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Adela Akers papers, 1960-2009

Adela Akers papers, 1960-2009

Akers, Adela, 1933-

Fiber artist

Collection Information

Size: 2.6 linear feet

Summary: The papers of fiber artist and educator Adela Akers measure 2.6 linear feet and date from 1960 to 2009. Her career as an artist and her tenure at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, are documented through scattered biographical material; correspondence; subject files on galleries, projects, weaving technique, research, workshops, and fiber arts organizations; writings; exhibition announcements, clippings, and other printed material; photographs; and artwork, including one sketchbook.

Biographical/Historical Note

Adela Akers (1933- ) is a fiber artist living and working in California. Akers was raised in Cuba. In 1957, she moved to the United States and began studying art. Her weavings consist of zigzags, checkerboard patterns, and simple geometric shapes. She is a Professor Emeritus of Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, where she taught from 1972 to 1995.

Provenance

Donated 2009 and 2011 by Adela Akers.

Related Materials

A Finding Aid to the Adela Akers Papers,
1960-2009
, in the Archives of American Art
AAA.akeradel
Biographical Note
Adela Akers (1933- ) is a fiber artist and educator living and working in Guerneville, California.
Akers was born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and was raised in Havana, Cuba. She came to the United States as a student in 1957 and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1965 she served as a weaving advisor in Peru for the Alliance for Progress and was an artist in residence at Penland School of Crafts from 1968-1970. From 1972 to 1995 Akers was a professor and chair of fiber arts at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her weavings consist of zigzags, checkerboard patterns, and simple geometric shapes.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 7 series:
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1970s, 1991-1998 (Box 1; 3 folders)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1985-1987 (Box 1; 3 folders)
Series 3: Subject Files, 1960-2007 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)
Series 4: Writings, 1973-1995 (Box 1; 3 folders)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1962-2009 (Box 1-2, 6; 6 folders)
Series 6: Photographic Materials, 1960-2008 (Box 2-3; 0.4 linear feet)
Series 7: Artwork, circa 1960s-1980s (Box 3-6, OV 7; 1.1 linear feet)
Provenance
Donated 2009 and 2011 by Adela Akers.
Processing Information
The collection was processed to a minimal level in 2012 by Erin Kinhart.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Adela Akers papers, 1960-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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