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Eleanor Dickinson papers

Creator:
Dickinson, Eleanor, 1931-  Search this
Names:
Artists Equity Association  Search this
California College of Arts and Crafts  Search this
College Art Association of America  Search this
San Francisco Art Institute  Search this
Women's Caucus for Art  Search this
Extent:
29.8 Linear feet
0.002 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Interviews
Video recordings
Drawings
Sound recordings
Date:
1947-2014
Summary:
The papers of painter, graphic and video artist, and educator Eleanor Dickinson measure 29.8 linear feet and 0.002 gigabytes, and date from 1947 to 2014. The collection comprises biographical materials; professional and personal correspondence; video and sound recordings of interviews for Dickinson's television program Art of the Matter; exhibition files; teaching files for the California College of Arts and Crafts and other professional and project files; research and subject files; membership records, including born-digital material, and sound and video recordings, for various organizations; personal financial and legal records; printed materials featuring Dickinson and her artwork; and photographic materials of Dickinson in her studio and with friends, colleagues, and family, as well as exhibitions and other art events, and works of art.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter, graphic and video artist, and educator Eleanor Dickinson measure 29.8 linear feet and 0.002 gigabytes, and date from 1947 to 2014.

The collection comprises biographical materials containing datebooks, certificates, resumes, and sketches; professional and personal correspondence; video and sound recordings of interviews for Dickinson's television program Art of the Matter; exhibition files for Spirit in the Land: Photographs from the Bible Belt (1987) and various group exhibitions; files documenting Dickinson's professional activities outside of teaching at the California College of Arts and Crafts; and files that include video recordings for projects on artist's models, Revival!, and gender discrimination in the art field.

Also found are research and subject files on Howard Finster, professionalism in art, and other topics; California College of Arts and Crafts teaching files consisting of student and faculty records, course material, and administrative records; membership records that include born-digital material, and sound and video recordings for Artists Equity Association, Women's Caucus for the Arts, and other organizations; records documenting Dickinson's personal financial and legal dealings that include artwork sales records, studio expenses, and lists of artworks in the Eleanor and Wade Dickinson Art Collection; printed materials featuring Dickinson and her artwork; and photographic materials depicting Dickinson in her studio and with friends and colleagues, family, exhibitions and art events, and works of art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 12 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1957-2014 (1.0 linear feet; Box 1, OVs 32, 36)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1954-2013 (3.0 linear feet; Boxes 1-4)

Series 3: Interviews, 1976-2000 (2.5 linear feet; Boxes 4-7)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1960-2012 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 7-8)

Series 5: Professional Files, 1963-circa 2005 (0.5 linear feet; Box 8, OV 34)

Series 6: Project Files, 1955-2001 (4.5 linear feet; Boxes 8-13, OVs 32-33)

Series 7: Research and Subject Files, circa 1970-circa 1997 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 13-15)

Series 8: California College of Arts and Crafts Teaching Files, 1962-2002 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 15-16)

Series 9: Membership Records, 1947-2014 (8.0 linear feet; Boxes 17-24, 31, OV 34, ER01)

Series 10: Personal Business Records, 1957-2011 (2.0 linear feet; Boxes 25-26)

Series 11: Printed Materials, 1951-2011 (4.0 linear feet; Boxes 26-30, OVs 32-33, 35-36)

Series 12: Photographic Materials, 1958-2012 (6 folders; Box 30)
Biographical / Historical:
Eleanor Dickinson (1931-2017) was a painter, graphic and video artist, and educator in San Francisco, C.A.

Dickinson was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1931. Shortly after graduating from University of Tennessee in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts, Dickinson moved to California and established a studio in San Francisco. There she immersed herself in the counterculture of the 1960s, becoming friends with Allen Ginsberg and producing a poster with Ginsberg's fellow Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Dickinson attended the San Francisco Art Institute from 1961 to 1963. In 1971, she traveled to Paris to study drawing at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Dickinson taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) from 1971 to 2001 where she also received her Master of Fine Arts in film and video in 1982. At the CCAC, she taught a series of courses on art business and management. Her interest in the professional aspects of the art field led to the creation of her cable access show, Art of the Matter, that featured guests speaking on topics such as art management, law, financial matters, insurance, and other practical issues related to being a professional artist.

Dickinson's continuing interest in and activism for the rights and well-being of artists also influenced her work with the Artists Equity Association, the Women's Caucus for the Arts, and numerous other organizations. Though extremely active in the art world of the West Coast, she never forgot her southern roots and continued to visit Tennessee annually. Dickinson's close connection to her birthplace is evident throughout her career, with Southern religion often being central to her work. Among her most prominent projects are the multifaceted exhibition Revival!, the documentary "Artist's Models of San Francisco," the ink drawings seen in Old Lovers, and illustrations for the books Complete Fruit Cookbook and That Old-Time Religion.

Dickinson was married to Wade Dickinson and had three children: Mark, Katy, and Daniel. Dickinson died in San Francisco, California, in 2017.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history with Eleanor Dickinson conducted on October 25, 2000 by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in Dickinson's studio/home, in San Francisco, California.
Provenance:
The Eleanor Dickinson papers were donated from 1979 to 2005 by Eleanor Dickinson and in 2017 by the Eleanor Creekmore Dickinson Charitable Art Trust.
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.

Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References 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:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Video artists -- California  Search this
Graphic artists -- California  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Video recordings
Drawings
Sound recordings
Citation:
Eleanor Dickinson papers, 1947-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.dickelea
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dickelea

Oral history interview with Eleanor Dickinson

Interviewee:
Dickinson, Eleanor, 1931-  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Extent:
22 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2000 October 25
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Eleanor Dickinson conducted 2000 October 25, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in Dickinson's studio/home, in San Francisco, California.
Dickinson discusses her relationship to and use of the human figure in her art. She explains her "interest in the ecstatic"; her identification with her subjects; being completely involved with the personality of the model and the "performance" in the studio; how her finished works often look more like the artist than like the model; her 1975 show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in which the life-class was moved into a museum gallery to share the experience with museum visitors; her view that the artist participates in the lives and actions of her subjects through empathy and the artist's role as a mirror to society, reflecting and recording who and what we are.
Biographical / Historical:
Eleanor Dickinson (1931-2017 ) was a painter, graphic, video artist and instructor in San Francisco, Calif. Teacher of life drawing at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, for many years, Dickinson was known for her figurative drawing and involvement with her students and models as individuals.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 48 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:
Artists' models -- California  Search this
Topic:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.dickin00
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dickin00

Oral history interview with Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen, 1983 August 31-1984 February 24

Interviewee:
Adams, Mark, 1925-2006  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J  Search this
Subject:
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Artists' models -- Interviews  Search this
Figurative art -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Nude in art  Search this
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12674
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211921
AAA_collcode_adams83
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211921

Oral history interview with Gordon Cook, 1981 May 11-June 2

Interviewee:
Cook, Gordon, 1927-1985  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Mark  Search this
Bischoff, Elmer  Search this
Brown, Joan  Search this
Brown, William Theo  Search this
Light, Alvin  Search this
Lloyd, George  Search this
Neri, Manuel  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne  Search this
Van Hoesen, Beth  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Figurative art -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Artists' models -- San Francisco, California -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12615
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212042
AAA_collcode_cook81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212042

Oral history interview with Diana Crane, 1983 April 12

Interviewee:
Crane, Diana, 1946-  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Mark  Search this
Brown, William Theo  Search this
Cook, Gordon  Search this
Farr, Charles Griffin  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne  Search this
Van Hoesen, Beth  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Nude in art  Search this
Artists' models -- San Francisco, California -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12972
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212308
AAA_collcode_crane83
Theme:
Photography
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212308

Oral history interview with Ann Karlstrom and Mimi Luebbermann, 1982 March 4

Interviewee:
Karlstrom, Ann Heath  Search this
Interviewer:
Luebbermann, Mimi  Search this
Subject:
Cayberger, Samuel Robert  Search this
Welpott, Jack  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Topic:
Artists' models -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11971
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214750
AAA_collcode_karlst82
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214750

Judith Clancy papers, 1949-1977

Creator:
Clancy, Judith, 1933-1990  Search this
Subject:
Soyer, Moses  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7443
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209601
AAA_collcode_clanjudi
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209601

Oral history interview with Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen

Creator:
Adams, Mark, 1925-2006  Search this
Van Hoesen, Beth, 1926-2010  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Names:
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Extent:
36 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 August 31-1984 February 24
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen conducted 1983 August 31-1984 February 24, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art. Adams and Van Hoesen speak of their backgrounds and art training; the figurative tradition in the Bay area; the importance of the model and the difference in Adams' and Van Hoesen's approaches to their subjects and to the nude. Van Hoesen discusses her series and book, "The Nude Man." Adams recalls Hans Hofmann.
Biographical / Historical:
Mark Adams, painter and tapissier (San Francisco, California) Beth Van Hoesen, painter and printmaker (San Francisco, California)
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Occupation:
Tapissiers -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Artists' models -- Interviews  Search this
Figurative art -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Nude in art  Search this
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.adams83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-adams83

Judith Clancy papers

Creator:
Clancy, Judith, 1933-  Search this
Names:
Soyer, Moses, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
178 Items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1949-1977
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; Clancy's writings about Moses Soyer, whom she studied with, and modeled for; curriculum vitae; photographs of Clancy and of her art work; sketches; exhibition catalogs; and clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Artist, illustrator, artists' model; San Francisco, California. Married name Judith Clancy Johns.
Provenance:
Donated 1978 by Judith Clancy Johns.
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:
Artists' models -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Artists' models -- San Francisco, California  Search this
Illustrators -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.clanjudi
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-clanjudi

Oral history interview with Ann Karlstrom and Mimi Luebbermann

Creator:
Karlstrom, Ann Heath.  Search this
Luebbermann, Mimi  Search this
Interviewer:
Currie, Betsy Mize  Search this
Names:
Cayberger, Samuel Robert, 1926-  Search this
Welpott, Jack, 1923-  Search this
Extent:
35 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Date:
1982 March 4
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Ann Karlstrom and Mimi Luebbermann conducted 1982 March 4, by Betsy Mize Currie, for the Archives of American Art California Oral History Project. Karlstrom and Luebbermann discuss their experiences as models for Bay Area artists. They recall artist Samuel Clayberger and photographer Jack Welpott.
Biographical / Historical:
Ann Karlstrom is the publications manager at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, California; Mimi Luebermann is an an amateur artists' model.
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:
Patrons must use transcript.
Topic:
Artists' models -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.karlst82
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-karlst82

Oral history interview with Diana Crane

Interviewee:
Crane, Diana, 1946-  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Names:
Adams, Mark, 1925-2006  Search this
Brown, William Theo, 1919-2012  Search this
Cook, Gordon  Search this
Farr, Charles Griffin, 1908-  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne  Search this
Van Hoesen, Beth, 1926-2010  Search this
Extent:
33 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 April 12
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Diana Crane conducted 1983 April 12, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Crane speaks of her background and education; the beginning of her career as an artist's model; her interests in filmmaking and serigraphy; her first teaching job; posing for Mark Adams, Beth Van Hoesen, Wayne Thiebaud, William Theoophilus Brown, Gordon Cook, and Charles Griffin Farr; erotic aspects of nude modeling; the effect of her work upon her personal life; her self-portraiture; her photographic work.
Biographical / Historical:
Diana Crane (1946-) is a photographer and artist's model from San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 34 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 others.
Occupation:
Artists' models -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Nude in art  Search this
Artists' models -- San Francisco, California -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.crane83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-crane83

Oral history interview with Gordon Cook

Interviewee:
Cook, Gordon  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Names:
Adams, Mark, 1925-2006  Search this
Bischoff, Elmer, 1916-1991  Search this
Brown, Joan, 1938-1990  Search this
Brown, William Theo, 1919-2012  Search this
Light, Alvin, 1931-  Search this
Lloyd, George  Search this
Neri, Manuel, 1930-  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne  Search this
Van Hoesen, Beth, 1926-2010  Search this
Extent:
55 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1981 May 11-June 2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Gordon Cook conducted 1981 May 11-1981 June 2, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Cook speaks of figurative art in California; his concern for the model's personality and expression; poses and props; interaction between the artist and the model; Patty Jordan as a model; professional and non-professional models. Cook also speaks of the San Francisco arts community and his association with Mark Adams, Elmer Nelson Bischoff, Joan Brown, William Theophilus Brown, Alvin Light, George Lloyd, Manuel Neri, Wayne Thiebaud, Beth Van Hoesen, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Gordon Cook (1927-1985) was a painter from San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 59 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Restrictions:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Artists' models -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Figurative art -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Artists' models -- San Francisco, California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.cook81
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cook81

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