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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.

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 Institute of Contemporary Arts records 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.
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
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
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-instcona
Online Media:

Institute of Contemporary Arts records, 1927-circa 1985, bulk 1947-1967

Creator:
Institute of Contemporary Arts  Search this
Subject:
Phillips, Duncan  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr.  Search this
Richman, Robert  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Albers, Anni  Search this
Copland, Aaron  Search this
Fangor, Wojciech  Search this
Gropius, Walter  Search this
Hawkins, Erick  Search this
Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin)  Search this
Giampietro, Alexander  Search this
Gabo, Naum  Search this
Sage, Kay  Search this
Huxley, Aldous  Search this
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns)  Search this
Graves, Robert  Search this
Gordimer, Nadine  Search this
Williams, William Carlos  Search this
Tanguy, Yves  Search this
Richter, Hans  Search this
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Raine, Kathleen  Search this
Read, Herbert Edward, Sir  Search this
United States  Search this
People-to-People  Search this
Meridian House Foundation  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
School records
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9688
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211907
AAA_collcode_instcona
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211907
Online Media:

Jahn, Janheinz, Lecture Tour

Collection Creator:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 34
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963-1964
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Institute of Contemporary Arts records 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.
Collection Citation:
Institute of Contemporary Arts records, 1927-circa 1985, bulk 1947-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Institute of Contemporary Arts records
Institute of Contemporary Arts records / Series 2: Artists' Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-instcona-ref163

Jahn, Janheinz, Lecture Tour

Collection Creator:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1-2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Institute of Contemporary Arts records 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.
Collection Citation:
Institute of Contemporary Arts records, 1927-circa 1985, bulk 1947-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Institute of Contemporary Arts records
Institute of Contemporary Arts records / Series 2: Artists' Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-instcona-ref164

Traditionalisme et modernisme : métamorphose d'une théorie / F. Breskina

Author:
Breskina, F. M  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Jahn, Janheinz Views on African literature  Search this
Beier, Ulli Views on African literature  Search this
Conference of African Writers of English Expression (1962 : Kampala, Uganda)  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1966
20th century
Topic:
African literature--History and criticism  Search this
Authors, African  Search this
Call number:
DT14 .E8 1966
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1102152

Anders gläubige Kunst / Janheinz Jahn

Author:
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Wenger, Susanne 1915-2009  Search this
Subject:
Wenger, Susanne 1915-2009  Search this
Physical description:
25 p. : ill., ports. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Nigeria
Oshogbo
Date:
1958
Topic:
Batik  Search this
Call number:
NK9503.2.N64 W46 1958
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_763243

Poetry in rumba rhythms

Author:
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1979
Topic:
Poetry, Cuban  Search this
Call number:
PL8010 .B4 1979X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_683750

Camara Laye's symbolism : another interpretation / Janheinz Jahn and J. A. Ramsaran

Author:
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Ramsaran, John A  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Camara, Laye Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Africa, West
Date:
1979
Topic:
Symbolism in literature  Search this
Call number:
PL8010 .B4 1979X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_683756

Discussion on Camara Laye

Author:
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Camara, Laye Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1959
Call number:
PL8000.A1 B628
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_529623

Two African travelers from Germany : Leo Frobenius and Janheinz Jahn

Author:
Makward, Edris  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Frobenius, Leo 1873-1938  Search this
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Senghor, Léopold Sédar 1906-2001  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Africa
Date:
1986
Topic:
Civilization  Search this
Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
NX550.A1 B53 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_546750

Approaches to African literature; Non-English writings, by Janheinz Jahn, and English writings in West Africa, by John Ramsaran. With reading lists

Author:
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Ramsaran, John A  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1959
Topic:
African literature--History and criticism  Search this
Call number:
PL8010.A6X 1959
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_425612

The Janheinz Jahn Library

Author:
Whiteman, Kaye  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Jahn, Janheinz Libraries  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1995
Topic:
African literature--Libraries  Search this
Call number:
DT491 .W516
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_495993

Andersgläubige Kunst

Author:
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Wenger, Susanne 1915-2009  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Nigeria
Oshogbo
Date:
1980
Topic:
Yoruba shrines  Search this
Sacred groves  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_499980

Who's who in African literature : biographies, works, commentaries [by] Janheinz Jahn, Ulla Schild [and] Almut Nordmann

Author:
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Schild, Ulla  Search this
Nordmann Seiler, Almut  Search this
Physical description:
406, [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1972
Topic:
African literature--Bio-bibliography  Search this
Authors, African--Biography  Search this
Call number:
PL8010.J33X 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_226739

Through African doors : experiences and encounters in West Africa / by Janheinz Jahn ; translated by Oliver Coburn

Author:
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Physical description:
235 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa, West
Date:
1969
1969, c1962
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
DT471.J25 E1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_103871

Muntu; Umrisse der neoafrikanischen Kultur

Author:
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Physical description:
262 p. 8 plates, map (on lining paper) 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa
Date:
1958
[1958]
Topic:
Civilization  Search this
Call number:
DT352.J25
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_106301

Muntu. Mot en ny afrikansk kultur. Overs. av Amund Hønningstad

Author:
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. map. 18 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa, Sub-Saharan
Date:
1966
[1966]
Topic:
Civilization  Search this
Call number:
DT352.4 .J25 N1966
DT352.4.J25 N1966
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_152022

Muntu; an outline of the new African culture. Translated by Marjorie Grene

Author:
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Physical description:
267 p. illus. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa, Sub-Saharan
Date:
1961
[1961]
Topic:
Civilization  Search this
Call number:
DT352 .J313X
DT352.J313X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_25090

Neo-African literature; a history of black writing. Translated from the German by Oliver Coburn and Ursula Lehrburger

Author:
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Physical description:
301 p. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
[1969, c1968]
Topic:
Literature--Black authors--History and criticism  Search this
African literature--History and criticism  Search this
American literature--African American authors--History and criticism  Search this
Call number:
PL8010 .J25 E1969
PL8010.J25 E1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_287

Leo Frobenius, the demonic child / by Janheinz Jahn ; translated by Reinhard Sander ; pref. by Ulla Schild

Author:
Jahn, Janheinz  Search this
Subject:
Frobenius, Leo 1873-1938  Search this
Physical description:
23 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1974
[1974]
Call number:
GN21.F7 J3313X
GN21.F7J3313X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_48901

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