A Finding Aid to the Adela Akers Papers,
1960-2009
, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.akeradel
Creators:
Akers, Adela, 1933-
Dates:
1960-2009
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2.6 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of fiber artist and educator Adela Akers measure 2.6 linear feet and date from 1960 to 2009. Her career as an artist and her tenure at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, are documented through scattered biographical material; correspondence; subject files on galleries, projects, weaving technique, research, workshops, and fiber arts organizations; writings; exhibition announcements, clippings, and other printed material; photographs; and artwork, including one sketchbook.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The papers of fiber artist and educator Adela Akers measure 2.6 linear feet and date from 1960 to 2009. Her career as an artist and her tenure at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, are documented through scattered biographical material; correspondence; subject files on galleries, projects, weaving technique, research, workshops, and fiber arts organizations; writings; exhibition announcements, clippings, and other printed material; photographs; and artwork, including one sketchbook.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 7 series:
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1970s, 1991-1998 (Box 1; 3 folders)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1985-1987 (Box 1; 3 folders)
  • Series 3: Subject Files, 1960-2007 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)
  • Series 4: Writings, 1973-1995 (Box 1; 3 folders)
  • Series 5: Printed Material, 1962-2009 (Box 1-2, 6; 6 folders)
  • Series 6: Photographic Materials, 1960-2008 (Box 2-3; 0.4 linear feet)
  • Series 7: Artwork, circa 1960s-1980s (Box 3-6, OV 7; 1.1 linear feet)

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Adela Akers (1933- ) is a fiber artist and educator living and working in Guerneville, California.
Akers was born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and was raised in Havana, Cuba. She came to the United States as a student in 1957 and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1965 she served as a weaving advisor in Peru for the Alliance for Progress and was an artist in residence at Penland School of Crafts from 1968-1970. From 1972 to 1995 Akers was a professor and chair of fiber arts at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her weavings consist of zigzags, checkerboard patterns, and simple geometric shapes.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed to a minimal level in 2012 by Erin Kinhart.
Author
Erin Kinhart
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The collection was donated in 2009 and 2011 by Adela Akers.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Adela Akers papers, 1960-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions on Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Adela Akers 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.

Related Material
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Adela Akers, 2008 Mar. 4-6, conducted by Mija Riedel.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- California Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fiber artists -- California Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weaving -- Technique Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tyler School of Art Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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