A Finding Aid to the Mary Ann Scherr Papers, 1941-2007, bulk 1960-2000, in the Archives of American Art
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Summary
Collection ID:
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Creators:
Scherr, Mary Ann, 1931-
Dates:
1941-2013
bulk 1960-2000
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
4 linear feet
Repository:
Archives of American Art
The papers of jeweler and designer Mary Ann Scherr measure 4.0 linear feet and date from 1941 to 2013, with the bulk of the material from 1960 to 2000. Scherr’s career is documented through scattered biographical material; correspondence with museums, universities, professional entities, and colleagues; writings by her as well as professional and student writings about her; business records documenting projects and connections with institutions and organizations; news clippings, promotional ephemera, catalogs, posters, and other printed materials; and photographs of Scherr and of her artwork. An additional 2.0 linear feet donated in 2016 includes biographical material including information about Scherr's children, resumes and awards; personal and professional correspondence; teaching files and material regarding honorary degrees; project files pertaining to Scherr's "Body Monitors" jewelry; financial records including invoices for projects and supplies; photographs of Scherr with her designs, with others, and of works of art; artwork consisting of designs, illustrations, and computer clip art design; and printed material.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The papers of jeweler and designer Mary Ann Scherr measure 4.0 linear feet and date from 1941 to 2013, with the bulk of the material from 1960 to 2000. Scherr’s career is documented through scattered biographical material; correspondence with museums, universities, professional entities, and colleagues; writings by her as well as professional and student writings about her; business records documenting projects and connections with institutions and organizations; news clippings, promotional ephemera, catalogs, posters, and other printed materials; and photographs of Scherr and of her artwork. An additional 2.0 linear feet donated in 2016 includes biographical material including information about Scherr's children, resumes and awards; personal and professional correspondence; teaching files and material regarding honorary degrees; project files pertaining to Scherr's "Body Monitors" jewelry; financial records including invoices for projects and supplies; photographs of Scherr with her designs, with others, and of works of art; artwork consisting of designs, illustrations, and computer clip art design; and printed material.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 6 series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1948-2005 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1941-2007 (Box 1; 5 folders)
Series 3: Writings, 1979-2005 (Box 1; 2 folders)
Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1947-2004 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1950-2007 (Box 1-2; 1.2 linear feet)
Series 6: Photographs, circa 1960-1999 (Box 2; 0.3 linear feet)

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Mary Ann Scherr (1921-) is a jeweler and designer living in Raleigh, North Carolina. Scherr was born in Akron, Ohio, and trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art, The University of Akron, and Kent State University, among others. She has worked in illustration, automotive and toy design, fashion, and metalwork but is most renowned for her functional approach to jewelry design through “body monitors,” high-tech utilitarian ornaments that monitor and react to the conditions of the wearer or the wearer’s surroundings.

Administration
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level, and a finding aid was prepared by Kimberley Henze in 2015. An addition received in 2016 remains unprocessed.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Kimberley Henze
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The collection was donated by Mary Ann Scherr in 2001, 2005, and 2008 under the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Additional material donated 2016 by Scott Scherr, Mary Ann Scherr's son.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Mary Ann Scherr papers, 1941-2007, bulk 1960-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use note
The Mary Ann Scherr papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Conditions Governing Access note
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of video recording requires advance notice.

Related Archival Materials note
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Mary Ann Scherr conducted by Mary Douglas, April 6-7, 2001.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goldsmiths--North Carolina--Raleigh Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jewelers--North Carolina--Raleigh Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jewelry making Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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