Archives of American Art

Kenneth Francis Bates papers

Collection ID:
Bates, Kenneth F. (Kenneth Francis), 1904-1994
Physical Description:
1 Microfilm reel
150 items on 1 microfilm reel

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The microfilmed Kenneth Francis Bates papers contain a career resumé; letters from friends and associates commenting on his books Enameling (1951) and Basic Design (1960); and photographs of Bates and of his work. Also included are five (5) scrapbooks which contain book covers designed by Bates, clippings, exhibition notices, etc.; five (5) scrapbooks containing circa 450 working sketches for his enamels, many on religious topics; and a transcript of an undated interview in which Bates discussed his enameling methods and the relationship of his work to his interest in gardening.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Kenneth Francis Bates (1904-1994) was an enamelist, educator, and author in Euclid, Ohio. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts School of Art and in 1927 joined the Cleveland School of Art, teaching design. He taught there through his retirement in 1968. Bates was honored by the National Society of Enamelists with the title Dean of American Enamelists in 1987. He has written three books, Enameling: Principles and Practice (1951), Basic Design, and The Enamelist (1967).

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 683 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals were returned to lender after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1973 by Kenneth Bates.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Kenneth Francis Bates papers. Owned by Kenneth Francis Bates. Microfilmed by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Scrapbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Enamel artists -- Ohio Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- Ohio -- Cleveland Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Authors -- Ohio Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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