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Lafayette -- Private Garden

Sculptor:
Pepper, Beverly  Search this
Smith, Tony, 1912-1980  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Shapiro, Joel  Search this
Chadwick, Lynn, 1914-  Search this
Landscape architect:
Eckbo, Garrett  Search this
Lutsko, Ron  Search this
Lutsko Associates  Search this
Garden designer:
Green, Isabella  Search this
Provenance:
Orinda Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Private Garden (Lafayette, California)
United States of America -- California -- Contra Costa County -- Lafayette
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes a work sheet, narrative descriptions of slides, and copy of landscape plan.
General:
Designed in 1992, the garden incorporates water features, modern sculpture, and native plants. Water is essential to this garden, bringing a feeling of freshness, renewal and tranquility. Plants noted for their fragrance surround each doorway. The garden design is inspired from the owner's travels to England and the Alhambra in Spain. The plant material in the garden features native plants and other species that have naturalized in the area.
Persons and organizations associated with the property: Edith Garrett (former owner); Ron Lutsko (landscape architect); Garrett Eckbo (landscape architect); Joel Shapiro (sculptor, "Walking on Water"); Beniamino Bufano (sculptor, "Hedge Hog"); Beverly Pepper (front door, 1992, falling water wall); Deborah Butterfield (sculptor, horse); Isabella Green (garden designer, vegetable garden and water rill design); Kei Davis (sculptor); and Tony Smith (sculptor, black geometric sculpture in entry courtyard).
Related Materials:
Private Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (10 35 mm. slides)
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- California -- Lafayette  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File CA446
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb67158a686-3d2b-49c1-9e4e-ac5cc0ce9531
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref24220

Oral history interview with Wilma Harris

Interviewee:
Harris, Wilma, 1910-  Search this
Interviewer:
McChesney, Mary Fuller  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel (Sound recordings (1 hour), 5 in.)
39 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1964 Apr. 22
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Wilma Harris conducted by Mary McChesney on 1964 Apr. 22 for the Archives of American Art.
Harris speaks of her background and art education at the California School of Fine Arts; the Federal Art Project weaving project in San Francisco and her involvement in it. She recalls Victor Arnautoff and Beniamino Bufano.
Biographical / Historical:
Weaver; California.
General:
The recording ends before the conclusion of the interview.
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.
Restrictions:
This interview is open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Weavers -- California  Search this
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women textile artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.harris64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw965c7d5c7-b34e-4e61-92fb-e706ba22ab4e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-harris64
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Oral history interview with William Gaskin

Interviewee:
Gaskin, William, 1892-1968  Search this
Interviewer:
Ferbraché, Lewis  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Hiler, Hilaire, 1898-1966  Search this
Kingman, Dong, 1911-  Search this
Extent:
4 Sound tape reels (Sound recordings , analog, 7-1/2 ips, 7 in.)
42 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1964 Feb. 28
Scope and Contents:
An interview of William Gaskin conducted 1964 Feb. 28, by Lewis Ferbraché, for the Archives of American Art.
Gaskin speaks of his education at the San Francisco Institute of Art; his early interest in theater and literature; and his involvement with the WPA-FAP in San Francisco. He discusses a WPA mosaic project; how artists' careers were affected by the WPA; and the effects of politics on the WPA. He mentions Beniamino Bufano, Hilaire Hiler, and Dong Kingman.
Biographical / Historical:
William Gaskin, b. 1892; d. 1968, Art administrator of San Francisco, Calif.
Provenance:
This interview 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
This interview is open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- California  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Arts administrators -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.gaskin64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw989a4cb1e-76c2-47f5-aacb-d9c91f801474
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gaskin64
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Bambino [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Artist:
Bufano, Beniamino 1898-1970  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Figure--Child--Head  Search this
Image number:
SSC S0002701
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_139548
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Chinese Girl [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Artist:
Bufano, Beniamino 1898-1970  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Figure female--Child  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Dress--Ethnic--Chinese Dress  Search this
Image number:
SSC S0002703
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_139550
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Portrait Relief of Aloha Linder [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Artist:
Bufano, Beniamino 1898-1970  Search this
Subject:
Linder, Aloha  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Profile  Search this
Image number:
SSC S0002705
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_139553
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Bending Figure [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Artist:
Bufano, Beniamino 1898-1970  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Figure female--Nude  Search this
Image number:
SSC S0002707
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_139555
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Tragic Figures [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Artist:
Bufano, Beniamino 1898-1970  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Figure group--Nude  Search this
State of Being--Emotion--Sorrow  Search this
Image number:
SSC S0002709
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_139557
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David [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Artist:
Bufano, Beniamino 1898-1970  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Figure male--Nude  Search this
Image number:
SSC S0002702
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_139549
Online Media:

The First Kiss [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Artist:
Bufano, Beniamino 1898-1970  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Image number:
SSC S0002704
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_139551
Online Media:

The Brooding Head [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Artist:
Bufano, Beniamino 1898-1970  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Figure--Head  Search this
Image number:
SSC S0002706
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_139554
Online Media:

Helen [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Artist:
Bufano, Beniamino 1898-1970  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Helen  Search this
Image number:
SSC S0002708
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_139556
Online Media:

A Chinese Boy and Girl [sculpture] / (photographed by Arthur Jaffe)

Artist:
Bufano, Beniamino 1898-1970  Search this
Photographic firm:
Arthur Jaffe, Inc.  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1921
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Dress--Ethnic--Chinese Dress  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Image number:
SSC S0002710
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_139558
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Oral history interview with Beniamino Bufano, 1965 October 4

Interviewee:
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Interviewer:
McChesney, Mary Fuller, 1922-2022  Search this
Subject:
Federal Art Project  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12135
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213351
AAA_collcode_bufano64
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213351
Online Media:

Scrapbook

Creator:
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Subject:
Press and Union League Club of San Francisco  Search this
Type:
Albums
Date:
1960
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19043
See more items in:
Beniamino Bufano papers, [1930s-1970]
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19043

Beniamino Bufano papers, [1930s-1970]

Creator:
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Subject:
Goetz, William  Search this
Topic:
Art -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6132
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216348
AAA_collcode_bufabeni
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216348

Female Torso, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Bufano, Beniamino 1898-1970  Search this
Medium:
Black granite
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Palace of the Legion of Honor Lincoln Park San Francisco California 94121
Date:
Ca. 1940
Topic:
Figure female--Torso  Search this
Control number:
IAS 8G220040
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_479186

Dianne Gravlee research notes relating to the Federal Art Project in California

Creator:
Gravlee, Dianne  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Refregier, Anton, 1905-  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet ((400 p.))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[undated]
Scope and Contents:
Research notes consisting mainly of abstracts of articles primarily from the San Francisco CHRONICLE, 1936-1942. Included are material on the Writer's Project, Theater Project, Photography Project, Music Project, the Coit Tower Murals, artists Beniamino Bufano, Stanton Macdonald-Wright and Anton Refregier.
Provenance:
Provenance unknown.
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.
Topic:
Coit Memorial Tower (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.gravdian
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90c7dada5-b2b8-4724-b5e1-3cc3295cadf8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gravdian

California art research / Gene Hailey, editor

Creator:
California Art Research Project  Search this
Names:
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Abdy, Rowena Meeks, b. 1887  Search this
Aitken, Robert, 1878-1949  Search this
Albright, Gertrude Partington, 1883-1959  Search this
Albright, Hermann Oliver, 1876-1944  Search this
Albro, Maxine, 1903-1966  Search this
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Atkins, Arthur, 1873-1899  Search this
Barnes, Matthew Rackham, 1880-1951  Search this
Bergman, Frank  Search this
Berlandina, Jane, 1898-1962  Search this
Bethers, Ray, 1902-  Search this
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Boynton, Ray Scepter, 1883-1951  Search this
Bremer, Anne, 1872-1923  Search this
Breuer, Henry Joseph, 1860-1932  Search this
Bruton, Margaret, 1894-  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Cadenasso, Giuseppe, 1858-1918  Search this
Carlsen, Emil, 1853-1932  Search this
Chin, Chee, b. 1896  Search this
Cravath, Ruth, 1902-1986  Search this
Cummings, M. Earl, b. 1876  Search this
Cuneo, Rinaldo, 1877-1939  Search this
Dickman, Charles John, 1863-1943  Search this
Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946  Search this
Forbes, Helen, 1891-1945  Search this
Fortune, Ephemia Charlton, 1885-1969  Search this
Gaw, William A., 1891-1973  Search this
Grant, Charles Henry, 1866-1939  Search this
Hailey, Gene  Search this
Hamlin, Edith  Search this
Hansen, Armin C. (Armin-Carl), 1886-1957  Search this
Hansen, Herman W., 1854-1924  Search this
Hesthal, William, 1908-  Search this
Hill, Thomas, 1829-1908  Search this
Hobart, Clark, b. 1880?  Search this
Howard, Charles, 1899-1978  Search this
Howard, John Galen, 1864-1931  Search this
Howard, John Langley, 1902-  Search this
Howard, Robert Boardman, 1896-1983  Search this
Jorgensen, Christian, 1860-1935  Search this
Joullin, Amedee, 1862-1917  Search this
Keith, William, 1838-1911  Search this
Kent, Adaline Dutton, 1900-1957  Search this
Kingman, Dong, 1911-  Search this
Labaudt, Lucien, 1880-1943  Search this
Mackey, Spencer, 1880-1958  Search this
Macky, Constance L., b. 1883  Search this
Martinez, Xavier, 1869-1943  Search this
Mathews, Arthur Frank, 1860-1945  Search this
McComas, Francis John, 1874-1938  Search this
Mora, Joseph Jacinto, 1876-1947  Search this
Moya del Pino, Jose, 1891-1969  Search this
Nahl, Arthur Charles, b. 1878  Search this
Nahl, Charles Christian, 1818-1878  Search this
Nahl, Hugo Wilhelm Arthur, 1833-1889  Search this
Nahl, Perham Wilhelm, 1869-1935  Search this
Nahl, Virgil Theodore, 1876-1930  Search this
Obata, Chiura  Search this
Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969  Search this
Peixotto, Ernest, b. 1869  Search this
Peters, Charles Rollo, 1862-1928  Search this
Piazzoni, Gottardo, 1872-1945  Search this
Pommer, Julius, 1895?-1945  Search this
Poole, Horatio Nelson, b. 1883  Search this
Post, George, 1906-1997  Search this
Puccinelli, Dorothy Wagner, 1901-  Search this
Puccinelli, Raimondo, 1904-  Search this
Putnam, Arthur, 1873-1930  Search this
Randolph, Lee F., b. 1880  Search this
Raphael, Joseph, 1869-1950  Search this
Rexroth, André, Mrs., 1902-  Search this
Richardson, Mary Curtis, 1848-1931  Search this
Rix, Julian  Search this
Robinson, Charles Dorman, 1847-1933  Search this
Rosenthal, Toby Edward, ca. 1848-1917  Search this
Sandona, Matteo, b. 1883  Search this
Sargeant, Geneve Rixford, 1868-1957  Search this
Scherbakoff, Sergey John, b. 1894  Search this
Schnier, Jacques, 1898-1988  Search this
Sekido, Yoshida, b. 1894  Search this
Sheridan, Joseph Marsh, b. 1897  Search this
Sparks, Will, 1862-1937  Search this
Stackpole, Ralph, 1885-1973  Search this
Tavernier, Jules, 1844-1889  Search this
Tilden, Douglas, 1860-1935  Search this
Tojetti, Domenico, 1807-1892  Search this
Van Sloun, Frank J., 1879-1938  Search this
Welch, Thaddeus, 1844-1919  Search this
Williams, Virgil Macey, 1830-1886  Search this
Withrow, Evelyn Almond, 1858-1928  Search this
Wores, Theodore, 1858-1939  Search this
Zakheim, Bernard Baruch, 1898-1985  Search this
Extent:
20 Volumes ((on 2 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Volumes
Place:
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945 -- California -- San Francisco
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945 -- California -- San Francisco
Date:
1936-1937
Scope and Contents:
Twenty volumes of the publication, CALIFORNIA ART RESEARCH, containing monographs on artists whose principal residence was San Francisco.
REEL NDA/Cal 1: Artists include Robert Aitken, Arthur Atkins, Albert Bierstadt, Ray Boynton, Anne Bremer, Henry J. Breuer, Giuseppe Cadenasso, Emil Carlsen, M. Earl Cummings, Rinaldo Cuneo, Charles Dickman, Maynard Dixon, Charles Grant, Armin Hansen, H. W. Hansen, Thomas Hill, Christian Jorgensen, Amedee Joullin, William Keith, Constance Macky, Xavier Martinez, Arthur Mathews, Francis McComas, Arthur C. Nahl, Charles C. Nahl, Hugo W. A. Nahl, Perham W. Nahl, Virgil T. Nahl, Ernest Peixotto, Charles R. Peters, Gottardo Piazzoni, Horatio Nelson Poole, Arthur Putnam, Joseph Raphael, Mary C. Richardson, Julian Rix, Charles D. Robinson, Toby Rosenthal, Will Sparks,Jules Tavernier, Douglas Tilden, Domenico Tojetti, Frank Van Sloun, Thaddeus Welch, Virgil Williams, Evelyn A. Withrow, and Theodore Wores.
REEL NDA/Cal 2: Artists include Rowena M. Abdy, Gertrude Albright, Hermann O. Albright, Maxine Albro, Victor Arnautoff, Matthew R. Barne s, Frank Bergman, Jane Berlandina, Ray Bethers, Beniamino Bufano, Margaret Bruton, Chee Chin, Ruth Cravath, Helen Forbes, Euphemia C. Fortune, William Gaw, Edith Hamlin, William Hesthal, Clark Hobart, Charles Howard, John G. Howard, John L. Howard, Robert Boardman Howard, Adaline Kent, Dong Kingman, Lucien Labaudt, Spencer Mackey, Jo Mora, Jose Moya del Pino, Chiura Obata, Otis Oldfield, Julius Pommer, George B. Post, Dorothy W. Puccinelli, Raimondo Puccinelli, Lee F. Randolph, Andree Rexroth, Matteo Sandona, Geneve R. Sargeant, Sergey J. Scherbakoff,Jacques Schnier, Yoshida Sekido, Joseph M. Sheridan,Ralph Stackpole, and Bernard Zakheim.
Biographical / Historical:
Publication of the Works Progress Administration; San Francisco, Calif. Sponsored by Dr. Walter Heil of the M.H. de Young Museum. Was originally a joint project of the WPA-Statistical projects division and the WPA-Federal Art Project in order to disseminate information about artists and art in the San Francisco region.
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
San Francisco, WPA Project 2874, 1936-1937.
Provenance:
Provenance unknown.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939 -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art and state -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.caliarp
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91151550c-b4d7-4c02-b025-d4bd657f78fb
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-caliarp

Martin Birnbaum papers

Creator:
Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970  Search this
Names:
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey, 1872-1898  Search this
Beaux, Cecilia, 1855-1942  Search this
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Chanler, Robert Winthrop, 1872-1930  Search this
Choate, Mabel, 1870-1958  Search this
Clark, Stephen C. (Stephen Carlton), b. 1882  Search this
Cœdès, George  Search this
Davis, Edmund  Search this
Davis, Reginald  Search this
Despiau, Charles, 1874-1946  Search this
Diederich, William Hunt, 1884-1953  Search this
Dillingham, Louise  Search this
Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952  Search this
Dulac, Edmund, 1882-1953  Search this
Fernández, Luis, 1900-1973  Search this
Haseltine, Herbert, 1877-1962  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina, 1887-1966  Search this
Hoowij, Jan, 1907-  Search this
Jacobs, Leonebel  Search this
John, Augustus, 1878-1961  Search this
Jones, Lois Mailou, 1905-1998  Search this
Kester, Lenard, 1917-  Search this
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966  Search this
McIlhenny, Henry P.  Search this
Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932  Search this
Nadelman, Elie, 1882-1946  Search this
Parmelee, James  Search this
Parrish, Maxfield, 1870-1966  Search this
Potterton, Alfred B.  Search this
Richter, Gisela Marie Augusta, 1882-1972  Search this
Ricketts, Charles S., 1866-1931  Search this
Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, 1884-1962  Search this
Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Scott, Stevenson  Search this
Scudder, Janet, b. 1873  Search this
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968  Search this
Sprinchorn, Carl, 1887-1971  Search this
Stein, Leo, 1872-1947  Search this
Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957  Search this
Sterner, Albert, 1863-1946  Search this
Werntz, Carl N. (Carl Newland), 1874-1944  Search this
Wilson, Stanley  Search this
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943  Search this
Extent:
3.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Etchings
Photographs
Date:
1862-1967
bulk 1920-1967
Summary:
The papers of New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birnbaum measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1862-1967, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920-1967. The papers document Birnbaum's association with the firm of Scott & Fowles, the lives and activities of his friends and colleagues, and his literary work, through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, business records, printed material, a scrapbook, scattered artwork, and photographs of Birnbaum, friends and colleagues, and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birnbaum measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1862-1967, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920-1967. The papers document Birnbaum's association with the firm of Scott & Fowles, the lives and activities of his friends and colleagues, and his literary work, through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, business records, printed material, a scrapbook, scattered artwork, and photographs of Birnbaum, friends and colleagues, and artwork.

Correspondence, primarily letters received by Birnbaum in New York, and throughout Europe from 1917-1960s, reflects Birnbaum's association with Scott & Fowles, particularly Stevenson Scott, and includes many details about the lives and activities of his correspondents, among them: artists Edward Bruce, Cecilia Beaux, Beniamino Bufano, Stephen C. Clark, Louise Dillingham, William Hunt Diedrich, Luis Fernandez, Herbert Haseltine, Jan Hoowij, Malvina Hoffman, Leonebel Jacobs, Lenard Kester, Lois Mailou Jones, Paul Manship, Gari Melchers, Maxfield Parrish, Charles S. Ricketts, William Rothenstein, John Singer Sargent, Janet Scudder, Carl Sprinchorn, Maurice Sterne, Albert Sterner, Carl N. Wertz, and Stanley Wilson. Also found is correspondence with art collectors and patrons including Mabel Choate, Edmund Davis, Reginald Davis, Henry P. McIlhenny, James Parmalee, Edith Wetmore, and Grenville Windall Linthrop, and museums including the Fogg Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then curator Gisela Marie Augusta Richter, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Correspondence with scholars, writers, and publishers including George Coedes, Edmund Dulac, Joseph Francis Charles Rock, Upton Sinclair and others, documents aspects of Birnbaum's literary and scholarly work.

Writings include drafts of The Last Romantic, including Upton Sinclair's revision, and some of Birnbaum's early published and unpublished writings, as well as notes on Aubrey Beardsley.

Business records include financial records such as bills, receipts, canceled checks and statements for sales of artwork, and scattered legal records.

A small amount of printed material primarily consists of programs for musical events which evidence Birnbaum's early success as a violinist, as well as scattered news clippings, 2 exhibition catalogs, and announcements for the publications of Angkor and the Mandarin Road and The Last Romantic. Additional printed material about Birnbaum can be found in the dismantled scrapbook, 1960-1961.

Artwork includes 2 etchings and a sketch by Birnbaum, bookplates by various artists, circa 10 sketches by other and unidentified artists, and 3 cards with original artwork.

Photographs include snapshots and portraits of Birnbaum and artists and friends, among them: Robert Chanler, Charles Despiau, Norman Douglas, Luis Fernandez, Herbert Haseltine, Augustus John, Paul Manship, Gari Melchers, Elie Nadelman, Albert Sterner, Stevenson Scott, and Grenville Lindall Winthrop. Also found is a photo of Birnbaum with Edward Bruce, Alfred Potterton, Leon Stein, and Maurice Sterne, circa 1915-1916, and photographs proposed for use in The Last Romantic, travel snapshots, and photos of artwork.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged as 8 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1890-1950s (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OVs 4-5)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1862-1967 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1890-circa 1960 (0.45 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 4: Business Records, 1918-1967 (0.15 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1895-circa 1960 (0.15 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 6: Scrapbook, 1960-1961 (1 folder; Box 3)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1890-circa 1960 (0.15 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1900-circa 1960s (0.3 linear feet; Box 3)
Biographical / Historical:
New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birmbaum (1878-1970) was the manager of the American branch of the Berlin Photographic Company in New York City from 1910–1916, and a longtime partner in the art firm Scott & Fowles. He spent the later part of his career building the Grenville Lindall Winthrop Collection, now at the Fogg Museum.

Birnbaum immigrated to the United States from Hungary as a child. He was an accomplished violinist who studied at City College of New York, and graduated with a law degree from Columbia University in 1901, but developed a life-long interest in art during visits to Europe. As manager of the Berlin Photographic Company he had great success in staging art exhibitions at the company's New York galleries, which led him to a junior partnership in the Fifth Avenue firm of art dealers, Scott & Fowles. Birnbaum traveled widely and built relationships with many of the prominent artists and art collectors of his day and, in addition to the Grenville Lindall Winthrop collection, was influential in developing other important art collections including those of Edward Davis, Reginald Davis, and Henry P. McIlhenny.

Birnbaum wrote widely about his experiences and encounters in the world of wealthy socialites, literary salons, artists, art patrons, and collectors in publications such as Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (Berlin Photographic Co., 1911), Oscar Wilde: Fragments and Memories (J.F. Drake, Incorporated, 1914) , Vanishing Eden:Wanderings in the Tropics (New York: William E. Rudge's Sons, 1942), Angkor and the Mandarin Road (Vantage Press, 1952), and The Last Romantic (Twayne Publishers, 1961). He died in 1970 at the age of 92.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reels N698, N698A-N698B) including correspondence, bookplates, sketches, newspaper clippings, and a list of books containing ornamental drawings and illustrations. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Material on reels N698, N698A-N698B were lent for microfilming by Martin Birnbaum in 1967. The rest of the collection was donated in an anonymous gift in 1970 and by Martin Birnbaum's great-nephew, Jerome Ziegler, in 1975.
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 audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Etchings
Photographs
Citation:
Martin Birnbaum papers, 1962-1967, bulk 1920-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.birnmart
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ca6df438-53dd-472f-9ab1-0be16d9545eb
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-birnmart
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