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Joseph Kaplan papers

Creator:
Kaplan, Joseph, 1900-1980  Search this
Names:
Audubon Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
United States. Public Works Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Avery, Milton, 1885-1965  Search this
DeMartini, Joseph, 1896-1984  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Gropper, William, 1897-1977  Search this
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991  Search this
Ishigaki, Aya  Search this
Ishigaki, Eitarō, 1893-1958  Search this
Kaplan, Virginia  Search this
Lozowick, Louis, 1892-1973  Search this
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987  Search this
Wilson, Sol  Search this
Extent:
4.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Date:
1915-1977
Summary:
The papers of the painter, photographer, printmaker, and teacher Joseph Kaplan measure 4.8 linear feet and date from 1915-1977. The bulk of the collection consists of printed material, specifically exhibition catalogs. Also found are a large number of photographs taken of and by Kaplan. The papers also include biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, and artwork. There is a 0.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2021 that includes travel slides taken in Mexico and Provincetown, Massachusetts by Joseph Kaplan, circa 1940-1950, and a photograph of Kaplan by Arnold Newman, circa 1950.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of the painter, photographer, printmaker, and teacher Joseph Kaplan measure 4.8 linear feet and date from 1915-1977. The bulk of the collection consists of printed material, specifically exhibition catalogs. Also found are a large number of photographs taken of and by Kaplan. The papers also include biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, and artwork. There is a 0.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2021 that includes travel slides taken in Mexico and Provincetown, Massachusetts by Joseph Kaplan, circa 1940-1950, and a photograph of Kaplan by Arnold Newman, circa 1950.

Biographical material contains a few of Kaplan's personal documents, a number of certificates and medals he recieved during his lifetime, a travel itinerary notebook, and a few hand-written notes.

Kaplan's correspondence is primarily from colleagues, art organizations, galleries, museums, and colleges and universities such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Academy of Design, and Audubon Artists, inc. Also found are letters from friends and colleagues such as Chaim Gross, Adolph Gottlieb, Raphael Soyer, Louis Lozowick, Milton Avery, and Sol Wilson, as well as a large number of letters to his wife Virginia written during his travels.

Personal business records concern Kaplan's art sales, loans, exhibition notifications, and his involvment in the WPA. His artwork is documented in price lists and inventory lists. Some of the material consists of routine transactions not necessarily related to Kaplan's work, including bank records, an address list, and income and expense reports.

Printed Material includes news clippings, exhibition catalogs, exhibition annoucenments, and invitations for Kaplan shows. There are a few published copies and page proofs of Kaplan's commerical artwork.

Artwork includes four Kaplan etchings, three of which are metal plates and one linoleum block. Also included are a few unidentified pen and pencil sketches.

Photographs depict Kaplan, mainly later in his life, and his family. Also found are four of Virginia Kaplan's photograph albums containing images of her and friends from early adulthood. Photographs of Kaplan's friends and colleagues include images of Aya and Eitaro Ishigaki, Chaim Gross, Raphael Soyer, William Gropper, and Joseph De Martini. Also included are photographs taken by Kaplan of New York City, his travels, and artist demonstrations. There are also a large number of photographs of Kaplan's artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 7 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1919-1975 (Box 1, 5, OV 7; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1929-circa 1975 (Box 1, OV 7; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, circa 1920-1977 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1915-1975 (Box 1, 2, 3, OV 7; 2.3 linear feet)

Series 5: Artwork, circa 1940-circa 1960 (Box 3, 5; 2 folders)

Series 6: Photographic Material, 1917-circa 1975 (Box 4, 6, OV 7; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-1950 (Box 8, OV 9; 0.3 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Joseph Kaplan (1900-1980) was a painter, printmaker, photographer, and teacher who worked primarly in New York and Provincetown. He was most active in the 1940s through the 1950s. Earlier in his career he worked on several WPA Federal Art Projects and Treasury Relief Art Projects.

Joseph Kaplan was born in Minsk, Russia and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1888 at the age of 12. He married Virginia Haber in 1927 and they had no children.

Kaplan studied at the Eductional Alliance Art School and the Art Students League. He went to Provincetown in the mid-twenties as a student of Charles W. Hawthorne with whom he previously studied with at the National Academy of Design. Afterwards he revisited Provincetown intermittently and began to regard the Cape as his summer studio, working there each summer since 1948.

In 1948 he won the first of many gold medals from the Audubon Artists at the National Academy of Design for a marine painting. He was also the first recipient of the John J. Newman Memorial Medal, given by the National Society of Painters in Casein for his Wellfleet, Low Tide. The Shore Studios in Provincetown, the Harry Salpeter Gallery and then Krasner Gallery in New York City represented Kaplan's artwork.

Kaplan predominantly worked in watercolor and oil paint, depicting landscapes and seascapes, and becoming acclaimed as a Colorist and Romanticist. He occasionally painted figures and, as he gained recognition, he traveled extensively in search for subjects. In 1968 Kaplan recieved a grant from Chapelbrook Foundation to live and work for a year in Mexico.

Kaplan's work was included frequently in group exhibitions and he participated in more then 30 major shows in his lifetime. Throughout his career he was a member of many art organizations including Artists League of America, Audubon Artists, Provincetown Art Association, and Cape Cod Art Association. He was continually active in the art life in Provincetown serving as board members, trustees, and judges. He also occasionally taught at art schools including the American Artist School and John Reed Club, and taught a number of private pupils.

Joseph Kaplan died on February 28th, 1980 at the age of 79 in Brewster, Massachusetts.
Separated Materials:
307 nitrate negatives donated to the Archives of American Art with the Joseph Kaplan papers have been removed and are stored in off-site storage. Negatives were duplicated onto safety based film and only select prints were made.
Provenance:
The Joseph Kaplan papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Marilyn Kearney in 1981. Additional papers were donated by Deborah Meyer in 2021.
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 -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Photographers -- New York (State)  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Citation:
Joseph Kaplan papers, 1915-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kapljose
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9407e127f-553c-4730-a748-ad683c5835aa
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kapljose
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Interviews with Donald Barton

Creator:
Barton, Donald, 1903-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Pomerantz, Mark  Search this
Extent:
3 Sound cassettes (Sound recording)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1988 July-1988 Sept
Scope and Contents:
Interviews with Donald Barton conducted 1988 July-Sept by Mark Pomerantz
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, photographer; Fitchburg, Mass.
Provenance:
Donated in 1990 by Pomerantz, Barton's agent.
Restrictions:
Untranscribed; use requires an appointment.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bartdona2
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9270302ad-8db7-4271-bd52-0f506a21e098
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bartdona2

Arthur Wesley Dow papers, circa 1826-1978, bulk 1879-1922

Creator:
Dow, Arthur W. (Arthur Wesley), 1857-1922  Search this
Subject:
Hess, Herbert A. (Herbert Arthur)  Search this
Kenyon, Henry Rodman  Search this
Käsebier, Gertrude  Search this
Académie Julian  Search this
Ipswich Summer Art School  Search this
Type:
Diaries
Photographs
Citation:
Arthur Wesley Dow papers, circa 1826-1978, bulk 1879-1922. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts  Search this
Photographers -- Massachusetts  Search this
Art educators -- Massachusetts  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7588
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209750
AAA_collcode_dowarth
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209750
Online Media:

Joseph Kaplan papers, 1915-1977

Creator:
Kaplan, Joseph, 1900-1980  Search this
Subject:
Avery, Milton  Search this
Lozowick, Louis  Search this
Gropper, William  Search this
Kaplan, Virginia  Search this
Ishigaki, Eitarō  Search this
Gross, Chaim  Search this
Ishigaki, Aya  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
DeMartini, Joseph  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Wilson, Sol  Search this
United States. Public Works Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Audubon Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Citation:
Joseph Kaplan papers, 1915-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Photographers -- New York (State)  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7650
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209813
AAA_collcode_kapljose
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209813
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Samuel Chamberlain, 1972 September 25

Interviewee:
Chamberlain, Samuel, 1895-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Samuel Chamberlain, 1972 September 25. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Architectural photography -- Massachusetts  Search this
Prints -- Massachusetts  Search this
Etchers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11809
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212037
AAA_collcode_chambe72
Theme:
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212037

Oral history interview with Donald Barton, 1989 March 31

Interviewee:
Barton, Donald B., 1903-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Allen, Charles Curtis  Search this
Hale, Philip Leslie  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Stevens, William Lester  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Donald Barton, 1989 March 31. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12030
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212711
AAA_collcode_barton89
Theme:
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212711
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Jerome Liebling, 2010 Sept. 17

Interviewee:
Liebling, Jerome, 1924-2011  Search this
Interviewer:
Silberman, Robert B. (Robert Bruce),, 1950-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Jerome Liebling, 2010 Sept. 17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15881
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)295420
AAA_collcode_liebli10
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_295420

Arthur Wesley Dow papers

Creator:
Dow, Arthur W. (Arthur Wesley), 1857-1922  Search this
Names:
Académie Julian -- Photographs  Search this
Ipswich Summer Art School -- Photographs  Search this
Hess, Herbert A. (Herbert Arthur)  Search this
Kenyon, Henry Rodman, 1861-1926 -- Photographs  Search this
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Extent:
1.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Photographs
Date:
circa 1826-1978
bulk 1879-1922
Summary:
The papers of Arthur Wesley Dow measure 1.3 linear feet and date from 1826-1978, with the bulk of the material dating from 1879-1922. The collection documents aspects of the life and work of the landscape painter, printmaker, photographer and educator. Papers include correspondence, diaries, writings, lecture notes, clippings, catalogs, ephemera, artwork, and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Arthur Wesley Dow measure 1.3 linear feet and date from 1826 to 1978, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1879 to 1922. Correspondence consists of two folders, which contain a few letters from Dow to his family during his stints painting in Brittany and to and from Columbia University's Teachers College, as well as letters from his wife (then fiancée) Minnie Pearson Dow to her mother and friend while she, too, was studying painting abroad. There is also a folder of typescript and handwritten notes on Dow's correspondence, the majority of which is not in this collection, attributed to his biographer, Arthur Warren Johnson. Diaries include travel diaries kept by Dow and his brother Dana F. Dow during their "trip around the world" in 1903-1904. Publications, clippings, exhibition catalogs, announcements for Dow's Ipswich Summer School of Art and a new edition of his book Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers are found within printed materials. Notes and writings include a substantial number of handwritten manuscripts and typescripts of Dow's lectures on art and art history during his tenure as the Dean of Fine Arts at the Teachers College of Columbia University. There are a few examples of works of art, including prints from the Ipswich Prints series, and a pencil sketch of a colonial home, similar to those that appeared in the serial Antiquarian Papers.

This collection is particularly rich in vintage prints of Dow portraits as well as family and group photographs, although it does not include any of the artist's landscape cyanotypes. Among the nineteen vintage prints are several platinum prints including a portrait by the renowned Pictorialist photographer Gertrude Käsebier and an atmospheric image of Dow taken at the Grand Canyon by Mrs. Fannie Coburn, the mother of another well-known Pictorialist photographer, Alvin Langdon Coburn. There are also three portraits by Herbert Hess and a photogravure of Dow by Kenneth Alexander that was used in the publication announcement for the second edition of Composition. Group photographs include an albumen print of fellow artist Henry R. Kenyon with Dow in his Ipswich studio, with classmates at the Académie Julian in Paris, and with his own students during a crafts class at his Ipswich Summer Art School. There are also several modern copy prints of vintage photographs from other collections as well as photographs of artworks by Dow and his contemporaries.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 6 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Correspondence, circa 1885-1934 (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 2: Diaries, 1861-1904 (Box 1; 6 folders)

Series 3: Notes and Writings, circa 1904-1977 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Materials, circa 1826-1978 (Boxes 1-2; 5 folders)

Series 5: Photographs, circa 1880-1977 (Boxes 1-2; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 6: Artwork, circa 1879-1906 (Box 1; 3 folders)
Biographical Note:
Arthur Wesley Dow, landscape painter, printmaker, photographer, and influential art educator, was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts on April 6, 1857, the eldest son of Mary Patch and David Dow. As a young man, he showed interest in the colonial history of Ipswich and together with Reverend Augustine Caldwell, he produced the serial Antiquarian Papers from 1875 to 1880, which featured Dow's drawings of local colonial architecture. It was Caldwell who advised him to pursue formal art instruction and in 1880 Dow began studying in the Boston studio of James M. Stone.

Like many aspiring American artists of his generation, Dow traveled to Paris for further art instruction. Between 1884 and 1889, the artist alternated between spending time in Paris, where he had enrolled in the Académie Julian, and in Brittany where he painted landscapes en plein air. During this period he produced landscape paintings that were accepted into the Paris Salon and exhibited to moderate success back in the United States.

Shortly after his return to Ipswich, Dow took a studio in Boston, where he hoped to attract students and began an extremely fertile and successful period as an art educator. He began studying Japanese art, particularly the compositional elements employed in Japanese prints, which he synthesized with Western art techniques and utilized in teaching composition and design. In addition to seeing students in his Boston studio, he began the Ipswich Summer School of Art, which continued into 1907. Pratt Institute hired Dow as an art instructor in 1895 and he remained there until 1904, when he was appointed the Director of Fine Arts of the Columbia University Teacher's College, a position he retained until his death in 1922. Between 1897 and 1903, he also taught at the Art Students League.

In 1899 his seminal book, Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers, was published. Composition illustrated Dow's teaching method, which focused on the compositional elements of line, notan (a Japanese word for the balance of light and dark in a composition) and color. The book underwent several printings and art schools across the United States adopted the Dow method. Max Weber, Georgia O'Keeffe and the photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn were among the artists who personally benefited from Dow's instruction. Through his teaching, publications, and public speeches, Arthur Wesley Dow played an important role in shaping modern American art.
Related Material:
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the William H. Elsner papers relating to Arthur Wesley Dow, which include color photographs of Dow's works of art and correspondence regarding Dow between Frederick Moffatt and Rudolph Schaeffer.
Separated Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reels 1027, 1033-1034, and 1079) including biographical material, correspondence, manuscripts, printed material, and one diary. Reel 1271 contains group photographs taken at the Académie Julian, Paris, as well as unidentified group photographs, some of the photographs and are available at the Ipswich Historical Society. All other loaned materials were returned to the lenders and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Material on reels 1027 and 1033-1034 were lent for microfilming by the Ipswich Historical Society, 1975. The diary on reel 1079 was lent by the Society for Preservation of New England Antiquities, 1976. Dow's grand-niece, Mrs. George N. Wright, donated material in 1976, and lent the photographs for microfilming in 1977. Additional material was received from Frederick Moffatt in 1989, who had obtained them in preparation for his book Arthur Dow (1977).
Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art's website. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
Landscape painters -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts  Search this
Photographers -- Massachusetts  Search this
Art educators -- Massachusetts  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Photographs
Citation:
Arthur Wesley Dow papers, circa 1826-1978 (bulk 1879-1922). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.dowarth
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw948ccb3fe-dce1-4cf1-9dda-8b2ec6c95e74
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dowarth
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Sidney Grossman papers

Creator:
Grossman, Sid, 1915-1955  Search this
Names:
Kootz Gallery (Provincetown, Mass.) -- Photographs  Search this
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991  Search this
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Lipton, Seymour, 1903-1986  Search this
Reeves, Ruth, 1892-1966  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet ((on 2 partial microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1933-1981
Scope and Contents:
A journal; writings; lists of photographs; photographs; and printed material.
REEL 2910: A journal, 1933; and two "literary papers" from 1934 titled NAIVETE for which Grossman was editor and contributor, often signing his pieces "El Cid".
REEL 3361: 2 press releases and a clipping, concerning an exhibition of Grossman's work; lists of photographs; photographs taken by Grossman, 1949-1954, of art-related activities in Provincetown, 1950-1952, of the Kootz Gallery, 1954, of Highfield, 1952, and of artists including: Seymour Lipton, Chaim Gross, Hans Hofmann, Ruth Reeves, Jack Hall, Bobbie and Dagmar Lilian, and Weegee.
Biographical / Historical:
Photographer, writer; New York, N.Y. and Provincetown, Mass.
Provenance:
Material on reel 2910 lent for microfilming 1982 and material on reel 3361 donated 1985 by Grossman's widow, Miriam Cohen.
Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project.
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:
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Topic:
Photography  Search this
Artists -- Photographs  Search this
Photography of artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.grossidn
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97413ec94-610b-4aa7-a7cc-604a8e722180
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-grossidn

Oral history interview with Donald Barton

Interviewee:
Barton, Donald, 1903-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Allen, Charles Curtis, 1886-1950  Search this
Hale, Philip Leslie, 1865-1931  Search this
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Stevens, William Lester, 1888-1969  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound cassette
31 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1989 March 31
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Donald Barton conducted 1989 March 31, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Barton speaks of his childhood in Fitchburg, the son of a painter; attending the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston School from 1922-1925; his friendships with William Lester Stevens and Charles Allen; studying with Hans Hofmann; going on a painting trip to the West in 1928; and his subsequent career as a commercial photographer. He recalls Philip Leslie Hale.
Biographical / Historical:
Donald Barton (1903-1990) was a painter and photographer from Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 16 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 others.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.barton89
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw977d413e5-ded3-4903-b270-15705a662c0b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-barton89
Online Media:

Interviews with Donald Barton, 1988 July-1988 Sept

Creator:
Barton, Donald B., 1903-1990  Search this
Pomerantz, Mark  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Interviews with Donald Barton, 1988 July-1988 Sept. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9984
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212710
AAA_collcode_bartdona2
Theme:
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212710

F. Holland Day papers

Creator:
Day, F. Holland (Fred Holland), 1864-1933  Search this
Names:
Copeland and Day (Firm)  Search this
Baston, Estelle  Search this
Coburn, Alvin Langdon, 1882-1966  Search this
Copeland, Herbert  Search this
Cox, George Collins, 1851-1902  Search this
Craigie, Reginald  Search this
Cram, Ralph Adams, 1863-1942  Search this
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen), 1862-1928  Search this
Evans, Frederick H.  Search this
Guiney, Louise Imogen, 1861-1920  Search this
Hollyer, Fred, 1837-1933  Search this
Koehler, S. R. (Sylvester Rosa), 1837-1900  Search this
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Ward-Perkins, Charlotte  Search this
Weil, Mathilde  Search this
White, Clarence H., 1871-1925  Search this
Woodbury, Jennie R.  Search this
Extent:
9 Microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
1858-1977
Scope and Contents:
Extensive correspondence and subject files, ca. 1864-1977, containing mainly letters received from photographers, photography clubs and societies, authors, friends, models, colleagues, and others, and some drafts of letters sent. Some of the files contain writings, printed material, photographs, or correspondence of the Norwood Historical Society, 1961-1977. The correspondence refers to Day's photography, the 1904 fire which destroyed Day's studio, his involvement with literary groups and the Linked Ring, requests for articles on photography from publishers, requests for Day to exhibit and judge photography exhibitions, his interest in John Keats and collecting Keatsiana, and fine printing and his firm Copeland and Day.
Several notable files are "Day," containing correspondence, letters from his father, Lewis Day, 1870-1904, writings by Day, "Is Photography Art?", "Sacred Subjects in Photography," and reviews and essays Day contributed to "Knight Errant," an article on Day by Ralph Hazell, "A Visit to Mr. Fred Holland Day," 1899, clippings on Day, 1899-1935, and an annotated photograph regarding Day's photo collaboration with Estelle Baston. "Photography" containing: letters from Roger Clark, George C. Cox, Sylvester Rosa Koehler, Charlotte Perkins, Robert Redfield, Mathilde Weil and others, exhibition catalogs and announcements, undated and 1901-1902; "Gertrude Kasebier," consisting of a letter from Arthur B. Davies to Day and her own letters to Day, which give a sense of tension between Day and Alfred Stieglitz, and her own frustration with Stieglitz; "Ralph Adams Cram," with correspondence, 4 photos of Cram, excerpts from his book "My Life in Architecture," and obituaries; and "Copeland and Day," containing correspondence with authors and artists, material on book and printing exhibitions, and letters from customers.
Other notable subjects and/or correspondents include: C. Yarnell Abbott, W. Fred Allen, Anthony Angotti, J. Williams Beall, Curtis Bell, Lord Alfred Douglas, Edgar Farwell, Kahil Gibran, Bertram Goodhue, Laura Hills, Maxfield Parrish, William Ordway Partridge, Eva L. Watson Schutze and Anne Whitney.
Also included are ca. 150 photographs and tintypes of Day, 1865-ca.1930, some taken by Alvin Langdon Coburn, Reginald Craigie, Frederick H. Evans, Fred Hollyer, Gertrude Kasebier, Edward Steichen, Thomas Walter, Clarence White, and Jennie Woodbury; and photos of Lewis Day. Other photographs included are: photos by Day (and some probably by Day but unidentified), of Herbert Copeland, Anna Day Smith, Lewis Day, Alice Brown, Louise Guiney, and other subjects; photographs of Day's home in Norwood and his chalet in Maine; and photographs of various subjects by Frederick Evans, Gertrude Kasebier and Clarence White, Sr.
Arrangement:
Files are arranged alphabetically by file title and photographs and photograph albums are arranged in random numerical order as assigned by the Norwood Historical Society which owned the original papers at the time it was lent for microfilming.
Biographical / Historical:
Photographer; Norwood, Mass. Day began photography in the late 1880s. By 1895 he had established a reputation as a pictorial photographer, and was elected to the Brotherhood of the Linked Ring. In 1900 he arranged in London the first major exhibition of pictorial photography in Europe. A fire in his Boston studio destroyed over 2,000 glass negatives in 1904, which ended his photography career. Day was also a collector of Keatsiana. He published fine books of poetry and other literary works at his firm of Copeland and Day from 1893-1899.
Provenance:
Material on reels 3565-66 was lent for microfilming by the Norwood Historical Society in 1985. Material on reels 4950-4956 was lent in 1994. Six letterpress books, files of his publishing firm of Copeland and Day, and a scrapbook of European travel clippings were not microfilmed.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Photographers -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Photography -- Early works to 1900  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photography -- societies, etc  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.dayfhol
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98682280a-8e8a-4a32-9d6e-6154c66ba3ea
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dayfhol

Oral history interview with Samuel Chamberlain

Interviewee:
Chamberlain, Samuel, 1895-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Extent:
43 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1972 September 25
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Samuel Chamberlain conducted 1972 September 25, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Chamberlain tells of the influence of his parents, his study of architecture at Boston Tech., his practice of free-lance art and his work for an architectural firm. He also speaks of his European travels and plans to become an artist in France, of learning printmaking in France and experimenting with different printmaking media. He concludes by talking about his photographic work, getting his photographs published in books on architecture, his feelings about small towns and cities, and teaching printmaking.
Biographical / Historical:
Samuel Chamberlain (1895-1975) was an etcher and photographer from Marblehead, Massachussets.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 36 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 others.
Restrictions:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Topic:
Architectural photography -- Massachusetts  Search this
Prints -- Massachusetts  Search this
Etchers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.chambe72
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9fbf00d3c-0c5d-49a8-84b2-f19dea3f19f2
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-chambe72
Online Media:

Donald Barton, a fifty year wait [videorecording] / produced and directed by Joan Enslow; ass't producer, Rolf Semprebon; narrator, Robert F. Brown; writer, Mark Pomerantz

Creator:
Enslow, Joan  Search this
Names:
Alfred J. Walker Fine Art (Firm)  Search this
Barton, Donald, 1903-1990  Search this
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Pomerantz, Mark  Search this
Semprebon, Rolf  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (videocassette (ca. 10 min.), sd., col., 1/2 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Interviews
Date:
c1991
Scope and Contents:
A video recording about Barton and his paintings containing biographical information, a brief interview with Barton one week before his death in 1990, and the opening of his show at the Alfred J. Walker Fine Art gallery in Boston, Feb. 1989.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, photographer; Fitchburg, Mass. Died 1990.
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Portland, Or. : Enslow Productions, c1991.
Provenance:
Donated in 1991 by Joan Enslow, producer of the video.
Occupation:
Painters -- Massachusetts  Search this
Photographers -- Massachusetts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.ensljoan
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw900589d15-69ca-49dd-bb3d-08e6c6ac7e8d
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ensljoan

Benjamin F. Curtis papers

Creator:
Curtis, Benjamin F.  Search this
Names:
Curtis & Cameron, Inc  Search this
United States. National Park Service  Search this
Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926  Search this
Fleischner, Otto, d. 1939  Search this
Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924  Search this
Potter, Louis McClellan, 1873-1912  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Donor:
Parker, John A. (John Albert)  Search this
Extent:
16 Items ((partially filmed on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1910-1925
Scope and Contents:
Miscellaneous letters and photographs from the files of art photographer Benjamin F. Curtis of the firm of Curtis & Cameron, Inc. The items mainly relate to portrait painter John Singer Sargent.
Included are two letters to Curtis from Charles W. Eliot, President of Harvard University, February 26 and March 2, 1925, regarding portraits of him by painters John Singer Sargent and Louis Potter, and a photo of each portrait, 1910 and undated, (one taken by Curtis & Cameron, Inc.). Eliot requests that Curtis' print of Sargent's portrait of him not be used in publication as it "looks to me like a picture of a complacent fop seven feet tall" and that he prefers Charles Hopkinson's portrait instead. Of the Louis Potter bust, he writes "my family say unanimously that it is a good looking man but that it is not I."
Also included are two letters, undated, from Isabella Stewart Gardner (another of Sargent's sitters) to "Dear Sir" and "Dear Mr. Sears"; an undated letter (plus typescript) to Mr. [Otto] Fleischner, Assistant Librarian of the Boston Public Library, from Sargent regarding a complaint about his murals in the library, writing that he does not want to get into an argument with a woman who considers his murals "a bewildering, crowded, rotten world of dogmas, distress and medievalism"; four photographs of Sargent, including a portrait of him at age eight, Sargent receiving an honorary doctorate at Harvard University in 1916, and one dated 1925, Montreal; a photo by Keystone View Co. of Sargent's painting "Artist Sketching," and two of portraits of Sargent by Raymond M. Crosby and an unidentifed artist.
Biographical / Historical:
Curtis was a fine arts photographer; Boston, Mass. with the firm of Curtis& Cameron, Inc.
Provenance:
Donated 1995 by John A. Parker, Benjamin F. Curtis' son-in-law.
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:
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.curtbenj
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw933821bae-6063-460e-bbb7-cc4b1932843b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-curtbenj

Oral history interview with Jerome Liebling

Interviewee:
Liebling, Jerome  Search this
Interviewer:
Silberman, Robert B. (Robert Bruce), 1950-  Search this
Extent:
3 Items (memory cards (5 hr., 33 min.), secure digital)
58 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 Sept. 17
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Jerome Liebling conducted 2010 Sept. 17, by Robert Silberman, for the Archives of American Art, at Liebling's home, in Amherst, Mass.
Biographical / Historical:
Interviewee Jerome Liebling (1924-2011) was a photographer and professor in Amherst, Mass. Interviewer Robert Silberman is a teacher in Minneapolis, Minn.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 memory cards. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hrs., 33 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.
Topic:
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.liebli10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94a1de643-4a87-401c-bd6f-6fef976c3546
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-liebli10
Online Media:

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