This record unit consists of project files documenting the repairs, improvement, and renovation of existing Smithsonian buildings. The records include memoranda with Smithsonian offices, correspondence with contractors, blueprints, cost analyses, specifications, and photographs. Buildings and museums documented in this collection include: the Smithsonian Institution Building, the National Mall, the Silver …
Violet Oakley papers
The papers of painter, stained glass artist, and muralist Violet Oakley measure 56.4 linear feet and date from 1841-1981. Found within the papers are biographical materials; personal and business correspondence; writings, including essays, lectures, and project drafts; diaries and journals; financial material; artwork; printed material, including scrapbooks; and photographs, 3 albums, 322 glass plate negatives, and 1600 film negatives of Oakley, her family and friends, and her work.
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records
The records of Jacques Seligmann & Co. measure approximately 203.1 linear feet and date from 1904 to 1978, with bulk dates from 1913 to 1974. The collection includes extensive correspondence files, reference material on American and European collectors and their collections, inventory and stock records, financial records, exhibition files, auction files, and the records of subsidiary companies. The collection is an invaluable resource in tracing the provenance of particular works of art and provides a comprehensive view of the activities of collectors and art dealers in the years leading up to and following World War II.
Project Files and Drawings
This accession consists of project files for renovation and reconstruction activities of the Office of Physical Plant, including memoranda, correspondence, photographs, blueprints and drawings, and other materials pertaining to each project. Box listings show Project Number, Project Name, and Facility. Museums, buildings and events documented in this collection include: the …
Oscar Bluemner papers
The papers of painter Oscar Bluemner date from 1886 to 1939, with one item from 1960, and measure 6.9 linear feet. The collection documents Bluemner's career through scattered biographical material and personal and professional correspondence. Almost one-half of the collection consists of Bluemner's extensive writings and notes about his artwork, painting techniques, and art theory in the form of diaries, notebooks, lists, essays, and notes - many of which are also illustrated. Also found are annotated books, exhibition catalogs, newsclippings, artwork and sketches by Bluemner, and photographs of Bluemner's artwork and of architecture. Bluemner's work in architecture is documented to a lesser degree through scattered licenses, photographs, and design drawings.
This accession consists of records that document short-term events such as dinners for Regents, special meetings, awards, and special guests of the Smithsonian Institution. Documentation includes memoranda, correspondence, purchase and catering receipts, menus, lists and addresses of guests, agenda, invitations, facilities applications, minutes of meetings, acceptance lists, printed programs, invoices …
This accession documents in-house projects of the Office of Design and Construction for various Smithsonian buildings. Documentation includes blueprints and architectural drawings, specifications, correspondence with contractors, and work progress reports. Museums and buildings documented in this collection include: Arts and Industries Building, National Museum of Natural History, Anacostia Museum, Cooper-Hewitt …
Hassel Smith papers
The papers of Southern California painter and instructor Hassel Smith measure 4 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 2004 with the bulk of the materials dating from 1930-1995. Found within the papers are correspondence, a transcript of an interview conducted by Jan Butterfield in the 1980s, personal business files, teaching files, writings by Smith and others, sketches, printed materials, and photographs of Smith, his family and friends, and his artwork. There are audio recordings of a lecture series organized by Smith and of reviews of Smith's work. Correspondents include Paule Anglim, Elmer Bischoff, Andre Emmerich, Clyfford Still, Wayne Thiebaud, and many others.
This accession documents various Office of Design and Construction projects. Materials include blueprints and specifications. Buildings and museums documented in this collection include: Quadrangle Building, the National Mall, National Museum of American History (formerly National Museum of History and Technology), Conservation Analytical Laboratory, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum …
These records consist of project files for the renovation or improvement of facilities for various Smithsonian Institution buildings, particularly the construction of the Hirshhorn Museum building. Materials include blueprints and architectural drawings, specifications, correspondence with contractors, payroll sheets, progress and inspection reports, and photographs. Buildings and museums documented in this …