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Louis Pomerantz papers, 1937-1988, bulk 1950-1988

Creator:
Pomerantz, Louis, 1919-1988  Search this
Subject:
Wilke, Ulfert  Search this
Stout, George L. (George Leslie)  Search this
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Konrad, Anton  Search this
Feller, Robert L.  Search this
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
Eastman Kodak Company  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Rijksmuseum (Netherlands)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Interviews
Illustrations
Sound recordings
Citation:
Louis Pomerantz papers, 1937-1988, bulk 1950-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Flood damage -- Italy -- Florence  Search this
Museum conservation methods -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Conservation and restoration  Search this
Museum conservation methods -- Technique  Search this
Theme:
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Art instruction and services  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9552
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211752
AAA_collcode_pomeloui
Theme:
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Art instruction and services
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211752
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Louis Pomerantz papers

Creator:
Pomerantz, Louis  Search this
Names:
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Eastman Kodak Company  Search this
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  Search this
Rijksmuseum (Netherlands)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Feller, Robert L.  Search this
Konrad, Anton  Search this
Stolow, Nathan  Search this
Stout, George L. (George Leslie)  Search this
Wilke, Ulfert, 1907-1987  Search this
Extent:
34.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Interviews
Illustrations
Sound recordings
Date:
1937-1988
bulk 1950-1988
Summary:
The papers of Chicago art conservator, Louis Pomerantz, measure 34.2 linear feet and date from 1937 to 1988, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1950s-1980s. The papers document two principal aspects of Pomerantz's professional life: his conservation work for institutions and individuals, and the development of his professional expertise as documented through his writings and teachings, his continued conservation training, and his involvement in professional organizations. Files include scattered biographical material, professional correspondence, interviews, writings, project and client files, teaching and reference files, printed material, and photographic material primarily documenting conservation treatments and techniques.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Chicago art conservator, Louis Pomerantz, measure 34.2 linear feet and date from 1937 to 1988, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1950s-1980s. The papers document two principal aspects of Pomerantz's professional life: his conservation work for institutions and individuals, and the development of his professional expertise as documented through his writings and teachings, his continued conservation training, and his involvement in professional organizations. Files include scattered biographical material, professional correspondence, interviews, writings, project and client files, teaching and reference files, printed material, and photographic material primarily documenting conservation treatments and techniques.

Biographical material includes military and educational records, as well as resumés and references from various art institutions and individuals.

Pomerantz's professional correspondence is with other conservators including Anton J. Konrad, Nathan Stolow, and Jean Volkmer, conservation scientists such as Robert L. Feller, and people who assisted Pomerantz early in his career such as George Stout. Also documented is Pomerantz's relationship with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) which undertook his traveling Know What You See exhibition, his involvement with museums and other art institutions, and companies who developed and manufactured conservation equipment such as Eastman Kodak.

Interviews include circa 9 radio station interviews on sound tape reels and sound cassettes of Pomerantz individually or with others, including a recording of a conversation regarding the Florence flood.

Writings and notes are by Pomerantz and include typescripts, notes and background material for lectures and papers delivered from the 1950s-1980s. Also found is a portfolio of his writings from 1962-1978, and a notebook Pomerantz compiled while working at the Rijksmuseum which includes notes, hand-drawn colored illustrations and photographs of conservation techniques.

Project/client files form the largest series and document Pomerantz's work, both in private practice and as conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago, through conditions reports, recommendations for and records of treatment, related correspondence, financial documentation, and photographic material.

Teaching and reference files comprise material gathered by Pomerantz during participation in professional organizations and events, such as the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Also found are subject files, consisting of reference material and correspondence, on a wide range of conservation-related subjects.

Personal business records from the 1950s consist of receipts for conservation-related supplies and one folder of business tax records.

Printed material primarily includes news clippings documenting Pomerantz's career up to and including the 1970s, clippings on conservation-related news, blank postcards of artwork, and two exhibition catalogs.

Photographic material includes images demonstrating a wide variety of conservation techniques, including sets of slides used for lectures and presentations, and images of Pomerantz at work. Also found are photos of artists including Ulfert Wilke. Photographic media include black and white and color photos, slides, glass slides, X-rays and corresponding prints, negatives and 5 glass plate negatives.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1940s-1980s (12 folders; Boxes 1, 33)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1940s-1988 (3.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-4)

Series 3: Interviews, 1961-circa 1970s (8 folders; Box 4)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1950s-1980s (2.8 linear feet; Box 7)

Series 5: Project/Client Files, 1950s-1987 (13.8 linear feet; Boxes 7-20)

Series 6: Teaching and Reference Files, 1940s-1980s (3.9 linear feet; Boxes 20-24)

Series 7: Personal Business Records, 1950s (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 24-25)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1937-1970s (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 25, 33)

Series 9: Photographic Material, 1940s-1980s (8.4 linear feet; Boxes 25-36, OV 37, MGP 1)
Biographical / Historical:
Chicago art conservator Louis Pomerantz (1919-1988), established and operated the conservation lab at the Art Institute of Chicago and then maintained a private practice conducting conservation work for individual collectors and various museums and art institutions in the midwest.

Pomerantz had originally intended to be an artist and enrolled at the Art Students League. After serving in World War II, he returned to Europe to study conservation as an apprentice to a private restorer in Paris, followed by a year spent working under the chief restorer at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and study at the Courtauld Institute and the National Gallery in London. As head of the Art Institute of Chicago's first conservation lab from 1956-1961, Pomerantz employed new and emerging techniques such as powerful binocular microscopes, ultra-violet, infra-red and X-ray machines to study paintings, and a hot table to bond new canvasses to support old ones. Following his resignation from the Art Institute of Chicago to pursue his private practice, Pomerantz organized conservation training programs, and wrote widely on conservation. He served on the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and was a member of the committee which adopted the AIC's first code of ethics for art conservators in May 1967. He became consultant to various art and natural history museums including the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where he formed part of the conservation team that completed an extensive renovation of the museum's Javanese gamelan ensemble composed of 23 brass and wood musical instruments.The gamelan was presented and played for the first time since 1893 in 1978, following the restoration.

Pomerantz also organized several museum exhibitions on conservation, including Know What You See, which was shown at more than 100 museums around the United States, Canada and Mexico, as part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).
Provenance:
The Louis Pomerantz papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Else Pomerantz in 1988.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington D.C. research center. Use of audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Conservators -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Flood damage -- Italy -- Florence  Search this
Museum conservation methods -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Conservation and restoration  Search this
Museum conservation methods -- Technique  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Interviews
Illustrations
Sound recordings
Citation:
Louis Pomerantz papers, 1937-1988, bulk 1950s-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.pomeloui
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Archives of American Art
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EDAN-URL:
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International card index on training in conservation of cultural property = Fichier international de la formation des spécialistes de la conservation des biens culturels : documentation

Author:
International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property  Search this
Physical description:
10, 10 p. ; 21 cm. & index cards
Type:
Books
Date:
1975
[1975]
Topic:
Cultural property--Protection--Study and teaching  Search this
Museum conservation methods--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
AM141 .I608
AM141.I608
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_92124

Seminaire à l'intention des directeurs des musées nationaux des pays d'Afrique sub-saharienne, Niamey, 13 au 27 juin 1990

Author:
International African Institute  Search this
West African Museums Project, Dakar  Search this
International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property  Search this
PREMA 1990-2000  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa, Sub-Saharan
Date:
1990
1990?]
Topic:
Art objects--Conservation and restoration--Study and teaching  Search this
Museum conservation methods--Study and teaching  Search this
Art museums--Study and teaching  Search this
Ethnological museums and collections--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
N8560.5 .S47 1990
N8560.5.S47 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_403216

PREMA 88 : Prevention dans les musées africaines, novembre 1988 - octobre 1989 : rapport de fin de cours

Author:
International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (various pagings) : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa
Date:
1989
[1989?]
Topic:
Art objects--Conservation and restoration--Study and teaching  Search this
Museum conservation methods--Study and teaching  Search this
Art museums--Study and teaching  Search this
Ethnological museums and collections--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
N8560.5 .P92 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_403214

Training for collections care and maintenance : a suggested curriculum

Author:
National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property (U.S.)  Search this
Arizona State Museum  Search this
Physical description:
v. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990-
Topic:
Museum conservation methods--Study and teaching  Search this
Museum techniques--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
AM141 .T76 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_406640

The graduate conservator in employment : expectations and realities / proceedings of the Interim Meeting of the Working Group on Training in Conservation and Restoration of the ICOM Committee for Conservation, Amsterdam and Leiden, 31 August-1 September 1989

Author:
ICOM Committee for Conservation Working Group on Training in Conservation and Restoration Interim Meeting (1989 : Amsterdam, Netherlands and Leiden, Netherlands)  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 151 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1990
Topic:
Museum conservation methods--Study and Teaching  Search this
Museums--Employees--Training of  Search this
Call number:
AM141 .I17 1989
AM141.I17 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_415832

Baštinom u svijet : muzeološke teme, zaštita spomenika, arhitektura / Ivo Maroević

Title:
Into the world with the cultural heritage
Author:
Maroević, Ivo  Search this
Physical description:
224, 272 p., [56] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2004
Topic:
Museum techniques  Search this
Museum techniques--Study and teaching  Search this
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Call number:
AM5 .M368 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_755282

Proceedings, interim meeting of the ICOM Committee for Conservation Working Group on Training in Conservation and Restoration : role of science in conservation training : 6-10 October 1986, British Museum / The International Council of Museums, Committee for Conservation

Title:
Role of science in conservation training
Author:
ICOM Committee for Conservation Working Group on Training in Conservation and Restoration  Search this
International Council of Museums  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 132 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1986
[1986?]
Topic:
Museum conservation methods--Study and Teaching  Search this
Art restorers--Training of  Search this
Archival materials--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Call number:
AM141 .P896 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1002787

PREMA 1990-2000 : prevention in museums in Africa

Title:
PREMA 2
Author:
International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property  Search this
Physical description:
49 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 x 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa
Date:
2000
[2000?]
Topic:
Art objects--Conservation and restoration--Study and teaching  Search this
Museum conservation methods--Study and teaching  Search this
Art museums--Study and teaching  Search this
Ethnological museums and collections--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
N8560.5 .P92 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_698499

Careers in museums, heritage & conservation

Title:
Careers in museums, heritage and conservation
Author:
Museum Training Institute (England)  Search this
Physical description:
41 p. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1997
[1997?]
Topic:
Museums--Vocational guidance  Search this
Museums--Study and teaching  Search this
Cultural property--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Museum conservation methods--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
AM111 .C23 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_634075

Training for museums and beyond / Amareswar Galla

Title:
Museums and beyond : museum studies cultural heritage management programs
Author:
Galla, Amareswar  Search this
National Centre for Cultural Heritage Science Studies (Australia)  Search this
Subject:
National Centre for Cultural Heritage Science Studies (Australia) Curricula  Search this
Physical description:
26 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm. + 1 leaf of plates
Type:
Books
Place:
Australia
Canberra (A.C.T.)
Date:
1990
[1990]
Topic:
Cultural property--Protection--Study and teaching (Higher)  Search this
Museum conservation methods--Study and teaching (Higher)  Search this
Call number:
AM93 .T73 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_955412

L'Italia e il patrimonio museale africano : il programma PREMA e l'EPA in Benin / di Gaël de Guichen e Catherine Antomarchi

Author:
Guichen, Gaël de  Search this
Antomarchi, Catherine  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Ecole du patrimoine africain  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Africa
Date:
2007
Topic:
Museum conservation methods--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
DT1 .A475
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_957001

Defining and measuring effectiveness in education and training : proceedings of the Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Working Group on Training in Conservation and Restoration, April 16-18, 1998, Vantaa, Finland / edited by Kathleen Dardes

Author:
ICOM Committee for Conservation Working Group on Training in Conservation and Restoration Interim Meeting (1998 : Vantaa, Finland)  Search this
Dardes, Kathleen 1952-  Search this
Evtek Institute of Art and Design  Search this
Physical description:
123 p. ; 30 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
Museum conservation methods--Study and Teaching  Search this
Museums--Employees--Training of  Search this
Call number:
AM141 .I17 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_568308

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