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Sonia Gechtoff papers

Creator:
Gechtoff, Sonia, 1926-2018  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1980
Summary:
The papers of abstract expressionist painter Sonia Gechtoff measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1950 to 1980. The scattered papers include artwork, biograhpical material, correspondence, personal business records, photographs, printed material, and writings by Gechtoff.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of abstract expressionist painter Sonia Gechtoff measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1950 to 1980. The scattered papers include artwork, biograhpical material, correspondence, personal business records, photographs, printed material, and writings by Gechtoff.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.
Biographical / Historical:
Sonia Gechtoff (1926-2018) was a painter and printmaker active in San Francisco, California and New York City, New York.

Gechtoff was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in San Francisco, California. Her parents, Ethel (Etya) and Leonid Gechtoff, were active in the art industry--her mother ran art galleries and her father was a successful painter. Gechtoff studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Soon after graduation, she moved to San Francisco where she became acquainted Beat culture and further studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her style moved toward abstract expressionism. Her works were included at the Guggenheim Museum's Younger American Painters in 1954.

Sonia Gechtoff married Jim Kelly, another artist, and together they moved to New York City, New York in the late 1950s. She continued to paint and was very involved in the art world of New York. Additionally, Gechtoff taught later in her career.

With Kelly, Sonia Gechtoff had two children, Susannah and Miles. She died in 2018 in New York City, New York.
Provenance:
Sonia Gechtoff donated her papers in 1980.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Citation:
Sonia Gechtoff papers, 1950-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.gechsoni
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gechsoni

David Kasmire papers

Creator:
Kasmire, David  Search this
Names:
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959  Search this
Bolles, John S., 1905-  Search this
Cherry, Herman  Search this
Crehan, Hubert  Search this
Gechtoff, Ethel  Search this
Gechtoff, Sonia, 1926-2018  Search this
McNeil, George, 1908-1995  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Zogbaum, Wilfrid, 1915-1965  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
Montgomery Block (San Francisco, Calif.)
Date:
1949-1968
Scope and Contents:
Letters to David Kasmire from Hubert Crehan, Sonia Gechtoff, George McNeil, Wilfred Zogbaum describing the art scenes and the people involved in New York City and San Francisco between 1949 and 1968, including John Bolles, Herman Cherry, Ethel Gechtoff (Etya), Louise Nevelson Clay Edgar Spohn and others; a letter from Bernard Berenson to "Preston," Mar. 23, 1949; 1 photograph of Hubert Crehan and a group photograph of Crehan with Sonia Gechtoff and others; a photo postcard of the "Monkey Block" in San Francisco where artists Crehan, Sonia Gechtoff, Elmer Bischoff, James Weeks and others had studios; and 3 clippings, including an announcement for Sonia Gechtoff and Crehan exhibitions, n.d. and a story on the razing of the historic "Monkey Block" (1958).
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; San Francisco, Calif. Had a studio in Montgomery Block, also known as "Monkey Block" in San Francisco, built in 1853, and occupied by artists and writers from early 1900s until its demolition in 1959.
Provenance:
Donated 1989 by David Kasmire.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios -- California -- San Francisco
Historic buildings -- California -- San Francisco
Identifier:
AAA.kasmdavi
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kasmdavi

Fred Martin papers

Creator:
Martin, Fred, 1927-  Search this
Names:
Anderson, Jeremy, 1921-1982  Search this
DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923-1994  Search this
Gechtoff, Sonia, 1926-2018  Search this
Haddad, Samuel, 1937-  Search this
Hedrick, Wally, 1928-2003  Search this
Majdrakoff, Ivan, 1927-  Search this
Marks, Royal S., 1929-  Search this
Park, David, 1911-1960  Search this
Richardson, Sam, 1934-  Search this
White, Joseph, 1938-  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet ((on 2 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1949-1975
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence between Martin and Sam Haddad and Royal Marks of the Royal Marks Gallery, 1964-1972, and with many artists and people involved with the arts; manuscript, business and printed materials; catalogs and announcements; clippings; miscellany; two small works; 20 photographs, 1957-1966, of works by Martin, Jeremy Anderson, Jay Defeo, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Sonia Gechtoff, Wally Hedrick, Ivan Majdrakoff, David Park, Sam Richardson, and Joseph White; and one photograph of Wally Hedrick with a painting.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, illustrator, collagist and art educator, San Francisco, Cal. Director of the College of the San Francisco Art Institute. Worked in oil, watercolor, Gouache and pencil.
Provenance:
Donated 1975 by Fred Martin.
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:
Art teachers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Collagists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.martfred
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-martfred

Oral history interview with Eleanor Dickinson, 2000 October 25

Interviewee:
Dickinson, Eleanor Creekmore, 1931-  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13340
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)229431
AAA_collcode_dickin00
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_229431
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Eleanor Dickinson

Interviewee:
Dickinson, Eleanor, 1931-  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Extent:
22 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2000 October 25
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Eleanor Dickinson conducted 2000 October 25, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in Dickinson's studio/home, in San Francisco, California.
Dickinson discusses her relationship to and use of the human figure in her art. She explains her "interest in the ecstatic"; her identification with her subjects; being completely involved with the personality of the model and the "performance" in the studio; how her finished works often look more like the artist than like the model; her 1975 show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in which the life-class was moved into a museum gallery to share the experience with museum visitors; her view that the artist participates in the lives and actions of her subjects through empathy and the artist's role as a mirror to society, reflecting and recording who and what we are.
Biographical / Historical:
Eleanor Dickinson (1931-2017 ) was a painter, graphic, video artist and instructor in San Francisco, Calif. Teacher of life drawing at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, for many years, Dickinson was known for her figurative drawing and involvement with her students and models as individuals.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 48 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 available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Artists' models -- California  Search this
Topic:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.dickin00
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dickin00

Gottardo Piazzoni papers

Creator:
Piazzoni, Gottardo, 1872-1945  Search this
Photographer:
Genthe, Arnold, 1869-1942  Search this
Names:
Martinez, Xavier, 1869-1943  Search this
Redmond, Granville, 1871-1935  Search this
Stackpole, Ralph, 1885-1973  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1900-1976
Scope and Contents:
Biographical essay; a postcard to Piazzoni, an illustrated letter from Granville Redmond, and 3 letters from Leo Eloesser, John Moxan, and Ralph S. Stackpole to Piazzoni's daughter, Mireille, about her father; an inventory of his paintings; clippings; and photographs of Piazzoni, including two by Arnold Genthe, of his work, and a photograph of a sketch of Piazzoni and Stackpole by Xavier Martinez.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, sculptor, etcher; San Francisco, Ca.
Provenance:
Donated by Mireille Wood, Piazzoni' daughter, 1977-1978.
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 -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Printmakers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.piazgott
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-piazgott

John Saccaro papers

Creator:
Saccaro, John M., 1913-1981  Search this
Names:
Baumann, Karl, 1911-1984  Search this
Kingman, Dong, 1911-  Search this
Lynch, Marie G., 1910-1973  Search this
Mayes, Elaine  Search this
McChesney, Robert Pearson, 1913-2008  Search this
Oliveira, Nathan, 1928-2010  Search this
Ramos, José  Search this
Tomlin, George  Search this
Extent:
1.6 Linear feet ((on 3 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Date:
1935-1975
Scope and Contents:
Letters, notes and writings (1935-1972), financial material (1937-1966), printed material (1946-1970), photographs, sketchbooks and audio tapes document Saccaro's painting and writing careers.
REEL 723 (frames 72-645): Nine sketchbooks contain ink, crayon, and pencil sketches by Saccaro. Subjects include figure and animal studies as well as calculations for his later x-ray works. Eleven illustrated notebooks (1940-1969) contain Saccaro's ideas and thoughts about art; opinions on artists such as Karl Baumann, Dong Kingman, Robert McChesney, and Jose Ramos; and ideas and sketches for stories.
REEL 723 (frames 646-858): Four pages of notes concern "alpha," "omega," and "x-ray" painting and "squirt pieces". Thirteen letters (1947-1964) concern exhibitions, teaching at UCLA, a story Saccaro wrote, and a drawing for ARTFORUM. Photographs show Saccaro, his family, his works of art, Elaine Mayes (a photographer who shared Saccaro's studio, 1960-1963), exhibitions (1956-1961), and groups of artists. Other materials include a drawing of Saccaro by Nathan Oliveira, a drawing of an idea for a soft sculpture, exhibition announcements, an artist's statement, a guest book, an interview transcript (1962), excerpts from an essay by critic Alfred Frankenstein, Saccaro's resume, and 11 clippings (1956-1973).
REELS 4211-4212: Correspondence (1935-1966) includes several letters from Saccaro to Marie and an illustrated letter from George Tomlin (1948). Writings include 6 notebooks and 13 drafts of short stories and essays (ca. 1954-1959). Two logbooks (1935-1951) list manuscripts sent to publishers. One logbook contains an essay about Marie Lynch, Saccaro's wife, painting his portrait in 1938. Other materials include consignment receipts from the Hollis Gallery (1959-1964), clippings (1946-1970), exhibition announcements and catalogs (1956-1960), a design for a soft sculpture, audio tapes of Paul Karlstrom's interview of Saccaro (1974) and a camping trip (1972), and a resume and school records of Marie Lynch. Photographs (1945-1975) show Saccaro, his family, friends, and art works.
Biographical / Historical:
Draftsman, collage artist, painter, and writer; San Francisco, California. Studied at the California School of Fine Arts (1951-1954). Until recently, Saccaro's paintings were in the abstract expressionist style (his more recent paintings are characterized by a different approach, which Saccaro calls "x-ray"). Saccaro pursued a writing career before becoming a painter.
Provenance:
Materials on reels 723 (frames 72-645) and 4211-4212 were donated by his niece, Patricia Barrett, on behalf of John Saccaro's estate.
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 -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Abstract expressionism -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Assemblage (Art) -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.saccjohn
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-saccjohn

Harry Bowden papers

Creator:
Bowden, Harry, 1907-1965  Search this
Names:
American Abstract Artists  Search this
Bransom, Paul, 1885-  Search this
Campbell, Charles, 1905-  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Hirsch, Hy  Search this
Hobbs, Fredric  Search this
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963  Search this
Johnson, Robert E. (Robert Emory), 1932-  Search this
Krasner, Lee, 1908-1984  Search this
McNeil, George, 1908-1995  Search this
Onslow-Ford, Gordon  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Post, George, 1906-1997  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Schevill, James Erwin, 1920-  Search this
Smith, Hassel, 1915-2007  Search this
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973  Search this
Weston, Brett  Search this
Weston, Edward, 1886-1958  Search this
White, Minor  Search this
Extent:
2 Linear feet ((on 4 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1922-1972
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, photographs, writings, sketches, drawings, paintings, and printed material.
REELS 1880-1882: Extensive correspondence with Bowden's wife, Lois; letters from Paul Bransom, Imogen Cunningham, Hi Hirsch, Hans Hofmann, Robert Johnson, George McNeil, George Post, James Schevill, Hassel Smith, Brett Weston, and Edward Weston; notes and writings on photography and art; sketches, drawings, and paintings; business papers and business correspondence from museum and gallery directors including Edward Steichen, Fred Hobbs, Charles Campbell, Minor White, and others; catalogs, clippings, and other printed materials.
REEL 1885: Ca. 500 photographs, mostly by Bowden, including photos of George Abend, Al and Frances Bernstein, Richard and Pat Bowman, M. Carles, Walter Chabrow, Imogen Cunningham, Willem de Kooning, Vic and Jeanne Di Suvero, Loyola and Ed Fourtane, Mrs. Gibson, Grabhorn, Robinson Jeffers, Aristodemos Kaldis, Lee Krasner, Darius Milhaud, Gordon Onslow-Ford, Phylis and Bob Pauey, Jackson Pollock's studio, Otis Oldfield, George Post, Kenneth Price, Ad Reinhardt, Kenneth Rexroth, Serge Trubach, Edward and Brett Weston, Yvor Winters, Wilfred Zogbaum, and Aldous Huxley. Also included are photographs Bowden, Bowden's family, his wife, Lois, nudes, his works, and exhibits.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter and photographer; San Francisco, California. Studied with Hans Hofmann; founding member of the American Abstract Artists and was associated with the Artists' Gallery; photography influenced by Edward Weston.
Provenance:
Lois Bowden, Harry Bowden's widow, donated the greater part of this collection to the Archives of American Art via Charles Campbell of the Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, Calif. Mr. Campbell subsequently donated 28 additional photographs.
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 -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Photographers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Photography, Artistic -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Painting, Abstract -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.bowdharr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bowdharr

Wayne Thiebaud papers, 1944-2001

Creator:
Thiebaud, Wayne, 1920-  Search this
Subject:
University of California, Davis. Art Dept.  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Sketches
Cartoons (humorous images)
Photographs
Topic:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Artists' preparatory studies  Search this
Art teachers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6343
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)227812
AAA_collcode_thiewayn
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_227812
Online Media:

Antonio Sotomayor papers, circa 1920-1988

Creator:
Sotomayor, Antonio, 1904-1985  Search this
Subject:
Little, Philip  Search this
Labaudt, Lucien  Search this
Morley, Grace  Search this
Long, Emilie  Search this
Franco, Johan  Search this
Farr, Fred  Search this
Gerstle, William Lewis  Search this
Fried, Alexander  Search this
Reed, Alma M.  Search this
Pflueger, Timothy Ludwig  Search this
Robinson, Elmer E. (Elmer Edwin)  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Oldfield, Otis  Search this
Moya del Pino, Jose  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente  Search this
Sotomayor, Grace  Search this
Von Hagen, Victor Wolfgang  Search this
Salinger, Jehanne Bietry  Search this
Salinger, Pierre  Search this
Sauer, Carl Ortwin  Search this
Entenza, John  Search this
Pan American Union  Search this
Delphic Studios  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Photographs
Topic:
Muralists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century  Search this
Illustration  Search this
Illustrators -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Cartoonists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5549
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212812
AAA_collcode_sotoanto
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Sketches & Sketchbooks
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212812
Online Media:

Emmy Lou Packard Papers, 1900-1990

Creator:
Packard, Emmy Lou, 1914-1998  Search this
Subject:
Covarrubias, Miguel  Search this
Edmunds, John  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Reynolds, Malvina  Search this
Refregier, Anton  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Kahlo, Frida  Search this
O'Higgins, Pablo  Search this
O'Gorman, Juan  Search this
American Civil Liberties Union  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Photographs
Interviews
Diaries
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Printmakers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, Mexican  Search this
Muralists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5519
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211816
AAA_collcode_packemmy
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Women
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211816
Online Media:

John Milton Ramm papers, 1900-1992

Creator:
Ramm, John Milton, 1904-1984  Search this
Subject:
Ramm, John Henry  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Earthquakes -- California -- San Francisco -- Photographs  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Muralists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6480
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215667
AAA_collcode_rammjohn
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215667
Online Media:

Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010

Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela, 1927-  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Interviews
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Topic:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10212
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213287
AAA_collcode_normirvi
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213287
Online Media:

James A. McGrath papers, 1950-2011

Creator:
McGrath, James A., 1928-  Search this
Subject:
Wiley, William T.  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Poems
Prints
Postcards
Paintings
Sketches
Illustrated letters
Christmas cards
Photographs
Topic:
Performance artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Illustrators -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15948
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)301046
AAA_collcode_mcgrjame
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_301046
Online Media:

Elmer Bischoff papers, 1914-1990

Creator:
Bischoff, Elmer Nelson, 1916-1991  Search this
Subject:
Staempfli Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
University of California, Berkeley  Search this
Type:
Collages
Drawings
Watercolors
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6686
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208811
AAA_collcode_biscelme
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208811
Online Media:

Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014

Creator:
Benton, Fletcher Chapman, 1931-  Search this
Subject:
Louchheim, Marlene  Search this
Lucie-Smith, Edward  Search this
Finn, David  Search this
Jones, Lillian E.  Search this
Bury, Pol  Search this
De Wilde, Dan  Search this
Wilke, Ulfert  Search this
Valentine, De Wain  Search this
Tooker, Dan  Search this
Sanders, Pieter  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Neubert, George W.  Search this
Marquand, Ed  Search this
Galerie Denino  Search this
André Emmerich Gallery  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Motion pictures (visual works)
Drawings
Video recordings
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Photographs
Christmas cards
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13352
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)251862
AAA_collcode_bentflet
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Audio - Visual
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_251862
Online Media:

James Weeks papers

Creator:
Weeks, James, 1922-  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1950-1985]
Scope and Contents:
Biographical information; business correspondence; exhibition material, 1965-1985; teaching notes from the San Francisco Art Institute and UCLA; photographs of Weeks and his wife Lynn, 1980s; photographs of work (billboards), 1950s; and clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, educator; San Francisco, Calif. and Boston, Mass. Weeks was a prominent San Francisco Bay area painter in the 1950s and 1960s, who has continued those ties since coming to teach at Boston University in 1970 by steadily exhibiting at the Charles Campbell Gallery in San Francisco as well as Hirschl and Adler in New York.
Provenance:
Donated 1986 by James Weeks. Additional material expected including correspondence, photographs, and slides of work.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Educators -- California  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.weekjame
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-weekjame

Ralph Soule Du Casse papers

Creator:
Du Casse, Ralph Soule, 1916-  Search this
Extent:
4 Items (linear feet (on 3 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Date:
1892-1977
Scope and Contents:
Genealogical notes and records, undated and 1892; résumés; a marriage certificate, 1944; school records; family and business correspondence; miscellaneous notes; a card file containing information on the sale of artwork, 1943-1977, and three notebooks, "Exhibits and Awards," 1947-1956, "Exhibitions of Work - De Young," 1946-1966, and "Lists of Opera Recordings," 1953-1958.
Also includes legal papers concerning Du Casse's injuries in a 1959 accident; hospital records; lists of artworks; consignment records; travel records; miscellaneous financial material; seven sketches; writings by Du Casse, including a script for his play "Route Order," 1942, and a typescript of "West Coast School of Painting Since 1946," 1964; a typescript "Ralph Du Casse Exhibition" by Louise Ballard, 1955; a typescript "The Bold New World of Ralph Soule Du Casse" by Annette Kazuko Kaide, 1967; a scrapbook compiled by Du Casse's father, Ralph R. Du Casse, 1926-1960; and a disassembled acrapbook compiled by Du Casse containing letters, school records, four sketches, clippings, announcements, and photographs, 1909-1967.
Clippings; press releases; exhibition announcements and catalogs for Du Casse, 1947-1977, and for others, 1955-1973; brochures and pamphlets; programs and other printed material; and photographs of Du Casse, his family, friends, and works of art, undated and 1904-1972.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter (San Francisco, Calif.)
Provenance:
Donated 1979 by Ralph Soule Du Casse.
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 -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.ducaralp
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ducaralp

Emmy Lou Packard Papers

Creator:
Packard, Emmy Lou, 1914-1998  Search this
Names:
American Civil Liberties Union  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Covarrubias, Miguel, 1904-1957  Search this
Edmunds, John, 1913-  Search this
Kahlo, Frida  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
O'Gorman, Juan, 1905-  Search this
O'Higgins, Pablo, 1904-  Search this
Refregier, Anton, 1905-  Search this
Reynolds, Malvina  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Extent:
9.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Photographs
Interviews
Diaries
Date:
1900-1990
Summary:
The Emmy Lou Packard papers measure 9.4 linear feet and date from 1900 to 1990, and focus on the career of painter, printmaker, muralist, and sculptor Emmy Lou Packard. Also found are extensive materials relating to Packard's personal and professional relationship with muralist Diego Rivera and painter Frida Kahlo, with whom Packard lived for one year in Mexico. Papers include correspondence, financial records, notes, writings, exhibition files, photographs, and printed material.
Scope and Contents note:
The Emmy Lou Packard papers measure 9.4 linear feet and date from 1900 to 1990, and focus on the career of painter, printmaker, muralist, and sculptor Emmy Lou Packard. Also found are extensive materials relating to Packard's personal and professional relationship with muralist Diego Rivera and painter Frida Kahlo, with whom Packard lived for one year in Mexico. Papers include correspondence, financial records, notes, writings, exhibition files, photographs, and printed material.

Biographical materials include resumes, personal forms, and certificates. Correspondence is with family, friends, and colleagues, including muralist Anton Refregier, songwriter Malvina Reynolds, and composer John Edmunds. There is one letter from Dorothea Lange. Also found is correspondence with various political and arts organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Russian magazine Soviet Woman. Much of the correspondence discusses personal relationships and political and art-related activities. Additional correspondence with and concerning Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo is arranged in Series 6.

Personal business records found within the papers include studio real estate and rent records, insurance records, price lists for artwork, consignment records, and miscellaneous receipts. There is one interview transcript of an interview with Packard for the Radical Elders Oral History Project. The papers include a series of notebooks/diaries, address lists, and other notes.

Packard's reference files and personal papers documenting her professional and close personal relationship with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo are arranged into a separate series. They include her research files for a planned book on the two artists, personal letters between Packard and the couple, as well as several interesting photographs. Also found in this series are notes, writings, and printed materials relating to Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and other Mexican artists, such as Covarrubius, Juan O'Gorman, and Pablo O'Higgins.

The collection also includes typescripts and additional writings by Packard and others. Artwork consists of orginal drawings and prints by Packard and others not directly associated with projects. Exhibition and project files for many of Packard's commissioned projects are also found within the collection, including her files for the restoration of Anton Refregier's Rincon Annex Post Office mural in San Francisco and the Coit Tower murals in San Francisco. Many of the project files contain correspondence, reports, contracts, printed material, photographs, and artwork.

The papers also include photographs of Packard, her family, residences, artwork, friends, and colleagues, including Cesar Chavez, Juan O'Gorman, Malvina Reynolds, Charles Safford, Ralph Stackpole, and Tennessee Williams. Two scrapbooks are found, as well as additional printed materials such as clippings and exhibition announcements and catalogs. There are also two artifact items, a vinyl record of Malvina Reynolds and a political campaign button.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged into fifteen series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1942-1985 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1919-1990 (Box 1-3; 2.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1945-1985 (Box 3; 21 folders)

Series 4: Interview Transcript, 1979 (Box 3; 1 folder)

Series 5: Notes, 1900-1985 (Box 3-4, 10; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 6: Reference Files on Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, 1929-1986 (Box 5, 10, OV 11; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 7: Writings by Packard, 1953-1984 (Box 6; 17 folders)

Series 8: Writings by Others, 1955-1984 (Box 6; 19 folders)

Series 9: Artwork, 1921-1976 (Box 6; 10 folders)

Series 10: Exhibition Files, 1950-1964 (Box 6, OV 11; 5 folders)

Series 11: Project Files, 1953-1985 (Box 6-7, 10, OV 11; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 12: Photographs, 1914-1982 (Box 8, 10; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 13: Scrapbooks, 1947-1950 (Box 8, 10; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 14: Printed Material, 1936-1988 (Box 8-9, 10; 1 linear foot)

Series 15: Artifacts, 1984 (Box 9-10, OV 11; 2 folders)
Biographical/Historical note:
Emmy Lou Packard was born in Imperial Valley, California on April 15, 1914, to Walter and Emma Leonard Packard. In the late 1920s she lived with her family in Mexico City where she became acquainted with Diego Rivera, from whom she received regular art criticism and encouragement. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and completed courses in fresco and sculpture at the California School of Fine Arts in 1940. That year and the next, Packard worked as a full-time painting assistant to Rivera on his 1,650 square-foot fresco at the World's Fair in San Francisco. During this project, Packard became very close to Rivera and Frida Kahlo and returned to Mexico with them and spent a year living with the couple.

From then on, except for in 1944-1945 working for a defense plant, Packard worked and grew in various aspects of her art. In addition to her work in fresco, Packard is known for her work in watercolor, oil, mosaic, laminated plastic, concrete, and printmaking, both in linocuts and woodblocks. She received numerous commissions that included installations for ships, hotels, and private homes for which she executed large woodcuts and mural panels. During the 1950s and 1960s, Packard was hired to restore several historic murals, most notably the Rincon Annex Post Office mural by Anton Refregier and the Coit Tower murals in San Francisco.

Between 1966 and 1967 she was commissioned by architects to design and execute a number of concrete and mosaic pieces, one of which went to the Mirabeau Restaurant in Kaiser Center, Oakland. She also designed and executed a mural for the Fresno Convention Center Theater during that same period. In 1973-1974, she designed and supervised a glazed brick mural for a public library in Pinole, California.

Packard had one-woman shows at the San Francisco Museum of Art, Raymond and Raymond Gallery (San Francisco), Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, Mass.), Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Pushkin Museum (Moscow), and March Gallery (Chicago). Emmy Lou Packard died in 1998.
Related Archival Materials note:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Emmy Lou Packard conducted by Mary Fuller McChesney in 1964.
Provenance:
Emmy Lou Packard donated her papers to the Archives of American Art from 1984-1988.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Emmy Lou Packard 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.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Printmakers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, Mexican  Search this
Muralists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Photographs
Interviews
Diaries
Citation:
Emmy Lou Packard papers, 1900-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.packemmy
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-packemmy
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Walter Kuhlman papers

Creator:
Kuhlman, Walter  Search this
Extent:
0.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1939-1994]
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material, correspondence, photographs, exhibition records, and printed materials. Among the correspondents are Clyfford Still, Frank Lobdell and Nathan Oliveira.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, teacher; San Francisco Bay area, California. Born 1918.
Provenance:
Donated by Walter Kuhlman, 1994.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.kuhlwalt
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kuhlwalt

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