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Lucien and Marcelle Labaudt papers, 1896-1987

Labaudt, Lucien Adolphe, 1880-1943  Search this
Labaudt, Marcelle, 1892-1987  Search this
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail  Search this
Moya del Pino, Jose  Search this
Ferier, André  Search this
Gerstle, Wilhelm  Search this
Kent, Adaline Dutton  Search this
Ford, C.  Search this
Oldfield, Otis  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Sotomayor, Antonio  Search this
Ozenfant, Marthe  Search this
Pflueger, Timothy Ludwig  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Kuhn, Walt  Search this
Biberman, Edward  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser  Search this
Léger, Fernand  Search this
London, Charmian  Search this
Matisse, Henri  Search this
Ozenfant, Amédée  Search this
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Lucien Labaudt Art Gallery  Search this
California School of Design  Search this
San Francisco Women Artists  Search this
Lucien and Marcelle Labaudt papers, 1896-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Federal aid to the arts -- California -- San Francisco -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art and state -- California -- San Francisco -- Exhibitions  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Costume -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Muralists  Search this
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Record number:
New Deal
Lives of artists
Data Source:
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Collection Creator:
Bransom, Paul, 1885-  Search this
4.5 Linear feet (Box 1-5)
Archival materials
circa 1903-1984
Scope and Contents note:
This series includes personal and professional correspondence of Paul Bransom from the beginning of his career until the end of his life. Correspondence includes letters from other artists, art directors and editors, writers, nature and wildlife conservators and zoologists, curators, collectors, printers, engravers, family, and friends. Also found are letters Bransom wrote to his wife, Grace Bond Bransom, early in their relationship, and scattered correspondence to Grace Bond Bransom and Althea Bond, Bransom's niece and heiress. Many illustrated letters are found among the correspondence, including several lavishly illustrated letters from Charles Sarka. Photographs, clippings, and other enclosures such as membership cards, are scattered throughout the series.

Correspondence is divided into three groups: that between Paul Bransom and his wife, general correspondence, and cards. General correspondence is arranged chronologically except for occasional instances where letters were originally grouped together by author or subject. Drafts and carbon copies of outgoing letters written by Paul Bransom are interfiled with general correspondence, and undated drafts are filed at the end of the general correspondence. Greeting cards with significant written messages are interfiled with general correspondence, and cards without messages are arranged alphabetically at the end of the series. Many of the cards are made with original artwork, as indicated in the folder notes below.

General correspondence contains letters and records of transactions with Bransom's publishing clients, as well as letters from many authors whose stories Bransom illustrated, especially between the 1900s and the 1940s. Among the authors are Albert Payson Terhune, Donald Culross Peattie, J. Frank Dobie, Dorothy Cottrell, Attilio Gatti, Charmian London (wife of Jack London), and Herbert Sass. Artists represented in Bransom's correspondence include Charles Sarka, Joe Back, Walter Biggs, Patricia Bott, Chen Chi, John Clymer, Paul Fair, Charles Hargens, Bob Kuhn, Dorothy and Gertrude Lathrop, Bob Lougheed, George McLean, Ugo Mochi, Bill and Rachel Scott, Donald Teague, and Clarence Tillenius.

Letters and envelopes are often annotated by Bransom giving the full name of the author and sometimes the nature of their relationship or other biographical information. Additional correspondence can be found in Personal Business Records, and some drafts of outgoing letters are found in the notebooks filed in Notes and Writings.

See Appendix for a list of selected correspondents from Series 2.
Appendix: Selected Correspondents from Series 2:
This selected index to Series 2: General Correspondence, includes selected artists, writers whose works Bransom illustrated, art editors and directors, collectors, printers and engravers, and other significant correspondents. Illustrated letters are indicated in parentheses. This index is not comprehensive.

Agathon, Oshin: 1961, 1963

Agins, Freddie: 1965, 1972 (illustrated letter), 1975, 1977

Albee, Grace: 1961, 1967

Aleshire, Morris: 1929 (illustrated letter)

Alexander, Charles: 1923

Astley-Bell (Duis), Rita: 1962-1963, 1973, 1976

Ayres, Douglas: 1942, 1955, 1966-1967, 1971-1972, 1975-1976

Back, Joe and Mary: 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1979, undated

Balch, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn: 1938-1939

Bartholomew, C.L. "Bart": 1921

Beal, Gifford: 1950, 1955

Bellows, George: 1913

Benda, W.T.: 1935, undated

Biggs, Walter: 1938, 1944, 1966, 1967

Blair, W. Reid: 1926, 1929, 1933

Bott, Pat: 1964 (sketch), 1967-1971, 1973, 1983, undated

Bowden, Harry: 1929

Brand, Eva: 1972, undated

Bull, Charles Livingston: 1931, 1933-1934

Cady, Harrison: 1962, 1963

Calfee, William: 1933

Card, Helen Louise: 1950, 1954-1955, 1957, 1962

Chaffee, Allan: 1931, 1932, 1937-1938, undated

Chapin, J. H.: 1918-1920

Chapin, James P.: 1942, 1945, 1963

Chapman, Charles: 1931, 1934, 1960, undated

Chi, Chen: 1953, 1957, 1958

Clymer, John: 1964, 1970-1976, 1978-1979, undated

Collett, Farrell R.: 1951, 1959-1960, 1964, 1969-1970, 1972, 1974, 1978, undated

Cooper, Courtney Ryley; 1934

Cooper, Frederic Taber: 1920

Cottrell, Dorothy, 1931-1933

Cox, Warren: 1977

Crane, Alan H.: 1947, 1959-1962, 1967, undated

Crowninshield, Frank: 1910

Curwood, James Oliver: 1919

DeFeo, Charles: 1969

Delano, Gerard C.: 1957

Dinsmore, Elizabeth: 1929, 1937-1940

Dirks, Rudy: 1905 (2 illustrated envelopes)

Dobie, J. Frank: 1926-1928, 1931, 1933, 1938-1939, 1945, 1962, undated

Dower, Walter: 1922-1925, 1927-1928

Drake, A.W.: 1907-1908

Dwiggins, Clare Victor: 1950 (illustrated letter)

Edge, Rosalie: 1937, 1939-1940, 1942, 1947, 1961-1962

Eldridge, Paul: 1914 (illustrated letter)

Enos, Ben H.: 1913

Evans, George W. "Dub": 1928, 1945, 1961 (see also Notes and Writings, New Mexico Lion Hunt)

Evans, Joe: 1928, 1945

Fabian, Harold: 1958, 1973

Fair, Paul: 1928-1929, 1931, 1939, 1945, 1948

Field, Charles K.: 1914

Folmsbee, Beulah: 1940

Gannam, John: 1963

Gatti, Attilio: 1941, 1944, 1947

Gibson, "Pop": 1918-1919

Gibson, Charles Dana: 1903, 1913

Gilbert, Kenneth: 1925, 1928, 1945, 1972

Godfrey, W.C.: 1929

Goldman, Arthur: 1932

Hagen, Grant: 1957, 1959, 1966, 1972

Hahn Vidal, Margarita: 1963

Hargens, Charles: 1970 (illustrated), 1971-1974, 1976, 1978

Hays, Helen Ireland: 1963-1964, 1974-1975, 1977-1979, undated

Hibben, Frank C. and Eleanor: 1945, 1972

Hill, Maybel Betsy: 1933

House, Brad: 1951, 1960, undated

Howland, Karl V.S.: 1916-1917

Hunt, Lynn Bogue: 1958

Hurst, Dean: 1972, 1978

Johnstone, Jo and Jack: 1945-1946, 1952, 1955, 1963, undated

Kappel, Phillip: 1930, 1955

Kent, Norman: 1963

Kirkland, John W., Jr.: 1940

Kuhn, Bob: 1936-1937, 1961, 1963, 1967, 1977-1978, undated

Kuhn, Brenda: 1960-1961, 1967, 1971, 1984

Kuhn, Vera: 1949

Kuhn, Walt: 1905 (illustrated envelope), 1945

Kylgaard, James: 1939

Lathrop, Dorothy: 1939, 1942, 1954-1955, 1959, 1961-1964, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1974-1975, 1977, undated

Lathrop, Gertrude: 1949, 1964, 1969, 1972-1973, 1978

Lentelli, Leo and Mimi: 1955, 1956, 1962-1963

Lewis, Martin: 1930

Liljefors, Lindorm: 1969 (illustrated), 1970, 1974

Lippincott, Joseph W.: 1933, 1945, 1954, 1975

Logan, Maurice: 1929

London, Charmian (Mrs. Jack London): 1913-1914

Long, Ray: 1912

Lougheed, Robert: 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, undated

MacCreagh, Gordon: 1935, undated (illustrated letter)

Mattingly, Seth: 1955, 1961-1964, 1969-1970, 1972-1976 (with list of books), 1978, 1980-1981, 1983, undated

McClintock, Dorcas: 1973, 1974-1978, 1980, undated

McCoy, Garnett: 1966

McCracken, Harold: 1948-1949, 1965, 1972

McLean, George: 1964-1965, 1971, undated

Means, Thomas H. and Constance: 1931, 1936, 1947, 1960, 1964

Meigs, Ruth: undated

Miller, George C.: 1949

Mills, Dorothy: 1928

Mochi, Ugo: 1963, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973-1974, 1976, undated

Moon, Carl: 1928

Moore, Benson: 1939, 1941, 1945, 1959, 1964-1965, 1967, 1969, 1971-1974, undated

Morris, George Ford: undated

Moyle, Seth: 1911

Murphy, Robert: 1940-1941

Newell, Dave: 1942-1943 (illustrated letters), 1944-1945 (illustrated letter)

Newett, Henry R.: 1927

Nisbet, Bob: 1953-1954

Olenchak, Tom: 1961, 1969, 1973, undated

Osborn, Frederick and Margaret: 1930, 1940, 1954-1955, 1973, undated

Palmer, Loren: 1926

Peattie, Donald Culross: 1927, 1937

Pierrot, George: 1927, 1932, 1934, 1937-1939, 1945, 1949, 1957, 1960-1963, 1967, 1969-1970, 1972-1979

Platt, Joseph B.: 1926

Richards, George M.: 1913

Roosevelt, Mrs. Kermit: 1941

Ruggles, C.B.: 1933

Rutledge, Archibald: 1939-1940, 1949

Sanborn, Elwin Roswell: undated

Sarka, Charles: 1910 (illustrated envelope), 1911 (2 illustrated letters), 1913, 1917 (illustrated), 1934 (illustrated letter), 1941, 1947, 1948 (illustrated), 1950 (illustrated), 1958-1959

Sass, Herbert R.: 1934-1936, 1940, 1942

Saxton, Eugene: 1929

Schaldach, William, 1946, 1958

Schuler, Loring: 1919, 1927, 1931

Schwiering, Connie: 1958, 1961, 1963, 1967

Scott, William J. and Rachel: 1929, 1932-1933, 1956, 1964, 1967, 1973

Scriver, Bob: 1962, 1965, 1967, undated

Seimel, Sasha: 1933-1935, 1962-1963, 1967

Sleicher, Bob: undated

Sprunt, Alexander: 1932-1933

Stahl, Ben: 1944, 1969, 1972

Stokes, Frederick A.: 1921

Stolper, Joel: 1940

Stone, Walter King: 1933

Taylor, E.H.: 1925-1927, 1930, undated

Teague, Donald: 1970, 1972, 1975-1976

Tee-Van, John: 1942

Terhune, Albert Payson: 1926, 1927, 1929

Thomas, J. Sharkey: 1974-1977

Thompson, H.A.: 1907-1909

Thurber, James: 1957

Tillenius, Clarence: 1960, 1963, 1969, 1974, 1975-1978, 1981, undated

Washington, Booker T.: 1915

Watson, Ernest: 1951

Weaver, John V.A.: 1928

Wengenroth, Stow: 1962

Williams, Wheeler: 1964, undated (illustrated letter)

Wolfe, R. Dietz: 1961, 1963, 1964, undated

Wood, Peggy: 1928
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Paul Bransom papers, 1862-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
AAA.branpaul, Series 2
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Lucien and Marcelle Labaudt papers

Labaudt, Lucien, 1880-1943  Search this
Labaudt, Marcelle, 1892-1987  Search this
California School of Design  Search this
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Lucien Labaudt Art Gallery  Search this
San Francisco Women Artists  Search this
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Biberman, Edward  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978  Search this
Ferier, André  Search this
Ford, C.  Search this
Gerstle, Wilhelm, 1879-1963  Search this
Kent, Adaline Dutton, 1900-1957  Search this
Kuhn, Walt, 1877-1949  Search this
London, Charmian  Search this
Léger, Fernand, 1881-1955  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954  Search this
Moya del Pino, Jose, 1891-1969  Search this
Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969  Search this
Ozenfant, Amédée, 1886-1966  Search this
Ozenfant, Marthe  Search this
Pflueger, Timothy Ludwig, 1892-1946  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty, 1898-1946  Search this
Sotomayor, Antonio, 1904-  Search this
8.5 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 11 reels))
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, photographs, exhibition materials, scrapbooks, journals, printed matter, essays, gallery records and other business records, and miscellaneous papers.
REELS 3799-3806: A resume; a travel journal; an address book; appointment books; passports for Marcelle Labaudt; correspondence, including 3 illustrated Christmas cards from Walt Kuhn and letters from Edward Rowan about Lucien Labaudt's murals for the Los Angeles post office for the Section of Fine Arts; notes on costume design, geometry, and metric color scales; writings by Lucien Labaudt, including "Color Constructions--Opticolormetry", 1940; 4 sketchbooks and 70 sketches by Labaudt; prints and drawings by others; scrapbook on history of costume design; announcements; programs; reproductions; printed material concerning Labaudt's California School of Design; records of the San Francisco Women Artists organization; minutes of the Artists' Council kept by Marcelle Labaudt; artist files; guest registers; ledgers 1929 and 1939-1949, and financial records, 1943-1980, for the Lucien Labaudt Art Gallery; clippings; photographs of Labaudt's family, 1911-1981; of works of art, 1913-1968; and stage and costume design.
REEL 1052: Correspondence relating to the Lucien Labaudt Art Gallery and to Lucien and Marcelle; photographs (many undated and unidentified) of a gallery opening, 1950 of Max Hages, two paintings by Fred Martin, and two by R. Kaess; manuscript material; biographical material on artists who exhibited at the gallery; catalogs and announcements; printed material; and clippings.
REEL 1854: Photographs, 1920-1940 of: Labaudt; Labauadt working on Beach Chalet Murals; at the Bohemian Club Grove with C. Ford, Arnautoff, Otis Oldfield, Moya del Pino, Sotomayer, Timothy Pflueger, William Gerstle, and Diego Rivera; with Adeline Kent; with Marcelle and André Ferier; costumes and sets designed by Labaudt; and paintings and murals by Labaudt. Also included are 173 personal and business letters, 1923-1975; sketches; manuscripts, including essays about Labaudt by Stanton Macdonald-Wright and Lorser Feitelson; a scrapbook; business records; catalogs and announcements; clippings and other printed matter. Correspondents include: Edward Biberman, Lorser Feitelson, Walt Kuhn, Fernand Leger, Charmain London (Mrs. Jack), Henri Matisse, Marthe and Amedee Ozenfant, Timothy L. Pflueger and Edward Rowan.
UNMICROFILMED: Biographical material regarding Marcelle Labaudt's education; correspondence, 1901-1979, with friends and associates, including Alvyne Maisonneuve, Yliane Remy, Henry and Ann Varnum Poor, Charmian London, Millard Sheets and Richard Diebenkorn (1 letter, 1950); Marcelle Labaudt's travel diary kept on a trip to France, undated; art works, undated, including a sketchbook and illustrated letter by Lucien and an unsigned print; exhibition catalogs and clippings regarding the Lucien Labaudt Art Gallery; photographs, slides and negatives, 1896-1976, of friends, family and art works, and an album of photographs of Lucien's works of art.
Biographical / Historical:
Lucien Labaudt was a painter, muralist, costume and set designer. He also ran a commercial art school called the California School of Design. After his death in 1943, on assignment as a war artist correspondent, his wife, Marcelle Labaudt, established the Lucien Labaudt Art Gallery in San Francisco, California. She specialized in giving younger or relatively unknown artists their first exhibitions and operated the gallery until 1980.
Donated by Marcelle Labaudt 1974-1976, and after her death by her estate through her step-sister and executor, Simone M. Berges, 1984. After Berges' death in 1988, an additional installment was received via Berges' sister-in-law, Jill Alexander.
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.
Costume designers  Search this
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Art and state -- California -- San Francisco -- Exhibitions  Search this
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Costume -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
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