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Finster, Howard

Collection Creator:
Rosenak, Chuck  Search this
Extent:
3 Sound cassettes
Container:
Box 12, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
Collection Rights:
The Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material is 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:
Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, circa 1938-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material
Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material / Series 4: Interview of Artists
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rosechuc-ref514

Howard Finster in Summerville, Georgia

Photographer:
Kirwin, Liza, 1957-  Search this
Subject:
Finster, Howard  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Summerville, Ga.
Date:
1986 November 9
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18984
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John F. Turner research material on Howard Finster, circa 1928-2015, bulk 1978-1990
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18984
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Photograph The Lord Will Deliver His People Across Jordan, 1976, by Howard Finster

Photographer:
Turner, J. F. (John F.), 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Finster, Howard  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
circa 1976
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18985
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John F. Turner research material on Howard Finster, circa 1928-2015, bulk 1978-1990
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18985
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Howard Finster postcard to John Turner

Creator:
Finster, Howard, 1916-2001  Search this
Turner, J. F. (John F.), 1947-  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1980 February 2
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18986
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John F. Turner research material on Howard Finster, circa 1928-2015, bulk 1978-1990
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18986
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Howard Finster letter to Herbert Waide Hemphill

Creator:
Finster, Howard, 1916-2001  Search this
Hemphill, Herbert Waide, 1929-1998  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
ca. 1978
Topic:
Art commissions  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6601
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Herbert Waide Hemphill papers, 1776-1998, bulk 1876-1998
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6601
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Postcard with reproduction of portrait of Herbert Wade Hemphill, Jr. by Howard Finster

Subject:
Finster, Howard  Search this
Hemphill, Herbert Waide  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1979
Topic:
Portrait painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6602
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Herbert Waide Hemphill papers, 1776-1998, bulk 1876-1998
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6602

John F. Turner research material on Howard Finster, circa 1928-2015, bulk 1978-1990

Creator:
Turner, John F.  Search this
Subject:
Finster, Pauline  Search this
Camp, Jeffrey Thomas  Search this
Lancaster, Clay  Search this
Dickinson, Eleanor  Search this
Kind, Phyllis  Search this
Esman, Rosa  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen  Search this
Arient, James  Search this
Hartigan, Lynda Roscoe  Search this
Arient, Beth  Search this
Hemphill, Herbert Waide  Search this
Finster, Howard  Search this
Finster, Beverly  Search this
Jabbour, Alan  Search this
Kirwin, Liza  Search this
Nutt, Jim  Search this
Nasisse, Andy S.  Search this
Volkerz, Willem  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Photographs
Transcriptions
Video recordings
Topic:
Curators -- California  Search this
Authors -- California  Search this
Folk artists -- California  Search this
Folk art  Search this
Self-taught artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17381
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216522
AAA_collcode_turnjohn
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216522
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Andy Nasisse files relating to self-taught artists, circa 1979-circa 1986

Creator:
Nasisse, Andy S., 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Bailey, E. M. (Eldren M.)  Search this
Carpenter, Miles B. (Miles Burkholder)  Search this
Carroll, Tessie  Search this
Damonte, Emanuel "Litto"  Search this
Dinsmoor, Samuel Perry  Search this
Doyle, Sam  Search this
Ehn, John Henry  Search this
Finster, Howard  Search this
Forester, Laura Pope  Search this
Hall, Dilmus  Search this
Hall, Irene Gibson  Search this
Harvey, Bessie  Search this
Murry, J. B. (John B.) (John B.)  Search this
Prisbrey, Tressa  Search this
Pugh, Dow  Search this
Rice, William Carlton  Search this
Robertson, Royal  Search this
Van Zant, Frank  Search this
St. EOM  Search this
Thomas, Son  Search this
Tolliver, Mose  Search this
Zoetl, Joseph  Search this
McKissack, Jeff  Search this
Milkovitch, John  Search this
Ratcliffe, W. T.  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Topic:
Self-taught artists  Search this
Folk artists  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9581
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211782
AAA_collcode_nasiandy
Theme:
African American
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211782

Herbert Waide Hemphill papers, 1776-1998, bulk 1876-1998

Creator:
Hemphill, Herbert Waide, 1929-1998  Search this
Subject:
Prince, Daniel C.  Search this
Prince, Neal A.  Search this
Orth, Kevin  Search this
Patterson, Clayton  Search this
Smith, Fred  Search this
Smith, Robert E.  Search this
Robertson, Royal  Search this
Rowe, Nellie Mae  Search this
Morgan, Gertrude  Search this
Mr. Imagination  Search this
McCarthy, Justin  Search this
Merrill, James Ingram  Search this
O'Kelley, Mattie Lou  Search this
Nathaniel, Inez  Search this
Zeldis, Malcah  Search this
Young, Purvis  Search this
Weissman, Julia  Search this
St. EOM  Search this
Spies, Jim  Search this
Smither, Stephanie  Search this
Smither, John  Search this
Walters, Hubert  Search this
Tolson, Edgar  Search this
Tolliver, Mose  Search this
Terrillion, Veronica  Search this
Carpenter, Miles B. (Miles Burkholder)  Search this
Brice, Bruce  Search this
Borkowski, Mary  Search this
Bogun, Maceptaw, Rev.  Search this
Aiken, Gayleen  Search this
Goins, Vernon  Search this
Hall, Michael D.  Search this
Hamblett, Theora  Search this
Hartigan, Lynda Roscoe  Search this
Fowler, Tim  Search this
Gatto, Victor Joseph  Search this
Ghostley, Alice  Search this
Fancher, John W.  Search this
Finster, Howard  Search this
Flanagan, Thos. J. (Thomas Jefferson)  Search this
Coins, Raymond  Search this
Crittenden, Varick A.  Search this
Dinsmoor, Samuel Perry  Search this
Donovan, Carrie  Search this
Little, Roy  Search this
Lisk, Charles  Search this
Maldonado, Alexander Aramburo  Search this
Lopez, George  Search this
Jordan, John  Search this
Jones, S. L. (Shields Landon)  Search this
Klumpp, Gustave  Search this
Josephson, Nancy  Search this
Hunter, Clementine  Search this
Holley, Lonnie  Search this
Jennings, James Harold  Search this
James, A. Everette (Alton Everette)  Search this
Hawkins, William Lawrence  Search this
Harvey, Bessie  Search this
Hicks, Tiny  Search this
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)  Search this
Museum of International Folk Art (N.M.)  Search this
Centennial Exhibition  Search this
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center  Search this
Folk Art Society of America  Search this
Exposition Universelle de Paris (1878 : Paris, France)  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Watercolors
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Photographs
Drawings
Poems
Reports
Prints
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Folk art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5482
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210776
AAA_collcode_hempherb
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210776
Online Media:

Jimmy Hedges papers and Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery records, 1969-2016

Creator:
Hedges, Jimmy, 1942-2014  Search this
Subject:
Lancaster, Paul  Search this
Blizzard, Georgia  Search this
Mohammed, A.J.  Search this
Green, Homer  Search this
Simmons, Charlie  Search this
Hoskinson, Danny  Search this
Harvey, Bessie  Search this
Sudduth, Jimmy Lee  Search this
Tolliver, Mose  Search this
Finster, Howard  Search this
Young, Purvis  Search this
Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Topic:
Self-taught artists  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art dealers -- Tennessee  Search this
Folk art -- Tennessee  Search this
Outsider art -- Georgia  Search this
Folk art -- Georgia  Search this
Outsider art -- Tennessee  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17336
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)380050
AAA_collcode_hedgjimm
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_380050
Online Media:

Willem Volkersz interviews

Creator:
Volkerz, Willem  Search this
Names:
Finster, Howard, 1916-2001  Search this
Howard, Jesse, 1885-1983  Search this
St. EOM, 1908-1986  Search this
Extent:
2.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1975-1985
Summary:
The Willem Voklersz interviews measure 2.6 linear feet and date from 1975-1985. The collection consists of twenty-nine sound cassettes containing thirty-one interviews of folk artists conducted by Volkersz for a personal research project, a monologue, and readings by Volkersz of notes on individual artists. Subjects include folk artists such as Howard Finster, Jesse Howard, and St. EOM (Eddie Owens Martin). Also found are thirty-seven transcripts of the recordings.
Scope and Contents:
The Willem Voklersz interviews measure 2.6 linear feet and date from 1975-1985. The collection consists of twenty-nine sound cassettes containing thirty-one interviews of folk artists conducted by Volkersz for a personal research project, a monologue, and readings by Volkersz of notes on individual artists. Subjects include folk artists such as Howard Finster, Jesse Howard, and St. EOM (Eddie Owens Martin). Also found are thirty-seven transcripts of the recordings.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as one series.
Biographical / Historical:
Willem Volkersz is a teacher, collector, and sculptor of Bozeman, Montana, who was born in Holland and came to the United States following World War II. He completed his education at the University of Washington in 1965, and completed a Masters of Fine Art at Mills College in 1967.

Volkersz began researching and collecting work by visionary and naive artists while a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute. His collection is now at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the Missoula Art Museum, in Missoula, Montana.
Provenance:
Sound recordings of the Willem Volkersz interviews were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1986 by Willem Volkersz, who made them primarily for his own use as a researcher, collector and teacher of folk art. They were transcribed in 1989 for the Archives of American Art by Toni Reineke.
Restrictions:
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.
Rights:
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.
Occupation:
Educators -- Montana -- Bozeman  Search this
Collectors -- Montana -- Bozeman  Search this
Sculptors -- Montana -- Bozeman  Search this
Topic:
Folk artists -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Citation:
Willem Volkersz interviews, 1975-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute.
Identifier:
AAA.volkwill
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-volkwill

Barbara Shissler Nosanow materials relating to Howard Finster, [ca. 1981]

Creator:
Nosanow, Barbara Shissler  Search this
Subject:
Finster, Howard  Search this
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6499
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215710
AAA_collcode_nosabarb
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215710

Barbara Shissler Nosanow materials relating to Howard Finster

Creator:
Nosanow, Barbara Shissler  Search this
Names:
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)  Search this
Finster, Howard, 1916-2001  Search this
Extent:
18 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1981]
Scope and Contents:
A letter from Finster to Barbara Shissler Nosanow at the National Museum of American Art, discussing his upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. The letter is illustrated in pencil with sketches of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, William Henry Harrison, Andrew Jackson and William Shakespeare. Finster writes: "I am excited to be coming to Washington where these great men once had our future responsibility upon them I feel so unworthy to live in a world of luxery (sic) and these great men paved our way..." Also included are several handmade cards and leaflets, enclosed in a note to Nosanow: "I was going to demastrat (sic) how I make these card in the show but we ran out of time."
Biographical / Historical:
Barbara Shissler Nosanow was the curator of an exhibit titled "More than land or sky: art from Appalachia," which ran at the National Museum of American Art from October 30, 1981 to January 3, 1982, and featured works by self-taught artist Howard Finster.
Provenance:
Transferred 1993 from the National Museum of American Art, which received the materials from Howard Finster.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Self-taught artists -- Georgia  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.nosabarb
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-nosabarb

Exhibition Records, c. 1980-1993

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Subject:
Finster, Howard 1916-2001  Search this
Twain, Mark 1835-1910 Exhibitions  Search this
National Geographic Society (U.S.)  Search this
Black Wings: The American Black in Aviation (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1990)  Search this
Ceramics of the Weimar Republic (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
China Between the Revolutions: Photographs by Sydney D. Gamble, 1971-1927 (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1993)  Search this
Collector's Eye: The Olga Hirshhorn Collection (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1990)  Search this
Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska (Exhibition) (1988: Washington D.C.)  Search this
Dining at the White House: Two Centuries of Presidential Tableware (Traveling exhibition) (1989)  Search this
Diversity Endangered (Posters Exhibition) (Traveling exhibition) (1987)  Search this
Drawings by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the Rijksmuseum voor Volenkunde (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1991)  Search this
Exploring Microspace (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1989)  Search this
Facing the Gods: Ritual Masks of the Himalayas (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1991)  Search this
Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration, 1915-1940 (Exhibition) (1987-2006: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
From Site to Site: Anthropology, Photography, and the Power of Imagery (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
Glamour and Allure: The Hollywood Photographs of George Hurrell (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1990)  Search this
Italy: One Hundred Years of Photography (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1993)  Search this
Jakob Ignaz Hittorff, 1792-1867: Architectural Drawings and Watercolors of Paris and Rome (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1991)  Search this
Legacy Endures: Conserving Wetlands and Waterfowls (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1991)  Search this
Lights, Camera, Action! Lithographs for the Cinema by Jean A. Mercier, 1920-1940 (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1988)  Search this
Marconi (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1991)  Search this
Mark Twain and Huck Finn: Joy-Flags and Milestones (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1990)  Search this
Master Watercolors and Drawings from the Norton Gallery of Art (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1989)  Search this
Mexico As Seen By Her Children (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1990)  Search this
Music and Dance in Papua New Guinea (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1988)  Search this
National Geographic Society: 100 Years of Discovery and Adventure (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1993)  Search this
New Vistas: American Art Pottery 1880-1930 from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1988)  Search this
Odyssey: Mirror of the Mediterranean (Traveling exhibition) (1982-1988)  Search this
Official Images: New Deal Photography (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1994)  Search this
Plains Indian Arts: Continuity and Change (Traveling exhibition) (1989)  Search this
Polished Perfection: The Art of Turned-Wood Bowls, Edward Jacobson Collection (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1989)  Search this
Portraits and Prospects: British and Irish Watercolors and Drawings from the Ulster Museum (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1992)  Search this
Portraits in Black: Outstanding Americans of Negro Origin from the Harmon Collection of the National Portrait Gallery (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1989)  Search this
Power and Gold: Jewelry from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1989)  Search this
Provincetown and the Art of Printmaking (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1992)  Search this
Real McCoy: African-American Invention and Innovation (Traveling exhibition) (1991-1993)  Search this
Remaking America: New Uses, Old Places (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1991)  Search this
Renaissance Master Bronzes from the Kunsthistorische Museum, Vienna (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1987)  Search this
Rhythm and Blues: Black American Popular Music, 1945-1955 (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1991)  Search this
Road to Heaven is Paved by Good Works: The Art of Reverend Howard Finster (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1992)  Search this
Russia, The Land, The People: Russian Painting 1850-1910 (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1987)  Search this
Russian Impressionist: Paintings and Drawings of Leonid Pasternak, 1880-1945 (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1989)  Search this
Sea Stars (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1993)  Search this
Soundtracks (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1990)  Search this
Spectacular Vernacular: Traditional Desert Architecture from West Africa to Southwest Asia (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1991)  Search this
Strength and Diversity: Japanese-American Women 1885-1990 (Traveling exhibition) (1993-1996)  Search this
Superman: Many Lives, Many Worlds (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1991)  Search this
Surrealist Art: Selections from the Hirshhorn (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1987)  Search this
Threadworks: Miniature Textile Art (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
Three Centuries of German Painting and Drawing from the Collection of the Wallraf-Richartz Museum of Cologne (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1986)  Search this
Treasures from the Land: New Zealand Craftsmen and their Native Materials (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1988)  Search this
Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure (Exhibition) (1988: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Unfamiliar Fauna of the Open Sea (Traveling exhibition) (1984-1987)  Search this
Victorian Gardens: A Horticultural Extravaganza, 1835-1900 (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1993)  Search this
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: A National Experience (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1993)  Search this
View from Space: American Astronaut Photography, 1962-1972 (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1993)  Search this
Views of Rome: Watercolors and Drawings from the Collection of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
Visions of Flight: A Retrospective from the NASA Art Collection (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
We'll Never Turn Back (Traveling exhibition) (1981-1982)  Search this
What Style Is It? (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1992)  Search this
ZooArk (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1990)  Search this
Physical description:
40 cu. ft. (40 record storage boxes)
Type:
Clippings
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Videotapes
Date:
1980
1980-1993
c 1980-1993
Topic:
Traveling exhibitions  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 95-161
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_252323

Andy Nasisse files relating to self-taught artists

Creator:
Nasisse, Andy S., 1946-  Search this
Names:
Bailey, E. M. (Eldren M.)  Search this
Carpenter, Miles B. (Miles Burkholder), 1889-  Search this
Carroll, Tessie  Search this
Damonte, Emanuel "Litto", d. 1985  Search this
Dinsmoor, Samuel Perry, 1843-1932  Search this
Doyle, Sam, 1906-1985  Search this
Ehn, John Henry, 1896-1981  Search this
Finster, Howard, 1916-2001  Search this
Forester, Laura Pope, 1873-1953  Search this
Hall, Dilmus, 1900-1987  Search this
Hall, Irene Gibson, ca. 1895-1983  Search this
Harvey, Bessie, 1929-  Search this
McKissack, Jeff, 1902-1980  Search this
Milkovitch, John, 1912-1988  Search this
Murry, J. B. (John B.), 1908-1988 (John B.)  Search this
Prisbrey, Tressa  Search this
Pugh, Dow, 1906-  Search this
Ratcliffe, W. T., 1882-1956  Search this
Rice, William Carlton, 1930-2004  Search this
Robertson, Royal  Search this
St. EOM, 1908-1986  Search this
Thomas, Son, 1926-1993  Search this
Tolliver, Mose, 1920-  Search this
Van Zant, Frank, 1911-1989  Search this
Zoetl, Joseph, 1878-1961  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1979-circa 1986
Summary:
The Andy Nasisse files relating to self-taught artists measure 0.8 linear feet and date from 1979 to 1986, with additional undated materials. Included are artist files on twenty-five self-taught artists. Files consist primarily of black and white photographs of artists, their artworks, and photographs of unidentified artworks. Also included is a letter discussing artist Howard Finster's first dealer, Jeffrey Camp, and in which Nasisse offers his advice to Finster to limit production of his work. An audio recording of an interview with Miles Carpenter conducted by Nasisse, and a documentary about J. B. Murray, A Video Documentary of an Artist and His Work, are also present in these files. The documentary features many of Murray's paintings and drawings, as well as his comments on his art and visions.

The artists included in the files are Eldren M. (E. M.) Bailey, Miles Carpenter, Tessie Carroll, Emanuel "Litto" Damonte, Samuel Perry (S.P.) Dinsmoor, Sam Doyle, John Ehn, Howard Finster, Laura Pope Forrester, Dilmus Hall, Irene Hall, Bessie Harvey, St. EOM (Eddie Owens Martin), Jeff McKissack, John Milkovitch, J. B. Murray, Grandma Tressa Prisbrey, Dow Pugh, W.T. Ratcliffe (or Ratliff), William Carlton Rice (Mr. Rice), Royal Robertson, James "Son Ford" Thomas, Mose Tolliver, Frank van Zant (Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder), and Brother Joseph Zoetl.
Scope and Contents:
The Andy Nasisse files relating to self-taught artists measure 0.8 linear feet and date from 1979 to 1986, with additional undated materials. Included are artist files on twenty-five self-taught artists. Files consist primarily of black and white photographs of artists, their artworks, and photographs of unidentified artworks. Also included is a letter discussing artist Howard Finster's first dealer, Jeffrey Camp, and in which Nasisse offers his advice to Finster to limit production of his work. An audio recording of an interview with Miles Carpenter conducted by Nasisse, and a documentary about J. B. Murray, A Video Documentary of an Artist and His Work, are also present in these files. The documentary features many of Murray's paintings and drawings, as well as his comments on his art and visions.

The artists included in the files are Eldren M. (E. M.) Bailey, Miles Carpenter, Tessie Carroll, Emanuel "Litto" Damonte, Samuel Perry (S.P.) Dinsmoor, Sam Doyle, John Ehn, Howard Finster, Laura Pope Forrester, Dilmus Hall, Irene Hall, Bessie Harvey, St. EOM (Eddie Owens Martin), Jeff McKissack, John Milkovitch, J. B. Murray, Grandma Tressa Prisbrey, Dow Pugh, W.T. Ratcliffe (or Ratliff), William Carlton Rice (Mr. Rice), Royal Robertson, James "Son Ford" Thomas, Mose Tolliver, Frank van Zant (Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder), and Brother Joseph Zoetl.
Biographical / Historical:
Andy Nasisse (1946-) is a ceramicist sculptor, potter, and former professor at the University of Georgia. Starting in the 1970s, he visited self-taught artists and photographed their art, environments and, in some cases, conducted interviews with them. He has had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia and is the recipient of the Art Regional Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Miles Carpenter (also known as Miles Burkholder Carpenter or Miles B. Carpenter) (1889-1985) was a sculptor active in Waverly, Virginia who carved figures and animals from wood and referred to some as "advertisements."

Tessie Carroll was an Oklahoma folk artist known for her rock sculptures and carvings.

Eldren M. (E.M.) Bailey (1903-1987) was an African American sculptor and painter from Atlanta, Georgia whose sculptures were influenced from his background making grave markers.

Emanuel "Litto" Damonte (1892-1985) started collecting hubcaps in 1957 and created an art environment on his property in Napa Country, California, known as Hubcap Ranch.

Samuel Perry (S.P). Dinsmoor (1843-1932) was a Kansan sculptor who designed a sculpture garden at his home called the Garden of Eden," consisting of over 200 concrete works reflecting his religious and political beliefs.

Sam Doyle (1906-1985) was an African American artist born on St. Helena, an island off the coast of South Carolina, whose colorful paintings document the island's people and Gullah culture.

John Ehn (1887-1981) was a former trapper turned sculptor who decorated the landscape of his Californian motel, Old Trapper's Lodge, with sculptures depicting myths and the Old West.

Howard Finster (1916-2001) was a Georgian folk artist and Baptist minister known for his former home, Paradise Garden, consisting of constructions, found objects and sculptures.

Laura Pope Forrester (1873-1953) was a sculptor who created figurative works in her Georgian garden that depicted notable women and fictional characters.

Dilmus Hall (1896-1987) was an African American artist whose sculptural works are associated with religious customs that combine African traditions and Christianity.

Irene Hall was an Oklahoman artist who decorated her home with sculptural works she had made with found objects.

Bessie Harvey (1929-1994) was an African American folk artist from Tennessee who created wooden sculptures often inspired by nature.

Eddie Owens Martin "St. EOM" (1908-1986) was a Georgian artist who created a visionary art environment called Pasaquan.

Jeff McKissack (1902-1980) is the creator of The Orange Show, an art environment constructed in Houston Texas to honor his favorite fruit.

John Milkovitch (1912-1988) was a retired upholsterer who constructed the Beer Can House, by decorating his home with over 50,000 fattened beer cans.

J. B. Murry (1910-1988) (also known as J.B. Murray) was an African American painter who incorporated illegible text in his work which he interpreted with the use of a bottle of well water.

Tressa "Grandma" Prisbrey (1896-1988) constructed numerous structures out of bottles and found objects at her home creating what became known as Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village.

Dow Pugh (1906-1993) was an artist from Tennessee who created paintings and sculptural works.

W. T. Ratcliffe was an engineer who, in the 1930s created sculptures in Boulder Park in Jacumba, California.

William Carlton Rice (1930-2004) was a self-ordained minister who created a Cross Garden around his home in Alabama.

Royal Robertson (1936-1997) was an African American artist and self-proclaimed prophet from Louisiana whose work incorporated biblical themes, and references to "girlie magazines" and comic strips.

James "Son Ford" Thomas (1926- 1993) was an African American sculptor and blues musician from Mississippi who is known for his clay skull sculptures.

Mose Tolliver (1919-2006) was an African American folk painter from Alabama who painted with house paint on wood.

Frank van Zant "Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder" (1921-1989) was an Oklahoman artist who created a park in Nevada dedicated to the American Indian known as Thunder Mountain Monument.

Brother Joseph Zoettl (1878-1961) was a monk who constructed a miniature city of famous religious buildings at St. Bernard Abbey known as Ave Maria Grotto.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Photographs and videos of self-taught artists; Willie Ann Wright photographs; Howard Finster papers; John F. Turner research material on Howard Finster; Howard Finster interview and recordings; Videos and slides on Dilmus Hall, Mary T. Smith, and J.B. Murry; Willem Volkersz interviews; and J. B. Murray drawings. There is also an oral history interview with Howard Finster conducted by Liza Kirwin in 1984.

The California State University, Channel Islands holds the Prisbrey bottle village collection. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill holds the Judith McWillie papers. The University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries holds the Howard Finster collection and the Howard Finster Tapes.
Provenance:
The Andy Nasisse files relating to self-taught artists were donated to the Archives of American Art by Andy Nasisse in 1985.
Restrictions:
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.
Rights:
Video on J.B. Murray: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from Andy Nasisse.

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.
Occupation:
Educators -- Georgia  Search this
Ceramicists -- Georgia  Search this
Potters -- Georgia  Search this
Topic:
Self-taught artists  Search this
Folk artists  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Andy Nasisse files relating to self-taught artists, circa 1979-circa 1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.nasiandy
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Andy Nasisse files relating to self-taught artists
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Jeffrey and C. Jane Camp papers, 1969-[ca. 1990]

Creator:
Camp, Jeff, 1944-  Search this
Camp, Jane, 1953-  Search this
Subject:
Billups, Patsy  Search this
Carpenter, Miles B. (Miles Burkholder)  Search this
Jack, Uncle  Search this
Finster, Howard  Search this
Gillespie, Russell  Search this
Gleason, Charles T.  Search this
Hemphill, Herbert Waide  Search this
Jones, S. L. (Shields Landon)  Search this
Meaders, Lanier  Search this
Morgan, Gertrude  Search this
Payne, Leslie J.  Search this
Rowe, Nellie Mae  Search this
Hankla, Susan  Search this
Kind, Phyllis  Search this
Morris, Randall  Search this
Cavin, Shari  Search this
Musgrave, Victor  Search this
Shelton, Edwin  Search this
Longhauser, Elsa Weiner  Search this
Beardsley, John  Search this
Blasdel, Gregg N.  Search this
Bishop, Robert Charles  Search this
Cardinal, Roger  Search this
Hammer, Carl  Search this
American Folk Art Company  Search this
Topic:
Folk art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8613
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210793
AAA_collcode_campjeff
Theme:
The Art Market
Lives of American Artists
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210793

Jeffrey and C. Jane Camp papers

Creator:
Camp, Jeffrey Thomas, 1944-  Search this
Camp, C. Jane (Catherine Jane), 1953-  Search this
Names:
American Folk Art Company  Search this
Beardsley, John  Search this
Billups, Patsy  Search this
Bishop, Robert Charles  Search this
Blasdel, Gregg N.  Search this
Cardinal, Roger  Search this
Carpenter, Miles B. (Miles Burkholder), 1889-  Search this
Cavin, Shari  Search this
Finster, Howard, 1916-2001  Search this
Gillespie, Russell  Search this
Gleason, Charles T.  Search this
Hammer, Carl  Search this
Hankla, Susan  Search this
Hemphill, Herbert Waide  Search this
Jack, Uncle, 1912-1978  Search this
Jones, S. L. (Shields Landon), 1901-  Search this
Kind, Phyllis, 1933-2018  Search this
Longhauser, Elsa Weiner  Search this
Meaders, Lanier  Search this
Morgan, Gertrude  Search this
Morris, Randall  Search this
Musgrave, Victor  Search this
Payne, Leslie J., 1907-1981  Search this
Rowe, Nellie Mae, 1900-1982  Search this
Shelton, Edwin  Search this
Extent:
8 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 5 reels))
5.4 Linear feet (Addition)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1969-[ca. 1990]
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, photographs, slides, files, consigment of works of art to Cavin-Morris, Inc., and an account book for works of art by Howard Finster and Miles B. Carpenter, printed material concerning the Camp's interest and business in American folk art.
REELS 4067-4070: Correspondence with dealers, artists, and others, including Miles B. Carpenter, S.L. Jones, Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., Randall and Shari (Cavin) Morris, Phyllis Kind, Carl Hammer, Robert Bishop, Susan Hankla, Victor Musgrave, Roger Cardinal, Gregg Blasdel, Edwin Shelton, Elsa Weiner, and John Beardsley; files on artists Howard Finster, S.L. Jones, Carpenter, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Nellie Mae Rowe, Uncle Jack Dey, Lanier Meaders, Leslie J. Payne, Patsy Billups, and others; photographs of Miles Carpenter, his wood sculpture, and his family, and autobiographical writings by Carpenter; printed material on the American Folk Art Company; clippings, articles, exhibition catalogs, and other printed material about American folk art; and ca. 2,000 photographs of folk art.
REEL 4080: Ca. 50 letters from Howard Finster to Jeffrey Camp; writings by Finster; Camp's notes on Finster; price lists of works by Finster; receipts; and a letter from Camp's lawyer concerning Finster.
UNMICROFILMED: Slides, 1973-1983, of works of art and artists including Patsy Billups, Miles B. Carpenter, Howard Finster, Russell Gillespie, Charles T. Gleason, S.L. Jones, Sister Gertrude Morgan and Leslie J. Payne taken by Camp.
ADDITION: Papers, received in 1999, are primarily a donation of the material previously lent and microfilmed on reels 4067-4070, although some additional material was also donated. The addition most likely does not include material on reel 4080 relating to Howard Finster.
Biographical / Historical:
Folk art dealers, collectors; Richmond, Va. Owned and managed the American Folk Art Company, 1972-1976, Richmond and Tappahannock, Virginia, whose stock included paintings and sculpture by self-taught artists Howard Finster, Miles B. Carpenter, S.L. Jones, Leslie J. Payne, Russell Gillespie and others. The Camps are recognized as key figures in the folk art market of the 1970s.
Provenance:
Papers on reels 4067-4070, and 4080 were lent for microfilming 1987 by Jeffrey and C. Jane Camp. The collection of slides was copied by the Archives. In 1999, the Camps donated much of the material previously lent on reels 4067-4070, as well as some additional papers.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Self-taught artists  Search this
Art dealers -- Virginia  Search this
Topic:
Folk art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.campjeff
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-campjeff

Florence and Julius Laffal papers

Creator:
Laffal, Florence  Search this
Laffal, Julius.  Search this
Names:
Finster, Howard, 1916-2001  Search this
Laffal, Florence -- Art collections  Search this
Laffal, Julius. -- Art collections  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1982-2000
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence of Florence Laffal regarding the quarterly newsletter the "Folk Art Finder" (1980-2000); photographs (photocopies); correspondence with John Turner concerning his book manuscript on Finster; photographs of self-taught artists; and printed material concerning exhibitions of the Flo and Jules Laffal collection; and miscellany. Correspondents include Barbara Archer, Julie Ardery, Didi Barrett, Robert Bishop, Russell Bowman, Barbara Brackman, Roger Cardinal, Robert Cargo, Richard Edson, Richard Gasperi, Anton Haardt, John Maizels, Roger McKay, Randall Morris, Marcia Muth Ann F. Oppenhimer, Tom Patterson, Chuck Rosenak, Allie Light and Irving Saraf, John Turner (regarding his manuscript on Howerd Finster), Willem Volkersz, Maude Wahlman, and others. Also included are letters from Howard and Pauline Finster, writings, and color copies of photographs concerning a surprise party honoring Howard Finster on his 67th birthday, November 12, 1983, in Trion, Georgia, organized by Florence and Jules Laffal; a typescript of a talk delivered by Florence Laffal at the symposium "The Cutting Edge, 20th Century American Fok Art Panel: Age of Discovery, 1960-1990"; photographs (mounted on foamcore) are of John Vivolo, Minnie Black, Jack Savitsky, Edgar Tolson, Jimmie Lee Sudduth, Carl McKenzie, William Dawson, and Felicien Levesque that were included in the exhibition 20th Century Folk Art from the Collection of Flo and Jules Laffal at the Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Conn, 1997.
Biographical / Historical:
Editor, publisher; Essex, Conn.; b. 1921. Florence Laffal was editor and publisher of the quarterly newsletter "Folk Art Finder." Her husband, Julius, was contribution editor and co-publisher. The couple owns and maintains works of art in the Collection of Flo and Jules Laffal.
Provenance:
Donated 2004 by Florence Laffal.
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.
Topic:
Folk art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States  Search this
Folk art -- Periodicals  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.laffflor
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-laffflor

Coca-cola bottle sculpture by Howard Finster

Photographer:
Rosenak, Chuck, 1927-  Search this
Subject:
Finster, Howard  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
not before 1996
Topic:
Folk art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11175
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Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, circa 1938-2008
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11175

Jan Rosenak standing next to Howard Finster's casket at Paradise Gardens

Photographer:
Rosenak, Chuck, 1927-  Search this
Subject:
Finster, Howard  Search this
Rosenak, Jan  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
2001
Topic:
Folk art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11176
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Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, circa 1938-2008
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11176

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