William Kienbusch papers, 1915-2001, bulk 1936-1980

Kienbusch, William Austin, b. 1914 d. 1980
Painter, Art teacher
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 5.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of landscape painter and art instructor William Kienbusch measure 5.0 linear feet and date from 1915 to 2001, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1936 to 1980. The collection documents Kienbusch's life as an artist in New York City and Cranberry Island, Maine. Files include biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues; writings and notes; scattered printed material; photographs; and artwork, including 17 sketchbooks.

Biographical/Historical Note: William Austin Kienbusch (1914-1980) was a painter and art instructor in New York, N.Y. Kienbusch received a B.A. from Princeton in 1936 and attended the Art Students League the following year, where he studied under Henry Varnum Poor, Abraham Rattner, and Stuart Davis. He taught camouflage to soldiers during World War II and was later on the faculty of the Brooklyn Museum Art School.

The William Kienbusch papers were donated by his sisters, Millicent Kelly and Juliana Little, and his friend Stanley Clifford as co-executives of the Kienbusch estate from 1985-1991. Additional papers were donated by Stanley Clifford in 2008 and 2010.

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William Kienbusch loaned materials for microfiliming in 1970. Originals of loaned material, including a scrapbook of clippings, exhibition catalogs, photographs of Kienbusch, letters, writings, and two journals describing his travels in Europe and the Orient were returned to Kienbusch after microfilming and were not subsequently donated by his estate. Loaned material is available on reel N70-22 but is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is the Walter Maitland correspondence with and about William Kienbusch, 1969-1981; the William Kienbusch letters to Francis and Sydney Hamabe, 1958-1977; 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.