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Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, Rubber-Crafters, Smithville, West Virginia, Factory workers sewed the fabric panels on industrial sewing machines and then folded the panels for insertion in nylon bags

Artist:
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, active 1958  Search this
Christo, born Gabrovo, Bulgaria 1935-died New York City 2020  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, born Casablanca, Morocco 1935-died New York City 2009  Search this
Photographer:
Gianfranco Gorgoni, Italian, born Rome, Italy 1941  Search this
Medium:
black and white photograph
Dimensions:
15 3/4 x 23 1/4 in. (40 x 59.1 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
Spring/Summer 1976
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Occupation\industry\construction  Search this
Architecture Interior\industry\factory  Search this
Modern art movement\installation exterior\Running Fence  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Copyright:
Photograph © Gianfranco Gorgoni, 1978
Object number:
RF.3.117
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edanmdm:saam_RF.3.117

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, Christo on intercom in cab of truck

Artist:
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, active 1958  Search this
Christo, born Gabrovo, Bulgaria 1935-died New York City 2020  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, born Casablanca, Morocco 1935-died New York City 2009  Search this
Photographer:
Wolfgang Volz, German, born Tuttlingen, Germany 1948  Search this
Sitter:
Christo  Search this
Medium:
black and white photograph
Dimensions:
15 3/4 x 23 1/4 in. (40.0 x 59.1 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
Mid-August 1976
Topic:
Occupation\industry\construction  Search this
Architecture\vehicle\truck  Search this
Modern art movement\installation exterior\Running Fence  Search this
Portrait male\bust  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Copyright:
© 1976, Christo
Object number:
RF.3.146
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edanmdm:saam_RF.3.146

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, Jeanne-Claude in cab of truck

Artist:
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, active 1958  Search this
Christo, born Gabrovo, Bulgaria 1935-died New York City 2020  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, born Casablanca, Morocco 1935-died New York City 2009  Search this
Photographer:
Wolfgang Volz, German, born Tuttlingen, Germany 1948  Search this
Sitter:
Jeanne-Claude  Search this
Medium:
black and white photograph
Dimensions:
15 3/4 x 23 1/4 in. (40.0 x 59.1 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
Mid-August 1976
Topic:
Occupation\industry\construction  Search this
Architecture\vehicle\truck  Search this
Modern art movement\installation exterior\Running Fence  Search this
Portrait female  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Copyright:
© 1976, Christo
Object number:
RF.3.152
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edanmdm:saam_RF.3.152

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, Detail of the hydraulics of the anchor driver machine

Artist:
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, active 1958  Search this
Christo, born Gabrovo, Bulgaria 1935-died New York City 2020  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, born Casablanca, Morocco 1935-died New York City 2009  Search this
Photographer:
Wolfgang Volz, German, born Tuttlingen, Germany 1948  Search this
Medium:
black and white photograph
Dimensions:
15 3/4 x 23 1/4 in. (40.0 x 59.1 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
April 29-August 20, 1976
Topic:
Occupation\industry\construction  Search this
Architecture\machine  Search this
Modern art movement\installation exterior\Running Fence  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Copyright:
© 1976, Christo
Object number:
RF.3.159
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edanmdm:saam_RF.3.159

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, Engineer in cab of truck recording data on anchors

Artist:
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, active 1958  Search this
Christo, born Gabrovo, Bulgaria 1935-died New York City 2020  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, born Casablanca, Morocco 1935-died New York City 2009  Search this
Photographer:
Gianfranco Gorgoni, Italian, born Rome, Italy 1941  Search this
Medium:
black and white photograph
Dimensions:
23 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (59.1 x 40.0 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
April 29-August 20, 1976
Topic:
Occupation\industry\construction  Search this
Architecture\vehicle\truck  Search this
Modern art movement\installation exterior\Running Fence  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Copyright:
Photograph © Gianfranco Gorgoni, 1978
Object number:
RF.3.176
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edanmdm:saam_RF.3.176

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, Kenneth Williamsen

Artist:
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, active 1958  Search this
Christo, born Gabrovo, Bulgaria 1935-died New York City 2020  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, born Casablanca, Morocco 1935-died New York City 2009  Search this
Photographer:
Gianfranco Gorgoni, Italian, born Rome, Italy 1941  Search this
Sitter:
Kenneth Williamsen  Search this
Medium:
black and white photograph
Dimensions:
15 3/4 x 23 1/4 in. (40.0 x 59.1 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1973-1976
Topic:
Architecture\vehicle\truck  Search this
Modern art movement\installation exterior\Running Fence  Search this
Occupation\farm\rancher  Search this
Portrait male\full length  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Copyright:
Photograph © Gianfranco Gorgoni, 1978
Object number:
RF.3.185
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edanmdm:saam_RF.3.185

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, Valley Ford viewed through diner window looking towards Post Office

Artist:
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, active 1958  Search this
Christo, born Gabrovo, Bulgaria 1935-died New York City 2020  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, born Casablanca, Morocco 1935-died New York City 2009  Search this
Photographer:
Wolfgang Volz, German, born Tuttlingen, Germany 1948  Search this
Medium:
black and white photograph
Dimensions:
23 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (59.1 x 40.0 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
September 10-20, 1976
Topic:
Architecture\detail\window  Search this
Architecture Exterior\commercial\gas station  Search this
Modern art movement\installation exterior\Running Fence  Search this
Landscape\California\Valley Ford  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Copyright:
© 1976, Christo
Object number:
RF.3.187
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edanmdm:saam_RF.3.187

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Volkerts

Artist:
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, active 1958  Search this
Christo, born Gabrovo, Bulgaria 1935-died New York City 2020  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, born Casablanca, Morocco 1935-died New York City 2009  Search this
Photographer:
Gianfranco Gorgoni, Italian, born Rome, Italy 1941  Search this
Sitter:
Barbara Volkerts  Search this
Wilbur Volkerts  Search this
Medium:
black and white photograph
Dimensions:
15 3/4 x 23 1/4 in. (40.0 x 59.1 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1973-1976
Topic:
Architecture Exterior\other\swimming pool  Search this
Modern art movement\installation exterior\Running Fence  Search this
Occupation\farm\rancher  Search this
Portrait female\waist length  Search this
Portrait male\waist length  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Copyright:
Photograph © Gianfranco Gorgoni, 1978
Object number:
RF.3.189
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edanmdm:saam_RF.3.189

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76

Artist:
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, active 1958  Search this
Christo, born Gabrovo, Bulgaria 1935-died New York City 2020  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, born Casablanca, Morocco 1935-died New York City 2009  Search this
Photographer:
Wolfgang Volz, German, born Tuttlingen, Germany 1948  Search this
Medium:
color photograph
Dimensions:
15 3/4 x 23 1/4 in. (40.0 x 59.1 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
September 10-20, 1976
Topic:
Landscape\California  Search this
Landscape\California  Search this
Architecture\detail\fence  Search this
Modern art movement\installation exterior\Running Fence  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Copyright:
© 1976, Christo
Object number:
RF.3.208
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edanmdm:saam_RF.3.208

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, Segment 8: Beginning of Segment 8 across from the Post Office

Artist:
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, active 1958  Search this
Christo, born Gabrovo, Bulgaria 1935-died New York City 2020  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, born Casablanca, Morocco 1935-died New York City 2009  Search this
Photographer:
Wolfgang Volz, German, born Tuttlingen, Germany 1948  Search this
Medium:
black and white photograph
Dimensions:
28 x 28 in. (71.1 x 71.1 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
September 10-20, 1976
Topic:
Figure(s) in exterior  Search this
Architecture\vehicle\motorcycle  Search this
Modern art movement\installation exterior\Running Fence  Search this
Landscape\California\Valley Ford  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Copyright:
© 1976, Christo
Object number:
RF.3.227
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edanmdm:saam_RF.3.227

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, Segment 21

Artist:
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, active 1958  Search this
Christo, born Gabrovo, Bulgaria 1935-died New York City 2020  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, born Casablanca, Morocco 1935-died New York City 2009  Search this
Photographer:
Wolfgang Volz, German, born Tuttlingen, Germany 1948  Search this
Medium:
black and white photograph
Dimensions:
28 x 39 in. (71.1 x 99.1 cm)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
September 10-20, 1976
Topic:
Landscape\California  Search this
Architecture Exterior\domestic\house  Search this
Modern art movement\installation exterior\Running Fence  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Copyright:
© 1976, Christo
Object number:
RF.3.44
Restrictions & Rights:
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GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_RF.3.44

A Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latina/o Art

Author:
Anreus, Alejandro  Search this
Greeley, Robin Adèle  Search this
Sullivan, Megan A  Search this
Arnold, Dana  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (724 pages)
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
Date:
2021
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1155927

Oral history interview with Edgar Tafel

Interviewee:
Tafel, Edgar  Search this
Interviewer:
Rifkind, Carole  Search this
Names:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Van Alen, William, 1883-1954  Search this
Wolfe, Tom  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959  Search this
Extent:
128 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1990 May 16-July 24
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Edgar Tafel conducted 1990 May 16-July 24, by Carol Rifkind, for the Archives of American Art.
Tafel discusses his apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright and his subsequent architectural career. He recalls William Van Alen, Tom Wolfe, and the construction of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Biographical / Historical:
Edgar Tafel (1912-2011) was an architect from New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 15 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:
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Architects -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.tafel90
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96fa273fb-bd6c-459d-bad0-5a0bb584e18f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tafel90
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Letters and clippings relating to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Creator:
Bodin, Paul, 1910-1994  Search this
Names:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Guggenheim, Harry Frank, 1890-1971  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959  Search this
Extent:
20 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1956-1958
Scope and Contents:
Various versions of an open letter to Mr. James Johnson Sweeney, Director, and Trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum sent to the press, urging that Frank Lloyd Wright's spiral ramp design for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's new building at 5th Ave. and 88th St. be reconsidered. The final version was signed by 21 artists.
Also included are a list of publications to which the letter was sent; a response from Harry F. Guggenheim, chairman of the Board of Trustees, to Paul Bodin; eight clippings pertaining to the controversy and the completed design; and a note, "Paul-Use my name It's OK Si".
Artists who signed the letter include: Calvin Albert, Milton Avery, Will Barnet, Paul Bodin, Henry Botkin, Byron Browne, Herman Cherry, George Constant, Willem de Kooning, Herbert Ferber, Adolph Gottlieb, Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Seymour Lipton, Sally Michel, George L.K. Morris, Robert Motherwell, Charles Schucker, John Sennhauser, Leon P. Smith, Jack Tworkov.
Other Title:
Guggenheim Museum Papers (microfilm title)
Provenance:
Provenance is unknown; possibly donated by Paul Bodin.
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.
Topic:
Art, Abstract -- United States  Search this
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.bodipaug
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99a77080e-34e0-44e3-a528-282d70f11200
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bodipaug

Eric Gugler papers

Creator:
Gugler, Eric, 1889-1974  Search this
Names:
Cornell, Katharine, 1893-1974  Search this
Gugler, Frida  Search this
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962  Search this
Extent:
34.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Watercolors
Glass plate negatives
Paintings
Photographs
Blueprints
Date:
1889-1977
Summary:
The papers of architect and painter Eric Gugler measure 34.4 linear feet and date from 1889-1977. Found within the papers are biographical materials, including papers relating to the Gugler family, personal and business correspondence, writings, project files for commercial and residential commissions, personal business records, photographic materials, including 180 glass plate slides, and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of architect and painter Eric Gugler measure 34.4 linear feet and date from 1889-1977. Found within the papers are biographical materials, including papers relating to the Gugler family, personal and business correspondence, writings, project files for commercial and residential commissions, personal business records, photographic materials, including 180 glass plate slides, and artwork.

Biographical materials include certificates, official documents, curriculum vitae, and histories of the Gugler family. Correspondence consists of professional letters regarding prospective and active projects, and personal correspondence from friends and family, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Katherine Cornell, and Paul Manship. Writings include book proposal drafts, essays, notes, speeches, and writings by others.

Project files consist of correspondence, architectural sketches, blueprints, and photographic and printed materials related to Gugler's work on commercial, residential, governmental, and memorial commissions. Renderings of specific design objects, sculptures, and Gugler's collaborative work on preservation efforts are also included.

Personal business records include correspondence related to Gugler's firm, including office leases, prospective client lists, and service fees. Printed material consists of clippings, exhibition material, postcards, and other miscellaneous items.

Photographic materials are of Eric Gugler and members of the Gugler family. Artwork includes sketches, watercolors, paintings, photographs of artwork, and artwork by Frida Gugler.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series. Glass plate slides are housed separately and closed to researchers, but listed where they fall intellectually within the collection.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1898-1975 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1, OV 33)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1906-1974 (4 linear feet; Boxes 1-5, 20, OV 33)

Series 3: Writings, 1932-1973 (16 folders; Box 5)

Series 4: Project Files, 1889-1977 (28.2 linear feet; Boxes 5-18, 20-24, 70-72, OV 25-31, OV 33-49, RD 50-51, 53-69)

Series 5: Personal Business Records, 1928-1972 (0.3 linear feet; Box 18)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1923-1977 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 19, 24)

Series 7: Photographic Materials, 1890-1966 (9 folders; Box 19)

Series 8: Artwork, 1895-1970 (0.4 linear feet; Box 19, OV 32)
Biographical / Historical:
Architect and painter Eric Gugler (1889-1974) lived and worked in New York City, New York. Known for his work on monuments and memorials, Gugler was selected by President Roosevelt to head the redesign and building of the White House's West Wing in 1934.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to lithographer Julius Gugler and his wife, Bertha Bremer, Gugler attended Columbia University and received a three year scholarship to continue his studies at the American Academy in Rome. In 1919, he opened his architectural firm on Park Avenue in New York City and began accepting residential and commercial commissions. In addition to designing buildings and houses for clients, Gugler also completed smaller design objects for ceiling details, sculptures, murals, and decorative structures. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, his firm won commissions to complete World War I Memorials in New York and Chicago, Illinois, and also received a major commission to design the Educational Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Around this time, Gugler married Broadway actress and dancer Anne Tonetti and designed a second residence in the artist's community of Sneden's Landing, New York.

Gugler's interest and willingness to work on large scale memorials and institutional buildings aided in his appointment to a number of prominent commissions in the 1930s to the 1950s. These include the design of the White House's West Wing and the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial in Italy, new construction and renovations to the Forman School (Conn.) and Wabash College (Ind.), and the building of residential houses for Katherine Cornell, Barry Faukner, and Paul Manship. In the 1960s, he was selected to head memorial designs for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt Memorials in Washington, D.C., and also spent considerable time and energy developing the "Hall of Our History" project. Gugler remained active designing and working on projects until his death in 1974.
Related Materials:
The White House Historical Association's Office of the Curator holds additional Eric Gugler Papers related to the expansion and redesign of the West Wing in 1934.
Provenance:
The papers were donated in 1977 by Gugler's wife, Anne Tonetti Gugler. Additional materials were donated between 1979 and 1980 by Gugler's business associate, Ferdinand Eiseman.
Restrictions:
Use of 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:
Architects as artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Architecture -- Designs and plans  Search this
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Architects -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Watercolors
Glass plate negatives
Paintings
Photographs
Blueprints
Citation:
Eric Gugler papers, 1889-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.gugleric
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a729ea25-2ca9-4693-95a4-2f15b5651aab
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gugleric
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Esther McCoy papers

Creator:
McCoy, Esther  Search this
Names:
Historic American Buildings Survey  Search this
Society of Architectural Historians  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles. School of Architecture and Urban Planning  Search this
Ain, Gregory, 1908-1988  Search this
Barragán, Luis, 1902-  Search this
Bradbury, Ray, 1920-2012  Search this
Davidson, Julius Ralph, b. 1889  Search this
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945  Search this
Ellwood, Craig  Search this
Gill, Irving, 1870-1936  Search this
Grotz, Dorothy  Search this
Hollein, Hans, 1934-2014  Search this
Jones, A. Quincy (Archie Quincy), 1913-1979  Search this
Maybeck, Bernard R.  Search this
Neutra, Richard Joseph, 1892-1970  Search this
O'Gorman, Juan, 1905-  Search this
Rand, Marvin  Search this
Schindler, R. M. (Rudolph M.), 1887-1953  Search this
Shulman, Julius  Search this
Soriano, Rafael, 1920-  Search this
Watanabe, Makoto  Search this
Worlidge, T. (Thomas), 1700-1766  Search this
Extent:
44 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Etchings
Photographs
Sound recordings
Interviews
Video recordings
Slides (photographs)
Transcripts
Drawings
Memoirs
Date:
circa 1876-1990
bulk 1938-1989
Summary:
The papers of Southern California architectural historian, critic, and writer Esther McCoy measure 44.0 linear feet and date from 1876 to 1990 (bulk 1938-1989). McCoy was interested in both Italian and Mexican architecture as well as the folk art and crafts of Mexico and South America. The collection documents McCoy's career, as well as her family and personal life through biographical material, extensive correspondence, personal and professional writings, project files, Southern California architects' files, clippings and other printed material, a large collection of photographs and slides, and taped interviews of Southern California modern architects.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Southern California architectural historian, critic, and writer Esther McCoy measure 44.0 linear feet and date from 1876 to 1990 (bulk 1938-1989). McCoy was interested in both Italian and Mexican architecture as well as the folk art and crafts of Mexico and South America. The collection documents McCoy's career, as well as her family and personal life through biographical material, extensive correspondence, personal and professional writings, project files, Southern California architects' files, clippings and other printed material, a large collection of photographs and slides, and taped interviews of Southern California modern architects.

Biographical and family material consists of awards, resumes, identification documents, and other documentation of McCoy's personal life. Included are a transcript of a 1984 interview of McCoy by Makoto Watanabe and material relating to her friend, Theodore Dreiser.

Correspondence focuses on her personal relationships with family, friends, and lovers, and general correspondence relating primarily to her work as a writer. McCoy's personal correspondence is valuable to researchers who are interested in her personal life, her struggles as a young writer, and the way in which her family, friends, lovers, mentors, and colleagues helped to shape her work and career. As documented in this correspondence, her life offers a glimpse into twentieth-century American social and political history, especially the radical leftist movements of the 1920s and 1930s. Researchers interested in the roots of feminism in the United States should also find these papers useful in documenting the life of a creative and productive woman who was successful in a field then almost entirely dominated by men. Correspondents of note include her husband Berkeley Tobey, lovers Geoffrey Eaton and Albert Robert, writers Ray Bradbury and Theodore Dreiser, and artists and architects, such as Dorothy Grotz, Craig Ellwood, A. Quincy Jones, Hans Hollein, and J. R. Davidson. General correspondence is primarily with researchers, professors, architects, publishers, and professional organizations.

Personal writings include McCoy's diaries, notebooks, and memoirs, and writings by others including friends, lovers, and colleagues. Also included are drafts of McCoy's fictional works, both published and unpublished, including short stories, teleplays, and novels.

The collection contains in-depth documentation of McCoy's pioneering study of the modernist work of twentieth-century architects in Southern California. The bulk of her papers consist of her writing files for books, exhibition catalogs, articles, and lectures on architecture. Because many of the architects about whom McCoy wrote were her contemporaries, she developed personal relationships with several of them through her research and writing. Her writing files include drafts, notes, research material, photographs, and correspondence. McCoy also traveled extensively, particularly in Italy and Mexico, and wrote about architecture, craft, and culture in those countries. Project files document McCoy's other activities related to architectural history, such preservation projects, juries, grants, the Dodge House Preservation Campaign and related film project, her work for the Society of Architectural Historians and the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), and her work at the UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning, compiling a slide library and cataloging the Richard Neutra's papers. McCoy also maintained architect files which may contain correspondence, notes, photographs, research material, interview transcripts, about architects and their works. Among these extensive records, the files documenting the careers of R. M. Schindler, Irving Gill, Richard Neutra, and Juan O'Gorman are particularly rich.

Printed material in this collection documents McCoy's career as well as her personal interests. Included are books, clippings, magazines, newsletters, press releases, as well as publications arranged by subject such as architecture, art, Italy, and Mexico. McCoy also collected literary and leftist publications. The small amount of artwork in this collection consists of artwork sent to her by friends, including a drawing of her by Esther Rollo and etchings by various artists including Thomas Worlidge.

There are personal photographs of family and friends and of McCoy at different times in her life, as well as photographs gathered during the course of her research on architecture. Found here are photographs of architects and their works, including a large number depicting the work of Gregory Ain, Luis Barragan, J. R. Davidson, Irving Gill, Bernard Maybeck, Juan O'Gorman, R. M. Schindler, and Raphael Soriano. Many of these photographs were taken by notable architectural photographers Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand. Also found are photographs of architecture designed for the Case Study House program of Arts & Architecture magazine; exhibition photographs, primarily for the exhibition "Ten Italian Architects" in 1967; and other research photographs primarily documenting architecture and craft in other countries and the history of architecture in California. This series also includes approximately 3,600 slides of architecture.

Audio and video recordings include a videocassette of McCoy's 80th birthday party and 55 taped interviews with architects, people associated with architectural projects, and artists.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 10 series:

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Series 1: Biographical and Family Material, 1881-1989 (boxes 1, 48; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1896-1989 (boxes 1-6, 4.9 linear feet)

Series 3: Personal Writings, 1919-1989 (boxes 6-14; 8.1 linear feet)

Series 4: Architectural Writings, 1908-1990 (boxes 14-24, 42, 49, 50; 10.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Projects, circa 1953-1988 (boxes 24-26, 47, FC 53-56; 2.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Architect Files, 1912-1990 (boxes 26-28, 42; 2.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1885-1990 (boxes 28-31, 42; 2.9 linear feet)

Series 8: Artwork, 1924-1967, undated (box 31; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 9: Photographs and Slides, circa 1876-1989 (boxes 31-38, 41-46, 51; 8.3 linear feet)

Series 10: Audio and Video Recordings, 1930-1984 (boxes 38-40, 47; 2.5 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Esther McCoy (1904-1989) is remembered best for her pioneering work as an architectural historian, critic, and proponent of Southern California modern architecture of the early to mid-twentieth century. McCoy was interested in both Italian and Mexican architecture as well as the folk art and crafts of Mexico and South America. Although her professional interests ranged from writing fiction to studying the folk architecture and crafts of Mexico, McCoy achieved her most notable success for her numerous articles, books, and exhibitions about Southern California architecture and the architects associated with the modernist movement.

Born in Arkansas in 1904, Esther McCoy grew up in Kansas and attended various schools in the Midwest. In 1926 she left the University of Michigan to launch a writing career in New York, where she moved in avant-garde literary circles and conducted research for Theodore Dreiser. She began writing fiction in New York and continued to write after moving to Los Angeles in 1932, working on short stories, novels, and screenplays. She published numerous short stories between 1929 and 1962, with works appearing in the New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, and university quarterlies. Her short story, "The Cape," was reprinted in Best Short Stories of 1950. Many of the novels that she wrote from the mid-1960s through the 1980s were related thematically to architects and architecture.

During the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s, McCoy participated in the politically radical movements of the period and wrote for leftist publications. Her interest in the lowcost housing projects of modern architects was prompted by one of her articles about slums for Epic News. During World War II she entered a training program for engineering draftsmen at Douglas Aircraft and in 1944 was hired as an architectural draftsman for the architect R.M. Schindler. As she became increasingly interested in modern architecture and design, she combined her two major career interests and began to focus her energies on architectural research, writing, and criticism. Her first article on architecture, "Schindler: Space Architect," was published in 1945 in the journal Direction.

McCoy began writing about architecture in earnest in 1950 as a free-lance contributor to the Los Angeles Times. From then until her death in 1989, she wrote prolifically for Arts & Architecture magazine, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Architectural Record, L'Architectura, Zodiac (Italy), Progressive Architecture, Lotus (Italy), and Architectural Forum. In addition to her numerous articles, McCoy wrote several books on Southern California modern architecture and architects. Her first major work, Five California Architects, published in 1960, is now recognized as a classic work in modern architectural history. It promoted a serious study of modern architecture in Southern California and introduced to the world several leading California architects and their work: Bernard Maybeck, Irving Gill, Charles and Henry Greene, and R.M. Schindler. That same year, she published another important book focusing on the work of the California architect Richard Neutra. Other books by McCoy include Modern California Houses: Case Study Houses (1962), Craig Ellwood (1968), Vienna to Los Angeles: Two Journeys (1979), and The Second Generation (1984).

In addition to these books, McCoy organized and wrote catalogs for several significant exhibitions focusing on contemporary architects. Her first was the R.M. Schindler Retrospective, a 1954 exhibition at the Landau Art Gallery in Los Angeles. Her other exhibitions and accompanying catalogs include Roots of California Contemporary Architecture, 1956, Los Angeles Municipal Art Department; Felix Candela, 1957, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Irving Gill, 1958, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Juan O'Gorman, 1964, San Fernando Valley State College; and Ten Italian Architects, 1967, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Moreover, McCoy contributed numerous essays to other exhibition catalogs and publications, lectured at the University of Southern California, participated in preservation projects, organized tours for the Society of Architectural Historians, and contributed to a number of documentary films. Her energy and interests also led her to catalog and transcribe Richard Neutra's papers at the University of California Los Angeles Archives.

McCoy received national recognition from the American Institute of Architects for her seminal and prolific work in the field of Southern California modern architectural history and criticism. Her interests, however, were not exclusively bound to California. She traveled the world and was interested in both Italian and Mexican architecture as well as the folk art and crafts of Mexico and South America. She made five extended trips to Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, publishing regularly about the architecture there and curating the exhibition Ten Italian Architects. She was a contributing editor to two Italian journals, Zodiac and Lotus, and was awarded the Star of Order of Solidarity in 1960 by the Republic of Italy for her research and writing.

Esther McCoy died of emphysema on December 30, 1989, at the age of eighty-five. Her last contribution was an essay for the exhibition catalog Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study House. The show opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles one month before her death.

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1904 -- Born November 18 in Horatio, Arkansas. Raised in Kansas.

1920 -- Attended preparatory school at Central College for Women, Lexington, Missouri.

1922-1925 -- College education: Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; University of Michigan.

1924 -- Visited Theodore Dreiser in Michigan.

1926-1938 -- Began writing in New York City.

1926-1938 -- Researched and read for Theodore Dreiser.

1926-1938 -- Worked for editorial offices and publishers.

1926-1938 -- Traveled to write in Paris (1928), Key West, Florida (1930), and Los Angeles, California (1932-1935).

1938 -- Moved to Santa Monica, California.

1941 -- Married Berkeley Greene Tobey.

1942-1944 -- Employed as engineering draftsman at Douglas Aircraft.

1944-1947 -- Worked as architectural draftsman for R.M. Schindler.

1945 -- Began architectural writing career.

1950 -- Wrote script for film Architecture West.

1950 -- Joined editorial board of Arts & Architecture.

1950-1968 -- Worked as free-lance writer for the Los Angeles Times.

1951-1955 -- Traveled to, researched, and wrote about Mexico and Mexican art and architecture.

1954 -- R.M. Schindler Retrospective exhibition at the Landau Art Gallery, Los Angeles.

1956 -- Roots of California Contemporary Architecture exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Art Department.

1957 -- Felix Candela exhibition, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

1958 -- Irving Gill exhibition, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Traveled to Italy.

1959-1968 -- Contributing editor to Italian periodicals Zodiac and Lotus.

1960 -- Five California Architects (New York: Reinhold).

1960 -- Richard Neutra (New York: G. Braziller).

1960 -- Awarded Star of Order of Solidarity by the Republic of Italy for reporting on arts and crafts in Italy.

1962 -- Death of Berkeley Greene Tobey.

1962 -- Modern California Houses: Case Study Houses (New York: Reinhold) (reprinted as Case Study Houses, Los Angeles: Hennessey and Ingalls, 1978).

1963 -- Resident Fellow at Huntington Hartford Foundation.

1964 -- Juan O'Gorman exhibition, San Fernando Valley State College, Northridge, Calif.

1965 -- Consultant for the California Arts Commission.

1965-1966 -- Wrote and produced the film Dodge House.

1965-1968 -- Lecturer at University of California at Los Angeles, School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

1966 -- Resident Fellow at MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire.

1967 -- Ten Italian Architects exhibition, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

1967 -- Honorary Associate of the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

1967 -- Regents' Lecturer at University of California, Santa Barbara.

1968 -- Craig Ellwood (New York: Walker).

1968 -- Distinguished Service Citation from the California Council of AIA.

1969-1970 -- Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

1969-1989 -- Contributing editor of Progressive Architecture.

1971-1978 -- Graham Foundation Grants.

1974 -- Regents' Lecturer at the University of California,Santa Cruz.

1979 -- Vienna to Los Angeles: Two Journeys (Santa Monica, Calif.: Arts & Architecture Press).

1979 -- Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

1981 -- Los Angeles Chapter Women's Architectural League Honorary Member.

1982 -- Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Modern and Contemporary Art Council Award for Distinguished Achievement.

1983 -- Home Sweet Home: The California Ranch House exhibition at California State University.

1984 -- The Second Generation (Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith Books).

1985 -- American Institute of Architects, Institute Honor.

1986 -- High Styles exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

1987 -- Vesta Award for outstanding scholarship.

1989 -- Award from the Historical Society of Southern California.

1989 -- Award from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

1989 -- Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study House exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Died in Santa Monica, California, December 30.
Related Material:
Also in the Archives of American Art are eight sound cassettes of a transcribed interview with Esther McCoy conducted by Joseph Giovannini, June 8-November 14, 1987.
Provenance:
The collection was given to the Archives of American Art by Esther McCoy in 1986. Before her death in 1989, McCoy assisted in the organization and identification of the papers. Original pre-print film elements for Dodge House 1916 were donated to the Archives of American Art by the Academy Film Archive in 2018.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual recordings without access copies 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.
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Architectural historians -- California  Search this
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Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- Mexico  Search this
Architects -- Italy  Search this
Architecture, Domestic -- California  Search this
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Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California  Search this
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- Europe  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Diaries
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Sound recordings
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Video recordings
Slides (photographs)
Transcripts
Drawings
Memoirs
Citation:
Esther McCoy papers, circa 1876-1990, bulk 1938-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Catha Grace Rambusch collection of papers on architecture, 1921-1975

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Rambusch, Catha Grace  Search this
Subject:
Knight, Harry  Search this
Stea, Cesare  Search this
Bauer, Albert Bela  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Citation:
Catha Grace Rambusch collection of papers on architecture, 1921-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Architecture and state -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
New Deal  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5877
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208717
AAA_collcode_rambcath
Theme:
New Deal
Architecture & Design
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208717

Raymond Mathewson Hood papers, 1903-1931

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Hood, Raymond Mathewson, 1881-1934  Search this
Subject:
Tribune Tower (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
McGraw-Hill building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Scottish Rite Masonic Temple (Scranton, Pa.)  Search this
Type:
Aquatints
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Architectural drawings
Citation:
Raymond Mathewson Hood papers, 1903-1931. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Architecture -- Competitions  Search this
Architecture -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Designs and plans  Search this
Theme:
Architecture & Design  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7798
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209964
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Theme:
Architecture & Design
Lives of artists
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Archives of American Art
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Walter and Ise Gropius papers, 1883-1981

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Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969  Search this
Gropius, Ise, 1897-1983  Search this
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Aalto, Alvar  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
artók, Béla  Search this
Bayer, Herbert  Search this
Breuer, Marcel  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Cascieri, Arcangelo  Search this
Chermayeff, Serge  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel  Search this
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Huxley, Julian  Search this
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Petit, Claude  Search this
Pritchard, Jack  Search this
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Schwitters, Kurt  Search this
Sert, José Luis  Search this
Stravinsky, Igor  Search this
Tange, Kenzō  Search this
Werfel, Franz  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd  Search this
Gropius, Walter  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold)  Search this
Scharoun, Hans  Search this
Wachsmann, Konrad  Search this
Beckmann, Hannes  Search this
Chermayeff, Ivan  Search this
Klarmann, Adolf D.  Search this
Koch, Helmut  Search this
Miró, Joan  Search this
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Bauhaus  Search this
Walter Gropius Foundation  Search this
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Citation:
Walter and Ise Gropius papers, 1883-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- Germany  Search this
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Industrial design  Search this
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Diaries  Search this
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Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8295
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210466
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Theme:
Diaries
Photography
Architecture & Design
Lives of artists
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Esther McCoy papers, circa 1876-1990, bulk 1938-1989

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McCoy, Esther, 1904-1989  Search this
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Rand, Marvin  Search this
Grotz, Dorothy  Search this
Gill, Irving  Search this
Jones, A. Quincy (Archie Quincy)  Search this
Barragán, Luis  Search this
Dreiser, Theodore  Search this
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Hollein, Hans  Search this
Ain, Gregory  Search this
Ellwood, Craig  Search this
Davidson, Julius Ralph  Search this
Watanabe, Makoto  Search this
Maybeck, Bernard R.  Search this
Neutra, Richard Joseph  Search this
Worlidge, T. (Thomas)  Search this
Schindler, R. M. (Rudolph M.)  Search this
Shulman, Julius  Search this
Soriano, Rafael  Search this
O'Gorman, Juan  Search this
Historic American Buildings Survey  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles. School of Architecture and Urban Planning  Search this
Society of Architectural Historians  Search this
Type:
Diaries
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Interviews
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Citation:
Esther McCoy papers, circa 1876-1990, bulk 1938-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- Mexico  Search this
Architects -- Italy  Search this
Architecture, Domestic -- California  Search this
Authors -- California  Search this
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California  Search this
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- Europe  Search this
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Latino and Latin American  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5502
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210977
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Architecture & Design
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