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Creators:
Jonson, Raymond, 1891-1982
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Dates:
1964 Apr. 23
Size:
1 Sound tape reel (Sound recording, 7 in.)
21 Pages (Transcript)
Collection ID:
AAA.jonson64
Repository:
Archives of American Art

An interview of Raymond Jonson conducted 1964 Apr. 23, by Sylvia Loomis, for the Archives of American Art New Deal in the Arts Project.

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Creators:
Jonson, Raymond, 1891-1982
Platt, Susan Noyes, 1945-
Dates:
1980 Aug. 9
Size:
2 Sound cassettes (Sound recording)
50 Pages (Transcript)
Collection ID:
AAA.jonson80
Repository:
Archives of American Art

An interview of Raymond Jonson conducted 1980 Aug. 9, by Susan Platt, for the Archives of American Art.

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Interview of W. Richard West (1943- ) by Melanie M. Blanchard at his office at the NMAI covers where he was born and grew up, his family and cultural background, and the area in which he was raised. West discusses his experience as a member of the Cheyenne culture; and recounts stories of how he and his brother were influenced by their parents, relatives, and also the campus community at Bacone College. He recalls his father's art and art career, especially how the senior Mr. West's work was exhibited, how he used museum and gallery visits as educational experiences for Mr. West and his brother, and also how the senior Mr. West viewed the concept of American Indian art in relation to traditional art. Mr. West discusses the three pieces of his father's artwork which hang in his office at NMAI. He reminiscences about a visit that he and his brother made with their father to New York City in 1956 to film a movie called Off to Adventure. On this trip, the senior Mr. West took his sons to view the collection of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. Mr. West next focuses on his educational and professional background, including his degrees, both in American history, at the University of Redlands in California and Harvard University. Mr. West then pursued a law career, graduating from Stanford University School of Law and working at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson. His move to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1988 is briefly discussed. Mr. West's career with the National Museum of the American Indian began in 1990 with his appointment as the founding director. He also discusses the first issues he dealt with as a new director of a museum of such a unique character as the NMAI, including some of his mentors, problems encountered in the creation of NMAI, and tasks that the Museum had to take on in order to create the current museum. The Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA) and the National Museum of the American Indian Act (1989) are touched upon with a story concerning a speech given to an American Association of Museums session concerning repatriation. He then discusses exhibition issues with the NMAI collection, both at the George Gustav Heye Center in New York and the NMAI on the National Mall. The interview closes with Mr. West presenting his view of the future of the NMAI and also the future for Mr. West himself, including issues of cultural exhibitions, the relationship of American Indians to the collections, and the role of the founding director of such an institution, c. 1940s-2006.
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Level:
file
Collection ID:
Record Unit 9620
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Creators:
Hammersley, Frederick, 1919-2009
Dates:
circa 1860-2009
bulk 1940-2009
Size:
35.05 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.hammfred
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of Los Angeles Abstract Classicist painter and educator Frederick Hammersley measure 35.05 linear feet and date from circa 1860-2009, bulk 1940-2009. The papers contain biographical materials, 32 diaries, family and professional correspondence, personal business and financial records, estate records, writings, graphic design projects, teaching files, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, and works of art. There is a 0.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2020 that includes photographs of Hammersley's family, and most significantly for research, a study in pencil and a "model for making cubes," a paper document that can be stored flat and folded into a cube shape.

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Creators:
Christ-Janer, Albert, 1910-1973
Dates:
1915-circa 1993
bulk 1930-1981
Size:
54.6 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.chrialbe
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of art historian, educator, painter, and printmaker Albert Christ-Janer measure 56.3 linear feet and date from 1915 to circa 1993, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1930 to 1981. The papers include biographical materials, personal and professional correspondence, writings, professional files, project files, teaching files, exhibition files, financial and estate records, printed material, scrapbooks and scrapbook material, photographs, artwork, and artifacts.

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Dates:
1883-1980
Level:
series
Size:
2.1 Linear feet (Box 1-3, FC 23)
Collection ID:
AAA.pachwalt2
Repository:
Archives of American Art

This series contains family correspondence and extensive professional letters from noted artists and art world figures including critics, writers, collectors, museums and other art institutions. Scattered letters from Pach can also be found here. See Appendix for partial chronological list of letters from Series 2.