A Finding Aid to the Glen Kaufman Papers, 1957-2011, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.kaufglen
Creators:
Kaufman, Glen
Dates:
1957-2011
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
4.9 Linear feet
0.124 Gigabytes
Repository:
The papers of fiber artist and educator Glen Kaufman measure 4.9 linear feet and 0.124 GB and date from 1957-2011. The papers primarily document his travels and student work through biographical material, journals, printed materials, digital photographs and artwork. Included are 15 travel journals, two handwoven knotted pile rug samples, and two sketchbooks. An unprocessed addition of 3.8 linear feet donated in 2015 includes biographical material, professional correspondence, teaching files, photographs of Kaufman and works of art, works of art including sketches and weaving samples, and printed material.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of fiber artist and educator Glen Kaufman measure 4.9 linear feet and 0.124 GB and date from 1957-2011. The papers primarily document his travels and student work through biographical material, journals, printed materials, digital photographs and artwork. Included are 15 travel journals, two handwoven knotted pile rug samples, and two sketchbooks. An unprocessed addition of 3.8 linear feet donated in 2015 includes biographical material, professional correspondence, teaching files, photographs of Kaufman and works of art, works of art including sketches and weaving samples, and printed material.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 4 series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1957-2011 (5 folders; Box 1, 0.124 GB; ER01)
  • Series 2: Travel Journals, 1987-1993 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
  • Series 3: Printed Material, 1976-2011 (5 folders; Box 2)
  • Series 4: Artwork, 1958-circa 1974 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)
  • Series 5: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1957-2011 (3.8 linear feet; Boxes 4-9)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Glen Kaufman (1932- ) is a textile artist who lives and works in Athens, Georgia and Kyoto, Japan. He was also a Professor of Art at the University of Georgia, Athens from 1967-2008.
After graduating with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kaufman went on to attend the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and to obtain his MFA in 1959. The following year he attended the State School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, Denmark on a Fulbright Grant.
In 1967 he began teaching fiber arts at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia where he continued teaching until 2008. In 1979 he traveled extensively throughout Asia and became enamored with Japan and their fiber arts traditions. By 1985 he was spending six months every year in Japan where he continued to work and show his art. His work from this time was heavily influenced by Japanese motifs such as the grid, which was predominately featured in his pieces. He continues to produce fiber art and display his work today in places such as the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, Georgia where he recently held an exhibition entitled "Kaunakes: Ghosts of Mesopotamia" in 2011.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Lindsay Alderman in 2013. The collection has been minimally rearranged and retains the existing/original folder titles when possible. All materials have been rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but often staples and other fasteners have not been removed. Materials within folders have not been rearranged. Additional papers received in 2015 are unprocessed. Born-digital materials were processed by Kirsi Ritosalmi-Kisner in 2019 with funding provided by Smithsonian Collection Care and Preservation Fuund.
Author
Lindsay Alderman
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by Glen Kaufman in 2012 and 2015.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Glen Kaufman papers, 1957-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
The Glen Kaufman 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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Travel diaries Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fiber artists -- Japan Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fiber artists -- Georgia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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