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Martyl Langsdorf papers, 1918-1977

Creator:
Martyl, 1917-2013  Search this
Subject:
Blanch, Arnold  Search this
Dehn, Adolf  Search this
Hawthorne, Charles Webster  Search this
Lee, Doris  Search this
Robinson, Boardman  Search this
Sequieros  Search this
Martyl  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Henle, Fritz  Search this
Holty, Carl  Search this
Janson, H. W. (Horst Woldemar)  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
ACA Galleries  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center  Search this
Feingarten Galleries  Search this
Kovlar Gallery (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
St. Genevieve School of Art  Search this
University of Chicago. Oriental Institute  Search this
University of Chicago. Renaissance Society  Search this
United States. Public Buildings Administration. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9115
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211309
AAA_collcode_martyl
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211309

Martyl Langsdorf papers

Creator:
Martyl, 1917-2013  Search this
Names:
ACA Galleries  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center  Search this
Feingarten Galleries  Search this
Kovlar Gallery (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
St. Genevieve School of Art  Search this
United States. Public Buildings Administration. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
University of Chicago. Oriental Institute  Search this
University of Chicago. Renaissance Society  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Blanch, Arnold, 1896-1968  Search this
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946  Search this
Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968  Search this
Hawthorne, Charles Webster, 1872-1930  Search this
Henle, Fritz, 1909-  Search this
Holty, Carl, 1900-1973  Search this
Janson, H. W. (Horst Woldemar), 1913-  Search this
Lee, Doris, 1905-1983  Search this
Martyl, 1917-2013  Search this
Robinson, Boardman, 1876-1952  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty, 1898-1946  Search this
Sequieros  Search this
Extent:
2.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1918-1977
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Martyl Langsdorf, professionally known by just her first name, Martyl, date from 1918 to 1977 and measure 2.6 linear feet. Included within the collection is correspondence; subject files; biographical data; writings and notes; sketches; photographs; exhibition catalogs and announcements; guest books; price lists; receipts; reproductions; clippings; and printed materials.
Sketches, 1936-1975, made in the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. In addition there is a 1929 newspaper clipping.
Biographical data; letters, 1936-1937, to her mother Aimee Schweig from Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Joe Jones and Grant Wood; files of letters from Carl Holty, Horst W. Janson and Lancelot Law Whyte; a file on Charles Hawthorne containing his painting notes and a photo; subject files on the ACA Gallery, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Art Institute of Chicago, Feingarten Gallery, Kovlar Gallery, Oriental Institute, the Renaissance Society, and the Unitarian Church of Evanston, Illinois, containing correspondence and financial material; writings and notes; sketches of Langsdorf by friends; exhibition catalogs and announcements; guest books; price lists; receipts for sales and rentals of her paintings; printed material on the St. Genevieve School of art; and photographs, ca. 1935-1970, of Langsdorf, her family, her paintings, exhibition installations, Langsdorf at work on a mural for the Unitarian Church of Evanston, Illinois, and artists Thomas Hart Benton, Arnold Blanch, Adolf Dehn, Doris Lee, Boardman Robinson, Sequieros, and others, and a photograph by Fritz Henle, 1940, of a picnic at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Correspondence with Edward Rowan of the Public Buidlings Administration, Section of Fine Arts, and contracts, 1940-1944, concerning Langsdorf's watercolors for the Carville, La. Marine Hospital, murals for post offices in Russell, Kansas and St. Genevieve, Missouri, and for the Recorder of Deeds Building in Washington, D.C., and for related exhibitions; a photocopy of a letter from collector Joseph Hirshhorn, Jan. 18, 1943, regarding his purchases of Langsdorf's work; general correspondence, 1958-1972; price lists; and printed material, 1937-1976, including press releases, archaelogical newsletters, exhibition announcements and clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Martyl (1917-2013) was a painter in Chicago, Illinois. Full name is Martyl Schweig Langsdorf.
Provenance:
Material on reels 2992-2994 donated 1977 by Martyl S. Langsdorf. Material on reel 1364 lent for microfilming 1977 by Langsdorf. Unmicrofilmed material is a combination of the unfilmed portion of the 1977 gift and the 1990 transferred material from General Services Administration. The GSA received the material originally from Martyl Langsdorf for their files on New Deal art.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.martyl
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b49b5d92-8cac-43a3-b2b2-b28742db4865
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-martyl

Oral history interview with Merlin F. Pollock, 1979 July 30 and 1980 July 30

Interviewee:
Pollock, Merlin F., 1905-1996  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Federal Art Project (Ill.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Arts administrators -- Illinois -- Interviews  Search this
Muralists -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12533
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211981
AAA_collcode_polloc79
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211981
Online Media:

Alson Skinner Clark papers

Creator:
Clark, Alson Skinner, 1876-1949  Search this
Names:
Clark, Medora  Search this
Extent:
7.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Diaries
Glass negatives
Date:
1870-1971
bulk 1890-1940
Summary:
The papers of painter and muralist Alson Skinner Clark measure 7.2 linear feet and date from 1870 to 1971, with the bulk of the material from 1890 to 1940. Clark's career is documented through biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, galleries, and dealers; eleven diaries by the artist as well as 16 by his wife Medora Clark; stories and essays by Medora; financial records and business files of art and civilian concerns; assorted printed material including exhibition catalogs and announcements, maps, news clippings (singly and in scrapbooks), advertisements, and ephemera; and photographs of the artist, his friends and family, studio, travels, and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter and muralist Alson Skinner Clark measure 7.2 linear feet and date from 1870 to 1971, with the bulk of the material from 1890 to 1940. Clark's career is documented through biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, galleries, and dealers; eleven diaries by the artist as well as 16 by his wife Medora Clark; stories and essays by Medora; financial records and business files of art and civilian concerns; assorted printed material including exhibition catalogs and announcements, maps, news clippings (singly and in scrapbooks), advertisements, and ephemera; and photographs of the artist, his friends and family, studio, travels, and artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and not served to researchers.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1890-1958 (Box 1; 6 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1895-1962 (Boxes 1-2; 1.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Diaries, 1889-1922 (Boxes 2-4; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, circa 1900-1962 (Boxes 4-5; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 5: Personal Business Records, 1889-1930 (Boxes 5, 8; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1890-1971 (Boxes 5-6; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1910-1920 (Box 6; 2 folders)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1885-1935 (Boxes 6, 8, 9; 1.6 linear feet)

Series 9: Scrapbooks, 1902-1955 (Boxes 7, 8; 0.5 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Alson Skinner Clark (1876-1949) was a painter and muralist who travelled and worked in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Panama, and the United States, ultimately settling in southern California.

Clark was born in Chicago, Illinois, and began training in 1891 at the age of 11 at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1896 he studied under William Merritt Chase at the Art Students' League of New York and briefly at the Chase School of Art before moving to Paris to train with James Abbott McNeill Whistler at the Academia Carmen in 1898. Alongside his wife, Medora (married 1902), Clark travelled extensively, painting the landscapes and urban activity of Chicago, New York, Quebec, France, Dalmatia, and Spain.

In 1913, Clark journeyed to Panama to document the construction of the canal, and in 1919, after serving as a military photographer in World War I, he settled in Pasadena, California, where he adopted the landscapes and colonial architecture of Mexico and the American West as subjects en plein air. It was during this time that Clark began to take on work as a muralist, accepting commissions from the local bank and theatre while also embarking on a teaching career at Occidental College and eventually the Stickney Memorial School of Fine Arts, where he served as director.
Provenance:
The 1897 diary, sales notebook, glass negatives, and albums of negatives were donated in 1986 by Joseph Moure, an art historian who purchased the material from occupants of Clark's former studio. The remainder was donated by Clark's son, Alson Clark, in 1989, 1991, 1992, and 1997 and by Clark's grandniece, Deborah Clark, in 2006.
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 -- California  Search this
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Landscape painting  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Diaries
Glass negatives
Citation:
Alson Skinner Clark papers, 1870-1962, bulk 1890-1940. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.claralso
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Alson Skinner Clark papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ab0503c4-e002-4440-93d7-65cdcdba910c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-claralso
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Merlin F. Pollock

Interviewee:
Pollock, Merlin F., 1905-1996  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Federal Art Project (Ill.)  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (sound files, digital, wav file)
65 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1979 July 30 and 1980 July 30
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Merlin F. Pollock conducted 1979 July 30 and 1980 July 30, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Pollock speaks of his training at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France; his work as instructor of mural painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1935-1943; his paintings of Alaska commissioned by the government in 1937 and his work as supervisor of mural painting for the Illinois WPA, 1940-1943. He also discusses Chicago artists and his own murals for the government.
Biographical / Historical:
Merlin F. Pollock (1905-1996) was a painter and teacher, Chicago, Ill.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 40 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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 others.
Occupation:
Painters -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Arts administrators -- Illinois -- Interviews  Search this
Muralists -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.polloc79
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9575671b2-e860-4548-9444-36970ff8faf7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-polloc79
Online Media:

Murales del Barrio

Author:
Arceo-Frutos, René H  Search this
Sorell, V. A (Victor A.)  Search this
Rogovin, Mark  Search this
Mexican Fine Arts Center--Museum (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 x 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
Date:
1987
C1987
20th century
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, Mexican--Exhibitions  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American--Exhibitions  Search this
Mural painting and decoration--Exhibitions  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Call number:
ND2638.C4 B27 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_501343

Riverwalk Gateway : public art installation / by Ellen Lanyon

Title:
Public art installation
Artist:
Lanyon, Ellen  Search this
Author:
Rooks, Michael  Search this
Chicago (Ill.) Department of Cultural Affairs  Search this
Subject:
Lanyon, Ellen  Search this
Physical description:
16 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, map, color portrait ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
Date:
2000
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Public art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1076061

Art for the people : the rediscovery and preservation of progressive- and WPA-era murals in the Chicago public schools, 1904-1943 / by Heather Becker

Author:
Becker, Heather  Search this
Physical description:
248 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
Date:
2002
C2002
20th century
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Public art  Search this
School decoration  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_703163

Eve's daughter/Modern woman : a mural by Mary Cassatt / Sally Webster

Author:
Webster, Sally  Search this
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926  Search this
Subject:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926 Modern woman  Search this
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 155 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
Date:
2004
C2004
19th century
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Women in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_798224

A guide to Chicago's murals / Mary Lackritz Gray

Author:
Gray, Mary L (Mary Lackritz)  Search this
Physical description:
xxviii, 488 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 20 cm
Type:
Guidebooks
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
Chicago (Ill.)
Date:
2001
20th century
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Street art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_631260

Humor in art

Physical description:
53 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Illinois
Chicago
Date:
1991
C1991
19th century
Topic:
Wit and humor, Pictorial  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons--History  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
English wit and humor, Pictorial  Search this
Call number:
N8212 .H92 1991
N8212.H92 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_418455

Black mural art and its representation of the black community / Lee Andrew Ransaw

Title:
Black community
Author:
Ransaw, Lee  Search this
Physical description:
117 leaves : illustrations
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
United States
Date:
1985
1973
20th century
Topic:
African American art  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
African Americans in art  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American art--Themes, motives  Search this
Street art  Search this
Communities  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_261732

Guide to Chicago murals : yesterday and today / edited by V. A. Sorell

Author:
Sorell, V. A (Victor A.)  Search this
Chicago Council on Fine Arts  Search this
Physical description:
57 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Guidebooks
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
Chicago (Ill.)
Date:
1979
C1979
20th century
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Street art  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Ch OA.5615  Search this
Ch J.932  Search this
Call number:
ND2638.C4 G94 1979
ND2638.C4G94 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_126604

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