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Draft Transcripts of Interviews with Minnie Evans by Nina Howell Starr and Celestine Ware

Collection Creator:
Starr, Nina Howell, 1903-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 60
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962-1973
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Nina Howell Starr papers, circa 1933-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nina Howell Starr papers / Series 4: Minnie Evans / 4.3: Interviews
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
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Draft of "Conversations with Minnie Evans" and Notes by Nina Howell Starr

Collection Creator:
Starr, Nina Howell, 1903-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 59
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962-1973
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Nina Howell Starr papers, circa 1933-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Nina Howell Starr papers
Nina Howell Starr papers / Series 4: Minnie Evans / 4.3: Interviews
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95e9f53b6-b1c7-43e9-9a6f-fd93ba1e438c
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Davis, Earl (Mr.)

Subseries Creator:
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Custom Craft  Search this
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Container:
Box 36
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Job Number: 26622
Subseries Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view negatives due to cold storage. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Subseries Rights:
When the Museum purchased the collection from the Estate of Robert S. Scurlock, it obtained all rights, including copyright. The earliest photographs in the collection are in the public domain because their term of copyright has expired. The Archives Center will control copyright and the use of the collection for reproduction purposes, which will be handled in accordance with its standard reproduction policy guidelines. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Subseries Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
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Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.2: Black and white negatives in freezers arranged by job number
Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.2: Black and white negatives in freezers arranged by job number / 4.2: Black and white negatives in freezers arranged by job number
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
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Civil Aeronautics Administration, Provisional International Civil Aviation Organization

Collection Creator:
Stanton, Charles Ingram, 1893-1986  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1946-1947
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Charles Ingram Stanton, Sr., Papers, Acc. NASM.1987.0076, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Charles Ingram Stanton, Sr., Papers
Charles Ingram Stanton, Sr., Papers / Series 1: Professional Life / 1.2: Civilian Career
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2292ef17a-e659-430c-8574-60398770323d
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Alexander Alland, Sr., Photoprints

Creator:
Ostroff, Eugene, d. 1999 (NMAH Curator)  Search this
Salo, Matt, Dr.  Search this
Haberstich, David E., 1941-  Search this
Ahlborn, Richard E., 1933-2015  Search this
Alland, Alexander, Sr. (Alexander Landschaft), 1902-1989  Search this
Names:
China Daily News -- 1930-1940 -- New York N.Y.  Search this
China Daily News -- Photographs  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Davis, Earl  Search this
Kaslov, Steve, ca. 1888-1949 (King of the Red Bandanna Romany Gypsies )  Search this
Extent:
0.25 Cubic feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Oral history
Interviews
Audio cassettes
Place:
Virgin Islands -- 1930-1940
New York (N.Y.) -- 1930-1940
Bowery (New York, N.Y.) -- 1930-1940
Chinatown (New York, N.Y.) -- 1930-1940
St. Thomas (Virgin Islands) -- 1930-1940
Date:
1985 - 1986
1930 - 1943
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains 273 silver gelatin photoprints (Series 1), most of which apparently were made during the 1930s and early 1940s, contemporaneously with the original negatives. All are 8" x 10" or slightly smaller, unmounted except for flush mounted linen on the backs of some prints. The photographs were made primarily in two locations, New York City and the Virgin Islands. The Virgin Islands pictures were made as part of a special documentary project in 1939, as described above, whereas the New York photographs stem from Mr. Alland's largely self assigned documentation of various ethnic and religious groups in New York from approximately 1932 to 1943. The projects include photographs of the "Red Bandanna" Romany Gypsy group in the Bowery, a black Jewish congregation, Mohawk Indians in Brooklyn, and other groups, which required extensive exploration, research, and photographing over periods of many days or weeks. A variety of miscellaneous ethnic and religious groups are covered in the general "Other Religions" and "Nationalities" folders. The contents of the "Judaism" folder include primarily New York sites and people, but there are also additional views of a synagogue from the Virgin Islands project.

Series 2 of the collection contains four cassette tape recordings of two interviews with Mr. Alland, three made by Richard Ahlborn (with Eugene Ostroff and Matt Salo) in 1985, and one by David Haberstich and Richard Ahlborn, June 2-3, 1986 (at which time the photographs were donated). The tapes include readings from his autobiography, personal reminiscences on his experiences as an immigrant and a photographer, and commentary on the photographs.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into two series.

Series 1: Photoprints, 1930-1943

Series 2: Audiotape Cassettes, 1985-1986

The photographs are arranged topically and by nationality.
Biographical / Historical:
Alexander Alland, Sr., was born in Sevastopol, Crimea (formerly in the Soviet Union) on 6 August 1902. His last name originally was Landschaft, but he legally changed it to Alland following the birth of his son. Alland's interest in photography began at the age of twelve, when he helped a local photographer with darkroom work. He constructed his own camera from cardboard with a simple meniscus lens and exposed glass plate negatives with the device.

Toward the end of the Civil War in Russia in 1920, Alland relocated in Constantinople, Turkey, where he was hired as an apprentice by a graduate of the Vienna Academy of Photography. When the Union Nationale des Combatants Francais went on a pilgrimage to Gallipoli, a former battle zone on the Dardanelles, he was asked to accompany them in order to document events. After having his request for a pay increase refused, he left his employer two years later and opened his own portrait studio, "Photo d'Art Russe." When civil unrest threatened Constantinople in 1923, he decided to emigrate to the United States.

During his first years in the United States he worked in photo finishing businesses while engaged in home portraiture independently. He married in 1929 and a son, Alexander, Jr., was born. In the 1930s he became one of the best known photographers portraying the life of immigrants and various ethnic groups in New York. (1) In 1936 he was appointed supervisor of the Photo Mural section of the W.P.A. Federal Art Project, and worked as a free lance photographer for magazines and periodicals featuring the activities of various ethnic groups living in New York City. He specialized in making photomurals with montage techniques. (2)

In 1937 Alland became photography instructor at the American Artists' School and joined the American Artists Congress. In 1939, his first book, Portrait of New York, was published and he became president of the "Exploration Photo Syndicate" and went to the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of a project to produce a pictorial record of the West Indian Islands. His photographs appeared in publications and were exhibited at the New School for Social Research and at the Schomberg Collection. In 1942 he joined the staff of Common Ground magazine as photography editor and was appointed by the National Youth Administration to supervise their photography workshop. His book American Counterpoint appeared in 1943 and was selected as "One of the Fifty Best Books of the Year." The original prints from that book were exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York, which also exhibited a portfolio of his work on American Gypsies. In 1944 he became director of an agency, "Pictures for Democracy," and in 1945 his book The Springfield Plan was proclaimed another "One of the Fifty Best Books of the Year."

During World War II Alland did technical photography for the War Department, receiving a commendation for this work. After another book My Dog Rinty was published, he left New York City to establish a school of photography, combined with a school of dance directed by his wife, Alexandra, a professional dancer and choreographer. (3) He then began to exhibit his own photographs and to collect glass plate negatives and vintage prints by significant photographers. He is perhaps best known for locating a collection of Jacob Riis negatives and making them available. In 1974 Aperture published his biography, Jacob A. Riis: Photographer and Citizen4. Because of his efforts in providing the Riis negatives to the Museum of the City of New York, that institution awarded a special commemorative medal to him in 1973. The Riis book was followed by two more studies of photographers, Jessie Tarbox Beals, First Woman News Photographer (5) and Heinrich Tonnies, Cartes de Visite Photographer Extraordinaire. (6)

Retrospective exhibitions of Alland's work were held in two major Danish museums in summer 1979 and he was honored for contributions to the cultural history of Denmark. In 1991 studies for his photomural work were included in an historical survey exhibition of American photomontage at the University of Maryland at College Park. (7).

Sources

1. My text is based upon the biographical information recorded on my taped interviews with Mr. Alland in this collection, but see also Bonnie Yochelson, The Committed Eye: Alexander Alland's Photography. New York: The Museum of the City of New York, Inc., 1991.

2. Merry A. Foresta, "Art and Document: Photography of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project," in Official Images: New Deal Photography (essays by Foresta, Pete Daniel, Maren Stange, and Sally Stein), Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1987, p. 153, based on an interview with Alland, January 1987.

3. Photographic historian Anne Peterson, contractor for three Archives Center photographic collection projects between 1986 and 1982, reports that she studied ballet as a child with Mrs. Alland.

4. Ibid.

5. Ibid.

6. Ibid

7. See catalog by Cynthia Wayne, Dreams, Lies, and Exaggeration: Photomontage in America. The Art Gallery, University of Maryland at College Park, 1991 (exhibition at the gallery Oct. 21 Dec. 20, 1991).
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Carlos de Wendler Funaro Gypsy Research Collection (AC0161)

Contains additional Alland photographs. De Wendler Funaro also photographed Steve Kaslov, his family, and his Bowery coppersmith workshop.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Alexander Alland, June 3, 1986.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Copyrighted material: photographs may not be reproduced without written permission from the Estate of Alexander Alland, Sr.
Topic:
Synagogues -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- New York, N.Y.  Search this
Newspapers -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- New York N.Y.  Search this
Muslims -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- New York N.Y.  Search this
Minorities -- Housing -- 1930-1940 -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Minorities -- Housing -- 1930-1940 -- Virgin Islands  Search this
Judaism -- Customs and practices  Search this
Housing -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- New York N.Y.  Search this
Immigrants -- 1930-1940 -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Housing -- 1930-1940 -- Virgin Islands  Search this
Buddhism -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- New York N.Y.  Search this
Catholic Church -- Liturgy  Search this
Chinese drama -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Churches -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- New York N.Y.  Search this
Clergy -- 1930-1940 -- United States  Search this
Coppersmiths -- 1930-1950  Search this
Ethnic costume  Search this
Ethnic groups -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- New York N.Y.  Search this
Falashas -- 1930-1940 -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Fortune-tellers -- Gypsies -- 1930-1940 -- United States  Search this
Pluralism  Search this
Poverty -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- Virgin Islands  Search this
Printing -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- New York N.Y.  Search this
Protestant churches -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- New York N.Y.  Search this
Religious and ecclesiastical institutions -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- New York N.Y.  Search this
Singers -- 1930-1950  Search this
Synagogues -- 1930-1940 -- Virgin Islands  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1900-1950
Oral history -- 1980-1990
Interviews -- 1980-2000
Audio cassettes -- 1980-1990
Citation:
Alexander Alland, Sr., Photoprints, 1932-1943, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0204
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Alexander Alland, Sr., Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8795050c9-502c-4bfa-afa7-3554b2c036d7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0204
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Davis, Earl

Collection Creator::
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Department of Public Programs/Curatorial Division  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-230, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Department of Public Programs/Curatorial Division, Curatorial Records
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Curatorial Records
Curatorial Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Art for the Masses, (1911-1917) : a radical magazine and its graphics / Rebecca Zurier ; with contributions by Earl Davis and Elise K. Kenney

Author:
Zurier, Rebecca  Search this
Davis, Earl  Search this
Kenney, Elise K. 1934-  Search this
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts  Search this
Physical description:
172 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1985
20th century
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Social problems in art  Search this
Politics in art  Search this
Call number:
NC108 .Z87 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646144

In celebration of the Stuart Davis centennial retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art : Earl Davis and the Jazz Foundation of America present the fine art of jazz : a concert dedicated to the music of Earl Hines, Art Tatum and the golden age of jazz piano : featuring piano masters, Dick Hyman, George Shearing, Neil Swainson on bass, Dorothy Donegan, Ray Mosca on drums, Jon Burr on bass ... : Thursday, November 21, 1991 at 7:30 p.m. Town Hall 123 West 43rd Street, New York City

Title:
Stuart Davis centennial retrospective
Fine art of jazz : a Stuart Davis centennial celebration
Stuart Davis centennial celebration
Earl Davis and the Jazz Foundation of America present The fine art of jazz
Author:
Davis, Earl  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Jazz Foundation of America  Search this
Subject:
Davis, Stuart 1892-1964  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
1991]
Topic:
Jazz--History and criticism  Search this
Jazz musicians  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.D26 I4 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_540644

Art for the Masses : a radical magazine and its graphics, 1911- 1917 / Rebecca Zurier ; with an introd. by Leslie Fishbein, and artists' biographies by Elise K. Kenney and Earl Davis

Author:
Zurier, Rebecca  Search this
Kenney, Elise K. 1934-  Search this
Davis, Earl  Search this
Zurier, Rebecca Art for the Masses, (1911-1917)  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 216 p. : chiefly ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1988
20th century
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Social problems in art  Search this
Politics in art  Search this
Call number:
NC108.Z87 1988X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_355373

Stuart Davis scapes : an exhibition of landscapes, cityscapes, and seascapes made between 1910 and 1923 / essay by Earl Davis ; reprinted writing by Stuart Davis

Author:
Davis, Earl  Search this
Davis, Stuart 1892-1964  Search this
Salander-O'Reilly Galleries  Search this
Subject:
Davis, Stuart 1892-1964  Search this
Physical description:
127 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
C1990
Call number:
N40.1.D26 D261 1990
N40.1.D26D261 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_398354

Art for The Masses, (1911-1917) : a radical magazine and its graphics / Rebecca Zurier ; with contributions by Earl Davis and Elise K. Kenney

Author:
Zurier, Rebecca  Search this
Davis, Earl  Search this
Kenney, Elise K. 1934-  Search this
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts  Search this
Yale University Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
172 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1985
20th century
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Social problems in art  Search this
Politics in art  Search this
Call number:
NC108.Z87 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_239898

Stuart Davis, New York 1926

Title:
New York 1926
Stuart Davis, New York City, 1926
Author:
Davis, Stuart 1892-1964  Search this
Davis, Earl  Search this
Subject:
Davis, Stuart 1892-1964  Search this
Physical description:
84 unnumbered pages : chiefly color facsimiles ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc
In art
Art
Place:
United States
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1991
©1991
Topic:
Artists' preparatory studies  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1051963

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