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Mary Ann Scherr papers, 1941-2013, bulk 1960-2000

Creator:
Scherr, Mary Ann, 1931-2016  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Jewelry making  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6026
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)236023
AAA_collcode_schemary
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_236023
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Mary Ann Scherr, 2001 April 6-7

Interviewee:
Scherr, Mary Ann, 1931-2016  Search this
Interviewer:
Douglas, Mary F., 1956-  Search this
Subject:
Parsons School of Design  Search this
Kent State University  Search this
Penland School of Handicrafts  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Jewelry making -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Jewelry making -- Technique  Search this
Jewelry making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Jewelry -- Design  Search this
Jewelers -- North Carolina -- Raleigh -- Interviews  Search this
Metal-work -- Technique  Search this
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Design, Industrial  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12648
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)227010
AAA_collcode_scherr01
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_227010
Online Media:

Mary Ann Scherr papers

Creator:
Scherr, Mary Ann, 1931-  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Extent:
4 Linear feet
0.282 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Date:
1941-2013
bulk 1960-2000
Summary:
The papers of jeweler and designer Mary Ann Scherr measure 4.0 linear feet and 0.282 GB and date from 1941 to 2013, with the bulk of the material from 1960 to 2000. Scherr's career is documented through scattered biographical material and a digital video recording of an interview; correspondence with museums, universities, professional entities, and colleagues; writings by her as well as professional and student writings about her; business records documenting projects and connections with institutions and organizations; news clippings, promotional ephemera, catalogs, posters, and other printed materials; and photographs of Scherr and of her artwork. An additional 2.0 linear feet donated in 2016 includes biographical material including information about Scherr's children, resumes and awards; personal and professional correspondence; teaching files and material regarding honorary degrees; project files pertaining to Scherr's "Body Monitors" jewelry; financial records including invoices for projects and supplies; photographs of Scherr with her designs, with others, and of works of art; artwork consisting of designs, illustrations, and computer clip art design; and printed material.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of jeweler and designer Mary Ann Scherr measure 4.0 linear feet and 0.282 GB and date from 1941 to 2013, with the bulk of the material from 1960 to 2000. Scherr's career is documented through scattered biographical material and a digital video recording of an interview; correspondence with museums, universities, professional entities, and colleagues; writings by her as well as professional and student writings about her; business records documenting projects and connections with institutions and organizations; news clippings, promotional ephemera, catalogs, posters, and other printed materials; and photographs of Scherr and of her artwork. An additional 2.0 linear feet donated in 2016 includes biographical material including information about Scherr's children, resumes and awards; personal and professional correspondence; teaching files and material regarding honorary degrees; project files pertaining to Scherr's "Body Monitors" jewelry; financial records including invoices for projects and supplies; photographs of Scherr with her designs, with others, and of works of art; artwork consisting of designs, illustrations, and computer clip art design; and printed material.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1948-2005 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet, ER01; 0.282 GB)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1941-2007 (Box 1; 5 folders)

Series 3: Writings, 1979-2005 (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1947-2004 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1950-2007 (Box 1-2; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1960-1999 (Box 2; 0.3 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Mary Ann Scherr (1921-) is a jeweler and designer living in Raleigh, North Carolina. Scherr was born in Akron, Ohio, and trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art, The University of Akron, and Kent State University, among others. She has worked in illustration, automotive and toy design, fashion, and metalwork but is most renowned for her functional approach to jewelry design through "body monitors," high-tech utilitarian ornaments that monitor and react to the conditions of the wearer or the wearer's surroundings.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Mary Ann Scherr conducted by Mary Douglas, April 6-7, 2001.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Mary Ann Scherr in 2001, 2005, and 2008 under the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Additional material donated 2016 by Scott Scherr, Mary Ann Scherr's son.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of video recording requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Mary Ann Scherr papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Goldsmiths -- North Carolina -- Raleigh  Search this
Jewelers -- North Carolina -- Raleigh  Search this
Topic:
Jewelry making  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Mary Ann Scherr papers, 1941-2007, bulk 1960-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.schemary
See more items in:
Mary Ann Scherr papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schemary

Armlet with amulet case

Object Name:
dugaagad
Maker:
Somali artist  Search this
Medium:
Gold alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 2.0 x 7.9 x 10.0 cm (13/16 x 3 1/8 x 3 15/16 in.)
Type:
Jewelry
Geography:
Mogadishu, Somalia
Date:
Early-mid 20th century
Topic:
Adornment  Search this
Male use  Search this
Female use  Search this
Power  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Loughrans
Object number:
76-16-11
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7326194e5-32de-4661-9147-4052a24a40c9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_76-16-11

Pendant

Object Name:
akrafokonmu
Maker:
Asante artist  Search this
Medium:
Repoussé gold, plant fiber, metal
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 3 x 18 x 15 cm (1 3/16 x 7 1/16 x 5 7/8 in.)
Type:
Jewelry
Geography:
Ghana
Date:
Late 19th-early 20th century
Topic:
Leadership  Search this
Status  Search this
Adornment  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
2008-3-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys726cefc2e-c576-48ec-b1de-f74901e4e5af
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2008-3-1

Bracelet

Object Name:
bassi
lam u wagne
Maker:
Unidentified artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper-zinc alloy, copper, iron
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 6.7 x 8 x 0.9 cm (2 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 3/8 in.)
Type:
Jewelry
Geography:
Senegal
Topic:
Adornment  Search this
Male use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Marian Ashby Johnson
Object number:
2012-18-141
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7c1f4a42b-f81b-4c07-866b-b19d11e1fcea
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-18-141

Necklace

Maker:
Unidentified artist  Search this
Medium:
Gold-plated silver alloy
Dimensions:
W x D x L: 1.1 x 0.3 x 34.7 cm (7/16 x 1/8 x 13 11/16 in.)
Type:
Jewelry
Geography:
Senegal
Date:
Early to mid-20th century
Topic:
Adornment  Search this
Female use  Search this
sun  Search this
male  Search this
flower  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Marian Ashby Johnson
Object number:
2012-18-32
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys73eae0926-8de8-45bb-aa9e-d1b67b0e5a53
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-18-32

Pendant

Maker:
Wolof artist  Search this
Tukulor artist  Search this
Medium:
Gold-plated silver alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 3.5 x 10.5 x 0.6 cm (1 3/8 x 4 1/8 x 1/4 in.)
Type:
Jewelry
Geography:
Senegal
Date:
1930s-1950s
Topic:
Adornment  Search this
Female use  Search this
butterfly  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Marian Ashby Johnson
Object number:
2012-18-45
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7d481619a-e855-403a-ae40-a5b57e517356
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-18-45

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