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Stanley H. Witmeyer papers, 1932-1978

Creator:
Witmeyer, Stanley Herbert, 1913-2011  Search this
Witmeyer, Stanley Herbert, 1913-2011  Search this
Subject:
Rochester Institute of Technology  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- Rochester  Search this
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7054
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209187
AAA_collcode_witmstan
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209187

Oral history interview with James Krenov

Interviewee:
Krenov, James  Search this
Interviewer:
Fitzgerald, Oscar P.  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty  Search this
Woodstock School of Painting  Search this
Extent:
38 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 August 12-13
Scope and Contents:
An interview of James Krenov conducted 2004 August 12-13, by Oscar Fitzgerald, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Fort Bragg, California.
Krenov speaks of immigrating to the United States; making things as a child; learning woodworking from Carl Malmsten; teaching workshops in England, Japan, and New Zealand; working as a cabinetmaker in Sweden; teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology; writing books on woodworking, including, "A Cabinetmaker's Notebook"; helping to found the Program in Artisanry at Boston University; teaching at the College of the Redwoods; using veneers; his teaching method; choosing the appropriate wood; the process of designing his pieces; choosing tools, and his opinion on computerized machinery; his favorite pieces; receiving awards; working for pleasure and working on commission; making joinery; pricing his work; choosing not to work with galleries; and his predictions for the future of woodworking. Krenov also recalls Soetsu Yanagi, Craig McArt, Wendell Castle, John Makepeace, Lois Moran, Yong Chen, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
James Krenov (1920-2009) was a woodworker of Fort Bragg, California. Oscar Fitzgerald is a writer and historian from Alexandria, Virginia.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 14 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 42 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Cabinetmakers -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Woodworkers -- California -- Interviews.  Search this
Woodwork -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Woodwork -- Technique  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.krenov04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-krenov04

Oral history interview with William Keyser, Jr

Creator:
Keyser, William A., Jr. (William Alphonse), 1936-  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Interviewer:
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  Search this
Names:
Carnegie Institute of Technology -- Students  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty  Search this
Extent:
107 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2003 April 25-May 2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of William Kesyer Jr. conducted 2003 April 25 and May 2, by Edward S. Cooke Jr., for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Victor, N.Y.
Keyser describes his childhood, including his early interest in construction through his father's home wood shop and the Soap Box Derbies of the 1950s; his participation in the Fisher Body Division automobile design competition and science fairs in high school; studying engineering and sculpture at Carnegie Mellon University; working at Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Company; his studies at Kent State University and the School of American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT); his teaching positions at RIT and Ohio University; the curriculum he established at RIT and the goals and structure of the woodworking program; he discusses moving away from teaching in the 1990s; the advantages and disadvantages of commissions; his liturgical and speculative work; the influence of furniture and art movements on his furniture; the importance of his family and his Catholic faith; the benefits of university involvement and summer arts programs; his travels in New England and Scandinavia; being well received as a regional artist; the importance of publications in furniture and art; four objects that were terminal points in his career; and the future of woodworking. He also recalls Mel Someroski, Tage Frid, Michael Harms, Jere Osgood, Wendell Castle, James Krenov, Craig McArt, Doug Sigler, Daniel Jackson, Robert Johnston, Lamar White, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
William Keyser, Jr. (1936- ) is a woodworker from Victor, N.Y. Edward S. Cooke, Jr. is a professor.
General:
Originally recorded on 6 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 55 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Woodworkers -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Furniture making  Search this
Coaster cars  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.keyser03
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-keyser03

Oral history interview with Gary Griffin

Interviewee:
Griffin, Gary, 1945-  Search this
Interviewer:
Adamson, Glenn  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Cranbrook Academy of Art -- Faculty  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty  Search this
Extent:
73 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 August 4
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Gary Griffin conducted 2004 August 4, by Glenn Adamson, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Griffin speaks of the opening of the new studio building at Cranbrook; growing up in Los Angeles, California; spending summers in Taos, N.M. with his grandmother; his mother's antique and decorating business; going to Catholic high school; working in a furniture repair shop as a teenager; taking college courses in welding and art; transferring to California State University, Long Beach, and getting a dual degree in industrial and fine arts; deciding to focus on metalwork; getting his M.F.A. at Tyler School of Art; metalsmiths who influenced his early work; the role of functional and conceptual art; having Stanley Lechtzin as a teacher and mentor; the craft community in Philadelphia, attending metalsmith workshops and conferences; and being influenced by decorative arts. Griffin also speaks of becoming head of the jewelry program at Rochester Institute of Technology; working with Hans Christensen; participating in the Society of North American Goldsmiths; his interest in machine technology; deciding to turn from jewelry to blacksmithing; finding dealers for his work; the art community in Rochester; keeping variety in his work; teaching at Cranbrook and rebuilding the metals program; how material culture influences his teaching and artwork; how economics impacts his work; working on commission; making the entrance gates at Cranbrook; working on some of his other important pieces; his current project; the difference between craft and fine arts; and his plans for the future. Griffin also recalls Al Pine, Jack Prip, John Marshall, Philip Fike, Olaf Skoogfors, Elliot Pujol, Rudolf Staffel, Albert Paley, Mary Jane Leland, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Gary Griffin (1945- ) is a metalsmith and educator from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Glenn Adamson is a curator and art historian from Wisconsin.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 52 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Metal-workers -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Hills -- Interviews  Search this
Metal-work -- Study and teaching  Search this
Metal-work -- Economic aspects  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.griffi04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-griffi04

Oral history interview with Hans Barschel

Interviewee:
Barschel, Hans Joachim, b. 1912  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty  Search this
Cowles, Hobart E., 1923-1980  Search this
Wildenhain, Frans, 1905-1980  Search this
Witmeyer, Stanley Herbert, 1913-2011  Search this
Extent:
2 Sound cassettes (Sound recording (2 hrs., 1 min.), analog)
50 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1994 September 14
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Hans Joachim Barschel conducted 1994 September 14, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Barschel discusses his childhood during World War I and the 1920s in two Berlin suburbs, Charlottenburg and Pankow, as the son of a civil engineer and his wife, whose father was a factory foreman; the contrast of the ludicrous militarism of the late Wilhelmine Germany with the straightened but liberalized circumstances of life in the Weimar Republic which followed; and his first acquaintance with foreign cultures during a 1929 excursion with his free-spirited aunt and uncle.
He remembers the enlightened teaching and loose curricula he experienced during 1930-35 in advertising design study with George Salter at the Municipal Art School, Berlin, and then in graduate studies in design, painting, printmaking, and photography at the Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Berlin-Charlottenburg. He talks about his disgust at the onset of Naziism; his brief career (1935-37) in Berlin as a free-lance graphic designer and as head graphic designer for the Reichsbahn; his getting his beloved teacher, George Salter, a Jew, out of Nazi Germany; his emigration in 1937 using forged documents and his rapid establishment as a designer in New York thanks to his friendship with Dr. Robert Leslie of The Composing Room.
He discusses advertisements, posters, and book jackets designed for American publications and companies and (1948) for the United Nations; his move to Rochester, New York, in 1952, as a designer for printing companies and beginning the teaching of design at the Rochester Institute of Technology at the invitation of Stanley Witmeyer, Director of its School of Art and Design; fellow teachers at RIT, including the ceramists, Hobart Cowles and Frans Wildenhain; and the importance of continually refreshing the creative powers by sketching in nature, a principle instilled in him as a student which he carried into his teaching at RIT.
Biographical / Historical:
Hans Joachim Barschel (1912-1998) was a graphic designer and art instructor from Rochester, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 1 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.
Restrictions:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire audio recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Design -- Study and teaching -- United States  Search this
Design -- Study and teaching -- Germany  Search this
National socialism and art  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.barsch94
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-barsch94

Stanley H. Witmeyer papers

Creator:
Witmeyer, Stanley Herbert, 1913-2011  Search this
Names:
Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1932-1978
Scope and Contents:
Biographical data, correspondence, Iroquois Art Association file, lectures, writings, printed materials and photographs.
Biographical data, including a proof page for WHO'S WHO and a faculty evaluation for Witmeyer by the Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology; correspondence mostly regarding Witmeyer's career, achievements and other professional matters; Iroquois Art Association file containing correspondence, notices of meetings, membership lists, and questionnaires; the texts for two undated lectures: "The Challenge to Art Education," and "The Graphic Communicator";
miscellaneous writings, including "A Program for a Graphic Communications Curriculum," "A Proposal for a Program School of Art and Design/Rochester Institute of Technology," "The Arts and Crafts in Retrospect in this 150th Anniversary of the Rochester Institute of Technology,"; printed materials including clippings and a copy of Witmeyer's A SEARCH FOR MEANING, published in 1961; and 7 photographs of Witmeyer. Also includes correspondence, reports, proposals for space requirements, moving plans for a new campus for the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Biographical / Historical:
Art school director; Rochester, N.Y. Served as Director of the School of Art and Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1952-1968, and as Associate Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1968-1973.
Provenance:
Donated 1985 by Witmeyer.
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:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- Rochester  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- Rochester  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- Rochester  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.witmstan
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-witmstan

Hans Christensen papers

Names:
American Craft Council  Search this
Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Women's Council (N.Y.)  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty  Search this
University of Rochester. Memorial Art Gallery  Search this
Christensen, Hans, 1924-1983  Search this
Quinn, Eileen  Search this
Extent:
12.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Slides (photographs)
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Date:
1924-1989
bulk 1955-1983
Summary:
The papers of designer, silversmith, and educator Hans Christensen measure 12.3 linear feet and date from 1924 to 1989 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1955 to 1983. The collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, personal business records, teaching files for the Rochester Institute of Technology, printed and broadcast materials, artwork, photographic materials, and sound and video recordings.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of designer, silversmith, and educator Hans Christensen measure 12.3 linear feet and date from 1924 to 1989 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1955 to 1983. The collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, personal business records, teaching files for the Rochester Institute of Technology, printed and broadcast materials, artwork, photographic materials, and sound and video recordings.

Biographical materials include address books, card files, 27 appointment books, awards and certificates, official documents from Denmark, interviews, legal records, and records of his memorial service. Correspondence is with Christensen's mother and wife, colleagues, the International Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Rochester Society, and others. Writings consist of Christensen's essays on hollow ware and RIT; lectures at the Memorial Art Galleries, Women's Council, and the American Craft Council; and notes and a notebook on an array of subjects. Writings by others are by Eileen Quinn and a student paper.

Personal business records are divided into general, activities, and commission files that pertain to Christensen's career outside of teaching. Teaching files include alumni files, contracts, correspondence, course outlines, records for the International Trade Fair of Rennes, grievance committee files, a financial ledger, meeting records, program information, reports, studio floor plan, and student files.

Printed materials include a broadcast recording, a scrapbook, booklets, business cards, clippings, and exhibition material that mainly feature Christensen and his work. Artwork consists of one sketchbook, a portfolio, and numerous sketches and templates. Photographic materials include photographs, negatives, and slides of Christensen, his first and second wives, Betten and Els, and home life, his family in Denmark, travel, students and colleagues, and works of art. Unidentified sound recordings consist of 17 sound cassettes.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as nine series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1924-1983 (1.2 linear feet; Boxes 1, 2, 13, OV 15)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-1986 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1952-1982 (0.4 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1953-1983 (3.5 linear feet; Boxes 3-6, 13, OVs 16-17)

Series 5: Teaching Files, 1954-1983 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 6-8, 13, OV 16)

Series 6: Printed and Broadcast Materials, 1950s-1989 (2.2 linear feet; Boxes 8-9, 14, OV 15)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1970s (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 9, 13-14, OVs 15-24)

Series 8: Photographic Materials, circa 1940-1983 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 9-11, 13, OV 25)

Series 9: Unidentified Sound Recordings, circa 1960s-1970s (0.4 linear feet; Box 12)
Biographical / Historical:
Hans Christensen (1924-1983) was a designer, silversmith, and educator in Rochester, N.Y.

Christensen was born to Holger and Valborg Christensen in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he also lived with his brother Per. Christensen attended the School for Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen and in Oslo, Norway. He began his career working for renowned Danish silversmith, Georg Jensen. In 1952, Christensen made his first visit to the United States representing Jensen's works at an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. He emigrated to the United States in 1954 and began his professorship of metalsmithing and jewelry at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). At RIT, he held the Charlotte Fredericks Mowris Professorship in Contemporary Crafts and was posthumously awarded the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Over the span of his career, Christensen completed numerous commissions including works for the Vatican, royal families of Europe and Iran, RIT, Xerox, and others. He was a member of the International Institute of Arts and Letters in Switzerland, the College of Fellows of the American Crafts Council, the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and the Nathaniel Rochester Society.

Christensen was married to Astrid Elizabeth Sandum, called "Betten," from 1953 to 1965. In 1968, Christensen married Elisabeth "Els" Christensen, née Meijer. He died in a car accident in 1983 in Rochester, N.Y.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview and slide presentation with Hans Christensen conducted by Robert Brown for the Archives of American Art from December 11, 1981 to December 3, 1982.
Provenance:
The Hans Christensen papers were donated in 1982 by Christensen and in 1984, 1988-1992 by his widow, Elisabeth Christensen.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- New York (State)  Search this
Artisans -- New York (State)  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Designers -- New York (State)  Search this
Jewelers--New York (State)  Search this
Metal-work--Study and teaching--New York (State)  Search this
Metal-workers--New York (State)  Search this
Silversmiths--New York (State)  Search this
Silverware  Search this
Silverwork--New York (State)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Slides (photographs)
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.chrihans
See more items in:
Hans Christensen papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-chrihans

Frans Wildenhain, 1950-75 : creative and commercial American ceramics at mid-century / Bruce A. Austin ; photography by A. Sue Weisler ; with essays by Jonathan Clancy and Becky Simmons

Title:
Creative and commercial American ceramics at mid-century
Frans Wildenhain, 1950-1975
Author:
Austin, Bruce A. 1952-  Search this
Simmons, Becky  Search this
Clancy, Jonathan  Search this
Subject:
Wildenhain, Frans 1905-1980  Search this
Wildenhain, Frans 1905-1980  Search this
Johnson, Robert Bradley  Search this
School for American Craftsmen Faculty  Search this
School for American Craftsmen History  Search this
Shop One (Rochester, N.Y.) History  Search this
Physical description:
ix, [1], 245 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
Typefaces (Type evidence)
Place:
New York (State)
Rochester
Date:
2012
C2012
20th century
Topic:
Art pottery  Search this
Art pottery, American  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Art--Marketing--History  Search this
Verlag  Search this
Arno Pro  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1021595

Rochester 585/716 / conceived and edited by Jim Goldberg, Chris Klatell, and Donovan Wylie ; photographs by Chien-Chi Chang [and ten others] ; texts by Cornelius Eady [and five others]

Title:
585 716
Editor:
Goldberg, Jim 1953-  Search this
Klatell, Chris  Search this
Wylie, Donovan 1971-  Search this
Author:
Chang, Chien-Chi 1961- Photographs Selections  Search this
Author:
Eady, Cornelius 1954-  Search this
Subject:
Eastman Kodak Company of New York  Search this
Physical description:
454 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm + 1 digital C-print (21 x 26 cm)
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
New York (State)
Rochester
Rochester (N.Y.)
Date:
2015
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
Portrait photography  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1061835

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