Marta Adams papers, circa 1914-circa 1991

Adams, Marta, b. 1891 or 3 d. 1978
Painter, Sculptor, Author
Active in Boston, Mass.; Mexico

Collection size: 4.2 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Marta Adams papers measure 4.2 linear feet, and date from circa 1914 to circa 1991. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, legal and estate papers, printed materials, photographic material, one scrapbook, and artwork.

Biographical material includes address books, curriculum vitaes, a passport, awards and certificates, and immigration materials.

Correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection and is primarily personal in nature. Most of the correspondence is between Marta and her daughter Kay Kulmala, though there are several files of a blend of personal and professional correspondence to and from others. Correspondents include family and friends, as well as the Galerie Günther Franke and Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Notable correspondents include Charles L. and Hetty Kuhn, Raquel Jodorowsky, and Kojin Toneyama, among others.

The papers include drafts and manuscripts by Adams, of poetry and children's stories, as well as notes for an unpublished autobiography. Also found are writings about Adams by others.

After Marta Adam's death, her daughter, Kay Kulmala, dealt with her estate by conducting inventories, discussing exhibitions, and facilitating auctions of Adam's artworkdocumented via legal and estate papers within the collection.

Printed materials include clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and three limited edition art books with prints by other artists. Photographs depict portraits of the artist, friends and family, and artwork. Also included are two family photograph albums. One scrapbook contains letters, notes, drawings, and photographs, and appears to have been created by friends and peers for Adams.

Artwork includes Christmas card designs, sketches and illustrations, and mixed media collages by Marta Adams. Also included are works by others including, Leopoldo Méndez, Xavier Guerrero, José Clemente Orozco, and Alfredo Zalce.

Biographical/Historical Note: Marta Adams (1891 or 3-1978) was a painter, sculptor, and writer, active in Boston, Massachusetts and Mexico.

The Marta Adams papers were donated to the Archives in 1992 by the estate of Katherine Adams Kulmala (Adams daughter) via Jonathan Strong, executor.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.

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