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Oral history interview with Ruth Adler Schnee, 2002 November 24-30

Interviewee:
Schnee, Ruth Adler, 1923-  Search this
Schnee, Ruth Adler, 1923-  Search this
Interviewer:
Schnee, Anita  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Textile crafts -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Voyages and travels  Search this
Textile designers -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Interviews  Search this
Design -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Nazis -- Germany  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12111
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)238676
AAA_collcode_schnee02
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_238676
Online Media:

Natalie S. Henry and Rowena Fry papers, 1927-1987

Creator:
Henry, Natalie Smith, 1907 Jan. 4-1992  Search this
Fry, Rowena C., 1892 or 5-1989 or 90  Search this
Henry, Natalie Smith, 1907 Jan. 4-1992  Search this
Subject:
Ropp, Hubert  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- Arkansas  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
New Deal  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9745
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212097
AAA_collcode_henrnata
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
New Deal
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212097

Sherna Cockrill papers, 1971-1975

Creator:
Cockrill, Sherna, 1936-2006  Search this
Cockrill, Sherna, 1936-2006  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- Arkansas  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7473
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209631
AAA_collcode_cocksher
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209631

Ada

Artist:
Alex Katz, born 27 Jul 1927  Search this
Sitter:
Ada Del Moro Katz, born 1928  Search this
Medium:
Charcoal on paper
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 95.0 x 62.9 cm (37 3/8 x 24 3/4" ), Accurate
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1984
Topic:
Ada Del Moro Katz: Female  Search this
Ada Del Moro Katz: Visual Arts\Artist's Model  Search this
Ada Del Moro Katz: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Arkansas Arts Center
Object number:
85.76.12
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4522989ac-cee3-4037-a1a7-161e60c4d5b1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_85.76.12

Oral history interview with Ruth Adler Schnee

Interviewee:
Schnee, Ruth Adler, 1923-  Search this
Interviewer:
Schnee, Anita  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
Extent:
159 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2002 November 24-30
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ruth Adler Schnee conducted 2002 November 24-30, by Anita Schnee, at the artist's home in Southfield, Michigan, for the Archives of American Art as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
Schnee talks about her early childhood in Germany, living in Nazi Germany and her family's emigration to the U.S. in 1939; her family's beginnings in the U.S. and her education; working in the display department at Winkleman's Department store; her scholarship to Rhode Island School of Design; experiencing New York City at the close of WWII; attending Cranbrook Academy of Art; her friendship with Eliel and Loja Saarinen; meeting and marrying Edward Charles Schnee; their first silk screening studio in Detroit; early designs; a fire that destroyed the first Adler Schnee shop in 1955; the new Adler Schnee store on Livernois; buying trips to Norway, Sweden, and Finland; difficulties and strategies for selling fabric designs; teaching herself the silk-screening process; designing for the airline industry; her love of color; and the labor intensive process of making the perfect design.
Schnee also discusses her sources of inspiration and how they have changed over the years; good design as "problem solving"; participating in tradeshows and finding clients; the shop paper, "The Bugle;" the Detroit Artists Market; significant commissions including Braniff Airlines, Ford Rotunda Auditorium, the Feld-Weisberg Clinic, and the Jewish Home for the Aged; and a research trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, to learn early American design techniques. Schnee comments on her travels to Mexico, Germany, South America, Israel, and in the U.S. She concludes the sessions by reviewing the recording and providing additional information. Schnee recalls Paul Klee, Albert Kahn, Minoru Yamasaki, Maija Grotell, Richard Savage, Al Taubman, Louis Redstone, Hans Knoll, Victor Gruen, Edward Wormley, Edgar Kaufman, Susanne Dotson, Harley Melzian, Selma Fraiberg, Hedie and Helmut Goedeckemeyer, Roberto Lago, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Ruth Adler Schnee (1923- ) is a textile artist from Southfield, Michigan.
The interviewer, Anita Schnee, is her daughter and is from Fayetteville, Arkansas.
General:
Originally recorded on 9 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 70 digital wav files. Duration is 11 hr., 9 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:
Textile crafts -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Voyages and travels  Search this
Textile designers -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Interviews  Search this
Design -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Nazis -- Germany  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.schnee02
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schnee02

Natalie S. Henry and Rowena Fry papers

Creator:
Henry, Natalie S. (Natalie Smith), 1907-1992  Search this
Fry, Rowena, 1901-  Search this
Names:
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Ropp, Hubert, 1894-1973  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1927-1987
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material assembled by Henry on herself (1929-1987) and Rowena Fry (1927-1987) consists of brief typescripts, letters, clippings, exhibition catalogs, samples of Christmas cards designed by Henry and Fry, a print "Bird's Tree in Winter" by Henry (1968), and photographs of works of art. The material emphasizes Henry's mural for the Springdale, Arkansas post office, commisssioned for the Section of Fine Arts, and her work for the Oscar Mayer Company. A subject file contains clippings (1958-1987) concerning Hubert Ropp, Dean of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who had a great influence on the careers of Henry and Fry.
Biographical / Historical:
Muralist, Chicago, Illinois. Natalie Henry managed the art supply store at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1948 until her retirement in 1972. Rowena Fry came to Chicago in 1923 to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Both exhibited regularly at the Chicago Society of Artists and the Art Institute of Chicago during the 1930s and 1940s. Henry and Fry shared an apartment in the Lambert Tree Studios Building from 1948 until moving back to their respective family homes in Arkansas and Tennessee in the 1980s. In 1989, Fry joined Henry in her home in Malvern, Arkansas.
Provenance:
Donated 1989 by Natalie S. Henry.
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:
Muralists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- Arkansas  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.henrnata
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-henrnata

Sherna Cockrill papers

Creator:
Cockrill, Sherna, 1936-2006  Search this
Extent:
69 Items ((partially microfilmed on 1 reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1971-1975
Scope and Contents:
A resume; a pamphlet about Cockrill; 45 sketches; 5 photographs of Cockrill, her home and children; and 17 slides of her work.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, instructor; Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Provenance:
Donated 1973 and 1975 by Sherna Cockrill.
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.
Slides: use requires an appointment.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- Arkansas  Search this
Painters -- Arkansas  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- Arkansas  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.cocksher
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cocksher

Caroline Shawk Brooks letter to Ben W. Austin

Creator:
Brooks, Caroline Shawk, 1840-1913  Search this
Extent:
2 Items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1891-1913
Scope and Contents:
A letter from American sculptor, Caroline Shawk Brooks, to Ben W. Austin, October 1, 1891. Brooks writes that she accepts honorary membership to the Trinity Historical Society of Dallas, Texas, of which Austin was the secretary. The letter was written by Brooks while she lived in Florence, Italy. Also included is a 1913 obituary newspaper clipping for Brooks.
Biographical / Historical:
Caroline Shawk Brooks (1840-1913) was a sculptor in Arkansas who specialized in working with butter.
Provenance:
Donated in 2020 by Graham Boettcher, who purchased the letter at auction.
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:
Sculptors -- Arkansas  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.broocaro
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-broocaro

Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River, (painting)

Painter:
Chain, Helen Henderson 1849-1892  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
State Historical Society of Colorado 1300 Broadway Denver Colorado 80203
Date:
1890
Topic:
Landscape--Canyon--Royal Gorge  Search this
Landscape--River--Arkansas River  Search this
Landscape--Colorado  Search this
Control number:
IAP 05600147
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_34761

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