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Creators:
Held, John, 1947-
Dates:
bulk 1973-2013
1947-2018
Size:
12.9 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.heldjohn
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of rubberstamp and artistamp artist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and fine arts librarian John Held, Jr. date from 1947-2018, bulk 1973-2013, and measure 12.9 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material, 18 printed diaries, letters received by Held from mail artists around the world, art work consisting of artistamps designed by miscellaneous mail artists, interview transcripts, writings, project and event files, printed material, mail art sent for the Gutai Historical Survey Exhibition held at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013, and a collection of biographical material presented by Held at a Mail Art Study Day held at the Archives of American Art in 2018.

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Creators:
Jett, Ruth M.
Dates:
1914-2014
Size:
7.8 Linear feet
0.242 Gigabytes
Collection ID:
AAA.jettruth
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of African American arts administrator and director of Cinque Gallery, Ruth Jett, measure 7.8 linear feet and date from 1914 to 2014. The collection contains biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues including William Branch, Vinie Burrows, John and Vivian Hewitt, Langston Hughes, and Charles and Frances White; and administrative and professional files which include material related to the American Society of African Culture, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Cinque Gallery, the Cinque Artists Program at the Romare Bearden Foundation, the Library of Congress Center for the Book, and the Schomburg Corporation. The collection also includes writings, primarily typescript copies of literary works by others, including Langston Hughes and Ossie Davis, as well as notes; printed material such as clippings, exhibition and event announcements, books and magazines, and press releases; and photographic material including photographs, snapshots, negatives, and slides depicting Ruth Jett and other individuals, travel, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace fellows and events, and works of art. Also found is a small amount of artwork including a sketchbook, sketches, a painting, and a print.

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Creators:
Jacques Seligmann & Co.
Dates:
1904-1978
bulk 1913-1974
Size:
203.1 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.jacqself
Repository:
Archives of American Art

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.

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Creators:
Frank, Mary, 1933-
Dates:
1884-2017
bulk 1957-1990
Size:
4.2 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.franmary
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of sculptor and painter Mary Frank measure 4.2 linear feet and date from 1884-2017. Included are correspondence, writings, photographs, artwork and printed material documenting Frank's career. Correspondence is both personal and professional. Writings include dreams recounted in detail, poems, and ideas for works of art, some illustrated. Black and white photographs are of Frank, her sculptures, friends and family, and source material. Artwork includes drawings and sketches in dry point, pencil and watercolor. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, announcements, brochures and clippings.

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Creators:
Hemphill, Herbert Waide
Dates:
1776-1998
bulk 1876-1998
Size:
26.7 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.hempherb
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of folk art collector and museum curator Herbert Waide Hemphill date from 1776-1998, bulk 1876-1998, and measure 26.7 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials, personal business records, files documenting his collecting, writings, art work, minutes of meetings, a scrapbook, printed material including exhibition and auction announcements and catalogs, and miscellaneous artifacts. The collection also contains numerous photographs of Hemphill, family members, his residences, friends and colleagues, exhibitions, travel, and art work. Sound and video recordings include interviews of Hemphill.

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Creators:
National Museum of American Art. Office of the Director
Dates:
1970-1983, with records dating from 1934
Size:
48.5 cu. ft. (97 document boxes)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 322
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

These records document the tenure of Joshua C. Taylor as Director, 1970-1981, with small amounts of materials from 1960s. Additionally some records date back to 1934. In addition there is a folder of correspondence with David E. Finley dated 1938-1977. Included are files on museum offices, Smithsonian offices, various art commissions, other ...

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Creators:
National Portrait Gallery, Office of the Director
Dates:
1958-2007
Size:
16 cu. ft. (16 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 08-092
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records documenting the activities of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) during the tenure of Director Marc Pachter (2000-2007), but also includes records from the tenures of Directors Charles Nagel (1964-1969), Marvin S. Sadik (1969-1981), and Alan Maxwell Fern (1982-2000). Topics covered include cultural affairs, ...

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Creators:
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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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution, Office of Exhibits Central
Dates:
1971-2002
Size:
8 cu. ft. (8 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 08-051
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records documenting exhibitions produced by the Office of Exhibits Central (OEC) for various Smithsonian Institution units. Exhibitions documented in this accession include "Speak to My Heart: Communities of Faith and Contemporary African American Life;" "Caribbean Visions: Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture;" "In ...

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Creators:
Gilliam, Sam
Dates:
1957-1989
Size:
7.9 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.gillsam
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of contemporary Color Field painter and educator Sam Gilliam measure 7.9 linear feet and date from 1957 to 1989. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writings, business records, printed material, subject files, a scrapbook, artwork, and photographic material that document Gilliam's life from his time as a student through his teaching, professorial, and artistic career. The collection highlights Gilliam's close involvement with the art institutions, racial politics, and artistic innovation taking place in 1960s through 1980s America, specifically in Washington D.C.

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