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Creators:
Rathbone, Perry Townsend, 1911-2000
Dates:
1929-1985
Size:
4.3 Linear feet (5 boxes, 1 OV)
Collection ID:
AAA.rathperr
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of museum director Perry Townsend Rathbone measure 4.3 linear feet and date from 1929 to 1985. The papers document Rathbone's career as museum director of the City Art Museum of St. Louis and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and his later work with Christie's New York office. Found within the papers are biographical materials, correspondence with friends and colleagues, writings, professional and project files, printed materials, and photographs, mostly of exhibitions.

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Tyrrell, Henry Grattan, 1867-1948
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI
Tyrrell, Mary Maude Knox
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
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Dates:
1886-1941
Size:
2.3 Cubic feet (11 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0948
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Manuscripts, correspondence, business records, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks documenting the career of Henry Grattan Tyrrell, an early-twentieth-century civil engineer and bridge builder who was also a prolific self-published author of hundreds of journal articles and several books. Subjects include aesthetic bridge design, history of bridges, design of movable bridges, and the economical design of factories, shops, and mill buildings.

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Creators:
Richardson, Deborra
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-
Dates:
circa 1822-1994
Size:
6.55 Cubic feet (17 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0653
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents the customs and culture of black gospel song and its performance in 19th- and 20th-century America. Dr. Reagon collected photographs, sheet music, and other primary and secondary sources chronicling the development and legacy of this medium, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, from blues to Gospel to classical to jazz. Among the subjects included in this collection are trailblazers such as Charles Tindley, Thomas A. Dorsey, Rosetta Tharpe, Duke Ellington, and Nathaniel Dett. Noted performers are the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Harmonizing Four, the Hampton University Choir, and the Chick Webb Orchestra.

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Beaux, Cecilia, 1855-1942
Dates:
1863-1968
Size:
3.3 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.beauceci
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of the painter Cecilia Beaux measure 3.3 linear feet and date from 1863 to 1968. Papers document her education, career and personal life through family and professional correspondence, twelve diaries, lectures, essays, poems, notes, clippings, catalogs, pamphlets, exhibition records, business records, photographs, certificates, diplomas, and artifacts.

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Creators:
McLain, Kimowan (Metchewais)
Dates:
1991-2011
Size:
871 negatives (photographic)
1918 slides (photographs)
989 polaroid prints
15 Notebooks
0.8 Linear feet
1,496 Photographic prints
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.084
Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian

The collection of Kimowan McLain, significant First Nations artist, contains materials related to his artistic practice and his personal life. The materials include not only photographs of his art, completed and in-progress, but also sketchbooks and journal entries that give important context to his major works and artistic practices. The materials range from his early career in the early 1990s as a magazine editor to his solo and group exhibitions to his time as an art professor at various universities and images of his final works in 2011. McLain balanced both Western and Native artistic methods and history in his work, his archive provides valuable insight into the swiftly evolving and often contested world of contemporary Native American art.

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Carlen Galleries
Dates:
1775-1997
bulk 1940-1986
Size:
10.4 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.carlgall
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The Carlen Galleries, Inc., records measure 10.4 linear feet (gift portions) and date from 1775 to 1997 (bulk 1940-1986). Correspondence, business records, subject files, a scrapbook, printed matter, and photographs document the operation and activities of Carlen Galleries, Inc., and its founder Robert Carlen.

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Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Dates:
1970-1992
Size:
33.4 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.womabuil
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The records of the Woman's Building feminist arts organization in Los Angeles measure 33.4 linear feet and date from 1970-1992. Originally founded by artist Judy Chicago, graphic designer Sheila Levant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven in 1973, the Woman's Building served as an education center and public gallery space for women artists in southern California. The records document both the educational and exhibition activities and consist of administrative records, financial and legal records, publications, curriculum files, exhibition files, grant funding records and artist's works of arts and prints. A significant portion of the collection documents the Women's Graphic Center, a typesetting, design, and printing service operated by The Woman's Building.

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Creators:
Vedder, Elihu, 1836-1923
Dates:
1804-1969
bulk 1840-1923
Size:
9.2 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.veddelih
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of painter and illustrator Elihu Vedder measure approximately 9.2 linear feet and date from 1804-1969, with the bulk of the material dating from 1840-1923. The collection documents Vedder's personal life and work. Best known for his illustrations of the 1884 edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Vedder's papers include correspondence, writings, diaries, photographs, a limited number of drawings, books and printed material, legal and financial papers, and scattered personal and family papers.

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Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Calumet and Hecla Mining Company.
Leavitt, Erasmus D., 1836-1916
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
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Dates:
1871-1917
Size:
20.4 Cubic feet (3 boxes, 82 folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0966
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Tracings on linen of steam engines of all types, pumping, histing, air compressing, mining, material handling, power transmission, mine structures, mining machinery, and buildings by Erasmus D. Leavitt, Jr. for Calumet Heclas, Inc. of Calumet, Michigan.

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Creators:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970
Dates:
1922-1972
bulk 1926-1956
Size:
1.5 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.johnwill
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of African American painter William H. Johnson date from 1922 to 1971, with the bulk of the material dating from 1926 to 1956, and measure 1.5 linear feet. The collection documents Johnson's career as an artist in New York and in Europe and his marriage to textile artist Holcha Krake through scattered biographical material, including eight letters regarding the sale and exhibition of his work - one from Langston Hughes and two are from Alonzo Aden of the Barnett Aden Gallery. Also found are exhibition catalogs, news clippings, other printed material, and photographs of Johnson, Krake, and their artwork. One scrapbook contains news clippings, letters, and additional photographs. Another scrapbook contains travel postcards. Also found are a few scattered records and research notes compiled by the Harmon Foundation regarding William H. Johnson.

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