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Ruth Armer papers, 1911-1976

Creator:
Armer, Ruth, 1896-1977  Search this
Topic:
Women painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8803
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210988
AAA_collcode_armeruth
Theme:
Women
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210988

Ruth Armer papers

Creator:
Armer, Ruth, 1896-1977  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet (ca. 550 items (on 2 partial reels of microfilm))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1911-1976
Scope and Contents:
Reel 2200: 27 letters received, 1918-1951; a scrapbook, 1911-1971, containing clippings and printed material pertaining to exhibitions and her painting technique; business papers, 1931-1936; writings and notes, undated; clippings and printed miscellany, 1914-1974.
Reel 4046: ca. 200 photographs of paintings and sculpture by Armer, and of gallery installations of her work; 8 letters received, 1925-1976; writings and notes; resumes; bookplates designed by Armer; and printed miscellany.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; San Francisco, Calif.; b. 1896; d. 1977. Armer studied at the Mark Hopkins and later in New York City with Henri, Bellows, and Sloan. During her career she worked as a commercial illustrator as well as a landscape and portrait artist. In the late thirties she experimented with abstraction, a tendency reinforced by contact with the California School of Fine Arts abstract expressionist movement in the late forties. She taught for years in the Bay area and was an active exhibiting artist until her death.
Provenance:
Material on reel 2200 donated 1974 by Ruth Armer; material on reel 4046 donated 1986 by John and Robert Brantsen.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Women painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.armeruth
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-armeruth

[Photographs of artists taken by Mimi Jacobs, photographer]

Photographer:
Jacobs, Mimi  Search this
Names:
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984 -- Photographs  Search this
Adams, Mark, 1925-2006 -- Photographs  Search this
Allan, William George, 1936- -- Photographs  Search this
Anderson, Jeremy, 1921-1982 -- Photographs  Search this
Armer, Ruth, 1896-1977 -- Photographs  Search this
Arneson, Robert, 1930-1992  Search this
Arnoldi, Charles, 1946- -- Photographs  Search this
Asawa, Ruth -- Photographs  Search this
Beall, Dennis Ray, 1929- -- Photographs  Search this
Beasley, Bruce, 1939- -- Photographs  Search this
Bechtle, Robert Alan, 1932- -- Photographs  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al -- Photographs  Search this
Benton, Fletcher, 1931- -- Photographs  Search this
Berlant, Anthony -- Photographs  Search this
Bischoff, Elmer, 1916-1991 -- Photographs  Search this
Blunk, J. B., 1926- -- Photographs  Search this
Brice, William, 1921-2008 -- Photographs  Search this
Brown, Joan, 1938-1990  Search this
Celmins, Vija, 1938- -- Photographs  Search this
Chicago, Judy, 1939- -- Photographs  Search this
Conner, Bruce -- Photographs  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976 -- Photographs  Search this
De Forest, Roy, 1930-2007 -- Photographs  Search this
DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989 -- Photographs  Search this
DeLap, Tony, 1927- -- Photographs  Search this
Dickinson, Eleanor, 1931- -- Photographs  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993 -- Photographs  Search this
Dill, Guy, 1946- -- Photographs  Search this
Falkenstein, Claire, 1908-1997 -- Photographs  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923- -- Photographs  Search this
Gilhooly, David -- Photographs  Search this
Goldyne, Joseph R.  Search this
Gooch, Gerald -- Photographs  Search this
Gordon, Russell Talbert, 1936- -- Photographs  Search this
Graham, Robert, 1938- -- Photographs  Search this
Hedrick, Wally, 1928-2003 -- Photographs  Search this
Holland, Tom, 1936- -- Photographs  Search this
Hopkins, Henry, 1928-2009  Search this
Howard, Robert Boardman, 1896-1983 -- Photographs  Search this
Hudson, Robert, 1938- -- Photographs  Search this
Ihle, John Livingston, 1925- -- Photographs  Search this
Irwin, Robert, 1928- -- Photographs  Search this
Johnson, Robert E. (Robert Emory), 1932- -- Photographs  Search this
Kauffman, Craig, 1932-2010  Search this
Light, Alvin, 1931- -- Photographs  Search this
Lobdell, Frank, 1921- -- Photographs  Search this
Martin, Bill, 1943- -- Photographs  Search this
McLean, Richard Thorpe, 1934- -- Photographs  Search this
Mullican, Lee, 1919-1998 -- Photographs  Search this
Nauman, Bruce, 1941- -- Photographs  Search this
Neri, Manuel, 1930- -- Photographs  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988 -- Photographs  Search this
Oliveira, Nathan, 1928-2010 -- Photographs  Search this
Paris, Harold, 1925- -- Photographs  Search this
Raffael, Joseph, 1933- -- Photographs  Search this
Ramos, Mel, 1935-2018 -- Photographs  Search this
Reichman, Fred, 1925- -- Photographs  Search this
Richardson, Sam, 1934- -- Photographs  Search this
Ruscha, Edward -- Photographs  Search this
Saar, Betye -- Photographs  Search this
Saunders, Raymond, 1934- -- Photographs  Search this
Shaw, Richard, 1941 Sept. 12- -- Photographs  Search this
Siegriest, Louis B., 1899- -- Photographs  Search this
Sinton, Nell, 1910-1997 -- Photographs  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne -- Photographs  Search this
Todd, Mike, 1935- -- Photographs  Search this
Valledor, Leo -- Photographs  Search this
Villa, Carlos -- Photographs  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002 -- Photographs  Search this
Wasserstein, Julius -- Photographs  Search this
Wiley, William T., 1937-  Search this
Woelffer, Emerson, 1914- -- Photographs  Search this
Wonner, Paul, 1920-2008 -- Photographs  Search this
Zammitt, Norman, 1931- -- Photographs  Search this
Extent:
140 Items (photographic prints, b&w)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1971-1981
Scope and Contents:
Photographs of artists, many from the San Francisco Bay Area, taken by Mimi Jacobs.
Artists photographed: Ansel Adams, Robert Arneson, Ruth Asawa, Billy Al Bengston, Fletcher Benton, Robert Bechtle, J. B. Blunk, William Brice, Joan Brown, Imogen Cunningham, Jay De Feo, Eleanor Dickinson, Richard Diebenkorn, Laddie John Dill, Archeliat Esherick, Sam Francis, David Gilhooly, Joseph Goldyne, Robert Graham, Henry Hopkins, Robert B. Howard, John Ihle, Robert Irwin, Allen Jones, Alvin Light, Lee Mullican, Isamu Noguchi, Howard Paris, Joseph Raffael, Fred Reichman, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, Raymond Saunders, Richard Shaw, Louis Siegriest, Nell Sinton, Wayne Thiebaud, DeWain Valentine, Leo Valledor, Carlos Villa, Peter Voulkos, William T. Wiley, Emerson Woelffer.
Photographs of Mark Adams, William Allan, Jeremy Anderson, Ruth Armer, Charles Arnoldi, Dennis Beall, Bruce Beasley, Tony Berlant, Elmer Bischoff, Vija Celmins, Judy Chicago, Bruce Conner, Roy de Forest, Tony DeLap, Guy Dill, Claire Falkenstein, Gerald Gooch, Russell Gordon, Wally Hedrick, Tom Holland, Robert Hudson, Robert Emory Johnson, Frank Lobdell, Robert Craig Kaufman, Richard McLean, Bill Martin, Manuel Neri, Bruce Nauman, Nathan Oliveira, Mel Ramos, Sam Richardson, Michael Todd, Julius Wasserstein, Paul Wonner and Norman Zammitt.
In 1999, additional photographs were donated including many duplicates of the previous donations. These include 50 mounted photographs of West Coast artists, twenty-four of which were exhibited in 1980 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and published in 50 West Coast Artists: A Critical Selection of Painters and Sculptors (1981, Chronicle Books). Photographs are of Ansel Adams, Robert Arneson, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Bechtle, Fletcher Benton, J. B. Blunk, William Brice, Joan Brown, Imogen Cunningham, Jay De Feo, Eleanor Dickinson, Richard Diebenkorn, Laddie John Dill, Archeliat Esherick, Sam Francis, David Gilhooly, Joseph Goldyne, Robert Graham, Henry Hopkins, Robert Howard, John Ihle, Robert Irwin, Allen Jones, Alvin Light, Lee Mullican, Isamu Noguchi, Howard Paris, Joseph Raffael, Fred Reichman, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, Richard Shaw, Louis Siegrist, Nell Sinton, Wayne Thiebaud, De Wain Valentine, Leo Valledor, Carlos Villa, Peter Voulkos, William Wiley, and Emerson Woeffer.
Biographical / Historical:
Photographer; Kentfield, Calif.; b. 1911; d. April 1, 1999. Known in the San Francisco Bay Area for her portraits of prominent local figures, many of whom were artists. She eventually expanded her scope beyond Northern California to included artists in the Los Angeles region as well. These images were widely reproduced in books and in exhibitions and in many cases became the portraits by which the individuals were best known. Among her subjects were Ed Ruscha, Robert Graham, Peter Voulkos, Joan Brown, Isamu Noguchi, Jay DeFeo, Wayne Thiebaud, Imogen Cunningham, and Richard Diebenkorn. Several exhibitions were devoted to the photographs as independent works of art, an acknowledgement of their pictorial qualities as well as their value as documents.
Provenance:
Donated 1976-1992 by Mimi Jacobs. Additional photos, many of them duplicates of previous donations, were donated in 1999 by Leslie Fleming, Jacobs' daughter, for the Estate.
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 -- California  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- California -- Portraits  Search this
Artists -- California -- Photographs  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.jacomimi
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-jacomimi

Oral history interview with Louis Siegriest

Interviewee:
Siegriest, 1899-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Oliveira, Nathan, 1928-2010  Search this
Names:
Society of Six  Search this
Armer, Ruth, 1896-1977  Search this
Bischoff, Elmer, 1916-1991  Search this
Clapp, William Henry, 1879-1954  Search this
Cox, Willard  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946  Search this
Gaw, William A., 1891-1973  Search this
Gay, August Franc̜ois, 1890-1948  Search this
Gile, Selden Connor, 1877-1947  Search this
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Hagemeyer, Johan, 1884-1962  Search this
Howard, Robert Boardman, 1896-1983  Search this
Hughes, Louis  Search this
Lobdell, Frank, 1921-  Search this
Logan, Maurice, 1886-1977  Search this
Macky, Constance L., b. 1883  Search this
Martinez, Xavier, 1869-1943  Search this
Nahl, Perham Wilhelm, 1869-1935  Search this
Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969  Search this
Park, David, 1911-1960  Search this
Piazzoni, Gottardo, 1872-1945  Search this
Price, C. S. (Clayton S.), 1874-1950  Search this
Randolph, Lee F., b. 1880  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Scheyer, Galka E.  Search this
St. John, Terry  Search this
Stackpole, Ralph, 1885-1973  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Stoddart, Edna, d. 1966  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Van Sloun, Frank J., 1879-1938  Search this
Von Eichman, Bernard J., 1899-1970  Search this
Winkler, John William, 1894-1979  Search this
Wores, Theodore, 1858-1939  Search this
del Mue, Maurice  Search this
Extent:
45 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1975 April 5
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Louis B. Siegriest, conducted 1975 April 5, by Paul Karlstrom and Nathan Oliveira, for the Archives of American Art, at Mr. Siegriest's home, in Oakland, California. Siegriest and Oliveira speak of his early career; the Society of Six; and the Bay Area figurative school. He recalls Perham Nahl, Bernard "Red" von Eichman, Bob Howard, Frank Van Sloun, Ruth Armer, Constance Macky, Lee Randolph, John Winkler, Maurice del Mue, Maynard Dixon, Willard Cox, Louis Hughes, Seldon Gile, August Gay, Xavier Martinez, Gottardo Piazzoni, Ralph Stackpole, Theodore Wores, Bill Gaw, William Henry Clapp, Terry St. John, Galka Scheyer, Maurice Logan, C.S. Price, Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Frank Lobdell, Clifford Still, Diego Rivera, Otis Oldfield, Edna Stoddart, Johan Hagemeyer, and many others.
Biographical / Historical:
Louis Siegriest (1899-1989) was a painter from Oakland, California. Full name is Louis Bassi Siegriest.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 13 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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 is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.siegri75
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-siegri75

Oral history interview with Ruth Armer

Interviewee:
Armer, Ruth, 1896-1977  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Bellows, George, 1882-1925  Search this
Henri, Robert, 1865-1929  Search this
Sloan, John, 1871-1951  Search this
Stein, Leo, 1872-1947  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Extent:
39 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1974 August 14
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ruth Armer conducted 1974 August 14, by Paul J. Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art. Armer speaks of her early interest in art; her education; moving to New York City in 1918; studying at the Art Students League under John Sloan, Robert Henri and George Bellows and the influences of Leo Stein and Max Weber. She discusses her early work in portrait painting; returning to San Francisco and working as a commercial artist; problems facing women artists in the 1930s; becoming a teacher; and her opinions of San Francisco art.
Biographical / Historical:
Ruth Armer (1896-1977) was a painter and art collector from San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 39 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.armer74
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-armer74

Portrait of President Rutherford B. Hayes.

Photographer:
Armer, Ruth, 1896-1977  Search this
Creator:
Elliott and Armstead  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1876
Topic:
Celebrities  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3996
See more items in:
Olin Levi Warner papers, 1857-1962, bulk 1857-1899
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3996
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Ruth Armer, 1974 August 14

Interviewee:
Armer, Ruth, 1896-1977  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Bellows, George  Search this
Henri, Robert  Search this
Sloan, John  Search this
Stein, Leo  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13090
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211933
AAA_collcode_armer74
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211933

[Ruth Armer : miscellaneous uncataloged material]

Author:
Armer, Ruth 1896-1977  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Art and Artist Files Collection DSI  Search this
Subject:
Armer, Ruth 1896-1977  Search this
Type:
Books
Vertical files
Artist files
Call number:
AAF--Armer, Ruth
Restrictions & Rights:
Photocopies of items in the folder(s) are available upon request, subject to fees and other current copyright guidelines for reproduction.
FOLDER(S) DO NOT CIRCUATE. FOLDERS MUST BE CONSULTED ON SITE
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_603138

Ruth Armer, 1896-1977

Author:
Armer, Ruth 1896-1977  Search this
Braunstein Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
San Francisco Art Institute  Search this
Subject:
Armer, Ruth 1896-1977?  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
C1979
Call number:
ND237.A67 A4 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_665283

Abstraction (Waterfall), (painting)

Painter:
Armer, Ruth 1896-1977  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third Street San Francisco California 94103 Accession Number: 46.4962
Date:
Ca. 1940-1946
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Landscape--Waterfall  Search this
Control number:
IAP 04280007
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_405541

#328, (painting)

Title:
Number Three Hundred Twenty-Eight, (painting)
Painter:
Armer, Ruth 1896-1977  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third Street San Francisco California 94103 Accession Number: 58.2334
Date:
1958
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAP 04280008
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_405542

California Autumn, (painting)

Painter:
Armer, Ruth 1896-1977  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third Street San Francisco California 94103 Accession Number: 36.694
Topic:
Landscape--California  Search this
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Landscape--Season--Autumn  Search this
Landscape--Town  Search this
Control number:
IAP 04280009
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_405543

Immaterial Forms, (painting)

Painter:
Armer, Ruth 1896-1977  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1977.127
Date:
1940
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08583274
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_394651

Untitled, (painting)

Painter:
Armer, Ruth 1896-1977  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Oakland Museum 1000 Oak Street Oakland California 94607 Accession Number: 73.129
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAP 71067484
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_143998

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