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Oral history interview with Margret Craver Withers, 1983-1985

Interviewee:
Withers, Margret Craver, 1907-2010  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Fleming, Erik, Baron  Search this
Heinrich, Leonard  Search this
Kirk, Arthur Neville  Search this
Stone, Arthur J.  Search this
Weir, Wilson  Search this
Withers, Charles C.  Search this
Handy & Harman (Firm)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Silversmiths -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelers -- Interviews  Search this
Metal-workers -- Interviews  Search this
Silverwork  Search this
Enamel and enameling  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12686
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216021
AAA_collcode_wither83
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216021
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Richard Reinhardt, 1990 July 5

Interviewee:
Reinhardt, Richard H., 1921-1998  Search this
Interviewer:
Polsky, Richard  Search this
Subject:
Cute, Virginia  Search this
Withers, Margret Craver  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Handy & Harman (Firm)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Jewelry making  Search this
Jewelry makers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13231
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214378
AAA_collcode_reinha90
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214378

Oral history interview with Richard Reinhardt, 1991 Aug. 22

Interviewee:
Reinhardt, Richard H., 1921-1998  Search this
Interviewer:
Pacini, Marina  Search this
Subject:
Cute, Virginia  Search this
Withers, Margret Craver  Search this
Fleming, Erik, Baron  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Handy & Harman (Firm)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Jewelry making -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Silverwork -- Technique  Search this
Silversmiths -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Handicraft -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Jewelry makers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12359
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214621
AAA_collcode_reinha91
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214621

Oral history interview with Margret Craver Withers

Interviewee:
Withers, Margret Craver, 1907-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Handy & Harman (Firm)  Search this
Fleming, Erik, Baron  Search this
Heinrich, Leonard  Search this
Kirk, Arthur Neville  Search this
Stone, Arthur J., 1847-1938  Search this
Weir, Wilson  Search this
Withers, Charles C.  Search this
Extent:
5 Sound cassettes
35 color slides
115 Pages (Transcript (1983-1984))
12 Pages (Transcript (1985))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Color slides
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983-1985
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Margret Craver Withers conducted 1983-1985, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Withers discusses her childhood in Kansas; early education; and aptitude for drawing.Education in art and design, including studying crafts at the University of Kansas, 1925-29; her position as a grade school teacher in Kansas and as a crafts instructor at Wichita Art Association, 1930s; study with various master metalworkers, including Arthur Nevill Kirk, Arthur J. Stone, Leonard Heinrich and Wilson Weir in the USA, and Baron Erik Fleming in Sweden.Development of Hospital Service Program, with the support of Handy and Harman, precious metal refiners, during World War II, to train army therapists in metalworking for disabled soldiers; supervision in post-War period of Handy and Harman's Craft Service Department, producing films on hand-wrought silver, a traveling exhibition of outstanding contemporary silver, instructional brochures, and a series of workshops for American silversmiths, taught by European masters.Marriage in 1950 to Charles Withers, president of Towle Silver, and that company's policy of employing top designers; Towle's commissioning of works in silver from top modern sculptors; her making of silver holloware and jewelry for private clients; her re-invention of the en resille process for enameling (1959) and in the early 1980s her invention of a process for combining enamel, glass, and silver and gold leaf in jewelry; and her involvement in crafts organizations.She discusses her en resille enameling technique. [The 1985 session is transcribed, and is accompanied by slides of the work discussed].
Biographical / Historical:
Margret Craver Withers (1907-2010) was a silversmith in Boston, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 58 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.
Topic:
Silversmiths -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelers -- Interviews  Search this
Metal-workers -- Interviews  Search this
Silverwork  Search this
Enamel and enameling  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.wither83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wither83

Oral history interview with Richard Reinhardt

Interviewee:
Reinhardt, Richard H., 1921-  Search this
Interviewer:
Polsky, Richard  Search this
Names:
Handy & Harman (Firm)  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art. School of Industrial Art  Search this
Cute, Virginia  Search this
Withers, Margret Craver, 1907-  Search this
Extent:
109 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1990 July 5
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Richard Reinhardt conducted 1990 July 5, by Richard Polsky, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project. Reinhardt discusses his childhood in Philadelphia; his earliest art school classes, beginning at the age of ten; his studies at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (now The University of the Arts); his military service including his first experience teaching mechanical drawing; returning to PMSIA after the war where he finished his degree while teaching, and his subsequent 41 years on the staff; studying with Virginia Cute, Margret Craver Withers and the Handy & Harman workshops; the curriculum at the PMSIA and the changes it underwent over the years; the development of the jewelry program with teachers Olaf Skoogfors, Robin Quigley and others; his move from jewelry into industrial design, furniture making and ultimately back to jewelry making; and exhibitions.
Biographical / Historical:
Richard Reinhardt (1921-1998) was a jewelry maker, industrial designer, furniture maker, and educator from Philadelphia, Pa.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 41 min.
Provenance:
This interview is a 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 others.
Restrictions:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Topic:
Jewelry making  Search this
Jewelry makers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.reinha90
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-reinha90

Oral history interview with Richard Reinhardt

Interviewee:
Reinhardt, Richard H., 1921-  Search this
Interviewer:
Pacini, Marina  Search this
Names:
Handy & Harman (Firm)  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art. School of Industrial Art  Search this
Cute, Virginia  Search this
Fleming, Erik, Baron  Search this
Withers, Margret Craver, 1907-  Search this
Extent:
45 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1991 Aug. 22
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Richard Reinhardt conducted 1991 Aug. 22, by Marina Pacini, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Reinhardt discusses Virginia Cute and her classes in jewelry making at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art in the 1940's; Margret Craver Withers and the late 1940's Handy & Harman workshops where Baron Erik Fleming taught new silversmithing techniques; exhibition of work produced during the 1948 workshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in that year; changes in the Pennsylvania Museum School over the years; and crafts in Philadelphia.
Biographical / Historical:
Richard Reinhardt (1921-1998) was a jewelry maker, industrial designer, furniture maker, and educator from Philadelphia, Pa.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 19 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:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Topic:
Jewelry making -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Silverwork -- Technique  Search this
Silversmiths -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Handicraft -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Jewelry makers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.reinha91
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-reinha91

Handwrought silver

Creator:
Handy & Harman (Firm)  Search this
Withers, Margret Craver, 1907-2010  Search this
Type:
Motion Picture Film
Date:
circa 1948
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13016
See more items in:
Margret Craver Withers papers, 1908-2016
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13016

Silver jewelry made by Walter Reed Army Hospital patients

Subject:
Handy & Harman (Firm)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
between 1944 and 1946
Topic:
Art and war  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Silverwork  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15378
See more items in:
Margret Craver Withers papers, 1908-2016
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_15378
Online Media:

Contemporary silversmithing: The stretching method

Creator:
Handy & Harman (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Withers, Margret Craver  Search this
Type:
Motion Picture Film
Date:
circa 1960
Topic:
Silversmiths  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)20749
See more items in:
Margret Craver Withers papers, 1908-2016
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_20749

Living silver

Creator:
Handy & Harman (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Bennett, William E.  Search this
Withers, Margret Craver  Search this
Type:
Motion Picture Film
Date:
circa 1960
Topic:
Silver flatware  Search this
Silversmiths  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)20750
See more items in:
Margret Craver Withers papers, 1908-2016
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_20750

[Trade catalogs on carbide tool tips for cutting and brazing alloys]

Author:
Handy & Harman (Firm)  Search this
Kennametal, Inc  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<104> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1930
[1930]-
Topic:
Carbide cutting tools  Search this
Brazing alloys--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Call number:
47982
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_469917

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