1899 and 1960; and one, 1897, by Margaret Field Maynard.
Photographs, undated and 1914-1979, are of Maynard, of a trip to Tucson, 1914, of a play entitled "Puppets of Fate", showing F. Luis Mora, Charles C. Curran, Charles Coburn, Kenneth MacKenna (aka Leo Mielziner), and Mr. Hubbell in costume. Also included are photographs of Beryl Morse, Gladys Lee Wiles, Helen Chadwick, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, Alphaeus P. Cole in 1979, and a model demonstrating Maynard's invention: a chair which rolls on tracks perpendicular to the easel to facilitate the artist's movement while painting.
ADDITION: Correspondence between Maynard and his father, Isaac N. Maynard, 1931-1933; letters to Maynard and others from his wife Lorraine, 1933; and a few letters to Richard and Lorraine Maynard from their twelve-year-old daughter, Sylvia, 1933 [All letters from Richard and Lorraine Maynard are carbon copies.] Also included are letters to the Richard and Lorraine Maynard from Bessie Potter Vonnoh, writings by Lorraine Maynard, undated, and photographs of Lorraine and Sylvia Maynard, and of Vonnoh, c. 1923.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, sculptor, writer, and inventor. Maynard was a resident and Treasurer of the Tenth Street Studio Building, N.Y.C.
Provenance:
Donated by Sylvia Maynard, daughter of Richard Field Maynard, 1981. An additional 0.2 ft. was received from Maynard via Julie Aronson, who had used the papers in her research on Bessie Potter Vonnoh.
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.
Occupation:
Inventors  Search this
Painters  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios -- New York (State) -- New York
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.maynrich
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-maynrich

Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967

Creator:
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Subject:
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Diaries
Photographs
Topic:
Women painters -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Painters -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
American Indians in art  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Muralists -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Illustrators -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9223
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211418
AAA_collcode_rusholiv
Theme:
Diaries
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211418
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Olive Rush, 1963 November 13

Interviewee:
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Interviewer:
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden  Search this
Subject:
Federal Art Project (N.M.)  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Muralists -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12014
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213785
AAA_collcode_rush63
Theme:
New Deal
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213785

Oral history interview with Chuzo Tamotzu, 1964 September 3

Interviewee:
Tamotsu, Chūzō, 1888-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden  Search this
Subject:
Eddy, Stuart  Search this
Force, Juliana  Search this
Knight, Frederic C.  Search this
Mandelman, Beatrice  Search this
Philipp, Robert  Search this
Ribak, Louis  Search this
Rush, Olive  Search this
An American Group (Organization)  Search this
Artists Equity Association  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Asian American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Art, Oriental.  Search this
Arts, Japanese -- Western influences  Search this
Painting, Asian  Search this
Painters -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11756
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216578
AAA_collcode_tamots64
Theme:
Asian American
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216578

Chuzo Tamotzu papers, 1920-1982

Creator:
Tamotsu, Chūzō, 1888-1975  Search this
Subject:
Evergood, Philip  Search this
Ribak, Louis  Search this
Rush, Olive  Search this
Shonnard, Eugenie Frederica  Search this
Sloan, John  Search this
Tamotzu, Louise Kates  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9228
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211423
AAA_collcode_tamochuz
Theme:
Diaries
Asian American
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211423

PWAP reports by Gustave Baumann, 1934

Creator:
Public Works of Art Project (N.M.)  Search this
Subject:
Bisttram, Emil  Search this
Lea, Tom  Search this
Lockwood, Ward  Search this
Rush, Olive  Search this
Shuster, Will  Search this
Baumann, Gustave  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to public welfare  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state -- United States  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- New Mexico  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9784
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212211
AAA_collcode_publwonm
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212211

Wilbur D. Peat correspondence, 1929-1936

Creator:
John Herron Art Institute  Search this
Subject:
Peat, Wilbur David  Search this
Albinson, Dewey  Search this
Baylinson, A. S.  Search this
Bell, Wenona Day  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Biddle, George  Search this
Blume, Peter  Search this
Blumenschein, Ernest Leonard  Search this
Bohm, C. Curry  Search this
Borie, Adolphe  Search this
Borst, George H.  Search this
Brackman, Robert  Search this
Brecher, Samuel  Search this
Brook, Alexander  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim  Search this
Carian, Varaldo J.  Search this
Carpenter, E. F., Mrs  Search this
Carroll, John  Search this
Cikovsky, Nicolai  Search this
Cirino, Antonio  Search this
Clear, Charles Val  Search this
Cohen, Max B.  Search this
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Davey, Randall  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold)  Search this
Dickinson, Edwin Walter  Search this
Dougherty, Paul  Search this
Eakins, Susan Macdowell  Search this
Eddy, Henry S. (Henry Stephens)  Search this
Evans, Virginia Bargar  Search this
Fabrick, Anton Piers  Search this
Farnsworth, Jerry  Search this
Fiene, Ernest  Search this
Fitzpatrick, Kelly (John Kelly)  Search this
Folinsbee, John Fulton  Search this
Gailor, Charlotte  Search this
Garber, Daniel  Search this
Gilder, Robert F. (Robert Fletcher)  Search this
Glackens, William J.  Search this
Grabach, John R.  Search this
Greener, Charles T. (Charles Theodore)  Search this
Gruppe, Charles Paul  Search this
Higgins, Eugene  Search this
Hopper, Edward  Search this
Hunger, Bernard A.  Search this
Keller, Henry G.  Search this
King, Fanny Mahon  Search this
Klitgaard, Georgina  Search this
Kroll, Leon  Search this
Kuehne, Max  Search this
La Chance, Georges  Search this
Lucioni, Luigi  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Mattson, Henry E. (Henry Elis)  Search this
McFee, Henry Lee  Search this
Hofmeier, Miriam McKinnie  Search this
Millet, Clarence  Search this
Moffett, Ross  Search this
Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis)  Search this
Mulhaupt, Frederick J.  Search this
Myers, Jerome  Search this
Nayland, Watson  Search this
Newcombe, Warren  Search this
Peirce, Waldo  Search this
Perrine, Van Dearing  Search this
Philipp, Robert  Search this
Phillips, Marjorie  Search this
Plaschke, Paul Albert  Search this
Redfield, Edward Willis  Search this
Reed, Doel  Search this
Rosen, Charles  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
Rush, Olive  Search this
Ryder, Chauncey F.  Search this
Savage, Eugene F.  Search this
Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest)  Search this
Sepeshy, Zoltan  Search this
Sewall, Edward  Search this
Seyffert, Leopold  Search this
Sheets, Nan  Search this
Simkhovitch, Simka  Search this
Singer, Clyde  Search this
Smith, Judson  Search this
Speicher, Eugene Edward  Search this
Speight, Francis  Search this
Sterne, Maurice  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Tromka, Abram  Search this
Verner, Elizabeth O'Neill  Search this
Warren, Ferdinand E.  Search this
Waugh, Frederick Judd  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Wilcox, Lois  Search this
Wiltz, Arnold  Search this
Wood, Grant  Search this
Wrenn, Harold Holmes  Search this
Topic:
Art, American -- Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8509
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210686
AAA_collcode_johnherr
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210686

Oral history interview with Chuzo Tamotzu

Interviewee:
Tamotsu, Chūzō, 1888-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
An American Group (Organization)  Search this
Artists Equity Association  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Eddy, Stuart  Search this
Force, Juliana, 1876-1948  Search this
Knight, Frederic C., 1898-1979  Search this
Mandelman, Beatrice  Search this
Philipp, Robert, 1895-1981  Search this
Ribak, Louis, 1902-1979  Search this
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Extent:
11 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1964 September 3
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Chuzo Tamotzu (Tamotsu) conducted 1964 September 3 by Sylvia Loomis for the Archives of American Art.
Tamotzu discusses studying Occidental, Oriental art in Japan; traveling to Korea, Manchuria and China, South Sea Islands, Singapore, then Europe for a year; coming to New York in 1920; his involvement with An American Group; Juliana Force recruiting him for the Federal Art Project; being on the Easel Project and also on the Graphic Art Project; the Works Projects Administration; given "pink-slip" on the Project since he was not a U.S. citizen; stint in the U.S. Army, Office of Strategic Service doing propaganda paintings for psychological war material for the Japanese Army and soldiers; settling in Santa Fe, N.M.; Oriental painting; and Artist Equity Association. Tamotzu mentions Beatrice Mandelman, Louis Ribak, Robert Philip, Stuart Eddy, Frederick Knight, and Olive Rush.
Biographical / Historical:
Chuzo Tamotzu (1888-1975) was born in Japan and was a painter in Santa Fe, N.M.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 40 min.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Asian American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Art, Oriental.  Search this
Arts, Japanese -- Western influences  Search this
Painting, Asian  Search this
Painters -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.tamots64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tamots64

Oral history interview with Olive Rush

Interviewee:
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Interviewer:
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (N.M.)  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
26 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1963 November 13
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Olive Rush conducted 1963 November 13, by Sylvia Loomis, for the Archives of American Art.
Rush speaks of her family background and youth; her education at the Corcoran School of Art; her involvement with the Federal Art Project; working on murals for public buildings in Santa Fe and the southwest; and the public's perception of the Federal Art Project and its administration.
Biographical / Historical:
Olive Rush (1873-1966) was a painter and muralist in Santa Fe, N.M.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 29 min.
Provenance:
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Muralists -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.rush63
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rush63

Chuzo Tamotzu papers

Creator:
Tamotsu, Chūzō, 1888-1975  Search this
Names:
Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973  Search this
Ribak, Louis, 1902-1979  Search this
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Shonnard, Eugenie Frederica, 1886-1978  Search this
Sloan, John, 1871-1951  Search this
Tamotzu, Louise Kates  Search this
Extent:
12 microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
1920-1982
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; biographical data; list of works of art; photographs; sketchbook; annotated books; financial material; a diary; sketches; prints; and printed material.
REEL SW 6: Correspondence, including 2 letters from Philip Evergood; biographical data; photographs; list of paintings sold; sketches; prints; catalogs; and clippings.
REELS 3031-3041: Biographical information; a list of works of art; correspondence, 1930-1975; photographs of Tamotzu, his family, friends and works of art; a sketchbook, 1945-1946; annotated books; files on his trips to Japan and his work about Hiroshima, New Mexico and its artists' community, galleries, museums, art associations, collectors and artists Philip Evergood, Louis Ribak, Olive Rush, Eugenie Shonnard, John Sloan and others; financial material; exhibition announcements and catalogs; clippings; printed material; and a diary kept by Tamotzu's wife Louise Kates Tamotzu.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; Santa Fe, N.M. Born in Japan. Came to U.S. in 1920. Moved to Santa Fe in 1948. Birthdate also listed as 1888.
Provenance:
Reels 3031-3041: Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project.
Material on reel SW 6 lent for microfilming 1970 by Chuzo Tamotzu and material on reels 3031-3041 lent for microfilming 1983 by Louise Kates Tamotzu, widow of Tamotzu. All material subequently donated to the University of New Mexico, Center for Southwest research.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.tamochuz
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tamochuz

Olive Rush papers

Creator:
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Names:
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Extent:
6.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Diaries
Photographs
Date:
1879-1967
Summary:
The papers of Olive Rush measure 6.3 linear feet and date from 1879 to 1967. They contain correspondence, artwork, photographs, writings, and other personal papers documenting Rush's education and career as an illustrator, portraitist, muralist, painter, teacher, and promoter of Native American art.
Scope and Contents note:
The records of Olive Rush measure 6.3 linear feet and date from 1879 to 1967. They contain correspondence, artwork, photographs, writings, and other records that document her education and career as an illustrator, portraitist, muralist, painter, and promoter of Native American art.

Biographical materials include several narratives written by Rush and others, as well as a few items related to Delaware artist Ethel Pennewill Brown Leach, Rush's close friend and colleague. Correspondence spans Rush's education and career, and documents her early career in illustration, purchases and exhibitions of her work, her efforts to secure exhibitions for Native American artists, and her dealings with administrators of Federal Art Projects of the 1930s.

Writings include diaries from Rush's early years, including an especially detailed diary from her Santa Fe Indian School mural project in 1932. Also found are lectures, talks, essays, notebooks with technical experiments and aesthetic ideas, and loose notes for her FAP project at the New Mexico College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts.

Records of Rush's artwork include two record books, receipts for supplies and shipments, price lists, inventories, records of submissions, and a small number of similar records of artwork by Native American artists. Sketchbooks, loose sketches, and drawings by Rush span her entire career and include many studies and proposed designs for murals and frescoes.

Printed Materials consist of exhibition catalogs, clippings, and reproductions of artwork, especially illustration work from Rush's early career. Photographs include a class photograph from the Corcoran School of Art circa 1890 and many of Rush and her fellow artists in Wilmington, Delaware from around 1904 to 1910. Photographs of works of art document Rush's murals and frescoes in private homes, businesses, and public buildings.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged into seven series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1886-1966 (Box 1; 7 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1889-1964 (Boxes 1-2, 8; 1.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1886-1962 (Box 2; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Records of Artwork, 1904-1956 (Box 3; 8 folders)

Series 5: Artwork, 1896-1957 (Boxes 3-4, 7, OV 8-12; 1 linear foot)

Series 6: Printed Materials, 1879-1967 (Boxes 4-5, 7, OV 13; 1.6 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographs, circa 1890-1966 (Box 6; 0.4 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Olive Rush was born in Fairmount, Indiana in 1875 to a Quaker farm family of six children, and attended nearby Earlham College, a Quaker school with a studio art program. Encouraged by her teacher, Rush enrolled in the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1890, where she stayed for two years and achieved early recognition for her work. In 1893, Rush joined the Indiana delegation of artists to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

In 1894, she moved to New York City and continued her studies at the Art Students League with Henry Siddons Mowbray, John Twachtman, and Augustus St. Gaudens. She secured her first job as an illustrator with Harper and Brothers and quickly started doing additional illustration work for Good Housekeeping, Scribner's, The Delineator, Woman's Home Companion, Sunday Magazine and St. Nicholas Magazine. Rush also became a staff artist at the New York Tribune and illustrated several books.

In 1904, Rush sent an inquiry with samples of her work to master illustrator Howard Pyle, who had established what was then the only school of illustration in the country in Wilmington, Delaware. There he provided free instruction to a small number hand-picked artists culled from hundreds of applicants. Although Pyle did not admit women to his studio, he encouranged her to come and join the class for lectures and criticisms. Rush moved to Delaware later that year, joining a growing number of female illustrators there including Ethel Pennewill Brown (later Leach), Blanche Chloe Grant, Sarah Katherine Smith, and Harriet Roosevelt Richards, among others. Rush and her female colleagues lived together in a boarding house known as Tusculum, which became well-known as a gathering place for women artists.

Rush traveled to Europe in 1910, embarking on a period of intense study and travel which would mark a steady transition from illustration to painting. She studied at Newlyn in Cornwall, England and then in France with the American impressionist Richard E. Miller. She returned to Wilmington in 1911, where she moved into Pyle's studio with Ethel Pennewill Brown. Rush bounced to New York, Boston, and back to France, where she lived for a time with fellow artists Alice Schille, Ethel Pennewill Brown, and Orville Houghton Peets. Her reputation grew, and she began to exhibit regularly in major national and regional juried exhibitions including the Carnegie, Pennsylvania Academy, and Corcoran annual exhibitions, as well as the Hoosier Salon.

In 1914, Rush made her first trip to Arizona and New Mexico. Passing through Santa Fe on her return trip, Rush made contact with the artists community at the Museum of New Mexico, where she secured an impromptu solo exhibition after showing her new work, inspired by the landscape of the Southwest. She made Santa Fe her permanent home in 1920 in an adobe cottage on Canyon Road, which became a main thoroughfare of the Santa Fe artists' community.

Rush began to experiment with fresco painting, and developed her own techniques suitable to the local climate. She became a sought-after muralist and was asked to create frescoes for many private homes and businesses. In her painting, she often depicted the Native American dances and ceremonies she attended. She exhibited these paintings around the country, including with the Society of Independent Artists in New York, and in the Corcoran Annual Juried exhibition, where Mrs. Herbert Hoover and Duncan Phillips both purchased her work.

In 1932, Rush was hired to teach at the Santa Fe Indian School. Rush's enthusiastic work in the 1930s with the young pueblo artists is credited with helping to bring about a flourishing of Native American visual art in New Mexico. Rush continued to work with native artists throughout her life, and many of her associates went on to gain national reputations, including Harrison Begay, Awa-Tsireh, Pop Chalee, Pablita Valerde, and Ha-So-De (Narciso Abeyta).

From 1934 to 1939, Rush executed murals for the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) and the Federal Art Project (FAP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Rush's federal art projects included murals for the Santa Fe Public Library (1934), the Biology Building of the New Mexico Agricultural College (1935), the Pawhuska, Oklahoma Post Office (1938), and the Florence, Colorado Post Office (1939). Rush was also asked to join the Advisory Committee on Indian Art created by the PWAP in 1934, to help administer a segment of the program aimed at employing Native American artists.

In her later years, Rush's artwork became increasingly experimental, incorporating the ideas of Chinese painting, Native American art, and her contemporaries, the modernists, especially Wassily Kandinsky. She continued painting and exhibiting until 1964, when illness prohibited her from working. She died in 1966, leaving her home and studio to the Santa Fe Society of Friends.

Sources consulted for this biography include Olive Rush: A Hoosier Artist in New Mexico (1992) by Stanley L. Cuba, and Almost Forgotten: Delaware Women Artists and Arts Patrons 1900-1950 (2002) by Janice Haynes Gilmore.
Related Archival Materials note:
The Archives of American Art holds a brief oral history interview with Olive Rush concerning her involvement with Federal Art Projects.
Separated Materials note:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel SW4) including scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, and exhibition catalogs. Most of this material was later donated, but some items remain with the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Olive Rush donated the bulk of her papers to the Archives of American Art in 1963 and 1964. Additional exhibition catalogs and photographs were added to the collection upon her death in 1966. An anonymous donation of diaries, sketchbooks, and a photograph was received by the Archives in 1970. Also in 1970, the Olive Rush Memorial Studio lent papers for microfilming. Many, but not all, of the loaned materials were later donated.
Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Olive Rush 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.
Topic:
Women painters -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Painters -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
American Indians in art  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Muralists -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Illustrators -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Diaries
Photographs
Citation:
Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.rusholiv
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Olive Rush papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rusholiv
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Delaware, "Tusculum," Howard Pyle Studio

Collection Creator:
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1904-1912
Scope and Contents note:
(Olive Rush, Ethel Pennewill Brown, Blanche C. Grant, Harriet Roosevelt Richards, and others unidentified)
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Olive Rush 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:
Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Olive Rush papers
Olive Rush papers / Series 7: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rusholiv-ref156

Mural "Osages," Pawhuska, Oklahoma Post Office (1938)

Collection Creator:
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 26
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Olive Rush 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:
Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Olive Rush papers
Olive Rush papers / Series 7: Photographs / Photographs of Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rusholiv-ref174

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1908
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Olive Rush 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:
Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Olive Rush papers
Olive Rush papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rusholiv-ref712

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 26
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1928-1929
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Olive Rush 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:
Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Olive Rush papers
Olive Rush papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rusholiv-ref722

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 30
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1931
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Olive Rush 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:
Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Olive Rush papers
Olive Rush papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rusholiv-ref726

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 32
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Olive Rush 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:
Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Olive Rush papers
Olive Rush papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rusholiv-ref728

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 34
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Olive Rush 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:
Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Olive Rush papers
Olive Rush papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rusholiv-ref730

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Rush, Olive, 1873-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 38
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1936-1937
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Olive Rush 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:
Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Olive Rush papers
Olive Rush papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rusholiv-ref734

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