A Finding Aid to the Anne Ryan papers, circa 1905-1970, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.ryananne
Creators:
Ryan, Anne, 1889-1954
Dates:
circa 1905-1970
Languages:
English
The collection is in English and Spanish.
Physical Description:
3.8 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of New York-based painter, printmaker, collagist and writer Anne Ryan measure 3.8 linear feet and date from circa 1905 to 1970. The papers document her career as an artist and writer in New York, New Jersey and Spain through biographical material, correspondence, diaries and journals, writings, printed material, photographic material and artwork.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of New York-based painter, printmaker, collagist and writer Anne Ryan measure 3.8 linear feet and date from circa 1905 to 1970. The papers document her career as an artist and writer in New York, New Jersey and Spain through biographical material, correspondence, diaries and journals, writings, printed material, photographic material and artwork.
Biographical material includes a mixture of legal and financial records as well as other personal documents. There are account books, art inventories, biographical statements, estate papers, exhibition lists, price lists, loan and consignments records, bills and receipts, banking and tax records, assorted travel documents, and other miscellaneous items.
Correspondence is with editors, museums, galleries, family and friends. Many of the letters have typed transcriptions that go along with the original handwritten correspondence. There is also correspondence with Anne Ryan's daughter, Elizabeth McFadden.
There are six diaries, journals, and travel diaries. The diaries and journals describe progress on artwork and writing, as well as daily appointments and activities.
Writings consists of notes, notebooks, poetry and manuscripts. The bulk of the series consists of handwritten and typescript drafts of books, short stories and essays. There are a few items written by others.
Printed material includes exhibition announcements, catalogs, clippings and magazines. Most of the periodicals include essays and stories written by Ryan. There are some printed materials such as postcards, travel brochures and clippings from Ryan's time in Spain.
Two family albums and photographs depict Anne Ryan, family, friends, colleagues, artwork, exhibition installations and houses.
Also found are materials Ann Ryan used to make artwork, such as engraved metal plates for prints, engraved woodcuts for woodblock prints, and handmade stencils. Some drawings are also included.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as seven series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1920-circa 1970 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1922-1968 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Diaries and Journals, 1924-1942 (Boxes 1-2; 0.3 linear feet)
  • Series 4: Writings, circa 1923-circa 1954 (Boxes 2-3; 1.4 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Printed Material, 1925-1970 (Boxes 3-4; 0.6 linear feet)
  • Series 6: Photographic Material, circa 1905-circa 1954 (Boxes 4-5; 0.4 linear feet)
  • Series 7: Artwork, circa 1930-circa 1954 (Box 5; 0.3 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Anne Ryan (1889-1954) was a painter, printmaker, collagist, graphic artist and author who primarily worked in New York City, but also in New Jersey and Spain.
Anne Ryan was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1889. She attended St. Elizabeth's Academy and College. She married lawyer William J. McFadden and had three children – William, Elizabeth and Thomas. They lived in Newark, New Jersey and divorced in 1923. Ryan often went to Greenwich Village in New York City and was something of a fixture in the arts and literary community. In 1925 she published a book of poetry, Lost Hills, and her novel Raquel was also published around this time.
Around 1931, Ryan moved to Spain and lived there for roughly four years, mostly in Mallorca and Ibiza, though she traveled to Paris as well. She then returned to New York City and moved into 124 West Fourth Street, which was occupied by many artists and writers. She opened a restaurant called The Hearthstone in the building's basement.
Ryan began painting around 1938. Artist Hans Hofmann lived nearby and visited her studio to provide encouragement, telling her to pursue her own course artistically and not to seek formal instruction. Ryan's first exhibition was in 1941. During this time she joined the printmaking studio Atelier 17 run by British artist William Stanley Hayter who had fled from Paris, France due to World War II. Thanks to the studio, Ryan befriended many European expatriate artists and started making woodblock prints and engravings.
In 1948, Ryan saw an exhibition of collages by Kurt Schwitters that inspired her to begin creating collages herself. During her late career, she made hundreds of collages and had multiple exhibitions at Betty Parsons Gallery in New York City. Ryan was also a prolific writer and many of her short stories and travel essays were published in magazines and periodicals. She died in 1954 in Morristown, New Jersey.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 86-88 and 440 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 received a preliminary level of arrangement after donation and most of the papers were microfilmed on reels 86-88 and 440. The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Rihoko Ueno in 2018.
Author
Rihoko Ueno
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Anne Ryan papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1971 by Elizabeth McFadden, Anne Ryan's daughter.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Preferred Citation
Anne Ryan papers, circa 1905-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Repository Contact
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