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Reuben Tam papers

Creator:
Tam, Reuben  Search this
Names:
Alan Gallery (Charles Alan)  Search this
Brooklyn Museum of Art  Search this
Coe Kerr Gallery  Search this
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation  Search this
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Andrews, Dorothy, 1918-2008  Search this
Kienbusch, William, 1914-1980  Search this
Nesjar, Carl, 1920-  Search this
Solomon, Hyde, 1911-  Search this
Extent:
9.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Poems
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Watercolors
Drawings
Date:
1931-2006
Summary:
The papers of landscape painter and educator Reuben Tam measure 9.2 linear feet and date from 1931 to 2006. The papers document his career as a painter in New York, Maine, and Hawaii through biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, art organizations, schools, and galleries; diaries, poetry, and other writings; exhibition catalogs, news clippings, other printed material; photographs; artwork, including seventeen sketchbooks; and eight scrapbooks.

There is a 1.1 linear foot unprocessed addition to the collection donated in 2020 that includes 34 sketchbooks, circa 1940-1974, by Tam from his time in New York, Hawaii, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, Alaska and Canada.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of landscape painter and educator Reuben Tam measure 9.2 linear feet and date from 1931 to 2006. The papers document his career as a painter in New York, Maine, and Hawaii through biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, art organizations, schools, and galleries; diaries, poetry, and other writings; exhibition catalogs, news clippings, other printed material; photographs; artwork, including seventeen sketchbooks; and eight scrapbooks. There is a 1.1 linear foot unprocessed addition to the collection donated in 2020 that includes 34 sketchbooks, circa 1940-1974, by Tam from his time in New York, Hawaii, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, Alaska and Canada.

Biographical material includes school documents, records of his tenure as an instructor at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School, artwork consignment and sales records, and slides and accompanying audio cassette recording of the "Reuben Tam Show" about his work as an artist on Monhegan Island, Maine.

Correspondence is with family, fellow artists, including William Kienbusch and Hyde Solomon, as well as art organizations, schools, and museums, such as Brooklyn Museum of Art School, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Maine Coast Artists group, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Also found is correspondence with the three galleries which represented his work: Downtown Gallery, Alan Gallery, and Coe Kerr Gallery.

The collection includes five bound diaries as well as diary entries written by Reuben Tam on loose sheets of paper, primarily documenting the 1940s. Other writings include drafts of poetry, one notebook, miscellaneous notes, and essays by others.

Printed material consists of school publications, exhibition catalogs and announcements for solo and group shows, brochures, flyers, magazines, bulletins, and news clippings. Eight scrapbooks found in this collection also include newspaper clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, as well as event invitations, membership cards, and letters, documenting 40 years of Reuben Tam's career.

Photographs are of Reuben Tam, Tam with friends and family, and artwork. One photograph album contains photographs from Tam's visits to Maine from 1946 to 1948, and includes photographs of fellow artists Hyde Solomon, Carl Nesjar, Dorothy Andrews, and William Kienbusch. Artwork in the collection includes prints, drawings, and watercolors as well as seventeen large sketchbooks documenting the coastal landscape of Monhegan Island, Maine.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1934-1993 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1931-2006 (Box 1-4; 3.5 linear feet)

Series 3: Diaries, 1932-1974 (Box 4-5; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, 1939-1987 (Box 5; 7 folders)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1935-1997 (Box 5-6, 9; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1930-1990 (Box 6-7, 9; 1.0 linear foot)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1936-1975 (Box 7, 9-10, OV 11; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1938-1978 (Box 7-8; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 9: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-1974 (Box 12, OV13; 1.1 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Reuben Tam (1916-1991) was a landscape painter and educator in New York, Maine, and Hawaii. Tam was born in Kapaa, Hawaii, in 1916. He received a degree in education in 1937 from the University of Hawaii and was briefly a public school teacher before attending graduate courses at the California School of Fine Arts. In 1941 he moved to New York and took courses in art history and philosophy at the New School for Social Research and Columbia University. Tam became affiliated with the Downtown Gallery in 1945 and was a prolific exhibitor in national and regional shows, winning critical praise as an abstract landscape painter. In 1948 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and first exhibited in the National Academy's annual exhibition in 1947.

Tam was an instructor at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School from 1946 to 1974. While there he taught advanced studies in painting and was chairman of the graduate painting department. He also served as a visiting professor at Oregon State University, Haystack, and Queens College, CUNY.

Beginning in 1948, Tam and his wife, Geraldine, spent summers at their home and studio on Monhegan Island, Maine. Tam's work was deeply influenced by coastal landscapes both in Maine and in his native Hawaii. In 1981 he and his wife moved back to Kapaa, Hawaii, where he continued to paint and exhibit his new works until his death in 1991.
Related Materials:
Reuben Tam papers, 1958-1966, are also located at Syracuse University.
Provenance:
Scrapbooks were lent for microfilming in 1970 by Reuben Tam and were subsequently donated in 2009 along with additional papers by Geraldine King Tam, Reuben Tam's widow. 34 additional sketchbooks were donated in 2020 by the Geraldine King Tam Trust, via Cindy King, trustee and niece of Geraldine King Tam.
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.
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:
Painters -- Maine  Search this
Painters -- Hawaii  Search this
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- Hawaii  Search this
Educators -- Maine  Search this
Educators -- New York (State)  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Poems
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Watercolors
Drawings
Citation:
Reuben Tam papers, 1931-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.tamreub
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Reuben Tam papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tamreub
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Cady Wells papers, 1913-1968

Creator:
Wells, Cady, 1904-1954  Search this
Wells, Cady, 1904-1954  Search this
Subject:
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Adams, Ansel  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Painters -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8608
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210788
AAA_collcode_wellcady
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210788
Online Media:

Anthony Thieme papers, 1909-1972

Creator:
Thieme, Anthony, 1888-1954  Search this
Thieme, Anthony, 1888-1954  Search this
Subject:
Bouman, Hanny  Search this
Thieme, Lilian Beckett  Search this
Thieme School of Art (Rockport, Mass.)  Search this
Theme:
American Art and Artists in a Global Context  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5768
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208607
AAA_collcode_thieanth
Theme:
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208607

Reuben Tam papers, 1931-2006

Creator:
Tam, Reuben, 1916-1991  Search this
Tam, Reuben, 1916-1991  Search this
Subject:
Andrews, Dorothy  Search this
Nesjar, Carl  Search this
Kienbusch, William  Search this
Solomon, Hyde  Search this
Alan Gallery (Charles Alan)  Search this
Coe Kerr Gallery  Search this
Brooklyn Museum of Art  Search this
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation  Search this
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Poems
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Watercolors
Drawings
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- Hawaii  Search this
Educators -- Maine  Search this
Educators -- New York (State)  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Theme:
Asian American  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8481
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210657
AAA_collcode_tamreub
Theme:
Asian American
Lives of American Artists
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210657
Online Media:

Charles Franklin Pierce papers, 1870-1972

Creator:
Pierce, Charles Franklin, 1844-1920  Search this
Pierce, Charles Franklin, 1844-1920  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Topic:
Landscape painting -- Massachusetts  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8818
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211003
AAA_collcode_pierchar
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211003

MacIvor Reddie papers, 1869-1975

Creator:
Reddie, MacIvor, 1899-1966  Search this
Reddie, MacIvor, 1899-1966  Search this
Subject:
MacIvor Reddie Gallery  Search this
School of Practical Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Topic:
Landscape painting -- 20th century -- Massachusetts  Search this
Marine painting -- 20th century -- Massachusetts  Search this
Watercolor painting -- 20th century -- Massachusetts  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9187
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211382
AAA_collcode_reddmaci
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211382

David Humphreys and Beatrice Jackson papers, 1928-1974

Creator:
Humphreys, David, 1901-1970  Search this
Humphreys, Beatrice Jackson, 1905-1991  Search this
Humphreys, David, 1901-1970  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Women painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7818
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209984
AAA_collcode_humpdavi
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209984

The life, work, and significance of George Loring Brown : American landscape painter / by Thomas Whittlesey Leavitt, undated

Creator:
Leavitt, Thomas W., 1930-  Search this
Leavitt, Thomas W., 1930-  Search this
Subject:
Brown, George Loring  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Landscape painting  Search this
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7956
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210124
AAA_collcode_leavthom
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210124

Ross and Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett papers, circa 1870-1992

Creator:
Moffett, Ross E., 1888-1971  Search this
Moffett, Dorothy Lake Gregory, 1893-1975  Search this
Moffett, Ross E., 1888-1971  Search this
Subject:
Moffett, Dorothy Lake Gregory  Search this
Del Deo, Josephine Couch  Search this
Rehn, Frank Knox Morton  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim  Search this
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David)  Search this
Moffett, Ross (Art in narrow streets)  Search this
Provincetown Art Association  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Federal Art Project (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Slides (photographs)
Place:
Cape Cod National Seashore (Mass.)
Florida -- Pictorial works
Provincetown (Mass.)
Topic:
Illustrators  Search this
Muralists -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Women artists -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art students -- New York N.Y. -- Photographs  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Communities, Organizations, Museums  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8010
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210179
AAA_collcode_moffross
Theme:
Diaries
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210179
Online Media:

John Joseph Enneking papers, 1879-1972

Creator:
Enneking, John J., 1841-1916  Search this
Enneking, John J., 1841-1916  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Topic:
Landscape painting -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8864
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211049
AAA_collcode_ennejohn
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211049

George Fuller papers, 1832-1959

Creator:
Fuller, George, 1822-1884  Search this
Fuller, George, 1822-1884  Search this
Topic:
Portrait painting -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 19th century -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8923
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211109
AAA_collcode_fullgeor
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211109

Charles H. Gifford papers, 1870-1935

Creator:
Gifford, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1839-1904  Search this
Gifford, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1839-1904  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 19th century -- Massachusetts  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8973
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211160
AAA_collcode_giffchar
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211160

Fred and Edith Nagler papers, 1913-1979

Creator:
Nagler, Fred, 1891-1983  Search this
Nagler, Edith Kroger, 1890-1986  Search this
Nagler, Fred, 1891-1983  Search this
Subject:
Sloan, John  Search this
Teale, Edwin Way  Search this
Bishop, Isabel  Search this
Cahill, Holger  Search this
Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel)  Search this
Kieran, John  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente  Search this
Saint-Gaudens, Homer  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Art and religion  Search this
Landscape painting -- 20th century  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Women  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9077
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211270
AAA_collcode_naglfred
Theme:
Diaries
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211270

Henry Hitchings papers, 1867-1896

Creator:
Hitchings, Henry, 1824-1902  Search this
Hitchings, Henry, 1824-1902  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Drawing, American  Search this
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10397
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213773
AAA_collcode_hitchenr
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213773

[Sketchbook] [graphic] / Winkworth Allan Gay, 1846

Creator:
Gay, Winckworth Allan, 1821-1910  Search this
Gay, Winckworth Allan, 1821-1910  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Place:
Boston (Mass.) -- Pictorial works
Massachusetts -- Description and travel -- Pictorial works
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Audio - Visual  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6487
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215677
AAA_collcode_gaywinca
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Audio - Visual
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215677

Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900

Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Place:
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Hudson River school of landscape painting  Search this
Landscape painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5939
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208780
AAA_collcode_bieralbe
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208780
Online Media:

Arthur Wesley Dow papers, circa 1826-1978, bulk 1879-1922

Creator:
Dow, Arthur W. (Arthur Wesley), 1857-1922  Search this
Dow, Arthur W. (Arthur Wesley), 1857-1922  Search this
Subject:
Hess, Herbert A. (Herbert Arthur)  Search this
Kenyon, Henry Rodman  Search this
Käsebier, Gertrude  Search this
Académie Julian  Search this
Ipswich Summer Art School  Search this
Type:
Diaries
Photographs
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts  Search this
Photographers -- Massachusetts  Search this
Art educators -- Massachusetts  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7588
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209750
AAA_collcode_dowarth
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209750
Online Media:

Frank Swift Chase papers, 1907-1965

Creator:
Chase, Frank Swift, 1886-1958  Search this
Chase, Frank Swift, 1886-1958  Search this
Topic:
Landscape painting, American -- New England  Search this
Landscape painting, American -- New York (State)  Search this
Commercial art -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8139
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210310
AAA_collcode_chasfran
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210310

J. Leonard Benson writings on William Merritt Post, ca. 1985

Creator:
Benson, J. L. (Jack Leonard), 1893-1989  Search this
Benson, J. L. (Jack Leonard), 1893-1989  Search this
Subject:
Post, William Merritt  Search this
Topic:
Landscape painting, American -- 19th century -- Sources  Search this
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6393
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215362
AAA_collcode_bensj
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215362

Boston Harbor

Artist:
Charles Manger, born ca. 1832-died after 1870  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
24 1/8 x 40 1/8 in. (61.2 x 102.0 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1860-1869
Topic:
Landscape\Massachusetts\Boston  Search this
Waterscape\harbor\Boston Harbor  Search this
Travel\water\ship  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. George Viault
Object number:
1970.183
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 9B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk75febf91c-8889-4ad2-bc0d-57dfb51a4e7d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.183

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