A Finding Aid to the Jane Teller Papers,
1911-1991
, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.telljane
Creators:
Teller, Jane
Dates:
1911-1991
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
8.6 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of printmaker and sculptor Jane Teller measure 8.6 linear feet and date from 1911 to 1991. The papers include biographical materials, correspondence, business records, notes, writings, three sketchbooks, sketches and prints, five scrapbooks, printed material, subject files, photographs, sound and video recordings, and motion picture film.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The papers of printmaker and sculptor Jane Teller measure 8.6 linear feet and date from 1911 to 1991. The papers include biographical materials, correspondence, business records, notes, writings, three sketchbooks, sketches and prints, five scrapbooks, printed material, subject files, photographs, sound and video recordings, and motion picture film.
Biographical material includes a birth certificate, school work, and passports. General correspondence includes letters from several artists including Rhys Caparn, Sue Fuller and Lee Gatch, and from art galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Additional correspondence is found in the Subject Files.
Business records include an account book, lists of expenses and prices of art works, and sales records. Notes and writings include Teller's notes about art and travel, artists' statements, autobiographical writings, and a compilation of many artists' statements regarding "The Nine Bean Question."
Artwork includes three sketchbooks, 30 sketches and three prints primarily depicting nature and sculpture designs.
Five scrapbooks contain clippings, exbition announcements and catalogs. Additional printed material includes magazines, exhibition announcements and catalogs, a booklet by Teller entitled Art, Age and the River, published posthumously by her husband, and a manuscript of Poems or Poetic Expressions of Sculptors, collected by L. Lamis.
Subject files are arranged by name or subject and may contain letters, photographs, and printed material. Many of the files focus on galleries and museums, including the Montclair Art Museum, the Newark Museum, Noyes Museum, Parma Gallery, the Princeton Gallery of Fine Art and the Squibb Gallery. There are also subject files for associations, travel, projects, and colleagues including Margaret K. Johnson, Reuben Kadish, Ibram Lassaw, Aaron Siskind and Dorothy Dehner.
Photographs and slides depict Teller, her friends, works, gallery installations, and travels. Also included are photographs of trees, bark, and other natural formations used by Teller in her work.
The audio-visual materials include several sound recordings, videocassettes and 16 mm motion picture films. The videocassettes include television programs in which Teller, printmaker Judith Brodsky and actor Harry Hamlin are interviewed, a retrospective at Skidmore College and a film featuring Teller speaking for the National Council on Aging. Sound recordings include two interviews and a "Talk on Malta" by Teller and Joan Needham. The 16 mm films are black and white footage of Teller's first Parma Gallery show.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 11 series. Records are generally arranged by material type and chronologically thereafter.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1911-1985 (Box 1; 4 folders)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1956-1991 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Business Records, 1961-1990 (Box 1; 5 folders)
  • Series 4: Notes, 1960-1987 (Box 1; 13 folders)
  • Series 5: Writings, 1960-1989 (Boxes 1 and 9; 5 folders)
  • Series 6: Artwork, circa 1950s (Boxes 1 and 9; 6 folders)
  • Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1948-1990 (Boxes 1-2; 0.7 linear feet)
  • Series 8: Printed Material, 1957-1991 (Boxes 2-3 and 9; 0.6 linear feet)
  • Series 9: Subject Files, 1951-1990 (Boxes 3-5; 2.5 linear feet)
  • Series 10: Photographs, 1934-1985 (Boxes 5-9; 2.5 linear feet)
  • Series 11: Audio-Visual Materials, 1961-1989 (Box 8, FC 10-12; 0.6 linear feet)

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Jane Teller (1911-1990) worked as a printmaker and sculptor primarily in New Jersey. She specialized in working with wood and studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Skidmore College, and Barnard College. She also attended Federal Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) classes in New York City, studying sculpture with Aaron J. Goodelman and wood carving with Karl Nielson. She later studied welding in the studio of Ibram Lassaw. She was also a lifelong friend of photographer Aaron Siskind. In 1960, she was awarded the Mary and Gustave Kellner Prize at the National Association of Women Artists Annual Exhibition at the National Academy of Design in New York, and in 1966 the Sculpture Prize at the Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition, Philadelphia Art Alliance in Philadelphia. She exhibited mainly in New York and New Jersey and was married to author and editor Walter Teller.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was arranged by Jean Fitzgerald in 1994. Eden Orelove created the finding aid in 2011. Motion picture film reels were inspected and re-housed in 2016 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
Author
Eden Orelove
Provenance
The Jane Teller papers were donated by Jane Teller in 1990 and in 1991 by Walter Teller, widower of Jane Teller.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Jane Teller papers, 1911-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions on Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Jane Teller papers 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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Video recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Printmakers -- New Jersey Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists -- New Jersey Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art galleries, Commercial -- New Jersey Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- New Jersey -- Princeton Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Prints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Slides (photographs) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Sketches Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Squibb Gallery (Princeton, N.J.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Noyes Museum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Parma Gallery (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lassaw, Ibram, 1913-2003 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Princeton Gallery of Fine Art Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Siskind, Aaron Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dehner, Dorothy, 1901-1994 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Caparn, Rhys, 1909-1997 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gatch, Lee, 1902-1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fuller, Sue, 1914- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brodsky, Judith K. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Albright-Knox Art Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Whitney Museum of American Art Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Montclair Art Museum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newark Museum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Council on the Aging Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kadish, Reuben, 1913-1992 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Johnson, Margaret K. (Margaret Kennard) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lamis, Leroy, 1925- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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