William Kienbusch letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe, 1958-1977

A Finding Aid to the William Kienbusch Letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe, 1958-1977, in the Archives of American Art, by Erin Kinhart

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Biographical Information

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.

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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:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • Hamabe, Sydney, 1918-
  • Hamabe, Francis, 1917-
  • Kraushaar Galleries

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art teachers--Maine
  • Art teachers--New York (State)--New York
  • Landscape painters--Maine
  • Landscape painters--New York (State)--New York

Types of Materials:

  • Postcards

Provenance

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.

Available Formats

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.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: William Kienbusch Letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe, 1958-1977
(Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Box Folder
1 1 Letters, 1958-1959
1 2 Letters, 1960-1964
1 3 Letters, 1967
1 4 Letters, 1968-1969
1 5 Letters, 1970-1971
1 6 Letters, 1972
1 7 Letters, 1973
1 8 Letters, 1974
1 9 Letters, 1975
1 10 Letters, 1976-1977