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Transcript of interview with Fred Smith

Creator:
Smith, Fred, 1886-1975  Search this
Volkersz, Willem, 1939-  Search this
Smith, Fred, 1886-1975  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Date:
1975 May 18
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)22698
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Willem Volkersz interviews, 1975-1985
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_22698

Robert Amft slides and photographs

Creator:
Amft, Robert, 1916-  Search this
Names:
Ellsworth Rock Garden  Search this
Wisconsin Concrete Park (Phillips, Wis.)  Search this
Smith, Fred, 1886-1975  Search this
Extent:
190 Photographs
10 Items (photographs : negatives)
340 Slides
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Slides
Date:
1960-1985
Scope and Contents:
90 35mm color slides of Ellsworth Rock Garden, Voyaguers National Park, Minnesota taken in 1983, and 250 35mm color slides of Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park taken in 1985. Also included are black and white glossy photographs and negatives of Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park taken from early 1960s to 1985.
Biographical / Historical:
Amft is a photographer; Chicago, Illinois.
Provenance:
The slides and photographs in restricted portion of the collection are duplicates of ones lent to the Archives of American Art by the donor.
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:
Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from Robert Amft. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Photographers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Rock gardens  Search this
Concrete art -- Wisconsin.  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.amftrobe
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-amftrobe

Herbert Waide Hemphill papers

Creator:
Hemphill, Herbert Waide  Search this
Names:
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center  Search this
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Exposition Universelle de Paris (1878 : Paris, France)  Search this
Folk Art Society of America  Search this
Museum of International Folk Art (N.M.)  Search this
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)  Search this
Aiken, Gayleen  Search this
Bogun, Maceptaw, Rev.  Search this
Borkowski, Mary  Search this
Brice, Bruce  Search this
Carpenter, Miles B. (Miles Burkholder), 1889-  Search this
Coins, Raymond  Search this
Crittenden, Varick A.  Search this
Dinsmoor, Samuel Perry, 1843-1932  Search this
Donovan, Carrie  Search this
Fancher, John W.  Search this
Finster, Howard, 1916-2001  Search this
Flanagan, Thos. J. (Thomas Jefferson), b. 1890  Search this
Fowler, Tim  Search this
Gatto, Victor Joseph, 1893-1965  Search this
Ghostley, Alice, 1926-2007  Search this
Goins, Vernon  Search this
Hall, Michael D., 1941-  Search this
Hamblett, Theora, 1895-1977  Search this
Hartigan, Lynda Roscoe  Search this
Harvey, Bessie, 1929-  Search this
Hawkins, William Lawrence, 1895-1990  Search this
Hicks, Tiny  Search this
Holley, Lonnie  Search this
Hunter, Clementine  Search this
James, A. Everette (Alton Everette), 1938-  Search this
Jennings, James Harold  Search this
Jones, S. L. (Shields Landon), 1901-  Search this
Jordan, John  Search this
Josephson, Nancy, 1955-  Search this
Klumpp, Gustave, 1902-1974  Search this
Lisk, Charles  Search this
Little, Roy  Search this
Lopez, George  Search this
Maldonado, Alexander Aramburo, 1901-1989  Search this
McCarthy, Justin, 1891-1977  Search this
Merrill, James Ingram  Search this
Morgan, Gertrude  Search this
Mr. Imagination, 1948-  Search this
Nathaniel, Inez  Search this
O'Kelley, Mattie Lou  Search this
Orth, Kevin, 1961-  Search this
Patterson, Clayton  Search this
Prince, Daniel C.  Search this
Prince, Neal A.  Search this
Robertson, Royal  Search this
Rowe, Nellie Mae, 1900-1982  Search this
Smith, Fred, 1886-1975  Search this
Smith, Robert E., 1926-  Search this
Smither, John  Search this
Smither, Stephanie  Search this
Spies, Jim  Search this
St. EOM, 1908-1986  Search this
Terrillion, Veronica  Search this
Tolliver, Mose, 1920-  Search this
Tolson, Edgar, 1904-1984  Search this
Walters, Hubert  Search this
Weissman, Julia  Search this
Young, Purvis, 1943-  Search this
Zeldis, Malcah  Search this
Extent:
26.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Watercolors
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Photographs
Drawings
Poems
Reports
Prints
Interviews
Date:
1776-1998
bulk 1876-1998
Summary:
The papers of folk art collector and museum curator Herbert Waide Hemphill date from 1776-1998, bulk 1876-1998, and measure 26.7 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials, personal business records, files documenting his collecting, writings, art work, minutes of meetings, a scrapbook, printed material including exhibition and auction announcements and catalogs, and miscellaneous artifacts. The collection also contains numerous photographs of Hemphill, family members, his residences, friends and colleagues, exhibitions, travel, and art work. Sound and video recordings include interviews of Hemphill.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of folk art collector and museum curator Herbert Waide Hemphill date from 1776-1998, bulk 1876-1998, and measure 26.7 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials, personal business records, files documenting his collecting, writings, art work, minutes of meetings, a scrapbook, printed material including exhibition and auction announcements and catalogs, and miscellaneous artifacts. The collection also contains numerous photographs of Hemphill, family members, his residences, friends and colleagues, exhibitions, travel, and art work. Sound and video recordings include interviews of Hemphill.

Biographical material includes photocopies of Hemphill's birth certificate and passport, social security cards, and international health card, genealogical notes, an evaluation of his school work, membership cards, award certificates, address books, and an engagement calendar containing very brief annotations of his activities.

Correspondence documents Hemphill's affairs with miscellaneous museums and art institutions, discussing his presentation of lectures, exhibitions, and loans from his collection to organizations including the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, the Folk Art Society of America, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Smithsonian Institution's American Art Museum.

Hemphill's correspondence with friends and colleagues discuss collecting activities and pursuit of newly discovered folk art and artists. Many of the letters are from artists. Correspondents include Varick A. Crittenden, Michael D. Hall, A. Everette James, Daniel C. Prince, Neal A. Prince, and artists Rev. Maceptaw Bogun, Mary Borkowski, Tim Fowler, Joseph Victor Gatto, S. L. Jones, Gustav Klumpp, Roy Little, George Lopez, Kevin Orth, and Malcah Zeldis. There are also scattered letters from artists Miles Burkholder Carpenter, John W. Fancher, Rev. Howard Finster, William Hawkins, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Mr. Imagination, Mattie Lou O'Kelley, Clayton Patterson, St. EOM, and Mose Tolliver. One letter from Stephanie and John Smither is etched on a bone.

Personal business records include both legal and financial documents. There are wills for Hemphill, his mother, and for his friend Neal A. Prince. The records also include leases, insurance records, contracts, grant proposals, loan agreements, deeds of gift, price lists, consignment records, tax records, and miscellaneous receipts. Cancelled checks relate to Hemphill's collecting interests and activities, and include payments to artists for their work. There are court papers documenting a lawsuit by Hemphill's landlord who was attempting to evict him.

Art work consists of a sketchbook by Roy Little, a set of hand-cut Japanese mask designs, a collage of Polaroid photographs taped to glass created by Rev. Howard Finster, a hand-made book by Nancy Josephson, and miscellaneous drawings, watercolors, and prints by various artists including Justin McCarthy, Inez Nathaniel, and Nellie Mae Rowe.

Notes and writings include card files of artists, extensive bibliographic card files, and scattered notes on artists including Miles Carpenter, Raymond Coins, Rev. Howard Finster, Mattie Lou O'Kelley, Royal Robertson, Veronica Terrillion, Mose Tolliver, and Bill Traylor. Also found are lists of artists, patrons, and art work, miscellaneous notes, and minutes of meetings. Writings by Hemphill and others including Michael D. Hall, Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, A. Everett James, and Julia Weissman, consist of reports, typescripts, and poems concerning a wide range of art-related topics and travel.

A scrapbook consists of unbound pages of clippings and newsletters about Hemphill, his collection, and exhibitions of folk art.

There is extensive additional printed material illustrating Hemphill's many interests. This series primarily consists of clippings and exhibition announcements and catalogs for mainstream artists as well as folk artists. Also included are auction announcements and catalogs, announcements for festivals, press releases, and calendars of events. Numerous booklets, brochures, programs, menus, business cards, and novelty postcards concern a variety of topics including worldwide travel, the sale of art work, miscellaneous galleries, museums, organizations, conferences, schools, lectures, antiques and craft shops, films, publications, restaurants, household items, historical topics, and miscellaneous artists including Miles Carpenter, S. P. Dinsmoor, Lonnie Holley, Clementine Hunter, and Veronica Terrillion. There are also autographed copies of booklets The Black Swan and Other Poems by James Merrill, and The Blood of Jesus by Thomas Jefferson Flanagan. Novelty postcards range from photographs of Elvis Presley to cards with amusing captions or cartoon jokes. There is also sheet music by Charles Trenet. Miscellaneous printed material includes several eighteenth-century newspapers and a 1776 thirty shilling note from New Jersey.

Photographs are of Hemphill, family members, his residences, friends and colleagues including style editor Carrie Donovan, artist Rev. Howard Finster dancing at an exhibition opening, actress Alice Ghostley, Michael D. Hall, circus performers Vernon Goins and Tiny Hicks, Smithsonian curator Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, Neal A. Prince, and Jim Spies. Photographs of exhibitions include stereographic views of the International Exhibition in Philadelphia and the Exposition Universelle in Paris, and photographs of Hemphill's donation of his collection and its subsequent exhibition at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum. Travel photographs include views of South Dakota, Texas, the American West, Japan, Mexico, and The Netherlands.

Numerous photographs of art work sometimes include images of the artists with their work including Bruce Brice, Raymond Coins, John W. Fancher, Rev. Howard Finster, Theora Hamblett, Bessie Harvey, William Hawkins, James Harold Jennings, John Jordan, Charles Lisk, Alexander Maldonado, St. EOM, Fred Smith, Edgar Tolson, Hubert Walters, and Purvis Young. Some photographs of unattributed art work has been arranged by the state in which it is located and includes a Mardi Gras parade in Louisiana, a Mummer's parade in Pennsylvania, Lucy the Elephant-shaped building in New Jersey, and Holy Ghost Park in Wisconsin. Other photographs of unattributed art work include works on paper, paintings, sculpture, signs, collages, needlework, glass, ceramics, and architecture.

Sound and video recordings include a cassette from Hemphill's phone answering machine that contains only Hemphill's message to callers, cassette recordings of interviews with and concerning Hemphill, artist St. EOM, painter Robert E. Smith discussing his work, and the tour narration for a Smithsonian exhibition Made With Passion. There are videotapes about Hemphill and about artists Gayleen Aiken, Miller and Bryant, and Malcah Zeldis, and miscellaneous African American artists. There is also a videotape of an American Museum of Natural History tour group arriving in a succession of villages in Melanesia and Papua New Guinea where they are greeted by the native people and given the opportunity to purchase their art work.

Artifacts consist of a scattered assemblage of three-dimensional objects including three wooden "fringe" pieces from cigar store figures, ceramic fragments from a sword handle, a lock of horse hair, and a hand-painted View Master viewer souvenir from the opening of the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. The View Master contains a disc of photographs of artists with their work including Vollis Simpson and Mary Frances Whitfield. Also included is a teacher's kit Little Adventures in Art containing four phonograph albums and four short film strips of slides showing art work in animal and bird forms.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 10 series; all series are arranged chronologically:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1916-1997 (Box 1, 28; 12 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1901-1998 (Boxes 1-5, 27- 28, OV 31; 4.0 linear feet)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1817-1997 (Box 5-7, 28; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 4: Art Work, 1911-1997 (Box 7, 32; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 5: Notes and Writings, 1938-1996 (Box 7-10, 28; 2.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Scrapbook, 1965-1976 (Box 10; 1 folder)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1776-1998 (Box 10-19, 28-29, OV 31; 9.5 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, 1876-1997 (Box 19-24, 29; 5.5 linear feet)

Series 9: Sound and Video Recordings, 1986-1991 (Box 25-26; 13 folders)

Series 10: Artifacts, 1968-1995 (Box 26, 30; 0.7 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., (1929-1998) lived in New York city and was a prominent curator, historian, and collector of American folk art. Hemphill was one of the founding members of the Museum of American Folk Art, organized several large exhibitions of folk art, and co-authored Twentieth Century American Folk Art and Artist.

Hemphill was born on January 21, 1929 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the son of businessman Herbert Waide Hemphill, Sr., and Emma Bryan Bradley Hemphill whose uncle, William Clark Bradley, was one of the owners of the Coca-Cola Company.

Hemphill was reared in his mother's home town of Columbus, Georgia, and attended Wynnton School. At the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and the Solebury School in New Hope, Pennsylvania, Hemphill's principle interests were in art and theater. In 1948, he spent a year studying fine arts at Bard College under Stefan Hirsch, a painter and folk art collector.

Hemphill developed his interest in collecting while accompanying his mother on her shopping forays searching for Dresden china. His first acquisition was a wooden duck decoy purchased when he was seven years old. His early collections were of glass bottles, marbles, stamps, and puzzle jugs. In 1949, Hemphill moved to Manhattan and began to focus on modern European and American art and African sculpture, but after 1956 he concentrated exclusively on 19th and early 20th century American folk art. He often discovered artists during his extensive travels, especially in the American South.

In 1961, Hemphill became one of the six founding trustees of the Museum of Early American Folk Art, later named the Museum of American Folk Art, in New York City. Between 1964 and 1973, he was the museum's first curator and curated many exhibitions, helping to promote awareness of work created by self-taught or visionary artists. He later served as Trustee Emeritus for many years.

Between 1974 and 1988, Hemphill loaned portions of his extensive personal collection to 24 museums nationwide and in 1976, the American Bicentennial Commission selected works from his collection for a goodwill tour of Japan. He was named guest curator at the Brooklyn Museum in 1976 and at the Abby Aldrich Folk Art Collection in 1980, and often appeared as guest lecturer at various universities, the Smithsonian Institution, and at the Library of Congress. In 1986, Hemphill donated more than 400 folk art works to the Smithsonian Institution's American Art Museum, resulting in a landmark exhibition Made with Passion: The Hemphill Folk Art Collection of the National Museum of American Art.

Hemphill's publications include books Twentieth Century American Folk Art and Artists, co-authored with Julia Weissman in 1974, Folk Sculpture USA for the Brooklyn Museum in 1976, and Found in New York's North Country: The Folk Art of a Region, co-authored with Varick A. Chittenden in 1982 for the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute.

Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. died on May 8, 1998 in New York City.
Provenance:
Herbert Waide Hemphill donated his papers in 5 installments between 1988 and 1996.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual materials with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Folk art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Watercolors
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Photographs
Drawings
Poems
Reports
Prints
Interviews
Citation:
Herbert Waide Hemphill papers, 1776-1998, bulk 1876-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hempherb
See more items in:
Herbert Waide Hemphill papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hempherb
Online Media:

James Matthew Auer photographs

Creator:
Auer, James  Search this
Names:
Adami, Valerio, 1935-  Search this
Aiken, Pat  Search this
Anderson, Ernest  Search this
Berman, Fred, 1926-  Search this
Bloom, William  Search this
Boerher, Edward A.  Search this
Bohrod, Aaron  Search this
Brink, Guido Peter, 1913-  Search this
Burkert, Robert  Search this
Coleman, Gerald Duane  Search this
Colt, John Nicholson, 1925-1999  Search this
Cunningham, Charles Crehore, 1910-1979  Search this
Dinwiddie, William, 1867-1934  Search this
Dix, Charles  Search this
Donhauser, Paul S.  Search this
Dooley, Tom  Search this
Eisenstein, Sandra  Search this
Farrell, Patrick  Search this
Fontanne, Lynn  Search this
Fumagalli, Barbara Merrill, 1926-  Search this
Fumagalli, Orazio, 1921-  Search this
Ginnever, Charles  Search this
Goodrich, Susan, 1933-  Search this
Grotenrath, Ruth, 1912-  Search this
Haberland, Anne  Search this
Henry, John Raymond, 1943-  Search this
Kazlov, Brian, 1944-1991  Search this
Lange, Vidie, 1934-  Search this
Levine, Les, 1935-  Search this
Lichtner, Schomer, 1905-2006  Search this
Lippold, Richard, 1915-2002  Search this
Lunt, Alfred  Search this
Lyons, Roger  Search this
Miller, Gerhard Carl Frederick, 1903-  Search this
Nedobeck, Don  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Peters, James  Search this
Philipon, Philip  Search this
Philipon, Ruth Wedgwood, 1933-  Search this
Poehlmann, JoAnna  Search this
Rivers, Larry, 1925-2002  Search this
Sadow, Harvey, 1946-  Search this
Salt, John, 1937-  Search this
Schoenberger, Edwin  Search this
Schuenke, Robert  Search this
Schwanke, Robert  Search this
Schwartz, Lester  Search this
Smith, Fred, 1886-1975  Search this
Sommer, Elke  Search this
Sugarman, George, 1912-1999  Search this
Turner, Morrie  Search this
Ulbricht, Elsa Emile, 1885-1980  Search this
Varnelis, Kazys, 1917-  Search this
Von Neumann, Robert  Search this
Welch, Roger, 1946-  Search this
White, Doris A.  Search this
Winkle, James  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd, Mrs  Search this
Wyeth, Andrew, 1917-2009  Search this
Extent:
68 Items ((on 2 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1977
Scope and Contents:
Photographs by Auer from a 1977 exhibition, "Through the Studio Door," at the Oshkosh Public Museum. Contains photographs of artists and celebrities who work or exhibit in Wisconsin, photographs of works of art, and miscellaneous photos.
Photos are of: Valerio Adami, Pat Aiken, Ernest Anderson, Fred Berman, William Bloom, Edward A. Boerher, Aaron Bohrod, Guido Brink, Robert Burkert, Gerald D. Coleman, John Colt, Charles Cunningham, William Dinwiddie, Charles Dix, Paul S. Donhauser, Tom Dooley, Sandra Eisenstein, Patrick Farrell, Lynn Fontanne, Barbara Fumagalli, Orazio Fumagalli, Charles Ginnever, Susan Goodrich, Ruth Grotenrath, Anne Haberland, John Henry, Brian Kazlov, Vidie Lange, Les Levine, Schomer Lichtner, Richard Lippold, Alfred Lunt, Roger Lyons, Gerhard C. F. Miller,Don Nedoeck, Claes Oldenburg, James Peters, Philip Philipon, Ruth Philipon, Joanna Poehlmann, Larry Rivers, Harvey Sadow, John Salt, Edwin Schoenberger, Robert Schuenke, Robert Schwanke, Lester Schwartz, Fred Smith, Elke Sommer, George Sugarman, Morrie Turner, Elsa Ulbricht, Kazys Varnelis, Robert von Neumann, Roger Welch, Doris White, James Winkle, Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright, and Andrew Wyeth.
Biographical / Historical:
Art critic, filmmaker; Wisconsin; b. 1928
Provenance:
Donated 1981 by Oshkosh Public Museum.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Art critics -- Wisconsin  Search this
Filmmakers -- Wisconsin  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- Wisconsin -- Photographs  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.auerjmph
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-auerjmph

The Wisconsin Concrete Park, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Smith, Fred 1886-1975  Search this
Subject:
Lincoln, Abraham  Search this
Sacajawea  Search this
Medium:
Mixed media, concrete, glass
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Price County Forestry Department Normal Building Phillips Wisconsin 54555
Located at Highway 13 Phillips Wisconsin
Date:
1949-1964
Topic:
Animal--Tiger  Search this
Animal--Lion  Search this
Animal--Cat  Search this
Animal--Deer  Search this
Animal--Cattle  Search this
Animal--Bird  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Literature--Wallace--Ben-Hur  Search this
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Political--President  Search this
Literature--Character--Paul Bunyan  Search this
Occupation--Industry--Lumber  Search this
Ceremony--Wedding  Search this
Portrait female  Search this
Allegory--Civic--Liberty  Search this
Control number:
IAS 74200002
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_297577

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