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Archives of American Art

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
The newly opened Archives of American Art facility in the Victor Building. The interior renovation was funded by a $12 million gift from the Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Texas.

Archives of American Art—Dig Deep

Archives of American Art
A glimpse into the mission and work of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Archives of American Art

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
The Archives of American Art (AAA) provides researchers with access to the largest collection of documents on the history of the visual arts in the United States. The site includes an online catalog and the AAA's journal.

Archives of American Art

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Collection of roughly 16 million letters, photographs, diaries, sketches, scrapbooks, business records, and other documentation that supports the study of the history of the visual arts in America.

Archives of American Art brochure

Archives of American Art
Brochure : 4 p. ; 23 x 15 cm. In 1959 Rockwell Kent was asked to consider leaving his papers to the Archives of American Art.

Item has damage from a fire at the Kent household.

Richard J. Powell, Acceptance Speech, Archives of American Art Benefit 2013

Archives of American Art
On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, the Archives of American Art presented art historian Richard J. Powell with the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History.

How Does the Archives Fulfill Its Mission to Preserve and Make Available Its Rich Resources? A Behind the Scenes Look

Archives of American Art
For American Archives Month, Barbara Aikens, head of collections processing, takes a deep dive into the finding aid. As American Archives Month draws to a close, it seems appropriate to give our readers a look at what’s new behind the scenes—technical work and initiatives aimed at improving collections’ stewardship, access, and digitization—all significant components of the Archives’ responsibility and mission to preserve and make available its rich resources. Accelerated Processing Strategies Senior archivist Stephanie Ashley processing one of the Archives’ large and complex collections. In Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015–September 30, 2016), my team “processed” 104 archival collections measuring...

Acquisitions: Jimmy Hedges Papers and Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery Records

Archives of American Art
This entry is part of an ongoing series highlighting new acquisitions. The Archives of American Art collects primary source materials—original letters, writings, preliminary sketches, scrapbooks, photographs, financial records and the like—that have significant research value for the study of art in the United States. The following essay was originally published in the fall 2016 issue (vol. 55, no. 2) of the Archives of American Art Journal. More information about the Journal can be found at http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/aaa/current. Lonnie Holley at Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, Summerville, GA, 1992. Jimmy Hedges Papers and Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery Records, Archives of American Art,...

Archives of American Art Exhibit Opens

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in TORCH, December 1974

Opening of Archives of American Art exhibit, 'From Reliable Sources,' with Garnett McCoy, AAA director, William E. Woolfenden, Mrs. Otto L. Spaeth, and Irving F. Burton on 7 November 1974

Season's Greetings: Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Online exhibition of handmade Christmas cards by more than thirty modern artists might prompt students' ideas.

Trustees Meeting at Archives of American Art; Interior Views of Archives of American Art

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Digital contact sheet available.

Trustees meeting at Archives of American Art (AAA) in the Fine Arts and Portrait Galleries where the National Collection of Fine Arts (NCFA), now known as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and National Portrait Gallery also reside, with AAA Deputy Director Garnett McCoy; Interior views of Archives of American Art.

Acquisitions: Galerie Darthea Speyer Records

Archives of American Art
This entry is part of an ongoing series highlighting new acquisitions. The Archives of American Art collects primary source materials—original letters, writings, preliminary sketches, scrapbooks, photographs, financial records and the like—that have significant research value for the study of art in the United States. The following essay was originally published in the fall 2016 issue (vol. 55, no. 2) of the Archives of American Art Journal. More information about the journal can be found at http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/aaa/current. Darthea Speyer and Beauford Delaney in his Paris studio, 1972 / unidentified photographer. Galerie Darthea Speyer records, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution....

Acquisitions: Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone Papers

Archives of American Art
This entry is part of an ongoing series highlighting new acquisitions. The Archives of American Art collects primary source materials—original letters, writings, preliminary sketches, scrapbooks, photographs, financial records and the like—that have significant research value for the study of art in the United States. The following essay was originally published in the spring 2016 issue (vol. 55, no. 1) of the Archives of American Art Journal. More information about the Journal can be found at http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/aaa/current. Cosmos in Cosmos Appearance Series #371, circa 1979 / Charles Denson, photographer. Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone papers, circa 1850-2011, bulk 1940-2011. Archives of American Art,...

Acquisitions: Albert Bloch Papers

Archives of American Art
This entry is part of an ongoing series highlighting new acquisitions. The Archives of American Art collects primary source materials—original letters, writings, preliminary sketches, scrapbooks, photographs, financial records and the like—that have significant research value for the study of art in the United States. The following essay was originally published in the spring 2016 issue (vol. 55, no. 1) of the Archives of American Art Journal. More information about the Journal can be found at http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/aaa/current. Albert Bloch in his studio, 1932 / unidentified photographer. Albert Bloch papers, 1873-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. 1911 Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider)...

Acquisitions: Eileen Cowin Papers

Archives of American Art
This entry is part of an ongoing series highlighting new acquisitions. The Archives of American Art collects primary source materials—original letters, writings, preliminary sketches, scrapbooks, photographs, financial records and the like—that have significant research value for the study of art in the United States. The following essay was originally published in the spring 2016 issue (vol. 55, no. 1) of the Archives of American Art Journal. More information about the Journal can be found at http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/aaa/current. Cibachrome proofs, 1990 / Eileen Cowin, photographer. Eileen Cowin papers, 1961-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Los Angeles-based artist Eileen Cowin (b. 1947)...

Acquisitions: Robert Ebendorf Papers

Archives of American Art
This is the first in a series of entries that highlight new acquisitions. The Archives of American Art collects primary source materials—original letters, writings, preliminary sketches, scrapbooks, photographs, financial records and the like—that have significant research value for the study of art in the United States. The following essay was originally published in the spring 2016 issue (vol. 55, no. 1) of the Archives of American Art Journal. More information about the Journal can be found at http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/aaa/current. Robert Ebendorf’s studio, April 21, 2015. Photograph by Mary Savig. The home studio of Robert Ebendorf (b. 1938) is a trove of...

New Technologies: John Vassos and Television Design

Archives of American Art
Danielle Shapiro, author of the first biography of John Vassos, looks at the industrial designer’s innovations in television design. Musicorner room designed by John Vassos displayed at the American at Home Pavilion, 1940 New York World's Fair, 1940 / Richard Averill Smith, photographer. John Vassos papers, 1920-[198-]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. John Vassos (1898–1985), a Greek–American industrial designer and artist, thought deeply about the technologies of sight and sound, and what they should look and feel like. As the leading consultant designer for the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) between 1932–1975, Vassos excelled in designing radios, television, and...

An Artist’s Home Movies: Hildreth Meière and the New York World’s Fair

Archives of American Art
Guest author Sally Stokes looks at the home movies artist Hildreth Meière made of murals at the 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair. Part 1, Hildreth Meière footage of murals and friezes at the 1939 New York World's Fair, 1939. Hildreth Meière papers, 1901-2011, bulk 1911-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. For the past several years, I have been studying the religious architecture of Clarence S. Stein (1882—1975). One of the major undertakings of the firm Kohn, Butler and Stein was Temple Emanu-El (1929), on East Sixty-fifth Street in New York City. The temple’s sanctuary features breathtaking mosaics by the...

An Epistolary Friendship: Miné Okubo’s Letters to Kay Sekimachi

Archives of American Art
Archivist Rihoko Ueno examines the friendship of Miné Okubo and Kay Sekimachi through their letters. Miné Okubo letter to Kay Sekimachi Stocksdale, 1956 August 27. Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers, 1937-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. In a letter to Kay Sekimachi dated August 27, 1956, Miné Okubo wrote (grammar and emphasis Okubo’s own), “At this point in my decision to follow the pure creative painting I think I am stark raving mad but it’s too late to turn back for I’ve put too much into the fight.” Found in the Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers are...

The Artful Presidency: Selections from the Archives of American Art

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Online exhibition on the intersecting lives of American artists and American presidents. Primary source materials include letters to artists from Andrew Jackson, Herbert Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt, and a handwritten poem by in praise of sculptor Hiram Powers by John Quincy Adams.

Archives of American Art sound recordings, 1957-1979

Archives of American Art
15 Sound tape reels; 7 in. +

Recordings of Archives of American Art (AAA) sponsored events.

Included are: AAA benefit dinner, 1957, with speakers Al Capp, Irving Burton, and E.P. (Edgar Preston) Richardson; a steering committee meeting of the AAA, May 27 and June 12, 1959 (partially transcribed 5 pages); a conference, March 1961; a seminar, April 6-7, 1962; and a lecture (7 pages) delivered by E.P. Richardson at the annual meeting of held at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, February 2, 1962. Also included are the proceedings of AAA's twenty-fifth anniversary dinner held in Washington, D.C., November 8, 1979. Speakers include S. Dillon Ripley, Gilbert Kinney, W. E. Woolfenden and Eloise Spaeth.

Dear Diaries: HangTime with Archives of American Art

Smithsonian Institution
Please join us Friday, November 21, from 3:30-4:00 pm EST for an exclusive behind-the-scenes discussion of artists' diaries and handwriting with Archives of American Art Curator Mary Savig. Mary is Curator of Manuscripts at the Archives of American Art. She has curated several exhibitions and is author of Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists (Smithsonian Books, 2012). Here's your chance to ask questions about the world's largest resource for papers and primary sources of visual art in America. Send us your questions by posting them in the comments, via Twitter (@TranscribeSI) or on our Facebook wall, or by e-mail: transcribe@si.edu

Dale Chihuly Christmas card to the Archives of American Art

Archives of American Art
Christmas Card : 1 p. : various media ; 28 x 22 cm Greeting card sent to the Archives of American Art from Dale Chihuly inscribed "Happy New Year! Mom and Dale, 1986."
One sheet of green paper with decorative border of bells and evergreens.
In center is a photocopied photograph of Chihuly standing with his arm around his mother's shoulders, next to a parked car and a flowering bush and a sign that reads "Chihuly Park."

Opening of Archives of American Art Exhibit, "From Reliable Sources"

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Also known as 74-11260-9.

Original film available in SIA Acc. 11-009.

Featured in "The Torch," December 1974.

With Garnett McCoy, archivist at Archives of American Art (AAA), William E. Woolfenden, director of AAA, Eloise O. Spaeth, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Irving F. Burton, President of the Board of Trustees.
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