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Peter Blume papers

Creator:
Blume, Peter, 1906-1992  Search this
Names:
American Academy of Arts and Letters  Search this
American Artists' Congress  Search this
Boston College  Search this
Connecticut Council of the Arts  Search this
Askew, R. Kirk (Ralph Kirk), 1903-1974  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981  Search this
Blankenhorn, Heber, 1884-1956  Search this
Blume, Grace  Search this
Boursa, Harry  Search this
Burke, Kenneth, 1897-  Search this
Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-  Search this
De Vries, Peter, 1910-1993  Search this
Eisenstaedt, Alfred  Search this
Getlein, Frank  Search this
Godsoe, Robert  Search this
Hirsch, Joseph, 1910-1981  Search this
Kelly, Michael A.  Search this
Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia , 1887-1986  Search this
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987  Search this
Trapp, Frank  Search this
Extent:
7.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Travel diaries
Sound recordings
Interviews
Drawings
Photographs
Prints
Transcriptions
Lectures
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Date:
1870-2001
Summary:
The papers of New York and Connecticut painter Peter Blume date from 1870 to 2001 and measure 7.6 linear feet. Found are biographical materials; correspondence with family, friends, colleagues, galleries and institutions, and writers; writings on art by Blume and others; subject files regarding organizations, works of art, exhibitions, and reference files; personal business records; printed material; two scrapbooks; photographs of Blume, family, friends, and works of art; extensive artwork; and material relating to Blume's wife's family, the Cratons.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York and Connecticut painter Peter Blume date from 1870 to 2001 and measure 7.6 linear feet. Found are biographical materials; correspondence with family, friends, colleagues, galleries and institutions, and writers; writings on art by Blume and others; subject files regarding organizations, works of art, exhibitions, and reference files; personal business records; printed material; two scrapbooks; photographs of Blume, family, friends, and works of art; extensive artwork; and material relating to Blume's wife's family, the Cratons.

Biographical materials include an award, obituaries, a travel itinerary, and sound recordings and transcripts of interviews of Peter Blume by Alfred H. Barr, Boston College, Harry Boursa, and Visionary Company Magazine.

Correspondence is professional and personal. Letters are from friends, family, artists, writers, galleries, and institutions. Notable correspondents include Kirk Askew, Malcolm Cowley, Peter DeVries, Joseph Hirsch, and Frank A. Trapp, among others. Also found is Grace Blume's correspondence which includes letters to and from Peter Blume and letters from Grace to her family members and friends. The bulk of Grace Blume's correspondence concerns her travels with Blume.

Writings and notes by Blume include a travel journal, lists of works of art, lectures, talks and other writings on art, artists, and friends. Writings by others include theses and scholarly papers about Blume, and include writings by Heber Blankenhorn, Kenneth Burke, Malcolm Cowley, Robert Ulrich Godsoe, Frank Getlein, Michael A. Kelly, and Frank A. Trapp. Also found is criticism on The Rock by school children.

Blume's subject files cover the American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Artists Congress, Heber Blankenhorn, works of art by Blume, exhibitions, and the Connecticut Council on the Arts. Also found are reference files consisting of photographs of artwork by others and clippings.

Personal business and financial records consist of business correspondence with galleries and museums; sales and consignment records; scattered price lists; and receipts and invoices relating to the building and running of Blume's house in Connecticut.

Printed materials include clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs for solo and group shows, magazines featuring articles about Blume, posters, and reproductions of works of art.

Scrapbooks include a fragment of a scrapbook from 1942-1944 and a clippings scrapbook from 1934-1939.

Photographs include portraits and snapshots of Peter Blume, Grace Blume, family, friends, travel, parties, pets, homes, landscapes, exhibitions, and works of art. There are also photos of the Askews, the Blankenhorns, the Cowleys, Alfred Eisenstaedt, the Holstens, the Josephsons, Arthur Miller, Georgia O'Keeffe, the Sobys, and Raphael Soyer.

Artwork by Peter Blume includes completed drawings, sketches, doodles, prints, and preliminary drawings for many of his works. Of note are extensive sketches of heads, and preliminary drawings for Recollection of the Flood.

Craton family papers consist of geneological material relating to Grace Blume's brother, James Craton and his wife Catherine Sears Craton. Found are vital records; military records for James and Marshall Craton; correspondence; scattered financial records; clippings; and family photographs.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 10 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1950-1992 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1926-1992 (1.8 linear feet; Box 1-3)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1929-1986 (0.5 linear feet; Box 3, 9)

Series 4: Subject Files, circa 1930-1988 (0.5 linear feet; Box 3-4)

Series 5: Personal Business and Financial Records, 1934-1983 (0.6 linear feet; Box 4, 9)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1930-1990 (0.7 linear feet; Box 4-5, 9, OV 15-16)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1934-1944 (3 folders; Box 5)

Series 8: Photographs, 1917-circa 1980 (1.1 linear feet; Box 5-6, 9)

Series 9: Artwork, 1932-1984 (2.0 linear feet; Box 6-9, OV 10-14)

Series 10: Craton Family Papers, 1870-2001 (0.2 linear feet; Box 6)
Biographical / Historical:
Russian-born painter and sculptor Peter Blume (1906-1992) was active in New York and Connecticut. His style combined American and European traditions with folk art and surrealism.

Peter Blume was born Piotr Sorek-Sabel in 1906 in Smorgon, Russia. With his family, he emigrated to the United States in 1911 and settled in New York City. Blume studied at the Educational Alliance and the Art Students League in New York. Influenced by folk art, Precisionism, Cubism, and Surrealism, Blume combined European and American painting tradition to create his own style. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1932 and travelled to Italy.

In 1934, Blume's South of Scranton (1931) won the first prize at the Carnegie International Exhibition. Later, he exhibited The Eternal City (1937) at the Julian Levy Galleries in Manhattan. With the Section of Painting and Sculpture of the Treasury Department, Blume completed two post office murals in New York and Pennsylvania. Blume was a member of the National Academy of Design and was active with the American Academy in Rome.

Peter Blume married Grace "Ebie" Douglas Craton in 1931. The couple built their home in Sherman, Connecticut. The Blumes travelled the world and kept close relationships with family and friends, such as Ann and Heber Blankenhorn, Malcolm Cowley, and Ned and Nancy Holsten.

Peter Blume died in Connecticut in 1992.
Related Materials:
Also in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Peter Blume conducted on August 16th, 1983 to May 23rd, 1984 by Robert F. Brown.
Provenance:
The Peter Blume papers were donated by in 1993 by Grace Blume, Peter Blume's widow. Additional papers were donated by Catherine Weiss, Jamie Vance, and Leigh Butler in 2010.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Peter Blume 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.
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Travel diaries
Sound recordings
Interviews
Drawings
Photographs
Prints
Transcriptions
Lectures
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Citation:
Peter Blume papers, 1870-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.blumpete
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Peter Blume papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-blumpete
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Dan S. Lutz papers

Creator:
Lutz, Dan, 1906-  Search this
Names:
Dalzell Hatfield Galleries  Search this
Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005  Search this
Sample, Paul, 1896-1974  Search this
Extent:
3.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1930-1978
Scope and Contents:
A resume; letters from the artists Arthur Miller and Paul Sample, the Dalzell Hatfield Galleries and others; ca. 140 sketches and 43 sketchbooks, 1930's-1960's; 2 scrapbooks of clippings; exhibition catalogs; art books; photographs of Lutz, his paintings, his family and friends.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, educator, Los Angeles, Calif. Died 1978. Studied at Art Institute Chicago and University of Southern California. Taught at the University of Southern California and Chouinard Art Institute.
Provenance:
The donor, Dorothy Lutz Fleurat, is Lutz's widow.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.lutzdan
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-lutzdan

Portraits / photographs and afterword by Inge Morath ; introduction by Arthur Miller

Photographer:
Morath, Inge  Search this
Writer of introduction:
Miller, Arthur 1915-2005  Search this
Physical description:
95 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 30 cm
Type:
Portraits
Date:
1986
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Celebrities  Search this
Call number:
TR647.M827 M6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_303614

The original read-in for peace in Vietnam [sound recording] / edited by Rosalind Wells and Louis Menashe

Editor:
Menashe, Louis  Search this
Wells, Rosalind  Search this
Speaker:
Calisher, Hortense  Search this
Davis, Ossie 1917-2005  Search this
Dee, Ruby  Search this
Dugan, Alan  Search this
Feiffer, Jules  Search this
Gibson, William  Search this
Hellman, Lillian 1905-1984  Search this
Kazin, Alfred  Search this
Kelley, William Melvin 1937-  Search this
Kinnell, Galway 1927-  Search this
Kunitz, Stanley 1905-2006  Search this
Levertov, Denise 1923-  Search this
Lindfors, Viveca  Search this
Lowell, Robert 1917-1977  Search this
Lowenfels, Walter 1897-1976  Search this
Mailer, Norman  Search this
Malamud, Bernard  Search this
Marshall, Lenore 1897-1971  Search this
Miller, Arthur 1915-2005  Search this
Oppenheimer, Joel 1930-1988  Search this
Randall, Tony  Search this
Rukeyser, Muriel 1913-  Search this
Sachs, Oscar  Search this
Sontag, Susan 1933-2004  Search this
Stapleton, Maureen  Search this
Styron, William 1925-  Search this
Swados, Harvey  Search this
Untermeyer, Louis 1885-1977  Search this
Weaver, Fritz 1926-  Search this
Chairman of the evening:
Kauffmann, Stanley 1916-  Search this
Cover designer:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Producer:
Committee of the Professions  Search this
Physical description:
2 phonograph records : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
Date:
1967
Topic:
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Protest movements  Search this
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Public opinion  Search this
Local number:
FW09752
Folkways 9752
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_233048
Online Media:

Arthur Miller : his life and work / Martin Gottfried

Author:
Gottfried, Martin  Search this
Subject:
Miller, Arthur 1915-2005  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 484 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
2003
20th century
Topic:
Dramatists, American  Search this
Call number:
CT275.M638 G68 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_722367

Arthur Miller : 1915-1962 / Christopher Bigsby

Author:
Bigsby, C. W. E  Search this
Subject:
Miller, Arthur 1915-2005  Search this
Physical description:
x, 739 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Biographie
Date:
2009
20th century
Topic:
Dramatists, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_969614

Arthur Miller : 1962-2005 / Christopher Bigsby

Author:
Bigsby, C. W. E  Search this
Subject:
Miller, Arthur 1915-2005  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 589 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
2011
20th century
Topic:
Dramatists, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_985302

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