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Moses and Frances Asch Collection

Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Names:
Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996  Search this
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967  Search this
Jenkins, Ella  Search this
Leadbelly, 1885-1949  Search this
Ramsey, Frederic, 1915-1995  Search this
Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014  Search this
Extent:
841 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Business records
Correspondence
Phonograph records
Photographic prints
Audiotapes
Date:
1926-1986
bulk 1948-1986
Summary:
This collection, which dates from 1926-1986, documents the output of Moses Asch through the various record labels he founded and co-founded, and includes some of his personal papers. The Asch collection includes published recordings, master tapes, outtakes, business records, correspondence, photographs, and film.
Scope and Contents:
The Moses and Frances Asch Collection measures 841 cubic feet and dates from 1926-1987, with some contemporary, relevant correspondence, clippings, and ephemera added after 1987.

Most of the collection consists of audio recordings (commercial 78 rpm and long-playing records, open reel tapes, acetate discs, and test pressings), correspondence with recording artists and producers, artwork, photographs, ephemera, clippings, record production materials, writings, and business papers relating to Folkways Records. Materials relating to Folkways Records can be found primarily in the Correspondence, Folkways Production, Business Records, Photographs, Artwork, Sound Recordings, and Film series.

The collection also contains some biographical materials and personal correspondence, including materials related to Asch's first business, Radio Laboratories, located in the Biographical Materials series. Correspondence, ephemera, photographs, record production materials, business papers, and recordings relating to Asch's record labels before Folkways Records (Asch Recordings, Disc Company of America, Cub Records) are located in the Early Label Materials series as well as the Audio Recordings and Photographs series.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged in 10 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1942-1987

Series 2: Folkways Production, 1946-1987

Series 3: Business Records, 1940-1987

Series 4: Woody Guthrie papers, 1927-1985

Series 5: Early Label Materials, 1940-1949

Series 6: Biographical Materials, 1926-1987

Series 7: Photographs

Series 8: Artwork

Series 9: Audio Recordings

Series 10: Film

At this time, the collection is partially processed. Please contact rinzlerarchives@si.edu for more information.
Biographical/Historical note:
The son of Yiddish writer Sholem Asch, Moses Asch was born in Poland in 1905. His childhood was spent in Poland, France, Germany, and New York. While young, Asch developed an interest in radio electronics, which ultimately lead him to his life's work, recording the music and sounds of the world. He established several record labels in succession, sometimes partnering with other record companies. Two of his fist record companies, Asch Recordings and DISC Co. of America, went bankrupt. They were followed by his best-known label, Folkways Records, which was founded in 1948 with Marian Distler (1919-1964). He was still working on Folkways recordings when he died in 1986.

Folkways Records sought to document the entire world of sound. The 2,168 titles Asch released on Folkways include traditional and contemporary music from around the world, spoken word in many languages, and documentary recordings of individuals, communities, and current events. Asch's business practices revolved around the commitment to keep every recording issued by Folkways in print, despite low sales. Asch stayed afloat by cutting costs where he could (such as color printing) and offering a high-quality product, meticulously recorded and accompanied by extensive liner notes. In doing this, he could charge a slightly higher price than other commercial outfits. Despite a tenuous relationship with financial solvency, Folkways grew to be not only one of the most important independent record companies in the United States in the 20th century, but also one of the largest and most influential record companies in the world.

Moses Asch's record labels featured famous and lesser known American writers, poets, documentarians, ethnographers, and grass roots musicians on commercial recordings. American folk icon Woody Guthrie recorded on the Asch, Disc, and Folkways labels, and the Asch Collection includes some of his correspondence, lyrics, drawings, and writings. The collection also includes correspondence with other notable musicians and artists such as John Cage, Langston Hughes, Margaret Walker, Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Ewan MacColl, Alan Lomax, Henry Cowell, and Kenneth Patchen. Also in the collection are ethnographic field notes and photographs by as well as correspondence with Béla Barók, Sidney Robertson Cowell, Harold Courlander, Helen Creighton, Laura Boulton, and Samuel Charters. Asch hired various prominent artists and graphic designers including David Stone Martin, Ben Shahn, John Carlis, and Ronald Clyne to create album cover art for his recordings. Much of the original art and designs for these covers can be found in the Asch Collection.

Asch's output of recordings on various labels, including published recordings, open reel master tapes, outtakes, and acetate disks, in addition to his business papers, correspondence, photographs, and other files were acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in 1987. The collection came to the Smithsonian with the understanding that all 2168 titles under the Folkways label would be kept available in perpetuity.
Shared Stewardship of Collections:
The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage acknowledges and respects the right of artists, performers, Folklife Festival participants, community-based scholars, and knowledge-keepers to collaboratively steward representations of themselves and their intangible cultural heritage in media produced, curated, and distributed by the Center. Making this collection accessible to the public is an ongoing process grounded in the Center's commitment to connecting living people and cultures to the materials this collection represents. To view the Center's full shared stewardship policy, which defines our protocols for addressing collections-related inquiries and concerns, please visit https://folklife.si.edu/archives#shared-stewardship.
Provenance:
Ralph Rinzler arranged the Smithsonian's acquisition of the Moses and Frances Asch Collection in 1987, beginning with Asch before his death in 1986 and continuing with extensive discussions between Rinzler and the Asch family. Since its acquisition, archivist Jeff Place and others have added contemporary, relevant correspondence with Folkways artists and related individuals.
Restrictions:
Access to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is by appointment only. Visit our website for more information on scheduling a visit or making a digitization request. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies.
Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Folk dance music  Search this
Electronic music  Search this
Oral interpretation of poetry  Search this
Oral interpretation of fiction  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Music -- 19th century  Search this
Music -- 18th century  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Folk music -- United States  Search this
World music  Search this
Sounds  Search this
Vocal music  Search this
Popular music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Business records
Correspondence
Phonograph records
Photographic prints
Audiotapes
Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk533b8a927-559a-44ac-98d2-f32d871058b4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-cfch-asch
Online Media:

NFTS: Fad of the Future of Art?

Creator:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Type:
Lectures
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2021-05-07T17:21:21.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Art, modern  Search this
See more by:
hirshhornmuseum
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
YouTube Channel:
hirshhornmuseum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_MLBf3orYtkY

The Shamisen in Japanese Art and Music

Creator:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2021-06-17T23:52:51.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
See more by:
FreerSackler
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
YouTube Channel:
FreerSackler
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_hzTh6ydYSOI

Joseph Henry: Champion of American Science

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2013-12-02T20:55:53.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
American History  Search this
See more by:
SmithsonianAmHistory
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianAmHistory
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_1t0nTCBG7jY

The Photography of Timothy O'Sullivan

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2010-03-17T20:19:47.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
See more by:
SmithsonianMagazine
Data Source:
Smithsonian Magazine
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianMagazine
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_eqklwtqzc28

George Pope Morris

Artist:
Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896  Search this
Sitter:
George Pope Morris, 10 Oct 1802 - 6 Jul 1864  Search this
Formerly identified as:
Judah Philip Benjamin, 6 Aug 1811 - 6 May 1884  Search this
Medium:
Daguerreotype
Type:
Photograph
Date:
mid 19th century
Topic:
George Pope Morris: Male  Search this
George Pope Morris: Literature\Writer  Search this
George Pope Morris: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
George Pope Morris: Journalism and Media\Newspaper editor  Search this
George Pope Morris: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter  Search this
George Pope Morris: Journalism and Media\Magazine editor  Search this
Judah Philip Benjamin: Male  Search this
Judah Philip Benjamin: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Judah Philip Benjamin: Politics and Government\Statesman\Confederate statesman  Search this
Judah Philip Benjamin: Politics and Government\US Senator\Louisiana  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Object number:
2004663875 LOC
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4cb348be4-ecd6-45c3-a8f8-a377147a2de8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_2004663875_LOC

James Buchanan

Artist:
Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896  Search this
Sitter:
James Buchanan, 21 Apr 1791 - 1 Jun 1868  Search this
Medium:
Daguerreotype
Type:
Photograph
Date:
mid 19th century
Topic:
James Buchanan: Male  Search this
James Buchanan: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Presidential candidate  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Pennsylvania  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Cabinet member\Secretary of State  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Pennsylvania  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Object number:
2004663891 LOC
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm47704f767-52a8-499e-bbed-eb027ae304ef
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_2004663891_LOC

James Buchanan

Artist:
Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896  Search this
Sitter:
James Buchanan, 21 Apr 1791 - 1 Jun 1868  Search this
Medium:
Daguerreotype
Dimensions:
Plate: 21.6 × 16.2 cm (8 1/2 × 6 3/8")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
mid 19th century
Topic:
James Buchanan: Male  Search this
James Buchanan: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Presidential candidate  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Pennsylvania  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Cabinet member\Secretary of State  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Pennsylvania  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Object number:
2004663893 LOC
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm452f9e63d-b21d-4a90-98e2-ab602e3f2669
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_2004663893_LOC

Horace Greeley

Artist:
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894  Search this
Sitter:
Horace Greeley, 3 Feb 1811 - 29 Nov 1872  Search this
Medium:
Albumen silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 8.3 x 5.4 cm (3 1/4 x 2 1/8")
Mount: 9.8 x 5.9 cm (3 7/8 x 2 5/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
mid 19th century
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Home Furnishings\Drape  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Neckwear\Tie  Search this
Architecture\Column  Search this
Costume\Outerwear\Coat  Search this
Photographic format\Carte-de-visite  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Button  Search this
Interior\Studio\Photography  Search this
Horace Greeley: Male  Search this
Horace Greeley: Politics and Government\Presidential candidate  Search this
Horace Greeley: Journalism and Media\Magazine publisher  Search this
Horace Greeley: Journalism and Media\Newspaper publisher  Search this
Horace Greeley: Journalism and Media\Journalist\Reporter\Newspaper  Search this
Horace Greeley: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.79.246.165
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4ff9320aa-7ddb-4680-a669-9ca8aa829004
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.79.246.165

James Buchanan

Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
James Buchanan, 21 Apr 1791 - 1 Jun 1868  Search this
Medium:
Daguerreotype
Type:
Photograph
Date:
mid 19th-late 19th century
Topic:
James Buchanan: Male  Search this
James Buchanan: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Presidential candidate  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Pennsylvania  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Cabinet member\Secretary of State  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Pennsylvania  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: George Eastman Museum
Object number:
NY900659
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm419cb70aa-a72e-4d22-bd37-075817094972
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY900659

James Buchanan

Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
James Buchanan, 21 Apr 1791 - 1 Jun 1868  Search this
Medium:
Daguerreotype
Type:
Photograph
Date:
mid 19th century
Topic:
James Buchanan: Male  Search this
James Buchanan: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Presidential candidate  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Pennsylvania  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Cabinet member\Secretary of State  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Pennsylvania  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland
Object number:
PA220161
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4383a379f-531a-48cd-8a04-1181632feda3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PA220161

James Buchanan

Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
James Buchanan, 21 Apr 1791 - 1 Jun 1868  Search this
Medium:
Daguerreotype
Dimensions:
Case Closed: 23 × 18.2 cm (9 1/16 × 7 1/8")
Case Open: 23 × 36.2 cm (9 1/16 × 14 1/4")
23.1 × 16.6 cm (9 1/8 × 6 9/16")
Plate: 21.5 × 16.4 cm (8 7/16 × 6 7/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
mid 19th-late 19th century
Topic:
James Buchanan: Male  Search this
James Buchanan: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Presidential candidate  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Pennsylvania  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Cabinet member\Secretary of State  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Pennsylvania  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private collection
Object number:
PA990260
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm435d371fc-acf7-40b1-a3e4-ab9abc4f29f5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PA990260

James Buchanan

Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
James Buchanan, 21 Apr 1791 - 1 Jun 1868  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
mid 19th century
Topic:
James Buchanan: Male  Search this
James Buchanan: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Presidential candidate  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Pennsylvania  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Cabinet member\Secretary of State  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
James Buchanan: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Pennsylvania  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private collection
Object number:
PC992491
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm45e25c1d6-e410-4847-b8b6-afd10ead850d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PC992491

Carl Rieser papers relating to Juliana Force

Creator:
Rieser, Carl  Search this
Names:
Force, Juliana, 1876-1948  Search this
Goodrich, Lloyd, 1897-1987  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 2 reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1844-1977
Scope and Contents:
Rieser's letters concerning the publication of Juliana Force's biography in NOTABLE AMERICAN WOMEN, 1977 (one, to Lloyd Goodrich was inadvertently not microfilmd); copies and photographs of 19th century family documents; articles about Force by Rieser, Avis Berman, and others; and a typescript, "Juliana Rieser Force: A Family Memoir," by Rieser, detailing Force's family life.
Biographical / Historical:
Rieser, an editor and publisher, New York, N.Y. is the nephew of Juliana Force. Force worked with Gertrude Vanderbuilt Whitney and was instrumental in the establishment of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Provenance:
Donated by Rieser, 1977.
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.
Identifier:
AAA.riescarl
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9986fbe62-29bb-4773-8668-a1404766c073
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-riescarl

Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers

Creator:
Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997  Search this
Names:
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Detroit Institute of Arts  Search this
Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum  Search this
Kennedy Galleries  Search this
Kraushaar Galleries  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co.  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Milwaukee Art Center  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
United States Information Agency  Search this
University of Michigan. Museum of Art  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Allston, Washington, 1779-1843  Search this
Arms, John Taylor, 1887-1953  Search this
Bailey, Grace  Search this
Bailey, Truman E., 1902?-1959  Search this
Bohrod, Aaron  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967  Search this
Culver, Charles B. (Charles Beach), 1908-1967  Search this
Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916  Search this
Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973  Search this
Fleischman, Barbara  Search this
Gentle, Esther, 1900-  Search this
Krentzin, Earl, 1929-  Search this
Marin, John, 1870-1953  Search this
Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Richardson, Constance, 1905-  Search this
Richardson, Edgar Preston, 1902-1985  Search this
Ryder, Albert Pinkham, 1847-1917  Search this
Sellers, Charles Coleman, 1903-  Search this
Watkins, Franklin Chenault, 1894-1972  Search this
Extent:
4.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Typescripts
Photographs
Date:
1837-1984
bulk 1935-1979
Summary:
The papers of art collectors, art patrons, and philanthropists Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman measure 4.9 linear feet and date from 1837 to 1984, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1935-1979. The papers are comprised mostly of correspondence with artists, museums, and arts organizations. Also found are scattered biographical materials, artists' autograph letters purchased by the Fleischmans, exhibition files, notes and writings, printed material, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art collectors, art patrons, and philanthropists Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman measure 4.9 linear feet and date from 1837 to 1984, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1935-1979. The papers are comprised mostly of correspondence with artists, museums, and arts organizations. Also found are scattered biographical materials, artists' autograph letters purchased by the Fleischmans, exhibition files, notes and writings, printed material, and photographs.

One folder of biographical material includes a biographical account and a certificate of appreciation from the Common Council for the City of Detroit.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of correspondence documenting the Fleischman's art related activities and interests primarily during the 1950s and 1960s. Individual correspondents include Aaron Bohrod, Charles E. Burchfield, Charles B. Culver, Philip Evergood, Earl Krentzin, John Marin, Jr., Abraham Rattner and Esther Gentle, Peter Pollack, Edgar P. and Constance Richardson, Charles Coleman Sellers, and Franklin Watkins. One letter from Charles E. Burchfield includes four etching plates used to create the color print of Hot September Wind.

Arts organizations and galleries represented in the correspondence include the American Federation of Arts, the Archives of American Art, the Arts Commission of the City of Detroit, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, Kennedy Galleries, M. Knoedler and Co., Inc., Kraushaar Galleries, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Midtown Galleries, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the School of the Society of Arts and Crafts, the United States Information Agency, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Winterthur Museum.

Autograph letters purchased by the Fleischmans include letters written by artists Washington Allston (addressed to Thomas Sully), Albert Pinkham Ryder, and John Taylor Arms.

Exhibition files document the various exhibitions of art work from the Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman Collection at the University of Michigan Museum of Art; the Detroit Institute of Art; in Central and South America; in Greece, Israel and Russia; and at the Milwaukee Art Center. The files contain letters, notes, printed material, and photographs.

Three folders of notes and writings include "Introduction to Earl Krentzin Catalog" by Lawrence Fleischman and "Selection of Excerpts from the Soviet Press and Radio Attacking U. S. Culture" by unidentified authors.

Scattered printed material includes miscellaneous clippings and catalogs not connected with the Exhibition Files series. There is also a book John Marin: The Man and his Work by E. M. Benson that was autographed by Marin to the Fleischmans in 1953.

Photographs include portrait photographs of Lawrence Fleischman, photographs of Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman with colleagues, of art work from the Fleischman Collection, of Truman and Grace Bailey in their studio, and a copy photograph of Thomas Eakins as a boy.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1958 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-1984 (Boxes 1-4, 7; 3.8 linear feet)

Series 3: Autograph Letters, 1837-1942 (Box 4; 4 folders)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1953-1960 (Boxes 4-5, 7; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 5: Notes and Writings, 1957-1962 (Box 5; 3 folders)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1935-1969 (Box 5-6; 6 folders)

Series 7: Photographs, 1953-1965 (Box 6; 13 folders)
Biographical / Historical:
Lawrence Fleischman (1925-1997) of New York City was an American art collector, patron, philanthropist, and benefactor. He and his wife, Barbara Greenberg Fleischman, assembled an impressive collection of art and artifacts that they shared with the public as part of their philanthropic activities aimed at fostering a wider appreciation of the arts around the world.

Lawrence Fleischman was born on February 14, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Stella and Arthur Fleischman, the owner of a large carpet business. He attended the Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois, and studied engineering at Purdue University. In 1942, he interrupted his studies to volunteer for service in the U.S. Army during World War II. While serving in France, he met a doctor who further fostered Fleischman's ever growing interest in American art. Following the war, he graduated with a degree in physics from the University of Detroit. Fleischman met Barbara Greenberg in Detroit and they were married in 1948.

Beginning in the late 1940s, Fleischman established a fledgling television station, developed holdings in real estate, and began purchasing art work. Initially the Fleischmans collected undervalued 20th century American art and were friends with several artists, including John Marin, Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, and Ben Shahn. They also expanded the scope of their collection to include 19th century American works.

During the 1950s, Lawrence Fleischman realized how there were few American art historians and college departments, as well as a lack of primary source material. Fleischman worked with Edgar P. Richardson, then director of the Detroit Institute of Art, to raise funds and they founded the Archives of American Art at the Detroit Institute of Art in 1954. The Archives of American Art was, and still is, dedicated to the collection, preservation, and study of primary source records that document the history of the visual arts in the United States. Lawrence A. Fleischman is a founding Trustee of the AAA and served as the Chairman of the Board from 1958 to 1966. His wife, Barbara joined the Board of Trustees in 1997 and served as Chair from 2003 to 2007. She is a Trustee Emerita.

Lawrence Fleischman's business and philanthropic interests included the Arthur Fleischman Carpet Company, the Lee Plaza Hotel-Motel in Detroit, Art Adventurers, the Art School of the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Cultural Committee of the United States Information Agency, and the Art Commission of Detroit, which governed the Detroit Institute of Art. He also served as an officer of the Board for many of the arts-related organizations.

In 1996, the Fleischmans moved their family from Detroit to New York City, where Lawrence Fleischman became a partner in the Kennedy Galleries.

The Fleischmans philanthropic activities include generous support of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Cleveland Museum, the British Museum, the Vatican Museum, and lifelong support of the Archives of American Art.

Lawrence Fleischman died on January 31, 1997 in London, England. Barbara Fleischman lives in New York City and continues to be an active supporter of the visual arts.
Related Materials:
Among the Archives holdings are two oral history interviews with Lawrence A. Fleischman. The first was conducted by Paul Cummings in 1970 and the second conducted by Gail Stavitsky in 1994 . Both interviews have transcripts available.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming, the majority of which was later donated, except for five letters on reel D197. These include one postcard from Constance Richardson, 1956; one letter from Constance Richardson, 1957; one letter from Franklin Watkins, 1955; one letter from Lawrence Fleischman to Wilbur H. Hunter, 1960; and one letter from Richard D. Tucker, 1960. This material remains with lender and is not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
The Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers were donated in several accretions by Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman from 1954 to 2007. Letters were also loaned for microfilming in 1965, but nearly all of them were subsequently donated.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Art patrons Michigan Detroit  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Philanthropists  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Typescripts
Photographs
Citation:
Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman Papers, 1837-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.fleilawr
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92905ad60-9c85-493f-90b7-272f1486ef69
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fleilawr
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Historic gardens Stereograph collection

Names:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Extent:
1.75 Cubic feet
807 Stereographs (black and white, color ;, 3 1/2 x 7 inches.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Stereographs
Place:
White House (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
circa 1869-1925
Summary:
The Historic Gardens Stereograph Collection includes 807 stereographs that depict various public gardens, parks, and tourist attractions throughout the United States, with an emphasis on features related to horticulture and landscape design, including plants, garden furniture, and topiaries. Most, but not all views, show exterior features. A number of stereographs indicate the photography studio on the recto or verso, as well as a series or image number. Many include a brief caption; some include a lengthy description on the verso. Few are dated.
Index terms:
This collection is indexed in the catalog of the Archives of American Gardens under the following terms:

Types of materials

Stereographs

Subjects-topical

buildings

Parks

Monuments

Historic sites

Gardens--United States

Garden ornaments and furniture

Flower arrangement

Floral decorations

Tropical plants

Topiary work

Sculpture

Recreation

Names

Smithsonian Institution

White House (Washington, D. C.)

United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
Historical Note:
Popular during the latter half of the 19th century, stereographs consist of two similar photographic images affixed to a cardboard mount that produce a three-dimensional image when viewed through a stereoscope.
Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Recreation  Search this
Monuments  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Tropical plants  Search this
Topiary work  Search this
Floral decorations  Search this
Garden ornaments and furniture  Search this
Flower arrangement  Search this
Historic sites  Search this
Gardens -- United States  Search this
Parks  Search this
Buildings  Search this
Genre/Form:
Stereographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Historic Gardens Stereograph Collection.
Identifier:
AAG.STR
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Historic gardens Stereograph collection
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6d0b690e2-6f0b-4c21-9969-b8bdbf9b6369
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aag-str
Online Media:

Frontier

Manufacturer:
Frontier Airlines  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Commercial Aviation
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 52.1 × 71.9cm (1 ft. 8 1/2 in. × 2 ft. 4 5/16 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Inventory Number:
A19960082000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv994a64682-b1f6-4599-bffb-07430444a8ac
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19960082000
Online Media:

Charles T. Parsloe, Jr.

Attribution:
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894  Search this
Sitter:
Charles T. Parsloe, Jr., active mid 19th century  Search this
Medium:
Glass plate collodion negative
Dimensions:
Plate: 8.1 × 6.6 × 0.3 cm (3 3/16 × 2 5/8 × 1/8")
Type:
Photographic Negative
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
c. 1860-70
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Fabric\Cloth  Search this
Home Furnishings\Tablecloth  Search this
Charles T. Parsloe, Jr.: Male  Search this
Charles T. Parsloe, Jr.: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
Object number:
NPG.81.M1279
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm421efdd46-7e87-4fbd-a0a1-5ae2320e5b8b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.81.M1279

Charles T. Parsloe, Jr.

Attribution:
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894  Search this
Sitter:
Charles T. Parsloe, Jr., active mid 19th century  Search this
Medium:
Glass plate collodion negative
Dimensions:
Plate: 8.2 × 6.7 × 0.3 cm (3 1/4 × 2 5/8 × 1/8")
Type:
Photographic Negative
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
c. 1860-70
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Fabric\Cloth  Search this
Home Furnishings\Tablecloth  Search this
Charles T. Parsloe, Jr.: Male  Search this
Charles T. Parsloe, Jr.: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
Object number:
NPG.81.M1281
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4083a23f6-6eae-4b30-9c38-d2eab81442fb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.81.M1281

Minnie Warren and Mrs. Sylvester Bleeker

Attribution:
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894  Search this
Sitter:
Minnie Warren, 02 Jun 1849 - 23 Jul 1878  Search this
Mrs. Sylvester Bleeker, active mid 19th century  Search this
Medium:
Glass plate collodion negative
Dimensions:
Plate: 9.5 × 6.2 × 0.2 cm (3 3/4 × 2 7/16 × 1/16")
Type:
Photographic Negative
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
c. 1860-70
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Earring  Search this
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Container\Vase  Search this
Home Furnishings\Tablecloth  Search this
Minnie Warren: Female  Search this
Minnie Warren: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer  Search this
Mrs. Sylvester Bleeker: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
Object number:
NPG.81.M1769
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4b0919f84-627d-4248-9847-59988c6dcdc7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.81.M1769

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