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Creators:
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Dates:
1848-1999
Size:
10.1 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.currjohn
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of painter, muralist, and illustrator John Steuart Curry, and Curry family papers, measure 10.1 linear feet and date from 1848 to 1999. Papers document his career and family history through certificates, correspondence, photographs, clippings, contracts, receipts, inventories, writings, notes, and other materials. The papers contain particularly rich documentation of Curry's period as artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin, from 1936 to 1946. Mural projects in Kansas, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin are also documented.

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S. Sidney Pike Skywriting Corporation of America
Pike, S. Sidney
Dates:
1923-1964
bulk 1930-1940
Size:
5.5 Linear feet (4 flat boxes, 1 document box, 1 slim document box)
9 film reels (5 16mm films - runtime 41:59 4 35mm films - runtime 27:04)
4 Cubic feet (6 boxes)
Collection ID:
NASM.2012.0001
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Skywriting, defined as the process of writing a name or message with smoke from an aircraft against a blue sky, began in England after World War I, the brainchild of Major John C. Savage, Royal Air Force (RAF). His first successful demonstration was at the Derby at Epsom Downs, in May 1922, when Captain Cyril Turner wrote "Daily Mail" above the track. In October of that year, Turner travelled to the United States and wrote "Hello U.S.A." above New York City. Allan J. Cameron, along with Leroy Van Patten established the Skywriting Corporation of America at Curtiss Field, an American branch of Savage's original company. They acquired the patents for mixing the writing gas in the United States and as a result controlled the market for years. In 1923, using the Skywriting Corporation, the American Tobacco Company launched the first skywriting advertising campaign for Lucky Strike cigarettes. Pepsi-Cola Corporation became one of the longest-running contractors of skywriting; in the late 1930s and mid 1940s, it contracted or owned a total of 14 aircraft. In 1940 alone, Pepsi contracted for 2,225 writings over 48 states, Mexico, Canada, South America and Cuba.

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Creators:
Stirling, Matthew Williams, 1896-1975
Stirling, Marion
Dates:
1876-2004, undated
bulk 1921-1975
Size:
37.94 Linear feet (84 boxes, 3 map folders)
Collection ID:
NAA.2016-24
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

The Matthew Williams Stirling and Marion Stirling Pugh papers, 1876-2004 (bulk 1921-1975), document the professional and personal lives of Matthew Stirling, Smithsonian archaeologist and Chief of the Bureau of American Ethnology (1928-1957), and his wife and constant collaborator, Marion Stirling Pugh. The bulk of the material is professional in nature and includes material from Matthew's early career in the 1920s, the careers of Matthew and Marion together from when they married in 1933 to Matthew's death in 1975, and Marion's life and work from 1975 until her death in 2001. The majority of the documentation relates to the investigation of the Olmec culture in Mexico by the Stirlings, including the discoveries of eight colossal Olmec heads. In addition, the collection documents their work in Panama, Ecuador, and Costa Rica, looking for connections between Mesoamerica and South America. Materials include field notes, journals, correspondence, photographs, writings, clippings, ephemera, articles, and scrapbooks.

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Creators:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979
Dates:
circa 1920-2017
bulk 1920-1953
Size:
3.3 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.arnavict
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of artist and art teacher Victor Mikhail Arnautoff measure 3.3 linear feet and date from 1920 to 2017 with the bulk of the material dating from the 1920 to 1953. The collection contains biographical material such as marriage certificates, passports, naturalization certificates, and an Arnautoff family history; correspondence between fami...

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Train, Russell E., 1920-2012
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian. Libraries)
Dates:
1663-2004
Size:
6,500 Items (estimated)
Collection ID:
SIL-CL.XXXX-0014
Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries

Manuscript and printed textual material, photographic prints and negatives, slides, audio tapes, film, original and reproduction artwork, maps, scrapbooks, and historical and natural artifacts related to the history of African exploration and natural history, dating primarily from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Includes correspondence, drafts of publications, diaries, account books, ephemera, posters, newsclippings, biographies, memoirs, portraits, and the former personal property of selected explorers, big game hunters, missionaries, pioneers, and naturalists in Africa.

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Creators:
Nesbitt, Lowell, 1933-1993
Dates:
circa 1903-1993
bulk 1950-1993
Size:
50.2 Linear feet
0.001 Gigabytes
Collection ID:
AAA.nesblowe
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of painter, photographer and sculptor Lowell Nesbitt measure 50.2 linear feet and 0.001 GB and date from circa 1903-1993 (bulk 1950-1993). The collection documents Nesbitt's career through biographical material, correspondence, subject files, business and financial records, source material, artwork, photographs and audiovisual records, printed material and scrapbooks.

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Cortor, Eldzier, 1916-
Dates:
circa 1930s-2015
bulk 1972-2015
Size:
3.1 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.corteldz
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of painter and printmaker Eldzier Cortor measure 3.1 linear feet and date from circa 1930s to 2015, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1972 to 2015. The papers contain biographical material, correspondence, professional files, exhibition and gallery files, writings, printed material, artwork, and photographs.

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Creators:
Vogel, Dorothy
Vogel, Herbert
Dates:
1960s-2009
Size:
47.5 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.vogedoro
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of contemporary art collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel measure 47.5 linear feet and date from the 1960s to 2009. Found is scattered general correspondence, artists' files, subject files, business records, and printed material relating to the Vogel Collection. Artists' and subject files create the bulk of the collection, the majority of which is printed material but includes some correspondence from artists.

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Creators:
Parsons, Betty
Dates:
circa 1920-1991
bulk 1946-1983
Size:
57.2 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.parsbett
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers measure 57.2 linear feet and date from 1920 to 1991, with the bulk of the material dating from 1946-1983. Records provide extensive documentation of the gallery's operations from its inception in 1946 to its closing in 1983 and of the activities of Betty Parsons as one the leading art dealers of contemporary American Art in the latter half of the twentieth century, particularly the work of the Abstract Expressionists. Over one third of the of the collection is comprised of artists files containing correspondence, price lists, and printed materials. Additional correspondence is with galleries, dealers, art institutions, private collectors, and the media. Also found are exhibition files, exhibition catalogs and announcements, sales records, stock inventories, personal financial records, and photographs. Betty Parsons' personal papers consist of early curatorial files, pocket diaries, personal correspondence, and evidence of her own artwork, including sketchbooks, and files documenting her personal art collection.

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Creators:
Alexander, John White, 1856-1915
Dates:
1775-1968
bulk 1870-1915
Size:
11.9 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.alexjohn
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of the painter, muralist, and illustrator John White Alexander measure 11.9 linear feet and date from 1775 to 1968, with the bulk of materials dating from 1870 to 1915. Papers document Alexander's artistic career and many connections to figures in the art world through biographical documentation, correspondence (some illustrated), writings, 14 sketchbooks, additonal artwork and loose sketches, scrapbooks, photographs, awards and medals, artifacts, and other records. Also found is a souvenir engraving of a Mark Twain self-portrait.

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