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Pleasure Dome: An Audible Anthology of Modern Poetry Read by Its Creators

Performer:
Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979  Search this
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965  Search this
Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972  Search this
Cummings, Ebenezer Edson, 1800-1866  Search this
Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963  Search this
Nash, Ogden, 1902-1971  Search this
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973  Search this
Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ramsey, Frederic, 1915-1995  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in.)
Container:
Box LP, Item 98
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Track Information:
101 Game of Chess, A (11 of "The Waste Land") / T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot.

102 In Distrust of Merits (From "Nevertheless) / Marianne Moore.

103 Spring is like a perhaps land; this little bride & groom;pity this busy monster, manunkind; rain or hail / Ebenezer Edson Cummings.

104 Young Housewife, The; Bull, The; Poem (As the Cat); Lear; Dance, The; El Hombre / William Carlos Williams.

201 Allow Me, Madame, But It Won't Help; Hunter, The; Perfect Husband, The; Outcome of Mr. McLeod's Gratitude, The; / Ogden Nash.

202 Ballad (From "The Collected Poems of W.H. Auden); Prime / W.H. Auden.

203 Poem in October; In My Craft or Sullen Art (From "The Selected Writings of Dylan Thomas") / Dylan Thomas.

204 Anaphora; Late Air; The Fish (from "North and South") / Elizabeth Bishop.
Local Numbers:
RA-RAMS-LP-0098

Columbia.4259
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
New York Columbia
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Poetry  Search this
Spoken word  Search this
Collection Citation:
Frederic Ramsey audio recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.RAMS, File RA-RAMS-LP-0098
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Frederic Ramsey audio recordings
Frederic Ramsey audio recordings / 33 1/3 RPM Records
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk59ed4bd87-f9ba-4c55-ad47-09f77d00a147
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-rams-ref959

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Author:
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965  Search this
Performer:
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ramsey, Frederic, 1915-1995  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in.)
Container:
Box LP, Item 117
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Track Information:
101 The Eliot, T.S.: Naming of Cats.

102 Eliot, T.S.: Old Gumbie Cat.

103 Eliot, T.S.: Growitzer's Last Stand.

104 Eliot, T.S.: The Rum Tum Tugger.

105 Eliot, T.S.: The Song of the Jellices.

106 Eliot, T.S.: Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer.

107 Eliot, T.S.: Old Deuteronomy.

201 Eliot, T.S.: The Pekes and the Pollicles.

202 Eliot, T.S.: Mr. Mistoffelees.

203 Eliot, T.S.: Macavity: The Mystery Cat.

204 Eliot, T.S.: Gus: The Theater Cat.

205 Eliot, T.S.: Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town.

206 Eliot, T.S.: Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat.

207 Eliot, T.S.: Morgan, The Commisionaire.

208 Eliot, T.S.: The Ad-dressing of Cats.
Local Numbers:
RA-RAMS-LP-0117

Spoken Arts.758
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Spoken Arts
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Poetry  Search this
Spoken word  Search this
Collection Citation:
Frederic Ramsey audio recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.RAMS, File RA-RAMS-LP-0117
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Frederic Ramsey audio recordings
Frederic Ramsey audio recordings / 33 1/3 RPM Records
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5fe72aa0a-dc6e-4caf-969b-320c6e15af40
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-rams-ref963

Caedmon treasury of modern poets

Creator:
Wilbur, Richard, 1921-  Search this
Performer:
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965  Search this
Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939  Search this
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973  Search this
Sitwell, Edith, Dame, 1887-1964  Search this
Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953  Search this
Macniece, Louis  Search this
Graves, Robert, 1895-1985  Search this
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946  Search this
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982  Search this
Cummings, Ebenezer Edson, 1800-1866  Search this
Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972  Search this
Empson, William, 1906-1984  Search this
Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995  Search this
Aiken, Conrad, 1889-1973  Search this
Frost, Robert, 1874-1963  Search this
Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963  Search this
Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955  Search this
Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005  Search this
Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in.)
Culture:
Irish  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
New York
Date:
1957
Contents:
The wasteland --The song of the old mother --Innisfree -- Coole and Ballylee --In memory of W.B Yeats --Still falls the rain --A refusal to mourn the death, by fire, of a child in London --Fern Hill --Turfsacks --Refugees --Poem to my son (To Juan at the winter solstice) --If I told him (A completed portrait of Picasso) --Epistle to be left in the earth --What if a much of a which of a wind --Sweet spring is your --What are years --Missing dates --I think continually of those --Seascape --Teterlestai --Birches --After apple-picking --The seafarer --The idea of order at Key West --The groundhog-- Moeurs contemporaines --Love calls us to the things of this world.
Track Information:
101 Eliot, T.S.; The Wasteland / T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot.

201 Yeats, William Butler; The Song of the Old Mother / W.B. (William Butler) Yeats.

202 Yeats, William Butler; Innisfree / W.B. (William Butler) Yeats.

203 Yeats, William Butler; Coole and Ballylee / W.B. (William Butler) Yeats.

204 Auden, W.H.; In Memory of W.B. Yeats / W.H. Auden.

205 Sitwell,Edith; Still Falls the Rain / Edith, Dame Sitwell.

206 Thomas, Dylan; A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Chid in London / Dylan Thomas.

207 Thomas, Dylan; Fern Hill / Dylan Thomas.

208 Macniece, Louis; Turfstacks / Louis Macniece.

209 Macniece, Louis; Refugees / Louis Macniece.

210 Graves, Robert; Poem to my son (To Juan at the Winter Solstice) / Robert Graves.

301 Stein, Gertrude; If I Told Him (A Complete Portrait of Picasso / Gertrude Stein.

302 MacLeish, Archibald; Epistle to be Left in the Earth / Archibald MacLeish.

303 Cummings, E.E.; what if a much of a which of a wind / Ebenezer Edson Cummings.

304 Cummings, E.E.; "sweet spring is your / Ebenezer Edson Cummings.

305 Moore, Marianne; What are Years / Marianne Moore.

306 Empson, William; Missing Dates / William Empson.

307 Spender, Stephen; I Think Continually of Those / Stephen Spender.

308 Spender, Stephen; Seascape / Stephen Spender.

309 Aiken, Conrad; Tetelestai / Conrad Aiken.

401 Frost; Robert; Birches / Robert Frost.

402 Frost, Robert; After Apple-picking / Robert Frost.

403 Wiliams, William Carlos; The Seafarer / William Carlos Williams.

404 Stevens, Wallace; The Idea of Order at Key West / Wallace Stevens.

405 Eberhart, Richard; The Groundhog / Richard Eberhart.

406 Bishop, Elizabeth; Manuelzinho / Elizabeth Bishop.

407 Wilbur, Richard; Love Calls Us to the Things of This World / Richard Wilbur.
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-LP-2269

Caedmon.2006
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
New York Caedmon 1957
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: New York, United States.
General:
Twenty-five poems, read by the authors, including T.S. Eliot, William Butler Yeats, W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, Louis MacNeice, Robert Graves, Gertrude Stein, E.E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, Stephen Spender, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound and others.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-LP-2269
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / LP
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk57f7ca1fc-ac3d-45c3-998a-49f02dde1e62
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref17183

T.S. Eliot readings

Author:
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 5 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-5RR-1585
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-5RR-1585
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / RR
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5ce64ae8c-2870-4bff-ac46-aed4f4679642
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref20038

Marguerite Wildenhain papers

Creator:
Wildenhain, Marguerite  Search this
Names:
Anderson, Eugene Newton  Search this
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965  Search this
Marcks, Gerhard  Search this
Wildenhain, Frans, 1905-1980  Search this
Extent:
3.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Video recordings
Date:
1930-1982
Summary:
The papers of California ceramicist and educator Marguerite Wildenhain measure 3.7 linear feet and date from 1930 to 1982. Found within the papers are biographical sketches; correspondence with patrons, students, and colleagues, including Eugene Anderson, T. S. Eliot, and Gerhard Marcks; writings by Wildenhain and others; designs for pottery and other artwork; one scrapbook; news clippings, exhibition catalogs, and scattered printed material. Also found are photographs of Marguerite and Frans Wildenhain, Pond Farm, workshops, exhibitions,and artwork, as well as two film reels depicting Wildenhain lecturing and in her studio. There is a 0.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2020 that includes photographs and negatives of Wildenhain's works of art, circa 1960-1970, (many in the collection of Forrest L. Merrill or Luther College) taken by David Stone and photographs at Pond Farm, circa 1980. Additional photographs are of Wildenhain and her works of art, circa 1950 (possibly taken by Otto Hagel).
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of California ceramicist and educator Marguerite Wildenhain measure 3.7 linear feet and date from 1930 to 1982. Found within the papers are biographical sketches; correspondence with patrons, students, and colleagues, including Eugene Anderson, T. S. Eliot, and Gerhard Marcks; writings by Wildenhain and others; designs for pottery and other artwork; one scrapbook; news clippings, exhibition catalogs, and scattered printed material. Also found are photographs of Marguerite and Frans Wildenhain, Pond Farm, workshops, exhibitions,and artwork, as well as two film reels depicting Wildenhain lecturing and in her studio. There is a 0.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2020 that includes photographs and negatives of Wildenhain's works of art, circa 1960-1970, (many in the collection of Forrest L. Merrill or Luther College) taken by David Stone and photographs at Pond Farm, circa 1980. Additional photographs are of Wildenhain and her works of art, circa 1950 (possibly taken by Otto Hagel).
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1943 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1940-1981 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1940-1980 (Box 1-2; 1.0 linear foot)

Series 4: Artwork, circa 1961-1969, 1975 (Box 2, OV 5; 4 folders)

Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1934-1963 (Box 2; 3 folders)

Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1932-1982 (Box 2, OV 5; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographs, 1930-1976 (Box 2-3, OV 4; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 8: Audio-Visual Recordings, 1954, circa 1965 (Box 3, FC 6-7; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 9: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1950-1980 (Box 8, OV 9; 0.3 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Marguerite Wildenhain (1896-1985) was a ceramicist and educator in Guerneville, California. Born Marguerite Friedlaender in Lyon, France, Wildenhain received training in sculpture at the Berlin School of Applied Arts. She later worked as a designer for the Royal Berlin Porcelain Factory, leaving in 1919 to apprentice in pottery at the Bauhaus, under Max Krehan and Gerhard Marcks. After receiving her degree as master-potter, she was employed at the Municipal School for Arts and Crafts in Halle Saale, Germany. Fleeing the Nazis in 1933, she and her husband, potter Frans Wildenhain, operated a workshop in Holland before immigrating to the United States in 1940. In 1942 she settled near Guerneville, California, and established an artist colony known as Pond Farm. Following her divorce, she remained at Pond Farm and operated a summer school which lasted until 1980, training approximately 25 students each summer.
Related Material:
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the Marguerite Wildenhain exhibition records, 1977-1981, donated by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; an oral history interview of Marguerite Wildenhain conducted 1982 Mar. 14, by Hazel Bray; and the Frans Wildenhain papers, 1890-1986. Additional Marguerite Wildenhain letters to Gerhard Marcks are located at the Archiv fur Buldende Kunst of the Germanisches Museum, Nurnberg, Germany.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Marguerite Wildenhain in 1973-1981. Additional material was donated in 2020 by David Stone, a student of Wildenhain.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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:
Ceramicists -- California  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women ceramicists  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios -- California
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Video recordings
Citation:
Marguerite Wildenhain papers, 1930-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wildmarg
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Marguerite Wildenhain papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95670c906-044e-4231-8338-34b9e41a131a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wildmarg
Online Media:

Institute of Contemporary Arts records

Creator:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Names:
Meridian House Foundation  Search this
People-to-People (Organization)  Search this
United States. Veterans Administration  Search this
Albers, Anni  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981  Search this
Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990  Search this
Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962  Search this
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965  Search this
Fangor, Wojciech, 1922-  Search this
Gabo, Naum, 1890-1977  Search this
Giampietro, Alexander  Search this
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Graves, Robert, 1895-1985  Search this
Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969  Search this
Hawkins, Erick  Search this
Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963  Search this
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966  Search this
Raine, Kathleen, 1908-2003  Search this
Read, Herbert Edward, Sir, 1893-1968  Search this
Richman, Robert  Search this
Richter, Hans, 1888-1976  Search this
Sage, Kay  Search this
Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955  Search this
Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963  Search this
Extent:
36 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Photographs
School records
Date:
1927-circa 1985
bulk 1947-1967
Summary:
The records of the Washington, D.C. arts and educational organization, Institute of Contemporary Arts, measure 36 linear feet and date from 1927-circa 1985, with the bulk of the material spanning the organization's active years, 1947-1967. The collection documents the arts and cultural programming organized by the ICA through correspondence, artists' files, program and exhibition files, administrative and financial records, printed materials and photographs. Also found are administrative, student, and teacher records of the ICA school; records of the Fine Arts Committee of the People-to-People Project; and some personal papers of the ICA's founder, Robert Richman.
Scope and Contents:
The records of the Washington, D.C. arts and educational organization, Institute of Contemporary Arts, measure 36 linear feet and date from 1927-circa 1985, with the bulk of the material spanning the organization's active years, 1947-1967. The collection documents the arts and cultural programming organized by the ICA through correspondence, artists' files, program and exhibition files, administrative and financial records, printed materials and photographs. Also found are administrative, student, and teacher records of the ICA school; records of the Fine Arts Committee of the People-to-People Project; and some personal papers of the ICA's founder, Robert Richman.

Robert Richman's professional and personal relationships with numerous artists and writers which the ICA hosted in D.C. are documented in Correspondence and Artists' Files. Correspondence files include letters from Joseph and Anni Albers, Alfred Barr, e.e. cummings, Alexander Giampietro, Naum Gabo, Walter Gropius, Erick Hawkins, Duncan Phillips, Hans Richter, Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy, and William Carlos Williams. Also found is correspondence with benefactors, board members, and arts organizations regarding exhibitions and administrative details; and with teachers and the Veteran's Administration regarding school issues.

Artists' Files contains mostly incoming and outgoing correspondence, but also found are biographies, exhibition printed materials, handwritten notes, newspaper clippings and scattered portrait photographs. Of interest are files on Aaron Copland, e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, Wojciech Fangor, Nadine Gordimer, Robert Graves, Aldous Huxley, Janheinz Jahn, Kathleen Raine, and Sir Herbert Read.

In addition to Correspondence and Artists' Files, materials regarding ICA's programming, such as correspondence with artists and galleries, press releases, shipping records, financial records, printed materials, photographs, inventory and price lists, are found in ICA Program Files.

The ICA and Robert Richman collaborated with numerous arts and international exchange organizations to organize exhibitions, performances, symposium, and to host visiting artists. Materials regarding such collaborations are found in Organizations and includes correspondence, scattered financial records, notes, and printed materials such as bulletins, brochures, schedules, reports, and press releases. This series also includes substantial material related to the Fine Arts Committee of the People-to-People Program, an international exchange initiative of President Dwight D. Eisenhower begun in 1956.

The school's records include correspondence, notebooks (attendance books), teacher files documenting classes and grades, extensive student files and student enrollment cards, mailing lists, class cards, and notes for classes taught by Robert Richman.

Administrative and Financial Files include accounting and banking records, budgets, founding documents, fundraising records, grants records, mailing lists, membership lists, and Meridian House Foundation records.

ICA's programs are also documented by comprehensive printed materials arranged by ICA seasons, 1947-1967. Printed materials include program calendars, exhibition announcements, invitations, membership forms, and press releases. Also found are newspaper clippings and three oversized clippings scrapbooks.

Photographs include black and white photographs and negatives of people, most of whom are unidentified. Robert Richman's personal papers includes personal correspondence, correspondence related to "New Republic," handwritten and typed writings, some bills, and his curriculum vitae.

Unrepresented in this collection are records of ICA's ICONART Collection (Contemporary Arts Archives), an archive of films and tapes of artists' performances, lectures and events held by ICA.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Correspondence, 1937, 1944-1980 (2.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-3)

Series 2: Artists' Files, 1943-1967, 1970-1979 (4.9 linear feet; Boxes 3-8)

Series 3: ICA Program Files, circa 1947-1968 (5.2 linear feet; Boxes 8-13, 27)

Series 4: Organizations, 1927, 1940s-1967 (7.3 linear feet; Boxes 13-20, OV 39)

Series 5: ICA School Files, 1945-1953 (7.0 linear feet; Boxes 21-27)

Series 6: Administrative and Financial Files, 1945-1979, 1983 (5.2 linear feet; Boxes 28-33, 38)

Series 7: Printed Materials, 1945-1970 (2.9 linear feet; Boxes 33-35, 38)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1930s-1960s, circa 1985 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 35-36)

Series 9: Personal Papers of Robert Richman, 1940s-1980 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 36-37)
Biographical / Historical:
The Washington, D.C. arts and educational organization, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), was founded by poet Robert Richman in 1947 to bring arts and culture to the nation's capital. The school, originally named the King-Smith School of Creative Arts, was redesigned and renamed Institute of Contemporary Arts by Richman in 1948. The school's philosophy was based on Sir Herbert Read's Education Through Art, and provided professional training in painting, sculpture, literature, music, and theater. In addition, the ICA operated an evening school and brought prominent artists and literary figures to the nation's capital for exhibitions, concerts, workshops, lectures, readings, and performances. Teachers at the school included potter Alexander Giampietro, sculptor David Aaron, designers Beatrice Takeuchi and Hubert Leckie, and painter Kenneth Noland.

The school closed in August 1951, but the ICA continued to provide an impressive roster of programs and performances held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and other D.C. institutions, such as exhibitions by Naum Gabo, Bernard Leach, Isamu Noguchi, and Hans Richter; readings by W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot, Katherine Anne Porter, and Dylan Thomas; lectures by Charles Eames, Aldous Huxley, Octavio Paz, and Frank Lloyd Wright; and performances by Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, José Limón Dance Company, and Ravi Shankar. The organization also sponsored visiting professorships for international artists and writers, such as Nadine Gordimer, and hosted an annual Congress of Artists and Writers from 1959-1964.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the ICA was successful in securing some large grants to continue and expand its programming and to secure permanent space at the Meridian House Foundation. However, by the late 1960s the organization's programming declined.

ICA founder Robert Richman was a poet and literary editor at New Republic magazine in the early 1950s. He was active in the arts community in D.C. and in international exchange organizations, including the Fine Arts Committee of the People-to-People Project, an initiative started by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the late 1950s. Robert Richman passed away in 1987.
Provenance:
The Institute of Contemporary Arts records were donated by Maida Richman, the wife of the ICA's founder, Robert Richman, in 1986.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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.
Function:
Arts organizations -- Washington (D.C.)
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
School records
Citation:
Institute of Contemporary Arts records, 1927-circa 1985, bulk 1947-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.instcona
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Institute of Contemporary Arts records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9368d211f-9a2e-4036-9496-d8169fec534e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-instcona
Online Media:

Edward McKnight Kauffer collection

Topic:
Brighton warp and weft
Seventeen
Advertiser's weekly
Australasian
Creator:
Kauffer, E. McKnight (Edward McKnight), 1890-1954  Search this
Names:
American Airlines  Search this
American Silk Mills  Search this
Brighton (Firm)  Search this
British Federation of Master Printers  Search this
British Institute of Industrial Art  Search this
British South American Airways  Search this
Container Corporation of America  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
Imperial Airways  Search this
London Underground Limited  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
National Aid Society  Search this
New York (State). Metropolitan Transportation Authority  Search this
Pan American World Airways, Inc.  Search this
Victoria and Albert Museum  Search this
Beddington, Jack  Search this
Dorn, Marion, 1896-1964  Search this
Ehrlich, Grace  Search this
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965  Search this
Fry, Roger Eliot, 1866-1934  Search this
Haworth-Booth, Mark.  Search this
Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963  Search this
Kauffer, E. McKnight (Edward McKnight), 1890-1954  Search this
Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972  Search this
Pick, Frank, 1878-1941  Search this
Symon, D. E. (David E.)  Search this
Waldman, Bernard.  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Awards
Correspondence
Writings
Posters
Drafts (documents)
Announcements
Obituaries
Calendars
Negatives
Photographs
Sketches
Reviews
Date:
1915-1954
Summary:
This collection documents Kauffer's work as a theater designer, and graphic designer from 1915-1954.The collection includes allusions to correspondences between Kauffer in America to T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) in London, between 1930 and 1955. (There are no letters between the two men in the collection.) Although Kauffer and Eliot were to become friends after 24 July 1930, they were professionally related before that time. Kauffer illustrated the Ariel edition of Eliot's "Marina." Kauffer and Eliot met in London. In the collection are also posters of Kauffer's works, biographical pieces, and obituaries as well as photographs of the artist.
Arrangement note:
Unprocessed; The archive material consists of sketches, posters, manuscript leaves, photographs, clippings, and other related items that document Mr. Kauffer's career from 1915-1954.
Biographical/Historical note:
Edward McKnight Kauffer (1891-1954) was born at Great Falls, Montana. He grew up in the small town of Evansville on the Ohio River in Indiana, where the Kauffer grandparents had settled. After the divorce of his parents, he spent two years in an orphanage. By the age of four or five he had begun to draw. His mother remarried in 1899. Kauffer left school at the age of 12 or 13 to be helper to the scene painter in the City Directory.

In the Elder Bookshop and Art Rooms in San Francisco Kauffer acquired not only a speaking voice of marked attractiveness and distinction but also a life-long passion for books. He continued his studies as a painter by receiving his first formal training at evening sessions at the Mark Hopkins Institute. He met Professor McKnight, who became his patron; in homage to him Kauffer adopted the name of McKnight. A small exhibition of Kauffer's paintings was held at the Elder Art Rooms. He also studied at the Chicago Art Institute, and in Munich and Paris, and started his career as a theatrical scene painter. He was returning from Germany to this country in 1914 and was in London when World War I broke out.

In 1914 Kauffer would marry American Pianist, Grace Ehrlich and they would have a daughter. In 1921 Kauffer would move to New York City leaving his wife and daughter. In the spring of 1922 Kauffer returned to London with Marion Dorn, American textile designer. They would stay in London just prior to the beginning of World War II when they would return once again to New York. They would eventually marry in 1950.

In the Twenties in London, he went to work in a soldiers' canteen and began designing posters for the London Underground Railway in his spare time. His posters were so strikingly successful that he soon got further orders, and built up a reputation in his field. The posters would indicate to the war-weary British the normal resumption of public transportation. The posters made history in art circles and have been regarded ever since as revolutionary concepts of art-cum industry. A 1926 exhibition given at the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford furthered Kauffers notoriety.

His recognition in America began in 1937, when the Museum of Modern Art presented his work in its first one-man show ever given to an American poster designer. He returned to this country to live in 1940. While Kauffer was widely recognized abroad and the MOMA show brought attention, very few Americans knew of him and fewer advertisers were willing to accept the poster as an art form. His clients, since his return to America have included the National Red Cross, American Airlines, the New York Subways, Ringling Brothers Circus, the Container Corporation of America, the American Silk Mills and many others.

Kauffer was among the first in the early Twenties to respond to the impact of modern art, particularly the work of the cubist painters Picasso and Braque. The influence of cubism can be seen in his posters and was the basis of his dynamic geometrical style. The emphatic angular forms of Kauffer's posters shocked the public into attention. His artistry, and in particular his color sense, held that attention and, in a few short years just after the First World War, laid the foundations of his reputation as a designer, not only among the leading business men of the time, but particularly among critics and art students. T.S. Eliot, a friend of Kauffer's, describes his marriage of the public and modern art, "He did something for modern art with the public as well as doing something for the public with modern art."

In addition to his involvement in advertising, Kauffer was a book illustrator as well illustrating editions of many classics, including Burton's "Anatomy of Melancholy," Cervantes' "Don Quixote," Carl Van Vechten's "Nigger Heaven," and works by Herman Melville, T.S. Eliot, Arnold Bennett, Lord Birkenhead and others.

His work is represented in the South Kensington Museum in London and in the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, and there are examples of it also in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and in Milan. He edited a survey, The Art of the Poster, in 1934. He was a Fellow of the British Institute of Industrial Art and a member of the Council for Art and Industry. When the Royal Society of Arts established its high diploma of R.D.I. (Designer for Industry) in 1937 he was ineligible as a foreigner, but was granted honorary status. He was asked to be Honorary Advisor to the Department of Public Information for the United Nations. He was Advisory Council for the Victoria and Albert Museum. His biography appears in the English "Who's Who" and in the American "Who's Who", as well as in the Columbia Encyclopedia.

Kauffer began to lose interest in the New York advertising scene. A friend of his said that he chose to kill himself with drink. He continued to work to the end, almost obsessively. Kauffer died on 22 October 1954.
Provenance:
All materials were donated to the museum by Grace Schulman in 1997.
Restrictions:
Unprocessed; access is limited; Permission of Library Director required; Policy.
Occupation:
Theater designers -- United States  Search this
Illustrators -- Great Britain  Search this
Illustrators -- United States  Search this
Draftsmen (artists) -- Great Britain  Search this
Draftsmen (artists) -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery -- History -- 20th century -- Sources  Search this
Graphic arts -- History -- 20th century -- Sources  Search this
Illustration of books -- 20th century -- Sources  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Awards
Correspondence
Writings
Posters
Drafts (documents)
Announcements
Obituaries
Calendars
Negatives
Photographs
Sketches
Reviews
Identifier:
SIL-CH.1997-134-1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sc2e766e647-b491-4b2a-ae55-4be292be34dd
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sil-ch-1997-134-1

Younghee Choi Martin : oil paintings : an artistic odyssey through the Waste land / Younghee Choi Martin

Author:
Martin, Younghee Choi 1954-  Search this
Subject:
Martin, Younghee Choi 1954- Waste land  Search this
Eliot, T. S (Thomas Stearns) 1888-1965 Waste land  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Illustrations
Date:
2004
C2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_743514

Pyramiderna : en triptyk för Nya Salen / av Margaretha Åsberg med 18 dansare

Author:
Åsberg, Margarethe  Search this
Breivik, Bård 1948-  Search this
Reich, Steve 1936-  Search this
Eliot, T. S (Thomas Stearns) 1888-1965  Search this
Beckett, Samuel 1906-1989  Search this
Moderna museet (Stockholm, Sweden)  Search this
Physical description:
15 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
Topic:
Modern dance  Search this
Call number:
N5078.S8 S8 no.163
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_733885

Three on the tower : the lives and works of Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and William Carlos Williams / by Louis Simpson

Author:
Simpson, Louis 1923-2012  Search this
Subject:
Pound, Ezra 1885-1972  Search this
Eliot, T. S (Thomas Stearns) 1888-1965  Search this
Williams, William Carlos 1883-1963  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 373 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1975
Call number:
CT275.P889 S6
CT275.P889S6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_48818

Myth, rhetoric, and the voice of authority : a critique of Frazer, Eliot, Frye, and Campbell / Marc Manganaro

Author:
Manganaro, Marc 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Frazer, James George Sir 1854-1941  Search this
Eliot, T. S (Thomas Stearns) 1888-1965  Search this
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Frye, Northrop  Search this
Physical description:
x, 214 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Literature and anthropology  Search this
Mythology--Historiography  Search this
Narration (Rhetoric)  Search this
Myth in literature  Search this
Call number:
PN51.M267 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_426075

Eliot's new life / Lyndall Gordon

Author:
Gordon, Lyndall  Search this
Subject:
Eliot, T. S (Thomas Stearns) 1888-1965  Search this
Physical description:
x, 356 p., [20] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
1988
20th century
Topic:
Poets, American  Search this
Call number:
CT275.E422 G6
CT275.E422G6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_366600

Britain at war, edited by Monroe Wheeler. Text by T.S. Eliot, Herbert Read, E.J. Carter and Carlos Dyer

Author:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Wheeler, Monroe  Search this
Eliot, T. S (Thomas Stearns) 1888-1965  Search this
Physical description:
97, [1] p. incl. col. front., illus., plates, ports. 26 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1941
[c1941]
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Call number:
D759 .N53
D759.N53
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_18440

Notes towards the definition of culture

Author:
Eliot, T. S (Thomas Stearns) 1888-1965  Search this
Physical description:
128 p. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1949
[1949]
Topic:
Culture  Search this
Call number:
CB19.E48 1949X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_266344

The historical sense : T. S. Eliot and two African writers

Author:
Brown, Lloyd Wellesley  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Eliot, T. S (Thomas Stearns) 1888-1965 Influence  Search this
Achebe, Chinua Influence  Search this
Rubadiri, James Influences  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1971
Call number:
GR350 .C65
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_940818

T.S. Eliot : an imperfect life / Lyndall Gordon

Title:
TS Eliot
Author:
Gordon, Lyndall  Search this
Subject:
Eliot, T. S (Thomas Stearns) 1888-1965  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 721 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1999
1998
20th century
Topic:
Poets, American  Search this
Critics  Search this
Call number:
CT275.E422 G6t 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_592832

Words alone : the poet, T.S. Eliot / Denis Donoghue

Author:
Donoghue, Denis  Search this
Subject:
Eliot, T. S (Thomas Stearns) 1888-1965 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 326 p. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2000
C2000
Call number:
CT275.E422 D66 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_601554

T. S. Eliot, a memoir. Edited by Donald Adamson

Author:
Sencourt, Robert 1890-1969  Search this
Subject:
Eliot, T. S (Thomas Stearns) 1888-1965  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 266 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
[1971]
Call number:
CT275.E422 S4
CT275.E422S4
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_10958

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