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Esta Nesbitt papers

Topic:
Everyman (motion picture)
Creator:
Nesbitt, Esta  Search this
Names:
Parsons School of Design -- Faculty  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Xerox Corporation  Search this
Ambert, Anibal  Search this
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989  Search this
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955  Search this
English, Merle  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-  Search this
Leder, Alan J.  Search this
Lyle, David  Search this
Wood, R. F.  Search this
Extent:
10.05 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Transcripts
Diaries
Sound recordings
Photographs
Date:
circa 1942-1981
bulk 1964-1975
Summary:
The papers of illustrator, xerography artist, filmmaker, and educator Esta Nesbitt measure 10.05 linear feet and date from circa 1942-1981. Found within the papers are biographical material, correspondence, writings, xerography research files, project and exhibition files, and printed material. Much of the collection relates to Nesbitt's xerography art work. Additionally, the collection includes motion picture film and sound recordings related to her film and performance work.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of illustrator, xerography artist, filmmaker, and educator Esta Nesbitt measure 10.05 linear feet and date from circa 1942-1981. Found within the papers are biographical material, correspondence, writings, xerography research files, project and exhibition files, and printed material. Much of the collection relates to Nesbitt's xerography art work. Additionally, the collection includes motion picture film and sound recordings related to her film and performance work.

Nesbitt's primary collaborators, correspondents, and subjects of investigation are not concentrated in any one series but rather recur throughout the collection. Nesbitt worked closely with Anibal Ambert, Merle English at Xerox Corporation, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She read and wrote about the accrual of information, Albert Einstein, Asian religion and philosophy, communication, computer technology, documentation practices, energy, psychology, Samuel Beckett, and states of consciousness. Chinese characters and an image of Allen Ginsberg appear repeatedly in Nesbitt's works. Subjects of study and experimentation include 3M and Kodak technologies, color, film, morphology, participatory and performance art, shadows, sound, street works, xerography, and Xerox machines.

Biographical material revolves mostly around Nesbitt's work as a professor at Parsons School of Design. Records include Nesbitt's resumé, an exhibition history, motion picture film of the inside of her studio, and teaching files.

Correspondence contains personal letters from family members, and professional correspondence with fellow artists and employees of Xerox Corporation. Much of the series is correspondence between Nesbitt and fellow artists Alan Leder, David Lyle, and R.E. Wood, and is philosophical in nature. Correspondence with Xerox Corporation documents her relationship with the corporation between 1970 and 1972, when they underwrote her experiments in xerography.

Writings include illustrated journals, journals, notebooks, loose notes, and transcripts. The content of the writings varies widely throughout the series and includes artwork, sketches, diagrams, annotated clippings, transcripts of conversations, Nesbitt's writings about her dreams and family, details about her daily life, and notes about artists' materials, film, and sound.

Xerography Research Files document Nesbitt's experiments with xerography, which she often refers to in her papers as "Xerox Xplore." Contents include Nesbitt's definitions of xerography terms; Xerox equipment brochures; clippings; xerography studies; notebooks about Nesbitt's plans, work with color, and xerography study details; and slides and transparencies of completed xerography prints.

Project and Exhibition Files consist of a variety of documentation related to Nesbitt's books, exhibitions, films, performance and participatory art, and other projects. This series contains the bulk of the collection's motion picture films and sound recordings. The film and sound performance piece titled "Everyman as Anyman, or Putting On, On, On, On, On," the piece Walk Up --Tape On, the film "Light Times 499," and exhibitions of Nesbitt's xerography work and her series of work called Shadow Paintings are the most prominent subjects of the series.

Printed Material includes books, clippings, magazines, exhibition announcements, catalogs, and press releases about Nesbitt's interests, artwork, exhibitions, and galleries that exhibited her work. Some of the material is annotated.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 6 series:

Missing Title

Biographical Materials, 1964-circa 1981 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, 11)

Correspondence, 1942, 1964-1976 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OV 14)

Writings, 1959-circa 1973 (1.3 linear feet; Box 1-2, 12, OV 15)

Xerography Research Files, circa 1966-1974 (2.5 linear feet; Box 2-4, 11, OV 16)

Project and Exhibition Files, circa 1966-1981 (5.2 linear feet, Box 4-8, 11, 13, OV 17-19, 21, FC 22-23)

Printed Material, 1942-circa 1944, circa 1963-1977 (0.9 linear feet; Box 9-10, OV 20)
Biographical / Historical:
Esta Nesbitt (1918-1975) was an illustrator, xerography artist, filmmaker, and educator who lived and worked in New York City. She was a fashion illustrator for about two decades before becoming a children's book illustrator, performance artist, xerography artist, and filmmaker.

Nesbitt taught at Parsons School of Design from 1964 to 1974. Around 1970, Nesbitt created the piece Walk Up --Tape On with her Parsons students. The piece involved documenting social interaction by taping themselves to each other and then others as they walked through New York City, creating what Nesbitt called a "living organism," before presenting themselves to the Whitney Museum of American Art. The event was documented with film, photography, and audio recordings.

In 1970, Nesbitt contacted Xerox Corporation about creating experimental art investigations of the Walk Up --Tape On documentation using Xerox machines in their New York City office. During Nesbitt's time at Xerox, she experimented with many different copying machines, materials, and techniques to create what came to be known as xerographic artworks. She invented three xerography techniques: transcapsa, photo-transcapsa, and chromacapsa. A transcapsa work is created by moving a piece of material over the copier's window during the printing cycle. A photo-transcapsa work is created by moving a photographic image over the copier's window during the printing cycle. Chromacapsa is a process of adding color to xerographic works using Xerox copiers. Nesbitt referred to her work at Xerox as "Xerox Xplore," which culminated with the exhibition "Xerography - Extensions in Art" (1971-1972) and the commission of the print All the Lines are Nines.

To demonstrate "the media bombardment surrounding 'everyman' today," Nesbitt created a film and sound performance piece titled "Everyman as Anyman, or Putting On, On, On, On, On" in 1969. The performance consisted of five Super 8 film projectors and a multi-layered soundtrack. Nesbitt further experimented with filmmaking and xerography with the films "Folding/Struck" and "Light Times 499," which was created with Anibal Ambert. Her interest in xerography is further illustrated in the exhibition "Electrostatic Structures: 'New Morphs'" (1972-1973). The exhibition "1000 Empty 49.3 Grams: A participatory environment" was a culmination of her interest in participatory art.

Nesbitt died November 30, 1975 in New York City. Three posthumous exhibitions include "Esta Nesbitt: Xerography Prints" (1976) at The Art Center of Waco, "Memorial Exhibition of Drawing and Illustrations by Esta Nesbitt" (1977) at Parsons School of Design, and "Electroworks" (1979-1981) at the George Eastman House.
Related Materials:
The Esta Nesbitt papers at Center for Creative Photography at University of Arizona contain 3 linear feet related to her xerography artwork and exhibitions, dated 1966-1983.

Papers related to Nesbitt's fashion illustrations are found at the Kellen Design Archives at The New School in New York City. T

he Esta Nesbitt papers at the University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections are related to Nesbitt's children's book illustrations, dated 1964-1969.
Provenance:
The Esta Nesbitt papers were donated by Saul Nesbitt, her husband, to the Archives of American Art in 1981.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. 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:
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Motion pictures (visual works)  Search this
Filmmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Xerography  Search this
Copy art  Search this
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women filmmakers  Search this
Women illustrators  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Transcripts
Diaries
Sound recordings
Photographs
Citation:
Esta Nesbitt papers, circa 1942-circa 1981, bulk 1964-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.nesbesta
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c57916c9-f891-4116-a32d-d1f4e83c624f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-nesbesta
Online Media:

Einstein, a centenary exhibition

Author:
National Museum of History and Technology  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
Topic:
Physics  Search this
Call number:
QC16.E5 N37 1979X
QC16.E5N37 1979X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_121436

Exhibition Brochure for "Einstein: A Centenary Exhibition"

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)  Search this
Albert Einstein Centennial  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 Color: Color ; Size: 8.5w x 11h ; Type of Image: Brochure ; Medium: Document
Type:
Document
Date:
1979
Topic:
Anniversaries  Search this
Science--History  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Scientists  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-2225
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13007

Albert Abraham Michelson (left), Albert Einstein (center), and Robert Andrews Millikan (right)

Subject:
Michelson, Albert A (Albert Abraham) 1852-1931  Search this
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Millikan, Robert Andrews 1868-1953  Search this
University of Chicago  Search this
Berlin Academy of Sciences  Search this
Norman Bridge Laboratory of Physics  Search this
California Institute of Technology  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1931
Topic:
Physics  Search this
Nobel Prizes  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-6085]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_393240

Scientists and Inventors Portrait File: photoprints

Compiler:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Physical Sciences  Search this
Extent:
10 Cubic feet (10 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Copy prints
Date:
undated
Summary:
Copy prints created by the Smithsonian Office of Priting and Photography of portraits of important scientists and others in Smithsonian collections.
Scope and Contents:
Although the obvious intention of the organizers of this file was to produce a comprehensive, alphabetical file of images of important scientists, inventors, engineers, and other figures in the history of science and technology, the resulting representation of significant subjects is somewhat haphazard. Also, there are some portraits of subjects outside the intended fields, such as photographer Rudolf Eickemeyer, Jr., and figures from non technological business areas.

Several drawers of file cards accompany the photographs. Some duplicate the names and negative numbers of file images without providing additional information; some provide source data; and some represent images which are not in the file. Most of the National Portrait Gallery items are copied from a study collection of carte de visite and cabinet prints which is uncatalogued: special arrangements to view the originals must be made with that institution.
Arrangement:
Collection arranged into one series and arranged alphabetically by subjects' names.
Historical:
This "collection" is essentially an alphabetical browsing file of copy prints created by the Smithsonian Office of Printing and Photographic Services. The original images are photographs, lithographs, etchings, and other forms of portraits located in Smithsonian collections, especially those of curatorial divisions located in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, but there are also substantial numbers of images copies from illustrations in books and periodicals. The latter probably were created for use in Museum exhibits and publications over the years.

These prints apparently were gathered from various curatorial divisions and other sources by volunteers, probably under the direction of curator Deborah Warner, Division of Physical Sciences. The prints were dry mounted onto cardboard and identified with the subjects' names and the corresponding OPPS negative numbers in order to serve as a ready reference file.

This is entirely a file of second and third generation images, therefore, and differs in form from most Archives Center collections. The usual handling precautions for photographic imagery do not necessarily apply, and users are free to browse in the files without protective gloves.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Inventors  Search this
Portraits -- Scientists  Search this
Scientists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 19th-20th century
Copy prints
Citation:
Scientists and Inventors Portrait File, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0315
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Scientists and Inventors Portrait File: photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8b29e07ff-a311-4b18-8dbc-64fc377eb3c0
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0315
Online Media:

Einstein, Albert (1879-1955), theoretical physicist

Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Scientists and Inventors Portrait File, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Scientists and Inventors Portrait File: photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep87adc8596-0bdd-4f74-a43c-12e41844ebf6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0315-ref685

[Albert Einstein] [Portrait]

Creator:
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955  Search this
Names:
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 10.7 x 8.1 in.)
Container:
Box 2, Item Negative Number 37,117
Type:
Archival materials
Portrait prints
Copy prints
Photographs
Date:
Circa 1900-1955
Scope and Contents:
Photographer unknown. Copy print. Albert Einstein sitting in a chair persumably discussing a topic with someone. He holds a paper with print on it in his right hand.
Local Numbers:
AC0315-0000001.tif (AC Scan)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Portrait  Search this
Scientists  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Physics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Portrait prints
Copy prints
Photographs
Collection Citation:
Scientists and Inventors Portrait File, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Scientists and Inventors Portrait File: photoprints
Scientists and Inventors Portrait File: photoprints / Einstein, Albert (1879-1955), theoretical physicist
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8fc6cc1e5-d563-4bad-bc96-0aaa955b8000
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0315-ref688

Einstein : A to Z / Karen C. Fox, Aries Keck

Author:
Fox, Karen C  Search this
Keck, Aries  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Physical description:
x, 310 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
2004
C2004
Topic:
Physicists  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_742630

Einstein's theories of relativity and gravitation: a selection of material from the essays submitted in the competition for the Eugene Higgins prize of $5,000 / compiled and edited, and introductory matter supplied by J. Malcolm Bird

Author:
Bird, J. Malcolm (James Malcolm) 1886-  Search this
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 345 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1922
1922, c1921
Topic:
Relativity (Physics)  Search this
Call number:
QC6 .B618 1922
QC6.B618 1922
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_386948

Die Grundlagen der Einsteinschen Gravitationstheorie / von Erwin Freundlich ; mit einem Vorwort von Albert Einstein

Author:
Freundlich, Erwin b. 1885  Search this
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Physical description:
[6], 96, [2] ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1920
Topic:
Gravitation  Search this
Relativity (Physics)  Search this
Call number:
QC178 .F88 1920
QC178.F88 1920
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_386663

Über die spezielle und die allgemeine Relativitätstheorie (gemeinverständlich) / von A. Einstein

Author:
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Scheel, Karl 1866-1936  Search this
Honoree:
Marton, L (Ladislaus) 1901- DSI  Search this
Marton, Claire K. DSI  Search this
Physical description:
IV, 83, [1] p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1920
Topic:
Relativity (Physics)  Search this
Call number:
QC173.57 .E35 1920b
QC173.57.E35 1920b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_391727

Out of my later years

Author:
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Physical description:
282 p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1970
[1970, c1950]
Call number:
QC16.E5 A3 1970X
QC16.E5A3 1970X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_7443

Einstein, einblicke in seine gedankenwelt; gemeinverständliche betrachtungen über die relativitästheorie und ein neues weltsystem, entwickelt aus gesprächen mit Einstein von Alexander Moszkowski. 36. bis 40. tausend

Author:
Moszkowski, Alexander 1851-1934  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Physical description:
240 p. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1922
Topic:
Relativity (Physics)  Search this
Call number:
QC6.M59X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_106069

Vier Vorlesungen über Relativitätstheorie : gehalten im Mai 1921 an der Universität Princeton / von A. Einstein

Author:
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[4], 70, [2] p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1922
Topic:
Relativity (Physics)  Search this
Call number:
QC6 .E43
QC6.E43
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_86910

Planck : driven by vision, broken by war / Brandon R. Brown

Author:
Brown, Brandon R  Search this
Subject:
Planck, Max 1858-1947  Search this
Planck, Max 1858-1947 Family  Search this
Planck, Max 1858-1947 Friends and associates  Search this
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Biographies
History
Place:
Germany
Date:
2015
20th century
Topic:
Physicists  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Science  Search this
National socialism and science  Search this
Physics--History  Search this
Science--History  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1052357

Albert Einstein : a bibliography of his scientific papers, 1901-1930 / compiled by E. Weil, Ph.D

Author:
Weil, Ernst 1891-1965  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955 Bibliography  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1937
Call number:
Z8258.46.W42X 1937
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_382425

Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper / von A. Einstein

Author:
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Physical description:
p. 891-921 ; 22 cm
Type:
Articles
Date:
1905
Topic:
Relativity (Physics)  Search this
Electrodynamics  Search this
Force and energy  Search this
Mass (Physics)  Search this
Call number:
QC1 .A6 Folge 4, Bd. 17 (1905)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_748956

The History of scientific discovery : the story of science told through the lives of twelve great scientists / edited by Jack Meadows

Author:
Meadows, A. J (Arthur Jack)  Search this
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Physical description:
248 p. : ill. (some col.), facsims., maps (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
1987
Topic:
Science--History  Search this
Scientists  Search this
Call number:
Q125 .H672 1987
Q125.H672 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_375826

Einstein; the life and times [by] Ronald W. Clark

Author:
Clark, Ronald William  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Physical description:
672 p. illus., geneal. table, ports. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1973
[1979]
Call number:
QC16.E5 C594 1979
QC16.E5C594 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_38138

Einstein's clocks, Poincaré's maps : empires of time / Peter Galison

Author:
Galison, Peter 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Albert 1879-1955  Search this
Poincaré, Henri 1854-1912  Search this
Physical description:
389 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Time  Search this
Relativity (Physics)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_719705

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