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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Scanga, Italo, 1932-2001  Search this
Extent:
3.4 Linear feet (Box 3-6, 17)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950s-2000s
Scope and Contents:
Italo Scanga's personal correspondence is with family, friends, and colleagues. Some letters between Scanga and his Italian family members are written in Italian. There are many years of greeting and holiday cards. Letters from Elaine Stevens includes one videocassette.

Correspondents include John Anderson, David Askerold, Clayton Bailey, Lois Baron, Larry Becker, Eva Benincasa, Doug Benson, Barbara Boeltcher, Tom and Elaine Bosworth, Benjamin Buchloh, Scott Burton, Richard Calabro, John Campbell, James Carpenter, Neke Carson, M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Gerry Cerrome, John F. Clark, E. Claycomb, W.W. Colescolt, Don Corrigan, Randall DeLeeuw, Alessandro De Santiliana, Anne d'Harnoncourt, Grant Drumheller, Margaret and Joe Early, Kate Elliott, Diego Esposito, Bob Eyos, Jim Falconer, Terry Fox, Richard Frankel, Michael Frimkess, Virginia Fritz, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Andrea Gill, Dan Gill, Ron Glowen, Laura Goodwin, Ian Graham, Art Green, Phyllis Green, Hans Haacke, Walt Haas, Allan Hacklin, Jim Harmonie, F. Hasler, H. Hayward, Jeffrey Held, Bruce Helender, James Higginson, Haley Hodnett, Heather Holden, Eddy Hood, Walter Hopps, Colita Humbert, Ulrica Hydman-Vallien, Eileen Jager, Tim Jackson, Ray Johnson, Donald Judd, W. Judy, Steve Juscik, Larry Kahn, Robert Kitchen, L. Kleban, John Knight, Kasper Koenig, Hilton Kramer, Jack Krueker, Herman Leland, Seaver Leslie, Bob Lesnik, Ben Lifson, Tom Lieber, Walter Lippert, George Lloyd, Jake Lovejoy, Margaret Lys, K. Mally, Carlo Matrisciano, Arthur Matuck, Adolfo Mazzotta, Boyd Mefferd, Zesty Meyers, Robert Miller, Rick Mills, John Moore, Fred Nagelbach, J. Napiwocki, Bruce Nauman, Shalom Thomas Neuman, Felice Nittolo, B. Norquist, Jules Olitsky, C. Oman, Wendy Pelayo, Patte Peuguine, Jack Reilly, Terry Rischel, E. Rudam, John Rogers, Bob Rohm, Daphne Ruff, Waine Ryzak, A. Pachner, Guiseppe Padula, Ann Percy, Anne Perrigo, Giancarlo Politi, Nick Posner, P. E. Powers, Lucio Pozzi, Bob Projansky, Joe Sabrina, Joseph Sampson, Art Schade, Anto Sepp, Ann Simon, Linda Simon, Mark Stivers, Sergio Tarantino, Irving Tazan, Paul Tomedy, Linda Trunzo, Preston Tsaro, Elizabeth Tullis, Juris Ubaris, John Udvardy, Barbara Vaessen, Kevin Vavrek, Bob Wade, Jeffrey Wasserman, Bruce Weiss, Donald Wilkins, Christina Williams, Joel Williams, Wolfgang Wittman, Joan Wolcott, Anne Woodson, Su Mei Yu, John Zeeman, and Rudolf Zwirner.
Arrangement:
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, followed by items from unidentified correspondents, or signed with first names only or illegible signatures. Researchers should note that additional correspondence between Scanga and artists may be found in Series 3.
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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:
Italo Scanga papers, circa 1930-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.scanital, Series 2
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Italo Scanga papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw998c45193-5bd4-448f-b928-471dcb540c92
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-scanital-ref25

Oral history interview with John Wilson, 1993 March 11-1994 August 16

Interviewee:
Wilson, John Woodrow, 1922-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Aronson, David  Search this
Bengtz, Ture  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B.  Search this
Hurwitz, Sidney  Search this
Kay, Reed  Search this
Kramer, Jack  Search this
Léger, Fernand  Search this
Lewis, Elma  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Siqueiros, David Alfaro  Search this
Zerbe, Karl  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
Boston University. School of Fine and Applied Arts  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American printmakers  Search this
African American sculptors  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11501
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216507
AAA_collcode_wilson93
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216507

Ralph Rosenthal papers, 1938-1996

Creator:
Rosenthal, Ralph, 1912-2003  Search this
Subject:
Chaet, Bernard  Search this
Kay, Reed  Search this
Kramer, Jack  Search this
Lebrecht, Alma  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Jewish artists  Search this
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6149
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216372
AAA_collcode_roseralp
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216372

Jack Kramer papers, [ca. 1940-1981]

Creator:
Kramer, Jack N., 1923-1983  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8316
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210488
AAA_collcode_kramjack
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210488

Oral history interview with John Wilson

Interviewee:
Wilson, John, 1922-2015  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Boston University. School of Fine and Applied Arts  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
Aronson, David, 1923-2015  Search this
Bengtz, Ture, 1907-1973  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B.  Search this
Hurwitz, Sidney, 1932-  Search this
Kay, Reed  Search this
Kramer, Jack  Search this
Lewis, Elma  Search this
Léger, Fernand, 1881-1955  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Siqueiros, David Alfaro  Search this
Zerbe, Karl, 1903-1972  Search this
Extent:
497 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1993 March 11-1994 August 16
Scope and Contents:
An interview of John Woodrow Wilson conducted 1993 March-1994 August, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Wilson discusses his childhood as a member of a family of middle class blacks from British Guiana (now Guyana); his father's grave disappointments in the face of racial discrimination; his parents' push for their children to succeed; early urge to read and draw; encouragement by School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston students who taught at the Roxbury Boys Club; his secondary education; and friends.
He talks about his education at the MFA School, Boston, and comments on such teachers as Ture Bengtz and Karl Zerbe and compares their exacting methods with those of Fernand Leger, his teacher in Paris.
His work of the 1940s prior to going to Paris; the importance of early awards and sales received while still a student at the MFA School; the excitement of sharing a studio with fellow students, Francesco Carbone and Leo Prince; and encouragement to stay in school during WW II with the promise of a European study fellowship after the war.
The great impact of his years in Paris (1948-49); the lack of racial prejudice; the liberating effect of Leger's teaching; his awe of the work of Masaccio and Piero della Francesca during a trip to Italy; and the deep impression made on him by seeing tribal art in the Musee de l'Homme, Paris.
Continued discussion of Leger; his teaching methods; and influences on his work.
His first teaching position at the MFA School; his involvement in civil rights in Boston; his gregariousness and the use of his studio as a meeting place for artists and political activists; his involvement with socialism in Boston and New York; and working in a socialist children's camp. He remembers meeting Paul Robeson, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, and Bob Blackburn, who was then setting up his printmaking atelier in New York; marriage to a fellow socialist (June 1950); move to Mexico on a fellowship to study with Jose Orozco on the advice of Leger, only to find that Orozco had died; terrors of travel as an interracial couple through the U.S.; and different racial attitudes in Mexico and the U.S.
Living in Mexico (1950-56) and anecdotes of David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera; his wife's meeting with Frieda Kahlo and seeing her collection of folk art; their free and cosmopolitan, if impoverished, life in Mexico; his work in a printmaking atelier and on the production of frescoes, and a lengthy aside about his brilliant brother, Freddie, who because he was black was not allowed to pursue his first love, geology, for many years.
Continued discussion of his experiences in Mexico; the dreary year (1957) he spent doing commercial art for a meatpackers' union in Chicago, a city he disliked; his move to New York in 1958, taking on commercial work to support his family, and teaching anatomy at the Pratt Institute.
Teaching art at a junior high school in the Bronx, and his gaining respect of students through special projects; teaching drawing at Boston University (1965-86), his approach to teaching including his demanding standards, the seriousness of the students, his opposing rigid attendance and grading rules, and colleagues, such as David Aronson who had created the School, Reed Kay, Jack Kramer, Sidney Hurwitz, and the University president, John Silber.
Working with the black arts entrepreneur, Elma Lewis, in setting up a visual arts program for the Boston black community (late 1960s-1970s), including the selection of a curator, Edmund Barry Gaither, a young art historian, who eventually established a museum of African-American art; his participation in various black art exhibitions, despite his belief that art should be seen regardless of the ethnic origins of artists; his move toward sculpture, beginning in the early 1960s, as a medium most expressive of black persons, culminating in the 1980s in a series of colossal heads and a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. for the U.S. Capitol (1985-86); and why he makes art and will so long as he is able.
Biographical / Historical:
John Wilson (1922- ) is an African American painter, sculptor, illustrator, printmaker, and educator from Boston, Massachusetts. Full name John Woodrow Wilson.
General:
Originally recorded on 11 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 22 digital wav files. Duration is 16 hr., 2 min.
Uneven transcription reflects Wilson's unusual speech pattern.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators. Funding for the transcription and microfilming of the interview provided by the Newland Foundation.
Occupation:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Sculptors -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American printmakers  Search this
African American sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.wilson93
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f3601751-82e4-488d-b246-deda68bea613
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wilson93
Online Media:

Jack Kramer [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_73001

Jack Kramer papers

Creator:
Kramer, Jack  Search this
Extent:
3.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1940-1981]
Scope and Contents:
Photographs; correspondence; early drawings; clippings; scrapbooks; exhibition records; travel notes; diplomas; and a mural study.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, instructor; Boston, Mass. Born 1923. Died 1983.
Provenance:
Donated 1984 by the Jack Kramer estate, through June Ellen Mendelson, executrix.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Identifier:
AAA.kramjack
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9bae076b6-7dd7-4c8a-9c09-b87b0eb049bb
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kramjack

Ralph Rosenthal papers

Creator:
Rosenthal, Ralph, 1912-2003  Search this
Names:
Chaet, Bernard -- Photographs  Search this
Kay, Reed -- Photographs  Search this
Kramer, Jack -- Photographs  Search this
Lebrecht, Alma -- Photographs  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (partial microfilm reel)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1938-1996
Scope and Contents:
One letter from David Aronson, 1996 and one letter of recommendation, 1996; a poem by Rosenthal, "Disillusion," written in 1936 and printed ca. 1938, in reaction to his dismissal as an art teacher at Medford Senior High, apparently because he was Jewish; a clipping from the Boston Globe ,1941, on his art classes; and five photographs of Rosenthal and family and of art classes taught by Rosenthal and others, including Alma Lebrecht, Reed Kay, Bernard Chaet, and Jack Kramer. The materials relate primarily to his teaching career at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Boston school system.
Biographical / Historical:
Sculptor, ceramist, art educator; Boston, Mass. Rosenthal attended the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston school while in high school, and later taught there. He received a Master's degree in Education from Boston University in 1936, and taught in the Boston school system from 1936-1976, rising from key teacher of high school students to supervisor of art for the entire system in 1966. Many of his students went on to become notable artists.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1998 by Ralph Rosenthal.
Restrictions:
Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art teachers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Jewish artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.roseralp
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91f4584b9-4a1c-4540-ad5f-b0c6b98cd493
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-roseralp

The art of flowers / Jack Kramer ; photography by Eric Strahan

Author:
Kramer, Jack 1927-  Search this
Physical description:
175 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2002
Topic:
Botanical illustration  Search this
Flowers in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_711176

A passion for orchids : the most beautiful orchid portraits and their artists / Jack Kramer ; photography by Eric Strachan

Author:
Kramer, Jack 1927-  Search this
Physical description:
128 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Biography
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Orchids  Search this
Botanical illustration  Search this
Botanical artists  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_679452

Winning at flower shows / Jack Kramer

Author:
Kramer, Jack 1927-  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 127 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1995
C1995
Topic:
Flower shows  Search this
Plants, Ornamental--Showing  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_508871

Women of flowers : a tribute to Victorian women illustrators / by Jack Kramer ; photographed by Eric Strachan ; designed by Mary Tiegreen; edited by Linda Sunshine

Author:
Kramer, Jack 1927-  Search this
Sunshine, Linda  Search this
Physical description:
223 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
1996
18th century
19th century
Topic:
Botanical artists  Search this
Botanical illustration--History  Search this
Women--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_514526

Botanical orchids and how to grow them / Jack Kramer

Author:
Kramer, Jack 1927-  Search this
Physical description:
222 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Classification
Place:
England
United States
Date:
1998
Topic:
Orchids  Search this
Plants  Search this
Plants, Cultivated--History  Search this
Call number:
SB409 .K73b 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_532300

Florida exotics / Jack Kramer

Author:
Kramer, Jack 1927-  Search this
Physical description:
186 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Florida
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Plants, Ornamental  Search this
Exotic plants  Search this
Landscape gardening  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_563482

Know your houseplants / Jack Kramer ; drawings by Michael Valdez

Author:
Kramer, Jack 1927-  Search this
Kramer, Jack 1927- How to identify and care for houseplants  Search this
Physical description:
205 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1992
1975
[1992?], c1975
Topic:
House plants--Identification  Search this
House plants  Search this
Call number:
SB419.K7142 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_446612

A seasonal guide to indoor gardening / Jack Kramer ; drawings by Robert Johnson

Author:
Kramer, Jack 1927-  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 216 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1992
1976
[1992?], c1976
Topic:
Indoor gardening  Search this
House plants  Search this
Call number:
SB419.K726 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_446634

300 extraordinary plants for home and garden / Jack Kramer ; principal photography by Jerry and Joanna Pavia and Charles Marden Fitch

Author:
Kramer, Jack 1927-  Search this
Pavia, Jerry  Search this
Pavia, Joanne  Search this
Fitch, Charles Marden  Search this
Physical description:
228 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 24 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Date:
1994
Topic:
Plants, Ornamental  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_467028

Orchids for the South / Jack Kramer

Author:
Kramer, Jack 1927-  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 163 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 24 x 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Southern States
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Orchid culture  Search this
Orchids  Search this
Orchids--Pictorial works  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_476879

100 garden designs / Jack Kramer and Andrew Addkison

Author:
Kramer, Jack 1927-  Search this
Addkison, Andrew R  Search this
Addkison, Andrew R 100 garden plans  Search this
Physical description:
259 p. : ill., map, plans, col. plates ; 29 cm
Type:
Designs and plans
Date:
1993
[1993?], c1977
Topic:
Landscape gardening  Search this
Gardens  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_477632

Hanging gardens; basket plants, indoors and out. Drawings by Charles Hoeppner

Author:
Kramer, Jack 1927-  Search this
Physical description:
101, [10] p. illus. 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
[1971]
Topic:
Hanging plants  Search this
Container gardening  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_481164

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