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Oral history interview with Ellen Lanyon

Interviewee:
Lanyon, Ellen  Search this
Interviewer:
Crawford, James, 1944-  Search this
Names:
Ox-Bow Summer School of Painting  Search this
Abercrombie, Gertrude, 1909-1977  Search this
Berdich, Vera, 1915-2003  Search this
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Buehr, George Frederick, 1905-1983  Search this
Carleback, Julius  Search this
Ginzel, Roland, 1921-  Search this
Grooms, Red  Search this
Hirsch, Joseph, 1910-1981  Search this
Hoff, Margo  Search this
Lasansky, Mauricio, 1914-  Search this
Rupprecht, Edgar A.  Search this
Schniewind, Carl Oscar, 1900-1957  Search this
Watson, Dudley Crafts, 1885-  Search this
Extent:
5 Sound tapes (5 in.)
214 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tapes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1975 Dec. 5
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Ellen Lanyon conducted by James Crawford for the Archives of American Art.
Lanyon speaks of family background; interests in art and music and collecting objects and antiques; her early art education; remembrances of 1933 Chicago World's Fair; Art Institute; Oxbow Summer School of Painting; her work and techniques; exhibitions; Institute of Design; marriage and move to University of Iowa; Iowa art department, Iowa print group; Fulbright to England; travel in France and Italy; return to Chicago; founding of graphic workshop; Hairy Who group; The Imagists; Seven and Up exhibitions; Red Grooms in Chicago; and commissions. She recalls George Buehr, Margo Hoff, Dudley Crafts Watson, Vera Berdich, Joseph Hirsch, Carl Schneiwind, Kathleen Blackshear, Mauricio Lasansky, Gertrude Abercrombie, Julius Carleback, Roland Ginzel, and Edgar Rupprecht.
Biographical / Historical:
Ellen Lanyon (1926- ) is a painter and printmaker in New York and Chicago, Ill.
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.
Occupation:
Muralists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Printmakers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Women muralists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.lanyon75
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97fd52325-f0b9-474d-b6fa-40cd5ed41bdd
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-lanyon75

Ellen Lanyon papers

Creator:
Lanyon, Ellen  Search this
Names:
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art -- Faculty  Search this
Landfall Press  Search this
Ox-Bow Summer School of Painting  Search this
Chicago, Judy, 1939-  Search this
Golub, Leon, 1922-2004  Search this
Grooms, Red  Search this
Hunt, Richard, 1935-  Search this
Kozloff, Joyce  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R.  Search this
Nilsson, Gladys, 1940-  Search this
Petlin, Irving, 1934-  Search this
Plunkett, Edward M. (1922-2011)  Search this
Rockburne, Dorothea  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam, 1923-2015  Search this
Spector, Buzz  Search this
Stevens, May  Search this
Stuart, Michelle, 1933-  Search this
Extent:
62.6 Linear feet
84.47 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Electronic records (digital records)
Sketches
Interviews
Collages
Paintings
Sound recordings
Prints
Video recordings
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Transcriptions
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Date:
circa 1880-2015
bulk 1926-2013
Summary:
The papers of artist Ellen Lanyon measure 62.6 linear feet and 84.47 GB and date from circa 1880-2015, bulk 1926-2013. Biographical material; correspondence; interviews; writings; journals; project files; teaching files; exhibition files; personal business records; printed and broadcast material; scrapbooks; photographic material; artwork; sketchbooks; as well as sound and video recordings and digital material, provide a comprehensive view of Lanyon's career and of art circles in Chicago and New York. Correspondence with artists and friends make up a significant portion of the collection. Project and exhibition files reflect her professional and artistic career. Thousands of slides and photographs document her life and artwork over seven decades, and over seventy sketchbooks are filled with student sketches, portraits of friends and family, and preliminary drawings.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of artist Ellen Lanyon measure 62.6 linear feet and 84.47 GB and date from circa 1880-2015, bulk 1926-2013. Biographical material; correspondence; interviews; writings; journals; project files; teaching files; exhibition files; personal business records; printed and broadcast material; scrapbooks; photographic material; artwork; sketchbooks; as well as sound and video recordings and digital material, provide a comprehensive view of Lanyon's career and of art circles in Chicago and New York.

Biographical material documents Lanyon's major life events and includes calendars; addresses and contacts; life documents; awards; diplomas and school records; resumes; horoscope readings and natal chart; residence documents; personal memorabilia; family papers and memorabilia; digital material; and items relating to Lanyon's memorial.

Correspondence, both personal and professional, consists of letters, postcards, holiday and greeting cards exchanged with family, friends, artists, collectors, publishers, print shops, museums, galleries, and cultural and educational institutions. Some material is in digital format. Notable correspondents include Judy Chicago, Leon Golub, Red Grooms, Richard Hunt, Joyce Kozloff, Lucy Lippard, Gladys Nilsson, Irving Petlin, Edward Plunkett, Dorothea Rockburne, Miriam Schapiro, Buzz Spector, May Stevens, and Michelle Stuart.

Fourteen interviews are with Ellen Lanyon conducted by various interviewers on behalf of a number of organizations and consist of transcripts, sound recordings, and video recordings, some in digital format.

Writings include general writings, lectures, presentations, and thirty-seven notebooks by Lanyon. A few writings by others about Lanyon and several sound recordings of lectures by other artists are also found here.

Twenty-five journals intermittently record Lanyon's reflections on her day-to-day life including her work, obligations, and relationships.

Project files include professional activities and files documenting projects and commissions. Files may contain project proposals, correspondence, printed and digital material, applications, contracts, research notes, invoices, receipts, notebooks, sketches, plans, organizational records, and photographic material. Three multi-year projects are extensively documented, including theMiami Metamorphosis mural, Riverwalk Gateway mural, and Hiawatha Rail Line mural.

Teaching files consist of correspondence, memoranda, course descriptions and proposals, rosters, administrative documents, and printed material from a number of institutions, including Cooper Union, where Lanyon taught from the 1970s to her retirement in 1993.

Exhibition files include files for individual exhibitions, exhibitions by women artists, and chronological files. Files may contain correspondence, inventories, consignment records, layout plans, printed and digital material, and photographic material.

Personal business, inventory, and estate records document the financial and administrative history of Lanyon's career and artworks.

Printed material, broadcast material, and published video recordings document Lanyon's career, art movements in Chicago and New York, and the women's movement in art. Files may contain books, booklets, broadsides, radio and television broadcasts, brochures, exhibition announcements and catalogs, lecture announcements, news and magazine clippings, newspapers and newsletters, periodicals, press releases, programs, video recordings, digital material, source material, and posters.

Eight scrapbooks contain predominantly clippings and exhibition material documenting Lanyon's career.

Photographic material consists of thousands of prints, slides, transparencies, digital photographs, and negatives of Lanyon, family, friends, artists, places, and artwork.

A small number of artworks include a self-portrait Lanyon carved in wood, a childhood painting, a photo collage, sketches, and one folder of assignments for an art course. Artworks by others are a hand colored photograph album by Marcia Palazzolo and prints distributed by Landfall Press.

Seventy-one sketchbooks are filled with student sketches, portraits of friends and family, and preliminary drawings done in pencil, watercolor, and colored pencil.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as fifteen series

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1880-2014, bulk 1926-2015 (5.3 linear feet; Box 1-6, 62, 3.94 GB; ER01-ER04)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1936-2013 (14.3 linear feet; Box 6-20, 1.51 GB; ER05-ER11)

Series 3: Interviews, circa 1975-2012 (0.7 linear feet; Box 20-21, 7.07 GB; ER12-ER19)

Series 4: Writings, Lectures, and Notebooks, circa 1947-2015 (3.2 linear feet; Box 21-24, 0.712 GB; ER20-ER24)

Series 5: Journals, 1967-2013 (1 linear foot; Box 24-25)

Series 6: Project Files, 1952-2014 (5.8 linear feet; Box 25-31, 62, OV 66, 13.42 GB; ER25-ER32)

Series 7: Teaching Files, 1953-2010 (0.9 linear feet; Box 31)

Series 8: Exhibition Files, circa 1944-2013 (2.7 linear feet; Box 32-34, 63, 3.87 GB; ER33-ER37)

Series 9: Personal Business, Inventory, and Estate Records, circa 1950-2015 (3 linear feet; Box 34-37, 9.10 GB; ER38-ER46)

Series 10: Printed and Broadcast Material, and Published Video Recordings, 1937-2013 (13.3 linear feet; Box 37-49, 63, OV 67-77, 2.18 GB; ER47-ER49)

Series 11: Scrapbooks, 1946-2013 (0.6 linear feet; Box 49-50)

Series 12: Photographic Material, circa 1920-2015 (7.7 linear feet; Box 50-57, 63, 42.44 GB; ER50-ER71)

Series 13: Artwork, circa 1938-1979 (0.2 linear feet; Box 58, 63)

Series 14: Sketchbooks, circa 1940-2010 (3.4 linear feet; Box 58-60, 64, 65)

Series 15: Unidentified Sound and Video Recordings, and Electronic Records, circa 1974-2013 (0.5 linear feet; Box 60-61)
Biographical / Historical:
Ellen Lanyon (1926-2013) was an American painter and printmaker working in Chicago and New York. She was born in Chicago, Illinois to Howard and Ellen (Nellie) Lanyon. Lanyon received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1948 and married classmate and artist Roland Ginzel that same year. In 1950, she received her MFA from the University of Iowa. As part of her post graduate work, Lanyon studied at the Courtauld Institute, University of London on a Fulbright Fellowship.

In the late 1940s, Lanyon began exhibiting her work and was featured in several Chicago and Vicinity Annual shows as well as the Momentum exhibitions. Influenced by surrealism, magic realism, and the work of the Chicago Imagists and the Hairy Who, Lanyon's subjects range from portraits of friends and family, to objects from her collection of curios, to flora and fauna. She produced paintings, drawings, print editions, artist's books, and some ceramics. In addition to her own artwork, Lanyon took on numerous commissions including the Riverwalk Gateway murals in Chicago, the Hiawatha Transit murals in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a variety of illustration work.

Lanyon was active in many professional organizations and women's organizations including the College Art Association (CAA) and the Women's Caucus for Art. She organized panels at CAA, contributed writings and editing to journals, including Heresies, and served on a variety of panels and juries. Lanyon was also on the Board of the Ox-Bow Summer School of Painting, which she attended in her youth. Over the course of her career, she taught at many colleges and universities, including Cooper Union, where she was Associate Professor.

Throughout her career, Lanyon participated in exhibitions around the country, including a retrospective of her work at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in 1999. She was also the recipient of many awards and grants including the Logan Price and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Lanyon and Ginzel had two children, Andrew and Lisa Ginzel.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Ellen Lanyon conducted by James Crawford in 1975.
Provenance:
A majority of the collection was donated in 2015 by Andrew Ginszel, Ellen Lanyon's son and executor. Lanyon also donated material in 1990. Portions of the collection were lent for microfilming from 1977-1981 by Lanyon and subsequently donated.
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.

Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Muralists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Printmakers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Women muralists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records (digital records)
Sketches
Interviews
Collages
Paintings
Sound recordings
Prints
Video recordings
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Transcriptions
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Ellen Lanyon papers, circa 1880-2015, bulk 1926-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.lanyelle
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Ellen Lanyon papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c3c6cdad-0687-4ec6-90f7-f1c051a79c62
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-lanyelle
Online Media:

Clara MacGowan papers

Creator:
MacGowan, Clara, 1895-1983  Search this
Names:
Illinois Historical Art Project  Search this
MacGowan, Clara, 1895-1983  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1929-1978
Scope and Contents:
Biographical data; photographs of MacGowan; and a scrapbook containing letters, newspaper clippings and other printed material, 1929-1932, documenting her work. Also included is an album of photographs of seventy-four paintings by MacGowan compiled in 1977, to facilitate the distribution of her estate.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, educator; Chicago, Ill. MacGowan was Assistant and later Associate Professor of Art at Northwestern University from 1927-1947, and a frequent lecturer at local women's clubs and exhibitor at the Arts Club of Chicago and the Chicago Society of Artists.
Provenance:
Donated 1996 by the Illinois Historical Art Project through Joel Dryer.
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 -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Educators -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Women educators  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.macgclar
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9aa2bde10-f277-42a8-a098-5f090894e53a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-macgclar

John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1790-2007, bulk 1900-1956

Creator:
Storrs, John Henry Bradley, 1885-1956  Search this
Subject:
Lipchitz, Jacques  Search this
Sheeler, Charles  Search this
Raynal, Maurice  Search this
Rodin, Auguste  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Stella, Joseph  Search this
Sterne, Maurice  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Storrs, Marguerite Deville Chabrol  Search this
Survage, Leopold  Search this
Zorach, Marguerite  Search this
Léger, Fernand  Search this
Hélion, Jean  Search this
Hecht, Zoltan  Search this
Ray, Man  Search this
Eastman, Max  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Biddle, George  Search this
Dreier, Katherine Sophie  Search this
Heap, Jane  Search this
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster)  Search this
Bryant, Louise  Search this
Blum, Jerome  Search this
Braque, Georges  Search this
Cret, Paul Philippe  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Dismorr, Jessica Stewart  Search this
Cole, Walter  Search this
Bennett, Edward H.  Search this
Andersen, Hendrik Christian  Search this
Anderson, Sherwood  Search this
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Poems
Diaries
Sketches
Video recordings
Sketchbooks
Prints
Portfolios (groups of works)
Topic:
Expatriate artists -- France  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- France -- Paris  Search this
Printmakers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Printmakers -- France -- Paris  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Sculptors -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Sculptors -- France -- Paris  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
American Art and Artists in a Global Context  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9484
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211682
AAA_collcode_storjohn
Theme:
Diaries
Sketches & Sketchbooks
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211682
Online Media:

Buehr family papers, 1880-1984

Creator:
Buehr, family, 1866-1952  Search this
Subject:
Buehr, George Frederick  Search this
Buehr, Mary Guion Hess  Search this
Buehr, Karl Albert  Search this
Granger, Kathleen Buehr  Search this
Hess, William  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Photographs
Topic:
Expatriate painters -- France -- Giverny  Search this
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Art, American -- French influences  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Miniature painters  Search this
Watercolorists  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9564
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211765
AAA_collcode_buehfami
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211765
Online Media:

Jerome Blum papers, 1915-circa 1969, bulk 1919-1935

Creator:
Blum, Jerome, 1884-1956  Search this
Subject:
Blum, Frances  Search this
Dreiser, Theodore  Search this
Anderson, Sherwood  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Tahiti -- description and travel
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9565
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211766
AAA_collcode_blumjero
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211766
Online Media:

Eve Garrison letters to Arline Custer

Creator:
Garrison, Eve Josephson, 1903-2003  Search this
Names:
Custer, Arline, 1909-1975  Search this
Extent:
2 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1950 Sept. 11 and [undated]
Scope and Contents:
In the letter of 1950 Sept. 11, Garrison discusses her first New York show. The undated letter mentions her current activities.
Biographical / Historical:
Eve Garrison is a painter and draftsman; Arline Custer, a librarian from Detroit, Mich.
Provenance:
Donated by Arline Custer.
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 -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Draftsmen (artists) -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Collagists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.garreve
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93a437e92-a98f-45d6-8aad-8dd60de95574
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-garreve

Francis Chapin papers

Creator:
Chapin, Francis, 1899-1965  Search this
Names:
Albright, Ivan, 1897-1983  Search this
Chapin, Vivian  Search this
Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967  Search this
Kurtz, Edmund  Search this
Mangravite, Peppino, 1896-  Search this
Pattison, Abbott L. (Abbott Lawrence), 1916-1999  Search this
Wilson, Douglas  Search this
Wines, James, 1932-  Search this
Extent:
0.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Date:
1917-1984
Scope and Contents:
Biographical documents; correspondence; art works; scrapbooks; photographs; and printed material.
A passport, 1928; 7 biographical sketches; correspondence, primarily to Chapin's wife and to friend, David McCosh; lists of paintings; a list of guests; 2 illustrated notebooks; price lists; receipts for works of art, 1948-1974; a proof of a lithograph; 2 drawings; 2 sketchbooks, one by Vivian Chapin, 1960; a scrapbook, 1950-1966, containing clippings and an exhibition catalog, 1958; a scrapbook containing clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, 4 letters, and photographs; printed materials; and photographs of Chapin, his associates, and his work.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, lithographer, teacher; Chicago, Illinois. Studied at Art Institute of Chicago 1922-1929, travelled in Europe with David McCosh 1929, returning to study lithography with Bolton Brown. Chapin taught at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1929-1945, Grant Wood's school, 1932, and was director of the Institute's Summer School at Saugatuck, 1932-1940. He was artist-in-residence at University of Georgia, 1952.
Related Materials:
REEL 875: Also in the Archives on microfilm only are papers lent for microfilming in 1974 (reel 875), comprising biographical data; business and personal correspondence, 1930-1964, including one or more letters each from Ivan Albright, Edward Hopper, Edmund Kurtz, Abbott Pattison, Peppino Mangravite, and James Wines; three sketchbooks; loose sketches and two Christmas card designs; writings and talks by Chapin; a scrapbook of clippings, sketches, photographs, and memorabilia, 1917-1921; photos of his family and his works; exhibition catalogs and announcements, 1933-1974; clippings, 1928-1968; bills and receipts; a typescript of a conversation between Vivian Chapin and artist Douglas Wilson, 1956; and miscellany.
Francis Chapin sketchbooks also located at: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson Library.
Provenance:
Material on reel 875 lent for microfilming 1974 by Chapin's wife. Chapin's son Todd donated additional material 1986.
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.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Art teachers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Lithographers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- History  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.chapfran
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw952035f14-9027-455d-ae86-3cb130931459
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-chapfran

Macena Barton papers

Creator:
Barton, Macena, 1901-1986  Search this
Names:
Bulliet, C. J. (Clarence Joseph), 1883-1952  Search this
Grell, Louis, 1887-1960  Search this
Jewett, Eleanor, 1892-1968  Search this
Extent:
2.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1839-1985
bulk 1914-1985
Scope and Contents:
The Macena Barton papers measure 2.6 linear feet and date from 1914-1985. Included is biographical material consisting of membership cards, resumes, certificates and other biographical material; photographs and slides of Barton, Barton's family and friends, and works of art; printed material including exhibition announcements and catalogs, five scrapbooks of clippings, and miscellaneous printed material; personal business records; works of art; writings and notes, including the script for Bulliet's first radio speech, dedicated to Barton; correspondence, including letters from Clarence J. Bulliet and Eleanor Jewett and others; a subject file for mural painter Louis Grell containing letters and clippings, and information on the Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists and the Chicago Society of Artists; and miscellaneous mate.rial relating to Barton's career as a painter in Chicago, Illinois.
Biographical / Historical:
Macena Barton (1901-1986) was a painter in Chicago, Illinois. Barton studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Provenance:
Donated 1986 by James Romano and in 2020 by Harlan J. Berk, who purchased the estate of Macena Barton.
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 -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.bartmace
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw936656ac6-2819-4307-8167-eaf64fb6644c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bartmace

Amaylia Castaldo papers

Creator:
Castaldo, Amaylia Chlarina, 1906-1987  Search this
Names:
Fairbanks, Douglas, Jr., 1909-2000  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Linear feet ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1930-1970]
Scope and Contents:
54 photographs of portraits painted 1931-1970 by Castaldo; a clipping picturing Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. posing with their daughter's portrait painted by Castaldo; and Castaldo's resumé.
Biographical / Historical:
Portrait painter; Chicago, Ill. Born 1906. Castaldo studied at the Art Students League, the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, and privately with Leon Kroll. She was married to painter Paul Trebilcock.
Provenance:
Donated by Amaylia Castaldo Trebilcock, 1982.
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:
Portrait painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.castamay
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99bd0e800-795a-473c-9a78-548b44e7b1ea
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-castamay

Barbara Aubin papers

Creator:
Aubin, Barbara, 1928-2014  Search this
Extent:
8.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1950-2006
Scope and Contents:
Personal and professional correspondence; writings; personal business records; photographs of Aubin, her works of art and family; scrapbooks; two VHS videos and printed material relating to painter, teacher, and curator Barbara Aubin.
Also included is a miniature portrait of a man "Joshua" (presumably a relative of Aubin's) painted on ivory in a medallion, possibly dated 1867.
Biographical / Historical:
Barbara Aubin (1928-2014) was a painter, teacher, and curator in Chicago, Illinois.
Provenance:
Donated 2016 by the Barbara Aubin estate via Amie Hyman, executor.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Educators -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Art museum curators -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.aubibarb
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
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Lillian Desow-Fishbein interview

Creator:
Desow-Fishbein, Lillian, 1921-2004  Search this
Interviewer:
Levin, Blossom  Search this
Extent:
2 Sound cassettes
76 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1984 Aug. 8
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Lillian Desow-Fishbein conducted by Blossom Levin. Desow-Fishbein speaks of her childhood in Detroit; her early studies in fashion design; attending Cranbrook Academy of Art; Judaic themes in her early work; moving to Chicago; how Chicago has influenced her and her work;
teaching and her philosophies of education; galleries she has been affiliated with; her charitable and philanthropic activities; influences on her work; and her concerns about the survival of Judaism.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; Chicago, Ill.
Provenance:
Donated 1986 by the American Jewish Committee.
Occupation:
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Jewish art and symbolism  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.desolill
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c486a0c0-1401-4c33-b350-d982a0bd0ad5
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-desolill

John Doctoroff papers

Creator:
Doctoroff, John  Search this
Extent:
2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-1960
Scope and Contents:
Phhotographs, color transparencies, and film and glass plate negatives of Doctoroff's works of art, many undocumented, including portrait sitters Warren G. Harding and Abraham Lincoln; writings, including a bound ledger and handwritten lists of works of art; letters to Doctoroff from clients and museums; four drawings by Doctoroff; and printed material, including exhibition announcements and newspaper clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Portrait painter; Chicago, Ill.
Provenance:
Donated 2007 by the Chicago Historical Society via Board member Barbara L. Kipper.
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:
Portrait painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.doctjohn
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw987fb1694-79c4-4321-806b-f44435ac4eb0
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-doctjohn

Dorothy Dow letters and sketches from John Norton

Creator:
Dow, Dorothy, 1897-1989  Search this
Norton, John Warner, 1876-1934  Search this
Extent:
1 Reel (ca. 50 items (on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reels
Date:
[ca. 1920.]
Scope and Contents:
Thirteen letters, mostly illustrated, from friend John Norton; and 2 ink sketches of Chicago scenes.
Biographical / Historical:
Poet; Chicago, Ill. John Warner Norton was a painter, muralist, also from Chicago.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming by Peter Keig, 1987.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Poets -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.dowdoro
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95835462c-f784-4761-aefe-35bb4a3585f7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dowdoro

Charles W. Dahlgreen papers

Creator:
Dahlgreen, Charles W. (Charles William), 1864-1955  Search this
Names:
Feshin, Nikolaĭ Ivanovich, 1881-1955  Search this
Hartrath, Lucie, 1868-1962  Search this
Jaques, Bertha E. (Bertha Evelyn), b. 1863  Search this
Makielski, Leon A., 1885-1974  Search this
Extent:
1.1 Linear feet (2 microfilm reels)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Date:
1886-1957
Scope and Contents:
The Charles W. Dahlgreen papers measure 1.1 linear feet and date from 1886-1957. Included is biographical material, writings, correspondence, works of art, photographs, financial material, exhibition material and printed material.
Biographical material includes two biographical accountsand a manuscript for Dahlgreen's autobiography and certifcates from the Art Institute of Chicago and a Canadian mining certificate. Writings include 4 notebooks about on his works, recipes for paint and printmaking materials, and notes on his family history. Correspondence relates to Dahlgreen's art-related activities and his involvement with various art organizations. Artwork includes 9 sketchbooks, 1886-1908, and 45 drawings, 1906-1909. Photographs are of Dahlgreen in his studio, with his fiancee, his mobile studio, and his works of art. Also included are photographs of lodge banners, Leon Makielski posed with his portrait of Dahlgreen, Nicoli Fechin, and images of the Brown County, the Indiana Colony, the Society of Etchers members Lucie Hartrath and Bertha Jaques, and others. Financial material consists of an account book, 1912-1920, containing a price and sales list, an dues ledger, 1918-1923, a receipt book for works of art, 1933-1940, an income and expenses ledger, 1942-1947, an undated price list for works of art, miscellaneous receipts and address files and lists works of art. Exhibition material consists of 30 exhibition prospectuses. Printed material includes clippings and bulletins.
REEL 3954, frames 877-922 Three photographs of Dahlgreen; a photograph, ca. 1931, of his mobile studio; clippings, 1924-1936; and a scrapbook of clippings, 1901-1950.
Biographical / Historical:
Charles W. Dahlgreen (1864-1955) was a Painter and printmaker in Chicago, Ill.
Provenance:
Portions of material on reel 3954 donated 1986; and portions (fr. 877-922) lent for microfilming 1986 all by Grant Dahlgreen, Charles W. Dahlgreen's grandson. Additional material donated in 2020 by Kate Husar, Charles W. Dahlgreen's great-great-grandaughter.
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.
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 -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Printmakers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.dahlchar
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92e88f87f-6e2d-4800-87b8-470c6276683c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dahlchar

Natalie S. Henry and Rowena Fry papers

Creator:
Fry, Rowena, 1901-  Search this
Henry, Natalie S. (Natalie Smith), 1907-1992  Search this
Names:
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Ropp, Hubert, 1894-1973  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1927-1987
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material assembled by Henry on herself (1929-1987) and Rowena Fry (1927-1987) consists of brief typescripts, letters, clippings, exhibition catalogs, samples of Christmas cards designed by Henry and Fry, a print "Bird's Tree in Winter" by Henry (1968), and photographs of works of art. The material emphasizes Henry's mural for the Springdale, Arkansas post office, commisssioned for the Section of Fine Arts, and her work for the Oscar Mayer Company. A subject file contains clippings (1958-1987) concerning Hubert Ropp, Dean of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who had a great influence on the careers of Henry and Fry.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.
Biographical / Historical:
Natalie Henry (1907-1992) was a muralist active in Chicago, Illinois. Rowena Fry (1892-1990) was a painter and educator active in Chicago, Illinois.

Natalie Henry was best known for her post office murals completed under the United States Department of the Treasury. She managed the art supply store at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1948 until her retirement in 1972. Fry was born in Alabama and moved to Chicago in 1923 to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Henry and Fry attended the Hubert Ropp School of Art. Both exhibited regularly at the Chicago Society of Artists and the Art Institute of Chicago during the 1930s and 1940s. Henry and Fry shared an apartment in the Lambert Tree Studios Building from 1948 until moving back to their respective family homes in Arkansas and Tennessee in the 1980s. In 1989, Fry joined Henry in her home in Malvern, Arkansas.
Provenance:
Donated 1989 by Natalie S. Henry.
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 -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Muralists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Citation:
Natalie S. Henry and Rowena Fry Papers, 1929-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.henrnata
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Interview with Judithe Hernandez

Creator:
Hernandez, Judithe  Search this
Interviewer:
Rangel, Jeffrey J.  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (sound cassettes (145 min.), analog)
74 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1998 Mar. 28
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Chicana painter and educator Judithe Hernandez conducted in Chicago, Ill., 1998 Mar. 28, by Jeffrey Rangel.
Hernandez discusses her family background and encouragement to become professional; training at Otis Art Institute and admiration there for African-American teacher Charles White; the intellectual influence of Carlos Almaraz's father on her as well as him, artists in L.A. such as Magu and Patssi Valdez; working with Judy Baca on the Great Wall of Los Angeles project; description and characterization of members of Los Four and sexism in the work of some Chicano male artists; her disillusionment over the reception of Chicano art and her own work in particular, the fact that she was not included in the big Hispanic Art in the United States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors exhibition and catalogue; becoming an educator; and the debate with Shifra Goldman.
Biographical / Historical:
Judithe Hernandez (1948- ) is a painter and educator from Los Angeles, Calif. and Chicago, Ill. Hernández was a leading Latina artist in Los Angeles during the 1970s, an important decade in the development of the Chicano mural movement and Latino art in general. Hernández now teaches in Chicago, but during her time in Southern California she came to represent both Chicana and feminist viewpoints, and was an articulate spokesperson for those interests and the rights of individual artists to transcend political identity in their careers.
Provenance:
Donated 2001 by Jeffrey Rangel. From 1996-2000, Jeffrey Rangel was contracted by the AAA to conduct oral histories of Latino and Latina artists who worked in Los Angeles and were part Chicano art groups such as Los Four and Asco. This interview was conducted by Rangel independently for his own research. The interview was transcribed with funding from the Smithsonian Latino Initiative funds.
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 -- Los Angeles  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Educators -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Educators -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Chicano artists  Search this
Chicano art movement  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.hernjudi
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e29b39f9-df9f-4278-9c18-9c5ce21b5481
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hernjudi
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Magda Heuermann papers

Creator:
Heuermann, Magda, 1858-1962  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet ((ca. 500 items on a partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
1876-1962
Scope and Contents:
Biographical information, awards, letters, writings and notes, a scrapbook, newsclippings, printed and published material, and photographs of Heuermann and her work. Also included are a diary, 1890-1892, kept by her father, Henry William Heuermann, when he accompanied his daughter to Germany to study; a biography; a letter from the German ambassador, thanking Heuermann for her miniature of Kaiser Wilhelm III; typed texts for lectures; and lists of miniatures.
Biographical / Historical:
Miniature painter, Chicago, Illinois. Heuermann studied at the Art Institute of Chicago with F.H.C. Sammons and for over three years in Germany with Franz von Lenbach, Franz von Stuck, Roth Deurr, and Max Doerner. She donated 80 of her miniatures to the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1950.
Provenance:
Donated in 1988 by T.M. Hamilton, Heuermann's nephew and Jean T. Hamilton (Mrs. Henry Hamilton), the wife of T.M.'s brother.
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:
Miniature painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.heuemagd
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw974afe09f-2393-4cb8-8d77-e219e599683b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-heuemagd

Hazel Hannell papers

Creator:
Hannell, Hazel Johnson, 1895-2002  Search this
Names:
Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Chicago Society of Artists  Search this
Hannell, V. M. S., 1896-1964  Search this
Extent:
1.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1934-1985
Scope and Contents:
Two biographical accounts on the Hannells; photographs of the Hannels in their home and studio, of the interior of the Victor Vienna Cafe, of 2 acoustic celotex panels, and a work in the 1946 No-Jury Exhibition; clippings, 1934-1978, concerning the Hannell's Indiana studio; and 47 block print calendars, 1937-1985, published by the Chicago Society of Artists. Thirty of the calendars are annotated by the Hannells.
Biographical / Historical:
Hazel: painter and potter, V. (Vinol) M. S.: painter and sculptor; Indiana and Chicago, Ill. The Hannells participated in No-Jury and The Ten exhibitions in the 1920s and early 1930s. In 1930, they moved to Indiana where they were leaders in various art organizations in the Dunes area. They continued to exhibit in Chicago and maintained their affiliation with the Chicago Society of Artists. The Hannells often worked together making furniture from their own and others' designs. Designers of the interior of the Victor Vienna Cafe at the Century of Progress Exposition, 1933-1934.
Provenance:
Donated 1986 by Hazel Hannell.
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 -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Ceramicists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women ceramicists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.hannhaze
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96cc866f8-b8bc-4fcc-8738-22c121891616
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hannhaze

Carl Hoeckner papers

Creator:
Hoeckner, Carl, 1883-1972  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1906-1984
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, sketches, lithographs, photographs, exhibition catalogs and clippings. Correspondents include Augustus John, acknowledging his election as honorary president of COR ARDENS for England, Robert B. Harshe congratulating Hoeckner on winning a prize in the Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Norman Bel Geddes and Nicholas Roerich. Art works consist of Hoeckner's pencil sketches and trial lithographs. Also included one album of photographs of Hoeckner, a fragment of Victor Hellig's story "Die Zwei" with Hoeckner illustrations, and a 1922 group proclamation, signed by Hoeckner, accusing Gerald Frank of plagiarism.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter and illustrator; Chicago, Illinois.
Provenance:
The lender, Chester Helms, is Hoeckner's agent and art dealer.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Illustrators -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.hoeccarl
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91ceee984-873d-4851-b1e0-7372c246e608
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hoeccarl

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