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Oral history interview with Kenneth M. Chapman

Interviewee:
Chapman, Kenneth M.  Search this
Interviewer:
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (N.M.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel (Sound recordings, 7 in.)
16 Pages (Transcript: (on one microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1963 December 5
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Kenneth M. Chapman conducted on 1963 December 5, by Sylvia Loomis, for the Archives of American Art.
Chapman speaks of his early career; moving to New Mexico; his interest in Indian art and working with Indian artists; his involvement with the Federal Art Project; the effect of the Federal Art Project on printmaking; and his opinions of the WPA.
Biographical / Historical:
Kenneth M. Chapman (1875-1968) was an arts administrator and art historian in New Mexico.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 47 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.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- New Mexico -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Indian art -- North America  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.chapma63
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-chapma63

Frank B. Mayer letter

Creator:
Mayer, Frank Blackwell, 1827-1899  Search this
Names:
Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864  Search this
Extent:
1 Item ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1864 Nov. 21
Scope and Contents:
Letter from Mayer in Paris to Henry R. Schoolcraft in Washington, D.C. affirming his dedication to depicting the North American Indian in his paintings and thanking Schoolcraft for encouraging Mayer to pursue the subject.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, specialized in North American Indian subjects and colonial themes; Baltimore, Md.
Provenance:
Donated 1955-1962 by Charles E. Feinberg, an active donor and friend of AAA.
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:
Painters -- Maryland -- Baltimore  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American -- United States  Search this
Indian art -- North America  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.mayefrab
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mayefrab

Frank B. Mayer letter, 1864 Nov. 21

Creator:
Mayer, Frank Blackwell, 1827-1899  Search this
Subject:
Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American -- United States  Search this
Indian art -- North America  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10312
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213514
AAA_collcode_mayefrab
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213514

Acee Blue Eagle papers

Creator:
Blue Eagle, Acee, 1907-1959  Search this
Names:
Abbott, Mae  Search this
Beaver, Fred  Search this
Bosin, Blackbear, 1921-1980  Search this
Campbell, Walter S.  Search this
Dale, Edward E.  Search this
Debo, Angie, 1890-1988  Search this
Dja, Devi  Search this
Echohawk, Brummett T., 1922-2006  Search this
Fairbanks, Charles H. (Charles Herron), 1913-1985  Search this
Feder, Norman  Search this
Field, Dorothy  Search this
Gilcrease, Thomas, 1890-1962  Search this
Houser, Allan, 1914-1994  Search this
Howe, Oscar, 1915-1983  Search this
Jackson, Oscar B.  Search this
Lemos, Pedro de  Search this
Marriott, Alice  Search this
Martinez, Julian, -1943  Search this
Martínez, María Montoya  Search this
McCombs, Solomon, 1913-1980 (Creek)  Search this
Medicine Crow, Joseph, 1913-2016  Search this
Mirabel, Eva  Search this
Momaday, Al  Search this
Pond, Charles E.  Search this
Rowan, Edward B.  Search this
Shears, Glen E.  Search this
Sheets, Nan  Search this
Steinke, Bettina, 1913-1999  Search this
Sunrise, Riley  Search this
Te Ata  Search this
Whitehorse, Roland Noah, 1920-1998  Search this
Extent:
673 Paintings (visual works) (approximate)
30 Linear feet (55 document boxes and 8 oversize boxes)
Culture:
Muskogee (Creek)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southeast  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Chaticks Si Chaticks (Pawnee)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Paintings (visual works)
Date:
1907 - 1975
Summary:
Acee Blue Eagle was a Pawnee-Creek artist, poet, dancer, teacher, and celebrity. The papers relate to both Blue Eagle's personal and professional life. Also included are some materials of Blue Eagle's friend Mae Abbott and a collection of art by other Indians.
Scope and Contents:
This collection reflects the life and work of Acee Blue Eagle, internationally famed Indian artist of Oklahoma. Identified for his brilliant paintings of tribal ceremonies, legend and dance, Blue Eagle's work is represented in numerous private collections and museums both in this country and abroad.

A portion of the papers contains correspondence. Fan mail written by school children to Chief Blue Eagle of the Chief Blue Eagle television program is included. Letters regarding Blue Eagle's participation in Indian festivals and events, art shows and exhibitions, speaking engagements on Indian life and culture are found in the collection. Personal correspondence is included; most frequent correspondents are Devi Dja, Mae Abbott, and Charles E. Pond. There are approximately 100 letters from Devi Dja, approximately 90 to or from Mae Abbott, and approximately 36 from Charles E. Pond. Some letters addressed to these individuals from other friends and acquaintances are also within this collection.

Photographs comprise a large portion of the Blue Eagle collection. Included are not only portraits of the artist himself and photographs of his art work, but a large number of prints of Blue Eagle in full costume and other Indians engaged in tribal ceremonies, identified by tribe, whenever possible. Photographs of Mae Abbott, Devi Dja and the latter's Balinese dance troupe are identified. A file of negatives is arranged in the same subject order as the prints. Newspaper and magazine clippings regarding Blue Eagle's work and activities are also included in the collection. These clippings have not been arranged. In addition, Mae Abbott's recipes and notes for her cookbook, wood blocks, greeting cards and other miscellaneous publications can be found in the collection. These items have been sorted but not arranged.

Within the collection are also over 600 pieces of artwork. A good number are by Blue Eagle while most are by other Native artists. Artists whose are work are represented in the collection include Fred Beaver, Harrison Begay, Archie Blackowl, Woodrow Crumbo, Allan Houser, Ruthe Blalock Jones, Quicy Tahoma, Pablita Verde, and members of the Kiowa Five (Spencer Asah, James Auchiah, Stephen Mopope, Monroe Tsatoke).
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged into six series: 1) Personal; 2) Collections; 3) Artwork; 4) Television; 5) Correspondence; 6) Photographs.
Biographical / Historical:
Acee Blue Eagle was an artist, poet, dancer, teacher, and celebrity. Born Alex C. McIntosh in 1907, Blue Eagle attended Indian schools in Anadarko, Nuyaka, and Euchee, Oklahoma, and the Haskell and Chilocco Indian schools. Advanced study came at Bacone Indian College and the University of Oklahoma. At the latter, he studied with Oscar B. Jacobson. Privately he studied with Winold Reiss. Discrepancies exist in the records regarding his early life: born in either Anadarko or Hitchita, Oklahoma; he's cited as both Pawnee-Creek and 5/8 Creek without any Pawnee blood; his mother is either Mattie Odom, the first wife of Solomon McIntosh or Ella Starr, McIntosh's second wife.

A prolific painter who, for the sake of authenticity, carried out research in libraries and museums, Blue Eagle was an outstanding American Indian artist of the 1930s-1950s. His paintings hung in many exhibits, including the Exposition of Indian Tribal Arts, 1932-1933; International Art Exhibition of Sport Subjects at Los Angeles, 1932; Chicago Century of Progress Exposition, 1934; a one-man show at the Young Galleries in Chicago; National Exhibition of Art at the Rockefeller Center in New York, 1936; a one-man show at the Washington, D.C., Arts Club, 1936; Museum of Modern Art, 1941; Northwest Art Exhibition at Spokane, Washington, 1944; a one-man show at the Gilcrease Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1953; An Exposition of American Indian Painters in New York, 1955; and a one-man show at the Philbrook Art Center in Tulsa, 1957. Between 1946 and 1965, over fifty galleries hung his paintings. Some pieces are among the permanent holdings of many institutions.

In 1934, Blue Eagle joined the Work Projects Administration (WPA) Public Works of Art Project, painting murals in public buildings. In 1935 at Oxford University, he participated in a program of the International Federation of Education and lectured on Indian art. A tour of Europe followed. He taught at Bacone Indian College from 1935-1938 where he founded the art program and became Director of Art. He also taught at the University of Kansas extension division in 1949 and Oklahoma State Technical College beginning in 1956. During World War II, he served in the United States Army Air Force; and, following the war, he spent a few years attempting to get into the movies. During 1946-1952, he was married to his second wife, a famous Balinese dancer, Devi Dja, and became involved in her career, an involvement that was briefly reflected in his art. However, Dja and Blue Eagle divorced and Blue Eagle lived with Mae Wadley Abbott for the last years of his life. During the 1950s, he had a television show for children on a Tulsa-Muskogee station. Acee Blue Eagle died on June 18, 1959 of a liver infection.

Sources Consulted

Martindale, Rob. Muskogee Paying Tribute to Blue Eagle. Biographical/Genealogical data, Box 1, Acee Blue Eagle Collection, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

West, Juanita W. 1967. Acee Blue Eagle: A.C. McIntosh. Biographical/Genealogical data, Box 1, Acee Blue Eagle Collection, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

1907 -- Born August 17, 1907 on the Wichita Reservation, north of Anadarko, Oklahoma

1928 -- Graduated Chilocco High School

1929-1934 -- Attended Bacone College, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Tech

1935 -- Toured United States and Europe giving lecture-exhibition program, "Life and Character of the American Indian"

1935-1938 -- Established and headed art department at Bacone College at Muskogee

1936 -- Exhibited at the National Exhibition of Art, Rockefeller Center, New York

1942-1945 -- World War II, U.S. Air Force (Army)

1947-49 -- Free-lance work in New York and Chicago

1951-52 -- Artist-in-residence at Oklahoma Tech

1950-54 -- Conducted TV program, Muskogee, OklahomaToured U.S. West Coast exhibiting and lecturing about ways to improve TV programs for children

1958 -- Named Indian-of-the-Year by the American Indian Expostion at Anadarko, Oklahoma

1959 -- Died June 18, 1959
Related Materials:
Other materials relating to Acee Blue Eagle at the National Anthropological Archives include correspondence in the Solomon McCombs papers, 1914-1972, and correspondence with Betty Meilink under Manuscript 2011-20.
Provenance:
Acee Blue Eagle's private papers and collection of paintings were donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Mrs. Mae Abbott of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Restrictions:
There are no restrictions on access.
Rights:
Literary property rights to unpublished material in the collection in the National Anthropological Archives has been given to the public.
Topic:
Indian art -- North America  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Citation:
Acee Blue Eagle Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.1973-51
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
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ead_collection:sova-naa-1973-51
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Lawrence 'Larry' James Beck papers

Writer of accompanying material:
Beck, Larry, 1938-1994  Search this
Extent:
6 Linear feet (13 archival boxes, 1 half size archival box, and 2 oversize boxes )
Culture:
Yupik Eskimos  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sketches
Notes
Portfolios (groups of works)
Correspondence
Newsletters
Negatives
Pamphlets
Drawings
Slides (photographs)
Date:
1938-1994
Summary:
The Lawrence 'Larry' James Beck papers, located in the Cultural Resource Center of the National Museum of the American Indian, contain biographical materials, sculpture portfolios, art shows, notes, sketches and drawings, publications, correspondence and visual material including photos, slides and negatives of Larry's art.
Scope and Contents:
The Larry Beck papers contains materials that span his career as an artist. The bulk of the material in this collection dates from the late 1960's until his death in 1994 and includes, but is not limited to, biographical materials, sculpture portfolios, correspondence relating to his artwork and his family, sketches and drawings as well as visual materials of Beck's artwork which including prints, slides and negatives. Additionally, publications regarding subjects that interested Beck are also included in this collection.
Arrangement:
The Lawrence 'Larry' James Beck Papers are arranged into seven series:

Series 1: Biographical and Personal, (undated, 1938-1994)

Series 2: Correspondence, (undated, 1966-1994)

Series 3: Sculptures and Shows, (undated, 1966-1994)

Series 4: Sketches, Drawings, Notes and Ideas, (undated)

Series 5: Publications and Graphic Materials (undated, 1966-1995)

Series 6: Miscellaneous Material, (undated)

Series 7: Visual Material, contains photographs, negatives and slides
Biographical / Historical:
Lawrence 'Larry' James Beck was born in Seattle, Washington on May 20, 1938. Beck's father was American and his mother was Norwegian and Yup'ik from Alaska. Larry was raised in Seattle and in 1956 graduated from Ballard High School. He then attended college at the University of Washington from1957 to 1959, where he first studied engineering. However, he decided that art was more in his future so between 1960-1961 he attended the Burnley School of Professional Art in Seattle, now known as The Art Institute of Seattle. In 1962 Larry was given the opportunity to attend the University of Arizona's Guadalajara Summer School and study art abroad. Upon his return in 1962, he resumed his studies at The University of Washington and in 1964 he earned a B.A. in painting and a M.F.A. in 1965. While at UW, Larry was taught by George Tsutakawa and Everett Du Pen and visiting New York artist Gabriel Kohn. His art reflects the influences of sculptor David Smith, Mark di Suvero and Inuit artist Gariel Kohn.

During the 1966-1967 academic year, Larry was a visiting instructor of sculpture at the University of Oregon, in Eugene. During this time Larry participated in an exhibit called the Great Northwest Sausage Company Art show. This show included artists such as Morris Yarowsky, Dan Solomon, Gertrude (Trudie) Pacific-Beck, David Cotter, John Haugse and Marcella Rawlinson. The years between 1967-1968 were spent at the University of Southampton, England as a Fine Arts Fellow. His wife at the time, Trudie also accompanied him and also studied art while in England. When Larry and Trudie returned to the States, they settled in Skagit Valley Washington.

During the late 1960s and 1970s, Larry focused on his large scale, abstract sculptures and established his reputation as a sculpture. Larry's early works were comprised of found metals and objects assembled in a lyrical but humorous manner. Larry also was apart of the Shazam Society with Tom Robbins among others, which produced performances and happenings. During 1975-1980, he installed projects for Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, Highline Community College and Boeing (King County Airport). He also worked on a piece for the Occidental Park site in Seattle, but due to circumstances of the city it was never installed.

Although Larry was not raised around his ancestral homelands, like his Mother, in the mid 1970s Larry visited the Alaskan coast. It was then that he realized he understood the Yup'ik culture. In 1973 Larry started to produce a new series of pieces called "Inukshuk", which is Inuit for sculpture presence. This term was also used for three major commissions that later followed. Larry continued to use Inuit terminology in his work. This was the first sign that Larry started to embrace his multicultural heritage in his artwork. Larry experimented with making bronze and aluminum small castings of traditional Inuit masks, but he felt uneasy that these masks represented a complete contradiction to his western art training.

After the 1980 install of the Boeing sculpture, Beck experienced what he would call his sculpture career crisis. He became disappointed with public art. This is when Larry received his calling to start working on his abstract Inuit Inua (spirit) masks. Larry embraced the idea of using the ancestral ways of his Mother's people of finding natural objects and turning them into masks or art pieces. Larry utilized this method and found contemporary objects within junkyards and hardware stores to create his contemporary Inua masks. From this time on, Larry focused the remaining years of his life working on Inua masks. He participated in shows at art galleries and loaned artwork out for traveling exhibits that where exhibited from the United Nations in Switzerland to all over the United States, including his ancestral homelands of Alaska. Also from the mid 1980s till the end of his life in 1994, he spent more time with his children.

On March 27th 1994, Larry died of a heart attack in his home in Washington. His artwork still lives on today in many museums and private collections. He turned Native American Art into something that kept historical cultural ties while also embracing a contemporary look.
Provenance:
These research materials were donated to NMAI in March 2009 by Nikolai Beck and Alex Beck.
Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Rights:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Copyright is vested with Nikolai Beck and Alex Beck and will not transfer to the National Museum of the American Indian until 2018. Researchers seeking publication use, must obtain permission directly from the donors by contacting NMAI Archives (nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Topic:
Sculptors -- Washington (State)  Search this
Public sculpture, American  Search this
Inuit masks  Search this
Indian art -- North America  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketches
Notes
Portfolios (groups of works)
Correspondence
Newsletters
Negatives
Pamphlets
Drawings
Slides (photographs)
Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lawrence 'Larry' James Beck Papers, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.017
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Lawrence 'Larry' James Beck papers
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-017

Earl Horter papers, 1912-1985

Creator:
Horter, Earl, 1881-1940  Search this
Subject:
Tyson, Carroll Sargent  Search this
Carles, Arthur B.  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Indian art -- North America -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10766
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214386
AAA_collcode_hortearl
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214386

Earl Horter papers

Creator:
Horter, Earl, 1881-1940  Search this
Names:
Carles, Arthur B., 1882-1952  Search this
Tyson, Carroll Sargent, 1878-1956  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (partial microfilm reels)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1912-1985
Scope and Contents:
Letters to Horter regarding American Indian artifacts for his collection and to Mrs. Horter from the Pierre Matisse Gallery regarding the sale of paintings from the Horter collection; a note from Arthur B. Carles to Mrs. Horter regarding the Horter memorial exhibition; photographs of Horter, an exhibition, several views of unidentified men, and a shot of Carles with Carroll Tyson; writings on art history; printed matter, 1912-1985; 2 art works; and miscellany including biographical information, manuscripts sheets cataloging Horter's Indian collection, a receipt for paintings, and a tribute by Robert Sturgis Ingersoll.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, collector; Philadelphia, Pa.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming in 1991 by the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. The papers were donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art by the Horter's widow.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Indian art -- North America -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.hortearl
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hortearl

MS 7499 Drawings by Antelope

Creator:
Antelope (Blackfoot?)  Search this
Extent:
16 Drawings (1 volume of 14 leaves+ 1 loose leaf, graphite and colored pencil, 13 x 15 cm.-16 x 18 cm.)
Culture:
Niitsitapii (Blackfoot/Blackfeet)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Ledger drawings
Date:
n.d
Scope and Contents:
The drawings include a view of tipis, a war dance; and mixtures of warriors and various animals.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 7499
Album Information:
MS 7499 000
Topic:
War dance  Search this
Tipis  Search this
Dwellings  Search this
Indian art -- North America  Search this
Blackfeet  Search this
Genre/Form:
Ledger drawings
Citation:
Manuscript 7499, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS7499
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms7499

Oral history interview with Kenneth M. Chapman, 1963 December 5

Interviewee:
Chapman, Kenneth M. (Kenneth Milton), 1975-1968  Search this
Interviewer:
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden  Search this
Subject:
Federal Art Project (N.M.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Indian art -- North America  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13328
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213358
AAA_collcode_chapma63
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213358

George Fedoroff papers, 1939-1980

Creator:
Fedoroff, George W., 1906-2001  Search this
Topic:
Indian art -- North America  Search this
Artisans  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7259
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209409
AAA_collcode_fedogeor
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209409

Ralph T. Coe papers, 1928-2010, bulk 1950s-2010

Creator:
Coe, Ralph T., 1929-2010  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Indian art -- North America  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16172
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)366561
AAA_collcode_coeralp
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_366561

George Fedoroff papers

Creator:
Fedoroff, George  Search this
Extent:
2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1939-1980
Summary:
The papers of craftsman and administrator George Fedoroff measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1939-1980. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, professional files, printed materials, and photographs. Many of the documents concern Fedoroff's work with the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of craftsman and administrator George Fedoroff measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1939-1980. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, professional files, printed materials, and photographs. Many of the documents concern Fedoroff's work with the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Biographical materials include an autobiographical sketch detailing Fedoroff's childhood, escape from Russia during the revolution, and settlement in the United States. Correspondence is with family, friends, the United States government, institutions, museums, and galleries. Earlier correspondence concerns Fedoroff's work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs under the U.S. Department of the Interior while later correspondence details his own work as a craftsman and the exhibition and sale of his works. Writings are by Fedoroff and others including Katherine Kuh, Jean Chretien, and George Elliot. Professional files are scattered and include a list of courses, conference and meeting materials, and reports. Photographs are of Fedoroff, others, Alaska Native craftsmen, and of works of art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1939-1980 (Box 1; 4 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1945-1979 (Box 1; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1946-1973 (Box 1; 6 folders)

Series 4: Professional Files, 1947-1976 (Box 1-2; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1944-1977 (Box 2; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1940-circa 1960 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2)
Biographical / Historical:
George Fedoroff (1907-2001) was a Russian-American craftsmen and arts administrator who worked with the United States Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs in Alaska.

Born to an upper-middle class family in Gatchina, Russia in 1907, George Fedoroff enjoyed a comfortable childhood. In 1917, he and his family fled Russia during the revolution through Siberia to China. He settled in Paris where he studied the decorative arts at L'Ecole des Arts Appliques a L'Industre. He left for the United States in 1928 without the financial support of his wealthy relatives and worked as a stage designer for the University Players in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

After serving in the United States Army during World War II, Fedoroff became a naturalized citizen and worked for the Department of the Interior as an arts administrator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He served in Sitka, Alaska and started an arts and crafts school at the Mt. Edgecumbe School. Additionally, he served on the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of Alaska. Later in life Fedoroff concentrated on his own craft and sculpted.

George Fedoroff married Margaret Beard with whom he had two children. He retired to the east coast where he died in 2001.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with George Fedoroff conducted by Robert F. Brown, 1980 July 8-1981 January 21.
Provenance:
George Fedoroff donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in 1980 and 1981.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Topic:
Indian art -- North America  Search this
Artisans  Search this
Citation:
George Fedoroff papers, 1939-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.fedogeor
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George Fedoroff papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-fedogeor

Grant Records

Creator::
National Museum of the American Indian. Collections Management Services  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Electronic records
Digital versatile discs
Compact discs
Date:
2005-2012
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of grant records that document a variety of exhibitions and programs in modern and contemporary native arts at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Grants were received by NMAI from the Ford Foundation, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and the Akaloa Resources Foundation. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, budget records, proposals, strategic plans, intellectual property records, final reports, and other related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Research grants  Search this
Indian art -- North America  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Electronic records
Digital versatile discs
Compact discs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-151, National Museum of the American Indian. Collections Management Services, Grant Records
Identifier:
Accession 19-151
See more items in:
Grant Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa19-151

Grant Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Extent:
3.5 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
circa 1980-1990
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of files that document grants by the Assistant Secretary for Public Service to Smithsonian offices for educational outreach programs among their constituents. Examples include a project sponsored by the American Indian Program to encourage Native American artists. Materials include correspondence and memoranda, budgets, and proposals for successful grants.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Research grants  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Indian arts -- North America  Search this
Indian artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
Identifier:
Accession 95-005
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Grant Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa95-005

Dexter Cirillo Papers

Creator::
Cirillo, Dexter  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Color photographs
Date:
1991-1998
Descriptive Entry:
Dexter Cirillo received her B.A. and M.A. in English from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her early career focused on teaching and researching the literature and culture of minority groups in the United States. In 1981, Cirillo left the world of academia and pursued her interest in American Indian art as an independent scholar, art dealer, and curator. Among her publications are Southwestern Indian Jewelry (1992), Across Frontiers - Hispanic Crafts of New Mexico (1998), and Southwestern Indian Jewelry - Crafting New Traditions (2008).

Cirillo's association with the National Museum of American Indian (NMAI) started in New York City where she and Wahleah Davis (Cherokee) organized the first cocktail reception for W. Richard West (founding NMAI Director) and John Colonghi (Director, NMAI National Campaign) to meet some potential donors to the museum in 1991. Alice Burnette, Assistant Secretary for Institutional Advancement, had contacted Wahleah, who then contacted Cirillo to help organize the reception since she ran Gallery 10, a high end gallery of Native American art in New York City, in the mid-1980s and knew many of the collectors of Indian art. Additionally at the time, Cirillo was doing research for her book, Southwestern Indian Jewelry, and had done some of her doctoral research at the Museum of the American Indian's library in the Bronx and was one of its supporters urging for a new home to be found for the museum's collection.

From that initial cocktail party, a fundraising committee was launched in New York. When it came time to plan the fundraisers for NMAI, Cirillo was asked to curate the art auctions in 1992, 1994, and 1998, because she knew many of the artists and gallery owners personally. Of note was that a number of the people who attended that first reception in 1991 went on to become members of the NMAI Board and donors to the museum: Valerie and Charles Diker, John L. and Margot Paul Ernst, and James A. and Barbara H. Block.

The Cirillo Papers include correspondence related to each of the auctions, including correspondence with the artists and with the collectors, as well as from W. Richard West and Alice Burnette and other Smithsonian staff members. Also include are the auction catalogs, gala invitations, guest lists, images of auction items, brochures, and clippings.
Topic:
Benefit auctions  Search this
Fund raising  Search this
Indian arts -- North America  Search this
Indians of North America -- Museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-165, Dexter Cirillo Papers
Identifier:
Accession 18-165
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Dexter Cirillo Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa18-165

Program Records

Creator::
National Museum of the American Indian. Community and Constituent Services. Constituent Outreach. Training Unit  Search this
Extent:
8.5 cu. ft. (8 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Pamphlets
Compact discs
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Color photographs
Date:
1977-2008
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records which document the work of the Training Unit in the creation and implementation of training programs for the Native American community and related organizations. Areas of training include the care of Native American collections; the creation and management of tribal archives; exhibition planning, fabrication, and management; marketing Native arts; planning and managing American Indian cultural programs; starting a tribal museum; leadership; repatriation; fundraising; Native American languages; and other related areas. Also included are materials related to professionals visiting the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) to study and use NMAI collections for research purposes and to participate in professional development activities. Staff represented includes Karen Coody Cooper, Alyce Sadongei, and Jill Norwood.

Some records date from when the office was known as the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Community Services, Museum Training Program. Additionally some records date from before the creation of NMAI and were created by Native American Museums Training Programs (1977-1981) and the Native American Museums Programs (1981-1989) both part of the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Museum Programs. Lastly some records were created in collaboration between NMAI and the American Indian Museum Studies Program, Center for Museum Studies (which later became the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies).

Materials include correspondence; memoranda; workshop records including programs, agendas, participant lists, video, release forms, and evaluations; transcripts; images; reports; brochures; pamphlets; and clippings. Some materials are in electronic format.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2024; Transferring office; 01/04/2011 memorandum, Toda to Norwood; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Cultural property  Search this
Cultural property -- Repatriation  Search this
Cultural property -- Protection  Search this
Archives -- Administration  Search this
Archives -- Collection management  Search this
Archives -- Cultural programs  Search this
Indians of North America -- Archives  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Indians of North America -- Exhibitions  Search this
Marketing  Search this
Indian arts -- North America  Search this
Indians of North America -- Museums  Search this
Indian leadership  Search this
Fund raising  Search this
Indians of North America -- Languages  Search this
Indians of North America -- Research  Search this
Training  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Pamphlets
Compact discs
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-042, National Museum of the American Indian. Community and Constituent Services. Constituent Outreach. Training Unit, Program Records
Identifier:
Accession 11-042
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Program Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa11-042

Information bulletin : Institute of American Indian Arts / United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Organizer:
Institute of American Indian Arts  Search this
Physical description:
24 pages : illustrations ; 20 x 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New Mexico
North America
Date:
1961
Topic:
Education  Search this
Indian arts  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1096265

Solomon McCombs Papers 1914-1974

Creator:
McCombs, Solomon 1913-1980 Creek  Search this
Correspondent:
Blue Eagle, Acee 1907-1959  Search this
Beaver, Fred  Search this
Hill, Joan  Search this
Mulky, Robert  Search this
Subject:
American Indian and Eskimo Cultural Foundation  Search this
United States Department of State  Search this
Physical description:
3.5 feet
Culture:
Indian art North America  Search this
Creek Indians  Search this
Indians of North America Southern States  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1914-1974
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_87780

Pre-Columbian & American Indian art : Mexico, Mayan area, Panama, Peru / Parke-Bernet Galleries ; Public auction Saturday, March 29 ... Exhibition from Saturday, March 22 to date of sale

Title:
Pre-Columbian and American Indian art
Author:
Parke-Bernet Galleries  Search this
Subject:
Parke-Bernet Galleries  Search this
Physical description:
[5], 48 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1969
Topic:
Indian art  Search this
Art auctions  Search this
Call number:
E59.A7 P36 1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_978347

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