Isabel Peterson papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.peteisab
Creators:
Peterson, Isabel
Dates:
1942-1980
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.7 Linear feet
ca. 600 items (on microfilm reel)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Materials relating to the annual art exhibitions of paintings by U.S. merchant seamen, organized and directed by Peterson. Included are: a 4 page typescript carbon describing Peterson's involvement with the exhibitions; rough drafts of her curriculum vitae and her resume; correspondence with museum directors, government agencies, artists, John Taylor Arms, Leon Kroll, Philip Kappel, and others; writings by Peterson and others; photographs of the seamen, their art work, and the exhibitions; a scrapbook with exhibition catalogs, announcements, clippings; photographs, and other material regarding the exhibitions; loose clippings and news releases; a book, ART IN THE ARMED FORCES, 1944, edited by Aimee Crane; and one issue of HERITAGE VILLAGER MAGAZINE, 1978.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Curator, exhibition designer; Conn. Asked by Vice Admiral Emory S. Land, of the War Shipping Administration to establish a recreation department for wartime merchant seamen. Developed, organized, and directed 5 annual exhibitions of paintings of merchant seamen of the U.N. (1943-1946). Juries for these shows included John Taylor Arms, chairman, Leon Kroll, Reginald Marsh, Jo Davidson, Raphael Soyer, and other well-known artists. The exhibitions were shown in the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. and other museums around the country.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm roll 3770 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Copies
Selected items from this collection have been digitized and are available online via AAA's website.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1983 by Isabel Peterson.

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.

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Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- United States -- Exhibitions Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Merchant Marine Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum curators Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arms, John Taylor, 1887-1953 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kappel, Philip Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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