A Finding Aid to the Herbert Aach Papers, 1942-1988, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.aachherb
Creators:
Aach, Herbert, 1923-1985
Dates:
1942-1988
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2.4 Linear Feet
Repository:
The papers of New York painter, art instructor and writer Herbert Aach (1923-1985) measure 2.4 linear feet and date from 1942 to 1988. Papers include biographical materials, correspondence, scattered financial and legal records, notes and writings, subject files, a scrapbook, printed materials, photographs, and one videocassette.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of New York painter, art instructor and writer Herbert Aach (1923-1985) measure 2.4 linear feet and date from 1942 to 1988. Papers include biographical materials, correspondence, scattered financial and legal records, notes and writings, subject files, a scrapbook, printed materials, photographs, and one videocassette.
Legal records include materials relating to a lawsuit against Larry Rivers for a lease termination. Letters are from colleagues including Emily Genauer and Edwin W. Zoller regarding exhibitions and other art-related matters and brief letters from Elaine DeKooning, John Ferren, Adolph Gottlieb, and Rufino Tamayo. Subject files are found for many organizations of which Aach was a member, including the American Society for Testing and Materials, the Artists Technical Research Institute, and the Inter-Society Color Council. Printed materials include one scrapbook, clippings, and exhibition catalogs. There is documentation of Aach's work translating and editing Goethe's Color Theory, one 55 minute videocassette entitled Herbert Aach by Albright Knox Gallery, and photographs of Aach and his artwork.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 8 series. Records are generally arranged by material type and chronologically thereafter.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1985 (Box 1; 1 folder)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-1988 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Financial Material, 1964-1981 (Box 1; 1 folder)
  • Series 4: Legal Records, 1951-1986 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Notes, 1961-1984 (Box 1; 6 folders)
  • Series 6: Writings, 1950-1985(Boxes 1-2; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 7: Subject Files, 1942-1984 (Box 2; 0.6 linear feet)
  • Series 8: Photographs, 1952-1960 (Box 2; 3 folders)
  • Series 9: Scrapbook, 1951-1958 (Box 2; 1 folder)
  • Series 8: Printed Material, 1948-1988 (Boxes 2-3; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 8: Videocassette, 25 April 1975 (Box 3; 1 folder)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter, art instructor and writer Herbert Aach (1923-1985) worked primarily in New York City. Born in Cologne, Germany, Aach came to the United States in 1939. He taught at the Brooklyn Museum School (1947-1951), Pratt Institute (1966-1969), and at Queens College (1966-1985). In 1971 he was editor and translator of Goethe's Color Theory. Aach was president of the Artists Technical Research Institute, which was founded in 1959 by Bena Frank and Ralph Mayer to conduct scientific and educational research of materials and methods used in the visual arts.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was arranged and cataloged by Jean Fitzgerald in 1991. The finding aid was created by Eden Orelove in 2011.
Author
Jean Fitzgerald and Eden Orelove
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Herbert and Doris Aach donated the papers to the Archives of American Art in 1984 and 1989.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Herbert Aach papers, 1942-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Conditions Governing Use
The Herbert Aach 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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Inter-Society Color Council Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Genauer, Emily, 1910-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tamayo, Rufino, 1899- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rivers, Larry, 1925-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artist's Technical Research Institute Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zoller, Edwin W., 1900-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Society for Testing and Materials Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ferren, John, 1905-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
De Kooning, Elaine Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
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