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National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Electricity and Modern Physics
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Mechanisms
Tainter, Charles Sumner, 1854-1940
Hartsook Studio (San Diego, Calif.)
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Dates:
1878-1937
Size:
2 Cubic feet (6 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0124
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Charles Sumner Tainter has been recognized as the father of the talking machine, and much of the material in this collection represents his experimental work on the graphophone. Alexander Graham Bell, Chichester Bell, and Tainter established the Volta Laboratory Association in 1881. This collection presents a comprehensive picture of the early development of the phonograph and Tainter's substantial contributions to the project.

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Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970
Dates:
1862-1967
bulk 1920-1967
Size:
3.2 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.birnmart
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birnbaum measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1862-1967, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920-1967. The papers document Birnbaum's association with the firm of Scott & Fowles, the lives and activities of his friends and colleagues, and his literary work, through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, business records, printed material, a scrapbook, scattered artwork, and photographs of Birnbaum, friends and colleagues, and artwork.

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Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921
Dates:
1851-1999
bulk 1881-1950
Size:
5.12 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.thayabbo
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of painter and naturalist, Abbott Handerson Thayer, and the Thayer family date from 1851 to 1999, with the bulk of the material dating from 1881 to 1950, and measure 5.12 linear feet. Thayer's painting career, interest in concealing coloration (camouflage) in nature, and relationships with artists, patrons, family, and friends are documented through correspondence, writings, scattered legal and financial records, printed materials, and a scrapbook. Photographs are of Thayer, his family, studio, and friends, including artists. The collection also contains family papers created by his second wife, Emma Beach Thayer, his son Gerald, his daughters Mary and Gladys, and Gladys' husband David Reasoner, who managed Thayer's estate after his death.

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Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971
Dates:
1890-1973
bulk 1922-1971
Size:
8.9 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.knatkarp
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of cubist painter Karl Knaths measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1890 to 1973, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1922 to 1971. The collection includes biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, four diaries, 22 notebooks and notes on theoretical color and compositional approaches to painting, published and draft copies of essays on art, miscellaneous printed material, 132 sketchbooks and other artwork.

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Berman, Avis
Dates:
1939-2006
Size:
3 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.bermavis3
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The Avis Berman research material on art dealer and curator Katharine Kuh measures 3.0 linear feet and dates from 1939 to 2006. The materials were compiled by art historian Avis Berman in preparing Katharine Kuh's memoir, which was published posthumously as My Love Affair with Modern Art: Behind the Scenes with a Legendary Curator. The collection includes Katharine Kuh's files; Kuh's drafts, manuscripts and interviews for her memoir; and Avis Berman's files relating to the book's publication. Also included is memorabilia.

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Kuh, Katharine
Dates:
1875-1994
bulk 1930-1994
Size:
12 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.kuhkath
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of art historian, dealer, critic, and curator Katharine Kuh measure 12 linear feet and date from 1875-1994, with the bulk of the material dating from 1930-1994. The collection documents Kuh's career as a pioneer modernist art historian and as the first woman curator of European Art and Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago. Found within the papers are biographical material; correspondence with family, friends and colleagues; personal business records; artwork by various artists; a travel journal; writings by Kuh and others; scrapbooks; printed material; photographs of Kuh and others; and audio recordings of Kuh's lectures and of Daniel Catton Rich reading poetry.

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Basie, Count, 1904-
Smith, Ernie
Webster, Ben
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971
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Dates:
1894-1979
Size:
30 Cubic feet (352 film reels , 16 mm)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0491
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

More than 300 reels of 16mm black and white and color film, silent and sound, fiction and documentary motion picture film documenting jazz and related musical performances, social and popular dance styles and performances, jazz musicians, performance locales, and documentation of African-American popular culture. A list of featured performers in the collection is shown below. The films are frequently compilations produced by Smith for lectures.

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Shaw, Charles Green, 1892-1974
Dates:
1833-1979
1686
bulk 1909-1974
Size:
45.7 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.shawchar
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The collection measures 45.7 linear feet and and documents the life of American abstract artist, writer, poet, and illustrator Charles Green Shaw. The papers date from 1833-1979 with the bulk of the material spanning 1909-1974 and a single item of ephemera dating from 1686. Records include biographical information and correspondence with family, colleagues and several artists and writers. The papers also contain writings and extensive diaries, sketchbooks and scrapbooks spanning Shaw's entire career, scattered financial records and other printed material.

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Richardson, Edgar Preston, 1902-1985
Richardson, Constance, 1905-
Dates:
1814-1996
bulk 1921-1996
Size:
28.7 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.richedga
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of art historian E. P. Richardson measure 28.7 linear feet and date from 1814-1996, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1921-1996. Within the papers are scattered biographical materials; acquisition files for Richardson's personal art collection; professional and personal correspondence with colleagues, art historians and critics, artists, museums, galleries, and dealers; numerous writings, including manuscripts and research files for his published books, articles, and lectures; general research notebooks and files compiled by Richardson on a wide variety of art-related topics and artists; professional and committee files; as well as a smaller amount of Constance C. Richardson's papers.

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Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur), 1902-2000
Dates:
1923-1993 and undated,with material from 1878 to 1892
Size:
18.61 cu. ft. (36 document boxes) (1 half document box) (2 3x5 boxes) (1 oversize folder)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7318
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

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