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W. Langdon Kihn papers

Creator:
Kihn, W. Langdon  Search this
Names:
National Geographic Society (U.S.)  Search this
Artzybasheff, Boris, 1899-1965  Search this
Barbeau, Marius, 1883-1969  Search this
Dale, Chester, b. 1883  Search this
Dale, Maud, 1875-1953  Search this
Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946  Search this
Downs, Olin  Search this
Fisher, Franklin L.  Search this
Kihn, Alfred  Search this
Kihn, Helen Butler  Search this
Laubin, Gladys  Search this
Laubin, Reginald  Search this
Lecomte du Noüy, Marie  Search this
Lecomte du Noüy, Pierre, 1883-1947  Search this
Oakley, Thorton, 1881-1953  Search this
Skinner, Constance Lindsay, 1882-1939  Search this
Stirling, Matthew Williams, 1896-1975  Search this
Wellcome, Henry S., Sir (Henry Solomon), 1853-1936  Search this
Wiggins, Guy C. (Guy Carleton), 1883-1962  Search this
Extent:
8.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Sketches
Photographs
Poetry
Writings
Date:
1904-1990
bulk 1904-1957
Summary:
The papers of painter and illustrator W. Langdon Kihn measure approximately 8.5 linear feet and date from 1904-1990, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1904-1957. Papers document Kihn's career and travels associated with his interests in documenting the native American tribal nations of the United States and Canada in portraiture and writings. Found here are biographical materials, voluminous correspondence, memoirs and writings, one travel diary, printed material, financial records, three sketchbooks, sketches, and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of painter and illustrator W. Langdon Kihn measure approximately 8.5 linear feet and date from 1904-1990, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1904-1957. Papers document Kihn's career and travels associated with his interests in documenting the native American tribal nations of the United States and Canada in portraiture and writings. Found here are biographical material, voluminous correspondence, memoirs and writings, one travel diary, printed material, financial records, three sketchbooks, sketches, and photographs.

Biographical materials include address books, membership cards, exhibition and price lists, legal and travel documents, as well as biographical notes. Additional biographical sketches are found in the Writings and Notes series.

Correspondence is the largest series in the collection, almost half of the papers. In addition to letters to W. Langdon Kihn, this series include both originals and drafts of his outgoing letters; letters to his wife Helen from friends; third party business correspondence between his father, Alfred Kihn, and various parties undertaken on his son's behalf; and third party correspondence addressed to his friend and colleague, the Canadian ethnographer, Marius Barbeau. In addition to Barbeau, significant correspondents include Constance Lindsay Skinner, Chester and Maud Dale, Sir Henry Wellcome, Pierre and Marie "May" Lecompte du Noüy, and Reginald and Gladys Laubin. Although there is little correspondence with other artists, those represented with cards and letters in this collection include Boris Artzybasheff, Maynard Dixon, Olin Dows, Thornton Oakley, and Kihn's summer art school partner, Gus Wiggins. Correspondence with Franklin L. Fisher, Chief of National Geographic Magazine's Illustrated Division and Matthew W. Striling, Chief of the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution dominate the period spanning from 1935 - 1952, the years of Kihn's close association with the National Geographic Society.

Writings and notes includes manuscripts and typescripts of articles, poems, lectures, memoirs, and other writings by Kihn and others. There is one travel diary dated circa 1924-1925, and numerous writings about Kihn's travels and documentation of native American Indians.

Printed materials include exhibition catalogs, travel brochures, and magazine and newspaper clippings. Also found here are copies of Kihn's illustrations for books by other authors, including Beaver, Kings and Cabins, by Constance Lindsay Skinner, as well as proofs from the National Geographic series on American Indians arranged by geographic location. Financial records consist of invoices and receipts related to Kihn's artwork, traveling, and exhibitions.

Three sketchbooks and loose sketches include illustrated field notes and other drawings that document Kihn's travels and of native Americans. Photographs are of Kihn, and of Kihn at work. There are also photographs of Kihn's artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 7 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1916-1957 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1904-1959 (Boxes 1-5; 4.0 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1920-1990 (Box 5-6; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1920-1957 (Boxes 6-8, OV 10; 2.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Financial Records, 1920-1955 (Box 8; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 6: Sketchbooks and Sketches, circa 1922-1955 (Boxes 8-9, OV 10; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographs, circa 1920-1955 (Box 9; 5 folders)
Biographical Note:
Born in Brooklyn, New York, W. (Wilfred) Langdon Kihn (1898-1959) is best known for his portraits of American Indians and illustrations of their history, culture and rapidly disappearing way of life. In 1919, Kihn joined his art teacher Winold Reiss on a trip to the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana where he completed his first series of portraits. This marked the beginning of his lifelong career of documenting the tribal nations of the United States and Canada. Through commissions from Canadian and American Railroad companies, Kihn spent much of the 1920s traversing both the United States and Northwest Canada where he had the opportunity to record the members and lives of various tribes. During this period, his paintings also traveled the country in a one man exhibition of his American Indian portraits, which was arranged by the Brooklyn Museum, and traveled to about 40 institutions in the United States. However his largest and best known commission was a project to research and paint North American Indians for serial publication in National Geographic. Kihn received the commission in 1935 and his association with the organization spanned two decades, culminating in the 1955 exhibition of his work at the National Geographic Museum, Washington, D.C, and the publication Indians of the Americas, with copius illustrations derived from Kihn's paintings and drawings.

In addition to his travels and work in North America, Kihn enjoyed a brief stint between 1929-1932 painting in France and Spain. Upon his return he focused upon obtaining commercial work and enjoyed success as an illustrator, whose work was featured in Beaver, Kings and Cabins (1933) and Flat Tail (1935), among other books. Kihn also wrote articles about his travels; amateur painters, whom he specialized in teaching; and American Indian legends and tribal cultures. Between 1948-1951 he was a partner in the Guy Wiggins-W. Langdon Kihn Art School in Essex, Connecticut. He married Helen Butler in 1920 and in between their travels the couple eventually settled in East Haddam, Connecticut. W. Langdon Kihn died in 1957.
Provenance:
Helen Kihn, W. Langdon Kihn's widow, donated the bulk of the collection in 1959. In 1994 Phyllis Kihn, the artist's daughter, donated pages 1-8 of Kihn's original manuscript of his memoirs and a transcript of the complete memoirs.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The W. Langdon Kihn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Painters -- Connecticut  Search this
Topic:
Book illustrators -- Connecticut  Search this
Indians of North America -- Pictorial works  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Sketches
Photographs
Poetry
Writings
Citation:
W. Langdon Kihn papers, 1904-1990, bulk 1904-1957. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kihnwlan
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W. Langdon Kihn papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kihnwlan

Betty and Boris Artzybasheff Christmas card

Creator:
Artzybasheff, Boris, 1899-1965  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1951
Topic:
Financial records  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Taxation  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11270
See more items in:
W. Langdon Kihn papers, 1904-1990, bulk 1904-1957
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11270
Online Media:

[Boris Artzybasheff : miscellaneous uncataloged material]

Author:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Art and Artist Files Collection DSI  Search this
Subject:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Type:
Books
Vertical files
Artist files
Call number:
AAF--Artzybasheff, Boris
Restrictions & Rights:
Photocopies of items in the folder(s) are available upon request, subject to fees and other current copyright guidelines for reproduction.
FOLDER(S) DO NOT CIRCUATE. FOLDERS MUST BE CONSULTED ON SITE
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_672665

Boris Artzybasheff Christmas card to Fred and Adelaide Gardner

Creator:
Artzybasheff, Boris, 1899-1965  Search this
Gardner, Fred, 1880-1952  Search this
Subject:
Gardner, Adelaide Morris  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
not after 1965
Topic:
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13313
See more items in:
Fred and Adelaide Morris Gardner papers, 1916-1978
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13313
Online Media:

Behind Moroccan walls, translated and adapted by Constance Lily Morris from the books of Henriette Celarié; with pictures by Boris Artzybasheff

Author:
Celarié, Henriette  Search this
Morris, Constance Lily (Rothschild)  Search this
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 239 p. incl front., plates. 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Morocco
Date:
1931
Topic:
Women  Search this
Call number:
PQ2605.E5A26 1931X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_211878

Three and the moon; legendary stories of old Brittany, Normandy and Provence

Author:
[Dorey, Jacques]  Search this
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Physical description:
x p., 2 l., 3-103 p. illus., col. plates (part double) 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
France
Brittany
Normandy
Provence
Date:
1929
1929]
Topic:
Tales  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.A79 D6
N40.1.A79D6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_59726

As I see / by Boris Artzybasheff ; notes to folios by the artist

Author:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Bookseller:
Smith, Ray DSI  Search this
Subject:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Physical description:
[100] p. : chiefly ill. (2 col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1954
Topic:
American wit and humor, Pictorial  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.A79 A1 1954
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_513208

As I see. Notes to folios by the artist

Author:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Subject:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Physical description:
[100] p. chiefly illus. (2 col.) 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1954
Topic:
American wit and humor, Pictorial  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.A79 A1 1954
N40.1.A79A1 1954
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_437313

Creatures. With drawings by Boris Artzybasheff

Author:
Colum, Padraic 1881-1972  Search this
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Physical description:
56 p. illus., plates. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1927
Call number:
PR6005.O38C7 1927x
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_181588

Balloon; a comedy in four acts, by Padraic Colum

Author:
Colum, Padraic 1881-1972  Search this
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Rouben Mamoulian Collection (Library of Congress) DLC  Search this
Physical description:
4 preliminary leaves, 123 pages 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1929
Call number:
PR6005.O38 B3 1929X
PR6005.O38B3 1929X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_43161

Nansen / by Anna Gertrude Hall ; illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff

Author:
Hall, Anna Gertrude 1882-1967  Search this
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Subject:
Nansen, Fridtjof 1861-1930  Search this
Physical description:
170 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Juvenile literature
Juvenile works
Date:
1945
1945, ©1940
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1069610

Frank Stanton (1908-), (painting)

Painter:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Subject:
Stanton, Frank  Search this
Medium:
Tempera on artist board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 83.156
Date:
1950
Topic:
Portrait male--Head  Search this
Occupation--Communication Arts--Broadcaster  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08650497
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_371004

Richard Buckminster Fuller, Jr. (1895-1983), (painting)

Painter:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Subject:
Fuller, Buckminster  Search this
Medium:
Tempera on board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 78.TC394
Date:
Ca. 1964
Topic:
Portrait male--Head  Search this
Occupation--Science--Inventor  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Eye wear  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08650582
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_371557

John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (b. 1921), (painting)

Painter:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Subject:
Glenn, John  Search this
Medium:
Tempera on masonite
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 78.TC409
Date:
1962
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Transportation--Astronaut  Search this
Occupation--Political--Senator  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08650583
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_371558

Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson (b. 1912), (painting)

Painter:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Subject:
Johnson, Lyndon Baines, Mrs. (Claudia Taylor)  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and pastel on board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 78.TC472
Date:
1964
Topic:
Portrait female--Head  Search this
Occupation--Political--First Lady  Search this
Animal--Bird--Dove  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08650586
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_371561

Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), (painting)

Painter:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Subject:
Johnson, Lyndon Baines  Search this
Medium:
Oil on board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 82.TC115
Date:
1960
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Political--President  Search this
Animal--Donkey  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08650587
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_371562

Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963), (painting)

Painter:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Subject:
Oswald, Lee Harvey  Search this
Medium:
Tempera on board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 78.TC656
Date:
1964
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Crime--Murderer  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08650591
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_371566

Arnold Joseph Toynbee (1889-1975), (painting)

Painter:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Subject:
Toynbee, Arnold  Search this
Medium:
Tempera on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 78.TC790
Date:
1947
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Education--Historian  Search this
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08650594
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_371574

James Alfred Van Allen (b. 1914), (painting)

Painter:
Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965  Search this
Subject:
Van Allen, James  Search this
Medium:
Tempera on masonite
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 78.TC199
Date:
1959
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Science--Scientist  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08650595
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_371576

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