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Joseph Kaplan papers, 1915-1977

Creator:
Kaplan, Joseph, 1900-1980  Search this
Kaplan, Joseph, 1900-1980  Search this
Subject:
Avery, Milton  Search this
Lozowick, Louis  Search this
Gropper, William  Search this
Kaplan, Virginia  Search this
Ishigaki, Eitarō  Search this
Gross, Chaim  Search this
Ishigaki, Aya  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
DeMartini, Joseph  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Wilson, Sol  Search this
United States. Public Works Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Audubon Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Topic:
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Photographers -- New York (State)  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7650
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209813
AAA_collcode_kapljose
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209813
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Joseph Kaplan papers

Creator:
Kaplan, Joseph, 1900-1980  Search this
Names:
Audubon Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
United States. Public Works Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Avery, Milton, 1885-1965  Search this
DeMartini, Joseph, 1896-1984  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Gropper, William, 1897-1977  Search this
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991  Search this
Ishigaki, Aya  Search this
Ishigaki, Eitarō, 1893-1958  Search this
Kaplan, Virginia  Search this
Lozowick, Louis, 1892-1973  Search this
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987  Search this
Wilson, Sol  Search this
Extent:
4.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Date:
1915-1977
Summary:
The papers of the painter, photographer, printmaker, and teacher Joseph Kaplan measure 4.8 linear feet and date from 1915-1977. The bulk of the collection consists of printed material, specifically exhibition catalogs. Also found are a large number of photographs taken of and by Kaplan. The papers also include biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, and artwork. There is a 0.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2021 that includes travel slides taken in Mexico and Provincetown, Massachusetts by Joseph Kaplan, circa 1940-1950, and a photograph of Kaplan by Arnold Newman, circa 1950.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of the painter, photographer, printmaker, and teacher Joseph Kaplan measure 4.8 linear feet and date from 1915-1977. The bulk of the collection consists of printed material, specifically exhibition catalogs. Also found are a large number of photographs taken of and by Kaplan. The papers also include biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, and artwork. There is a 0.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2021 that includes travel slides taken in Mexico and Provincetown, Massachusetts by Joseph Kaplan, circa 1940-1950, and a photograph of Kaplan by Arnold Newman, circa 1950.

Biographical material contains a few of Kaplan's personal documents, a number of certificates and medals he recieved during his lifetime, a travel itinerary notebook, and a few hand-written notes.

Kaplan's correspondence is primarily from colleagues, art organizations, galleries, museums, and colleges and universities such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Academy of Design, and Audubon Artists, inc. Also found are letters from friends and colleagues such as Chaim Gross, Adolph Gottlieb, Raphael Soyer, Louis Lozowick, Milton Avery, and Sol Wilson, as well as a large number of letters to his wife Virginia written during his travels.

Personal business records concern Kaplan's art sales, loans, exhibition notifications, and his involvment in the WPA. His artwork is documented in price lists and inventory lists. Some of the material consists of routine transactions not necessarily related to Kaplan's work, including bank records, an address list, and income and expense reports.

Printed Material includes news clippings, exhibition catalogs, exhibition annoucenments, and invitations for Kaplan shows. There are a few published copies and page proofs of Kaplan's commerical artwork.

Artwork includes four Kaplan etchings, three of which are metal plates and one linoleum block. Also included are a few unidentified pen and pencil sketches.

Photographs depict Kaplan, mainly later in his life, and his family. Also found are four of Virginia Kaplan's photograph albums containing images of her and friends from early adulthood. Photographs of Kaplan's friends and colleagues include images of Aya and Eitaro Ishigaki, Chaim Gross, Raphael Soyer, William Gropper, and Joseph De Martini. Also included are photographs taken by Kaplan of New York City, his travels, and artist demonstrations. There are also a large number of photographs of Kaplan's artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 7 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1919-1975 (Box 1, 5, OV 7; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1929-circa 1975 (Box 1, OV 7; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, circa 1920-1977 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1915-1975 (Box 1, 2, 3, OV 7; 2.3 linear feet)

Series 5: Artwork, circa 1940-circa 1960 (Box 3, 5; 2 folders)

Series 6: Photographic Material, 1917-circa 1975 (Box 4, 6, OV 7; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-1950 (Box 8, OV 9; 0.3 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Joseph Kaplan (1900-1980) was a painter, printmaker, photographer, and teacher who worked primarly in New York and Provincetown. He was most active in the 1940s through the 1950s. Earlier in his career he worked on several WPA Federal Art Projects and Treasury Relief Art Projects.

Joseph Kaplan was born in Minsk, Russia and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1888 at the age of 12. He married Virginia Haber in 1927 and they had no children.

Kaplan studied at the Eductional Alliance Art School and the Art Students League. He went to Provincetown in the mid-twenties as a student of Charles W. Hawthorne with whom he previously studied with at the National Academy of Design. Afterwards he revisited Provincetown intermittently and began to regard the Cape as his summer studio, working there each summer since 1948.

In 1948 he won the first of many gold medals from the Audubon Artists at the National Academy of Design for a marine painting. He was also the first recipient of the John J. Newman Memorial Medal, given by the National Society of Painters in Casein for his Wellfleet, Low Tide. The Shore Studios in Provincetown, the Harry Salpeter Gallery and then Krasner Gallery in New York City represented Kaplan's artwork.

Kaplan predominantly worked in watercolor and oil paint, depicting landscapes and seascapes, and becoming acclaimed as a Colorist and Romanticist. He occasionally painted figures and, as he gained recognition, he traveled extensively in search for subjects. In 1968 Kaplan recieved a grant from Chapelbrook Foundation to live and work for a year in Mexico.

Kaplan's work was included frequently in group exhibitions and he participated in more then 30 major shows in his lifetime. Throughout his career he was a member of many art organizations including Artists League of America, Audubon Artists, Provincetown Art Association, and Cape Cod Art Association. He was continually active in the art life in Provincetown serving as board members, trustees, and judges. He also occasionally taught at art schools including the American Artist School and John Reed Club, and taught a number of private pupils.

Joseph Kaplan died on February 28th, 1980 at the age of 79 in Brewster, Massachusetts.
Separated Materials:
307 nitrate negatives donated to the Archives of American Art with the Joseph Kaplan papers have been removed and are stored in off-site storage. Negatives were duplicated onto safety based film and only select prints were made.
Provenance:
The Joseph Kaplan papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Marilyn Kearney in 1981. Additional papers were donated by Deborah Meyer in 2021.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
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:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Photographers -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Photographers -- New York (State)  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Citation:
Joseph Kaplan papers, 1915-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kapljose
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Joseph Kaplan papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kapljose
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Clyde E. Learned Papers

Creator:
Learned, Clyde E. (civil engineer)  Search this
Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering  Search this
Names:
Bureau of Public Roads  Search this
Federal Works Agency  Search this
United States. Department of Agriculture  Search this
United States. Public Works Administration  Search this
Former owner:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reports
Photographs
Charts
Place:
New Mexico
Colorado
Wyoming
Date:
1949 - 1949
1913-1939
Summary:
Clyde E. Learned (1885-?) was the senior highway engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, District Three, during the years 1919-1939. He was later a design engineer for the Public Roads Administration, Division Nine, in 1949.
Scope and Contents:
Material prepared for the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads relating to highway construction, mostly in Colorado but also Wyoming and New Mexico. Includes construction reports on the Monarch Pass Road (1919), and the Berthoud Pass Project (1927); maintenance and post-construction operations reports (1934-35); general reports of day labor operations (1931-39); and a report on a proposed snow removal system for Yellowstone National Park (1949). All of these reports include charts and photographs.
Biographical / Historical:
Clyde E. Learned (1885-?) was the senior highway engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, District Three, during the years 1919-1939. He was later a design engineer for the Public Roads Administration, Division Nine, in 1949.
Provenance:
immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Roads -- Design and construction  Search this
Civil engineering  Search this
Civil engineers  Search this
Engineering  Search this
Genre/Form:
Reports
Photographs -- 1900-1950
Charts
Citation:
Clyde E. Learned Papers, 1919-1949, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0226
See more items in:
Clyde E. Learned Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0226

The first 3 years : PWA

Title:
First three years
Public Works Administration : the first 3 years
Author:
United States Public Works Administration  Search this
Subject:
United States Public Works Administration  Search this
Physical description:
44 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1936
Topic:
Public works  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_629979

Public buildings : architecture under the Public Works Administration, 1933-39 / by C.W. Short, R. Stanley-Brown ; new introduction by Richard Guy Wilson

Author:
Short, C. W (Charles Wilkins) 1884-1954  Search this
Stanley-Brown, R (Rudolph) 1889-1944  Search this
United States Public Works Administration  Search this
Physical description:
v. <1 > : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1986
1939
1986-
Topic:
Architecture and state  Search this
Public buildings  Search this
Call number:
NA4208.S46 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_311851

Public buildings: a survey of architecture of projects constructed by federal and other governmental bodies between the years 1933 and 1939 with the assistance of the Public Works Administration, by C.W. Short, Public Works Administration, R. Stanley-Brown, Public Buildings Administration

Author:
United States Public Works Administration  Search this
Short, C. W (Charles Wilkins) 1884-1954  Search this
Stanley-Brown, R (Rudolph) 1889-1944  Search this
United States Public Buildings Administration  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. l., xxiii, 697 p. incl. illus. (incl. map, plans) tables, diagr. 30 cm
Type:
Designs and plans
Place:
United States
Date:
1939
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Municipal buildings  Search this
Public buildings  Search this
Call number:
NA4208 .U57
NA4208.U57
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_40487

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