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Oral history interview with Margueritte Kimball, 1993 Mar. 1-Apr. 13

Interviewee:
Kimball, Margueritte Eleanor, 1906-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- United States  Search this
Handicraft -- Study and teaching -- United States  Search this
Design -- Study and teaching -- United States  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12143
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215262
AAA_collcode_kimbal93
Theme:
Craft
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215262
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Hans Barschel

Interviewee:
Barschel, Hans Joachim, b. 1912  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty  Search this
Cowles, Hobart E., 1923-1980  Search this
Wildenhain, Frans, 1905-1980  Search this
Witmeyer, Stanley Herbert, 1913-2011  Search this
Extent:
2 Sound cassettes (Sound recording (2 hrs., 1 min.), analog)
50 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1994 September 14
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Hans Joachim Barschel conducted 1994 September 14, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Barschel discusses his childhood during World War I and the 1920s in two Berlin suburbs, Charlottenburg and Pankow, as the son of a civil engineer and his wife, whose father was a factory foreman; the contrast of the ludicrous militarism of the late Wilhelmine Germany with the straightened but liberalized circumstances of life in the Weimar Republic which followed; and his first acquaintance with foreign cultures during a 1929 excursion with his free-spirited aunt and uncle.
He remembers the enlightened teaching and loose curricula he experienced during 1930-35 in advertising design study with George Salter at the Municipal Art School, Berlin, and then in graduate studies in design, painting, printmaking, and photography at the Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Berlin-Charlottenburg. He talks about his disgust at the onset of Naziism; his brief career (1935-37) in Berlin as a free-lance graphic designer and as head graphic designer for the Reichsbahn; his getting his beloved teacher, George Salter, a Jew, out of Nazi Germany; his emigration in 1937 using forged documents and his rapid establishment as a designer in New York thanks to his friendship with Dr. Robert Leslie of The Composing Room.
He discusses advertisements, posters, and book jackets designed for American publications and companies and (1948) for the United Nations; his move to Rochester, New York, in 1952, as a designer for printing companies and beginning the teaching of design at the Rochester Institute of Technology at the invitation of Stanley Witmeyer, Director of its School of Art and Design; fellow teachers at RIT, including the ceramists, Hobart Cowles and Frans Wildenhain; and the importance of continually refreshing the creative powers by sketching in nature, a principle instilled in him as a student which he carried into his teaching at RIT.
Biographical / Historical:
Hans Joachim Barschel (1912-1998) was a graphic designer and art instructor from Rochester, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 1 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire audio recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Design -- Study and teaching -- United States  Search this
Design -- Study and teaching -- Germany  Search this
National socialism and art  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.barsch94
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-barsch94

Oral history interview with Margueritte Kimball

Interviewee:
Kimball, Margueritte Eleanor, 1906-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (sound cassettes Sound recording: (150 min.), analog.)
81 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1993 Mar. 1-Apr. 13
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Margueritte Kimball conducted 1993 Mar. 10-Apr. 13, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art, regarding her years at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Kimball discusses her childhood in Clinton, Mass. and Nashua, N.H. in the family of a railroad employee; death of her father and move, in 1926, to Cambridge, Mass. where her mother worked as a milliner and opened a dressmaking business; training in bookkeeping; classes at Copley Society, Boston; enrollment at Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1942, and working as financial secretary there until 1968; and her friendship with Carl and Olga Milles. She recalls Eliel and Loja Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Zoltan Sepeshy, and many other teachers and students, and comments on students who attended via the G.I. Bill and on teacher-student relationship and administration of the Academy.
Biographical / Historical:
Margueritte Eleanor Kimball (1906-1995) was a financial secretary at Cranbrook Academy of Art, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- United States  Search this
Handicraft -- Study and teaching -- United States  Search this
Design -- Study and teaching -- United States  Search this
Function:
Art Schools -- United States
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.kimbal93
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kimbal93

Oral history interview with Hans Barschel, 1994 September 14

Interviewee:
Barschel, Hans Joachim, 1912-1998  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Cowles, Hobart E.  Search this
Wildenhain, Frans  Search this
Witmeyer, Stanley Herbert  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Design -- Study and teaching -- United States  Search this
Design -- Study and teaching -- Germany  Search this
National socialism and art  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12346
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215764
AAA_collcode_barsch94
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215764
Online Media:

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