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James S. Plaut papers, [ca. 1929]-1980

Creator:
Plaut, James S. (James Sachs), 1912-1996  Search this
Subject:
Adenauer, Konrad  Search this
Bernstein, Leonard  Search this
Breuer, Marcel  Search this
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David)  Search this
Gandhi, Indira  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd  Search this
Gropius, Walter  Search this
Peirce, Waldo  Search this
Ruckstull, F. W. (Fred Wellington)  Search this
Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph)  Search this
Berman, Eugene  Search this
Kirstein, Lincoln  Search this
Kokoschka, Oskar  Search this
Milles, Carl  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Institute of Modern Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
World Crafts Council  Search this
Expo 67  Search this
Exposition universelle et internationale  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Place:
Israel
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9561
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211762
AAA_collcode_plaujame
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211762

James S. Plaut papers

Creator:
Plaut, James S. (James Sachs), 1912-1996  Search this
Names:
Expo 67 (Montréal, Québec)  Search this
Exposition universelle et internationale (1958 : Brussels, Belgium)  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Institute of Modern Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
World Crafts Council  Search this
Adenauer, Konrad, 1876-1967  Search this
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-  Search this
Breuer, Marcel, 1902-  Search this
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969  Search this
Gandhi, Indira, 1917-1984  Search this
Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969  Search this
Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-  Search this
Kokoschka, Oskar, 1886-  Search this
Milles, Carl, 1875-1955  Search this
Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970  Search this
Ruckstull, F. W. (Fred Wellington), 1853-1942  Search this
Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959  Search this
Extent:
1.4 Linear feet
2.2 Linear feet (Addition)
4 Volumes (Reels 581 and 5139: Scrapbooks)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Volumes
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Place:
Israel
Date:
[ca. 1929]-1980
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, business files, academic papers, photographs, clippings, sketchbook, sketches, and miscellaneous notes.
REEL 581: Selected items from 2 family scrapbooks, 1933-1943 and 1946-1956; including clippings, photographs, correspondence, invitations and awards. Most material pertains to Plaut's work as director of the ICA and advisor to the government of Israel. Also included are correspondence from Georges Rouault, Carl Milles, and Oskar Kokoschka; and 6 drawings by Waldo Peirce.
REEL 5139: Two family scrapbooks, 1956-1959 and 1960-1980, containing clippings, invitations, photographs and miscellaneous material from Plaut's work World's Fairs at Brussels, 1958, New York, 1964 and Japan, 1970. Also found are family snapshots of the Plaut's travels, their children and grandchildren and include 7 earlier photographs of Plaut and his parents, ca. 1906-1932, and one photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt, 1959.
UNMICROFILMED: Travel sketchbook of Rome; term papers, honors thesis, and sketches for an architectural history course; files relating to Plaut's positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the ICA, the World Crafts Council, and other professional and personal concerns; correspondence, including letters from Eugene Berman, Carl Milles, Lincoln Kirstein, Paul Sachs and others; personal and work related photographs; lecture notes; slides from the World's Craft Fair Council, 1974; 2 untranscribed sound tape reels of an interview made by Plaut for Alfred Auerbach concerning the Brussels World's Fair 1958 and typed list of questions for the interview; and miscellaneous papers.
ADDITION: Resumes and obituaries; correspondence; the book, Waldo Peirce, by Margit Varga, 1941, with insertions of a caricature by Peirce, illustrated postcards, and a letter; photographs of Walter Gropius House, Lincoln, Mass. and 7 photographs of Plaut with Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Konrad Adenauer, Indira Gandhi, Leonard Bernstein, and Dwight David Eisenhower; scrapbook and slides pertaining to Plaut's work for the World's Fair, Brussels, 1958; writings and publications; publications of the ICA and the WCC; the book, The Overcoat, by Nikoli Gogel, presented to Plaut upon retirement from the WCC; publications by others on art and design; and a file on James and Mary Plaut's personal art collection, ca. 1935-1990s.
Biographical / Historical:
Art administrator and museum director; Boston, Mass. Plaut was born to a wealthy family in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated from HarvardCollege, and received an M.A. from Harvard University. His uncle was Paul Sachs, a connoisseur and influential museology professor at Harvard andsor. Plaut held curatorial positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and became Director of Boston's Institute of Modern Art in 1939 (later the Institute of Contemporary Art or ICA) where he staged early exhibitions of contemporary design and European avant-garde paintings and sculpture until his resignation in 1956. Plaut was also involved in many international exhibitions and expositions, serving as Deputy U.S. Commissioner to the World's Fair in Brussels, 1958, and was Secretary General of the World Crafts Council, 1967-1976 and a consultant on industrial design in Israel.
Provenance:
Scrapbooks on reel 581 lent for microfilming by Plaut, 1973; his estate, via the executor Edward M. Condit, Jr., lent those on reel 5139 in 1996. Plaut donated the unmicrofilmed material in 1985 and 1992, and additional papers were received as a bequest in 1996 via the executor of his estate.
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:
Arts administrators -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Museum directors -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.plaujame
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-plaujame

Oral history interview with James S. Plaut, 1971 June 29

Interviewee:
Plaut, James S. (James Sachs), 1912-1996  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Arts administrators -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13147
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213012
AAA_collcode_plaut71
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213012

Oral history interview with Jeanne L. Wasserman

Interviewee:
Wasserman, Jeanne L.  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- Art collections  Search this
Agam, Yaacov, 1928-  Search this
Beale, Arthur  Search this
Cook, Christopher Capen, 1932-  Search this
Coolidge, John, 1913-1995  Search this
Hyde, Andrew C. (Andrew Cornwall), 1941-  Search this
Indiana, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Mangravite, Peppino, 1896-  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Plaut, James S. (James Sachs), 1912-1996  Search this
Prokopoff, Stephen S.  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Ross, David A., 1949-  Search this
Saint-Phalle, Niki de, 1930-2002  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Thurman, Sue M., 1927-2012  Search this
Tinguely, Jean, 1925-  Search this
Wasserman, Max, 1913-1986  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (sound cassettes (7 hrs., 30 min.), analog.)
125 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1993-1994
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Jeanne L. Wasserman, conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Cambridge, MA from January 28, 1993-July 19, 1994.
Wasserman speaks of her parents' cultural interests; first becoming interested in sculpture after visiting a Rodin exhibition in Paris with her family; visiting art galleries and studying painting in New York City as a young woman; her education at Fieldston and Radcliffe; trying to get a job in New York after college; working in advertising; meeting her husband, Max, and building a business with him; beginning to collect art; putting together a collection for the condominium project, 180 Beacon; the opening of 180 Beacon; working on a condominium project in the Virgin Islands; curating sculpture exhibitions at the Fogg Museum and at Wellesley; writing the catalogue for a Daumier exhibition at the Fogg; serving on the board of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; organizing forums on contemporary art with the Council of the Arts at MIT; becoming involved with Harvard's Institute for Learning in Retirement; and notable purchases of work by Daumier, Rodin, Degas, Giacometti, de Chirico, Nicolas Schöffer, Henry Moore, and others. Wasserman also recalls Alfred Stieglitz, Peppino Mangravite, Elie Nadelman, Hyman Swetzoff, Joseph Hirshhorn, Erica Brausen, René and Charles Gimpel, Louise Nevelson, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, Robert Indiana, Claes Oldenburg, Denise René, Yaacov Agam, George Rickey, George Segal, David Ross, Milena Kalinovska, Jacques de Caso, Yulla Lipchitz, Vera List, Jim Cuno, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Jeanne L. Wasserman, (1915-2006) was a museum curator and art collector from Boston, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hrs., 12 min.
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 administrators.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Art museum curators -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- Massachusetts
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.wasser93
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wasser93

Oral history interview with Ralph Coburn

Interviewee:
Coburn, Ralph, 1923-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Boris Mirski Gallery (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- Students  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth, 1923-  Search this
Nelson, Carl Gustaf, 1898-1988  Search this
Netsch, Walter  Search this
Plaut, James S. (James Sachs), 1912-1996  Search this
Polonsky, Arthur  Search this
Saltonstall, Nathaniel, 1903-1968  Search this
Swetzoff, Hyman Wulf, 1920-1968  Search this
Wilson, John, 1922-2015  Search this
Zerbe, Karl, 1903-1972  Search this
Extent:
48 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1995 May 25-June 23
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ralph Coburn conducted 1995 May 25 and 1995 June 23, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art, in Coburn's home, Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Coburn talks about his parents and his childhood in Miami Beach, Florida; his early schooling; and entering Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1941, in its 5-year architecture program. He recalls Walter Netsch, a classmate at MIT, who later became a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, who introduced Coburn to modern design and to avant-garde music. He also recalls the painter and head of painting at the Museum of Fine Arts School, Karl Zerbe, his teacher in the course of his work for advanced MIT architecture students. He talks about his return to Florida as a draftsman for an aircraft equipment company in Miami, outfitting planes for the African campaign, and his foreman, a son of Al Capone; then returning to Massachusetts to work with an electrical company making secret military components.
Coburn discusses returning to and dropping out of MIT; working at the Institute of Modern Art in Boston through Hyman Swetzoff; following Swetzoff to the Boris Mirski Gallery; studying at Mirski's art school with Esther Geller and John Wilson and friends made at the school, including Ellsworth Kelly, Arthur Polonsky, and Reed Kaye. He recalls Carl Nelson, one of his teachers. He talks about the change in atmosphere at the Institute with the replacement of Thomas Metcalf by James Plaut and Nathaniel Saltonstall who changed the Institute's name to Institute of Contemporary Art and the protest surrounding the name change.
Biographical / Historical:
Ralph Coburn (1923- ) is an architect, painter, and designer currently living in Gloucester, Massahusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 36 min.
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 administrators.
Occupation:
Architects -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Architecture -- Study and teaching  Search this
Designers -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.coburn95
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-coburn95

Conflict of visions [videorecording] / producer, Tug Yourgrau; editor, Joel Olicker

Creator:
WGBH Educational Foundation  Search this
Names:
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Institute of Modern Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Aldrich, Nelson W.  Search this
Allara, Pamela  Search this
Bloom, Hyman, 1913-  Search this
Chaet, Bernard  Search this
Coburn, Ralph, 1923-  Search this
Goodrich, Lloyd, 1897-1987  Search this
Olicker, Joel  Search this
Plaut, James S. (James Sachs), 1912-1996  Search this
Swan, Barbara, 1922-  Search this
Yourgrau, Tug  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (videocassette (VHS) (ca. 30 min), sd., col., 1/2 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Interviews
Date:
c1987
Scope and Contents:
Examines the Boston art scene in the late l930s and l940s, where traditional conservative artistic taste clashed with the emerging Boston Expressionists trained at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston School. Focuses on the artists' relationship to the newly formed Institute of Modern Art, and the uproar which resulted when its director, James Plaut, issued a statement viewed as antagonistic to artists explaining the change of name of the museum to the Institute of Contemporary Art. Discussing the events are artists Barbara Swan, Bernard Chaet, Ralph Coburn and Hyman Bloom, ICA director James Plaut and president Nathanial Saltonstall, art historian Pamela Allara, Nelson Aldrich and Lloyd Goodrich.
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Boston: WGBH Educational Foundation, c1987
General:
First broadcast on WGBH January 1988.
Provenance:
Donated in 1993 by the WGBH Educational Foundation.
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:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Museum directors -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Expressionism (Art) -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.wgbhedut
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wgbhedut

Oral history interview with James S. Plaut

Interviewee:
Plaut, James S. (James Sachs), 1912-1996  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Extent:
42 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1971 June 29
Scope and Contents:
An interview of James S. Plaut conducted 1971 June 29, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Plaut speaks of founding the Boston Chapter of the Museum of Modern Art, its policies and aims; Boston art scene in the 1930s, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and other positions he has held.
Biographical / Historical:
James S. Plaut (1912-1996) was an art administrator and writer from Chestnut Hill, Mass.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 4 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.
Topic:
Art -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Arts administrators -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.plaut71
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-plaut71

Statement by James Plaut concerning the Brussels World's Fair

Creator:
Plaut, James S. (James Sachs), 1912-1996  Search this
Subject:
Exposition universelle et internationale (1958 : Brussels, Belgium)  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1958
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14029
See more items in:
James S. Plaut papers, [ca. 1929]-1980
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14029

President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Baron Moens de Fernig

Photographer:
Plaut, James S. (James Sachs), 1912-1996  Search this
Subject:
Eisenhower, Dwight David  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1958
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)617
See more items in:
James S. Plaut papers, [ca. 1929]-1980
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_617

Oskar Kokoschka; a retrospective exhibition. With an introduction by James S. Plaut and a letter from the artist

Author:
Kokoschka, Oskar 1886-1980  Search this
Plaut, James S (James Sachs) 1912-1996  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Subject:
Kokoschka, Oskar 1886-1980  Search this
Kokoschka, Oskar 1886-1980  Search this
Physical description:
87 p. plates (part col.), ports. 25cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1948
[1948]
Call number:
ND511.5.K6 P53
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_642483

The story of Steuben glass

Author:
Steuben Glass, inc  Search this
Plaut, James S (James Sachs) 1912-1996 Steuben glass, an art monograph  Search this
Physical description:
26 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
Corning
United States
Date:
1949
C1949
Topic:
Glass manufacture  Search this
Glassware  Search this
Call number:
NK5112.C81 S84 1949
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_564608

Georges Rouault : a selection from the retrospective loan exhibition held at Boston, the Institute of Modern Art, Washington, the Phillips Memorial Gallery, San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Art, from November, 1940 through March, 1941, Marie Harriman Gallery, April seventh to May third, 1941

Author:
Rouault, Georges 1871-1958  Search this
Plaut, James S (James Sachs) 1912-1996  Search this
Venturi, Lionello 1885-1961  Search this
Marie Harriman Gallery  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Phillips Collection  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Rouault, Georges 1871-1958 Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
66 p. : 32 ill., ports. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1941
Call number:
N40.1.R85 B7 1941
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_453442

Formation of an artist : the early works of Berta Hummel / [text, editorial, James S. Plaut]

Author:
Hummel, Maria Innocentia 1909-1946  Search this
Plaut, James S (James Sachs) 1912-1996  Search this
Subject:
Hummel, Maria Innocentia 1909-1946 Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
56 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1980
C1980
Call number:
N40.1.H9187 P5 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_492700

Steuben glass, a monograph by James S. Plaut

Author:
Plaut, James S (James Sachs) 1912-1996  Search this
Subject:
Steuben Glass, inc  Search this
Physical description:
30 p. illus., 68 plates. 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1951
[1951]
Topic:
Glassware  Search this
Call number:
NK5112.P56 1951X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_184581

Steuben glass; a monograph by James S. Plaut

Author:
Plaut, James S (James Sachs) 1912-1996  Search this
Subject:
Steuben Glass, inc  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 111 p. illus. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1972
[1972]
Topic:
Glassware  Search this
Call number:
NK5112 .P56 1972X
NK5112.P56 1972X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_30061

Steuben: seventy years of American glassmaking [by] Paul N. Perrot, Paul V. Gardner [and] James S. Plaut

Author:
Perrot, Paul N  Search this
Gardner, Paul Vickers 1908-1994  Search this
Plaut, James S (James Sachs) 1912-1996-  Search this
Toledo Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Steuben Glass, inc  Search this
Physical description:
172 p. illus. (part col.) 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1974
[1974]
Topic:
Glassware  Search this
Call number:
NK5101.T62 T647X
NK5101.T62T647X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_43527

Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) : a centennial exhibition November 3rd-27th, 1971 : Coe Kerr Gallery ... New York

Author:
Yeats, Jack Butler 1871-1957  Search this
Plaut, James S (James Sachs) 1912-1996-  Search this
Coe Kerr Gallery  Search this
National Gallery of Ireland  Search this
Subject:
Yeats, Jack Butler 1871-1957  Search this
Physical description:
[14] p. : chiefly ill. ; 21 x 19 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1971
Call number:
ND497.Y4 A4 1971b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_900615

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