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Francis Sumner Merritt papers, circa 1930-1980

Creator:
Merritt, Francis Sumner, 1913-2000  Search this
Subject:
Boyd, Fiske  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Flint Institute of Arts  Search this
Bradford Junior College  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Francis Sumner Merritt papers, circa 1930-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
American studio craft movement  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5585
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210145
AAA_collcode_merrfran
Theme:
Craft
Diaries
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210145
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Oral history interview with Francis Sumner Merritt, 1979 May 25-June 25

Interviewee:
Merritt, Francis Sumner, 1913-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Flint Institute of Arts  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Francis Sumner Merritt, 1979 May 25-June 25. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Designers -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Depressions -- 1929  Search this
Theme:
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12260
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212064
AAA_collcode_merrit79
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212064
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Letterio Calapai papers, 1858, bulk 1920-1993

Creator:
Calapai, Letterio, 1902-1993  Search this
Subject:
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Letterio Calapai papers, 1858, bulk 1920-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Prints -- 20th century  Search this
Printmakers -- Illinois  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10967
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214757
AAA_collcode_calalett
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214757
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Self-Portrait (Deer Isle, Maine)

Artist:
Howard Cook, born Springfield, MA 1901-died Santa Fe, NM 1980  Search this
Sitter:
Howard Norton Cook  Search this
Medium:
drypoint on paper
Dimensions:
plate: 6 7/8 x 4 7/8 in. (17.5 x 12.5 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1928
Topic:
Dress\accessory\hat  Search this
Occupation\art\painter  Search this
Occupation\art\designer  Search this
Portrait male\self-portrait  Search this
Landscape\Maine\Deer Island  Search this
Occupation\art\printmaker  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Barbara Latham
Object number:
1980.122.119
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk71074a5a8-5827-4f8d-9a99-b19171a0cdef
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1980.122.119

Letterio Calapai papers

Creator:
Calapai, Letterio, 1902-1993  Search this
Names:
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Extent:
3.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Date:
1858, 1870, 1900-1993
bulk 1920-1993
Summary:
The papers of Italian-American painter, engraver, and printmaker Letterio Calapai measure 3.4 linear feet and date from 1858 through 1993 (bulk 1920s-1993). Found are correspondence, teaching and project files, writings and notes, printed materials, photographs, and sketchbooks, including one with scenes of Rockwell Kent's dairy farm in upstate New York.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Italian-American painter, engraver, and printmaker Letterio Calapai measure 3.4 linear feet and date from 1858 through 1993 (bulk 1920s-1993). Found are correspondence, teaching and project files, writings and notes, printed materials, photographs, and sketchbooks, including one with scenes of Rockwell Kent's dairy farm in upstate New York. Calapai's teaching career is documented through correspondence, writings and notes, as well as files concerning his position at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Projects files are found for Calapai's reprint of an 1845 engraving of The Capture of Major Andre by Asher B. Durand for the Historical Society of the Tarrytowns, New York, reprints of print originals by Thomas Bewick, the Look Homeward Angel engravings, and a possible exhibition and book about British engraver William Hogarth.
Arrangement:
The Letterio Calapai papers are arranged into eleven series based primarily on type of material. Documents within individual folders are arranged chronologically by year.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1928, 1948-1993, undated (Box 1; 6 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1858, 1870, 1934-1992, undated (Boxes 1-2; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1925-1991, undated (Box 2; 12 folders)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1921, 1941-1992, undated (Boxes 2-3; 6 folders)

Series 5: The Historical Society of the Tarrytowns, New York, Project File, 1966, 1970-1980, undated

Series 6: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, Teaching Files, 1965-1981, undated (Box 3; 5 folders)

Series 7: Thomas Bewick Project Files, 1938-1988, undated (Box 3; 4 folders)

Series 8: Thomas Wolfe, -- Look Homeward Angel -- Portfolio Project Files, 1929-1990, undated (Box 3; 7 folders)

Series 9: William Hogarth Engravings Project Files, undated

Series 10: Photographs, 1900-1990, undated

Series 11: Artwork and Sketchbooks, 1960-1988, undated
Biographical Note:
Italian-American painter, engraver, and printmaker Letterio Calapai was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1903. His parents emigrated from Sicily and encouraged his participation in the arts at an early age. Calapai studied at the Massachusetts School of Art, the Beaux Arts Institute of Design, under artist Robert Laurent at the Art Students League, and at the American Artists School under Ben Shahn.

While in New York, Calalpai worked as a lithographer in a commercial printing shop but eventually abandoned this to pursue his own printmaking and painting full time, an endeavor made possible with the financial help of his former professor, Charles Hopkins. In 1933, Calalpai received his first exhibition, a one man show of his oil paintings, at the Art Center in New York City.

In the 1940s, Calapai became William Hayter's personal assistant at the Atelier 17 printmaking workshop and began to focus much of his work on this medium. He created a hugely successful portfolio of wood engravings inspired by the Thomas Wolfe play Look Homeward Angel. New York's George Binet Gallery hosted an exhibition of these prints the same year, a show that resulted in purchases of the portfolio by the libraries of Harvard University, Princeton, and the Boston and New York Public Libraries. Calapai also created book illustrations for a number of manuscript projects including 45 wood engravings for How God Fixed Jonah (1946), a West African adaptation of Old and New Testaments accounts in the Bible.

Calapai founded and chaired the Graphic Arts Department of the Albright Art School in Buffalo from 1949-1955 and taught at various universities and colleges, including the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, the New School for Social Research, and New York University. He also established the Intaglio Workshop for Advanced Printmaking in Greenwich Village. He later left New York to teach at the University of Illinois, where he established a training studio and gallery.

Letterio Calalapi died in Glencoe, Illinois in 1993.
Provenance:
The Letterio Calalapi papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by the artist in 1992.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
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.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Prints -- 20th century  Search this
Printmakers -- Illinois  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Letterio Calapai papers, 1858, 1870, 1900-1993 (bulk 1920s-1993). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.calalett
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Letterio Calapai papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw981d54ed3-7a94-4fe1-8f7b-dde3c0e05694
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-calalett

Oral history interview with Francis Sumner Merritt

Interviewee:
Merritt, Francis Sumner, 1913-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Flint Institute of Arts  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Extent:
61 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1979 May 25-June 25
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Francis Sumner Merritt conducted 1979 May 25-June 25, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Merritt speaks of his education at art schools in Boston and at Yale; his career as a painter during the Depression; teaching at the Cranbrook Academy of Art; his tenure at the Flint (Michigan) Institute of Arts, 1947-1951; and the development of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts at Liberty and then at Deer Isle, Me.
Biographical / Historical:
Francis Sumner Merritt (1913-2000) was a painter, designer, art administrator, and the founder of Haystack Mountan School of Craftsof Deer Isle, Me. He studied at the Vesper George School of Art, the San Diego Academy of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts School of Art, and the Yale Univ. School of Fine Arts. Merritt taught at Bradford Junior College and was head of art department. He died Dec. 27, 2000, at age 87.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 14 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 -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators -- Maine -- Deer Isle  Search this
Topic:
Designers -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Depressions -- 1929  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.merrit79
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f2d52f5a-ab64-4c80-b616-50293ff9ad91
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-merrit79
Online Media:

Francis Sumner Merritt papers

Creator:
Merritt, Francis Sumner, 1913-2000  Search this
Names:
Bradford Junior College  Search this
Flint Institute of Arts  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Boyd, Fiske, 1895-1975  Search this
Extent:
5.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Date:
circa 1930-1980
Summary:
The papers of painter and arts administrator Francis Sumner Merritt measure 5.7 linear feet and date from circa 1930 to 1980. The bulk of the papers document his career as the founding director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Included are biographical materials, personal correspondence, writings and notes, professional files on Haystack and other institutions, printed material, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter and arts administrator Francis Sumner Merritt measure 5.7 linear feet and date from circa 1930 to 1980. The bulk of the papers document his career as the founding director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Included are biographical materials, personal correspondence, writings and notes, professional files on Haystack and other institutions, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical materials contain scattered records relating to Merritt's personal life and career including a scrapbook and a print by Fiske Boyd. Professional files create the bulk of the papers and focus on Merritt's arts administration career at Haystack and other institutions including the Flint Institute of Art and Bradford Junior College. Among the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts material are planning materials, correspondence with many craft artists, financial records, student information, printed material, photographs for various sessions held at the school, and one sound recording concerning a trip to Nigeria.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1936-1977 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1930-1978 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1940s-1978 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 4: Professional Files, 1940s-1980 (Box 1-5, 8; 4.1 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1939-1976 (Box 6-7; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, 1949-1970s (Box 7; 0.2 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Francis Sumner Merritt (1913-2000) was a painter, designer, and arts administrator. He was the first director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.

Merritt was born in 1913 in Danvers, Massachusetts. He studied art at multiple schools, including Yale University School of Fine Arts and was a printmaker and painter. In addition to his art, Merritt taught painting at Colby Junior College, the Cranbrook Summer Institute, and Bradford Junior College. Merritt began his arts administrative career as director of the Flint Institute of Art in Detroit, Michigan. He was brought on to be the first director at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. In this position, he encouraged the international study of craft.

Francis Merritt was married to Priscilla Merritt, with whom he had two sons. He died in Belfast, Maine in 2000.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts records, 1950-1969, and an oral history interview of Francis Sumner Merritt conducted 1979 May 25-June 25, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Provenance:
Francis Sumner Merritt donated his papers in two accessions in 1980 and 1994.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Maine -- Deer Isle  Search this
Painters -- Maine -- Deer Isle  Search this
Topic:
American studio craft movement  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Francis Sumner Merritt Papers, circa 1930-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.merrfran
See more items in:
Francis Sumner Merritt papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ab41a6a2-6f21-4564-b615-3b3dcf0a5349
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-merrfran

Mark Island Off Deer Isle, (painting)

Painter:
Marin, John 1870-1953  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and charcoal on paper
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1922
Topic:
Landscape--Maine--Mark Island  Search this
Landscape--Maine--Deer Island  Search this
Landscape--Coast  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8G040008
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_476960

From Deer Isle, Maine, (painting)

Painter:
Marin, John 1870-1953  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor, charcoal, and pencil on paper
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1922
Topic:
Landscape--Maine--Deer Isle  Search this
Landscape--Coast  Search this
Control number:
IAP 9F680030
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_472223

Eggemogin Reach and Little Deer Isle, (painting)

Painter:
Cutler, Carl Gordon 1873-1945  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Farnsworth Art Museum 352 Main Street, P. O. Box 466 Rockland Maine 04841 Accession Number: 97.17.18
Topic:
Landscape--Maine  Search this
Control number:
IAP 18660623
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_407169

Deer Isle Maine, (painting)

Painter:
Marin, John 1870-1953  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
St. Louis Art Museum Forest Park St. Louis Missouri 63110 Accession Number: 257:48
Topic:
Landscape--Maine--Deer Island  Search this
Waterscape--Boat  Search this
Architecture--Boat--Sailboat  Search this
Control number:
IAP 28110368
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_409995

Tip of Little Deer Isle, (painting)

Painter:
Cutler, Carl Gordon 1873-1945  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Farnsworth Art Museum 352 Main Street, P. O. Box 466 Rockland Maine 04841 Accession Number: 97.17.22
Topic:
Landscape--Maine--Deer Isle  Search this
Control number:
IAP 18660963
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_410809

Green Head, Deer Isle, Maine, (painting)

Painter:
Marin, John 1870-1953  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 66.3317
Date:
1921
Topic:
Landscape--Maine--Deer Isle  Search this
Landscape--Coast  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61571215
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_415225

Church at Deer Isle, Maine, (painting)

Painter:
Emerson, Charles Chase 1871-1921/22  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas board
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1902
Topic:
Landscape--Maine--Deer Isle  Search this
Architecture exterior--Religious--Church  Search this
Landscape--Coast  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8D280057
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_431242

Tidal Falls, Deer Isle (Rustling Brook), (painting)

Painter:
Marin, John 1870-1953  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
University of Florida Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art SW 34th Street & Hull Road, P.O. Box 112700 Gainesville Florida 32611 Accession Number: PA-84-159
Date:
1923
Topic:
Landscape--Maine--Deer Isle  Search this
Landscape--River  Search this
Landscape--Waterfall  Search this
Control number:
IAP 09310006
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_436531

Light House at Little Deer Isle, Maine, (painting)

Painter:
Selden, Dixie 1868-1935  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1895
Topic:
Landscape--Maine--Deer Isle  Search this
Architecture exterior--Lighthouse  Search this
Waterscape--Coast  Search this
Architecture--Boat--Sailboat  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8E040128
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_437205

Deer Isle, Maine, (painting)

Painter:
Marin, John 1870-1953  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Avenue New York New York 10021 Accession Number: 31.589
Date:
1923
Topic:
Landscape--Maine--Deer Isle  Search this
Control number:
IAP 60010680
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443171

White Horses, Sea Movement off Deer Isle, Maine, (painting)

Painter:
Marin, John 1870-1953  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Avenue New York New York 10021 Accession Number: 54.61
Date:
1926
Topic:
Animal--Horse  Search this
Landscape--Coast  Search this
Landscape--Maine--Deer Isle  Search this
Control number:
IAP 60010681
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_443172

Mark Island and Light from Deer Isle, Maine, (painting)

Painter:
Marin, John 1870-1953  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Metropolitan Museum of Art 5th Avenue at 82nd Street New York New York 10028 Accession Number: 1949.70.127
Date:
1922
Topic:
Landscape--Maine--Mark Island  Search this
Waterscape--Coast  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8E420031
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_445199

Deer Island, (painting)

Painter:
Marin, John 1870-1953  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Blair, Edward McCormick
Date:
1923
Topic:
Landscape--Maine--Deer Isle  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic--House  Search this
Landscape--Coast  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8E420035
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_445203

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