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Oral history interview with Peter Rodriguez, 2004 October 23-24

Interviewee:
Rodriguez, Peter, 1926-  Search this
Rodriguez, Peter, 1926-  Search this
Interviewer:
Wagner, Nora  Search this
Subject:
Garcia, Rupert  Search this
Hernandez, Ester  Search this
Williams, Adriana  Search this
Reyes Ferreira, Jesus  Search this
Tamayo, Rufino  Search this
Ybarra-Frausto, Tomás  Search this
Dickey, Terry P.  Search this
Galería de la Raza (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Mexican Museum  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13148
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)249267
AAA_collcode_rodrig04
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_249267
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Oral History interview with Nell Sinton, 1974 August 15

Interviewee:
Sinton, Nell, 1910-1997  Search this
Sinton, Nell, 1910-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12793
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213151
AAA_collcode_sinton74
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213151
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Oral history interview with Bill and Peggy Foote, 2014 February 16-17

Interviewee:
Foote, Bill, 1937-  Search this
Foote, Bill, 1937-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Foote, Peggy, 1935-  Search this
Arneson, Robert  Search this
Bransten, Rena  Search this
Carnwath, Squeak  Search this
Champion, Gloria  Search this
Coykendall, Vernon  Search this
Fiske, Charles  Search this
Foote, Bill  Search this
Frey, Viola  Search this
Hanson, Shirley  Search this
Hoffman, Nancy  Search this
Knecht, Gary  Search this
Laycox, Jack  Search this
Maybeck, Jackie  Search this
McDonald, Richard  Search this
Perry, Sam  Search this
Schulz, Maryanne  Search this
Treadwell, Noni Eccles  Search this
Voulkos, Peter  Search this
Wenger, Leslie  Search this
Viola Frey Oral History Project  Search this
California College of Arts and Crafts (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16168
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)366486
AAA_collcode_foote14
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_366486

Oral history interview with Steven H. Oliver, 2014 September 2-3

Interviewee:
Oliver, Steven H., 1941-  Search this
Oliver, Steven H., 1941-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Viola Frey Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16204
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)368184
AAA_collcode_oliver14
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_368184

Rudolph Schaeffer papers, 1880s-1997

Creator:
Schaeffer, Rudolph Frederick, 1886-1988  Search this
Schaeffer, Rudolph Frederick, 1886-1988  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Adams, Ansel  Search this
Frey, Caroline  Search this
Frey, Fred  Search this
Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design  Search this
East & West Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Christmas cards
Designs
Interviews
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Place:
Japan -- Description and Travel
Topic:
Artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Designers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Authors -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Color -- Study and teaching  Search this
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9605
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211811
AAA_collcode_scharudo
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211811
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Oral history interview with Nicholas Wilder, 1988 July 18

Interviewee:
Wilder, Nicholas, 1937 or 8-1989  Search this
Wilder, Nicholas, 1937 or 8-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Bowman, Ruth, 1923-  Search this
Subject:
Artforum  Search this
Lanyon Art Gallery  Search this
Nicholas Wilder Gallery  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11998
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214891
AAA_collcode_wilder88
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214891
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Oral history interview with Barney A. Ebsworth, 2017 April 12-13

Interviewee:
Ebsworth, Barney A., 1934-2018  Search this
Ebsworth, Barney A., 1934-2018  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Art Collectors: A Project in Partnership with the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17482
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)388918
AAA_collcode_ebswor17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_388918
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Oral history interview with Jon Shirley, 2018 August 7-8

Interviewee:
Shirley, Jon, 1938-  Search this
Shirley, Jon, 1938-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Close, Chuck  Search this
Microsoft Corporation  Search this
Seattle Art Museum  Search this
Pilchuck Glass Center (Stanwood, Wash.)  Search this
Art Collectors: A Project in Partnership with the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17598
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)396438
AAA_collcode_shirle18
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_396438
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Oral history interview with Ruth Armer, 1974 August 14

Interviewee:
Armer, Ruth, 1896-1977  Search this
Armer, Ruth, 1896-1977  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J  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  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Women  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

Oral history interview with Virginia Wright, 2017 March 22- 23

Interviewee:
Wright, Virginia, 1929-2020  Search this
Wright, Virginia, 1929-2020  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Art Collectors: A Project in Partnership with the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Philanthropists -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17481
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)388917
AAA_collcode_wright17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_388917
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Alfred Victor Frankenstein papers, 1875-1985

Creator:
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor, 1906-1981  Search this
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor, 1906-1981  Search this
Subject:
Peto, John Frederick  Search this
Haberle, John  Search this
Copley, John Singleton  Search this
Murdock, Roland P.  Search this
Decker, Joseph  Search this
Harnett, William Michael  Search this
Ives, Charles  Search this
Mount, William Sidney  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Jenkins, Paul  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
American Arts Alliance  Search this
California Palace of the Legion of Honor  Search this
San Francisco Chronicle (Firm)  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art criticism -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10066
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212928
AAA_collcode_franalfr
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212928
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Erle Loran papers, 1912-1999

Creator:
Loran, Erle, 1905-1999  Search this
Loran, Erle, 1905-1999  Search this
Subject:
Bearden, Romare  Search this
Cézanne, Paul  Search this
Dasburg, Andrew  Search this
Greenberg, Clement  Search this
Haley, John  Search this
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Hatfield, Dalzell  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Levinson, Harry  Search this
Still, Clyfford  Search this
Schaefer, Bertha  Search this
Sabean, Samuel  Search this
Wilke, Ulfert  Search this
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco  Search this
University of California, Berkeley  Search this
Friends of Ethnic Art  Search this
San Francisco Art Institute  Search this
Type:
Watercolors
Sketches
Photographs
Writings
Topic:
Art, Abstract  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- Berkeley  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9167
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211362
AAA_collcode_loraerle
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211362
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Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco interviews with artists, 1982

Creator:
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco  Search this
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco  Search this
Subject:
Haley, Monica E.  Search this
Loran, Clyta  Search this
Loran, Erle  Search this
Maret, Allen  Search this
Neuhaus, Robert  Search this
Pearson, Billy  Search this
Stendahl, Alfred  Search this
Willis, James  Search this
Anneberg, Margery  Search this
Campbell, Charles  Search this
Chipp, Herschel Browning  Search this
Dawson, Lawrence E.  Search this
Franklin, Marc  Search this
Franklin, Ruth  Search this
Frye, Melinda Young  Search this
Haley, John  Search this
Berrin, Kathleen  Search this
Brown, Letitia  Search this
Marquis, Elayne  Search this
Schaefer, Stacy B.  Search this
Seligman, Thomas K.  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Primitive -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art, African  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10627
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214178
AAA_collcode_fineamsf
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214178

John Davis Hatch papers

Creator:
Hatch, John Davis  Search this
Names:
St. John's College (Annapolis, Md.) -- Students  Search this
University of Massachusetts -- Faculty  Search this
University of Oregon -- Faculty  Search this
Bluemner, Oscar, 1867-1938  Search this
Browne, Henry Kirke  Search this
Callahan, Kenneth, 1905-1986  Search this
Clark, Ezra  Search this
Cranch, John, 1807-1891  Search this
Cropsey, Jasper Francis, 1823-1900  Search this
Darley, Felix Octavius Carr, 1822-1888  Search this
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen), 1862-1928  Search this
Granger, C. H.  Search this
Guy, Seymour J., 1824-1910  Search this
Harvey, George W., 1855-  Search this
Hatch, Olivia Stokes  Search this
Henry, Edward Lamson, 1841-1919  Search this
Inman, Henry, 1801-1846  Search this
McNeill, Lloyd  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860  Search this
Scott, Julian  Search this
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843  Search this
Vanderlyn, John, 1775-1852  Search this
Extent:
24.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Essays
Reviews (documents)
Photographs
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Notes
Lectures
Sketches
Date:
1790-1995
Summary:
The papers of art historian, collector, educator, and museum administrator John Davis Hatch measure 24.9 linear feet and date from 1790-1995. Within the papers are biographical materials; correspondence; personal business and legal documents; diaries; research, organization, and teaching files; writings; printed materials; photographs; and works of art (mostly sketches) by American artists. Research files regarding artists and specific subjects comprise the bulk of this collection.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of art historian, collector, educator, and museum administrator John Davis Hatch measure 24.9 linear feet and date from 1790-1995. Within the papers are biographical materials; correspondence; personal business and legal documents; diaries; research, organization and teaching files; writings; printed materials; photographs; and works of art (mostly sketches) by American artists. Research files regarding artists and specific subjects comprise the bulk of this collection.

Scattered biographical materials include an invitation to the Hatch's anniversary party in 1964, short biographical sketches and resumes, certificates, report cards, a silhouette of the Hatch Family circa 1904, and a typecript of a diary written by Olivia Hatch as a child.

Correspondence includes professional correspondence between Hatch and colleagues; letters from family and friends; and some materials regarding exhibitions from the Hatch Collection. The bulk of correspondence spans Hatch's professional career although there are scattered letters from 1915-1943 from Hatch to his parents. Also found are letters addressed to an unidentified "Henry." Correspondence is also found in the research files.

Personal business and financial records consist of inventories, bills, receipts, and other records for artworks purchased, loaned, or donated by Hatch. Also found are records from the J. D. Hatch Associates Cultural Consultants, a draft of Hatch's will, stock and tax materials, and travel papers and passports.

Scattered diaries and journal fragments and a transcript date from 1925-1965. Thirteen "Daily Reflection Journals" date from 1975-1987.

Research files on artists and subjects are extensive, comprising one-half of the collection. Files are varied and may include primary research materials, correspondence, printed materials, notes, and writings. Some of the artists' letters and other materials dated from 1790-early 1800s may have been purchased by Hatch. Among many other items, there is an illustrated letter written by Oscar Bluemner and photographs of Bluemner; primary research materials dating from the early 1800s on John Vanderlyn including a will, receipts, and correspondence; a letter from Rembrandt Peale dated 1830, and an autograph letter from John Trumbull dated 1790. Also found is an index card file.

Organization files contain files and records related to Hatch's affiliations with many cultural organizations. A small amount of teaching and education files consist of Hatch's notes and lectures from the University of Oregon and the University of Massachusetts, and from his continuing education courses he took at St. John's College. Writings and notes include short essays by Hatch, mostly concerning art, exhibitions and museum administration; book reviews; general notes, lists, and reports.

Printed Materials are comprised of exhibition catalogs and announcements, including those from the American Drawing Annual in the 1940s-1950s; printed articles annotated by Hatch; clippings; pricelists; and published works.

A small number of photographs are of Hatch, some by Dorothy Frazer; of his family and friends; and of artists. The bulk of the photographs are of works of art including those owned by Hatch.

Artwork includes two sketchbooks - one by Kenneth Callahan and another by Lloyd McNeill; and additional drawings and sketches by Julian Scott, Henry Kirke Browne, Kenneth Callahan, Ezra Clark, John Cranch, Jasper Francis Crospey, F. O. C. Darley, C. H. Granger, Seymour J. Guy, George Harvey, Edward Lamson Henry, Henry Inman, as well as unsigned or illegible names.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 11 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Information, circa 1900-1980s (Box 1; 8 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1903-1990s (Box 1-3; 2 linear feet)

Series 3: Personal Business and Legal Records, Date (Box 3; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 4: Diaries and Journals, 1925-1987 (Box 3, 23; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Research Files, 1790-1992 (Box 3-13, 20-21, 24; 12.7 linear feet)

Series 6: Organization Files, 1930s-1990s (Box 13-14; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 7: Teaching and Education Files, 1930s-1993 (Box 14-15; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 8: Writings and Notes, 1936-1990s (Box 15; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1870s-1990s (Box 15-19, 22, 25-26, OV1; 5.9 linear feet)

Series 10: Photographs, circa 1900-1990s (Box 22; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 11: Artwork, 1851-1973 (Box 22; 0.3 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Art historian, collector, educator, and museum administrator John Davis Hatch (1907-1996) worked in the Boston and New England area, as well as the Pacific Northwest, and New York state. Hatch served as director of the Art Institute of Seattle, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Albany Institute of Art and History, and the Norfolk Museum of Art and Sciences.

John Davis Hatch was born in San Francisco, California in 1907. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were architects and Hatch studied landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as an apprentice to Lockwood de Forest. After abandoning landscape architecture, he accepted a position as director of the Seattle Fine Arts Society (1928-1931) at the age of twenty-one and taught art history courses at the University of Washington.

In 1932, Hatch accepted the position of assistant director of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. He also directed the federal Public Works of Art Project in New England. Additionally, Hatch served from 1940-1948 as director of the Albany Institute of Art and History and from 1950-1959 of the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences. Hatch worked as an art advisor for exhibitions at five historically African-American colleges in Atlanta and in San Simeon in California. He founded the American Drawing Annual exhibition.

Hatch conducted extensive research on artists Oscar Bluemner and John Vanderlyn, American silverwork, and American drawing. In addition, Hatch collected American drawings and later donated many of works of art from his personal collection to the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Aside from his early teaching in Washington state, Hatch taught at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Oregon. He was a member of numerous professional arts-related organizations.

In 1939, Hatch married Olivia Stokes with whom he had four children: Sarah, John, Daniel and James. He died in 1996.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art holds two oral history interviews with John Davis Hatch: June 8, 1964 conducted by H. Wade White and 1979-1980 conducted by Robert F. Brown. Also found is a separately cataloged photograph of Hatch and Henry Francis Taylor from 1933.

Additional research materials complied by Hatch are located in the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the library of the National Gallery of Art, and the Senate House, Kingston, New York.

Hatch donated two hundred and seventy American drawings to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Separated Material:
Four books annotated by Bluemner, a letter from Bluemner, a letter from A. Stieglitz to Bluemner, photographs of works of art, and exhibition materials were removed from the papers and merged with the Oscar Bluemner papers at the Archives of American Art.
Provenance:
John Davis Hatch and the John Davis Hatch estate donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in several installments between 1960-1996. Many of the primary materials relating to John Vanderlyn were acquired by Hatch from a photographer in Kingston, New York who received them from a niece of Vanderlyn. Robert Graham of James Graham and Sons gave Vanderlyn's will to Hatch.
Restrictions:
Use of originals requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Art historians -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Drawing, American  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Artists -- United States  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art, American -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Essays
Reviews (documents)
Photographs
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Notes
Lectures
Sketches
Citation:
John Davis Hatch, 1790-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hatcjohn
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Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f9d7e11d-96d4-431a-b318-c86a9cf6dda6
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hatcjohn
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Alfred Victor Frankenstein papers

Creator:
Frankenstein, Alfred V. (Alfred Victor), 1906-1981  Search this
Names:
American Arts Alliance  Search this
California Palace of the Legion of Honor  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
San Francisco Chronicle (Firm)  Search this
Copley, John Singleton, 1738-1815  Search this
Decker, Joseph, 1853-1924  Search this
Haberle, John, 1856-1933  Search this
Harnett, William Michael, 1848-1892  Search this
Ives, Charles, 1874-1954  Search this
Jenkins, Paul, 1923-2012  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Mount, William Sidney, 1807-1868  Search this
Murdock, Roland P.  Search this
Peto, John Frederick, 1854-1907  Search this
Extent:
19.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Date:
1875-1985
Summary:
The papers of art critic and historian Alfred Victor Frankenstein measure 19.1 linear feet and date from 1875 to 1985. The bulk of the collection consists of Frankenstein's research and writing files on American painting, particularly artists working in the nineteenth-century. There are extensive files on artists John Haberle, William Michael Harnett, and William Sidney Mount. The collection also includes biographical material, correspondence, general writings and notes, professional activities files, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and unidentified sound recordings.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art critic and historian Alfred Victor Frankenstein measure 19.1 linear feet and date from 1875 to 1985. The bulk of the collection consists of Frankenstein's research and writing files on American painting, particularly artists working in the nineteenth-century. There are extensive files on artists John Haberle, William Michael Harnett, and William Sidney Mount. The collection also includes biographical material, correspondence, general writings and notes, professional activities files, personal business records, printed materials, photographs, and unidentified sound recordings.

Biographical materials include awards, museum passes from the 1970s, school records, and a scrapbook documenting Frankenstein's career at the San Francisco Chronicle. Also found is his father's medical school diploma.

Largely professional in nature, Frankenstein's correspondence is with galleries, museums and institutions, colleges and universities, as well as art historians and museum colleagues including Paul Jenkins, Stanton MacDonald-Wright, and Thomas E. Ripley.

General writings are on subjects such as music, art, California, and the Ronald P. Murdock art collection. It is likely that some writings may be drafts for articles that later appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. Also found are three notebooks, a recorded interview, recorded lectures by Frankenstein and by others.

The bulk of the collection consists of Frankenstein's extensive research files on American sill-life painting in the nineteenth-century. Research topics focus primarily on artists John Haberle (including sketches by Haberle), William Michael Harnett, William Sidney Mount, and John Frederick Peto; however, some files are found for collectors, dealers, and subjects. Files are found both for the research and writing of Frankenstein's books, After the Hunt (1953) and The World of Copley: 1738-1815 (1970). Contents of the research files vary but many contain correspondence, photographs, notes and writings, provenance research, printed materials, and photocopied and original primary documents. Additional research files are also found in Series 5, Exhibition Files.

Files concerning exhibitions curated or organized by Frankenstein include Artist Self-Portraits (1974) at the National Gallery of Art, an exhibition at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, and the World's Fair Exposition exhibition, Our Land, Our Sky Our Water: an Exhibition of American and Canadian Art (1974). Files contain loan agreements, gallery plans, photographs, writings, correspondence, and printed materials.

Frankenstein's professional activities files include material about his job as a music critic at the San Francisco Chronicle, and records documenting his participation in the American Arts Alliance and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Also found are scattered student writings, lecture notes, and some correspondence from his teaching position at the University of California, Berkeley.

An appraisal for a Joseph Decker work, the estate records of Sylvia Frankenstein, general receipts for purchases and shipping records, and vehicle ownership records comprise Frankenstein's personal business records.

Printed materials include clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, magazines, and blank postcards. Also found are eight commercial audio recordings, including a musical piece by Charles Ives on cassette, and six phonograph records that are likely of music. A cassette entitled "Heritage of American Art" may be from an exhibition of the same title held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 1975. Personal photographs include snapshots of Frankenstein with his family and portraits of him, as well as a photocopy of a family photo album. The bulk of the photographs are of artwork.

There are six unidentified sound recordings.
Biographical / Historical:
Alfred Victor Frankenstein (1906-1981) was an art historian, writer, art and music critic, and educator active in San Francisco, California.

Frankenstein was born in 1906 in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at the University of Chicago but moved to San Francisco to take a job as a music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle . Later, the position expanded to include critiques of visual art and art exhibitions. He remained at the San Francisco Chronicle until 1979, concentrating only on art from 1965.

He was an expert on 19th century American still-life and his notable book, After The Hunt (1953), examined the American trompe-l'œil movement in late 19th century and early 20th-century through the work of painters William Harnett and John Frederick Peto. He also authored The World of Copley: 1738-1815 in 1970. Frankenstein curated several major exhibitions, including American Self-Portraits (1974) at the National Portrait Gallery and the 1974 World's Fair Exposition exhibition, Our Land, Our Sky Our Water: an Exhibition of American and Canadian Art..

An educator, Frankenstein was a professor of Art History at the University of California at Berkeley (1940-1974), Stanford University (1973-1981), and at Mills College (1945-1974), where he also taught American music.
Related Materials:
Also found among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are two oral histories with Alfred Frankenstein, one conducted by Mary McChesney on November 9th, 1965 and the other conducted by Paul Karlstrom from 1978 to 1979. Additionally, Frankenstein donated one sketchbook and twelve loose sketches that are cataloged as a separate collection: the William Harnett sketches, 1870.
Provenance:
Alfred Frankenstein donated some of his papers in 1972, and lent materials for microfilming in 1978. His estate, handled by his son John Frankenstein, donated the materials original loaned as well as additional records in 1981.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy 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.
Occupation:
Art critics -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art historians -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art criticism -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Alfred Victor Frankenstein papers, 1875-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.franalfr
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e75e77af-bf2c-4cb8-8f0d-8bac5756a1be
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-franalfr
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Oral history interview with Nicholas Wilder

Interviewee:
Wilder, Nicholas  Search this
Interviewer:
Bowman, Ruth, 1923-  Search this
Names:
Artforum  Search this
Lanyon Art Gallery  Search this
Nicholas Wilder Gallery  Search this
Extent:
104 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1988 July 18
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Nicholas Wilder conducted 1988 July 18, by Ruth Bowman, for the Archives of American Art.
Wilder discusses his education; working for the Lanyon Art Gallery near San Francisco; opening the Nicholas Wilder Gallery in Los Angeles in 1965 and operating it until it closed in 1979; the Los Angeles art scene in the 60s and how it has changed; Charlie Cowles and the founding of ARTFORUM magazine; and artists his gallery handled including Bruce Nauman, Joe Goode and Tom Holland.
Biographical / Historical:
Nicholas Wilder (1937 or 1938-1989) was an art dealer and painter in Los Angeles, California and New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 36 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 administrators.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.wilder88
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw960886bc1-44be-4219-968b-d6f30d70eb2f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wilder88
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Oral history interview with Steven H. Oliver

Interviewee:
Oliver, Steven H.  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Viola Frey Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Viola Frey Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (2 hr., 54 min.), digital, wav)
99 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2014 September 2-3
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Steven H. Oliver conducted 2014 September 2-3, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Viola Frey Oral History Project, at the Oliver & Company offices in Richmond, California.
Biographical / Historical:
Steven H. Oliver (1941- ) is an art collector and patron in Richmond, California. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is an independent scholar in San Francisco, California. Oliver was the Board Chair of the California College of the Arts, 1983-1987, during Frey's tenure, and is currently the president of Oliver & Company, a construction and development company, in Richmond, California.
General:
Originally recorded as 5 sound files. Duration is 2 hr., 54 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:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.oliver14
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91ad6c651-6e70-4623-a505-90ef33b430d0
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-oliver14
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Oral history interview with Barney A. Ebsworth

Interviewee:
Ebsworth, Barney A., 1934-2018  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Names:
Art Collectors: A Project in Partnership with the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection  Search this
Extent:
87 Pages (Transcript)
4 Items (Sound recording: 4 sound files (2 hr., 51 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2017 April 12-13
Scope and Contents:
An oral history interview with Barney A. Ebsworth conducted 2017 April 12-13, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art and the Center for the History of Collecting in America at the Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection, at Ebsworth's home, in Hunts Point, Washington.
Biographical / Historical:
Barney A. Ebsworth (1934- 2018) was a travel business executive and art collector in Hunts Point, Washington. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is an independent scholar in San Francisco, California.
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.
Restrictions:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Executives  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.ebswor17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw953093d5a-9b09-4354-9b67-7afc38833087
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ebswor17
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Bill and Peggy Foote

Interviewee:
Foote, Bill, 1937-  Search this
Foote, Peggy, 1935-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Names:
California College of Arts and Crafts (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Viola Frey Oral History Project  Search this
Arneson, Robert, 1930-1992  Search this
Bransten, Rena, 1933-  Search this
Carnwath, Squeak, 1947-  Search this
Champion, Gloria  Search this
Coykendall, Vernon  Search this
Fiske, Charles  Search this
Foote, Bill, 1937-  Search this
Frey, Viola, 1933-2004  Search this
Hanson, Shirley  Search this
Hoffman, Nancy, 1944-  Search this
Knecht, Gary  Search this
Laycox, Jack  Search this
Maybeck, Jackie  Search this
McDonald, Richard  Search this
Perry, Sam, 1963-  Search this
Schulz, Maryanne  Search this
Treadwell, Noni Eccles  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Wenger, Leslie  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (sound files (4 hrs., 38 min.), digital, wav)
131 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2014 February 16-17
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Bill and Peggy Foote conducted 2014 February 16-17, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Viola Frey Oral History Project at Bill's office and home in San Francisco, California.
Dr. and Ms. Foote speak of their early days growing up and their introduction to art; their meeting in Stockton; the beginnings of the Lincoln Square Gallery; their introduction to Viola Frey; their increasing involvement as art dealers in the Bay Area in the '60s and '70s; Peggy Foote's time at the California College of Arts and Crafts; their collection of Viola Frey's work and other artists' work; their interactions with Charles Fiske and Viola Frey; Frey's early years in Lodi; Frey's love of collecting jewelry and small ceramic figurines; and Frey's work in relation to gender issues. They also discuss Frey and Fiske's health issues; Frey's time at CCAC; Frey's relationship with Fiske; Frey's work as it related to Robert Arneson and Peter Voulkos and other Bay Area artists; Peggy Foote's gallery Conway Antiques in the 70's and 80's; Bill Foote's remembrances at Frey's memorial. Mr. and Ms. Foote also recall Shirley Hanson, Rena Bransten, Squeak Carnwath, Gary Knecht, Leslie Wenger, Nancy Hoffman, Richard McDonald, Maryanne Schulz, the Wiebe twins, Robert Arneson, Vernon Coykendall, Noni Eccles Treadwell, Sam Perry, Jackie Maybeck, Gloria Champion, Jack Laycox, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Bill Foote (1937- ) and his wife Peggy (1935- ) are art collectors and retired art and antique dealers in San Francisco, California who collected Viola Frey's works of art. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is an independent scholar in San Francisco, California.
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.
Occupation:
Antique dealers  Search this
Art dealers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.foote14
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91dd75b8f-c2c8-4bd2-af4e-5c0e95429cbd
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-foote14
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Oral history interview with Virginia Wright

Interviewee:
Wright, Virginia, 1929-2020  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Names:
Art Collectors: A Project in Partnership with the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection  Search this
Extent:
88 Pages (Transcript)
4 Items (sound files (3 hrs., 13 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2017 March 22- 23
Scope and Contents:
An oral history interview with Virginia Wright conducted 2017 March 22-23, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art and the Center for the History of Collecting in America at the Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection, at Wright's home in Seattle, Washington.
Biographical / Historical:
Virginia Wright (1929-2020) was an art collector and philanthropist in Seattle, Washington. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is an independent scholar in San Francisco, California.
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.
Restrictions:
The transcript and recording are open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Philanthropists -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.wright17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94984af58-7179-4581-b53c-4d3f6ec417ba
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wright17
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