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Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967

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

Gene Kloss : gifts to a friend

Title:
Gifts to a friend
Author:
Kloss, Gene 1903-1996  Search this
Owings Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Kloss, Gene 1903-1996  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 16 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
In art
Place:
Southwest, New
New Mexico
Date:
2011
C2011
Topic:
Pueblo Indians in art  Search this
In art  Search this
Call number:
N6537.K575 A4 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_985454

Picturing Indian Territory : portraits of the land that became Oklahoma, 1819-1907 / edited by B. Byron Price ; foreword by John R. Lovett ; contributions by James Peck, B. Byron Price, and Mark Andrew White

Editor:
Price, B. Byron  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 147 pages ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Art
Place:
Oklahoma
Date:
2016
Topic:
Indians in art  Search this
In art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1072432

Guy LaBree : barefoot artist of the Florida Seminoles / Carol Mahler ; illustrated by Guy LaBree ; forewords by James Billie and Jacob Osceola ; afterword by Elgin Jumper

Author:
Mahler, Carol  Search this
LaBree, Guy 1941-  Search this
Subject:
LaBree, Guy 1941- Themes, motives  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 178 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Florida
Date:
2010
C2010
Topic:
Indians in art  Search this
In art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_947827

Olive Rush papers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Collection Creator:
Blue Eagle, Acee, 1907-1959  Search this
Container:
Box 33
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
There are no restrictions on access.
Collection Rights:
Literary property rights to unpublished material in the collection in the National Anthropological Archives has been given to the public.
Collection Citation:
Acee Blue Eagle Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Acee Blue Eagle papers
Acee Blue Eagle papers / Series 3: Artwork / 3.1: Acee Blue Eagle / Exhibit catalogs
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-1973-51-ref2433

Website Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Date:
2014
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the "Indians at the Post Office: Native Themes in New Deal-Era Murals" online exhibition as it existed on July 2, 2014. The exhibition was jointly created by the National Postal Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the United States Postal Service. It looks at post office murals depicting the American Indians' political, economic and cultural lives and, in particular, their ability to rise above the mainstream non-Native world. Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Post office buildings  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Indians in art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-263, Smithsonian Institution, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 14-263
See more items in:
Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa14-263

Native American picture books of change : the art of historic children's editions / by Rebecca C. Benes ; with a foreword by Gloria Emerson

Author:
Benes, Rebecca C  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 168 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Bibliography
Illustrations
Place:
United States
Date:
2004
C2004
Topic:
American literature--Indian authors--History and criticism  Search this
Picture books for children  Search this
American literature--Indian authors--Illustrations  Search this
Children's stories, American--History and criticism  Search this
Illustrated books  Search this
Children--Books and reading  Search this
Children's stories, American  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
Illustration of books  Search this
Indian children--Books and reading  Search this
Indians in literature  Search this
Indians in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_728962

A strange mixture : the art and politics of painting Pueblo Indians Sascha T. Scott

Author:
Scott, Sascha T  Search this
Author:
William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies  Search this
Southern Methodist University  Search this
The Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Fund of the College Art Association  Search this
ProQuest (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (xiii, 266 pages) illustrations
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
United States
New Mexico
Date:
2015
20th century
Topic:
Pueblo Indians--History  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Pueblo art  Search this
Indians in art  Search this
Art--Political aspects--History  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Artists  Search this
HISTORY--State & Local--Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)  Search this
HISTORY--State & Local--West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)  Search this
Art--Political aspects  Search this
Pueblo Indians  Search this
Pueblo Indians--Social life and customs  Search this
Puebloindianer  Search this
Malerei  Search this
Indianer  Search this
Politik  Search this
Call number:
E99.P9 S36 2015 (Internet)
Restrictions & Rights:
1-user
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1145026

Messianic fulfillments staging indigenous salvation in America Hayes Peter Mauro

Author:
Mauro, Hayes Peter 1970-  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 258 pages, 26 unnumbered leaves of plates illustrations 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2019
Topic:
Indians in art  Search this
Art and religion  Search this
Cultural assimilation  Search this
Indians, Treatment of  Search this
Indians of North America--Cultural assimilation  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1109629

Elizabeth Davey Lochrie Christmas card to W. Langdon Kihn

Creator:
Lochrie, Elizabeth Davey, 1890-1981  Search this
Kihn, W. (Wilfred) Langdon, 1898-1957  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Place:
Montana
Date:
19--
Topic:
American Indians in art  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11229
See more items in:
W. Langdon Kihn papers, 1904-1990, bulk 1904-1957
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11229
Online Media:

"Indians of Coastal North Carolina" Exhibit Case

Creator:
Scott, Jack  Search this
Subject:
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Anthropology  Search this
Physical description:
4 x 5;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Place:
North Carolina
Date:
1959
September 1, 1959
Topic:
Indians of North America  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Indians in art  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 16-126 [MNH-028]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_397160

Publications, 2017

Creator:
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Museum Research and Scholarship Department Publications Office  Search this
Uniform title:
Officially Indian: Symbols That Define the United States (Monograph : 2017)  Search this
Subject:
Ganteaume, Cécile R  Search this
Americans (Exhibition) (2018-2022: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Books
Collection descriptions
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2017
Topic:
Indians in art  Search this
Signs and symbols  Search this
National characteristics, American--History  Search this
Nationalism--History  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Political aspects  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 18-164
See more items in:
Publications 1994, 2003-2017 [National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Office of Education and Museum Programs Publications Office]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_397517

James Earle Fraser sculpting a Native American model

Subject:
Fraser, James Earle  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1910
Topic:
American Indians in art  Search this
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10654
See more items in:
Miscellaneous photographs collection, circa 1845-1980
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10654

Adolph Weinman's Destiny of the Red Man

Subject:
Weinman, Adolph A. (Adolph Alexander)  Search this
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.) Dept. of Art  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
St. Louis, Mo.
Date:
1904
Topic:
American Indians in art  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Native American  Search this
Plaster sculpture  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15180
See more items in:
Adolph A. Weinman papers, 1890-1959
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_15180

Indian ceremonial dances in the Southwest, a block-book

Creator:
Stewart, Dorothy N. (Dorothy Newkirk), 1891-1955  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Place:
Santa Fe, N.M.
Date:
copyright 1950
Topic:
American Indians in art  Search this
Dance  Search this
Relief prints  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14631
See more items in:
Dorothy Stewart papers, 1925-1955
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14631

A step toward civilization by Solon Borglum

Subject:
Louisiana Purchase Exposition  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
not before 1904
Topic:
American Indians in art  Search this
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11670
See more items in:
Solon H. Borglum and Borglum family papers, 1864-2002
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11670
Online Media:

Allan Houser : an American master (Chiricahua Apache, 1914-1994) / W. Jackson Rushing III

Author:
Rushing, W. Jackson  Search this
Houser, Allan 1914-1994  Search this
Subject:
Houser, Allan 1914-1994 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Date:
2004
Topic:
Apache sculpture  Search this
Indians in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_729549

Re-riding history : from the southern plains to the Matanzas Bay / exhibition curated by Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye, and John Hitchcock ; essays by Emily Arthur, Phillip Earenfight, and Nancy Marie Mithlo; edited by Phillip Earenfight

Editor:
Earenfight, Phillip  Search this
Contributor:
Arthur, Emily  Search this
Earenfight, Phillip  Search this
Mithlo, Nancy Marie  Search this
Exhibition curator:
Arthur, Emily  Search this
Begaye, Marwin  Search this
Hitchcock, John  Search this
Host institution:
Trout Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Castillo de San Marcos (Saint Augustine, Fla.) History  Search this
Physical description:
124 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
History
Place:
Florida
Saint Augustine
North America
Date:
2018
Topic:
Indian prisoners  Search this
Relocation  Search this
Ethnic identity  Search this
Indian art  Search this
Indians in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1103068

Dana Claxton : fringing the cube / editor, Grant Arnold

Title:
Fringing the cube
Artist:
Claxton, Dana  Search this
Editor:
Arnold, Grant  Search this
Writer of foreword:
Bartels, Kathleen S. 1956-  Search this
Issuing body:
Vancouver Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Claxton, Dana  Search this
Claxton, Dana Themes, motives  Search this
Physical description:
160 pages : illustrations
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Catalogs
Date:
2018
Topic:
Indians in art  Search this
Call number:
N6549.C525 A4 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1102632

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