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Louis Pomerantz papers, 1937-1988, bulk 1950-1988

Creator:
Pomerantz, Louis, 1919-1988  Search this
Pomerantz, Louis, 1919-1988  Search this
Subject:
Wilke, Ulfert  Search this
Stout, George L. (George Leslie)  Search this
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Konrad, Anton  Search this
Feller, Robert L.  Search this
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
Eastman Kodak Company  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Rijksmuseum (Netherlands)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Interviews
Illustrations
Sound recordings
Topic:
Flood damage -- Italy -- Florence  Search this
Museum conservation methods -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Conservation and restoration -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Conservation and restoration -- Technique  Search this
Museum conservation methods -- Technique  Search this
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9552
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211752
AAA_collcode_pomeloui
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211752
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Louis Pomerantz papers

Creator:
Pomerantz, Louis  Search this
Names:
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Eastman Kodak Company  Search this
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
Rijksmuseum (Netherlands)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Feller, Robert L.  Search this
Konrad, Anton  Search this
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Stout, George L. (George Leslie)  Search this
Wilke, Ulfert, 1907-1987  Search this
Extent:
34.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Interviews
Illustrations
Sound recordings
Date:
1937-1988
bulk 1950-1988
Summary:
The papers of Chicago art conservator, Louis Pomerantz, measure 34.2 linear feet and date from 1937 to 1988, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1950s-1980s. The papers document two principal aspects of Pomerantz's professional life: his conservation work for institutions and individuals, and the development of his professional expertise as documented through his writings and teachings, his continued conservation training, and his involvement in professional organizations. Files include scattered biographical material, professional correspondence, interviews, writings, project and client files, teaching and reference files, printed material, and photographic material primarily documenting conservation treatments and techniques.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Chicago art conservator, Louis Pomerantz, measure 34.2 linear feet and date from 1937 to 1988, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1950s-1980s. The papers document two principal aspects of Pomerantz's professional life: his conservation work for institutions and individuals, and the development of his professional expertise as documented through his writings and teachings, his continued conservation training, and his involvement in professional organizations. Files include scattered biographical material, professional correspondence, interviews, writings, project and client files, teaching and reference files, printed material, and photographic material primarily documenting conservation treatments and techniques.

Biographical material includes military and educational records, as well as resumés and references from various art institutions and individuals.

Pomerantz's professional correspondence is with other conservators including Anton J. Konrad, Nathan Stolow, and Jean Volkmer, conservation scientists such as Robert L. Feller, and people who assisted Pomerantz early in his career such as George Stout. Also documented is Pomerantz's relationship with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) which undertook his traveling Know What You See exhibition, his involvement with museums and other art institutions, and companies who developed and manufactured conservation equipment such as Eastman Kodak.

Interviews include circa 9 radio station interviews on sound tape reels and sound cassettes of Pomerantz individually or with others, including a recording of a conversation regarding the Florence flood.

Writings and notes are by Pomerantz and include typescripts, notes and background material for lectures and papers delivered from the 1950s-1980s. Also found is a portfolio of his writings from 1962-1978, and a notebook Pomerantz compiled while working at the Rijksmuseum which includes notes, hand-drawn colored illustrations and photographs of conservation techniques.

Project/client files form the largest series and document Pomerantz's work, both in private practice and as conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago, through conditions reports, recommendations for and records of treatment, related correspondence, financial documentation, and photographic material.

Teaching and reference files comprise material gathered by Pomerantz during participation in professional organizations and events, such as the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Also found are subject files, consisting of reference material and correspondence, on a wide range of conservation-related subjects.

Personal business records from the 1950s consist of receipts for conservation-related supplies and one folder of business tax records.

Printed material primarily includes news clippings documenting Pomerantz's career up to and including the 1970s, clippings on conservation-related news, blank postcards of artwork, and two exhibition catalogs.

Photographic material includes images demonstrating a wide variety of conservation techniques, including sets of slides used for lectures and presentations, and images of Pomerantz at work. Also found are photos of artists including Ulfert Wilke. Photographic media include black and white and color photos, slides, glass slides, X-rays and corresponding prints, negatives and 5 glass plate negatives.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1940s-1980s (12 folders; Boxes 1, 33)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1940s-1988 (3.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-4)

Series 3: Interviews, 1961-circa 1970s (8 folders; Box 4)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1950s-1980s (2.8 linear feet; Box 7)

Series 5: Project/Client Files, 1950s-1987 (13.8 linear feet; Boxes 7-20)

Series 6: Teaching and Reference Files, 1940s-1980s (3.9 linear feet; Boxes 20-24)

Series 7: Personal Business Records, 1950s (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 24-25)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1937-1970s (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 25, 33)

Series 9: Photographic Material, 1940s-1980s (8.4 linear feet; Boxes 25-36, OV 37, MGP 1)
Biographical / Historical:
Chicago art conservator Louis Pomerantz (1919-1988), established and operated the conservation lab at the Art Institute of Chicago and then maintained a private practice conducting conservation work for individual collectors and various museums and art institutions in the midwest.

Pomerantz had originally intended to be an artist and enrolled at the Art Students League. After serving in World War II, he returned to Europe to study conservation as an apprentice to a private restorer in Paris, followed by a year spent working under the chief restorer at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and study at the Courtauld Institute and the National Gallery in London. As head of the Art Institute of Chicago's first conservation lab from 1956-1961, Pomerantz employed new and emerging techniques such as powerful binocular microscopes, ultra-violet, infra-red and X-ray machines to study paintings, and a hot table to bond new canvasses to support old ones. Following his resignation from the Art Institute of Chicago to pursue his private practice, Pomerantz organized conservation training programs, and wrote widely on conservation. He served on the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and was a member of the committee which adopted the AIC's first code of ethics for art conservators in May 1967. He became consultant to various art and natural history museums including the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where he formed part of the conservation team that completed an extensive renovation of the museum's Javanese gamelan ensemble composed of 23 brass and wood musical instruments.The gamelan was presented and played for the first time since 1893 in 1978, following the restoration.

Pomerantz also organized several museum exhibitions on conservation, including Know What You See, which was shown at more than 100 museums around the United States, Canada and Mexico, as part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).
Provenance:
The Louis Pomerantz papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Else Pomerantz in 1988.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington D.C. research center. Use of 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:
Conservators -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Flood damage -- Italy -- Florence  Search this
Museum conservation methods -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Conservation and restoration -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Conservation and restoration -- Technique  Search this
Museum conservation methods -- Technique  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Interviews
Illustrations
Sound recordings
Citation:
Louis Pomerantz papers, 1937-1988, bulk 1950s-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.pomeloui
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-pomeloui
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Feller, Robert L.

Collection Creator:
Pomerantz, Louis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 43-48
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950s-1980s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington D.C. research center. Use of audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Louis Pomerantz papers, 1937-1988, bulk 1950s-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Louis Pomerantz papers
Louis Pomerantz papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-pomeloui-ref14

Vermilion and Cinnabar

Author:
Feller, Robert L.  Search this
Gettens, Rutherford J.  Search this
Chase, W. T.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1972
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_102170

On picture varnishes and their solvents [by] Robert L. Feller, Nathan Stolow [and] Elizabeth H. Jones

Author:
Feller, Robert L  Search this
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Jones, Elizabeth H  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 251 pages illustrations 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
Topic:
Varnish and varnishing  Search this
Artists' materials  Search this
Call number:
ND1530 .F318 1971
751 .F25 1971
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_6739

Green Earth

Author:
Grissom, Carol A.  Search this
Feller, Robert L.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1986
Topic:
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_59380

On picture varnishes and their solvents [by] Robert L. Feller, Elizabeth H. Jones [and] Nathan Stolow

Author:
Feller, Robert L  Search this
Physical description:
220 pages illustrations 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1959
Topic:
Painting--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Varnish and varnishing  Search this
Call number:
ND1530 .F318
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_124907

Japanese woodblock prints : a catalogue of the Mary A. Ainsworth Collection / Roger S. Keyes, with contributions by Robert L. Feller, Mary Curran, and Catherine W. Bailie

Author:
Allen Memorial Art Museum  Search this
Keyes, Roger S  Search this
Feller, Robert L  Search this
Bailie, Catherine W  Search this
Subject:
Ainsworth, Mary Andrews b. 1867 Art collections  Search this
Allen Memorial Art Museum  Search this
Physical description:
269 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Ohio
Oberlin
Date:
1984
Edo period, 1600-1868
Meiji period, 1868-1912
Topic:
Color prints, Japanese  Search this
Color prints--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
761.52 .K389
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_860647

Control of deteriorating effects of light upon museum objects = Contrôle des effets détériorants de la lumière sur les objets de musée

Author:
Feller, Robert L  Search this
Physical description:
[1], p. 58-98 : 27 ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1964
1964]
Topic:
Art--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Light  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_878404

On picture varnishes and their solvents / Robert L. Feller, Nathan Stolow, Elizabeth H. Jones

Author:
Feller, Robert L  Search this
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Jones, Elizabeth H  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 260 p. : ill ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
1971
C1985
Topic:
Varnish and varnishing  Search this
Artists' materials  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_895351

Contributions to conservation science : a collection of Robert Feller's published studies on artists' paints, paper, and varnishes / edited by Paul M. Whitmore ; commentaries by Robert Feller

Author:
Feller, Robert L  Search this
Whitmore, Paul M  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 665 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2002
Topic:
Art objects--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Varnish and varnishing  Search this
Light--Environmental aspects  Search this
Pigments  Search this
Paper--Deterioration  Search this
Call number:
N8558.5 .F45 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_706310

Control̂e des effets deteriorants de la lumier̀e sur les objets de museé = Control of deteriorating effects of light upon museum objects

Author:
Feller, Robert L  Search this
Physical description:
leaves [57]-98 : ill., graphs ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1964
[ca. 1964]
Topic:
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Call number:
N8560 .F4 1960
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_641067

Evaluation of cellulose ethers for conservation / R.L. Feller, M. Wilt

Author:
Feller, Robert L  Search this
Wilt, M (Myron)  Search this
Physical description:
161 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Cellulose ethers  Search this
Call number:
QD323 .F45
QD323.F45 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_403740

Accelerated aging : photochemical and thermal aspects / Robert L. Feller

Author:
Feller, Robert L  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 275 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1994
Topic:
Accelerated life testing  Search this
Materials--Effect of radiation on  Search this
Materials--Effect of temperature on  Search this
Materials--Testing  Search this
Conservation, general  Search this
Museum environment  Search this
Call number:
TA410 .F36
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_469959

Artists' pigments : a handbook of their history and characteristics / Robert L. Feller, editor

Author:
Berrie, Barbara Hepburn  Search this
Feller, Robert L  Search this
FitzHugh, Elisabeth West  Search this
Roy, Ashok 1950-  Search this
Physical description:
v. <1-4> : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1986
1986-<2007>
Topic:
Artists' materials  Search this
Pigments  Search this
Call number:
ND1510 .A77
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_303654

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