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Washington National Cathedral Stained Glass Formulae Collection

Creator:
Saint, Lawrence B., 1885-1961  Search this
Washington Cathedral  Search this
Extent:
9.3 Cubic feet (29 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Formulae, chemical
Glass samples
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1926-1936
Summary:
This collection consists of chemical formulae developed by Lawrence Saint for use in his stained glass work at the Washington National Cathedral. There are supporting samples, records, and notes.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 976 formulae developed by Lawrence Saint for making stained glass. A shoe box contains 3" x 5" index cards of the formulae. Included are duplicate formulae and some miscellaneous notes. There are also over eight hundred samples of glass for various formulae. Some of the formulae were missing when the collection was donated to the National Museum of American History. These are noted in the container list.
Arrangement:
This collection is divided into three series.

Series 1, Formulae, 1927-1933

Series 2, Notes and Records, 1926-1936

Series 3, Glass Samples, 1927-1933
Biographical / Historical:
Lawrence B. Saint was born in Pittsburgh in 1885. The work he did with stained glass, especially filming (the process of making a work of stained glass, old or new, look as if it is from the Middle Ages), influenced glassmakers everywhere. At thirteen, Saint was employed in Goeddel's wallpaper store. While at Goeddel's, Saint made sketches which impressed J. Horace Ruby, a former Goeddel's employee. Saint then began working under Ruby at Ruby Brothers Stained Glass Company. Saint's chores in the studio were to grind paint, trace patterns, sweep the floors, and build fires in the pot-bellied stove. Saint worked in this studio for four years. He saved enough money to put himself through the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

After art school, Saint was employed by the H. F. Petgen Company of Pittsburgh to design a large rose window for the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in East Liberty, Pennsylvania. It was a mosaic of color with symbols of the four evangelists of Christ. During his last year in art school, Saint met his future wife, Katherine Wright. Their honeymoon in Europe provided Saint time to study and copy medieval stained glass. Saint made at least three visits to Europe and collected sample glass from Chartres and other cathedrals. When Saint returned to the United States he designed and painted windows for eleven years under the direction of Raymond Pitcairn, promoter of medieval arts at Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Pennsylvania. During this period, Saint started to portray figures from life to record the faces of his generation. Between visits to Europe, Saint completed six windows in eleven years. Three were figure windows, three were two small roses, and one was a grisaille window. Grisaille is a style of monochromatic painting in shades of gray, used especially for the representation of relief sculpture, or to simulate one. After his work at Bryn Athyn, Saint worked out of his own stained glass studio.

He then went to work for the Washington National Cathedral as head of its stained glass studio. He designed and executed fourteen windows for the Cathedral: the North Rose Window, nine choir aisle windows, and four others in the north transept aisles. Saint experimented with recapturing the reds, blues, and other vibrant colors achieved by medieval glass makers using formulae based on spectroscopic analyses of scraps of 13th century glass. While working for the Cathedral, a fire broke out in Saint's studio. Many windows and materials were destroyed including a window depicting Moses. Saint's most famous work for the Cathedral was the North Rose Window entitled, "The Last Judgment." This window cost $22,687 and took twelve men to create. Saint made his own glass and applied his own process for filming it. Upon completion, Saint's work was displayed at the Free Library of Philadelphia in 1957 and in other cities. Saint said, 'I trust that my material, made public, will lead others to improve on my work...".
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the National Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History) by the Washington National Cathedral, through Richard T. Feller in 1977.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Topic:
Glass, Colored  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Stained glass artists  Search this
Glass manufacture  Search this
Genre/Form:
Formulae, chemical
Glass samples
Citation:
Washington National Cathedral Stained Glass Formulae Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0090
See more items in:
Washington National Cathedral Stained Glass Formulae Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0090

Lawrence Bradford Saint papers

Creator:
Saint, Lawrence B., 1885-1961  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (microfilm reel)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1907-1940
Scope and Contents:
Clippings and articles about Saint, glass making from expert French glass makers, a glass making machine and his technique and formulas for making stained glass; technical writings by Saint; and drawings and photographs.
Biographical / Historical:
Stained glass artist, etcher and writer; Huntington Valley, PA. Director of the stained glass department at the Washington Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming, 1954, by the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Stained glass artists -- Pennsylvania -- Huntington Valley  Search this
Topic:
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.sainlawr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sainlawr

Michael Loew papers

Creator:
Loew, Michael, 1907-1985  Search this
Names:
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors  Search this
Holland-Goldowsky Gallery  Search this
Landmark Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Marilyn Pearl Gallery  Search this
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
University of California, Berkeley  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
De Kooning, Elaine  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997 -- Photographs  Search this
Dehner, Dorothy, 1901-1994  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Hasen, Burt  Search this
Jensen, Alfred, 1903-1981  Search this
Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005  Search this
Kahn, Louis I., 1901-1974  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Lahey, Richard, b. 1893  Search this
McDarrah, Fred W., 1926-2007  Search this
McNeil, George, 1908-1995  Search this
McPherson, Sarah Freedman, 1895-1978  Search this
Morris, George L. K., 1905-1975  Search this
Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963  Search this
Schempp, Theodore  Search this
Schnitzler, Max, 1903-  Search this
Siskind, Aaron  Search this
Slivka, Rose  Search this
Extent:
1.8 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 2 reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1930-1997
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material, correspondence, notes, writings, photographs, business and financial records, works of art, and printed material document the career of painter and educator Michael Loew.
REEL N68-94: Biographical material, 1957-1967, includes 5 biographical sketches, a bibliography of Loew's publications, and an artist's statement. Correspondence, 1935-1968, is with colleagues, galleries, and educational institutions. There are one or two letters each from colleagues Josef Albers, Willem de Kooning, Adolph Gottlieb, Philip Johnson, Richard Lahey, George L.K. Morris, and Clifford Odets. Nine letters relate to Loew's work for the U.S. Works Progress Administration and the New York World's Fair. Writings, 1966, consist of several drafts for essay "Is It the Function of the Artist to Communicate with his Audience." A contract, 1938, is between Loew and Willem de Kooning and the New York World's Fair 1939 Inc. Printed material, 1944-1968, consists of exhibition announcements and catalogs. Photographs, 1960-1964, are of Loew and his art works. Notes consist of 2 undated notebooks and a typescript concerning Josef Albers. A scrapbook, 1938-1965, contains 4 photographs of art works, clippings, and exhibition announcements and catalogs.
REEL 5053: Correspondence, 1944-1990, is with galleries, including the Holland-Goldowsky Gallery, educational institutions, including the University of California at Berkeley, and colleagues including Dorothy Dehner, Burt Hasen, and Aaron Siskind. Correspondence, 1956-1957, with Rockwell Kent concerns the rental of Kent's Monhegan Island cabin. One letter, 1959, includes 3 photographs of Loew, Louis Kahn, Allan Kaprow, and George McNeil. Lecture notes are for an Artists Equity symposium, 1956, and a panel discussion on painting, 1968. Writings, 1968-1979, consist of 3 essays by Loew and tributes written to Sarah Freedman McPherson by Loew and others. Printed material, 1932-1992, consists of clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and a book "The Artist's World" by Fred W. McDarrah. Photographs, 1930-1979, are of Loew, his friends, and his art works. One photograph is of Alfred Jensen, Theodore Schempp, Max Schnitzler, and Loew in Tunis, 1930.
UNMICROFILMED Biographical material incudes curriculum vita, obituaries, and birth announcements of Jonathan Loew, Michael Loew's son. Correspondence is with Willem and Elaine de Kooning. Writings include notes and a transcription of Loew's 1966 MoMA talk Must the Artist Communicate with his Audience, drafts of an article by Loew regarding Joseph Albers NEA and Guggenheim grant applications. Photographs are of Loew, his artwork, and his travels in Mexico as well as a color photograph of Loew and Willem de Kooning in de Kooning's studio taken by Rose Slivka. Artwork includes original off-prints for book covers. Business files relate to the 1939 World's Fair mural commission and include information about gifts of artwork to museums. Financial material includes a sales record book and records of sales with the Marilyn Pearl and Landmark galleries. Also included are literature and directories from the Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, exhibition announcements,and newspaper clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Born in New York City, Michael Loew (1907-1985) studied at the Art Students League from 1926-1929, Academie Scandinave in Paris from 1929-1930, the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art from 1947-1949, and at the Atelier Fernand Leger from 1949-1950. Loew worked as a stained glass artist from 1926 to 1929, and painted murals with Willem de Kooning for the New York World's Fair of 1939. Between 1956 and 1966, he taught painting at the Portland (Oregon) Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley, and at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Provenance:
Material on reel N68-94 lent for microfilming 1968 by Michael Loew; approximately 50 letters and an artists' statement were later received in subsequent donations. Additional papers were donated in 1981-1982 by Loew, and in 1994 and 2008 by his widow, Mildred C. Loew, a portion of which was microfilmed on reel 5053. The photograph of Loew and de Kooning taken by Rose Slivka was donated by Loew's niece, Jackie Cohen, in 2007.
Restrictions:
Microfilmed portion must be accessed on film. Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.loewmich
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-loewmich

The Decorative Impulse: panel discussion

Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2015-03-28T23:02:04Z
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
See more by:
americanartmuseum
YouTube Channel:
americanartmuseum
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_0isp3H1Dumo

Exploring Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson's papers with Anacostia Community Museum

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2017-02-17T21:30:50Z
Topic:
Transcription  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
See more by:
SmithsonianTranscription
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianTranscription
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_IvvUH5-xyhc

Oral history interview with James Couper Wright, 1965 June 11

Interviewee:
Wright, James Couper, 1906-1969  Search this
Interviewer:
McGlynn, Betty Lochrie Hoag, 1914-2002  Search this
Subject:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Painters -- California -- Pasadena -- Interviews  Search this
Stained glass artists -- California -- Pasadena -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12041
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213981
AAA_collcode_wright65
Theme:
Craft
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213981

Oral history interview with Orin Ensign Skinner, 1972 April 20

Interviewee:
Skinner, Orin Ensign, 1892-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Designers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12001
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213095
AAA_collcode_skinne72
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213095

Oral history interview with Edgar Dorsey Taylor, 1965 April 5

Interviewee:
Taylor, Edgar Dorsey, 1904-1978  Search this
Interviewer:
McGlynn, Betty Lochrie Hoag, 1914-2002  Search this
Subject:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Artists -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12757
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213902
AAA_collcode_taylor65
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213902

Oral history interview with Judith Schaechter, 2011 July 19-20

Interviewee:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Stained glass artists -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15989
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)305478
AAA_collcode_schaec11
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_305478
Online Media:

Oral history interview with James Hubbell, 2012 July 30

Interviewee:
Hubbell, James T., 1931-  Search this
Interviewer:
Lauria, Jo, 1954-  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Designers -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Stained glass artists -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Architects -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16094
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)361665
AAA_collcode_hubbel12
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_361665
Online Media:

Jessie Van Brunt papers, 1910-1942

Creator:
Van Brunt, Jessie, 1863-1947  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6909
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209038
AAA_collcode_vanbrun
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209038

Henry Lee Willet papers and business records, 1885-1985

Creator:
Willet, Henry Lee, 1899-1983  Search this
Willet Stained Glass and Decorating Company  Search this
Subject:
Willet, Anne Lee  Search this
Willet, William  Search this
Topic:
Stained glass industry -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7152
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209286
AAA_collcode_willhenr
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209286

Sara de Prix Wyman Whitman papers, 1889-1893

Creator:
Whitman, Sarah de St. Prix Wyman, 1842-1904  Search this
Topic:
Art, American -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8686
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210866
AAA_collcode_whitsara
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210866

Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991

Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Subject:
Burnham, Wilbur Herbert  Search this
Burnham, Wilbur Herbert, Jr.  Search this
Connick, Charles J.  Search this
Reynolds, Joseph G.  Search this
Portanova, Joseph Domenico  Search this
American Art Expositions (Firm)  Search this
Stained Glass Association of America  Search this
Reynolds, Francis, and Rohnstock  Search this
Joseph G. Reynolds Associates  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Photographs
Watercolors
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Church architecture -- United States  Search this
Church decoration and ornament -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Stained glass artists-Massachusetts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9766
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212167
AAA_collcode_wilbhbur
Theme:
Diaries
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212167
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Wilbur Herbert Burnham, 1981 September 11

Interviewee:
Burnham, Jr., Wilbur Herbert, 1913-1984  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Stained glass artists -- Massachusetts -- Wakefield -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12230
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212568
AAA_collcode_burnha81
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212568

Margaret Redmond papers, ca. [1880-1940]

Creator:
Redmond, Margaret, 1867-1948  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8371
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210544
AAA_collcode_redmmarg
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210544

Wilhelm Rupprecht letters, 1922

Creator:
Rupprecht, Wilhelm, 1886-  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8387
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210561
AAA_collcode_ruppwilh
Theme:
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210561

Judy Raffael papers, 1966-1981

Creator:
North, Judy, 1937-  Search this
Subject:
Collins, Robert B.  Search this
Prisbrey, Tressa  Search this
Raffael, Joseph  Search this
Topic:
Quilts  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9182
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211377
AAA_collcode_raffjudy
Theme:
Diaries
Women
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211377

Joseph G. Reynolds papers, 1903-1972

Creator:
Reynolds, Joseph G., 1886-1972  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9199
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211394
AAA_collcode_reynjose
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211394

Violet Oakley papers, 1841-1981

Creator:
Oakley, Violet, 1874-1961  Search this
Subject:
Pennsylvania State Capitol  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Diaries
Glass plate negatives
Renderings
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Visitors' books
Sketches
Topic:
Artists' materials  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- United States  Search this
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9580
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211781
AAA_collcode_oaklviol
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211781
Online Media:

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