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Helen J. Rennie papers

Creator:
Rennie, Helen J., 1906-1989  Search this
Names:
Artists Equity Association  Search this
Franz Bader Gallery  Search this
Extent:
4.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Date:
1920-1979
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, photographs, writings, artwork, financial material, printed material relating to graphic designer Helen Rennie.
Personal correspondence is with Rennie's friends and professional correspondence is with the Franz Bader Gallery and Artists Equity Association. Photographs and slides are of Rennie's artwork, as well exhibition installations at the Capricorn Gallery and the Franz Bader Gallery. Writings include notebooks, notes and journals by Rennie. Artwork includes sketches and sketchookbs.
Financial material includes supply bills and checks. Printed material consists of a scrpabook, reproductions of posters promoting government programs, pamphlets and booklets featuring Rennie's designs (many are for government programs), exhibition announcements, art journals, and newspaper clippings. Miscellany includes an address list and travel documents.
Biographical / Historical:
Helen Rennie (1906-1989) was a graphic designer in Washington, D.C. Rennie also created design work for the Federal government.
Provenance:
Donated 1978 by Helen J. Rennie and in 2009 by Kathleen Baker Moorefield, Rennie's niece.
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:
Designers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.rennhele
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rennhele

Phillips Collection panel discussion

Creator:
Phillips Collection  Search this
Names:
Bader, Franz, 1903-1994  Search this
Calfee, William H. (William Howard), 1909-1995  Search this
Carey, Martha  Search this
Gates, Margaret Casey, 1903-1989  Search this
Rennie, Helen J., 1906-1989  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound cassette
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Sound recordings
Date:
1983 Oct. 22
Scope and Contents:
A panel discussion sponsored by the Phillips Collection. The participants speak of the activities of the Phillips School, the Phillips Studio House and Washington artists in the 1930s and 1940s. The participants are: Franz Bader, William Howard Calfee, Margaret Casey Gates, and Helen Rennie. Martha Carey is moderator.
Biographical / Historical:
Art museum; Washington, D.C. Founded in 1921 by collector and art connoisseur, Duncan Phillips, and his wife, Marjorie, upon opening his home to the public. Collection consists primarily of 19th and 20th century European and American art. In 1989 the Goh Annex was added to the original 1897 Georgian Revival house to expand the museums's exhibition space.
Provenance:
Donated 1983 by the Phillips Collection.
Restrictions:
Untranscribed; use is not recommended until item can be duplicated and user copy created.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- Washington (D.C.)
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.philcoll2
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-philcoll2

Phillips Collection panel discussion, 1983 Oct. 22

Creator:
Phillips Collection  Search this
Phillips Collection  Search this
Subject:
Gates, Margaret Casey  Search this
Rennie, Helen J.  Search this
Bader, Franz  Search this
Carey, Martha  Search this
Calfee, William H. (William Howard)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10126
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213032
AAA_collcode_philcoll2
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213032

Helen J. Rennie papers, 1920-1979

Creator:
Rennie, Helen J., 1906-1989  Search this
Rennie, Helen J., 1906-1989  Search this
Subject:
Artists Equity Association  Search this
Franz Bader Gallery  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Women  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8466
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210642
AAA_collcode_rennhele
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
Lives of American Artists
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210642

Mark Green papers, 1954-1991, bulk 1954-1978

Creator:
Green, Mark, 1932-  Search this
Green, Mark, 1932-  Search this
Subject:
Hull, Leonard  Search this
Kauffman, Bob  Search this
Johnson, Robert E. (Robert Emory)  Search this
Kessler, Chester  Search this
Kerouac, Jack  Search this
Mitchell, J. Oliver  Search this
Berman, Shirley  Search this
Coppola, Francis Ford  Search this
DeFeo, Jay  Search this
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence  Search this
Eisenlord, William J.  Search this
Frankenstein, Alfred V. (Alfred Victor)  Search this
Berman, Wallace  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Albright, Thomas  Search this
Rigney, Francis J. (Francis Joseph)  Search this
Stauber, Jerome  Search this
Rennie, Helen J.  Search this
Taylor, Edward Silverstone  Search this
Whalen, Philip  Search this
Nanny Goat Hill Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Writings
Photographs
Topic:
Poets -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Beat generation  Search this
Bohemianism -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Photography -- Exhibitions -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Photographers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Journalists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Photography -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8984
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211171
AAA_collcode_greemark
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211171
Online Media:

Mark Green papers

Creator:
Green, Mark L., 1932-2004  Search this
Names:
Nanny Goat Hill Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Albright, Thomas  Search this
Berman, Shirley  Search this
Berman, Wallace, 1926-1976  Search this
Coppola, Francis Ford, 1939-  Search this
DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989  Search this
Eisenlord, William J., 1926-1997  Search this
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence  Search this
Frankenstein, Alfred V. (Alfred Victor), 1906-1981  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-  Search this
Hull, Leonard  Search this
Johnson, Robert E. (Robert Emory), 1932-  Search this
Kauffman, Bob  Search this
Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969  Search this
Kessler, Chester  Search this
Mitchell, J. Oliver  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008 -- Photographs  Search this
Rennie, Helen J., 1906-1989  Search this
Rigney, Francis J. (Francis Joseph), 1923-  Search this
Stauber, Jerome  Search this
Taylor, Edward Silverstone  Search this
Whalen, Philip  Search this
Extent:
1.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Writings
Photographs
Date:
1954-1991
bulk 1954-1978
Summary:
The papers of San Francisco Beat era photographer, journalist, and poet Mark Green consist of correspondence, biographical information, photographs, Nanny Goat Hill Gallery exhibition announcements, printed materials, and exhibition files for "Rolling Renaissance" (1968) and "A Kind of Beatness: Photographs of a North Beach Era, 1950-1965" (1975) exhibitions that Green helped to organize. Photographs by Mark Green are of notable figures and places in the Beat movement, including Allen Ginsberg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Clyfford Still, as well as photographs by others of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Mark Green, and Jack Kerouac among others.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of San Francisco Beat photographer, journalist, and poet Mark Green consist of biographical information, correspondence, exhibition files, printed materials, scattered writings, and photographs. Photographs by Mark Green are of notable figures and places in the Beat movement, including Allen Ginsberg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Clyfford Still, as well as photographs by others of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Mark Green, and Jack Kerouac among others.

One folder of correspondence includes letters from Jay DeFeo, Wallace and Shirley Berman, and Robert Emory Johnson. Exhibition files are found for two Beat exhibitions that Mark Green assisted in organizing: "Rolling Renaissance", 1968 and "A Kind of Beatness: Photographs of a North Beach Era, 1950-1965", 1975. Exhibition files contain correspondence, photographs of work exhibited and installation views, clippings, announcements and catalogs. Photographs are of Thomas Albright, Francis Ford Coppola, Allen Ginsberg, Leonard Hull, Robert Emory Johnson, Bob Kauffman, J. Oliver Mitchell, Francis Rigney, Jerome Stauber, and Edward Silverstone Taylor. Correspondents include include Thomas Albright, Wallace Berman, Bill Eisenlord, Alfred Frankensten, Allen Ginsberg, Helen Johnson of the Focus Gallery, Robert Emory Johnson, Chester Kessler, and Philip Whalen.

Mark Green's writings include a history of the Nanny Goat Hill Gallery, a statement about his photography, and various notes.

Printed materials consist of clippings, exhibition announcements for the San Francisco area and Nanny Goat Hill Gallery, and comic books.

The series of photographs is particularly rich due to Green's thoughtful and informative reflections written on the back of many of the photographs. The majority of the photographs identify the photographer, sitter, date, and place. Many times, Green included his own recollections of the particular sitter or photographer as well. In addition to photographs of Mark Green, there are photographs taken by Green and others of important Beat Movement figures. There are also photographs of beatnick "hot-spots" including the Co-Existence Bagel Shop, The Cellar, and The Place.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 6 series:

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1967-1970s (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-1976 (Box 1, 3; 1 folder)

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1954-1975 (Box 1, 3; 13 folders)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1974-1978 (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1959-1978 (Box 1-3; 8 folders)

Series 6: Photographs, 1950s-1970s (Box 2-3; 0.3 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Mark Green (1932-) moved to San Francisco and became active in the "Beat Movement" as a photographer, writer, and arts advocate. He helped organize two major group exhibitions of beat-era arts and also founded the Nanny Goat Hill Gallery in San Francisco.

Green was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 1932, and attended the University of Miami, Florida from 1950-1952. After taking classes in journalism and philosophy, Green began a career in media and worked as a copy-boy, reporter, and correspondent at various newspapers throughout the United States until 1956.

In 1957, Green moved to San Francisco and worked as a bartender at the Co-Existence Bagel Shop, a local spot for Beat gatherings. It was during this time that Green became involved with the Beat Movement and the San Francisco Renaissance. Green became friends with "Beatnick" figures including Edward Silverstone Taylor and Patricia Marx who encouraged him to take up photography. Green's poems were published in Beatitude and The Real Bohemia.

A more prolific photographer than poet, Mark Green exhibited his photographs at Seven Arts Gallery, the Critic's Choice San Francisco Art Festival (1964), the Focus Gallery, and the "San Francisco Renaissance" at the Gotham Book Mart and Gallery (1975). He was active in organizing group exhibitions including the "Rolling Renaissance" (1968) and "A Kind of Beatness: Photographs of a North Beach Era, 1950-1965" (1975). Additionally, Green founded the Nanny Goat Hill Gallery (1972-1974) to give little-known artists an outlet to exhibit their works.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art holds an oral history interview with Robert Emory Johnson by Paul Karlstrom on March 14, 1975 that details the history of the Rolling Renaissance exhibition organized in part by Mark Green.
Provenance:
Mark Green donated his papers in 1974, 1976, 1979, and 1991.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers 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.
Topic:
Poets -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Beat generation  Search this
Bohemianism -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Photography -- Exhibitions -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Photographers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Journalists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Photography -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Writings
Photographs
Citation:
Mark Green papers, 1954-1991, bulk 1954-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.greemark
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Archival Repository:
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