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John M. Donaldson papers

Creator:
Donaldson, John M., 1854-1941  Search this
Names:
Beckwith, J. Carroll (James Carroll), 1852-1917  Search this
Donaldson, Bruce M., d. 1940  Search this
Duveneck, Frank, 1848-1919  Search this
Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932  Search this
Millet, Francis Davis, 1846-1912  Search this
Extent:
31 Items ((on one partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1873-1938
Scope and Contents:
A letter from Frank Duveneck, 1877; a sketch of Donaldson, ca. 1876, by [James] Carroll Beckwith, with a note from Beckwith, 1913; letters from Gari Melchers, some of which are illustrated; obituary clippings on Melchers; photographs, mostly of fellow art students in Munich, 1873-1877, including Francis Davis Millet and Frank Duveneck; and miscellany. Also included are several letters from Gari Melchers's wife Corrine to Donaldson's son, Bruce.
Biographical / Historical:
Architect (Detroit, Mich.). A friend of Gari Melchers. Donaldson's son Bruce (d. 1940) was chairman of the Art History Department at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Provenance:
Donated 1963 by Mrs. Alex G. Donaldson.
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  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.donajohn
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-donajohn

Myron B. Chapin papers

Creator:
Chapin, Myron B. (Myron Butman), 1887-1958  Search this
Extent:
36 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1919-1958
Scope and Contents:
A 44 page sketchbook, 1958; 1 photograph of a painting; a copy of Chapin's book VISUAL UNDERSTANDING, 1954; a letter from a student regarding this book, 25 clippings; 5 exhibition catalogs, 1921-1937; original Christmas cards; 2 letters to his mother, February 24 and April 14, 1919, in which Chapin writes of a visit to the countryside in France, where he was stationed during World War I, and of the whereabouts of his regiment.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, etcher, illustrator; Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Provenance:
Sketchbook requested by and returned to donor, Chapin's widow, January 8, 1974.
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:
Etchers -- Michigan  Search this
Illustrators -- Michigan  Search this
Painters -- Michigan  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.chapmyro
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-chapmyro

Clyde H. Burroughs letters and photographs from artists

Creator:
Burroughs, Clyde H. (Clyde Huntley), 1882-1973  Search this
Names:
Benson, Frank Weston, 1862-1951  Search this
Fournier, Alexis Jean, 1865-1948  Search this
Kendall, William Sergeant, 1869-1938  Search this
Lopez, Carlos, 1908-1953  Search this
Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932  Search this
Morgan, Arthur C., 1904-  Search this
Olinsky, Ivan G. (Ivan Gregorewitch), 1878-1962  Search this
Pancoast, Henry Boller, b. 1876  Search this
Parshall, DeWitt, 1864-1956  Search this
Rader, Isaac, 1906-  Search this
Reyneau, Betsy Graves  Search this
Ritschel, William, 1864-1949  Search this
Rolshoven, Julius, 1858-1930  Search this
Troubetzkoy, Pierre, 1864-1936  Search this
Photographer:
Clark, Frank Scott, 1865-1937  Search this
Extent:
23 Items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1915-1937
Scope and Contents:
Photographs of and letters from artists, and a sales catalog.
REEL D10: A letter from Ann Arbor, Michigan painter Carlos Lopez answering Burroughs's request for information about a painting.
REEL 1817: Six toned silver gelatin photographs taken by Frank Scott Clark, 1915, of artists Alexis Jean Fournier, Gari Melchers, Ivan Olinsky, William Ritschel, Julius Rolshoven and Paul Troubetzkoy, each inscribed to Burroughs by the artist, 1915 and 1916. [Arranged alphabetically on microfilm with other unrelated photographs in Photographs of Artists Collection Two.]
REEL 2787: Letters from artist friends and acquaintances, including a letter from sculptor, Arthur C. Morgan, about a bust he is working on; a letter from Henry Boller Pancoast, 1925, "in receipt of your kind invitation to send my picture to Detroit for your annual exhibition," written on a card with a reproduction of a painting by Pancoast; photocopies of 11 letters received by Burroughs from Frank W. Benson, DeWitt Parshall, and William Sergeant Kendall, all regarding the exhibition of their works at the Detroit Museum of Art; and an annotated catalog of the sale of oil paintings, etchings, watercolors, and drawings belonging to Clyde Burroughs.
REEL 3482: A letter to Burroughs from Betsy Graves Reyneau, undated and one from Isaac Rader, 1927, each giving biographical information.
Biographical / Historical:
Clyde Burroughs (1882-1973) was an art administrator, director, and historian from Detroit, Mich. Director of the Detroit Museum of Art which became the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Provenance:
Donated possibly by Burroughs.
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:
Art museum directors -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- Michigan -- Detroit
Identifier:
AAA.burrclyd
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-burrclyd

Beverly Buchanan papers

Creator:
Buchanan, Beverly, 1940-  Search this
Names:
Bernice Steinbaum Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Steinbaum Krauss Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R.  Search this
Scott, Arden  Search this
Sims, Lowery Stokes  Search this
Extent:
18.3 Linear feet
1.07 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Photograph albums
Motion picture film
Date:
1912-2017
bulk 1970s-1990s
Summary:
The papers of African American sculptor, painter, and land artist Beverly Buchanan measure 18.3 linear feet and 1.07 gigabytes, and date from 1912 to 2017 with the bulk of the material dating from the 1970s to the 1990s. The collection contains biographical material; correspondence; writings; and exhibition and project files, including audiovisual documentation from Bernice Steinbaum Gallery/Steinbaum Krauss Gallery. Material related to professional activities; personal business records; printed material; scrapbooks; photographic material, including photograph albums; and artwork are also found in the collection.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of African American sculptor, painter, and land artist Beverly Buchanan measure 18.3 linear feet and 1.07 gigabytes, and date from 1912 to 2017 with the bulk of the material dating from the 1970s to the 1990s. The collection contains biographical material; correspondence; writings; and exhibition and project files, including audiovisual documentation from Bernice Steinbaum Gallery/Steinbaum Krauss Gallery. Material related to professional activities; personal business records; printed material; scrapbooks; photographic material, including photograph albums; and artwork are also found in the collection.

The Beverly Buchanan papers contain biographical material including address books, calendars, awards and education certificates, identification documents, family history research material, and a recorded interview with Marcia Yerman for Women in Art; correspondence with friends and colleagues including Lucy Lippard and Lowery Stokes Sims, and with galleries and museums such as Bernice Steinbaum Gallery/Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, the Georgia Museum of Art, and the High Museum of Art. Also included are writings such as artist's statements, journals and notebooks, notes, and writings by others about Beverly Buchanan; exhibition and project files including audiovisual documentation from Bernice Steinbaum Gallery and Steinbaum Krauss Gallery of various exhibitions; material related to professional activities including teaching files and grant and fellowship applications; personal business records such as sales and consignment records; printed material including clippings, exhibition and event announcements and catalogs, magazines, posters, a video recording of A World of Art profile, and other published material; and scrapbooks, including one documenting Buchanan's City Walls series, containing primarily photographs and artwork with some printed material. The collection also contains photographic material including photographs, snapshots, negatives, and photograph albums; and artwork including sketchbooks, drawings, folded cardboard artwork, and illustrated cards.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as ten series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1917-2015 (Box 1, Boxes 19-20; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1919-1954, 1967-2017 (Boxes 1-2; 0.9 linear feet; ER01, 0.017 GB)

Series 3: Writings, 1960-circa 2009 (Boxes 2-3; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 4: Exhibition and Project Files, 1974-2001, 2010-2017 (Boxes 3-4, OV 21, FCs 22-23; 1.9 linear feet; ER02, 0.020 GB)

Series 5: Professional Activities, 1962, 1979-2005 (Box 4, Box 19; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1966-2010 (Box 4; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1912, 1923-2014 (Boxes 4-7, Box 19, OV 21; 3.6 linear feet)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1970-circa 1977 (Box 7, Box 20; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 9: Photographic Material, circa 1920s-2013 (Boxes 7-13, Boxes 16-18, Box 20; 8.8 linear feet; ER03, 1.03 GB)

Series 10: Artwork, 1956-2013, undated (Boxes 13-15, Box 20; 0.7 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Beverly Buchanan (1940-2015) was an African American sculptor, painter, and land artist in Macon, Georgia. Born in Fuquay, North Carolina and raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Buchanan studied medical technology at Bennett College before going on to earn two master's degrees in parasitology and public health from Columbia University in 1968 and 1969. Her artistic career began in 1971 when she enrolled in a class at the Art Students League in New York City taught by Norman Lewis. She moved to Georgia in 1977.

Buchanan is most well known for her "shack" sculptures and paintings, depictions of houses tied to Southern identity and memory.

Buchanan has been included in exhibitions at institutions such as Cinque Gallery, Truman Gallery, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA, the Chrysler Museum, and a traveling retrospective exhibition organized by the Montclair Art Museum. Her work is included in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, High Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Beverly Buchanan has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and the Women's Caucus for Art lifetime achievement award, among others. She died in 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Provenance:
The Beverly Buchanan papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2018 by Jane Bridges, Buchanan's friend and executor.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. 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:
Sculptors -- Georgia  Search this
Painters -- Georgia  Search this
Topic:
Environmental art  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Photograph albums
Motion picture film
Citation:
Beverly Buchanan papers, 1912-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.buchbeve
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Beverly Buchanan papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-buchbeve
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MS 7149 Map of Tōkaidō

Artist:
Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849  Search this
Extent:
1 Page (48 cm x 43.5 cm)
Culture:
Japanese  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Maps
Place:
Tokyo -- Maps, Pictorial -- Japan
Date:
between 1820 and 1824
Scope and Contents:
The Tōkaidō was the road extending from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto and passing through the provinces bordering on the Pacific Ocean. The map is a bird's-eye view of the region. It is decorated with sketches of houses, fields, boats, and so forth.
Biographical / Historical:
The painter and printmaker Hokusai was known by his principal gō (nom de plume) from 1797 to 1820; by Katsushika from ca. 1807 to 1824; and by Taitō from 1811 to 1820. "Katsushika zen Hokusai" is translated to mean "Katsushika known previously as Hokusai." The date of the map is suggested, therefore, to be between 1820 and 1824.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 7149

NAA INV 10000005
Local Note:
Data and translations furnished by Chang-su Houchins, of the Department of Anthropology, NMNH. See E. Papinot, Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Overbeck Company, 1948), and Laurance P. Roberts, A Dictionary of Japanese Artists (Tokyo and New York: Weatherhill, 1976).
Color woodblock print
Topic:
Tokaido (Japan)  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Genre/Form:
Maps
Citation:
Manuscript 7149, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS7149
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms7149

MS 7150 Complete map of the newly opened port of Yokohama

Artist:
Utagawa, Sadahide, 1807-1873  Search this
Extent:
1 Page (120 cm x 68.5 cm)
Culture:
Japanese  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Maps
Date:
Tokyo, Japan, Maruyama Tokuzō of Hōzendō, Edo, 1860
Scope and Contents:
The map is a bird's eye view of Yokohama and Yokohama harbor. Included are drawings of foreign ships in the harbor, shrines, temples, foreigners's districts, and topographical features.
Biographical / Historical:
The painter and printmaker Hokusai was known by his principal gō (nom de plume) from 1797 to 1820; by Katsushika from ca. 1807 to 1824; and by Taitō from 1811 to 1820. "Katsushika zen Hokusai" is translated to mean "Katsushika known previously as Hokusai." The date of the map is suggested, therefore, to be between 1820 and 1824.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 7150

NAA INV 10000006
Local Note:
Data and translations furnished by Chang-su Houchins, of the Department of Anthropology, NMNH. See E. Papinot, Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Overbeck Company, 1948), and Laurance P. Roberts, A Dictionary of Japanese Artists (Tokyo and New York: Weatherhill, 1976).
Color woodblock print
Other Title:
O kaikō Yokohama zenzu
Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Yokohama -- Maps, Pictorial -- Japan  Search this
Genre/Form:
Maps
Citation:
Manuscript 7150, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS7150
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms7150

Benjamin March Papers

Creator:
March, Benjamin, 1899-1934  Search this
Names:
March, Benjamin, 1899-1934  Search this
Rowe, Dorothy, 1898-  Search this
Extent:
15 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Lecture notes
Letters
Place:
China
Japan
China -- Description and Travel
Michigan
Date:
1923-1934
Summary:
Writer, curator, and professor Benjamin Franklin March Jr. (1899-1934) studied, lectured, and wrote in the United States and in China, and through his works gained respect as one of the foremost authorities on Chinese art during the 1920s and 1930s. His papers, dating from 1923 to 1934, document his professional and personal life in the United States and in China and include lecture notes and outlines; research notes; diaries; scrapbooks; and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The Benjamin March Papers span the years 1923 to 1934 and measure 15 linear feet. The collection includes: biographical data included in passports, obituaries, and fifty-seven condolence letters; lecture and course outlines; research notes; four diaries; one scrapbook; four illustrations including sketches for the March bookplate; fourteen photograph albums; printed matter; and 100 personal and artistic photographs.
Arrangement note:
The collection is divided into the following series:

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1927-1935

Series 2: Diaries, 1925-1934

Series 3: Writings and Research Materials, 1927-1934, undated

— Subseries 3.1: Lecture Materials

— Subseries 3.2: Research

— Subseries 3.3: Printed Matter

Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1924-1934

Series 5: Graphic Materials, 1925, 1933, undated

— Subseries 5.1: Illustrations

— Subseries 5.2: Photo Albums

— Subseries 5.3: Photographs
Biographical Information:
Biographical Sketch

1899 -- Born, Chicago, IL. Son of Benjamin Franklin and Isabel (née McNeal)

[1917?] -- Attended Lewis Institute and the YMCA College before transferring to the University of Chicago

1918-1919 -- Military service, Sergeant, Field Remount Squadron, No. 305, Army Service Corps

1922 -- Graduated from the University of Chicago (Ph.B)

1922-1923 -- Attended the Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

1923-1925 -- Teacher of English, Latin, and Bible Studies at Hopei University; the Second Normal School; and the YMCA in Paotingfu, China

1925 June 25 -- Married Dorothy Rowe in Nanking, China

1925-1927 -- English instructor; Librarian; and Lecturer in Chinese Art, Yenching University Peiping, China

1927, summer -- Lecturer on Chinese art Columbia University

1927-1931 -- Curator of Asiatic Art Detroit Institute of Arts

1928 -- Honorary Curator of Oriental Aesthetic Art at the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1928 -- Appointed honorary curator at the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

[1929?] -- Daughter (Judith) born

1929 -- China and Japan in Our Museums, published by the American Council, Institute of Pacific Relations

1931 -- Spent six months in China under a special grant from the American Council of Learned Societies to study 13th century painter, Ch'ien Hsuan

1932 -- Curator, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1932 -- Appointed honorary curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts

1933 -- Awarded a Freer Fellowship

1934 -- Standards of Pottery Description, published by the University of Michigan Press

1934, summer -- Organized, directed, and lectured at a summer session of the Institute of Asiatic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

1934 December -- Died at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan after a five-week illness (heart ailment)

Far Eastern art writer, curator, and lecturer, Benjamin Franklin March Jr., was born in Chicago on July 4, 1899 to Benjamin and Isabel March. He studied, lectured, and wrote in the United States and China and through his works gained respect as one of the foremost authorities on Chinese art during the 1920s and 1930s. Although he lived only thirty-five years, Benjamin March was a respected and influential scholar of Asian art.

After high school, March attended the Lewis Institute and the YMCA College before transferring to the University of Chicago from which he graduated in 1922 (Ph.B). With thoughts of becoming a Methodist minister, March enrolled at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. At the same time, March enrolled in art classes at the Metropolitan Museum. After one year at the seminary, March was presented with and accepted the opportunity to work in China. From 1923 to 1927, March resided in China where he taught and lectured at colleges. Initially, March taught English, Latin, and Bible Studies at Hopei University, the Second Normal School, and the YMCA. From 1925 to 1927, he worked at Yenching University in Peiping (now Peking) as an instructor in English, a librarian, and lecturer in Chinese art.

While in China, March met Dorothy Rowe, the daughter of a Methodist missionary stationed in Nanking. On June 25, 1925 the two were married. Ms. Rowe, whom March sometimes called Doré, had lived in China since infancy. The author of the children's story, "The Begging Dear," Rowe wrote children's stories with Chinese settings.

During the summer of 1927, the March's moved to the United States when Columbia University offered March an appointment as lecturer of Chinese Art. Later that year March was appointed curator of Asiatic art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. He remained at the Detroit Institute of Arts in this capacity until 1931. In 1928, March was appointed Honorary Curator of Oriental Aesthetic Art by the University of Michigan's Museum of Anthropology. The next year, Dorothy March gave birth to the couple's only child, Judith.

During this period March published extensively, including two publications, China and Japan in Our Museums, in 1929 and, Standards of Pottery Description, in 1934. In the latter, March developed a new technique for the scientific study of the materials and methods of manufacture of ancient Chinese pottery. ( Ann Arbor Daily News. -- "Death Takes Noted Curator". -- December 14, 1934)

In 1931, March received a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies. This grant allowed March the opportunity to travel to China and Europe to study the 13th century painter, Ch'ien Hsuan. In 1932, March was named a curator at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. The following year he was named a Freer Fellow. The summer of 1934 found March in Berkeley, California, organizing and directing the Institute of Asiatic Studies at the University of California. During the fall of 1934, March fell ill with a heart ailment. He was ill for five weeks before he died, at the age of 35, in December of 1934. At the time of his death, Benjamin March was survived by his wife Dorothy and their daughter, Judith.
Related Collections:
The Detroit Institute of Arts maintains administrative correspondence and files generated by Benjamin March during his tenure as curator.

The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan houses the Benjamin Franklin March drawings collection, This is a collection of drawings by March for his daughter; includes illustrated poems of Pentwater Beach, Michigan.
Provenance:
Judith March Davis, the daughter of Benjamin March, donated her father's papers to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives in 1995.
Benjamin March's daughter, Judith March Davis, donated her father's papers to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives in 1995.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Topic:
Art, Japanese  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Architecture -- China  Search this
Architecture, Japanese  Search this
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Art, Korean  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Art, Asian -- Research  Search this
Chinese language -- Terms and phrases  Search this
Art -- Terminology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Lecture notes
Letters
Citation:
Benjamin March Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Judith March Davis, 1995
Identifier:
FSA.A1995.10
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Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a1995-10
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Nora Chapa Mendoza papers

Creator:
Mendoza, Nora Chapa  Search this
Extent:
4.1 Linear feet
1.78 Gigabytes
Culture:
Mexican American women -- Chicana  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1963-2013
Summary:
The papers of painter and educator Nora Chapa Mendoza measure 4.1 linear feet and 1.78 gigabytes, and date from circa 1963-2013. Biographical material includes résumés and awards, as well as other miscellaneous biographical material. Correspondence is mostly professional in nature and reflects her relationships with artists galleries and other professional organizations throughout her career, incl. Personal business records document select exhibitions and relationships with galleries such as the Partners Gallery, and include artwork inventories, consignments, and pricelists. Project files document specific projects including commissions and educational initiatives, as well as key conferences related to international labor relations and indigenous civil rights. Writings include artist statements, lectures and notes and sketches. Printed material documents the career of Nora Chapa Mendoza as well as and the art and Hispanic cultural scenes in Detroit in the form of announcements, clippings, catalogs, magazines and books. Photographic material documents various exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and trips.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter and educator Nora Chapa Mendoza measure 4.1 linear feet and 1.78 gigabytes, and date from circa 1963-2013. Biographical material includes résumés and awards, as well as other miscellaneous biographical material. Correspondence is mostly professional in nature and reflects her relationships with artists galleries and other professional organizations throughout her career, incl. Personal business records document select exhibitions and relationships with galleries such as the Partners Gallery, and include artwork inventories, consignments, and pricelists. Project files document specific projects including commissions and educational initiatives, as well as key conferences related to international labor relations and indigenous civil rights. Writings include artist statements, lectures and notes and sketches. Printed material documents the career of Nora Chapa Mendoza as well as and the art and Hispanic cultural scenes in Detroit in the form of announcements, clippings, catalogs, magazines and books. Photographic material documents various exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and trips.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in 7 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1963-2010 (0.2 Linear Feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1972-2012 (0.8 Linear Feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, circa 1970s-2011 (0.2 Linear Feet; Box 2)

Series 4: Project Files, circa 1980-2007 (0.3 Linear Feet; Box 2, 1.78 Gigabytes; ER01)

Series 5: Writings, circa 1970s-2010 (0.2 Linear Feet; Box 2)

Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1970s-2013 (2.1 Linear Feet; Boxes 2-4, Oversize 5)

Series 7: Photographic Material, circa 1975-2010 (0.3 Linear Feet; Box 4)
Biographical / Historical:
Nora Chapa Mendoza (1932-) is a painter and educator in Detroit, Michigan.

Mendoza was born to Mexican parents in Weslaco, Texas. Raised in the American Southwest, Nora was encouraged at an early age to pursue her interest in painting, and in 1953 she relocated from Galveston, Texas to Michigan to pursue a career as an artist. Mendoza studied art at the Detroit Center for Creative Studies and Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. Her art education included instruction from Michigan painters Richard Koslow and Ljubo Biro. In 1978, Mendoza, along with a group of other artists formed Nuestras Artes de Michigan, with chapters established in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Lansing. She was also a founding member of the Michigan Hispanic Cultural/Art Association. In In 1981, she opened her own art gallery in Detroit, Galeria Mendoza.

While Mendoza's painting styles have ranged from abstraction to realism, messages of civil rights and Chicano identity have been a constant throughout her career as an artist. As an artist and activist, there is a strong connection between the subject matter of her art and the causes she has been active in including migrant workers and fair labor practices, as well as issues of indigenous identity and civil rights. Nora Mendoza is also a certified elder in Kanto de la Tierra, an intertribal council dedicated to praying for earth's healing.

Later in her career Nora Chapa Mendoza expanded her practice from painting to include restoration and mural projects. Notably she was one of eight artists that participated in the renovation of Detroit's Music Hall in 1996. In 1999 she was named Michigan's artist of the year and received the Governor's award for her continued service to Michigan and Southwest Detroit in particular. Nora Chapa Mendoza has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, and her work is included in many prominent private, corporate, and university collections. Mendoza continues to live and work in West Bloomfield, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, where she continues to teach art workshops and other outreach activities.
Related Materials:
Nora Chapa Mendoza papers are also located at the University of Notre Dame, Institute for Latino Studies, Notre Dame, Indiana.
Provenance:
Donated in 2018 by Nora Chapa Mendoza.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records in this collection must use access copies. Contact References 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:
Educators -- Michigan  Search this
Painters -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Topic:
Mexican American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Citation:
Nora Chapa Mendoza Papers, circa 1963-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mendnora
See more items in:
Nora Chapa Mendoza papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mendnora

Oral history interview with Jean Paul Slusser

Interviewee:
Slusser, Jean Paul, 1886-1981  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis  Search this
Extent:
69 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1973 March 14-July 26
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Jean Paul Slusser conducted 1973 March 14-July 26, by Dennis Barrie, for the Archives of American Art. In addition to other topics Slusser discusses his family history, chilhood, teaching at the University of Texas, his job as art critic for the Boston Herald, his studies, his painting, Diego Rivera's work in Michigan, and his position as museum director of University of Michigan museum.
Biographical / Historical:
Jean Paul Slusser (1886-1981) was a painter, educator, and museum director from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 44 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painting  Search this
Museum directors -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Interviews  Search this
Function:
Art museums, University and college -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.slusse73
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-slusse73

Richard Wilt papers

Creator:
Wilt, Richard, 1915-1981  Search this
Extent:
1.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1938-1981
Scope and Contents:
Biographical data; letters and postcards received; copies of letters sent; Wilt's pilot flight record and log book; an illustrated manuscript of a children's book ALI BALI AND ALI DALI; a manuscript of a book, ART AND MOON MYTHS; typescripts and drafts of writings on art, including "The Painting Process" and "Instant Imagery"; lists of his exhibitions, publications, and works of art; cancelled checks and income tax statements; exhibition catalogs and announcements; magazine and newspaper clippings; a yearbook of class 43-A, Shaw Field, S. Car., containing art work by Wilt; a photograph of Wilt; and miscellaneous printed material.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, educator; Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Provenance:
Donated 1982 by Ellen Wilt, Richard Wilt's widow.
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.
Occupation:
Educators -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor  Search this
Painters -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor  Search this
Painting, American -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.wiltrich
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wiltrich

Gerald Monroe research material on the American Artists' Congress, the Artists' Union, and the WPA

Creator:
Monroe, Gerald, 1926-  Search this
Names:
American Artists' Congress  Search this
Artists' Union (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
Marantz, Irving, 1912-1972  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 1 reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1930-1971]
Scope and Contents:
American Artists' Congress documentation includes photographs, exhibition catalogs, and other printed material. The Artists' Union materials include six photographs by Irving Marantz of members (some identified) of the Artists' Union participating in a demonstration advocating unionization for all artists. WPA material includes photographs and a brochure.
Biographical / Historical:
Monroe is a painter, educator, art historian; New York, N.Y.
Related Materials:
Also in the Archives is a microfilm reel (reel 1044) donated by Monroe containing his 1971 thesis, The Artists' Union of New York," done for New York University.
Provenance:
Donated 1971-1976 by Gerald M. Monroe.
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.
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States -- Political aspects  Search this
Trade unions and the arts -- United States  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.monrgerp
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-monrgerp

Sali Frantz autobiographical sketch

Creator:
Frantz, Sali, 1895-1967  Search this
Extent:
4 Pages ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
ca. 1940
Biographical / Historical:
Landscape designer and painter. Born Sarah L'Estrange Stanley in Detroit; studied at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); married Robert Frantz, architect.
Provenance:
Donated by Sali Frantz.
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 -- Michigan  Search this
Topic:
Women painters -- Michigan  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.fransali
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fransali

Oral history interview with Gerome Kamrowski

Interviewee:
Kamrowski, Gerome  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel (Sound recording, 5 in.)
26 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1976 Jan. 22
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Gerome Kamrowski conducted 1976 Jan. 22, by Dennis Barrie, for the Archives of American Art. (Note to researchers: Kamrowski felt that the interview was incomplete and not adequately done.)
Biographical / Historical:
Gerome Kamrowski (1914-2004) was a painter and educator from Ann Arbor, Mich.
Provenance:
This interview is 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.
Restrictions:
ACCESS RESTRICTED; Written permission required.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Educators -- Michigan -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Michigan -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.kamrow76
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kamrow76

Oral history interview with Guy Palazzola

Interviewee:
Palazzola, Guy, 1919-1978  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis  Search this
Extent:
58 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1974 June 16
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Guy Palazzola conducted 1974 June 16, by Dennis Barrie, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Guy Palazzola (1919-1978) was a painter and educator from Ann Arbor, Mich.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 1 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painters -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.palazz74
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-palazz74

Russel D. Palmer papers

Creator:
Palmer, Russel D. (Russel Denison), 1818-1895  Search this
Extent:
19 Items ((on 3 partial microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1837-1843
Scope and Contents:
REEL D105: Correspondence; two account books; one photograph of a woman; and a family genealogy, ca. 1960.
REEL 1817 (fr. 937-938): Copyprint enlargement of a small photograph of Palmer taken in Ann Arbor, Michigan in late 1850s or 1860s. Photographer unknown. The photo was previously microfilmed under Photos of Artists II and has subsequently been scanned and returned to the Palmer papers.
REEL 3470: Typescript of a chapter from Louisa Palmer's "The Palmer Letters," regarding the Russel Denison Palmer.
Biographical / Historical:
Portrait painter; New York State and Michigan
Provenance:
The donor, Louisa F. Palmer, is a descendant of Russel D. Palmer. Copyprint possibly donated in 1962 or 1963 and microfilmed in 1980 as part of AAA's Photographs of Artists-Collection Two.
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:
Portrait painters  Search this
Topic:
Portrait painting -- New York (State)  Search this
Portrait painting -- Michigan  Search this
Art and history -- Michigan  Search this
Genealogy -- Michigan  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.palmruss
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-palmruss

Leon A. Makielski papers

Creator:
Makielski, Leon A., 1885-1974  Search this
Extent:
82 Items ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1904-1982
Scope and Contents:
3 scrapbooks containing letters, a passport, 1913, driver's license, 1970, other personal documents; exhibition catalogs and clippings; exhibition cataloges 1904-1925 and 1945; magazine articles, 1923, 1928, 1930, and 1938; undated photographs of Makielski, his studio, his work, painting classes, and social gatherings related to his work.
Biographical / Historical:
Portrait painter; Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Provenance:
The lender, Elizabeth Makielski, is the daughter of Leon Makielski
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Portrait painters -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.makileon
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-makileon

Aloysius G. Weimer research material

Creator:
Weimer, Aloysius G., b. 1899  Search this
Names:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Covey, Arthur Sinclair, 1877-1960  Search this
Currier, J. Frank (Joseph Frank), 1843-1909  Search this
Heuermann, Magda, 1858-1962  Search this
Learned, Arthur G. (Arthur Garfield), b. 1872  Search this
Leigh, William Robinson, 1866-1955  Search this
Mayer, Louis, 1869-1969  Search this
Reynolds, Wellington Jarard, b. 1869  Search this
Sharp, Joseph Henry, 1859-1953  Search this
Extent:
23 Items ((on 3 partial microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1933-1942
Scope and Contents:
Materials regarding American artists in Munich, Germany.
Reel X2: Typescript of Weimer's PhD. dissertation submitted to University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1940, entitled "The Munich Period in American Art."
Reels 1285 & 3480: 22 letters received by Weimer in response to his research inquiries for his dissertation, including letters from Arthur Covey, William Couper, Arthur Garfield Learned, Magda Heuermann, Louis Mayer, William Robinson Leigh, Joseph Henry Sharp, and Wellington Jarard Reynolds; and one clipping on William Couper.
Biographical / Historical:
Art historian; Michigan.
Provenance:
6 letters were inadvertently not microfilmed on reel 1285. These were later microfilmed, along with a clipping, on reel 3480.
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 -- United States  Search this
Art historians -- Michigan  Search this
Topic:
Expatriate painters -- Germany -- Munich  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.weimaloy
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-weimaloy

Oral history interview with Chet Harmon La More

Interviewee:
La More, Chet Harmon, 1908-1980  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis  Search this
Extent:
49 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Date:
1974 Apr. 22
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Chet La More conducted 1974 Apr. 22, by Dennis Barrie, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Chet Harmon La More (1908-1980) was a painter and sculptor from Ann Arbor, Mich.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 1 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painters -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.lamore74
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-lamore74

Gerome Kamrowski papers

Creator:
Kamrowski, Gerome  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation  Search this
University of Michigan  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Breton, André, 1896-1966  Search this
Lange, Monique  Search this
Matter, Mercedes  Search this
Rebay, Hilla, 1890-1967  Search this
Sandler, Irving, 1925-  Search this
Interviewer:
Sawin, Martica  Search this
Extent:
8.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1938-2004
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material, photographs, project files, subject files, correspondence, printed material and audio visual material concerning Gerome Kamrowski's career as a Surrealist painter.
Biographical material includes curriculum vitae and an interrview transcript with Kamrowski by Michael Sherker. Photographs, slides and negatives are of Kamrowski, his family, studio, artwork, exhibition installations and exhibitions. The bulk of the project files concern individual works of art and include correspondence, reviews, photographs and miscellany. Subject files pertain to the University of Michigan, exhibitions that involved Kamrowski, organizations and people who worked with Kamrowski, and include correspondence and printed material.
Correspondence includes letters from Andre Breton, Monique Lange, Hilla von Rebay, Mercedes Matter, Irving Sandler, and numerous dealers and institutions including the Guggenheim Foundation, The Whitney Museum of Art, the Andre Emmerich Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Students League.
Audio visual material includes an interview on three cassettes of Kamrowski conducted by Martica Sawin, 1986, and three reels of motion picture film footage of sculptures, one labeled "Celestial Rhythms" and the others untitled, 1971. Printed material includes Kamrowski's portfolios, exhibition reviews, catalogs, and announcements, press releases, and newspaper clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Gerome Kamrowski (1914-2003) was a Surrealist painter in New York, N.Y. and Ann Arbor, Mich.
Provenance:
Donated 2008 by Mary Jane Kamrowski, Kamrowski's widow.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Painters -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Surrealism  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.kamrgero
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kamrgero

Jean Paul Slusser papers

Creator:
Slusser, Jean Paul, 1886-1981  Search this
Names:
Richardson, Edgar Preston, 1902-1985  Search this
Young, Stark, 1881-1963  Search this
Extent:
150 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1910-1969
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence relating to a 1939 post office mural commission in Blissfield, Michigan; letters from Edgar P. Richardson, Stark Young, German artist Otto Dill, and others; texts of 10 lectures, radio addresses and articles on American and German art; a family photograph album; 6 sketchbooks; material on Dill and other German artists by critic K.F. Ertel; and clippings, exhibition notices, and personal documents.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, writer, museum director, and teacher; Ann Arbor, Mich.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1973 by Jean Paul Slusser.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Museum directors -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor  Search this
Painters -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.slusjean
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-slusjean

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