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General Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kuhn, Walt, 1877-1949  Search this
Extent:
4 Linear feet (Box 5-9, 32, 56, OV 40)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1890-1966
Scope and Contents note:
Correspondence in this series is primarily between Walt Kuhn and his professional and personal contacts and spans his entire career. Correspondents include family members, fellow artists, students, dealers, museum and gallery staff, collectors, friends, fans, critics and colleagues. Copies of outgoing correspondence are often present and are interfiled chronologically. Also included is scattered correspondence of Vera and Brenda Kuhn, and correspondence written after Kuhn died that documents his family's efforts to exhibit, sell, and donate his work.

The content of the correspondence ranges from personal and candid to purely transactional. Artists, collectors, dealers, and critics involved in the creation of significant works of art and collections in the early 20th century are represented. An alphabetical index of selected correspondents in this series is provided in the appendix. Another resource for accessing correspondence are the card files in Series 4.8: Notes and Writings, where correspondence with various contacts was indexed by the Kuhns and filed alphabetically by name.

In 1938, Walt and Vera Kuhn wrote and self-published the pamphlet, "The Story of the Armory Show" and sent it gratis to hundreds of interested parties. Among the correspondence from that year are many heartfelt reponses from fellow artists and other witnesses to the 1913 event, including Charles Sheeler, William Glackens, Stuart Davis, André Derain, Henri Roché, Walter Pach, and J.H. du Bois to name just a few.

Kuhn regularly instructed students through the mail with lengthy letters about painting techniques and methods. San Francisco painter Otis Oldfield is represented by over 100 lengthy letters in this subseries. Kuhn's letters to Oldfield, returned at Kuhn's request in 1945 for a publication project that was never realized, are interfiled. Other correspondence students include Patsy Santo, Frank di Gioia, Watson Bidwell, John Bernhardt, John Laurent, Goldie Paley, and Eric Lundgren. See the appendix for dates.

Types of material include letters (sometimes illustrated), postcards, invitations, announcements, and Christmas cards, which are sometimes made of original artwork. Enclosures are often found, such as photographs, clippings, tracings of art work, writings, receipts, passes and membership cards. Some letters indicate enclosures that were previously separated and can be found in other series.

Significant writings enclosed with correspondence include an early vaudeville script written by Kuhn and his friend, Archibald Macnab (1923); drafts of articles about Kuhn by the poet Genevieve Taggard (1931), critic Alan Burroughs (1930), and patron Eloise Spaeth (1950); and an unpublished history of the 1913 Armory Show by Paul Bird (1938). Photographs and photographic postcards are also found throughout the series. Included are photo postcards from Spain and France (1925), and from Arizona and California (1928); and photographs related to Kuhn's work for the Union Pacific Railroad Company (1936, 1938).

Additional correspondence can be found throughout the collection. See individual series descriptions for details.

See Appendix for a list of selected correspondents in Series 4.3.
Appendix: Selected Correspondents in Series 4.3:
The following is a selective list of correspondents represented in Series 4.3: General Correspondence, with cross-references to correspondence in 4.4: Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files and 4.5: Provenance Files. It is not comprehensive. An effort has been made to index regionally and nationally known artists, Kuhn's patrons and students, models, art historians, writers, museum and gallery staff, dealers, and persons known to be well-represented in other collections at the Archives of American Art. Cross-references to existing letters in other parts of the Kuhn papers and Armory Show records are included selectively. Correspondents who have not been indexed include family members, neighbors, business contacts from his theater and vaudeville work of the early 1920s, and from his railroad car design work from 1936 to 1948.

Abeel, Neilson (American-Scandinavian Foundation): 1930 (3 letters)

Abercrombie and Fitch: 1948-1949 (4 letters)

Adair, William Gleason: 1945

Adams, Philip R. (Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts): 1938-1946, 1948-1951 (51 letters; See also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Adams, Ruth Hutchins: 1943-1944 (6 letters)

Albany Institute of History and Art (see MacFarlane)

Aldis, Graham: 1928

American Print Makers (see also Goldsmith, B.K.): 1928 (2 letters)

American Federation of the Arts: 1950 (see also N. Anderson, Messer, Pope, Prior, E. Spaeth)

Ames, Mary (Mrs. John W.; see Goodyear, Mary)

Ames, Winslow (Lyman Allyn Museum): 1934 (3 letters)

Anderson, Nesta (Mrs. A. Scott; American Federation of Arts): 1951-1952 (3 letters)

Anderson, Sherwood: 1928, undated (2 letters)

Angle, Catherine (Mrs. Everett E.; Nebraska Art Association): 1946

Anisfeld, Mara: 1932

Arden Gallery (see Meigs and Smoluchowska)

Arensberg, Walter C.: 1938 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Armory Show 50th Anniversary Exhibition (Winslow Carlton): 1963 (see also Henry Street Settlement)

Arnold, Grace (Mrs. Harry Bartley): 1941, 1945 (3 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Art Students League of New York: 1927

Arts Club of Chicago: 1927, 1934, 1956 (6 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Asherman, David: 1936, undated (2 letters including Christmas card with original, signed print)

Austin, Darrel (see also Perls): 1940, 1941 (4 letters)

Bahr, A.W. (Billy): 1923, 1938, 1945, 1947-1949 (7 letters)

Balkan, Edward Duff: 1932

Ballin, Hugo: 1937 (2 letters)

Bangsbergh, Raymond: 1939

Barber, George R.: 1933

Barr, Alfred H. Jr. (Museum of Modern Art): 1929, 1934, 1945 (5 letters)

Barrie, Erwin S. (Grand Central Art Galleries): 1927, 1951 (5 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Barrington, Lewis: 1932

Barry, Bobby (see Provenance Files, "Portrait of Bobby Barry")

Bartlett, Frederic Clay, Jr.: 1939-1940, 1942-1943, 1945, 1947 (7 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Bartley, Louise: 1931

Baur, John I.H. (Brooklyn Museum): 1946 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Beals, Ralph A. (New York Public Library): 1949

Bear, Donald (Santa Barbara Museum of Art): 1936-1938, 1945, 1948, 1949 (6 items including Christmas cards with original prints; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Beerbohm, Marvin (Detroit School of Art): 1938

Bell, Janet M. (John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art): 1952 (4 letters)

Belmont, Eleanor R.: 1935 Benjamin, Ruth: 1940

Bernays, Edward L. (see also Doris E. Fleischman): 1928, 1935-1937 (4 letters)

Bernhardt, John: 1948-1950 (4 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1947)

Beuf, Carlo: 1928

Bidwell, Watson (Denver Art Museum): 1936-1940, 1945, 1947, undated (23 letters)

Biesel, C.: 1931-1933, 1935 (5 items including Christmas cards with original prints)

Biesel, Frances (Renaissance Society, University of Chicago; see Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Bird, Isabel (Mrs. Paul): 1940, 1942, 1944 (4 letters)

Bird, Paul: 1938, 1941, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1949 (5 letters)

Bissell, Julia A. (Mrs. Alfred E.; Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts): 1946

Bjorkman, Edwin: 1931, 1934, 1941 (3 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Blackie, John Haldam (Vanguard Press): 1928

Bluemner, Oscar: 1932 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1930, 1936)

Bliss, Betty: 1931, 1933, 1935 (3 items including Christmas card with original print)

Bloch, E. Maurice: 1949 (3 letters)

Block, Maurice (Huntington Library): 1938

Blount, Rose M. (Denver Art Museum): 1934, 1936, 1938-1939, 1941, 1943, 1949 (8 letters)

Boas, George: 1928

Boissevain, Engen (see Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Bolander, Karl (Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts): 1928

Botkin, Henry: 1937

Bouché, Louis: 1949

Bowman, Eleanor: 1931 (Christmas card with print)

Boyce, Ruth: 1930

Boyer, C. Philip (Mellon Galleries): 1933

Bransom, Paul: 1938, 1949 (2 letters)

Bridaham, Lester B. (Strathmont Museum): 1958

Briggs, Berta N.: 1938

Britt, George ( -- New York World-Telegram -- ): 1938

Brodsky, Harold: 1931-1933, 1935-1939, 1943, undated (16 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Brooklyn Museum: 1930, 1957 (4 letters; see also Baur)

Brown, Adele Smith (Mrs. Philip Stoddard Brown; see Smith, Adele; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Brown, Henry Collins (Museum of the City of New York): 1942

Brown, Margaret E. (Grace Horne Galleries): 1943-1944 (5 letters)

Brown, Rollo Walter: 1928

Bruton, Helen: 1930

Bufano, Remo: 1928

Burroughs, Alan: 1928, 1929, 1930, 1937, 1938, 1941 (13 letters)

Burroughs, Clyde (Detroit Institute of Arts): 1928, 1930, 1938, 1943-1944 (11 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Butler, Roland (Ringling Brothers): 1944

Call, Mary Bradish and Leigh: 1930, 1932, 1935, 1936 (original Christmas cards)

Campbell, Heyworth: 1926

Candler, Duncan: 1927, 1928, 1941 (4 letters)

Canfield, Cass (Harper and Brothers): 1937, 1947-1948 (5 letters)

Cantor, Eddie: 1923

Carlton, Mrs. A.E.: 1952

Carnegie Institute: 1947, 1948 (2 receipts; see also Kepper, O'Connor, Saint-Gaudens; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Carr, Helen Renne (Mrs. Raymond J. Carr): 1946, 1949 (3 letters)

Carroll, John: 1938, 1939, 1941 (3 items, including Christmas card with print)

Carroll, Patricia (Mrs. Anton van Dereck): 1930

Cashin, Bonnie (typed copy): 1947 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Catlin, Mimi (Museum of Modern Art): 1948

Chapin, Louise V.: 1943-1944 (12 letters)

Chillman, James (Museum of Fine Arts of Houston): 1928

Clapp, Frederick Mortimer (The Frick Collection): 1938

Clark, Virginia and Marshall: 1932-1935 (4 Christmas cards with original prints)

Clark, Virginia Keep: 1928, 1934 (2 letters)

Clark, Walter L. (Grand Central Galleries): 1930

Clear, Charles Val (Akron Art Institute): 1946

Coates, Dorothy: 1925, 1948 (2 letters)

Coffin, Robert M. (Art Academy of Cincinnati): 1950-1951 (4 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Cook, Helen Fetter: 1931, 1932, 1936, 1938, 1941-1943 (8 items including Christmas cards)

Cooper, Gary and Rocky (Mrs. Gary): 1936-1937 (2 letters)

Connelly, Marc: 1940

Cosgrave, John O'Hara: 1928, 1938 (2 letters)

Crocker, Anna B. (Portland Art Association): 1928

Crowninshield, Frank (Vogue, Art News): 1928, 1932, 1935-1936, 1940-1943, 1946 (13 letters; see also Graham)

Cuneo, Mrs. Rinaldo: 1938, 1940 (3 letters)

Cushing, Lily Emmet (Clark Boyd): 1931, 1942, 1945-1948, 1955 (7 letters)

Cutler, Ann (Hotel Marguery): 1931

Cutler, Carl Gordon: 1939

Cutler, Merritt: 1927, 1928, 1942-1945, 1948, 1963 (10 letters)

Daniel, Harry M.: 1952-1953 (2 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1946)

Davidson, Alfred: 1945

Davies Orchards (David Davies): 1928, 1929 (3 letters)

Davis, Stuart: 1938 (2 letters)

De Bois, J.H. (Kunsthandel en Antiquariaat, Haarlem): 1938, 1939 (3 letters)

Dennis, Jan: undated

Derain, André: 1938

Diamond, Harry: 1948

Di Gioia, Frank: 1931, 1933-1948, 1950, 1953, undated (50 items, including original printed Christmas cards)

Dirks, Rudolph: 1925

Dorgan, T.A.: 1927

Dorl, Theodore: 1929, 1931, 1932, 1937, 1938 (9 letters)

Downs, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar: 1931-1937 (7 Christmas cards with photographs)

Downtown Gallery (see Halpert and Goldsmith)

Duckworth, J. Herbert: 1933, 1934 (6 letters)

Dudensing Galleries Inc. (Richard Dudensing): 1930, 1931, 1932 (4 letters)

East West Gallery: 1929

Eggers, George William (Worcester Art Museum, Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm): 1927, 1929 (4 letters)

Elfers, Herbert (Durand-Ruel, Inc.): 1945, 1947, 1948 (3 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Ellis, Freemont (autograph print, with card from Sally Lewis): [1923]

Ellsworth, Mary Louise: undated

Emery, Irene: 1958 (2 letters)

Ester, Ruth (model): 1944-1945 (6 letters)

Etchison, Bruce (Washington County Museum of Fine Arts): 1951-1953 (22 letters)

Evans, Anne (Denver Art Museum): 1933

Evers, Fred: 1939

Ferrand, Charles: 1919, 1934, 1937, 1940 (3 letters)

Findlay, W.C. Jr. (Findlay Galleries): 1939 (2 letters)

Fischkin, Rose Mary: 1928

Fitzgerald, George F. (model): 1927, 1933 (2 letters; 1 signed "Man From Eden")

Fleischman, Doris E.: 1938

Fliesler, Joseph R.: 1935, 1938, 1949 (3 letters)

Forbes, Edward (Fogg Art Museum): 1928

Force, Juliana (Whitney Museum of American Art): 1929, 1932-1937, 1939-1941, 1943 (21 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Fortune -- (magazine; Deborah Calkins): 1956

Fox, William Henry: 1923, 1937 (2 letters)

Francis, Emily O. (Contemporary Arts): 1935

Francis, Henry Sayles (Cleveland Museum of Art): 1932

Fraenkel, John: 1934, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1953 (8 letters)

Frankel, Robert ( -- The Art News -- ): 1939

Frankenstein, Alfred V. ( -- San Francisco Chronicle -- ): 1940 (2 letters)

Frankfurter, Alfred M.: 1938, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950 (10 letters)

Fraser, Joseph T. (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts): 1947, 1951 (3 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Free, Karl R.: 1935

Freeman, Anna (Whitney Museum of American Art): 1938 (2 letters)

Frey, Erwin F.: 1943, 1945, 1947 (4 letters)

Frueh, Alfred: 1925, 1953 (2 letters)

Freund, Frank E.W.: 1932, 1934-1935, 1938 (7 letters)

Friede, Donald S. (Boni and Liveright Publishers): 1927

Frink, Angelika W.: 1941 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Gallagher, Edward J.: 1952

Gallatin, Albert E.: 1927, 1928 (3 letters)

Gardner, Paul (William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art): 1936, 1938-1945, 1947-1950 (26 items including Christmas card with original print; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Gardner, Mrs. William (see Owen)

Garrett, Garet: 1928

Garrett, Alice (Mrs. John Work): 1938, 1939 (5 items, including Christmas card with original photograph)

Gates, Margaret (Studio House, Philips Memorial Gallery): 1935

Genauer, Emily (New York World Telegram): 1947

Gest, J.H. (Cincinnati Museum Association): 1928 (3 letters)

Gise, Margaret (Marie Harriman Gallery): 1938 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files and Provenance Files, "Girl in Shako" and "Guide")

Glackens, William and Edith: 1938

Glackens, Edith: 1938, 1941, 1943, 1949, 1950 (7 items, including outgoing letters of condolence when William Glackens died, and response from Edith with account of his last day)

Godwin, Black-More (Toledo Museum of Art): 1932 (2 letters)

Goldsmith, B.K. (American Print Makers, Downtown Gallery): 1928, 1929, 1930 (3 letters)

Goldsmith, Morton R.: 1936

Goodrich, Lloyd (Whitney Museum of American Art; see Provenance Files, "Man with Ship Model")

Goodyear, A. Conger: 1934, 1938, 1941, 1949 (5 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, and Provenance Files, "Dryad" and "Man From Eden")

Goodyear, Mary (Mrs. A. Conger, also Mrs. John W. Ames): 1936-1942, 1947, 1949, 1954 (44 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Grace Horne Galleries (see M.E. Brown, Littlefield; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Graham, John D.: 1937

Greason, Donald (Deerfield Academy): 1942 (discussing Harry Whitney)

Grossman, Ted (Edwin Booth): 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1948, 1951, 1952 (13 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Grumman, Paul H. (Joslyn Memorial Art Museum): 1943

Hagen, Oskar: 1938, 1939 (2 letters)

Hagerman, Percy (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center): 1949

Hale, Dorothea: 1928

Hale, Robert B. (Metropolitan Museum of Art): 1950-1951 (2 letters)

Halpert, Edith (Downtown Gallery): 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930 (7 letters; New Year card 1928 printed with collage of Walt Kuhn)

Hall, Porter: 1941, 1942, 1944, 1948 (4 items, including Christmas card)

Hanna, Mark: 1942-1944, 1946-1949 (17 letters)

Hare, Betty (Mrs. Meredith): 1923, 1930-1935, 1939-1941, 1948 (21 letters)

Harper's Bazaar -- (see Kaufman, Snow)

Harriman, Marie: 1946, 1947, 1949, 1958 (4 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Harriman, Mary W.: 1930

Harriman, W. Averell: 1936, 1937, 1939, 1948, 1949 (5 letters)

Harrison, Preston: 1928, 1929, 1930 (to Mrs. Harriman), 1933, 1935 (8 letters)

Harshe, Robert (Art Institute of Chicago): 1928, 1929, 1932 (4 letters)

Hart, George Overbury "Pop": 1926, 1928, 1929, 1932 (6 letters)

Hart, Jean Overbury: 1948 (2 letters)

Hartell, John A. (Cornell University College of Architecture): 1941-1942, 1948 (11 letters)

Hartley, Marsden: 1937 (2 letters)

Hartmann, Sadakichi: 1938, 1939-1943 (8 letters, 1940 letter accompanied by ink drawing)

Harvey, Dorothy Dudley: 1933, 1936 (2 letters)

Hatch, John Davis Jr. (Albany Institute of History and Art): 1938, 1941 (2 letters)

Hatfield, Dalzell (Dalzell Hatfield Galleries): 1940

Haven, Ethel (Museum of Modern Art): 1930 (minutes of board meeting), 1932 (list of names; 2 items; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Hawkins, Frances (Museum of Modern Art): 1943

Hayes, Helen: 1946

Heicher, Joyce: 1941

Heil, Walter (M.H. de Young Memorial Museum): 1943

Hein Antiques: 1931, undated (4 letters)

Henry Street Settlement: 1963

Hess, Thomas: 1953 (Christmas card)

Heun, Arthur: 1930, 1932-1937, undated (9 items, including Christmas cards)

Hitchcock, Thomas Jr.: 1927, 1930, 1934-1937, 1939 (7 items, including Christmas cards)

Hodgson, Daphne: 1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1938, 1939 (15 letters)

Hoffman, Irving: 1947

Hood, Gretchen: 1928, 1934 (2 letters)

Hope, Henry R.: 1948, 1951 (3 letters; see also Provenance Files, "Sliced Loaf")

Howard, Cecil: 1931, 1934, 1936, 1938 (5 letters)

Howe, Mrs. Frederic: 1931, 1933 (3 letters)

Howe, Thomas Carr (California Palace of the Legion of Honor): 1947

Huggins, Wilfrid: 1932

Hunter, E.R. (Norton Gallery and School of Art): 1947

Hutchins, Ruth (see Adams)

Hutton, Ruth: 1931

Ingersoll, R. Sturgis: 1942, 1944, 1951 (4 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files and Provenance Files, "Young Girl")

Javis, Sidney (Museum of Modern Art): 1939 (2 letters)

Jeffreys, Lee: 1931

Jewell, Edward Alden: 1938

Jewett, Eleanor ( -- Chicago Tribune -- ): 1928

Johnson, G.M. (to Vera): 1909 (2 letters)

Johnston, William: 1927

Jonson, Raymond: 1938

Joslyn Memorial Art Museum (see Grumman, Kingman; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Kahn, Otto: 1927, 1928 (2 letters)

Kaltenbach, G.E. (Art Institute of Chicago): 1931

Kanzler, Josephine (Mrs. Ernest): 1945, 1947 (3 items including Christmas card)

Kaufman, Beatrice ( -- Harper's Bazaar -- ): 1935 (2 letters)

Kaufman, George: 1940

Keezer, Dexter M. (Reed College): 1936, 1937, 1941, 1945 (6 letters)

Kelekian, Dikran: 1922-1924, 1933, 1937, undated (9 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Keller, Henry: 1936, 1937, 1938 (3 letters)

Kennedy, Jacqueline: 1961

Kenefick, Theodore G.: 1956

Kennerley, Mitchell (Anderson Galleries, Inc.): 1938, 1941 (4 letters)

Keppel, Frederick P. (Carnegie Corporation): 1938 (2 letters)

Kerr, George F. (Society of Illustrators): 1930 (2 letters)

Kimball, Fiske (The Pennsylvania Museum): 1928, 1939 (2 letters)

Kingman, Eugene (Joslyn Memorial Art Museum): 1951 (4 letters)

Kirsch, Dwight (University of Nebraska Department of Art): 1941, 1943-1944, 1946, 1950, 1953 (9 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Kirstein, Lincoln (Museum of Modern Art): 1932

Kissel, Eleanora: 1928

Kistler, Aline ( -- San Francisco Chronicle -- , -- The San Franciscan -- , M.H. de Young Memorial Museum): 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933 (6 letters)

Klopfer, Donald S. (Random House, Inc.): 1940

Kohl, Dorothy (Philadelphia Art Alliance): 1945 (3 letters)

Komroff, Manuel: 1938

Kravis, Hal: 1936, 1941 (3 letters)

Kunstverein München E.V.: 1930

Kurtzworth, Harry Muir (Los Angeles Art Association, California Academy of the Fine Arts): 1938 (2 letters)

Lahr, Bert: 1948 (see also Provenance Files, "Portrait of Bert Lahr")

Labaudt, Lucien: 1929, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938 (5 items including Christmas card; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Lamb, James E.: 1928, 1930, 1935, 1937 (4 letters)

Larcada, Dick: 1963

Laurent, John: 1947-1950, undated (12 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Laurent, Mimi (Mrs. Robert): 1952

Laurent, Robert (Indiana University): 1923, 1949, 1953 (8 letters; see also Provenance Files, "Black Butterfly")

Lea, Lida Gorwin; 1935-1938, 1942 (8 letters, including Christmas card with original print; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Lenssen, Heidi: 1938, 1943, 1947, 1949-1951, 1963, 1964 (9 letters)

Levy, Adele Rosenwald (Mrs. David M.): 1948

Lewis, Agnes Knox: 1945

Lewis, Sally: 1923, 1939 (3 letters, includes signed print by Ellis Freemont; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Lie, Jonas: 1930

Lindsay, Howard: 1940

Littlefield, William (Grace Horne's Galleries): 1929

Liveright, Horace (Boni and Liveright Publishers): 1928

Lovins, Henry (Hollywood Art Center School): 1938

Luce, Molly: undated (Christmas card with print)

Lundgren, Eric: 1947-1953 (61 letters)

Lustgarten, Samuel (see Provenance Files, "Morning")

MacFarlane, Janet R. (Albany Institute of History and Art): 1958

Macnab, Archibald Leavenworth: 1923 (includes typescript of play "The Sculpting of Money"), 1927, 1929 (2 letters)

MacRae, Elmer: 1939

Mager, Gus: 1938, 1941-1943, 1946 (9 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Mangravite, Peppino (Cooper Union Art Schools): 1941

Mann, Margo (model): 1950

Marie Harriman Gallery (see Harriman, Sardi, Smoluchowska, or Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Matthews, H. L. ( -- The New York Times -- ): 1928

Matthias, Blanche: 1923, 1927, 1929, 1931-1937, 1940-1941 (19 items, including Christmas cards; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

McBride, Henry: 1935

McBride, Mary Margaret (WOR radio): 1940

McCausland, Elizabeth: 1938, 1948 (2 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

McCormick, Chauncey (Art Institute of Chicago): 1938

McCurdy, Edward: 1928

McDaniel, Beatrice (Mrs. Bruce): 1940

McIntyre, Robert: 1931 (2 letters)

McKim, William: 1945

Meigs, Ruth Averell (Arden Gallery): 1929 (2 letters)

Mencken, H.L.: 1945, 1946, 1947 (3 letters; see also Series 4.8: Notes and Writings)

Merrick, James Kirk (Philadelphia Art Alliance): 1945

Messer, Thomas M. (American Federation of Arts): 1952-1954 (5 letters)

Metcalf, Thomas N. (Boston Museum of Modern Art, Inc.): 1938, 1940 (2 letters)

Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1949, 1956 (5 letters; see also Hale, F.H. Taylor, Wehle)

Mellon, Minna (Mrs. Paul): 1946

Millay, Edna St. Vincent (typed copy): 1947 (see also Engen Boissevain in Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Miller, Dorothy C. (Museum of Modern Art): 1943

Miller, Lulu F. (The Hackley Gallery of Fine Arts): 1928

Milliken, William M.: 1936 (2 letters)

Minnigerode, C. Powell (Corcoran Gallery of Art): 1928 (2 letters)

Montclair Art Museum: 1928, 1932 (2 letters)

Montgomery, Gertrude: 1928

More, Hermon (Whitney Museum of American Art): 1933, 1935, 1943, 1948-1950 (8 letters)

Morgan, Agnes: 1938

Morison, David (Hamilton Easter Field Art Foundation): 1930

Morley, Grace: 1936, 1937-1939, 1943 (11 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Morse, John (see Provenance Files, "Man and Sea Beach")

Muguruza Otaño, Pedro: 1928

Museum of Art of Ogonquit: 1953 (see also Strater)

Museum of Modern Art (see Barr, Catlin, Haven, Hawkins, Kirstein, D. Miller, Pelles, A. Porter)

Nadelman, Viola M. (Mrs. Elie): 1947

Nankivell, Frank: 1934-1935 (Christmas cards with signed prints)

National Arts Club: 1932

Newhall, Beaumont (Museum of Modern Art): 1938

Nichols, Hobart (National Academy of Design): 1948

Nichols, J.C. (William Rockhill Nelson Trust): 1948

North, Henry Ringling (Ringling Brothers): 1941 (2 letters)

Norton Gallery and School of Art (see Hunter)

Norton, Ralph H. (Norton Gallery and School of Art): 1948

O'Connor, John Jr. (Carnegie Institute): 1943, 1945-1946, 1948 (8 letters)

Oldfield, Otis: 1928-1946, 1948-1949, 1951-1952, undated (111 letters; 1931, 1941, undated include Chritmas cards with print; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

O'Neil, John (University of Oklahoma): 1946

Owen, Ronnie (Mrs. William Gardner): 1941-1942, 1944-1946, 1948-1949 (15 letters)

Owens, Virginia B.( -- Christian Science Monitor -- ): 1943 (2 letters)

Paley, Goldie (Mrs. Samuel): 1941-1942 (2 letters)

Pandolfini, Giuseppi: 1938

Pach, Walter: 1938

Pascin, Jules: 1921

Passedoit, Georgete: 1930, 1931, 1932 (3 letters)

Patterson, Augusta Owen ( -- Town and Country -- ): 1930 (2 letters)

Paxson, Gordon (Syracuse University School of Art; see Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Peat, Wilbur D. (John Herron Art Institute): 1944, 1945 (7 letters)

Pelles, Geraldine (Museum of Modern Art): 1953 (3 letters)

Pelton, Agnes: 1938

Penfield, Louis: 1945, 1947-1949 (5 letters)

Penrose, Julie: 1937, 1948, 1951 (3 letters)

Perkins, Frances: 1949

Perls, Klaus G. (Perls Galleries): 1940

Perrine, Van: 1938

Perry, Mitzi: 1942

Petit, Margaret: 1928, 1931-1933, 1935-1938, undated (13 items including Christmas cards)

Philadelphia Art Alliance (see Kohl, Merrick, Williamson)

Phillips, Duncan: 1927, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1944 (15 letters)

Pinchot, Ruth Pickering: 1932

Poland, Reginald: 1938, 1947-1948 (12 letters)

Pope, Annemarie (American Federation of Arts): 1951 (5 letters)

Porter, Allen (Museum of Modern Art): 1945

Porter, Bruce: 1938

Potter, Fuller: 1933, 1934, 1936, 1944 (6 items including Christmas card)

Pratt, Mrs. Harold Irving; 1934 (2 letters, plus notes from lecture)

Pratt, Julia D.: 1927, 1928 (2 letters)

Pressoir, E.E.: 1928 (Guggenheim application), 1932 (2 letters)

Price, Frederic Newlin (Ferargil Galleries): 1948 (3 letters)

Prior, Harris K. (American Federation of Arts): 1957

Purnell, Lewis M.: 1943

Putnam, Samuel: 1928 (2 letters)

Quinn, John (see also Watson): 1919, 1920, 1921 (5 letters)

Quinton, Cornelia B. Sage (California Legion of Honor): 1928

Randolph, Lee F. (California School of Fine Arts): 1930, 1942 (2 letters)

Raseman, Richard P. (Cranbrook Academy of Art): 1940

Rathbone, Perry T.: 1946

Reber, Gottlieb Friedrich: 1931, 1932, 1933, undated (3 letters)

Redmond, Johnston: 1933

Renne, Otto A.: 1935, 1936, 1938, 1940 (5 letters; see also Carr)

Renwick, Charles S. Jr.: 1945-1946 (2 letters)

Rickey, George: 1937

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey (see Butler and North)

Rivière, Nina S. (Toledo Museum of Art): 1932

Robinson, Edward G.: 1936 (2 letters)

Roché, H.P.: 1928, 1938, 1939 (7 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Rogers, Christopher H. (regarding Francis Rogers): 1930

Rogers, Jane: 1932

Rogers, Meyric (Art Institute of Chicago): 1948 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Rogers, Will: [1926]

Roosevelt, Jean S. (Mrs. Philip James): 1928

Rosenberg, Paul (Paul Rosenberg and Co.): 1942, 1946, 1948 (8 letters)

Ross, Leola: 1928, 1931, 1935, 1936, 1937 (5 items including Christmas cards)

Rossiter, Henry P.: 1928

Rothschild, Howard: 1927

Roullier, Alice F. (Arts Club of Chicago): 1925, 1927, 1933, 1941 (8 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Rousseau, Théodore: 1935

Rumsey, Mary H. (Mrs. C.C.): 1930, 1934-1936, 1938, 1940, 1945, 1949, undated (11 items including Christmas card and receipts for paintings sold)

Ryan, Beatrice Judd (Beaux Arts Galerie): 1928, 1929 (4 letters)

Saint-Gaudens, Homer (Carnegie Institute): 1931, 1933, 1940, 1946-1949 (18 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Saklatwalla, Ann: 1944-1945 (2 letters; see also Provenance Files, "Bareback Rider")

Saklatwalla, B.D.: 1928, 1930-1936, 1941 (2 letters, 7 Christmas cards containing prints, 1931 print signed Jean Crotti)

Salinger, Jehanne Bietry: 1928-1930, 1933, 1935, 1946-1948 (includes signed print by Harry Wickey; 17 letters)

Salons of America: 1923, 1924

Salpeter, Harry ( -- Esquire -- ): 1936-1938 (6 letters)

Sanborn, Robert Alden: 1945

Sands, Mary (Museum of Modern Art): 1930

Sanger, Helen: 1948-1950, 1953, 1963 (16 letters)

Sanger, Margaret (American Birth Control League, Inc.): 1928

Santa Barbara Museum of Art (see Bear, Steele, Story; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Santo, Patsy: 1937-1946, 1948-1949, 1953 (103 letters, some illustrated)

Sardi Gina, Anne (Marie Harriman Gallery): 1941-1942, 1947, 1949 (6 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files and Provenance Files, "Girl in Shako" and "Guide")

Schlesigner, Louis: 1949

Schmit, Waldo (Smithsonian Institution): 1936-1949

Schulte, Antoinette: 1932-1938 (8 items, including Christmas card with original print)

Seiberling, Frank Jr. (Toledo Museum of Art): 1943, 1946 (3 letters)

Seymour Halpern Associates: 1945

Shapiro, Meyer: 1938

Sharkey, Alice M. (Whitney Museum of American Art): 1944

Shaw, Marjorie: 1930 (Christmas card with woodblock print)

Sheeler, Charles: 1938 (See also Series 4.2: Walt Kuhn Letters to Family)

Shostac, Percy (Labor Division, Greater New York Fund): 1941

Shyrock, Burnett H.: 1938 (4 letters)

Siple, Walter H. (Cincinnati Art Museum): 1938, 1942, 1945 (4 letters)

Skeoch, Mary E.: 1934-1936, 1938 (8 letters)

Skira, Alfred: 1932 (5 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1933)

Smith, Adele (Studio House, Philips Memorial Gallery, Museum of Modern Art Gallery of Washington): 1935, 1938, 1939 (5 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Smith, Cecil: 1937-1938 (3 letters)

Smith, Gordon M. (Currier Gallery of Art): 1950

Smoluchowska, Donia (Arden Gallery, Marie Harriman Gallery): 1929, 1932 (3 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Snow, Carmel ( -- Harper's Bazaar -- ): 1935, 1941 (2 letters)

Spaeth, Eloise (Mrs. Otto L.; Dayton Art Institute, American Federation of Arts, The Guild Hall): 1943-1953, 1960, undated (50 letters)

Spaeth, Otto: 1943 (4 letters)

Spier, LaSalle (brother of Vera Kuhn): 1914-1963

Spingarn, Amy (Mrs. Joel Elias): 1938 (2 letters)

Sprague, Marshall (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center): 1948 (2 letters)

Steele, Mary Oldfield (Santa Barbara Museum of Art): 1953-1954 (4 letters)

Stendahl, E.L. (Stendahl Art Galleries): 1939 (3 letters)

Stetson, Carroll: 1932

Stickney, Dorothy (Mrs. Howard Lindsay): 1941

Stinson, Eugene: 1928

Story, Ala (Santa Barbara Museum of Art): 1954 (2 letters)

Stout, George L.: 1952

Strain, Gertrude: 1935

Stransky, Joseph: 1927

Strater, Henry (Museum of Art of Ogonquit): 1953-1954 (4 letters)

Stroh, Earl W.: 1942 (2 letters)

Studio House (see Gates, Law, Smith)

Swartz, Susan (Art Institute of Zanesville, Ohio): 1943-1944 (7 letters)

Swope, Herbert Bayard: 1949

Sykes, Maltby (Alabama Polytechnic Institute): 1946

Taggard, Genevieve: 1930, 1931, 1933, 1941, undated (13 letters)

Tanner, Ethel: 1930 (Christmas card with woodblock print)

Taylor, Bertrand: 1945

Taylor, Francis Henry (Metropolitan Museum of Art): 1949 (see also Provenance Files, "Blue Clown")

Taylor, Henry White: 1938

Taylor, Olive (Mrs. Bertrand): 1944-1946, 1948-1949, undated (14 letters)

Teague, Virginia (Mrs. R.L.): 1951 (2 letters)

Teigen, Peter (Princeton University School of Architecture): 1928, 1929 (2 letters)

Thayer, Ellen ( -- The Dial -- ): 1927, 1928 (2 letters)

Thompson, Mark B.: 1934, 1935, 1937 (3 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Thorp, George G. (American Federation of Arts): 1947

Toledo Museum of Art (see Godwin, Rivière, Seiberling)

Toler, Sidney: 1941

Todd, Bianca: 1929, 1933, 1934 (3 items including Christmas cards with original prints)

Trovato, Joseph (Munson-Williams-Proctor-Institute): 1946, 1949 (2 letters)

Tucker, Allen: 1938

Turney, Winthrop: 1924

Tyson, Carroll: 1934

Underwood, Gilbert Stanley (architect): 1938, 1948 (5 letters)

Valentiner, Dr. W.R. (Detroit Institute of Arts): 1945

Valez, Dr. Xavier de: 1934

Venendi, Mario: 1949 (3 letters)

Vidar, Frede: 1936

Vreeland, Mr. and Mrs. Francis (Toby and Marion): 1934-1938 (6 letters)

Wadsworth, Alice (Mrs. James W.): 1940, 1941, 1942, 1945 (8 letters)

Waida, Robert: 1928

Waldron, James M. K. (Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery): 1936, 1937, 1961 (3 letters)

Walker, Maynard: 1946, 1948-1949, 1951-1952, 1955, 1961 (10 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files and Provenance Files, "Guide" and "Veteran Acrobat")

Ward, William: 1949

Washburn, Gordon B. (Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art): 1945

Watkins, C. Law (Studio House, Phillips Memorial Gallery): 1933 (2 letters)

Watson, John (for John Quinn): 1914, 1921 (2 letters), 1938

Watson, Nan: 1928, undated

Wear, Verna (Mortimer Brandt Gallery): 1943 (2 letters)

Weber, Max: 1938

Weber, W.: 1928

Wehle, Harry B. (Metropolitan Museum of Art; see Provenance Files, "Girl in Uniform")

Weibel, Adèle (Detroit Institute of Arts): 1938

Weigel, Paul: 1932, 1934, 1935, 1937 (4 letters)

Weinberger, Alfred: 1931

Weir, Ernest and Mary: 1945 (2 letters)

Weng, Siegfried R. (Dayton Art Institute): 1943 (2 letters)

Werner, M.R.: 1928

Weston, Edward: 1928-1930, 1932-1933, 1935, 1937-1938, 1941 (9 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Wetmore, Edith: 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932-1936 (16 items including Christmas cards)

White, Frances M.: 1945

Whiting, F.A. Jr. ( -- Magazine of Art -- ): 1938

Whitney, Harry: 1942 (see also Greason and Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Whitney Studio Galleries (see also Force): 1929

Whitney Museum of American Art (see Force, Free, More, Freeman, Sharkey, Goodrich)

Wilder, Mitchell A. (Colorado Springs): 1946-1953 (75 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Wilenski, R.H.: 1938, 1939, 1945-1946 (8 letters)

Williams, Adele (Women's club of Richmond): 1930

Williamson, Ada (Philadelphia Art Alliance): 1927, 1928, 1945, 1949 (19 letters; see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts (see Bissell)

Wilson, Henry J.: 1950

Winser, Beatrice: 1935, 1940 (7 letters)

Woelfle, Arthur M.: 1914 (see also Selected Gallery and Exhibition Files)

Woelfle, Georgiana: 1936, 1937, 1963 (3 letters)

Wood, Stanley: 1928

Zayas, Marius de: 1934, 1939, 1947, 1948 (10 letters)

Zügel, Heinrich von: 1904
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

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Collection Citation:
Walt Kuhn Family papers and Armory Show records, 1859-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kuhnwalt, Subseries 4.3
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Victor Zamudio-Taylor papers, 1982-2012

Creator:
Zamudio-Taylor, Victor, 1956-2013  Search this
Subject:
Pitta, Thiago Rocha  Search this
Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo  Search this
Topic:
Curators -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Curators -- Mexico  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17410
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)384353
AAA_collcode_zamuvict
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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James Cahill Papers

Creator:
Cahill, James, 1926-2014  Search this
Names:
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco  Search this
College Art Association of America  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Barnhart, Richard M., 1934-  Search this
Cahill, James, 1926-2014  Search this
Fong, Wen  Search this
Fu, Shen, 1937-  Search this
Lawton, Thomas, 1931-  Search this
Ledderose, Lothar date  Search this
Lee, Sherman E.  Search this
Li, Chu-tsing, 1920-  Search this
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Sickman, L. C. S. (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn, 1904-  Search this
Vinograd, Richard Ellis date  Search this
Wang, Chi-ch'ien  Search this
Wu, Nelson Ikon, 1919-  Search this
Extent:
12 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Postcards
Manuscripts
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Japan
Berkeley (Calif.)
China
Date:
1945-1996
Summary:
Papers created by Asian art historian, curator, and collector Dr. James Francis Cahill. Includes personal and professional correspondence and project files documenting his many publications, lectures and activities in the Asian art field. Documents span his early career at the Freer Gallery of Art, where he served as curator of Chinese art from 1957-1965, and his tenure 1965-1994 as Professor of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley.
Scope and Content Note:
The James Cahill Papers span the years 1945 to 1996 and measures 15 linear feet. The collection includes: personal and administrative correspondence with other art historians, art dealers and collectors; lecture manuscripts and administrative material and correspondence with art museums, universities and other organizations in the Asian art community. There are also several personal letters and postcards with family friends of James and Dorothy Cahill. The folder descriptions were retained from Cahill's own folder titles and organized alphabetically within each series.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 2 series:

Series 1 -- Project Files, 1945-1996

Series 2 -- Correspondence with Individuals, 1945-1996
Biographical Note:
1926 -- Born, Fort Bragg, CA

1950 -- Receives BA degree in Oriental Languages from University of California, Berkeley

1952 -- Receives MA degree in Art History from University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor

Circa 1953 -- Holds a museum training fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

1954-1955 -- Studies with Shujiro Shimada at Kyoto University in Japan on a Fulbright Scholarship

1956 -- Works with Osvald Sirén in Stockholm on his seven-volume series "Chinese Painting: Leading Masters and Principles" Joins staff of Freer and Sackler Gallery as Curator of Chinese Art

1958 -- Receives PhD in Art History from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, working principally with Max Loehr

1960 -- Publishes first and highly influential book: "Chinese Painting." In: Treasures of Asia series, Editions d'Art Albert Skira, Geneva, Switzerland 1960. Published also in French and German editions

1965 -- Leaves the Freer and Sackler Gallery to accept position as Professor of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley

1973 -- Goes to China as member of the Chinese Archaeological Delegation, first group of art historians to visit China from the US

1976 -- Publishes first of projected five-volume series on later Chinese paintings: "Hills Beyond a River: Chinese Painting of the Yuan Dynasty"

1977 -- Visits China as chairman of Chinese Old Painting Delegation

1978 -- Publishes second of projected five-volume series on later Chinese painting: "Parting At the Shore: Chinese Painting of the Early and Middle Ming Dynasty"

1978-1979 -- Accepts appointment as Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard; delivers series of lectures titled, "The Compelling Image: Nature and Style in 17th Century Chinese Painting"

1982 -- Publishes "Barnhart-Cahill-Rogers Correspondence, 1981" (collection of correspondence published for colleagues) The Harvard lecture series: "The Compelling Image: Nature and Style in 17th Century Chinese Painting" published as a book, receives College of Art Association's Morey Prize for Best Art History book

1998-1999 -- Spends a year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton with his wife, the art historian and artist Hsingyuan Tsao

2007 -- Former students organize 80th birthday party/symposium at Berkeley, titled: "Returning to the Shore"

2010 -- Became the 12th Recipient of the Charles Lang Freer Medal

Present -- Living in Vancouver, Canada
Related Material:
The James Cahill website, http://www.jamescahill.info/ which contains digitized versions of selected unpublished papers, correspondence and personal reminisces.
Provenance:
Gift of James Cahill.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Due to cold storage requirements, digital surrogates are prefered for access. One week's notice is required prior to access originals.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce and publish an item from the Archives is coordinated through the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's Rights and Reproductions department. Please contact the Archives in order to initiate this process.
Occupation:
Art historians  Search this
Topic:
Art, Japanese  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postcards
Manuscripts
Citation:
James Cahill papers, 1945-1996. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of James Cahill, December 12th, 2001.
Identifier:
FSA.A2001.11
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987  Search this
Extent:
(Box 1-2; 1.0 linear foot)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940-1988
Scope and Contents note:
Raphael Soyer's correspondence spans over forty years, with the bulk of it dating between 1960 and his death in 1987. Letters are arranged chronologically and the majority are incoming to Soyer, but there are also scattered drafts of outgoing letters. Soyer was friends with many artists and cultural figures, and his personal correspondence includes letters to and from artists such as Lambro Ahlas, Benny Andrews, Rudolf Baranik, Leonard Baskin, George Biddle, Peter Blume, Aaron Bohrod, John Bratby, Alex Brook, David Burliuk, Marc Chagall, Peter De Francia, Otto Dix, Guy Du Bois, Philip Evergood, Josef Herman, Joseph Hirsch, Edward Hopper, Jacob Kainen, R. B. Kitaj, Leon Kroll, Joe Lasker, Jack Levine, Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Varnum Poor, Fairfield Porter, Max Weber, and numerous others. Soyer also corresponded with many writers such as Erskine Caldwell, Allen Ginsberg, Marianne Moore, and Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Also found here is correspondence with the Forum Gallery which represented him and dealer Bella Fishko. There is also correspondence with numerous galleries, museums, and schools which exhibited his work or requested his work for potential exhibitions. Additionally, there is correspondence with students and publishers, mostly requests for him to lecture or write articles, and business correspondence on the sale, donation, or commission of his work. Soyer corresponded with many art historians and critics, curators, gallery owners, and collectors, such as Andrei Chegodaev, Lloyd Goodrich, Joseph Hirshhorn, Abram Lerner, and Carl Zigrosser, as well as arts and social organizations. The collection includes very little family correspondence. Some of the letters are in Russian.

See Appendix for a list of correspondents in Series 2.
Arrangement note:
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Appendix: Correspondents in Series 2:
A. S. Barnes & Company, Inc.: 1965, 1976

Abeles, Sigmund: 1981, 1987

Abram, Carl Fisher: 1986

ACA Galleries: 1981, 1985

Ackerberg, Sanders: 1974

Ahlas, Lambro: 1964, 1965, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978-1980, 1985, 1986, undated

Alderson, Cella: undated

Alexander, Sidney: 1962, 1978, undated

Algase, Benjamin: 1981

Allen, Mary: 1980

Allentuck, Dan: 1986

Allinson, Jane: 1985

American Academy and Institute of Arts and letters: 1981, 1987

American Art Journal -- : 1970

American Contemporary Art Gallery: 1968

Amsden, Floyd T.: 1978

Andrews, Benny: 1965, 1972, 1974

Arikha, Avigdor: 1985-1987, undated

Art Dealers Association of America, Inc.: 1984

Art Harris Gallery: 1972, 1974

Art New -- s: 1953, 1963

Art Students League of New York: 1968

Artists for Core: 1966

Ashkenazy, Arnold: 1984, 1986

Associated American Artists: 1961, 1965, 1968

Atelier Royce: 1977

Bakshi, Ralph: 1978

Baranik, Rudolf: 1961, 1962, 1964, 1973, 1974, undated

Baskin, Leonard: 1963, 1964, undated

Bearden, Romare: undated

Bender, William H., Jr.: 1967

Berman, Saul: 1970, undated

Bernstein, Bo: 1973

Bezalel National Museum: 1963

Biddle, George: 1957, 1962, 1966, 1967, 1971

Biegle, Peter: undated

Bloch, Maurice: 1981

Bloch, Robert: 1984, 1985, undated

Blume, Peter: 1967, 1969

Bohrod, Aaron: 1954, 1960, 1977, 1979

Boston Public Library: 1963

Boston University: 1961, 1965

Bouche, Louis: 1960

Bowdoin College Museum of Art: 1964, 1968

Boyle, Kay: 1983

Bratby, John: 1962, 1965-1968, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, undated

Braun, Walter: 1977

Brook, Alex: 1969, 1977

Brooklyn Association for Mental Health, Inc.: 1969

Brooklyn Community Counseling Center: 1964

Brooklyn Museum: 1966, 1986

Brooks, Van Wyck: 1962, undated

Brown, Margaret Root: 1962

Browne, Renni: undated

Bulla, Clyde Robert: 1978

Burliuk, David Marussia: 1959-1961, 1963, 1966

Burliuk, Nicholas: 1967, 1982, 1983, undated

Burston Graphic Centre, Jerusalem: 1975

Butler Institute of American Art: 1963, 1984, 1987

Butler, Joseph G.: 1963

Caldwell, Virginia: 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, undated

Carvalho, Milton A.: 1968, 1969

Castellon, Hieda: 1977

Centre Culturel Americain: 1979

Chagall, Marc: 1955, 1957

Chapnick, Paul: 1980

Charnow, Miriam: 1964

Chegodaev, A.: 1965, 1966, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, undated

Chernow, Burt: 1966

Chicago Tribune -- : 1953

Chute, Marchette: 1961, 1966, 1969, 1981

Ciardi, John: 1966, 1969

Cogen, Charlie: 1975

Cohen, Arthur: 1975-1977, 1979, 1980

Coleman, Edward: 1975

Connellan, Carl: 1972

Constructionist -- : 1966

Copper, Dennis: 1976

Corbin, Douglas: 1981

Corcoran Gallery of Art: 1943, 1951

Cornell University: 1962, 1965

Dale, Marion: 1972

De Francia, Peter: 1961, 1968, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986

De Groot, P.: 1965

Delbanco, Kurt: 1981

Deldeo, Salvatore: 1979

Detroit Institute of Arts: 1963

Diamond, David: 1977

Dickinson, Edwin: undated

Dickinson, Sidney: 1959

Dix, Otto: 1963

Dmitrievitch, Andrei: 1976, undated

Dobkin, John: 1983, undated

Du Bois, Guy: 1951, 1953, 1955

Eaton, Charles Edwar: 1978, 1979

Edel, Leon: 1969

Edgeworth, Richard C.: 1984, 1986

Evergood, Philip: 1941, 1954, 1967, undated

Everson Museum of Art: 1976, 1977

Feinberg, Charles E.: 1947

Feinberg, Paul: 1986

Fiala, Vaclav: 1975, 1978

Fisher, Jacob: 1979

Flaig, Bea: 1981

Floch, Joseph: 1962, undated

Fogg Art Museum: 1974, 1975

Ford Foundation: 1962

Forum Gallery (Bella Fishko): 1961-1963, 1966-1968, 1970, 1973-1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1986, undated

Frankenstein, Alfred V.: 1971

Franklin, Elaine: 1974

Freifeld, Eric: 1968, 1972, 1978

Friends of Art: 1985

Fuks, Leo: 1975

Furth, Dora: 1973, 1975-1977

Garrett, Adams: 1982, 1986

George Mason University: 1980

Georgia Museum of Art: 1968, 1983

Gibbs, Charles: 1972

Gillette, Henry: 1981

Ginsberg, Allen: 1968

Gladstein, Sheldon: 1987

Glaser, Mary Todd: 1965

Goldsmith, Morton G.: 1964

Gonzales, Xavier: 1982

Goodrich, Lloyd: 1963, 1967, 1971, 1981, undated

Goshans, Werner: 1977, 1981, 1982

Grant, Quentin: 1979

Grausman, Philip: 1965, undated

Gray, Don: 1984

Grossman, Emery: 1964

Grosz, George: 1956, 1957

Guggenheim Museum: 1980

Guttuso, Renato: 1962, 1963, undated

Gwathney, Bob: undated

Halegua, Lillian: 1967, 1977

Halper, Albert: 1972

Harmon, Lily: 1981

Harris, Victor: 1977

Harriton, Abe: 1981

Harry N. Abrams, Inc.: 1964, 1969, 1971

Harvard University: 1962

Hautzig, Debbi: 1978

Hebrew Union College: 1983

Hecht, Fels: 1984, 1987

Heckscher Museum: 1977, 1987

Herman, Josef: 1967, 1976, 1983, undated

Hills, Patricia: 1981, 1982, 1985

Hirsch, Joseph: 1960, 1964, 1966, 1977, 1979, 1981

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 1975, 1979-1983

Hirshhorn, Joseph: 1965, 1968, 1969

Hoag, Paul Sterling: 1954

Hoffman, Gladys: 1961

Hollfelder, Jack: 1983

Homar, Lorenzo: 1979, 1980

Hopper, Edward: 1960-1963, undated

Horn, Lex: 1964

Horowitz, Brenda: 1984

Hosbach, Marguerette: 1973

Hutchins, Robert: 1984, undated

Jackson, Harry: 1966

Jackson, Valentina: 1979

Jewish Museum: 1974, 1981, 1982

Johns, Judith: 1982

Jones, Kathryn: 1986

Jones, Wilma: 1960

Josephson, Matthew: 1969, 1970

Kainen, Jacob: 1968, 1969

Kalet, Maureen: 1982

Kalischer, Nathan: 1979

Kane, Doris: 1975

Kaplan, Kathy Walden: 1983

Karlstrom, Paul: 1972

Kearney, John: 1984, undated

Kennedy Galleries, Inc.: 1980

King, Barry: 1985

King, Raymond: 1986

Kitaj, R. B and Sandra: 1979-1985, 1987, undated

Klemeri, Diana: 1982

Knaths, Karl: 1953

Kroll, Leon: 1945, 1961, 1964

Kuniyoshi, Yasuo: undated

Kunstverein in Hamburg: 1980

Landau, Ellen G.: 1982

Lasansky, Leonardo: 1986

Lasker, Joe: 1955, 1962, 1968, 1970, 1985, undated

Leiser, Erwin: 1980

Lerner, Abram (Al): 1958, 1985

LeRoy, Marvyn: 1968

Lesser, Gerson: 1979

Levin, Eli: 1977

Levin, Gail: 1985

Levine, David: 1963, 1971

Levine, Jack: 1963, 1986

Levine, Sheldon: 1987

Levy, Alan; 1982, 1983, 1985

Lipchitz, Jacques: 1962, undated

Loeb, Albert: 1980

Long, Rose: 1986

Loyola Marymount University: 1985, 1986

Ludgin, Earle: 1966

Lyons, Leonard: 1963

Maass, John: 1986

Maryland Institute, College of Art: 1975

Mayer, Bena Frank: 1967

Mayer, Bernadette: 1981

Mazo, Joe: 1984

McBain, Gertrude: 1986, undated

McDaniel, Aletha: 1982

Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1978-1980, 1982-1984, 1986

Meyers, Bill: 1962, undated

Miami Herald -- : 1972

Milwaukee Art Museum: 1983

Minnigerode, C. Powell: 1940

Mishkan Le'Omanut, Museum of Art: 1964

Mondale, Joan: 1977

Moore, Marianne: 1960, 1968

Morgan, Bill: 1984

Morlan, Nina: 1983

Mourlot, Liliane: 1967

Mumford, Lewis: 1965

Museum of Modern Art: 1953, 1961, 1962, 1966

Museum Tel Aviv: 1962, 1972, 1973

Myers, Neil: 1973

Nathan, Helmuth: 1967

National Academy of Design: 1970, 1977, 1981, 1984

National Arts Club: 1978

National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, Inc.: 1968

Neel, Alice & Neel Family: 1969, 1985

Neugass, Ludwig: 1965

New Republic Book Company, Inc.: 1976, 1977

New School for Social Research: 1980

New York Times -- : 1959, 1972, undated

Newark Public Library: 1981

Newman, John: 1984

Nichols, Norma: 1982

Nordness, Leo: 1961

Otis, Elizabeth R.: 1963

Palevsky, Jaon: 1980

Papazian, Gilbert: 1977, 1978, 1980, 1987

Parrish Art Museum: 1980

Pembroke Gallery: 1983

Penney, Charles: 1981

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: 1948

Pennsylvania State University: 1977, 1982, 1983

Perlis, Don: 1979

Perlman, Bennard: 1977

Petrovsky, Mira & Vladimir: 1975, undated

Pink, Marilyn: 1986

Poor, Henry Varnum & Annie: 1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1969, 1975, 1985, undated

Porter, Fairfield: 1956, undated

Portland Art Museum: 1985

Provincetown Art Association: 1984

Queens Child Guidance Center, Inc.: 1970

Quirt, Eleanor: 1981, 1985, undated

Randolph-Macon Woman's College: 1985

Random House, Inc.: 1968, 1969, 1976

Rappin, Adrian: 1976

Rewald, John & Alice: 1963, 1966, 1982, undated

Rhode Island School of Design: 1971

Robbins, Warren: 1983, 1984, 1985

Rogers, Leo M.: 1961

Rose, Herman: 1962, undated

Rosenberg, James N.: 1969

Rosenkranz, Rita: 1987

Rosner, Stanley: 1969

Roszak, Theodore: 1977

Roth, Audrey M.: 1978

Rothwell, Jed: 1987

Rozmaryn, Jack: 1974

Russell, Rhoda Winter: 1980

Saint John's University: 1981

Salisbury, Harrison: 1975

Salpeter, Harry: 1964, undated

San Antonio Museum Association: 1980

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 1982

Sandler, Marc J.: 1962

Sarnewitz, Lyle Evan: 1984

Schiff, Sidney: 1984

Schlang, Joseph: 1965

Schoen, Jason: 1985, 1986

Schrag, Karl: 1969, undated

Schrag, Raymond: 1986

Seyffert, Richard: 1979

Shannon, Joe: 1981

Shapiro, David: 1979

Shubert, Katherine: 1967

Singer, Isaac B.: 1978, undated

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: 1981

Sleigh, Sylvia: 1984

Smith, Mrs. Wallace (Kelcey): 1985

Smith, Vincent D.: 1976, 1981

Smithsonian Institution (National Collection of Fine Arts): 1968, 1973, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985-1987

Sonnemann, Nell: 1972, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1986

Styron, William: 1969

Swanson, Mary T.: 1979

Syracuse University: 1965, 1973

Taliano, A. D.: 1978, 1981, undated

Tapper, Joan: 1977

Thaler, Jesse: 1978

Tinsley, Betty: 1961

Todd, Ellen: 1986

Todorchev, Anne: 1979, 1980

Tolskaya, Leidmila: 1965, 1967

Toney, Anthony: 1955

United American Artists: 1940

United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York: 1970, 1974

University of California, Berkeley: 1966

University of Maryland: 1968

University of Minnesota: 1985, 1986

University of Texas: 1969

Van der Tweel, L. H.: 1975

Van Devanter, Ann C.: 1973

Vereisky, Oriest: undated

Vincent Price Collection: 1964

Walsh, Alexandria: 1977

Warner, Keith: 1944

Warshaw, Howard: 1953

Washburn, Gordon B.: 1967

Weber, Max: 1954, undated

Wertham, Fredric: 1967

West, Michael: 1967

Wheelock, Susan; 1976

Whitney Museum of American Art: 1950, 1966, 1969, 1977, 1979, 1981-1983, 1985

Wichita Art Museum: 1977

Wigglesworth, Anne Parker: 1983

William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, 1981, 1985-1987, undated

Winer, Arthur: 1976

Wolff, Theodore: 1981

Worcester Art Museum (Francis Henry Taylor): 1957

Yeshiva University: 1967, 1974

Zabriskie, Virginia: 1979

Zigrosser, Carl: 1941, 1969
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the original papers requires an appointment.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Raphael Soyer papers, 1933-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.soyeraph, Series 2
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Archival Repository:
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Outreach

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1975-1978
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Woman's Building records
Woman's Building records / Series 2: Education Programs / 2.2: Feminist Studio Workshop
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Los Angeles in the forties - the pot of gold symposium sound recordings

Creator:
Fadiman, William  Search this
Haswell, Hal  Search this
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Kaufmann, Edward  Search this
Leach, Douglas  Search this
Lewitzky, Bella  Search this
McCoy, Esther  Search this
Meyer, Michael, 1940-  Search this
Pell, Iris  Search this
Rosen, Robert, 1940-  Search this
Starr, Kevin  Search this
Stein, Leonard  Search this
Steinberg, Michael, 1928-  Search this
Banham, Reyner  Search this
Barr, Claudia  Search this
Diehl, Digby  Search this
Ehrlich, Susan, 1942-  Search this
Humanities West  Search this
Los Angeles in the 40s (1985 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Names:
Humanities West  Search this
Collection Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Extent:
6 Items (sound cassettes)
Container:
Item IM100RC.109
Item IM100RC.109
Item IM100RC.109
Item IM100RC.109
Item IM100RC.109
Item IM100RC.109
Type:
Archival materials
Audio [31027000708376]
Audio [31027000708434]
Audio [31027000708491]
Audio [3102700708202]
Audio [31027000708269]
Audio [31027000708327]
Sound recordings
Place:
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History
Date:
1985 March 29-31
Scope and Contents:
Recordings of an interdisciplinary conference co-sponsored by Humanities West and the Archives of American Art, held in San Francisco, California, 1985 March 29-31, at the Asian Art Museum. The participants speak about the environment for the arts in Los Angeles during the 1940s. They include: architectural historian Reyner Banham, actor Claudia Barr, columnist Digby Diehl, art historian Susan Ehrlich, writer William Fadiman, actor Hal Haswell, coordinator Paul Karlstrom, professor Edward Kaufmann, actor Douglas Leach, choreographer Bella Lewitzky, architectural historian Esther McCoy, music historian Michael Meyer, dancer Iris Pell, film critic Robert Rosen, historian Kevin Starr, and music historians Leonard Stein and Michael Steinberg.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes.
Provenance:
Donated 1985 by Humanities West.
Collection Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment.
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Arts -- California -- Los Angeles -- History  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.archiv57, Item AAA
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Peter Howard Selz papers

Creator:
Selz, Peter Howard, 1919-  Search this
Names:
College Art Association of America  Search this
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.) (Faculty)  Search this
Marlborough Gallery  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (Calif.)  Search this
University of California, Berkeley. University Art Museum  Search this
Baykam, Bedri, 1957-  Search this
Beckmann, Max, 1884-1950  Search this
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Bergman, Ciel, 1938-  Search this
Bury, Pol, 1922-2005  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Chase-Riboud, Barbara  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Christo, 1935- (Running fence)  Search this
Conner, Bruce  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966  Search this
Golub, Leon, 1922-2004  Search this
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Hadzi, Dimitri, 1921-2006  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Lindner, Richard, 1901-  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia , 1887-1986  Search this
Onslow-Ford, Gordon  Search this
Paris, Harold, 1925-  Search this
Petlin, Irving, 1934-  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Tinguely, Jean, 1925-  Search this
Extent:
31.5 Linear feet
0.696 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Place:
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
Date:
1929-2014
bulk 1950-2005
Summary:
The papers of art historian and writer Peter Howard Selz measure 31.5 linear feet and 0.696 GB and date from 1929 to 2018, with the bulk of the materials from 1950 to 2005. The papers document Selz's long career via correspondence, writings, professional files, project files, membership and association records, artists' research files, exhibition files, personal business records, printed and digital materials, and nine scrapbooks.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art historian and writer Peter Howard Selz measure 31.5 linear feet and 0.696 GB and date from 1929 to 2018, with the bulk of the materials from 1950 to 2005. The papers document Selz's long career via correspondence, writings, professional files, project files, membership and association records, artists' research files, exhibition files, personal business records, printed and digital materials, and scrapbooks.

Correspondence is with colleagues, artists, museums, and galleries concerning a wide variety of topics, including exhibitions and publications. The bulk of the correspondence consists of alphabetical files (two linear feet) that includes correspondence with artists. Notable correspondents include Pol Bury, Alexander Calder, Gordon Onslow Ford, Alberto Giacometti, Morris Graves, Philip Guston, Dimitri Hadzi, Jacques Lipchitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Jean Tinguely, and others. Eight additional files of chronological correspondence is with curators, arts organizations, and publishers. Additional correspondence is found in the professional files, project files, membership files, artists' research files, and exhibition files.

The bulk of the writings series is comprised of files related to Selz's books and includes typescript drafts and galleys, printed and digital material, correspondence, and publishing contracts. Files are found for Art in Our Times, Art of Engagement, Beyond the Mainstream, and Theories of Modern Art. Other writings consist of drafts of articles, essays, notes, and lectures by Selz. Also included are writings by others, including materials related to Paul Karlstrom's biography of Selz.

Professional files document curatorial and teaching positions at the Chicago Institute of Design, Pomona College, University of California, Berkeley, and the Museum of Modern Art. The series includes contracts, recommendations, syllabi, and correspondence.

Project files document Selz's professional work on specific art projects, panels, and symposiums. There is extensive documentation of Selz's work as project director of Christo's Running Fence, as well as other environmental art work projects by Christo, the Berkeley Art Project, Disney Art Project, "Funk Art" symposium, and the "Art and Politics in the 20th Century" symposium. Project files contain a wide variety of materials, such as correspondence, printed material, financial records, reports, photographs, and other documents. There are 2 tape reels, 1 VHS, and 1 sound cassette.

Membership and association records document Selz's involvement with or membership in various art councils, trustee boards, such as the College Art Association, Art in Chicago Advisory Committee, Bay Area Rapid Transit (B.A.R.T.) Art Council, and the San Francisco Crafts and Folk Art Museum Advisory Board, among others. Materials include meeting minutes, bulletins, correspondence, and memoranda.

Artists' Research Files consist of a wide variety of research materials Selz compiled about artists for lectures, writings, projects, exhibitions, etc. Files vary and may include original and photocopied correspondence, photographic material, resumes, printed and digital material, and writings. There is also 1 sound cassette. Files are found for Bedri Baykam, Max Beckmann, Fletcher Benton, Ciel Bergman, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Bruce Conner, Jean Dubuffet, Lyonel Feininger, Leon Golub, Dimitri Hadzi, Rico Lebrun, Harold Paris, Irving Petlin, among many others.

Exhibition files include catalogs, reviews, clippings, writings, correspondence, and other material documenting exhibitions organized by Selz. Limited materials are found for the MOMA Art Nouveau exhibition. More extensive documentation is found for Seven Decades of Modern Art, 1895-1965, The Joint Show (1967), The American Presidency in Political Cartoons (1976), American Modern Art Between the Two World Wars (1979), German Realism in the Twenties: Artist As Social Critic (1980), Twelve Artists from the German Democratic Republic (1989), a Richard Lindner Retrospective (1996), Spaces of Nature (1999), Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000 (2000), and a Nathan Oliviera Retrospective (2002), among others. Some of the materials are in digital format.

Personal business records are related to the Mark Rothko estate and Kate Rothko's legal case against Marlborough Gallery, Inc. Also included in this series are Peter Selz's school transcripts, bequests, royalty statements, house designs, and other material.

Printed materials include clippings, prints of articles written by Peter Selz, exhibition announcements and invitations, and photocopies of artwork images.

There are nine disbound scrapbooks dating from the 1940s up through 2012 containing clippings, exhibition announcements, and photographs of art events, Selz, and artists. This series also includes materials from the 2018 addition that may have previously been compiled in binders.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 10 series. When possible the original order of Peter Selz was maintained. However, multiple accessions were merged and integrated.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1942-2013 (2.3 linear feet; Box 1-3, Box 37)

Series 2: Writings, 1942- circa 2014 (8.3 linear feet; Box 3-10, OV 32, Box 37, 0.035 GB; ER01, ER12)

Series 3: Professional Files, 1949-2012 (1 linear feet; Box 11, Box 37)

Series 4: Project Files, 1962-2015 (2.8 linear feet; Box 12-14, OV 33, Box 37)

Series 5: Membership and Association Records, 1958-2014 (1.1 linear feet; Box 14-15, Box 37)

Series 6: Artists' Research Files, 1955-2014 (7.9 linear feet; Box 15-22, OV 34-35, 0.520 GB; ER02-ER08)

Series 7: Exhibition Files, 1959-2014 (5.2 linear feet; Box 23-27, Box 38, 0.093 GB; ER09-ER11)

Series 8: Personal Business Records, 1929-2014 (1.2 linear feet; Box 28-29, OV 36, Box 38)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1957-2014 (0.3 linear feet; Box 29, Box 38)

Series 10: Scrapbooks, 1947-2018 (1.4 linear feet, Box 29-31, Box 38)
Biographical / Historical:
Peter Howard Selz (1919-2019) was a pioneering historian of modern art, professor, and writer who taught at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-1988 and founded and directed the Berkeley Art Museum from 1965-1973.

Selz was born in 1919 in Munich, Germany to Eugene Selz and Edith Drey Selz. In 1936, the family fled Nazi Germany and immigrated to the United States. Selz attended Columbia University from 1937 to 1938 and became a naturalized citizen in 1942. During World War II, Selz served in the U.S. Army in the Office of Strategic Services. He married writer Thalia Cheronis in 1948 but they later divorced in 1965; he married several times afterwards.

After the war, Selz attended and taught at the University of Chicago where he received a Ph. D. in German Expressionism. He spent a year in Paris, 1949-1950, at the Sorbonne and École du Louvre on a Fulbright grant. He received a second Fulbright grant in 1953 to study at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Belgium. From 1953-1955, Selz also taught at the Chicago Institute of Design.

In 1955 Peter Selz accepted a position to chair the art history department at Pomona College in Claremont and relocated to California for a few years. He also became director of the college's art gallery.

In 1958 Selz moved to New York City to become curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art and was there through the transformative mid-1960s. While at MOMA, he organized several significant exhibitions of modern art, including the 1960 Jean Tinguely "Homage to New York," a sculpture that destroyed itself (and started a fire) in the sculpture garden of the museum; New Images of Man (1959), the Art Nouveau show (1960), and the Art of Assemblage (1961). He also launched important retrospectives, including the first Rodin retrospective in the United States and a comprehensive exhibition of Alberto Giacometti's work in 1965.

In 1965, Peter Selz returned to California to become the founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum at the University of California, Berkeley, a position he held until 1973. He organized exhibitions of Funk, film, and ceramicists like Peter Voulkos and Robert Arneson. Peter Selz later became project director for Christo's "Running Fence", the 24.5-mile long fabric fence over the Marin County hills in 1976. He also served concurrently as a professor of art history at UC until retiring in 1988.

Peter Selz was a member of the College Art Association's board of directors for two terms, 1958-1964 and 1966-1971. Selz is a prolific writer, and the author or co-author of numerous books, exhibition catalogs, and articles. Notable books include German Expressionist Painting (1957), Art in a Turbulent Era (1965), Art in Our Times (1981), and Sam Francis (1975).

In 1988 Peter Selz was named emeritus professor at University of California, Berkeley. In 1993 he was on the acquisitions committee of the Museums of Fine Arts, San Francisco. In 2012, Selz curated The Painted Word exhibition. Selz died in 2019 in Albany, California.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds oral history interviews of Peter Selz conducted by Paul J. Karlstrom on July 28, 1982, October 12, 1982, and November 3, 1999.
Provenance:
The Peter Howard Selz papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Peter Selz in multiple installments from 1976 through 2014. Additional papers were donated in 2018 by Gabrielle Selz, Peter Selz's daughter.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate 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.
Occupation:
Authors -- California -- Berkeley  Search this
Art historians -- California -- Berkeley  Search this
Topic:
Realism  Search this
Political cartoons  Search this
Pop art  Search this
Environment (Art)  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- California  Search this
Art -- Political aspects  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art -- Germany  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Peter Howard Selz papers, 1929-2018, bulk 1950-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.selzpete
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Online Media:

Oral history interview with Carlos Villa

Interviewee:
Villa, Carlos, 1936-2013  Search this
Interviewer:
Roth, Moira  Search this
Extent:
6 Items (5 videocassettes (U-matic); 1 VHS)
5 Items (video files (1 hrs., 38 min.), digital, mov)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1989 July 11
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Carlos Villa conducted 1989 July 11, by Moira Roth, for the Archives of American Art, at Villa's studio in Oakland, California.
Biographical / Historical:
Carlos Villa (1936- 2013) was a Filipino American painter, curator, and educator based in San Francisco, California. Moira Roth (1933- ) is an art historian and writer in Berkeley, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 U-matic videocasettes.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds an oral history interview with Carlos Villa, 1995 June 20-July 10.
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 interview is not transcribed. The video recording is open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Filipino American art  Search this
Filipino American artists  Search this
Asian American painters  Search this
Asian American curators  Search this
Asian American educators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.villa89
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Oral history interview with William Underhill

Interviewee:
Underhill, William, 1933-  Search this
Interviewer:
Carney, Margaret, 1949-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Alfred University -- Faculty  Search this
Lee Nordness Galleries  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Extent:
41 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2002 June 8
Scope and Contents:
An interview of William Underhill conducted 2002 June 8, by Margaret Carney, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Wellsville, N.Y.
Underhill speaks of being born in Berkeley, California, to parents who were art teachers; the differences between the West Coast Bay Area arts and crafts movement and that of the east coast; attending California College of Arts & Crafts for two years and then transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, in 1953, to enter the architecture program; building a dome out of aluminum for the city of Oakland's parks department with other students during the summer of 1956; being drafted into the Army in 1957; working for the U.S. Army headquarters in Germany as a draftsman; prominent and influential craft artists that he knew; marrying Linn Baldwin [Underhill], a fellow classmate, in 1957, and starting a family; re-entering UC Berkeley, finishing his B.A. degree in 1960 and completing his M.A. in 1961; his studies with Peter Voulkos; making bronze bowls, which led to his idea of casting wax, modeling wax fabrication, using sheet wax, and making textured sculpture and geometric shapes; having one of his bowl pieces in the Museum of Contemporary Crafts; the Oakland Museum buying a piece of his work; his teaching position at Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.; being in the "Young Americans" exhibit and receiving the "Best of Show" award in 1962; most teachers trying to "emulate" the style of Peter Voulkos; moving to New York; showing at the Blumenfeld Gallery; sharing a studio next to the Clay Arts Center in Port Chester, N.Y.; building a foundry and a melting facility; teaching part-time at a community adult art center in White Plains, N.Y.; his financial difficulties; teaching part-time at Pratt Institute in 1965; J. Gordon Lippincott, of the industrial firm Lippincott and Margolies, commissioning him to do large scale steel sculptures for major corporations; working as a draftsman in an architect's office in New York City to pay for rent and groceries in 1966; teaching a summer session at Columbia's Teacher's College; teaching full-time as an instructor at New York University in 1967; teaching a workshop at Alfred University, in 1963; interviewing for a teaching position at Alfred at the College Art Association meeting, in Boston, in 1968; moving in the summer of 1969 to Alfred to teach; his counter-culture lifestyle and consequent decrease in his artistic production; showing at the Lee Nordness Gallery in the 1960s; exhibiting at the Perimeter Gallery, Helen Drutt Gallery, Twining Gallery, and Garth Clark Gallery in the 1980s; creating the bronzed statue of King Alfred for Alfred University and selling his copyright to them; his signature stamp; having pieces in the American Craft Museum and in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's collection; teaching at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Anderson Ranch, and the Mendocino Art Center; various craft magazines including Craft Horizons and Metalsmith; being a member of the American Craft Council [ACC]; his retirement in 1997; and working at the Berkeley Art Foundry in the summer of 2002. Underhill also recalls Robert Arneson, Josephine Blumenfeld, Diane Cox, Val Cushing, Peter Dodge, Jack Earl, Andrew Jevremovic, Manuel Neri, Bill Parry, Ted Randall, Dan Rhodes, Glenn Zweygardt, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
William Underhill (1933- ) is a metalsmith from Wellsville, N.Y. Margaret Carney is an art historian from New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 7 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- New York (State)  Search this
Topic:
Art metal-work -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art metal-work -- Technique  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Bronze founding -- Technique  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.underh02
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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John F. Turner research material on Howard Finster

Creator:
Turner, John F.  Search this
Names:
Arient, Beth, 1946-  Search this
Arient, James, 1946-  Search this
Camp, Jeffrey Thomas, 1944-  Search this
Dickinson, Eleanor, 1931-  Search this
Esman, Rosa  Search this
Finster, Beverly  Search this
Finster, Howard, 1916-2001  Search this
Finster, Pauline  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-  Search this
Hartigan, Lynda Roscoe  Search this
Hemphill, Herbert Waide  Search this
Jabbour, Alan  Search this
Kind, Phyllis, 1933-2018  Search this
Kirwin, Liza  Search this
Lancaster, Clay  Search this
Nasisse, Andy S., 1946-  Search this
Nutt, Jim, 1938-  Search this
Volkersz, Willem  Search this
Extent:
6.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sound recordings
Photographs
Transcriptions
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1928-2015
bulk 1978-1990
Summary:
The John F. Turner collection of research material on visionary self-taught artist Howard Finster measures 6.9 linear feet and dates from circa 1928 to 2015, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1978 to 1990. John Turner is a California-based curator who compiled this collection in preparation for his book Howard Finster: Man of Visions (1989). Found within the collection are correspondence; numerous interviews with Finster and Finster family members, curators and historians, collectors, and artists; draft manuscripts and research notes; compiled research files on other topics; printed materials and commercial broadcast video recordings; and photographic material, including polaroids annotated by Finster. There is also one series of Howard Finster's papers that include writings by Finster, sound and video recordings of Finster exhibitions and talks by Finster related to those exhibitions, recordings of other speaking engagements, sermons, and other events, a scattering of personal business records that includes a ledger and price list of artwork, and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The John F. Turner collection of research material on visionary self-taught artist Howard Finster measures 6.9 linear feet and dates from circa 1928 to 2015, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1978 to 1990. John Turner is a California-based curator who compiled this collection in preparation for his book Howard Finster: Man of Visions (1989). Found within the collection are correspondence; numerous interviews with Finster and Finster family members, curators and historians, collectors, and artists; draft manuscripts and research notes; compiled research files on other topics; printed materials and commercial broadcast video recordings; and photographic material, including polaroids annotated by Finster. There is also one series of Howard Finster's papers that include writings by Finster, sound and video recordings of Finster exhibitions and talks by Finster related to those exhibitions, recordings of other speaking engagements, sermons, and other events, a scattering of personal business records that includes a ledger and price list of artwork, and artwork.

Correspondence mostly consists of letters to John Turner from Howard Finster and Finster family members, folklorist Alan Jabbour, Clay Lancaster, Andy Nasisse, and others. There are also letters to Howard Finster from miscellaneous correspondents.

Numerous interviews with and about Howard Finster are found on 47 sound cassettes, and one partial transcript. In addition to interviews conducted by Turner, there are interviews with Finster conducted by Liza Kirwin and Willem Volkerz. Most of the interviews are with others about Finster, including family members, collectors, curators and art historians, and other artists. Interviewees include Jim and Beth Arient, Jeffrey Camp, Eleanor Dickinson, Rosa Esman, Beverly and Pauline Finster, Allen Ginsberg, Lynda Hartigan, Herbert Waide Hemphill, Alan Jabbour, Phyllis Kind, Jim Nutt, and others.

Writings consist of Turner's research notebooks and a typescript draft for his book Howard Finster: Man of Visions. There are some curator's statements and loose notes possibly written by others. Research files include printed material compiled by John Turner on various artists and subjects not directly related to Finster, except for bibliographies.

Papers and other materials created by Howard Finster are arranged into one separate series. These include writings; exhibition files, including video and sound recordings; personal business records; artwork, including album covers and posters; and sound recordings of Finster's public and private talks, sermons, and events. Many of the sound recordings were recorded by Finster himself.

Printed material consists of newspaper and magazine clippings about Howard Finster, exhibition catalogs, announcements, magazines, and art periodicals. There are also 2 videocassettes of commercially released television appearances and music videos.

Photographic material includes photographs, slides, negatives, and transparencies of Howard Finster and his artwork. There are images of Finster and his family, artwork, exhibitions, openings, and events. Some of the images are annotated by Finster.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1967-2005 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Interviews, 1977-circa 1989 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1980-circa 1989 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)

Series 4: Research Files, circa 1971-2015 (0.5 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 5: Howard Finster Files and Sound and Video Recordings, circa 1970-2001 (1.6 linear feet; Boxes 3-5, OV 9, 11)

Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1975-2010 (1.2 linear feet; Boxes 5-6, OV 10)

Series 7: Photographic Material, circa 1928-circa 2000 (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 6-8)
Biographical / Historical:
John F. Turner is a writer and curator who lives in California. Turner has written books on photography and folk art and is an adjunct curator at the San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum. He has also worked for NBC news and documented the lives of folk artists for many years.

Turner befriended visionary, self-taught artist and Baptist minister Howard Finster sometime in the late 1970s. The research material in this collection was compiled over a decade for Turner's book Howard Finster: Man of Vision (Alfred A. Knopf, 1989).
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also has the Barbara Shissler Nosanow materials relating to Howard Finster, circa 1981; an oral history interview with Howard Finster conducted on June 11, 1984 by Liza Kirwin; and an interview with Howard Finster conducted by James Arient and Howard Finster's own sound recordings of himself from 1981-1982.
Provenance:
The John F. Turner research material on Howard Finster was donated by John F. Turner in 1987 and 2016.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of archival visual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
U-matic videocassette recording Howard Finster exhibition opening: Authorization to quote or reproduce for the purposes of publication requires written permission from John Turner. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Folk artists -- California  Search this
Painters -- Georgia  Search this
Museum curators -- California  Search this
Topic:
Authors -- California  Search this
Folk art  Search this
Self-taught artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Photographs
Transcriptions
Video recordings
Citation:
John F. Turner research material on Howard Finster, circa 1928-2015, bulk dates 1978-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.turnjohn
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Archives of American Art
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Kate Steinitz papers

Creator:
Steinitz, Kate Traumann, 1889-1975  Search this
Names:
Bauhaus  Search this
Berlinische Galerie  Search this
Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana  Search this
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Art  Search this
Berg, Ilse  Search this
Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985  Search this
Gabo, Naum, 1890-1977  Search this
Graeff, Werner, 1901-1978  Search this
Grosz, George, 1893-1959  Search this
Höch, Hannah, 1889-1978  Search this
Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519  Search this
Lissitzky, El, 1890-1941  Search this
Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944  Search this
Nebel, Otto, 1892-1973  Search this
Schwitters, Kurt, 1887-1948  Search this
van Biema, Carrie  Search this
Extent:
4.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Manuscripts
Journals (accounts)
Collages
Paintings
Greeting cards
Visitors' books
Travel diaries
Date:
circa 1910-2002
Summary:
The papers of artist, collector, librarian, and scholar Kate Steinitz measure 4.3 linear feet and date from circa 1910 to 2002. The collection documents Steinitz's life and career in Germany and the United States through biographical material; correspondence; writings, including manuscripts and travel diaries; exhibition files; personal business records; printed material; travel scrapbooks; artwork; and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of artist, collector, librarian, and scholar Kate Steinitz measure 4.3 linear feet and date from circa 1910 to 2002. The collection documents Steinitz's life and career in Germany and the United States through biographical material; correspondence; writings, including manuscripts and travel diaries; exhibition files; personal business records; printed material; travel scrapbooks; artwork; and photographs.

Biographical material consists of life and travel documents, various membership cards, news clippings, and memorial cards. Also included are letters of recommendation, a resume, and an award from the president of Germany.

Correspondence is with friends, family, colleagues, and various organizations. Artists represented include Carrie van Biema, El Lissitzky, Piet Mondrian, and others. Correspondence with arts organizations include San Francisco Museum of Art, Berlinische Galerie, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, and others.

Published writings by Steinitz include articles, books, and book reviews. Unpublished writings include two travel diaries and an illustrated journal, an autobiographical essay with a sketch of the Traumann family tree, manuscripts, lectures, poems, and notes. Writings by others include a guest register with sketches and comments by visitors, a memorial speech, biographical essays, and miscellaneous notes.

Steinitz's professional activities during her career as a librarian and curator of the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana are documented through published articles and books, informal reports, correspondence, scrapbooks, sketches, and photographs.

Files pertaining to exhibitions of Steinitz's artwork and collection are documented through three exhibition catalogs, correspondence, inventories, photographs, and printed ephemera. Materials related to the Schwitters-Steinitz Collection, which was compiled by Steinitz and is available at the National Gallery of Art Library in Washington, D.C., include a finding aid and photocopies documenting the exhibition Collaborative Works by Kate Steinitz and Kurt Schwitters from the Schwitters-Steinitz Collection (1994).

Personal business records include an appraisal of Steinitz's art and book collection. Documents pertaining to Steinitz's publishing activities include sales agreements and legal services rendered for the book Kurt Schwitters: A Portrait from Life (1968) written by Steinitz and contracts with Whitman Publishing Company for a children's book by Tom Seidmann-Freud.

Printed material consists of published illustrations and stationary by Steinitz; clippings about Steinitz, Kurt Schwitters, and others; reproductions of artwork; and miscellaneous invitations and announcements. Also found are three children's books written and illustrated by Tom Seidmann-Freud and a book of poems with an illustrated book jacket by Joachin Ringelnatz.

Steinitz's personal and professional trips to Europe are documented through six travel scrapbooks which include sketches, photographs, notes, and printed ephemera such as postcards, receipts, and maps.

Artwork by Steinitz consists of travel sketches and a mock-up sketch for the book Manuscripts of Leonardo da Vinci: Their History, With a Description of the Manuscript Editions in Facsimile (1948). Artwork by others includes miscellaneous sketches, prints, and paintings. Of note are greeting cards with prints by Werner Graeff and a collage by Otto Nebel.

Photographs and negatives consist of portraits and snapshots of Steinitz as well as family, friends, and artists. Photographs by Steinitz include a self-portrait and images of artists, artwork, and Bauhaus architecture. Photographs of Steinitz's apartments in Los Angeles include images of a Man Ray table that was given to Jake Zeitlin. Artists represented include Piet Mondrian, Naum Gabo, Kurt Schwitters, Hannah Höch, El Lissitzky, Marc Chagall, George Grosz, and others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 10 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1915-1976 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1922-1998 (Boxes 1-2; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1921-2002 (Box 2; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 4: Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana, 1948-1989 (Boxes 2-3; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 5: Exhibition Files, 1939-2001 (Box 3; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1938-1993 (Box 3; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1913-2002 (Boxes 3-5; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 8: Travel Scrapbooks, 1966-1974 (Box 4; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 9: Artwork, circa 1928-1974 ( Boxes 4-5; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 10: Photographic Material, circa 1910-1979 (Boxes 4-5; 0.3 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Kate Steinitz (1889-1975) was an artist, collector, librarian, and scholar who worked in Berlin and Hanover, Germany and Los Angeles, California. Steinitz was born in Beuthen, Silesia, Germany, (now Poland) to Arnold and Magdelena Traumann; the family relocated to Berlin in 1899. From 1908 to 1911, Steinitz studied drawing and painting under Käthe Kollwitz and Lovis Corinth and attended lectures by art historian, Heinrich Wölfflin. While visiting Paris with her mother in 1912, Steinitz continued her studies at the Sorbonne and Académie de la Grande Chaumière.

Steinitz married physician, Ernst Steinitz in 1913. The couple had three daughters including Ilse, Lotti, and Beate. In 1917, the family moved to Hanover, Germany. Over the next 17 years, the Steinitz household served as a salon for visiting artists including Naum Gabo, Hannah Höch, El Lissitzky, and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Visitors' notes and drawings from this era are documented in Steinitz's guestbook, Zu Gast bei Kate Steinitz, published by Galerie Gmurzynska in 1977.

Steinitz was most active as a fine artist while living in Hanover. Her paintings under glass were first exhibited in 1921 at Herbert von Garvens' gallery. Steinitz had her first solo exhibition in 1922 at the Gurlitt Gallery in Berlin. In 1926, her work was included in the International Exhibition of Modern Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Steinitz also collected art and her collection included artworks by El Lissitzky, Kurt Schwitters, László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Auguste Rodin, Otto Nebel, Franz Marc, and others. In 1925, she collaborated with German artist Kurt Schwitters and Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg on Die Scheuche Märchen, a typographic children's book published by Aposs and Merz Verlag. Steinitz and Schwitters also collaborated on Der Zusammenstoss, an opera libretto. Steinitz compiled an archival collection documenting Schwitters' life and career which was later acquired by the National Gallery of Art Library in Washington, D.C. in 1976.

As a journalist, Steinitz wrote about art and lifestyle topics for newspapers and magazines in Hanover and Berlin. Growing Nazi influences caused the family to leave Germany for New York City in 1936. As Chairman of the Art Committee of Friendship House, a cultural organization for refugees, Steinitz organized the New Americans (1939-1940) exhibition of paintings, drawings, and sculpture by European refugees at the World's Fair in New York.

After finalizing her U.S. citizenship in 1944, Steinitz relocated to Los Angeles where she resided for the remainder of her life. From 1945 to 1961, she served as a librarian for Elmer Belt's Leonardo da Vinci library. When Belt donated the library to the University of California, Los Angeles in 1961, Steinitz was named honorary curator of the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana. In 1969, Steinitz's literary contributions on Leonardo da Vinci earned her an invitation to deliver the lecture for the IX Lettura Vinciana in Venice, Italy.

The biographical information included here draws upon the following sources: Wilson Library Bulletin, Vol. 45 (1970) and Kate Steinitz: Art into Life into Art, exhibition catalog, Severin Wunderman Museum (1994).
Related Materials:
Kate Steinitz compiled a collection of archival materials about German artist and writer Kurt Schwitters and donated the materials to the National Gallery of Art Library located in Washington, D.C.

Kate Traumann Steinitz papers are also located at UCLA Library Special Collections.
Provenance:
The Kate Steinitz papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1999 by Ilse Berg, daughter of Kate Steinitz.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Librarians -- Germany  Search this
Art historians -- Germany  Search this
Librarians -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art historians -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Illustrators -- Germany  Search this
Illustrators -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Curators -- Germany  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Private collections  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Curators -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Germany  Search this
Dadaism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Manuscripts
Journals (accounts)
Collages
Paintings
Greeting cards
Visitors' books
Travel diaries
Citation:
Kate Steinitz papers, circa 1910-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.steikate
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Alan R. Solomon papers

Creator:
Solomon, Alan R., 1920-1970  Search this
Names:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery  Search this
Amsterdam (Netherlands). Stedelijk Museum  Search this
Art Gallery of Ontario  Search this
Artforum  Search this
Biennale di Venezia  Search this
Centro de Artes Visuales (Asunción, Paraguay)  Search this
Cornell University. -- Faculty  Search this
Expo 67 (Montréal, Québec)  Search this
Harvard University -- Students  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Los Once (Artists' group)  Search this
Pasadena Art Museum  Search this
San Francisco Art Institute  Search this
University of California (System)  Search this
Velvet Underground (Musical group)  Search this
Bontecou, Lee, 1931-  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Chamberlain, John, 1927-2011  Search this
Childs, Lucinda  Search this
Dine, Jim, 1935-  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Dunn, Judith  Search this
Fahlström, Öyvind, 1928-1976  Search this
Finkelstein, Nat  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011  Search this
Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994  Search this
Greenberg, Jeanine  Search this
Grisi, Laura  Search this
Hay, Alex  Search this
Hay, Deborah  Search this
Johns, Jasper, 1930-  Search this
Kron, Joan  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997  Search this
Louis, Morris, 1912-1962  Search this
MacElroy, Robert R.  Search this
Moore, Peter  Search this
Morris, Robert  Search this
Mulas, Ugo  Search this
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970  Search this
Noland, Kenneth, 1924-2010  Search this
Novick, Elizabeth  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Oldenburg, Patty  Search this
Paxton, Steve  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Poons, Larry  Search this
Provinciali, Michele  Search this
Rainier, Yvonne  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Redon, Odilon, 1840-1916  Search this
Reed, Lou  Search this
Rosenquist, James, 1933-  Search this
Sabol, Audrey, 1922-  Search this
Schute, Terry  Search this
Scull, Ethel  Search this
Scull, Robert C.  Search this
Segal, George, 1924-2000  Search this
Sisler, Mary  Search this
Sonnabend, Ileana  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Warhol, Andy, 1928-  Search this
Whitman, Robert  Search this
Extent:
9.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Transcripts
Photographs
Interviews
Lithographs
Place:
Italy -- Venice
Date:
1907-1970
bulk 1944-1970
Summary:
The papers of New York art historian, museum director, curator, writer, and educator, Alan R. Solomon, measure 9.9 linear feet and date from 1907-1970, with the bulk of the material dating from 1944-1970. Through biographical material, correspondence, interview transcripts, writings and notes, teaching and study files, subject files, exhibition files, business records, printed material, and photographs, the collection documents Solomon's education, his early teaching appointments at Cornell University, and his subsequent direction of many diverse curatorial and research projects relating to contemporary American art, particularly the transition from Abstract Expressionism to later modern movements, and the thriving New York City art scene.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York art historian, museum director, curator, writer, and educator, Alan R. Solomon, measure 9.9 linear feet and date from 1907-1970, with the bulk of the material dating from 1944-1970. Through biographical material, correspondence, interview transcripts, writings and notes, teaching and study files, subject files, exhibition files, business records, printed material, and photographs, the collection documents Solomon's education, his early teaching appointments at Cornell University, and his subsequent direction of many diverse curatorial and research projects relating to contemporary American art, particularly the transition from Abstract Expressionism to later modern movements, and the thriving New York City art scene.

Biographical material includes résumés, an engagement book, and a monthly planning book from 1965, identification cards, and educational transcripts.

Correspondence documents Solomon's education at Harvard College and Harvard University, and his teaching appointments at Cornell University. Correspondence also provides some documentation of his involvement with museums and arts organizations, including the Jewish Museum, Stedlijk Museum, the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California, and Centro de Artes Visuales; his submission of writings for publications including Artforum, Art International, and Konstrevy; and his relationships with artists and colleagues including Jim Dine, Joan Kron, Audrey Sabol, and Ileana Sonnabend. Also found is correspondence related to Solomon's work for Mary Sisler, who employed Solomon to sell her collection of artwork by Marcel Duchamp in the late 1960s.

One series comprises transcripts of interviews with many of the artists who were central to the transition from Abstract Expressionism to later modern movements that occurred in the 1950s and 1960s, such as Neo-Dada and Pop art. Artists represented in the interviews include Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol.

Solomon's writings include many of his essays for exhibition catalogs, magazines, and journals, and are in a combination of annotated manuscript and published formats. There are writings on Jim Dine, Barnett Newman, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns, and on the new movements in theater and performance art of the 1960s. His writings also document the art history education which informed all of his later work, with the inclusion of papers written as a student and teacher, his honors thesis on Odilon Redon, and his dissertation on Pablo Picasso. This material is supplemented by notes, and teaching and study files, documenting courses taken and taught at Harvard and Cornell universities. Also found is the manuscript of the text for New York: The New Art Scene, accompanied by a partial published copy of the book and photographs by Ugo Mulas.

Solomon's subject files augment several of the other series, comprising material on various art related subjects and individual painters and sculptors, arranged alphabetically. Material found here includes printed matter documenting exhibitions and other events, scattered letters from artists, related writings, and photographs.

One series documents Solomon's involvement with the First New York Theater Rally, which he co-produced with Steve Paxton in 1965. This material includes a drawing each by Jim Dine and Alex Hay, pieces of a combine by Robert Rauschenberg, and photographs of the group including Dine, Hay, and Rauschenberg, as well as Lucinda Childs, Judith Dunn, Deborah Hay, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, the Once Group, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainier, Alan Solomon, and Robert Whitman. The series includes multiple contact sheets of photos of First New York Theater Rally events, by Peter Moore, Elizabeth Novick, and Terry Schute.

Exhibition files document Solomon's role as an organizer and curator for some of his most well-known exhibitions, including American Painting Now (1967) for Expo '67 in Montreal; Andy Warhol (1966) at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; Dine-Oldenburg-Segal (1967) at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Albright-Knox Gallery; the American exhibition at the 1964 Venice Biennale; Young Italians (1968) at the Institute of Contemporary Art; and Painting in New York 1944-1969, a major retrospective installed for the opening of the new Pasadena Art Museum in fall, 1969. Records include correspondence, lists and notes, financial records, printed material, and photographs of artists and installations, including a series by Ugo Mulas taken at the Venice Biennale.

Solomon's business records include lists, notes, contracts, expense forms, vouchers, purchase orders, and receipts. They provide scattered documentation of exhibition-related expenses and purchases of artwork, as well as Solomon's income from teaching appointments, lectures, honorariums, and writings. Amongst Solomon's general business records is an American Federation of Musicians agreement between the Institute of Contemporary Art and "Louis Reed," with booking agent Andy Warhol, for a performance by the Velvet Underground and Nico, performing as The Exploding Plastic Inevitable on October 29, 1966. This seemingly mundane item documents an event that accompanied Solomon's landmark Warhol exhibition of nearly forty iconic works, and the accompanying show by The Exploding Plastic Inevitable was hailed by the Boston Phoenix newspaper as one of the greatest concerts in Boston history.

Printed material includes announcements, catalogs, and posters for exhibitions and art related events, including two Jasper Johns lithographs for a 1960 exhibition at Galerie Rive Droite, and a 1963 exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery. Also found are news clippings, press releases, and other publications.

Photographs are of Solomon, artists, friends and colleagues, exhibitions and other events, and artwork. They include snapshots of Solomon, and a series of photographs of him at various events and parties, many taken by Ugo Mulas, as well as a photo taken by Robert Rauschenberg of Ugo Mulas, Michele Provinciali, and Solomon. Additional photos by Ugo Mulas include some which were probably taken for New York: The New Art Scene, and a series of photos of Robert Rauschenberg and others at the Venice Biennale. Photos of artists include Lee Bontecou, John Chamberlain, Jim Dine, Marcel Duchamp, Öyvind Fahlström, Laura Grisi, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Morris Louis, Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland, Claes and Patty Oldenburg, Larry Poons, James Rosenquist, George Segal, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol and The Factory. Photos of others include Leo Castelli, Clement and Jeanine Greenberg, and Ethel and Robert Scull. Also found are photos of the exhibition Toward a New Abstraction (1963), at The Jewish Museum, photos of Venice, and photos of artwork by many of the above named, and other, artists. In addition to Ugo Mulas, photographers represented in this series include Nat Finkelstein, Robert R. McElroy, and Hans Namuth.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as eleven series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1938-1968 (5 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1930-1970 (0.66 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Interviews, 1965-1969 (0.25 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1945-1969 (1.35 linear feet; Boxes 1-3, 11)

Series 5: Teaching and Study Files, 1944-1958 (0.25 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 6: Subject Files, 1907-1969 (2.92 linear feet; Boxes 3-6, 1, OV 12)

Series 7: First New York Theater Rally, 1963-1965 (0.15 linear feet; Boxes 6, 11)

Series 8: Exhibition Files, 1954-1969 (1.42 linear feet; Boxes 6-7, 11, OV 12)

Series 9: Business Records, 1945-1970 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 7-8)

Series 10: Printed Material, 1914-1970 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 8-9, OV 12)

Series 11: Photographs, circa 1951-circa 1970 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 9-11, OV 13)
Biographical / Historical:
New York art historian, museum director, art consultant, educator, writer, and curator, Alan R. Solomon (1920-1970), organized over two hundred exhibitions in the course of his career. He was known for his skill in exhibition design, and for bringing the perception and understanding of an art historian to the field of contemporary art.

Solomon was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard College and Harvard Graduate School. In 1953, during his 1952-1962 tenure with the Cornell University department of art history, he established the Andrew Dickson White Museum of art. Solomon served as the museum's first director until 1961, whilst simultaneously pursuing his doctorate, which he received from Harvard University in 1962.

In 1962 Solomon was hired by the Jewish Museum in New York, New York, and immediately began to take the institution in a more contemporary direction, mounting Robert Rauschenberg's first retrospective in 1963, and a major Jasper Johns retrospective in 1964. Also, in 1963, Solomon was appointed the United States Commissioner for the 1964 Venice Biennale. He was determined to show "the major new indigenous tendencies, the peculiarly America spirt of the art" in works by two consecutive generations of artists, including Jasper Johns, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and Robert Rauschenberg. With this in mind, and given the inadequacy of the existing space to house the installation he envisaged, Solomon secured a verbal agreement from Biennale officials to approve additional space for the American exhibition in an annex at the former American Consulate. The agreement was never formalized, however, and a series of administrative problems and controversies over the eligibility of the American submissions threatened to undermine Solomon's efforts. Nevertheless, Robert Rauschenberg became the first American to take the Grand Prize for foreign artist, and the attention garnered by the American exhibition monopolized press coverage of the Biennale. In response, Solomon stated publicly that "it is acknowledged on every hand that New York has replaced Paris as the world art capital."

Solomon subsequently left the Jewish Museum, having engendered resistance to leading the museum in a more experimental direction, away from the traditional Jewish educational aspects of its mission. In the mid-sixties he worked as a consultant and writer for a National Educational Television series entitled "U. S. A. Artists," which drew on artist interviews, many conducted by Solomon. He also wrote the text for Ugo Mulas's classic photographic study, New York: The New Art Scene (1967: Holt Rinehart and Winston).

In 1966 Solomon was hired by the United States Information Agency to organize the United States contribution to the Canadian World Exhibition in Montreal, known as Expo '67. His stunning American Painting Now installation placed large scale paintings by twenty-three artists, including Jim Dine, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist, inside Buckminster Fuller's twenty-story Biosphere of Montreal.

Other important exhibitions organized by Solomon included Andy Warhol (1966) at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, which was only the second of two exhibitions dedicated to the artist; Dine-Oldenburg-Segal (1967) at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; and Young Italians (1968) at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Solomon was also interested in contemporary theater and organized the First New York Theater Rally with Steve Paxton in 1965, a series of performances which combined new dance and a revival of the Happenings of the early 1960s, in which Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine and others were involved.

Following a six-week appointment as a senior lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, in spring 1968, Solomon became chairman of the University's art department and director of the art gallery. His last exhibition, Painting in New York, 1944-1969 (1969-1970), was held at the Pasadena Art Museum and closed in January 1970, just a few weeks before Solomon's sudden death at the age of forty-nine.
Provenance:
The Leo Castelli Gallery served as executor of Solomon's estate, and donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in 1974 and 2007.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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 -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Art -- History -- Study and teaching  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Art, Abstract -- United States  Search this
Art -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theater  Search this
Pop art  Search this
Museum directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Transcripts
Photographs
Interviews
Lithographs
Citation:
Alan R. Solomon papers, 1907-1970, bulk 1944-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.soloalan
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A survey of art work in the city and county of San Francisco, / by Martin Snipper for the art commission, city and county of San Francisco

Creator:
Snipper, Martin  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Extent:
100 Pages ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1950
Scope and Contents:
A descriptive list of paintings and sculpture in San Francisco public buildings done for federal projects; programs covered include Public Works of Art Project, the Federal Art Project, and Section of Fine Arts competitions for federal buildings.
Biographical / Historical:
Art historian, San Francisco, Calif. The New Deal art programs provided jobs for thousands of unemployed artists during the Depression.
Provenance:
Snipper prepared the survey for the Art Commission of San Francisco in 1950.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art and state -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Public sculpture -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.snipmart
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Oral history interview with Catherine Opie

Interviewee:
Opie, Catherine, 1961-  Search this
Interviewer:
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter  Search this
Names:
Burleigh, Julie  Search this
Regen, Shaun Caley  Search this
Regen, Stuart, 1959-1998  Search this
Extent:
7 Items (Sound recording: 7 sound files (5 hr., 17 min.), digital, wav)
112 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
California -- San Francisco -- Description and Travel
Date:
2012 August 13-27
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Catherine Opie conducted 2012 August 13-27, by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, for the Archives of American Art, at Opie's home and studio in Los Angeles, California.
Opie discusses her childhood in Sandusky, Ohio, moving to California, and introduction to photography; her life in San Francisco and its role in her formulation of sexuality and identity; the importance of identity within her work, especially that of the queer community; the role of architecture and her landscape paintings as metaphor for the queer community and the search for identity; the role of reconceptualization in her work, leading to the ever-changing nature of her works, including comparisons between her portraiture and her landscape photography; her influences and her moniker of the "American photographer" Opie also recalls her partner, painter Julie Burleigh; gallery owners Stuart and Shaun Regen; members of her community and subjects of her portraiture, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Catherine Opie (1961- ) is an artist and professor in Los Angeles, California. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is a writer and art historian in Los Angeles, California.
General:
Originally recorded as 7 digital sound files. Duration is 5 hr., 17 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.
Restrictions:
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Gay artists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.opie12
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-opie12

Ain't misbehavin' [videorecording] : the Coit Tower murals / New Pacific Productions ; producers, David Bolt, John Esterle, and Sue Ellen McCann ; director, David Bolt ; writer, John Esterle ; art director, Sue Ellen McCann ; narrator, Bruce Holbert

Creator:
New Pacific Productions  Search this
Names:
New Pacific Productions  Search this
Bell, Michael S., 1946-  Search this
Chessé, Ralph  Search this
Howard, John Langley, 1902-  Search this
Jewett, Masha Zakheim, 1931-  Search this
O'Connor, Francis V.  Search this
Zakheim, Bernard Baruch, 1898-1985  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (videocassette (VHS) (ca. 20 min.), sd., col., 1/2 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Date:
c1986
Scope and Contents:
Reviews the history of the San Francisco Coit Tower from its building, the commissioning of the often controversial murals by the Public Works of Art Project in 1933, and their significance in both artistic and political terms, through to the more recent problems of restoration and the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the murals in 1984. Appearing in the video are Coit Tower muralists, Ralph Chessé, John Langley Howard and Bernard Zakheim. Offering commentary and analysis are: Masha Zakheim Jewett, author of COIT TOWER, Michael Bell, Assistant Director, San Francisco Art Commission, and art historian Francis V. O'Connor.
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
San Francisco, Calif. : New Pacific Productions [production company], c1986.
Provenance:
Donated 1986 by David Bolt.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
To be used for research purposes only. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Topic:
Coit Memorial Tower (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Public Works of Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.newpacif
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-newpacif

Mary Fuller McChesney papers

Creator:
McChesney, Mary Fuller  Search this
Names:
Anderson, Jeremy, 1921-1982  Search this
Bothwell, Dorr  Search this
Briggs, Ernest, 1923-  Search this
Brown, Joan, 1938-1990  Search this
Calcagno, Lawrence, 1913-  Search this
Corbett, Edward, 1919-  Search this
Dixon, James Budd, 1900-1967  Search this
Dugmore, Edward, 1915-  Search this
Goya, Jorge, 1924-  Search this
Grachis, Dimitri, 1932-  Search this
Grillo, John, 1917-  Search this
Hultberg, John, 1922-  Search this
Jefferson, Jack, 1921-2000  Search this
Kelly, James, 1913-  Search this
Kuhlman, Walter  Search this
Locks, Seymour, 1919-  Search this
MacAgy, Douglas, 1913-  Search this
Martin, Madeline  Search this
Morehouse, William, 1929-1993  Search this
Parker, Raymond, 1922-  Search this
Pollakoff, Leonard  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Remington, Deborah  Search this
Roeber, Phil, 1913-  Search this
Saccaro, John M., 1913-1981  Search this
Schueler, Jon, 1916-  Search this
Shoemaker, Peter, 1920-  Search this
Smith, Hassel, 1915-2007  Search this
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Varda, Jean  Search this
Weeks, James, 1922-  Search this
Extent:
44.1 Linear feet
35 Sound tape reels (Sound recordings, 5 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1949-2011
Scope and Contents:
The Mary Fuller McChesney papers measure 44.1 linear feet and date from 1949-2011. Included are biographical material, correspondence, writings, artists' files, financial records, photographs, artwork, printed material, and reel-to reel sound recordings documenting the career of sculptor, art historian, and author, Mary Fuller McChesney. A small portion of the papers includes material on painter, Edward Corbett.
Among the sound recordings are interviews conducted by McChesney between 1965 and 1966, and used as the primary research for her book. Interviewees include Jeremy Anderson, Dorr Bothwell, Ernest Briggs, Joan Brown (2), Lawrence Calcagno (2), Edward Corbett (2), James Budd Dixon, Edward Dugmore, Jorge Goya, Dimitri Grachis, John Grillo (1966, 1972), John Hultberg, Jack Jefferson, James Kelly, Walter Kuhlman, Seymour Locks, Douglas MacAgy, Madeleine Martin, William Morehouse, Raymond Parker, Leonard Pollakoff, Ad Reinhardt, Deborah Remington, Phil Roeber, John Saccaro, Jon Schueler, Peter Shoemaker, Hassel Smith, Clay Spohn, Jean Varda, and James Weeks.
Biographical / Historical:
Mary Fuller McChesney (1922- ) is a sculptor, art historian, and author in San Francisco and Petaluma, California.
Provenance:
A majority of the collection donated 2015 by Mary Fuller McChesney. Photographs on reel 1329 donated 1973 and sound recordings donated 1994 by McChesney. Material on reel NDA 1 (fr. 728-741) lent for microfilming 1964 by Lewis Ferbrache; material on NDA 1 (fr. 930-943) lent 1964 by Mary F. McChesney.
Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed. Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Art historians -- California  Search this
Authors -- California  Search this
Sculptors -- California  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- California  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.mcchmary
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mcchmary

Oral history interview with Mary Fuller McChesney

Interviewee:
McChesney, Mary Fuller  Search this
Interviewer:
Landauer, Susan  Search this
Creator:
Women in the Arts in Southern California Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Women in the Arts in Southern California Oral History Project  Search this
Corbett, Edward, 1919-  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Kees, Weldon, 1914-1955  Search this
MacAgy, Douglas, 1913-  Search this
Mandelman, Beatrice  Search this
Marca-Relli, Conrad, 1913-2000  Search this
Martin, Agnes, 1912-2004  Search this
McChesney, Robert, 1913-2008  Search this
Park, David, 1911-1960  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Ribak, Louis, 1902-1979  Search this
Smith, Hassel, 1915-2007  Search this
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Vicente, Esteban, 1903-2001  Search this
Extent:
145 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1994 Sept. 28
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Mary Fuller McChesney conducted 1994 Sept. 28, by Susan Landauer, for the Archives of American Art, Women in the Arts in Southern California Oral History Project, at the artist's home, on Sonoma Mountain, Calif.
Fuller McChesney discusses her childhood and growing up during the Depression; her student days at the University of California, Berkeley; the political response on the campus to WWII and the Japanese interment; her experience working as a welder in the shipyards which she considers her introduction to sculpture; her introduction to the art community in San Francisco through the cooperative Artists' Guild Gallery; her association with the Abstract Expressionists at the California School of Fine Arts in the 1940s; her foray into writing fiction and her success as a mystery writer; her work on the Archives of American Art's oral history project documenting the WPA art project in California; her first significant publication on the San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism, Period of Exploration, and the interviews she conducted in the mid-late 1960s for the project.
She describes her attitudes and philosphies about art; living at Point Richmond with her husband Robert McChesney, Edward Corbett, Hassel Smith, and poet Weldon Kees during the late 1940s; her impressions of the Cedar Bar and New York artists during the mid-late 1960s; her own artistic evolution and career as a sculptor; the intellectual and artistic sources of her work; her subjects and techniques; her public commissions; her audience and market; and her experiences and perspectives as a woman artist and feminist. She recalls Edward Corbett, Willem De Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Weldon Kees, Douglas MacAgy, Bea Mandelman, Conrad Marca-Relli, Agnes Martin, Robert McChesney, David Park, Ad Reinhardt, Louis Ribak, Hassel Smith, Clay Spohn, Clyfford Still, and Esteban Vicente.
Biographical / Historical:
Mary Fuller McChesney (1922- ) is a sculptor and art historian of San Francisco and Petaluma, Calif.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 58 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators. Funding for this interview was provided by the Margery and Harry Kahn Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund of New York.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Art historians -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.mcches94
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mcches94

Douglas MacAgy papers

Creator:
MacAgy, Douglas, 1913-  Search this
Names:
Lipman, Jean, 1909-1998  Search this
Murphy, Gerald, 1888-1964  Search this
Russell, Morgan, 1886-1953  Search this
Extent:
16.2 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 1 reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1916-1973
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; biographical information; family memorabilia; scrapbook; subject files; photographs; writings; business and financial records; and printed material.
REEL 2423: Material regarding MacAgy's research on Gerald Murphy and Morgan Russell included as correspondence with Gerald Murphy and Jean Lipman about an article on Murphy for ART IN AMERICA, notes for and drafts of the article; and a typescript of it, GERALD MURPHY (16 pages) with 4 photos of Murphy's work. Materials regarding Russell includes: a letter to MacAgy from Henri Dorra, February 25, 1960, about documents relating to Russell; a handwritten statement by Russell about his work, 1916 (3 pages) [an edited version appears in the catalog, THE FORUM EXHIBITION OF MODERN AMERICAN PAINTERS, Anderson Galleries, 1916]; a pencil sketch with notes by Russell, ca. 1938; a photocopy of a statement by Russell about his work, 1947 (4 pages); 2 biographical essays on Russell; and a printed brochure, MORGAN RUSSELL SOME AUTHORITATIVE OPINIONS, undated.
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence; photographs and slides; biographical information; family memorabilia; Elizabeth Tillett's scrapbook; subject files; writings and notes; business and financial records; and printed material.
Biographical / Historical:
Art historian, administrator, museum director. Died 1973. MacAgy was chosen to revitalize the 70 year old California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, after WWII, then he was a special consultant to the director of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, as director of research for an art dealer in New York, as director of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, and he was Director of National Exhibitions at the National Endowment for the Arts, 1968-1972.
Provenance:
Donated 1973 by Elizabeth MacAgy, widow of Douglas MacAgy.
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:
Arts administrators  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.macadoug
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-macadoug

Betty Klausner research material on David Ireland

Creator:
Klausner, Betty  Search this
Names:
Anglim, Paule  Search this
Barlow, Francis Hill  Search this
Berkson, Bill  Search this
Bourne, Agnes  Search this
Brandt, Damon  Search this
Dunn, Douglas  Search this
Garrels, Gary.  Search this
Gorney, Jay, 1896-1990  Search this
Hatch, Ann  Search this
Ireland, Barbara  Search this
Ireland, David, 1930-2009  Search this
Ireland, Judy  Search this
Ireland, Marsha  Search this
Ireland, Shaun  Search this
Koss, PierPaolo  Search this
Levy, Leah  Search this
Lewallen, Constance  Search this
Linhares, Philip E.  Search this
Melchert, Jim, 1930-  Search this
Myers, Jeannie  Search this
Pinegar, Richard  Search this
Reed, Jane  Search this
Reynolds, Jock  Search this
Storr, Robert  Search this
Tanner, Marcia  Search this
Thompson, Mark, 1952-  Search this
Tingle, Alta  Search this
Tsujimoto, Karen.  Search this
Extent:
3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1987-2004
Scope and Contents:
Research material including interviews, writings, photographs of works of art and printed material regarding conceptual artist David Ireland for the book "Touching Time and Space: A Portrait of David Ireland" by Klausner. Interviews are with Ireland as well as Paule Anglim, Robert Atkins, Bill Berkson, Frances Hill Barlow, Agnes Bourne, Damon Brandt, Douglas Dunn, Gary Garrels, Jay Gorney, Ann Hatch, Barbara Ireland, Judy Ireland, Marsha Ireland, Shaugn Ireland, P. Koss, Leah Levy, Connie Lewallen, Phil Linhares, James Melchert, Jeannie Myers, Richard Pinegar, Jane Reed, Jock Reynolds, Robert Storr, Marcia Tanner, Mark Thompson, Alta Tingle, and Karen Tsujimoto. Most, but not all, are transcribed. Writings include drafts and notebooks. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs and newspaper clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Betty Klausner: Art historian, San Francisco, Calif. David Ireland: Conceptual and installation artist, San Francisco, Calif. b. 1930
Provenance:
Donated 2007 by Betty Klausner.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Conceptual artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.klaubett
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-klaubett

Oral history interview with Alfred Victor Frankenstein

Interviewee:
Frankenstein, Alfred V. (Alfred Victor), 1906-1981  Search this
Interviewer:
McChesney, Mary Fuller  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Index of American Design  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel (Sound recording, 5 in.)
18 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1965 Nov. 9
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Alfred Victor Frankenstein conducted 1965 Nov. 9, by Mary McChesney, for the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project.
Frankenstein speaks of the WPA mural project and its value; problems with the project; Hans Hofmann's influence; the influence of surrealism; the Coit Tower murals and the controversy surrounding them; the easel painting project and its value; political problems with the Federal Art Project; the project's relevance to current problems; art in architecture; the Index of American Design. He recalls Beniamino Bufano.
Biographical / Historical:
Alfred Victor Frankenstein (1906-1981) was an art historian from San Francisco, Calif.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Occupation:
Art historians -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Coit Memorial Tower (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.franke65
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-franke65

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