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Hans Christensen papers

Names:
American Craft Council  Search this
Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Women's Council (N.Y.)  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty  Search this
University of Rochester. Memorial Art Gallery  Search this
Christensen, Hans, 1924-1983  Search this
Quinn, Eileen  Search this
Extent:
12.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Date:
1924-1989
bulk 1955-1983
Summary:
The papers of designer, silversmith, and educator Hans Christensen measure 12.3 linear feet and date from 1924 to 1989 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1955 to 1983. The collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, personal business records, teaching files for the Rochester Institute of Technology, printed and broadcast materials, artwork, photographic materials, and sound and video recordings.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of designer, silversmith, and educator Hans Christensen measure 12.3 linear feet and date from 1924 to 1989 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1955 to 1983. The collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, personal business records, teaching files for the Rochester Institute of Technology, printed and broadcast materials, artwork, photographic materials, and sound and video recordings.

Biographical materials include address books, card files, 27 appointment books, awards and certificates, official documents from Denmark, interviews, legal records, and records of his memorial service. Correspondence is with Christensen's mother and wife, colleagues, the International Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Rochester Society, and others. Writings consist of Christensen's essays on hollow ware and RIT; lectures at the Memorial Art Galleries, Women's Council, and the American Craft Council; and notes and a notebook on an array of subjects. Writings by others are by Eileen Quinn and a student paper.

Personal business records are divided into general, activities, and commission files that pertain to Christensen's career outside of teaching. Teaching files include alumni files, contracts, correspondence, course outlines, records for the International Trade Fair of Rennes, grievance committee files, a financial ledger, meeting records, program information, reports, studio floor plan, and student files.

Printed materials include a broadcast recording, a scrapbook, booklets, business cards, clippings, and exhibition material that mainly feature Christensen and his work. Artwork consists of one sketchbook, a portfolio, and numerous sketches and templates. Photographic materials include photographs, negatives, and slides of Christensen, his first and second wives, Betten and Els, and home life, his family in Denmark, travel, students and colleagues, and works of art. Unidentified sound recordings consist of 17 sound cassettes.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as nine series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1924-1983 (1.2 linear feet; Boxes 1, 2, 13, OV 15)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-1986 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1952-1982 (0.4 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1953-1983 (3.5 linear feet; Boxes 3-6, 13, OVs 16-17)

Series 5: Teaching Files, 1954-1983 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 6-8, 13, OV 16)

Series 6: Printed and Broadcast Materials, 1950s-1989 (2.2 linear feet; Boxes 8-9, 14, OV 15)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1970s (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 9, 13-14, OVs 15-24)

Series 8: Photographic Materials, circa 1940-1983 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 9-11, 13, OV 25)

Series 9: Unidentified Sound Recordings, circa 1960s-1970s (0.4 linear feet; Box 12)
Biographical / Historical:
Hans Christensen (1924-1983) was a designer, silversmith, and educator in Rochester, N.Y.

Christensen was born to Holger and Valborg Christensen in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he also lived with his brother Per. Christensen attended the School for Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen and in Oslo, Norway. He began his career working for renowned Danish silversmith, Georg Jensen. In 1952, Christensen made his first visit to the United States representing Jensen's works at an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. He emigrated to the United States in 1954 and began his professorship of metalsmithing and jewelry at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). At RIT, he held the Charlotte Fredericks Mowris Professorship in Contemporary Crafts and was posthumously awarded the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Over the span of his career, Christensen completed numerous commissions including works for the Vatican, royal families of Europe and Iran, RIT, Xerox, and others. He was a member of the International Institute of Arts and Letters in Switzerland, the College of Fellows of the American Crafts Council, the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and the Nathaniel Rochester Society.

Christensen was married to Astrid Elizabeth Sandum, called "Betten," from 1953 to 1965. In 1968, Christensen married Elisabeth "Els" Christensen, née Meijer. He died in a car accident in 1983 in Rochester, N.Y.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview and slide presentation with Hans Christensen conducted by Robert Brown for the Archives of American Art from December 11, 1981 to December 3, 1982.
Provenance:
The Hans Christensen papers were donated in 1982 by Christensen and in 1984, 1988-1992 by his widow, Elisabeth Christensen.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Occupation:
Designers -- New York (State) -- Rochester  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- Rochester  Search this
Silversmiths -- New York (State) -- Rochester  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Silverware  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.chrihans
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Hans Christensen papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw991107a88-5e9e-40d5-bdd8-ca9d3f2620aa
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-chrihans

Biographical Materials

Extent:
1.2 Linear feet (Boxes 1, 2, 13, OV 15)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1924-1983
Scope and Contents:
Biographical materials include 3 address books and 2 address card files, 27 appointment books, awards and certificates from various craftsmen's organizations, official documents and document books from Denmark, 3 sound recordings of family events and interviews with Christensen, legal records regarding his death, and 1 video recording of his memorial service at RIT.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.chrihans, Series 1
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Hans Christensen papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92a528402-334f-4d50-ba38-13c70bde7c17
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref1

Address Books

Container:
Box 1, Folder 1-3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970s
Scope and Contents:
3 books
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 1: Biographical Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9dfa4ade9-d68d-4397-ad96-a66a96517f43
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref10

Chalice, Rom

Container:
Box 5, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980-1981
Scope and Contents:
Oversized materials housed in OV 17.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91529e269-6df0-4ca4-ba1d-cd5c32ca1c36
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref100

Chalice, Tom W. and Kawiak

Container:
Box 5, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9822930be-4608-45e9-ba5f-581f425df28c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref101

Chalices, Darr

Container:
Box 5, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981-1982
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw970e0fdfa-33ba-4261-ac1f-083cb64eb881
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref102

Chokolade

Container:
Box 5, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b7a12a66-c010-4057-91aa-28cb89ebc426
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref103

Coca Cola Cup Design Competition

Container:
Box 5, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw970fbc123-b6b4-4588-89e5-64af7000ce20
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref104

"Coffe"

Container:
Box 5, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97200e570-74a2-4716-91b4-9661a5228875
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref105

Coleman E. Adler and Sons, Sailboat Trophy

Container:
Box 5, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ef592310-9d43-4675-a991-92dec770cba5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref106

Community Savings Bank of Rochester, Mobil

Container:
Box 5, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91351870d-7977-4fb8-8892-e6ea548e6f2e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref107

Communion Cup Carrier

Container:
Box 5, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material housed in OV 16.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw991fb3af6-569e-4c1d-9758-13cfe0757d56
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref108

"Compas"

Container:
Box 5, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9806033d2-76d7-4d37-973f-eea3b201be21
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref109

Addresses, Card Files

Container:
Box 1, Folder 4-5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970s
Scope and Contents:
2 sets of card files
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 1: Biographical Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9392e168e-38d1-4842-be79-425fd9f3b642
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref11

Convocation Mace

Container:
Box 5, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1967-1970
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9102155f6-2e41-4988-a6d9-d2b7a67e4851
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref110

Crosses

Container:
Box 5, Folder 21-23
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d51e9e61-8482-4e3f-938c-1c433ff5ea78
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref111

Cross, Doris Carey

Container:
Box 5, Folder 24
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970s
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material housed in OV 16.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw972a5fc16-04ee-4743-a4c5-6b9fc5c3693f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref112

Cross, Candlestick

Container:
Box 5, Folder 25
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970s
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material housed in OV 17.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98c7125b2-c98c-40b2-ba41-c2c77ae60ba4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref113

Crowns

Container:
Box 5, Folder 26
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964-1966
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a377fc44-a2cb-4c48-a10f-aa7cbb8810ef
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref114

Culver, Byron

Container:
Box 5, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Hans Christensen papers, 1924-1989, bulk 1955-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Hans Christensen papers
Hans Christensen papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records / 4.3: Commissions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90ee0d4f8-1236-48ea-ac5e-3be235fdaf2c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chrihans-ref115

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