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Creators:
Bengston, Billy Al
Dates:
circa 1940s-1989
bulk 1960-1988
Size:
10.4 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.bengbill
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of southern California Pop artist Billy Al Bengston measure 10.4 linear feet and date from circa 1940s to 1989, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1960 to 1988. The collection documents the life and work of the artist through biographical materials, correspondence, personal business records, gallery and museum files, teaching files, project and commission files, scattered artwork, printed materials, and photographs.

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Kurtz, Charles M. (Charles McMeen), 1855-1909
Dates:
1843-1990
bulk 1884-1909
Size:
27.74 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.kurtchar
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of arts administrator, museum director, collector, dealer, and editor Charles M. Kurtz (1855-1909), measure 27.74 linear feet and date from 1843-1990 (bulk dates 1884-1909). The bulk of the collection consists of detailed chronological correspondence between Kurtz and his wife and family, friends, colleagues, and business associates that documents many notable exhibitions, galleries, museums, private collections, as well as cities, people, and events of the period. Also found in the collection are Kurtz's diaries, scrapbooks, printed materials, and photographs.

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Schmitt, Waldo L. (Waldo Lasalle), 1887-1977.
Dates:
1907-1978
Size:
79.56 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes) (121 document boxes) (2 half document boxes) (4 12x17 boxes) (60 3x5 boxes) (3 5x8 boxes) (2 film boxes) (oversize material)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7231
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

The papers of Waldo LaSalle Schmitt provide comprehensive documentation of his professional career, 1907-1977. They also illustrate, to a lesser degree, his personal life. Particularly well represented in the papers is material concerning Schmitt's carcinological research, his curatorial and administrative careers at the United States Nat...

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Creators:
Antonakos, Stephen, 1926-2013
Dates:
1932-2014
bulk 1960-2014
Size:
24.2 Linear feet
1.73 Gigabytes
Collection ID:
AAA.antostep
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of American sculptor Stephen Antonakos measure 24.2 linear feet and 1.73 GB and date from 1932-2014, with the bulk of the material dating from 1960-2014. The collection documents Antonakos's pioneering work in neon, through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, project files, exhibition files, printed and digital material, and photographs.

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Creators:
Garvan, Mabel Brady
Garvan, Francis Patrick, 1875-1937
Dates:
1912-1953
1867
Size:
44.9 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.garvfran
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of art collector Francis Patrick Garvan measure 44.9 linear feet and date from 1912 to 1953, with one document from 1867. The papers provide extensive documentation on the Garvan collection which included rare books, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, and furniture. The majority of the collection consists of inventory records that give descriptive information regarding each piece in the collection; in many cases the files also include a photograph of the object. Also found are correspondence and subject files; auction records for sales at the American Art Association, Parke-Bernet Galleries, and Plaza Art Galleries; loan records; estate records; and a small amount of printed material, writings, and photographs. Approximately half of the Garvan papers were created posthumously by Mabel Brady Garvan and the managers of Garvan's estate.

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Creators:
Smith, Michael, 1951 March 8-
Zapol, Liza, 1978-
Dates:
2018 July 30-August 1
Size:
9 Items (sound files (6 hr., 27 min.) Audio, digital, wav)
97 Pages (Transcript)
Collection ID:
AAA.smith18
Repository:
Archives of American Art

An interview with Michael Smith conducted 2018 July 30 and August 1, by Liza Zapol, for the Archives of American Art at Smith's studio, in Brooklyn, New York.

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Creators:
Stout, George L. (George Leslie)
Dates:
1897-1978
1855
Size:
6.4 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.stougeor
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of conservator and museum director George Leslie Stout measure 6.4 linear feet and date from 1855, 1897-1978. Stout was head of the conservation department at Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum, director of the Worcester Art Museum and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Massachusetts, and a member of the Monuments, Fine Art and Archives (MFAA) Section of the U.S. Army during World War II. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence with family, friends, colleagues and professional associations. There are letters from fellow Monuments Men who served in the MFAA section such as Thomas Carr Howe, Ardelia Hall, Lamont Moore, Theodore Sizer, Langdon Warner and several other prominent arts administrators. The papers also contain biographical materials, writings, sketches and one sketchbook, military records, printed materials, and photographs. There is a 0.2 linear foot addition to this collection acquired in 2020 that includes four diaries, 1944-1946, kept by George Stout as a member of the Monuments, Fine Arts & Archives Section (MFAA) of the U.S. Army (known as the Monuments Men). The diaries describe Stout's experiences surveying war-caused damages in France, Germany, and Japan, and the recovery of Nazi impounded art works. Also included is a hand-made booklet that includes a "Glossary of Cha-no-yu Terms," which consists of quotes about Japanese art and tea drinking.

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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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Creators:
Kiesler, Lillian, 1910?-2001
Dates:
circa 1910s-2003
bulk 1958-2000
Size:
49.1 Linear feet
0.001 Gigabytes
Collection ID:
AAA.kieslill
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of New York artist Lillian Kiesler and architect and sculptor Frederick Kiesler measure 49.1 linear feet and 0.001 GB and date from circa 1910s-2003, with the bulk of the material from 1958-2000. The collection documents their personal and professional lives and the legacy of Frederick Kiesler's work through biographical material, correspondence, legal, financial and business records, teaching files, exhibition and performance files, artwork, subject files, printed and digital material, writings and interviews, monographs, photographic material, and sound and video recordings. Also found are papers related to Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann and the papers of artist Alice Hodges.

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Creators:
Mesches, Arnold, 1923-
Dates:
1939-2015
Size:
13.6 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.mescarno
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of New York City and Gainesville, Florida based painter Arnold Mesches (1923-2016) measure 13.6 linear feet and date from 1939-2015. The collection documents Mesches' politically-engaged career and work process through biographical material, correspondence, writings, gallery and exhibition files, project files, subject files, teaching files, personal business records, printed material, and photographic material. Project files comprise a bulk of the collection and include grant files, activism files, project notebooks, and over 100 art project files containing drawings, source material, and photographic material for individual artworks.

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