A Finding Aid to the William Kienbusch Letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe,
1958-1977
, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.kienwill3
Creators:
Kienbusch, William, 1914-1980
Dates:
1958-1977
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
Repository:
The William Kienbusch letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1958 to 1977. Found in this collection are 93 letters and postcards in which Kienbusch discusses his work as a landscape painter and art instructor in New York and Maine, family business, activities with the Hamabes, their mutual friends, and other artists. Included as letter attachments are newspaper clippings and three catalogs for Kienbusch exhibitions at Kraushaar Gallery from 1959, 1969, and 1975.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The William Kienbusch letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1958 to 1977. Found in this collection are 93 letters and postcards in which Kienbusch discusses his work as a landscape painter and art instructor in New York and Maine, family business, activities with the Hamabes, their mutual friends, and other artists. Included as letter attachments are newspaper clippings and three catalogs for Kienbusch exhibitions at Kraushaar Gallery from 1959, 1969, and 1975.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as one series:
  • Series 1: William Kienbusch Letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe, 1958-1977 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
William Kienbusch (1914-1980) was a painter and art instructor in New York, NY, and Cranberry Island, Maine. Kienbusch befriended Rockport, Maine artist Francis Hamabe (1917-2002) and his wife Sydney (1917-1978). Hamabe was the co-founder of the Maine Coast Artists Association.

Administration
Alternative Forms Available
The collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reel 3188 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2011.
Author
Erin Kinhart
Provenance
The letters were donated in 1984 by Francis Hamabe.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
William Kienbusch letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe, 1958-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions on Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The William Kienbusch letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe 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 in the Archives of American Art are the William Kienbusch papers, 1915-2001; the Walter Maitland correspondence with and about William Kienbusch, 1969-1981; the Thomas Barrett and Leni Mancuso papers relating to William Kienbusch, 1950-1980; and an oral history interview with William Kienbusch conducted by Forrest Selvig, November 1-7, 1968.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Landscape painters -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Hamabe, Francis, 1917-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hamabe, Sydney, 1917-1978 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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