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Fritzi Brod papers

Creator:
Brod, F. (Fritzi), 1900-  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet ((on 2 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1932-1977
Scope and Contents:
Photographs, clippings, books and exhibition catalogs documenting Fritzi Brod's career and the Chicago art scene from the early 1920s to the early 1950s.
Reel 376: A career resume, 22 photographs of Brod's works and the cover and title page of A CHILD'S BOOK OF BIRDS by W. J. Beecher (Brod, Platt & Munk: New York, 1951), illustrated by Brod. The remainder of this book and Brod's DECORATIVE DESIGN (Brod, Platt & Munk: New York, 1958) have not been microfilmed.
Reel 4190: A scrapbook of clippings (1932-1952, 1967, 1977) on Brod, her activities, and the Chicago art scene, exhibition announcements (1932-1967), five exhibition catalogs (1938-1977) and a 1944 press release on Brod's watercolor exhibition at the Norlyst Gallery.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, lithographer, writer, and illustrator. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Brod came to Chicago in 1924 after studying art in Prague and Vienna. Already an accomplished designer of textiles in the "modern manner", she continued her work with Raymond Katz in his "Little Gallery". Brod's work was critically acclaimed at Chicago's first outdoor art fair in 1932, and she was featured in C. J. Bulliet's column, "Artists of Chicago" in 1936. Brod died in 1952.
Provenance:
Donor Oswald Brod was married to Fritzi Brod. His second wife, Rose Brod, also donated materials to the collection.
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:
Textile designers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Lithographers  Search this
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Decorative arts -- United States -- Design  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.brodf
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brodf

Claire Zeisler papers

Creator:
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Extent:
3.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1941-1992
Summary:
The papers of fiber artist Claire Zeisler measure 3.5 linear feet and date from 1941 to 1992. Zeisler's career is documented through project files, printed materials, and scrapbooks. The bulk of the collection consists of twenty-two scrapbooks containing resumes and chronologies; an honorary degree; business correspondence with libraries, museums, and other institutions concerning exhibitions of Zeisler's work and the loan of her personal art collection; exhibition lists and condition reports; loan records; printed materials for exhibitons; and scattered sketches and hanging instructions. Project files contain documents relating to titled weavings and general works, and may include fabric samples, hanging instructions, plans, and material costs. Also found are three exhibition catalogs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of fiber artist Claire Zeisler measure 3.5 linear feet and date from 1941 to 1992. Zeisler's career is documented through project files, printed materials, and scrapbooks. The bulk of the collection consists of twenty-two scrapbooks containing resumes and chronologies; an honorary degree; business correspondence with libraries, museums, and other institutions concerning exhibitions of Zeisler's work and the loan of her personal art collection; exhibition lists and condition reports; loan records; printed materials for exhibitons; and scattered sketches and hanging instructions. Project files contain documents relating to titled weavings and general works, and may include fabric samples, hanging instructions, plans, and material costs. Also found are three exhibition catalogs.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as three series

Series 1: Project Files, circa 1941-1991 (0.8 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Printed Material, 1977-1987 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1941-1992 (2.5 linear feet; Boxes 2-5)
Biographical / Historical:
Claire Zeisler (1903-1991) was a fiber artist and art collector active in Chicago, Illinois.

Zeisler was born Claire Block in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1903. She studied at Columbia College Chicago but left to marry Harold Florsheim in 1921. The couple divorced in 1943 and she married Ernest Zeisler in 1946.

For much of her early life, Claire concentrated her interest in art on collecting. Throughout the 1930s, she acquired paintings by European modern artists such as Paul Klee, Joan MirĂ³, and Pablo Picasso. Later, she collected paintings by American artists such as Franz Kline and Robert Rauschenberg. She expanded her collection to include textile works and baskets by Native Americans, and African sculpture among others.

After her divorce, she returned to the study of art at the Chicago Institute of Design and the Illinois Institute of Technology. She studied under Bea Swartchild who inspired a love for weaving. Zeisler's first works used traditional loom techniques but later she focused on knotting and braiding. She innovated free-falling fiber sculpture and her works helped push fiber art from craft to a fine art.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview of Claire Zeisler conducted by Dennis Barrie in June 1981.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel 3109) inluding scrapbooks lent by Ziesler in 1983. Some, but not all, of this material was included in later donations. This material remains with the lender and is not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Scrapbooks on reel 3019 were lent to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in August 1983 by Claire Zeisler. In 1992 her son and executor, Thomas Florsheim, donated additional scrapbooks, and project and weaving files. He interfiled new material in the previously microfilmed scrapbooks, 1941-1983, expanding them from eight notebooks to thirteen.
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.
Occupation:
Weavers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Fiber artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Textile designers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Collectors -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Textile crafts -- United States  Search this
Fiberwork  Search this
Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Citation:
Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.zeisclai
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-zeisclai

[Trade catalogs from Peck & Hills Furniture Co.]

Variant company name:
New York, NY (1922) ; Philadelphia, PA  Search this
Company Name:
Peck & Hills Furniture Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Catalog from 1922 for retailer (or wholesaler?) of home furnishings ("Hoosier-style" kitchen cabinets, bedroom suites, fold-up beds, wicker furniture, Davenport sofas, trays, clocks, tables, lamps, Egyptian-revival stools, pianos, children's furniture) ; trunks ; baby carriages ; bicycles ; invalid wheel chairs ; sewing machines ; dinner dishes ; school furniture ; church furniture (for pulpit and pews) ; washing machine ; electric vacuum cleaner ; rugs and linoleum. Catalog from 1954 for home furnishings (sofas, mattresses, ashtrays, cabinets, tables and dinettes) ; small appliances (carpet sweepers, toasters, waffle irons, coffee percolators) ; carpet ; kitchen cabinets ; luggage and office furniture. 1922 flyers for basswood and cedar furniture (matting covered commode box, utility box) ; Queen Anne-revival bedroom furniture. Aug. 1922 circular for retailers filled with "Open stock suggestions."
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
5 pieces; 2 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Appliances (household)  Search this
Ceramics; pottery; glass; crystal; china; bricks; and stones  Search this
Clocks and watches (including clock-making and watch-making equipment)  Search this
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Garden and lawn equipment and supplies  Search this
Lighting (electric; gas; candle; oil; etc.)  Search this
Luggage; travel; travel services and traveling accessories (including trunks; briefcases; and other traveling accessories)  Search this
Office equipment and supplies  Search this
Retailers equipment and supplies  Search this
Sewing machines and equipment  Search this
Smoking and tobacco accessories  Search this
Textiles and textile machinery  Search this
Topic:
Briefcases  Search this
Candles  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Clocks and watches  Search this
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
Garden ornaments and furniture  Search this
Garden tools  Search this
Glass  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Household appliances  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Lamps  Search this
Lighting  Search this
Luggage  Search this
Office equipment and supplies industry  Search this
Porcelain  Search this
Pottery  Search this
Retail trade equipment industry  Search this
Sewing machines  Search this
Smoking paraphernalia  Search this
Textile fabrics  Search this
Textile machinery industry  Search this
Tobacco industry  Search this
Tobacco jars and boxes  Search this
Tobacco pipes  Search this
Travel  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_29509
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_29509

[Trade catalogs from Lussky, White & Coolidge, Inc.]

Company Name:
Lussky, White & Coolidge, Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
"Cabinet and Drapery Hardware" ; "Decorator and Upholstry Hardware" ; curtain rings and clips ; traverse track ; hooks ; thread ; fringe ; cleaners ; leather conditioners and refinishers ; silicone protective spray ; upholstery tacks and furniture nails ; grommet dies and cutters ; upholsterers' needles and tools ; ceramic and brass hardware ; drawer knobs and pulls ; cane webbing and splines ; casters ; hinges ; handles ; "Stanley Router-Shaper" ; drills ; clamps ; other tools ; shears ; upholstery ; genuine leather and artificial leather ; moss ; tow ; curled hair ; button machines ; chair seats ; upholsterer's springs ; locks ; phonograph hardware ; reproduction furniture trimmings ; "Hartshorn" shade rollers ; hammers ; plumbs and levels ; hatchets ; bench grinders ; chisels ; carving tools ; glass cutters or glaziers diamonds ; fire extinguisher ; "Champion" hair picker ; "Calcutt's" quick repair tire ; washing machine casters ; piano casters ; "Nachman Spring Units" ; machine locks ; padlocks ; other upholsterers' tools and supplies .
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
5 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Plastics and rubber  Search this
Textiles and textile machinery  Search this
Metalwork products (architectural and ornamental)  Search this
Brass; bronze and specialty metals  Search this
Leather products; tanning and equestrian supplies  Search this
Locks and safes (including alarm and security systems)  Search this
Cleaning tools and supplies  Search this
Ceramics; pottery; glass; crystal; china; bricks; and stones  Search this
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Hardware and hand tools  Search this
Topic:
Architectural metal-work  Search this
Art metal-work  Search this
Brass  Search this
Bronze  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Cleaning compounds  Search this
Cleaning machinery and appliances  Search this
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
Glass  Search this
Hardware  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Leather industry and trade  Search this
Locks and keys  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Metals  Search this
Plastics industry and trade  Search this
Porcelain  Search this
Pottery  Search this
Rubber industry and trade  Search this
Safes  Search this
Security systems  Search this
Tanning  Search this
Textile fabrics  Search this
Textile machinery industry  Search this
Tools  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_27982
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_27982

Rooted in Chicago : fifty years of textile design traditions / by Christa C. Mayer Thurman

Author:
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Mayer-Thurman, Christa C  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago Department of Textiles  Search this
Subject:
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago School Alumni and alumnae  Search this
Physical description:
96 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
Date:
1997
C1997
20th century
Topic:
Textile fabrics--History  Search this
Call number:
NK8802.C47 A782 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_777516

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