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Audiovisual materials relating to the documentary Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada, 1990-1993

Creator:
Neff, Tom, 1953-  Search this
Subject:
Clark, Garth  Search this
Del Vecchio, Mark  Search this
D'Harnoncourt, Anne  Search this
Huglin, Hugh  Search this
Naumann, Francis M.  Search this
Perreault, John  Search this
Pole, Rupert  Search this
Singh, R.P.  Search this
Waisler, Lee  Search this
Watson, Steve  Search this
Wood, Beatrice  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Video recordings
Topic:
Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada[motion picture]  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Dadaism  Search this
Women artists -- California  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6397
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215368
AAA_collcode_nefftom
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215368

Audiovisual materials relating to the documentary Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada

Creator:
Neff, Tom, 1953-  Search this
Names:
Clark, Garth, 1947-  Search this
D'Harnoncourt, Anne, 1943-2008  Search this
Del Vecchio, Mark  Search this
Huglin, Hugh, 1915-  Search this
Naumann, Francis M.  Search this
Perreault, John, 1937-2015  Search this
Pole, Rupert  Search this
Singh, R.P.  Search this
Waisler, Lee, 1938-  Search this
Watson, Steve  Search this
Wood, Beatrice  Search this
Extent:
11 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Video recordings
Date:
1990-1993
Summary:
Audiovisual materials relating to the documentary Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada measure 11 linear feet and date from 1990 to 1993. Records include sound recordings, motion picture film outtakes, transcripts, production notes, lab records of the film production, and video recordings of the completed documentary.
Scope and Contents:
Audiovisual materials relating to the documentary Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada measure 11 linear feet and date from 1990 to 1993. Records include sound recordings, motion picture film outtakes, transcripts, production notes, lab records, and video recordings of the completed documentary.

Original sound recordings and transcripts include two recorded public appearances by Wood, as well as multiple interviews with Beatrice Wood and with others about Wood; interviewed are Francis Nauman, John Perrault, Garth Clark, Mark Del Vecchio, Anne D'Harnoncourt, Steve Watson, Rupert Pole, R.P. Singh, Henry Huglin, and Lee Waisler. Partial transcripts are found for most recordings. Records created by the sound recordist, referred to in this finding aid as sound roll logs, are found with several of the sound reels and document general content and the camera roll numbers of corresponding film footage.

Production notes and lab records include script notes, shot lists, editing notes, detailed editing logs, camera reports, and lab records including work orders for dailies, effects such as titles and superimpositions, and documentation of the final print. Many of the sound recordings were shot synchronously with the motion picture film found in the collection, and while the documentation does not always make the link between picture and soundtrack explicit, the link can be investigated via sound roll logs, camera reports, negative logs, and shot lists.

Moving images include three video copies of the finished documentary and 153 rolls of 16mm motion picture film negative, which are outtakes from 166 original camera negative rolls. The content of outtakes consists of three general types: film shot during several of the interviews and one of Wood's public appearances found in Series 1; silent footage of locations and Wood working in her studio; and footage of historical photographs and artworks. All of the film found in the collection consists of outtakes; footage that was used in the documentary was not donated, although complete sound recordings exist in series 1.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as three series:

Series 1: Original Sound Recordings and Transcripts, 1990-1991 (1.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 2: Production Notes and Lab Reports, 1990-1992 (0.3 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 3: Moving Images, 1990-1993 (12.1 linear feet; Box 2, FC 3-122)
Biographical / Historical:
Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada was written and directed by Tom Neff and released by Wild Wolf Productions in 1993 to correspond with Wood's 100th birthday. Tom Neff is a filmmaker, producer, and television executive who was born in 1953 in Chicago, Illinois and received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 1981. Neff founded the production company Wild Wolf Productions with Diandra Douglas in the early 1990s, and Mama of Dada was the company's first production and was written and directed by Neff, and produced by Neff, Diandra Douglas, and Amie Knox.

Neff has produced, written, and directed over a dozen documentaries on historical and cultural subjects since the mid-1980s. In addition to his work on Wood, Neff's filmography includes several documentaries about American artists, including Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Frederic Remington, and Red Grooms. His short documentary Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hot House earned him an Oscar with Madeline Bell in 1987. He currently teaches at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art holds multiple oral histories and collections of archival material related to Beatrice Wood, including the Beatrice Wood papers, the Beatrice Wood letters to Elizabeth Stein, and the Belle M. Deitch papers concerning Beatrice Wood.

Oral histories include two interviews with Wood conducted by Paul Karlstrom, one on August 26, 1976, and another on March 2, 1992.

The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona holds a collection of material collected and created by Tom Neff for his 1999 documentary "Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Painting with Light."
Provenance:
Donated 1992 by Wild Wolf Productions via writer, director, and producer Tom Neff.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Rights:
Outtakes, reels and transcripts for research purposes only; not to be used for commercial purposes.
Topic:
Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada[motion picture]  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Dadaism  Search this
Women artists -- California  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Video recordings
Citation:
Audiovisual materials relating to the documentary Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada, 1990-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.nefftom
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Audiovisual materials relating to the documentary Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-nefftom

Chronological General Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Wood, Beatrice  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1910-1998
Scope and Contents note:
This subseries contains both personal and professional correspondence from the early years of Wood's career as an actress and artist until the end of her life. Included in this series are letters to and from friends, family, clients, other artists, gallery owners, museums, and editors. An an avid writer, Wood maintained lifelong relationships through her letters. Correspondents include John Estenza, Anna Bing Arnold, Ruth Maitland, Ruth Dayan, Reginald Pole, Anais Nin, Dorothy Liebes, Rue McClanahan, Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood, Rupert Pole, Esther Rosencrantz, Michael Weightman-Smith, and Geesche Ninke. Wood also formed many personal and professional relationships with individuals she met during her three trips to India in 1961, 1966, and 1971. Among these correspondents are Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, N. Suri Ram, P. K. Vyas, Srimali Rukmini Devi, and N. Kumar Das.

Several art museums are represented in this subseries, including DeYoung Memorial Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Pasadena Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

See Appendix for a list of correspondents from Series 2.1.
Arrangement note:
Material is arranged chronologically by date. Undated letters can be found at the end of the subseries, arranged by last name of correspondent. Note that Wood's correspondence with the galleries is found in Series 3: Personal Business Records. Additional correspondence with publishers is found in Series 4: Notes and Writings.
Appendix: Correspondents in Series 2.1.:
Agrawal, Satyendra Narayan: 1966

America House: 1943-1944, 1952-1953, 1956-1957, 1962-1967, 1969

Archipenko, Gela: 1938

Armitage, Merle: 1933, 1957-1958

Arnold, Anna Bing: 1973, 1981-1983, 1987-1988

Bleazby, Leah: 1946-1948, 1951-1952

Bailey, Clayton: 1931

Bok, Ecke: 1986-1987, 1989-1990

Bryan, Robert: 1969, 1972, 1978, 1991

Cabaniss, Adelaide: 1947-1951

Case, Francis: 1943

Chattopadhyay, Kamaladevi: 1961-1973, 1975

Clark, Iris: 1988-1990

Clark, Susan: 1991

Colino, Jose: 1986-1989, 1991

Corle, Helen Freeman: 1951, 1955

Cummins, Harry: 1985

d'Harnoncourt, Anne: 1987

Das, N. Kumar: 1966-1968

Dayan, Ruth: 1971, 1976, 1978-1985, 1987, 1992

Devi, Srimali Rukmini: 1961, 1965, 1967-1968, 1977

DeYoung Memorial Museum: 1952-1954

Dillingham, Rich: 1987-1989

Dove, Tom and Marge: 1972-1973, 1977, 1981, 1983-1985, 1987-1988

Duchamp, Teeny: 1968, 1976

Erazo, Victor: 1984-1985

Estenza, John: 1950

Feinberg, Lillian and Len: 1985-1987, 1989

Gandhi, Indira: 1983

Gateff, Elisabeth: 1977, 1980, 1982-1983, 1985-1986, 1988, 1991-1992

Gibson, Marga: 1959

Hall, Denise: 1978

Hammond, Vera: 1945, 1986

Hapgood, Benie: 1976-1977, 1982, 1986-1987, 1992

Hapgood, Elizabeth Reynolds: 1923, 1930-1932, 1935-1942, 1944, 1947-1948, 1950-1973

Harlan, Loren Clyde and Hermine (Wood's aunt): 1930, 1938-1947

Hathaway, Michael: 1980, 1988-1989, 1991

Hinkhouse, F. M.: 1957-1960

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 1977

Hoag, Paul Sterling: 1983

Hoag, Steve: 1944-1948, 1951

Hooper, Peter Lawrence: 1976-1977

Huckaby, Grover: 1945, 1947, 1951

Huglin, Henry: 1964-1965, 1977

Huyler, Steven: 1978-1982, 1985, 1987, 1989-1991

Jesch, Klement: 1985-1992

Jones, Barbara: 1977

Kaplan, Connie: 1989

Kaye, Caren: 1988-1991

Lee Nordness Galleries: 1968-1969, 1972, 1977

Liebes, Dorothy: 1941, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1961-1963, 1971

Logan, Robert and Mabel: 1939, 1952, 1954

Look, Heartie Anne: 1958-1960

Lukens, Glen: 1935-1936, 1938

McClanahan, Rue: 1980, 1985

McCloskey, Helen Hooper: 1979-1985

Maitland, Ruth: 1938, 1945

Martin, Olavee: 1989-1990

Morrow, Margo: 1935, 1937-1939, 1946

Murchie, Guy: 1980-1982, 1984-1986, 1988

Murphy, Bob and Ginny: 1965, 1981-1985, 1991

Natzler, Otto and Gertrude: 1983

Ninke, Geesche: 1985, 1987-1990, 1992

Nin, Anais: 1971, 1974-1975

Noyes, Frank: 1950-1952

Palmer, Herbert: 1973-1974

Padadena Art Museum: 1952, 1957

Patch, Margaret: 1971

Peterson, Susan: 1989

Phoenix Art Museum: 1960, 1967, 1973

Pole, Reginald: 1950, 1952, 1970-1971

Pole, Rupert: 1977

Ragan, Nell: 1971-1972

Rajagopal, D.: 1938, 1951, 1975, 1985

Rajagopal, Roselind: 1936-1937, 1940, 1955, 1972-1974, 1977

Reynolds, Wallace: 1937-1938

Rhodes, Lillyan and Daniel: 1983, 1986, 1989

Rosencranz, Esther: 1935-1948, 1950

San Francisco Museum of Art: 1953, 1956-1958, 1971

Santa Barbara Museum of Art: 1950, 1954, 1958, 1967-1968, 1972

Sasaki, George: 1981, 1983, 1989, 1992-1993

Skiles, Bob: 1951-1952, 1982

Sipprell, Texana: 1947, 1958-1960

Stern Evelyn: 1977, 1992

Story, Ala: 1965, 1967

Takaezu, Toshiko: 1988

Taylor, June: 1949-1951, 1952-1953, 1958

Tibbitt, Laurence: 1926

Tomlin, Lily: 1984, 1987

Vyas, P. K.: 1962-1965, 1967-1968

Wallace, Marlene: 1977, 1989

Warrington, A. P. and Betty: 1929-1930, 1932-1934, 1939

Wash, Connie: 1961

Watson, Steven: 1988-1989

Webb, Aileen: 1947, 1950-1951, 1965, 1967-1968

Webster, Win: 1990, 1992

Weidemann, William: 1945, 1947

Weightman-Smith, Michael (Michael O'Shaughnessy): 1930, 1933-1934, 1936-1948, 1950, 1956, 1982

Wilkie, Margo: 1980, 1986-1986, 1989, 1991-1992

Wood, Carrara R. (Wood's mother): 1930-1936

Wright, Lloyd: 1947, 1969

Zook, Edgar: 1926, 1936-1943, 1947, 1967
Collection 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.
Collection Rights:
The Beatrice Wood papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Beatrice Wood papers, 1906-1998, bulk 1930-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.woodbeat, Subseries 2.1
See more items in:
Beatrice Wood papers
Beatrice Wood papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-woodbeat-ref41

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