Jacob Kainen papers
Kainen, Ruth Cole.
The papers of painter, printmaker, and curator Jacob Kainen measure 33.3 linear feet and date from 1905 to 2009, with the bulk of the material from 1940-2001. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence/subject files including personal correspondence to and from friends and family members and professional correspondence and records concerning Kainen's activities as an artist, curator, teacher, and art collector. The collection also contains biographical material, writings, diaries, calendars, inventories, interview transcripts, printed material, photographs, works of art by other artists, and nine scrapbooks.
Biographical Information File
The Biographical Information File contains biographies of individuals associated with the Smithsonian as either administrative officers, curators, collectors, donors, regents, or research associates. Occasionally biographies of individuals less closely associated with the Institution are included.
Frederica de Laguna papers
Swanton, John Reed, 1873-1958
Guédon, Marie Françoise
38 Linear feet (71 document boxes, 1 half document box, 2 manuscript folders, 4 card file boxes, 1 flat box, and 1 oversize box)
These papers reflect the professional and personal life of Frederica de Laguna. The collection contains correspondence, field notes, writings, newspaper clippings, writings by others, subject files, sound recordings, photographs, and maps. A significant portion of the collection consists of de Laguna's correspondence with family, friends, colleagues, and students, as well as her informants from the field. Her correspondence covers a wide range of subjects such as family, health, preparations for field work, her publications and projects, the Northwest Coast, her opinions on the state of anthropology, and politics. The field notes in the collection mainly represent de Laguna and her assistants' work in the Northern Tlingit region of Alaska from 1949 to 1954. In addition, the collection contains materials related to her work in the St. Lawrence River Valley in Ontario in 1947 and Catherine McClellan's field journal for her research in Aishihik, Yukon Territory in 1968. Most of the audio reels in the collection are field recordings made by de Laguna, McClellan, and Marie-Françoise Guédon of vocabulary and songs and speeches at potlatches and other ceremonies from 1952 to 1969. Tlingit and several Athabaskan languages including Atna, Tutchone, Upper Tanana, and Tanacross are represented in the recordings. Also in the collection are copies of John R. Swanton's Tlingit recordings and Hiroko Hara Sue's recordings among the Hare Indians. Additional materials related to de Laguna's research on the Northwest Coast include her notes on clans and tribes in Series VI: Subject Files and her notes on Tlingit vocabulary and Yakutat names specimens in Series X: Card Files. Drafts and notes for Voyage to Greenland, Travels Among the Dena, and The Tlingit Indians can be found in the collection as well as her drawings for her dissertation and materials related to her work for the Handbook of North American Indians and other publications. There is little material related to Under Mount Saint Elias except for correspondence, photocopies and negatives of plates, and grant applications for the monograph. Of special interest among de Laguna's writings is a photocopy of her historical fiction novel, The Thousand March. Other materials of special interest are copies of her talks, including her AAA presidential address, and the dissertation of Regna Darnell, a former student of de Laguna's. In addition, materials on the history of anthropology are in the collection, most of which can found with her teaching materials. Although the bulk of the collection documents de Laguna's professional years, the collection also contains newspaper articles and letters regarding her exceptional performance as a student at Bryn Mawr College and her undergraduate and graduate report cards. Only a few photographs of de Laguna can be found in the collection along with photographs of her 1929 and 1979 trips to Greenland.
These records consist of publications produced by SITES, often in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution Press, including brochures, posters, guides, and catalogs documenting traveling exhibitions. The set is probably not complete. Information for each publication appears in the following order: publication title, author, date, and type.
This accession consists of public relations files relating to the publicity and promotion of Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service exhibitions. Materials include newspaper clippings and photocopies, magazine articles, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs, slides, and other materials for the publicity of the exhibitions.
Dodie Kazanjian papers
The papers of writer and art critic Dodie Kazanjian measure 14.1 linear feet and 0.546 GB, and date from 1949-2017, bulk 1980-2017. The collection is comprised of writings, interviews, and research material related to Kazanjian's career as an art writer for Vogue and House and Garden magazines. Included are manuscripts, correspondence, notes, printed material, photographs of artwork, and interviews with various artists and art world figures. The interviews were conducted by Kazanjian as part of her research process and were recorded on over 230 sound cassettes found in the collection. Many of the interviews are also transcribed. A small amount of born-digital material includes images of artworks and artists and audio recordings of interviews.
Wolff Gallery records
The Wolff Gallery records measure 6.2 linear feet and date from 1981 to 1993. The records document the gallery's operations through administrative files and artist files.
Special Services Records
These records consist of memoranda and correspondence pertaining to the various programs carried out by Special Services; NCFA art collection material; exhibition material; lecture materials; budget; reports; staff biographies; newspaper clippings; magazine articles; radio and television material; tour information; and information on the White House Fellow's Seminar.