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Austin Merrill Mecklem and Marianne Greer Appel papers

Creator:
Mecklem, Austin Merrill, 1894-1951  Search this
Names:
Albright Art School (Buffalo, N.Y.) -- Faculty  Search this
Federal Works Agency  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Appel, Marianne, 1913-1988  Search this
Henson, Jim  Search this
Mecklem, Austin Merrill, 1894-1951  Search this
Extent:
5 Linear feet
0.035 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Sketchbooks
Manuscripts
Photographs
Watercolors
Sketches
Drawings
Date:
1910-2009
Summary:
The Austin Merrill Mecklem and Marianne Greer Appel papers measure 5.0 linear feet and 0.035 GB and date from 1910-2006, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1928-1977. Correspondence, writings, drawings, printed and digital material, miscellaneous items and photographs document Mecklem as an artist, muralist and art instructor and Appel as an artist, puppet designer and author and illustrator of children's books. A significant part of Appel's papers consists of drafts of two illustrated children's books.

There is an unprocessed addition of 3.6 linear feet donated in 2019 relating to Marianne Greer Appel including biographical material, correspondence, writings, rare published and printed material, photographs, and preliminary works of art.
Scope and Content Note:
The Austin Merrill Mecklem and Marianne Greer Appel papers measure 5.0 linear feet and 0.035 GB and date from 1910-2006, with the bulk of materials dating from 1928-1977. Correspondence, writings, drawings, printed and digital material, miscellaneous items and photographs document Mecklem as an artist, muralist and art instructor and Appel as an artist, puppet designer and author and illustrator of children's books. A significant portion of Appel's papers consist of drafts of two illustrated children's books.

Austin Mecklem's papers include biographical materials, personal and professional correspondence and letters, and printed material from the WPA. Printed material includes newspaper clippings, exhibition catalogs, announcements and press releases, and an article from Fortune Magazine concerning the Coulee Dam, a subject of interest to Mecklem. Digital material consists of "Catalogue Raisonee as of February 2009".

Of particular note are Mecklem's lecture and teaching notes on the "Fundamentals of Art" prepared for his class at the Albright Art School. Also, there are photographs of Mecklem's paintings and murals, including his design for a mural for the Recorder of Deeds Building in Washington, D. C. Original artwork by Mecklem includes the blueprint for the Portland, Connecticut Post Office mural, drawings on tissue paper, a watercolor landscape, and a cartoon entitled "Life at the High."

Appel's papers consist of drafts of children's books, "The Story of Juliet" (1945) and "Perlydew" (after 1953), correspondence, writings, sketches and clippings from the period after Mecklem's death. Correspondence includes personal letters and letters from the Federal Works Agency Public Buildings Administration regarding the Agency's purchase of Appel's artwork. Also found are sketch books and an original watercolor signed by Appel.

Also found are photographs of friends and family as well as photographs of Appel's paintings and puppets she designed. Some photographs of puppets carry notes by Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets. Appel's book drafts include manuscripts, both typed and hand-written, with layouts and illustrations in tempera or gouache.

This collection contains scattered notes by the donors which identify or explain materials.

There is an unprocessed addition of 3.6 linear feet donated in 2019 relating to Marianne Greer Appel including biographical material, correspondence, writings, rare published and printed material, photographs, and preliminary works of art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 4 Series. Materials are generally arranged by record type and chronolgically thereafter.

Series 1: Austin Merrill Mecklem papers, 1910-2006 (Boxes 1-2; OV3; 0.9 linear feet, ER01; 0.035 GB)

Series 2: Marianne Greer Appel papers, 1928-2006 (Boxes 1-2; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Family Photographs, 1928-1950 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 4: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1928-2006 (Boxes 4-7; OV8-9; 3.6 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Artists Austin Merrill Mecklem "Meck" (1894-1951) and Marianne Greer Appel (1913-1988) married in 1937 and lived and worked in Woodstock, New York as part of the Woodstock artists' colony, Maverick. Mecklem died in 1951 at age 56. In 1953, Appel and her two daughters moved to New York City where she pursued a career as a puppet designer and author and illustrator of children's books. She worked for puppeteer, Bill Baird, and later, Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets. Appel married Carl Harms, actor and puppeteer, in 1960.

Both Mecklem and Appel were associated with the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Mecklem received notable commissions from the WPA, including the painting of murals for the Recorder of Deeds Building in Washington, D. C., the Wrangell, Alaska Custom House and Post Office, and the Post Office in Portland, Connecticut. Mecklem also taught art at the Museum School in Portland, Oregon, the Art Students League in New York, the Albright Art School in Buffalo, New York, and the Woodstock School of Painting. Mecklem's work has been exhibited in a number of one-man shows and at major museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Austin Mecklem was born in Califax, Washington and studied at Washington State University, the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, the Art Students League in New York and in Paris and Holland. His first marriage to Hannah Small, also of the Woodstock artist's colony, ended in divorce. In 1906 Appel began her studies at the Woodstock School, where she met Mecklem. Appel's work has been exhibited at museums such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Provenance:
The papers were donated in 2010 by Sarah Greer Mecklem and Merrill Mecklem Piera, Austin Mecklem's and Marianne Appel's daughters, and in 2019 by Sarah Greer Mecklem.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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:
Art teachers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Puppeteers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Muralists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Illustrated books, Children's  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Manuscripts
Photographs
Watercolors
Sketches
Drawings
Citation:
Austin Merrill Mecklem and Marianne Greer Appel papers, 1910-2006, bulk 1928-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.meckaust
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Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-meckaust

Papers from John Trumbull's paint box, 1794-[ca. 1830]

Creator:
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843  Search this
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843  Search this
Subject:
Trumbull, John  Search this
Topic:
Painting  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5697
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208533
AAA_collcode_trumjohp
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208533

Louis Schanker papers, circa 1920-1981

Creator:
Schanker, Louis, 1903-1981  Search this
Schanker, Louis, 1903-1981  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, American -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8425
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210599
AAA_collcode_schaloui
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210599

Ezra Winter papers, [ca. 1922-1946]

Creator:
Winter, Ezra, 1886-1949  Search this
Winter, Ezra, 1886-1949  Search this
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9355
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211551
AAA_collcode_wintezra
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211551

John Vassos Papers, 1915-1989

Creator:
Vassos, John, 1898-1985  Search this
Vassos, John, 1898-1985  Search this
Subject:
Second, George  Search this
Byard, Dorothy  Search this
Vassos, Ruth  Search this
Sanders, Bernard  Search this
Radio Corporation of America.  Search this
Prudential Lines, Inc.  Search this
Perey Manufacturing Company  Search this
Packard Motor Car Company  Search this
Savage Arms Corporation  Search this
General Electric Company  Search this
Remington Arms Company  Search this
Matthias Hohner AG  Search this
Kuljian Corporation  Search this
Industrial Designers Society of America  Search this
Silvermine Guild of Artists  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Paintings
Photographs
Screen prints
Transcripts
Design drawings
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Slides (photographs)
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Theaters -- Designs and plans  Search this
Authors -- Connecticut  Search this
Theaters -- Decoration  Search this
Muralists -- Connecticut  Search this
Illustrators -- Connecticut  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9640
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211848
AAA_collcode_vassjohn
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211848
Online Media:

Alfred James Tulk papers, 1923-1986

Creator:
Tulk, Alfred James, 1899-1988  Search this
Tulk, Alfred James, 1899-1988  Search this
Subject:
Rambusch (Firm)  Search this
Rambusch Glass and Decorating Company  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Video recordings
Place:
Africa, West -- Description and travel -- 1851-1950
Topic:
Painting, Abstract -- Connecticut  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Landscape painting -- Connecticut  Search this
Glass painting and staining  Search this
Art and religion  Search this
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Religious aspects  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
American Art and Artists in a Global Context  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9641
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211849
AAA_collcode_tulkalfr
Theme:
Diaries
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211849

John Trumbull collection at the Gilcrease Institute, 1820-1831

Creator:
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843  Search this
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10024
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212843
AAA_collcode_trumjohc
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212843

John Trumbull collection, 1790-[ca. 1800]

Creator:
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843  Search this
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843  Search this
Subject:
Poggi, A. C. de  Search this
American Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10416
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213803
AAA_collcode_trumjoht
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213803

Simka Simkhovitch papers, 1931-1987

Creator:
Simkhovitch, Simka, 1893-1949  Search this
Simkhovitch, Simka, 1893-1949  Search this
Subject:
Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Theme:
American Art and Artists in a Global Context  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10991
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214863
AAA_collcode_simksimk
Theme:
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214863

Richard Tuttle papers, circa 1935-2019

Creator:
Tuttle, Richard, 1941-  Search this
Tuttle, Richard, 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Berssenbrugge, Mei-mei  Search this
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Video recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17429
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)385210
AAA_collcode_tuttrich
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_385210
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Louis Schanker, circa 1963

Interviewee:
Schanker, Louis, 1903-1981  Search this
Schanker, Louis, 1903-1981  Search this
Interviewer:
Phillips, Harlan B. (Harlan Buddington),, 1920-  Search this
Subject:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Painters -- Connecticut -- Stamford -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- Connecticut -- Stamford -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12390
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213821
AAA_collcode_schank63
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213821

Oral history interview with Richard Tuttle, 2016 November 14-17

Interviewee:
Tuttle, Richard, 1941-  Search this
Tuttle, Richard, 1941-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17419
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)384977
AAA_collcode_tuttle16
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_384977

Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley papers, 1879-1984

Creator:
Brinley, Putnam, 1879-1963  Search this
Brinley, Katherine Sanger, 1879-1966  Search this
Brinley, Putnam, 1879-1963  Search this
Subject:
Henri, Robert  Search this
Gabay, Esperanza  Search this
Peixotto, Ernest  Search this
Meiere, M. Hildreth  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold)  Search this
Coffin, William A. (William Anderson)  Search this
Euwer, Anthony  Search this
Erskine, John  Search this
Troy, Hugh  Search this
Blashfield, Edwin Howland  Search this
Brinley, Kathrine Sanger  Search this
Bruce, Edward  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Diaries
Photographs
Writings
Poetry
Topic:
Muralists -- Connecticut -- New Canaan  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- United States  Search this
Authors -- Connecticut -- New Canaan  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
American Art and Artists in a Global Context  Search this
Audio - Visual  Search this
Craft  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6830
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208957
AAA_collcode_brindani
Theme:
Diaries
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Audio - Visual
Craft
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208957
Online Media:

Harry Siddons Mowbray and Mowbray Family papers, 1872-1976

Creator:
Mowbray, Harry Siddons, 1858-1928  Search this
Mowbray, Harry Siddons, 1858-1928  Search this
Subject:
McKim, Charles Follen  Search this
Mowbray, Florence Millard  Search this
Mead, William Rutherford  Search this
Mowbray, George S.  Search this
Mowbray, George Mordey  Search this
Sherwood, Herbert F. (Herbert Francis)  Search this
Mowbray, Helen Amelia  Search this
American Academy in Rome  Search this
Pierpont Morgan Library  Search this
University Club  Search this
United States  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Prints
Sketches
Etchings
Diaries
Place:
Larz Anderson Park (Brookline, Mass.)
Topic:
Muralists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Flags -- United States  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7034
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209167
AAA_collcode_mowbharr
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209167
Online Media:

Griffith Baily Coale papers, 1897-1945

Creator:
Coale, Griffith Baily, 1890-1950  Search this
Coale, Griffith Baily, 1890-1950  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Naval battles in art  Search this
Naval history -- Pictorial works  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7470
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209628
AAA_collcode_coalgrif
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209628

Adelaide Deming letters, 1879-1918

Creator:
Deming, Adelaide, 1864-1956  Search this
Deming, Adelaide, 1864-1956  Search this
Subject:
Bones, Helen Woodrow  Search this
Holt, Hamilton  Search this
Marlowe, Julia  Search this
Washington, Booker T.  Search this
Hugo, Victor  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Landscape painting -- Connecticut  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7529
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209688
AAA_collcode_demiadel
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209688

Arthur Sinclair Covey papers, 1882-1960

Creator:
Covey, Arthur Sinclair, 1877-1960  Search this
Covey, Arthur Sinclair, 1877-1960  Search this
Subject:
Bransom, Paul  Search this
Lenski, Lois  Search this
Penfield, Edward  Search this
Dunn, Harvey  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Sketches
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration -- Buildings  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Illustrators -- Connecticut  Search this
Muralists -- Connecticut  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7531
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209690
AAA_collcode_covearth
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209690
Online Media:

Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter Family papers, 1840-1961

Creator:
Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871  Search this
Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871  Search this
Subject:
Remington, Frederic  Search this
Rossiter, Ehrick Kensett  Search this
Rossiter, Thomas Prichard  Search this
Soglow, Otto  Search this
Tack, Augustus Vincent  Search this
Sartain, William  Search this
Scott-Moncrieff, David  Search this
Whitmore, Elizabeth  Search this
Keller, A. J.  Search this
Jay, John  Search this
Hutt, Henry  Search this
Hunt, William Morris  Search this
Low, Will Hicok  Search this
Kimball, Fiske  Search this
Kent, Rockwell  Search this
Kensett, John Frederick  Search this
Mowbray, H. Siddons (Harry Siddons)  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese  Search this
Morris, William H.  Search this
Melchers, Gari  Search this
Pearson, Ralph M.  Search this
Gibson, Charles Dana  Search this
Peabody, George  Search this
Nicholls, Rhoda Holmes  Search this
Newell, Peter  Search this
French, Daniel Chester  Search this
Craig, Frank  Search this
Hambidge, Jay  Search this
Cooper, James Fenimore  Search this
Coffin, William A. (William Anderson)  Search this
Cox, Kenyon  Search this
Cory, Fanny Y.  Search this
Birch, Reginald Bathurst  Search this
Bevan, Edith Rossiter  Search this
Castaigne, Andre  Search this
Cadwalader-Guild, Emma Marie  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander  Search this
Beckwith, J. Carroll (James Carroll)  Search this
Beaux, Cecilia  Search this
Tryon, Dwight William  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Architects -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8395
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210569
AAA_collcode_rossthom
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210569
Online Media:

Spencer Baird Nichols and Nichols family papers, 1870-1994

Creator:
Nichols, Spencer Baird, 1875-1950  Search this
Nichols, Spencer Baird, 1875-1950  Search this
Subject:
Nichols, Hobart  Search this
Nichols, Henry Hobart  Search this
Topic:
Painting -- Connecticut  Search this
Painting -- New York (State)  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9577
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211778
AAA_collcode_nichspen
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211778

James Daugherty papers, 1904-1978

Creator:
Daugherty, James Henry, 1889-1974  Search this
Daugherty, James Henry, 1889-1974  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6372
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215234
AAA_collcode_daugjame
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215234

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