A Finding Aid to the Bardene Allen Papers, circa 1965-2009, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.allebard
Creators:
Allen, Bardene, 1933-
Dates:
circa 1965-2014
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2
0.788 Gigabytes
Repository:
The papers of sculptor, painter, and gallery owner Bardene Allen measure 0.8 linear feet and date from 1965-2014. Allen's career as a painter and sculptor, as well as her administration of the Fine Arts Gallery in Laguna Beach, California, are documented through biographical material, correspondence, professional files, exhibition files, photographic materials, and printed material.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of sculptor, painter, and gallery owner Bardene Allen measure 0.8 linear feet and date from 1965-2014. Allen's career as a painter and sculptor, as well as her administration of the Fine Arts Gallery in Laguna Beach, California, are documented through biographical material, correspondence, professional files, exhibition files, photographic materials, and printed material.
Biographical materials include resumes and artist statements. Correspondence includes professional correspondence regarding Allen's career as well as personal correspondence and correspondence with friend and actor Richard Chamberlain and her former professor and friend Frederick Hammersley. Professional files include writings, a statement of her thoughts on her relationship with Frederick Hammersley, as well as price lists, artwork inventories, donations, commission proposals, and documentation of her involvement with both the Fine Arts Gallery in Laguna Beach, California and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Also included are exhibition files for select exhibitions Allen participated in. Photographic materials include printed photographs and transparencies as well as digitized and born-digital images of artwork and Allen with her artwork and at exhibitions. Printed material includes press clippings and exhibition invitations and catalogs.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged in 6 series:
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1990-1996 (0.1 Linear Feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1965-2009 (0.2 Linear Feet; Box 1)
  • Series 3: Professional Files, circa 1980-1994 (0.1 Linear Feet; Box 1)
  • Series 4: Exhibition Files, circa 1989-1995 (0.1 Linear Feet; Box 2)
  • Series 5: Photographic Material, circa 1977-2014 (0.2 Linear Feet; Box 2, ER01)
  • Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1981-2007 (0.1 Linear Feet; Box 2)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Bardene Allen (1933- ) is a sculptor, painter and former gallery owner in Laguna Beach, California. Allen received her bachelor of fine arts degree at Pomona College in 1955 where she studied under Frederick Hammersley, who would become a life-long friend and correspondent. She is the former owner of the Fine Arts Gallery in Laguna Beach, California which was in operation from 1980 to 1983. As a sculptor Allen has worked in stone, wood, resin, bronze and terracotta. Her subjects in sculpture and painting range from mythic gods and imaginary creatures to everyday characters, Hollywood entertainers, and popular musicians in rock and jazz music.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Ryan Evans in 2019.
Author
Ryan Evans
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated from 1992 to 2002, 2009, and 2014 by Bardene Allen.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Bardene Allen Papers, circa 1965-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
The Bardene Allen 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
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painters -- California Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- California Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gallery owners -- California Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- Laguna Beach Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Hammersley, Frederick, 1919-2009 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chamberlain, Richard, 1935- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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