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William Theo Brown papers, 1845-1971

Creator:
Brown, William Theo, 1919-2012  Search this
Subject:
Anderson, Eugene Newton  Search this
Bachardy, Don  Search this
Barber, Samuel  Search this
Barton, Betsy  Search this
Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy, Sir  Search this
Broughton, James  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Callery, Mary  Search this
Carson, Josephine  Search this
Coke, Van Deren  Search this
Craft, Robert  Search this
DeFeo, Jay  Search this
De Kooning, Elaine  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard  Search this
Donovan, Richard  Search this
Golschmann, Vladimir  Search this
Hamilton, George Heard  Search this
Hess, Thomas B.  Search this
Hindemith, Gertrud  Search this
Hindemith, Paul  Search this
Hockney, David  Search this
Holloway, Sterling  Search this
Howard, Bart  Search this
Inge, William  Search this
Isherwood, Christopher  Search this
Jenkins, Dorothy  Search this
Johnson, Frank  Search this
Kiesler, Frederick  Search this
Kiesler, Lillian  Search this
Lambert, Gavin  Search this
Lathwood, Jo  Search this
Loomis, Amy  Search this
Masselind, Ben  Search this
McLaughlin, John  Search this
Meeks, Everett  Search this
Oliveira, Nathan  Search this
Park, David  Search this
Petty, Mary  Search this
Poulenc, Francis  Search this
Rukeyser, Muriel  Search this
Saint, Eva Marie  Search this
Sarton, May  Search this
Schrade, Leo  Search this
Sekula, Sonja  Search this
Shaw, Robert  Search this
Simonds, Bruce  Search this
Stone, Helen  Search this
Stravinsky, Igor  Search this
Stravinsky, Vera  Search this
Swift, Richard  Search this
Tardos, Anne  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne  Search this
Wonner, Paul  Search this
Zajac, Jack  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold)  Search this
Citation:
William Theo Brown papers, 1845-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Composition (Music) -- 20th century  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8956
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211143
AAA_collcode_browwilt
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211143

William Theo Brown papers

Creator:
Brown, William Theo, 1919-2012  Search this
Names:
Anderson, Eugene Newton  Search this
Bachardy, Don, 1934-  Search this
Barber, Samuel, 1910-  Search this
Barton, Betsy  Search this
Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy, Sir, 1904-  Search this
Broughton, James  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Callery, Mary, 1903-1977  Search this
Carson, Josephine, 1919-  Search this
Coke, Van Deren, 1921-  Search this
Craft, Robert  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold), 1856-1933  Search this
De Kooning, Elaine  Search this
DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Donovan, Richard  Search this
Golschmann, Vladimir, 1893-1972  Search this
Hamilton, George Heard  Search this
Hess, Thomas B.  Search this
Hindemith, Gertrud, 1900-1967  Search this
Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963  Search this
Hockney, David  Search this
Holloway, Sterling  Search this
Howard, Bart  Search this
Inge, William  Search this
Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-  Search this
Jenkins, Dorothy  Search this
Johnson, Frank  Search this
Kiesler, Frederick  Search this
Kiesler, Lillian, 1910?-2001  Search this
Lambert, Gavin  Search this
Lathwood, Jo  Search this
Loomis, Amy  Search this
Masselind, Ben  Search this
McLaughlin, John, 1898-1976  Search this
Meeks, Everett, 1879-1954  Search this
Oliveira, Nathan, 1928-2010  Search this
Park, David, 1911-1960  Search this
Petty, Mary  Search this
Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963  Search this
Rukeyser, Muriel, 1913-  Search this
Saint, Eva Marie, 1924-  Search this
Sarton, May, 1912-  Search this
Schrade, Leo, 1903-1964  Search this
Sekula, Sonja, 1918-1963  Search this
Shaw, Robert  Search this
Simonds, Bruce  Search this
Stone, Helen, 1903-  Search this
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971  Search this
Stravinsky, Vera  Search this
Swift, Richard, 1927-  Search this
Tardos, Anne, 1943-  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne  Search this
Wonner, Paul, 1920-2008  Search this
Zajac, Jack, 1929-  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet ((on 4 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1845-1971
Scope and Contents:
Scrapbooks, photograph albums, sketchbooks, correspondence, manuscripts, and printed material reflect Brown's work as a painter, and his ties with contemporary musical and literary figures.
REEL 877: Four scrapbooks, 1946-1972, containing: photographs of composers Igor Stravinsky and Paul Hindemith, artist Don Bachardy and Brown; letters and notes to Brown from musicians Stravinsky, Hindemith, John Cage, and Samuel Barber; drawings and photographs of works by Brown; clippings; and manuscript material by John Cage and Francis Poulenc.
REEL 921: Eight photograph albums, 1941-1971, including photos of Brown's work; photos of Brown at MacDowell Colony working on a series of self-portraits; of Brown, friends, and other artists, including Paul Wonner, Sonia Sekula, John McLaughlin, Jack Zajac, Sterling Holloway, Richard Diebenkorn, Mary Callery, David Park, Robert Shaw, poet May Sarton, playwright William Inge, composers Igor Stravinsky and Paul Hindemith, author Christopher Isherwood, and others.
REELS 1095 and 1116 (photographs only): Correspondence, ca. 1923-1974; with artists, musicians, writers, composers, and others; privately published letters of Brown's grandfather; sketchbooks, including two from his early years, 1926 and 1930-1934, and six done in Europe, 1945; one sketch by Brown and one each by Paul and Gertrude Hindemith; manuscripts; photographs of family, friends, and associates; photographs of drawings; catalogs and announcements; printed papers; legal documents; and 2 clippings relating to Igor Stravinsky.
REEL 1095: Correspondents include: Eugene Anderson, Cecil Beaton, James Broughton, Van Deren Coke, Robert Craft, Jay DeFeo, Elaine De Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Richard Donovan, Vladimir Golschmann, George H. Hamilton, Thomas B. Hess, Gertrude Hindemith (36 letters), Paul Hindemith, David Hockney, Bart Howard, William Inge, Christopher Isherwood, Dorothy Jenkins, Frank Johnson, Gavin Lambert, Jo Lathwood, Amy Loomis, Ben Masselind, Everett Meeks, Nathan Oliveira, Mary Petty, Josephine Carson Rider, Muriel Rukeyser, Eva Marie Saint, Leo Schrade, Bruce Simonds, Helen Stone, Vera Stravinsky, Richard Swift, Ann Tardos and Wayne Thiebaud; many are represented with only one letter.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; San Francisco, Calif. Associated with the late 1950s movement of Bay Area figurative painting. Had particularly close ties with contemporary musical and literary worlds.
Provenance:
Material on reels 877 and 921 lent for microfilming and remainder donated 1974 by William T. Brown. Catalogs on reel 1095 were transferred to NMAA/NPG Library after microfilming.
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:
Composers  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Composition (Music) -- 20th century  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.browwilt
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98ff830d8-a91e-4dd2-b24e-1b6fe81ac014
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-browwilt

José Moya del Pino papers, 1924-1973

Creator:
Moya del Pino, Jose, 1891-1969  Search this
Citation:
José Moya del Pino papers, 1924-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7110
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209244
AAA_collcode_moyadel
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209244

James Budd Dixon papers, 1945-1960

Creator:
Dixon, James Budd, 1900-1967  Search this
Citation:
James Budd Dixon papers, 1945-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7555
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209715
AAA_collcode_dixojame
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209715

Fred Reichman papers, 1952-1996, bulk 1952-1959

Creator:
Reichman, Fred, 1925-2005  Search this
Subject:
Weber, Max  Search this
Dasburg, Andrew  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Still, Clyfford  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Shapiro, Dan  Search this
Citation:
Fred Reichman papers, 1952-1996, bulk 1952-1959. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9194
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211389
AAA_collcode_reicfred
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211389

Otis Oldfield papers, 1910-1975

Creator:
Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969  Search this
Subject:
Groninger, Homer  Search this
Stackpole, Ralph  Search this
Labaudt, Lucien  Search this
Oldfield, Helen  Search this
Roche, Marcel  Search this
Ryan, Beatrice Judd  Search this
Taylor, Mildred  Search this
Chittenden, Alice Brown  Search this
Cuneo, Rinaldo  Search this
Dixon, Maynard  Search this
Gee, Yun  Search this
Citation:
Otis Oldfield papers, 1910-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9230
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211425
AAA_collcode_oldfotip
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211425

William T. Wiley illustrated journals, 1971-1974

Creator:
Wiley, William T., 1937-2021  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Citation:
William T. Wiley illustrated journals, 1971-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Painting, Abstract -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13509
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211771
AAA_collcode_wilewill
Theme:
Diaries
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211771

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
Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  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:

Otis Oldfield letters and photograph, 1913

Creator:
Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969  Search this
Subject:
San Francisco Museum of Art  Search this
Citation:
Otis Oldfield letters and photograph, 1913. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10387
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213747
AAA_collcode_oldfotis
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213747

Otis Oldfield papers

Creator:
Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969  Search this
Names:
Chittenden, Alice Brown, 1859 or 60-1944  Search this
Cuneo, Rinaldo, 1877-1939  Search this
Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946  Search this
Gee, Yun, 1906-  Search this
Groninger, Homer  Search this
Labaudt, Lucien, 1880-1943  Search this
Oldfield, Helen, 1902-1981  Search this
Roche, Marcel  Search this
Ryan, Beatrice Judd  Search this
Stackpole, Ralph, 1885-1973  Search this
Taylor, Mildred  Search this
Extent:
62 Items ((on 2 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1910-1975
Scope and Contents:
Business correspondence; manuscript material; 2 financial log books kept by Oldfield and his widow, 1927-1974; 3 photo albums, one with photos of Oldfield, Ralph Stackpole and Homer Groninger, and 2 albums of works, 1924-1948; loose photos of works, of Oldfield, Yun Gee, Ralph Stackpole, Rinaldo Cuneo, Helen Oldfield, Marcel Roche and others, 1921-1957; 3 scrapbooks, 1910-1940, including catalogs and announcements, manuscript and printed material, clippings, and correspondence with Beatrice Judd Ryan, Mildred Taylor, Alice Chittenden, Lucien Labaudt and Maynard Dixon; clippings; and miscellany.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, teacher; San Francisco, California. Oldfield went to Paris in 1909 where he studied briefly at the Academie Julian. He remained in France until 1924, serving in the French army during World War I, and after the war was exhibiting at the Salon des Independents and the Salon d' Automne. He taught at the California School of Fine Arts, 1925-1942, and became known for his talents as a bookbinder as well as painter. He taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts, 1945-1951 and privately until his death.
Provenance:
Material lent for microfilming 1975 by Helen Oldfield, widow of Oldfield.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.oldfotip
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e59c2325-f2b6-4a23-81f5-bacbe2b68705
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-oldfotip

José Moya del Pino papers

Creator:
Moya del Pino, Jose, 1891-1969  Search this
Extent:
0.9 Linear feet ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1924-1973
Scope and Contents:
Three passports; letters, undated and 1924-1973; writings, undated, including a biographical account; photographs, undated and 1949, of Moya del Pino, his mother, and some of his work at an exhibition; printed material, undated and 1924-1969, consisting mainly of clippings, 1924-1933, and an obituary, 1969; art works, undated and 1934-1939, including 32 loose drawings, 4 sketchbooks, and a lithograph entitled "Sailor Take Care," 1934, by Everett Jackson; and business and legal documents.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, muralist; San Francisco, Calif.; b. 1891; d. 1969
Provenance:
Donated 1977-1982 by Tina (Clementina Moya) Kun, daughter of Jose Moya del Pino.
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:
Painters -- California  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.moyadel
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9323d1de7-cdb1-485a-a706-629646524e34
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-moyadel

Fred Reichman papers

Creator:
Reichman, Fred, 1925-  Search this
Names:
Dasburg, Andrew, 1887-1979  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Shapiro, Dan  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 2 reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1952-1996
bulk 1952-1959
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material, correspondence, a poem by Reichman, printed material, and photographs of Reichman with friends, family, and his works of art. Correspondents include Max Weber, Clyfford Still, Andrew Dasburg, Mark Tobey, Louise Nevelson, Dan Shapiro, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; San Francisco, Calif.
Provenance:
Material on reel 912 was lent for microfilming by Reichman, 1975 and subsequently donated in 2007 with additional material by Reichman's daughter, Alexandra Reichman. Material on Reel 3470 donated by Reichman in 1976.
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:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.reicfred
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c2a02fb7-9b5d-4318-bb30-3800ec9636db
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-reicfred

James Budd Dixon papers

Creator:
Dixon, James Budd, 1900-1967  Search this
Extent:
35 Items ((on 1 partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1945-1960
Scope and Contents:
Four exhibition announcements and three clippings; biographical and career information; and photographs of Dixon, his paintings, and his studio. Also included but not microfilmed are sixteen slides of his paintings.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; San Francisco, California.
Provenance:
Donated by Mrs. Peggy Dixon, James Budd Dixon's wife, 1974.
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:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios -- California
Identifier:
AAA.dixojame
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9caa1c892-0892-4e0d-a986-e921a3c476de
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dixojame

Otis Oldfield letters and photograph

Creator:
Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969  Search this
Names:
San Francisco Museum of Art  Search this
Extent:
6 Items ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1913, 1925-1926
Scope and Contents:
Five letters, 1925-1926, to "Odette" (Mrs. Helena Marguerita Da Rosa). Oldfield describes his work at the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts and daily activities as an artist. Also included is a photograph of Oldfield, 1913.
Biographical / Historical:
Otis Oldfield (1890-1969) was a painter and teacher from San Francisco, Calif.
Provenance:
Donated 1982 by Mrs. Betty Chidlaw.
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
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.oldfotis
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw983aaea70-74fd-4f91-8f94-a3b21b7e4049
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-oldfotis

William T. Wiley illustrated journals

Creator:
Wiley, William T., 1937-2021  Search this
Extent:
5 Volumes ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Volumes
Sketchbooks
Date:
1971-1974
Scope and Contents:
Journals containing ideas for Wiley's paintings, accounts of days, and puns and word games. One journal is from a summer spent in Italy (1971) and includes some sketches. The remaining four journals (1971-1974) are filled with watercolors and sketches.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; San Francisco Bay area, California. Achieved international recognition for highly imaginative and unconventional art. Studied at California School of Fine Art 1956-1962 with Frank Lobdell and other exponents of Abstract Expressionism.
Provenance:
Lent 1975 by William T. Wiley.
Restrictions:
ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Abstract -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.wilewill
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b9588fca-fe16-47fe-b5e9-9719ed3b8fd4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wilewill

Irving and Hela Norman papers

Creator:
Norman, Irving, 1906-1989  Search this
Norman, Hela  Search this
Extent:
10 Linear feet
142.32 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Interviews
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Date:
circa 1920-2010
Summary:
The papers of Irving and Hela Norman measure 10.0 linear feet and 142.32 GB and date from circa 1920 to 2010. The papers document the career of painter Irving Norman through biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, curators, art galleries, and museums; writings, exhibition records, personal business records, printed material, personal photographs, and photographs of his artwork. Also found are numerous audio and video interviews of Irving and Hela Norman. Some of the materials, interviews and photographs are digital.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Irving and Hela Norman measure 10.0 linear feet and 142.32 GB and date from circa 1920 to 2010. The papers document the career of painter Irving Norman through biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, curators, art galleries, and museums; writings, exhibition records, personal business records, printed material, personal photographs, and photographs of his artwork. Also found are numerous audio and video interviews of Irving and Hela Norman. Some of the materials, interviews and photographs are digital.

Researchers should note that the collection primarily documents Irving Norman's late career and Hela Norman's work to manage the exhibition and sale of Irving's work after his death. Almost all of the Norman's drawings and personal records were lost in a house and studio fire in December 1988.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1929-2010 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1951-2010 (3 linear feet; Box 1-4)

Series 3: Interviews, circa 1974-2008 (3 linear feet; Box 4-7, 45.17 GB; ER01-ER18)

Series 4: Writings, circa 1974-2010 (5 folders; Box 7, 0.002 GB; ER19)

Series 5: Exhibition Records, 1980-2008 (1 linear foot; Box 7-8)

Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1974-2010 (0.8 linear feet; Box 8-9, 2.52 GB; ER20-21)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1940s-2000s (0.3 linear feet; Box 9)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1920-2010 (1.4 linear feet; Box 9-10, 94.63 GB; ER22-ER34)
Biographical / Historical:
Irving Norman (1906-1989) was a social surrealist painter in San Francisco, Calif. He married Hela Bohlen (1927-2010) in 1955.

Norman was born Irving Noachowitz in Vilna, Russia in 1906. He emigrated to the United States in 1923 and worked in a barber shop in Monticello, New York. In 1934 he moved to Los Angeles and opened his own barber shop in Laguna Beach. A few years later he volunteered for service in the Abraham Lincoln battalion in Spain, and upon returning to California , he joined a life drawing group. He attended the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco in 1940, studying with William Gaw and Spencer Macky, and in 1945 had his first major solo exhibition. At this time he also won the San Francisco Art Association's Albert Bender Memorial Prize. In 1946 he studied at the Art Students' League in New York and traveled to Mexico. He received much press when one of his paintings was removed from an exhibition at the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum for obscenity in 1950. Despite this setback, he continued to regularly exhibition his work over the next decade.

A renewed interest in Irving Norman's work occurred in the mid-1970s, at which time he exhibited many new paintings. During the 1980s he continued to exhibit his work and participated in several video interviews. In 1988 a storm caused a fire which destroyed his house and studio, including drawings and most personal papers. Irving Norman passed away at home in July 1989 and a memorial retrospective of his work was held at San Jose State University the following year. Hela Norman continued to manage the sale and exhibition of Irving's artwork until her death in 2010.
Related Materials:
Also in the Archives of American Art is a videorecording of an interview with Irving Norman, produced by Bay Area Video Coalition, Zeke Richardson and Larry Andrews, in cooperation with the Archives of American Art. The interview was conducted by Michael S. Bell, March 5, 1988.
Separated Materials:
Also in the Archives of American Art is material lent for microfilming (reel 4705) including slides, photographs of artwork, and letters. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Irving and Hela Norman first donated a small amount of papers in 1988-1989. Hela Norman loaned additional material for microfilming in 1990. The rest of the collection was gifted in 2011 by Hela Norman via Tom Von Tersch, Trustee.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. 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:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Interviews
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Citation:
Irving and Hela Norman papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.normirvi
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw975df93e9-5803-4cdd-a9a9-171638ac85d3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-normirvi

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