A Finding Aid to the Robert Perine Research Material on the Chouinard Art Institute, circa 1923-circa 1985, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.perirobe
Creators:
Perine, Robert
Dates:
circa 1923-circa 1985
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1.8 Linear feet
Repository:
The Robert Perine research material on the Chouinard Art Institute measures 1.8 linear feet and date from circa 1923 to circa 1985. Documents consist of research material used in Perine's book Chouinard: An Art Vision Betrayed (1985) including catalogs for the Chouinard Institute and California Institute of the Arts; notes and preliminary writings for the book, including an annotated table of contents and a bibliography; floor plans of the Institute; material concerning the lawsuit brought against the board of trustees in an attempt to prevent the closing of the school; 158 photographs of Nelbert Chouinard, classes, students and buildings; and 27 sound cassettes of interviews of 52 artists and staff, some with partial transcripts.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Robert Perine research material on the Chouinard Art Institute measures 1.8 linear feet and date from circa 1923 to circa 1985. Documents consist of research material used in Perine's book Chouinard: An Art Vision Betrayed (1985) including catalogs for the Chouinard Institute and California Institute of the Arts; notes and preliminary writings for the book, including an annotated table of contents and a bibliography; floor plans of the Institute; material concerning the lawsuit brought against the board of trustees in an attempt to prevent the closing of the school; 158 photographs of Nelbert Chouinard, classes, students and buildings; and 27 sound cassettes of interviews of 52 artists and staff, some with partial transcripts.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as four series.
  • Series 1: Writings, 1930, 1962, circa 1980-circa 1985 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Printed Material, 1931-1984 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 3: Photographs, circa 1923-1977 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 4: Interviews, circa 1979 (0.9 linear feet; Box 1-3)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter, educator, and author Robert Perine (1922-2004), was a student and later a professor at the Chouinard Art Institute. The Chouinard Art Institute was founded in Los Angeles, California, by Ms. Nelbert M. Chouinard in 1921. The Institute received financial support from Walt Disney who also oversaw its merger with the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music to form the Californian Institute of the Arts in 1961. The Chouinard Art Institute continued to operate as its own entity within the California Institute of the Arts until it was completely absorbed by the California Institute of the Arts in 1972.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Ricky Gomez in 2019.
Existence and Location of Copies
Some of the sound recordings in this collection have been copied for research access and are available in the Archives of American Art offices.
Author
Ricky Gomez
Sponsor
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The research material was donated to the Archives of American Art by Robert Perine in 1987.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Preferred Citation
Robert Perine research material on the Chouinard Art Institute, circa 1923-circa 1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles, Calif.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
California Institute of the Arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- California -- Los Angeles Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Authors -- California -- Los Angeles Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Study and teaching -- California -- Los Angeles Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chouinard, Nelbert, 1879-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles, Calif.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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