Emil J. Bisttram papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.bistemil
Creators:
Bisttram, Emil, 1895-1976
Dates:
1902-1982
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2.3 Linear feet
(on 6 microfilm reels)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers relating to work done for the Federal Art Project; business and personal letters; printed material; biographical data; correspondence; and photographs.
Scope and Contents
REEL 79: Correspondence, memoranda, and other material relating to federal art programs in New Mexico and Arizona. Includes correspondence with Public Works of Art Project administrators about a mural in Taos County Court House done by Bisttram, Bert G. Phillips, and Victor Higgins; memoranda; press releases and reports; catalogs of Treasury Department art projects shown at the Corcoran Gallery; and Federal Art Project dismissals and a proposal for a Bureau of Fine Arts.
Scope and Contents
REEL 581: Business and personal letters to and from Bisttram, including a letter from Lily and Eero Saarinen, and letters from Raymond Jonson; clippings; 91 catalogs; 22 reproductions of Bisttram's work; newspaper and magazine articles describing the artist colony at Taos and Santa Fe.
Scope and Contents
REEL 2787: Baptismal and naturalization records; correspondence; a photograph of Bisttram; clippings and printed material.
Scope and Contents
REELS 2892-2894: Biographical material; one or more letters from Ray Jonson, Stanton Macdonald-Wright; Oscar Berninghaus, Mrs. Walter Ufer, and other artists; correspondence with Olin Dows and others involved in the Treasury Relief Art Project, with galleries, museums, art organizations, and students; writings and notes; the draft for a book about Dynamic Symmetry; drafts for a book The Creative Process in the New Age; sketches and drawings; business, financial, and legal records; exhibition catalogs and announcements; certificates and awards; transcripts of interviews of Bisttram; and photographs of Bisttram and his paintings.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter; Taos, N.M. Was an exponent of Dynamic Symmetry, a painting technique.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 79, 581, 2787, and 2892-2894 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
REEL 581 (selected papers): Originals returned to lender, Emil J. Bisttram, after microfilming.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers microfilmed on reel 581were lent for microfilming 1973, and some was subsequently donated with a gift in 1983 (and refilmed on reels 2892-2894).

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Federal aid to the arts -- Arizona Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art and state -- Arizona Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Federal aid to the arts -- New Mexico Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New Deal, 1933-1939 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art and state -- New Mexico Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painting, Abstract Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Taos School of Art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Design Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Symmetry Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Proportion (Art) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New Mexico -- Taos Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Berninghaus, Oscar E. (Oscar Edmund), 1874-1952 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dows, Olin, 1904-1981 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ufer, Walter, Mrs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Saarinen, Eero, 1910-1961 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Higgins, Victor, 1884-1949 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Phillips, Bert Geer, 1868-1956 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jonson, Raymond, 1891-1982 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Public Works of Art Project Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Treasury Relief Art Project Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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