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Oral history interview with William Thon, 1992 December 15-16

Interviewee:
Thon, William, 1906-2000  Search this
Thon, William, 1906-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Gruskin, Alan D. (Alan Daniel)  Search this
Gruskin, Mary J.  Search this
American Academy in Rome  Search this
Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Watercolorists -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Watercolor painting, American -- 20th century  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12542
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215160
AAA_collcode_thon92
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215160
Online Media:

Oral history interview with William Thon

Interviewee:
Thon, William, 1906-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
American Academy in Rome  Search this
Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Gruskin, Alan D. (Alan Daniel), 1904-1970  Search this
Gruskin, Mary J.  Search this
Extent:
52 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1992 December 15-16
Scope and Contents:
An interview of William Thon conducted 1992 December 15-16, by Robert Brown for the Archives of American Art, at the artist's home at Port Clyde, Maine. Thon discusses his childhood and education; early exhibitions; service in the Navy during World War II; being represented by Midtown Galleries from 1943 on; his dealers Alan and Mary Gruskin; moving to Maine; the importance to his art of Europe and his time spent at the American Academy in Rome; his painting technique; and his watercolors.
Biographical / Historical:
William Thon (1906-2000) was a painter from New York, N.Y. and Port Clyde, Maine. Studied at the Art Students League. Served as a trustee and artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 5 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. Funding for this interview provided by John W. Payson.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Painters -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Watercolorists -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Watercolor painting, American -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.thon92
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-thon92
Online Media:

William Thon papers

Creator:
Thon, William, 1906-2000  Search this
Names:
Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Extent:
7.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Place:
Maine -- Description and views
Date:
1925-2001
Scope and Contents:
Biographical information; correspondence; financial records; sketchbooks; printed material, including exhibition announcements and catalogs; photographs of Thon and his artwork; awards and medals regarding Thon's career as a painter. Among the correspondents are Thon's dealer, Alan Ruskin of Midtown Galleries, and artists Mildred Burrage, Emily Genauer, Lloyd Goodrich, Andrew Wyeth and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, watercolorist; Port Clyde, Me; b. 1906. d. 2000. Thon served as a trustee and artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome.
Provenance:
Donated 1999 by William and Helen Thon, in 2002 and 2004 by William and Helen Thon via Thon estate and in 2004 by the Portland Museum of Art via Daniel O'Leary, Director.
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 -- Maine  Search this
Watercolorists -- Maine  Search this
Landscape painters -- Maine  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.thonwill
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-thonwill

Carl N. Schmalz Jr. papers

Creator:
Schmalz, Carl N., Jr., 1926-2013  Search this
Extent:
7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Date:
1945-2013
Scope and Contents:
Personal papers of watercolorist and professor Carl N. Schmalz, Jr. include biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, writings and notes for lectures about art and artists, teaching files, exhibition files, personal financial records, loose printed material and a scrapbook of printed material, photographs of workshops and works of art, and reel- to- reel audio recordings of Schmalz's lectures.
Biographical / Historical:
Carl N. Schmalz, Jr. (1926-2013) was a watercolorist and professor in Brunswick, Maine and Amherst, Massachusetts. Schmalz taught at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine,1952-1962 and Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1962-1994.
Provenance:
Donated 2013 by Dolores Schmalz, wife of Carl N. Schmalz, Jr.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- Maine  Search this
Art teachers -- Massachusetts  Search this
Watercolorists -- Maine  Search this
Watercolorists -- Massachusetts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.schmcarl
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schmcarl

Waldo Peirce letters

Creator:
Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970  Search this
Names:
Davis, Sally Jane  Search this
Peirce, Alzira, 1908-  Search this
Extent:
23 Items ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1943
Scope and Contents:
Letters to Capt. Sally Jane Davis, W.A.C., April 12-May 18, 1943, who was later instrumental in having Peirce's wife, Alzira, released from the service. The letters and accompanying envelopes also include watercolor sketches and verse.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, watercolorist; Searsport, Maine.
Provenance:
Donated 1971 by Sally Davis, via Harry Lowe.
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:
Watercolorists -- Maine  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.peirwall
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-peirwall

Unser Kent / by W. P. ; with a portrait of the author by Rockwell Kent

Creator:
Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970  Search this
Names:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Extent:
[10] leaves (ill., 32 cm.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1930
Scope and Contents:
Satiric poem on Rockwell Kent by Peirce. Contains an inscription in French to "mon ami Walter Powers," 1934. The book includes a signed lithograph by Rockwell Kent entitled "The Olympian Peirce reading his terrific lines to a group of young ladies" and a watercolor and ink drawing by Peirce of flutist "Unser Kent." Peirce made two changes in the text. Also included is a clipping from ESQUIRE, November 1936, of a Peirce poem and illustration.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, watercolorist; Searsport, Maine.
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
[S.l.] : Privately printed 1930.
Provenance:
Donated 1986 by Peter Powers, son of Walter Powers to whom Peirce inscribed the book.
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:
Watercolorists -- Maine  Search this
Topic:
Illustration of books  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.peirwauk
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-peirwauk

Waldo Peirce papers

Creator:
Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970  Search this
Names:
American Ambulance Corps (Paris, France)  Search this
Eastman, Max, 1883-1969  Search this
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961  Search this
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Peirce, Alzira, 1908-  Search this
Peirce, Anna Gabrielle, 1937-  Search this
Peirce, Ellen Larsen  Search this
Peirce, Jonathan W.  Search this
Peirce, Michael, 1930-  Search this
Peirce, William, 1930-  Search this
Thomas, Elbert  Search this
Extent:
1.8 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 6 reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Date:
1903-1970
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; scrapbooks; photographs and photo albums; art works; sketchbooks; catalogs; and clippings.
REELS 162-163: 181 letters received and 32 letters sent; a copy of a speech, 1939, by Elbert Thomas on the Jefferson Memorial; watercolors; catalogs; and clippings.
REEL 2025: Three pencil drawings and 25 watercolors of Civil Defense classes, Haverstraw, New York, 1942.
REEL 2329: Two scrapbooks, 1955-1963, containing illustrated postcards and letters with illustrated envelopes which Peirce sent to his son Jonathan, while Jonathan was in school, a photo and a clipping; illustrated postcards and letters with illustrated envelopes from Peirce to Jonathan; a photo album, 1915-1917, of Peirce and others in the American Ambulance Corps in Paris; and a 1958 photo of Peirce and a 1959 photo of Peirce with Ernest Hemingway.
REEL 3025: Five sketchbooks, ca. 1929-1940, containing ca. 500 watercolor, pen and ink, pencil, and charcoal sketches of his children, Mike, Bill, and Anna, his wife, Alzira, scenes at Castine, Maine, friends, and other subjects.and 4 photograph albums, 1903-1956, containing snapshots of Peirce, his family, friends Ernest Hemingway, Max Eastman, Rockwell Kent, and others, taken mainly in France, Castine and Searsport, Maine, Key West, Florida and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
REEL 3470: A self-portrait sketch, ca. 1950.
UNMICROFILMED: Six sketchbooks, ca. 1920-1944, containing pencil sketches and notes.
REEL 1817 AND SCANNED: Five photographs of Waldo Peirce, previously microfilmed under Photos of Artists II, and subsequently scanned and returned to the Peirce papers.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, watercolorist; Searsport, Maine.
Provenance:
Material on reels 162-163 and 1817 lent for microfilming 1972-1973 by Ellen Peirce, Peirce's fourth wife and widow. She donated material on reel 2025 and sketchbooks on reel 3025, 1980-1983. Material on reel 2329 lent for microfilming 1981 by Jonathan W. Peirce, son of Ellen & Waldo Peirce; photographs on reel 3025 and unmicrofimed sketchbooks deposited 1978 by Michael Peirce, son of Alzira & Waldo Peirce; sketch on reel 3470 donated 1977 by John L. Jones.
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:
Watercolorists -- Maine  Search this
Topic:
Watercolor painting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.peirwald
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-peirwald

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