A Finding Aid to the Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott Research Material on Artists, 1919-2001, bulk 1973-1991, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.preskenn
Creators:
Prescott, Emma-Stina
Prescott, Kenneth Wade, 1920-
Dates:
1919-2001
bulk 1973-1991
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
9.4 Linear feet
Repository:
The Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott research material on artists measures 9.4 linear feet and dates from 1919 to 2001, with the bulk of the material dating from 1973 to 1991. Kenneth Prescott, an art historian and educator, and his wife Emma-Stina, also an art historian, maintained extensive files concerning artists James Chapin, Burgoyne Diller, Dorothea S. Greenbaum, Jack Levine, and Elizabeth Olds. These files typically include correspondence, artwork inventories, exhibition catalogs and other printed materials, notes, interviews, photographs, and slides. A small amount of material also documents the works of Richard Anuszkiewicz, Byron Browne, Jose de Creeft, Lorrie Goulet, Richard Hunt, Sam Maitin, and Hunt Slonem.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott research material on artists measures 9.4 linear feet and dates from 1919 to 2001, with the bulk of the material dating from 1973 to 1991. Kenneth Prescott, an art historian and educator, and his wife Emma-Stina, also an art historian, maintained extensive files concerning artists James Chapin, Burgoyne Diller, Dorothea S. Greenbaum, Jack Levine, and Elizabeth Olds. These files typically include correspondence, artwork inventories, exhibition catalogs and other printed materials, notes, interviews, photographs, and slides. A small amount of material also documents the works of Richard Anuszkiewicz, Byron Browne, Jose de Creeft, Lorrie Goulet, Richard Hunt, Sam Maitin, and Hunt Slonem.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 6 series.
  • Series 1: James Chapin, 1941, 1955-circa 1984 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Burgoyne Diller, 1932-2001 (2.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-3)
  • Series 3: Dorothea S. Greenbaum, 1919-1980 (2.7 linear feet; Boxes 4-6)
  • Series 4: Jack Levine, 1961-1991 (2.1 linear feet; Boxes 6-8)
  • Series 5: Elizabeth Olds, 1931-1992 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 8-9)
  • Series 6: Other Artists, 1929-1998 (1.0 linear foot; Boxes 9-10)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Kenneth Wade Prescott (1920-2013) was an art historian and educator in Austin, Texas. Prescott's wife, Emma-Stina is also an art historian.
Kenneth Prescott received a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Michigan. While living in Ann Arbor he met his future wife Emma-Stina Johnsson, who was visiting from Stockholm, Sweden. His early career included directorships of the Kansas City Museum, Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, and the New Jersey State Museum. During his career he arranged and curated many exhibitions throughout the country and abroad and administered a grant program in the visual arts for the Ford Foundation. He and his wife moved to Austin, Texas in 1974, and he served as Chairman of the Art Department at the University of Texas at Austin. While there he introduced a Ph.D. program in Art History. Prescott regularly published in the fields of ornithology and the visual arts, including several publications on Ben Shahn and retrospective exhibition catalogs for the works of Elizabeth Olds, Burgoyne Diller, and Jack Levine. He also collaborated with his wife on The Complete Graphic Work of Jack Levine which was published in 1984.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart 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.
Author
Erin Kinhart
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated in several installments by Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott from 1987 to 2001.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott research material on artists, 1919-2001, bulk 1973-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Conditions Governing Use
The Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott research material on artists is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. The papers may be used for research, study, and scholarship. Authorization to quote, publish or reproduce material on James Chapin and Dorothea S. Greenbaum requires written permission from Emma-Stina Prescott.

Related Materials
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the Burgoyne Diller papers which include papers and artwork donated by Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott. The Kenneth W. Prescott and Emma-Stina Prescott Collection of Ben Shahn is available at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Interviews Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art historians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chapin, James, 1887-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
De Creeft, José, 1884-1982 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goulet, Lorrie, 1925- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Greenbaum, Dorothea S. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hunt, Richard, 1935- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Levine, Jack, 1915-2010 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Olds, Elizabeth, 1896-1991 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Slonem, Hunt Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Diller, Burgoyne, 1906-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anuszkiewicz, Richard Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Browne, Byron, 1907-1961 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maitin, Sam Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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