A Finding Aid to the William Kienbusch Letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe,
1958-1977, in the Archives of American Art, by Erin Kinhart
Table of Contents:
- Biographical Information
- Overview of the Collection
- How to Use the Collection
- Detailed Description and Container Inventory
William Kienbusch (1914-1980) was a painter and art instructor in New York, NY, and Cranberry Island, Maine. Kienbusch befriended Rockport, Maine artist Francis Hamabe (1917-2002) and his wife Sydney (1917-1978). Hamabe was the co-founder of the Maine Coast Artists Association.
Overview of the Collection
Scope and Contents
The William Kienbusch letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1958 to 1977. Found in this collection are 93 letters and postcards in which Kienbusch discusses his work as a landscape painter and art instructor in New York and Maine, family business, activities with the Hamabes, their mutual friends, and other artists. Included as letter attachments are newspaper clippings and three catalogs for Kienbusch exhibitions at Kraushaar Gallery from 1959, 1969, and 1975.
Arrangement and Series Description
The collection is arranged as one series:
- Series 1: William Kienbusch Letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe, 1958-1977 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
Subjects and Names
This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:
- Hamabe, Sydney, 1918-
- Hamabe, Francis, 1917-
- Kraushaar Galleries
- Art teachers--Maine
- Art teachers--New York (State)--New York
- Landscape painters--Maine
- Landscape painters--New York (State)--New York
- Types of Materials:
The letters were donated in 1984 by Francis Hamabe.
Separated and Related Materials
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the William Kienbusch papers, 1915-2001; the Walter Maitland correspondence with and about William Kienbusch, 1969-1981; the Thomas Barrett and Leni Mancuso papers relating to William Kienbusch, 1950-1980; and an oral history interview with William Kienbusch conducted by Forrest Selvig, November 1-7, 1968.
How the Collection was Processed
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2011.
How to Use the Collection
Restrictions on Use
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Ownership & Literary Rights
The William Kienbusch letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
The collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reel 3118 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan.
How to Cite this Collection
William Kienbusch letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe, 1958-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Detailed Description and Container Inventory
Series 1: William Kienbusch Letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe, 1958-1977 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)