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Arline M. Fisch papers, 1931-2015

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as nine series.

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Series 1: Awards and Certificates , 1961-2001
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 11

This series contains awards and certificates from the Indonesian National Crafts Council, Internationale Handwerksmesse Munchen, San Diego State University, State of California, and other organizations.
Description Container Select
Indonesian National Crafts Council, 1985
1
1
Internationale Handwerksmesse Munchen, 1971
1
2
San Di Award, Woven Gold Catalog, 1987
1
3
SDSU, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1987
1
4
State of California, 25 Years of Public Service, 1986
1
5
Various Awards and Certificates, 1961-2001
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 1.
1
6
Oversize Various Awards and Certificates , 1971-1974
11
1

Series 2: Correspondence , 1956-2003
0.8 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence is with Edith Antunes; Skidmore College and other educational institutions regarding employment; and with students and colleagues thanking and congratulating Fisch on exhibitions, studio visits, and for her participation in various events. Along with professional correspondence, the chronological files contain printed material and business records that document Fisch's professional activities.
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Antunes, Edith, circa 1968-circa 1986
1
7
Skidmore College, 1972
1
8
Slide Requests, 1974-2006
1
9
Teaching Jobs, Regarding, 1956-1961
1
10
Thank You/Congratulation Letters, circa 1963-2003
1
11-12
Chronological, 1963-1970
1
13-14
Chronological, 1971-1979
1
15-22
Chronological, 1980-1988
1
23-31

Series 3: Exhibition Files , 1957-2010
1 Linear foot
Boxes 1-2

Files for exhibitions include correspondence, inventory and price lists, loan forms, shipping records, photographs, publicity and exhibition catalog material, and notes for Elegant Fantasy: The Jewelry of Arline Fisch (2000), The Art of Arline Fisch (2003), Arline Fisch: Creatures from the Deep (2008), and a few files containing material for various exhibitions. Elegant Fantasy: The Jewelry of Arline Fisch was a solo, retrospective exhibition that traveled to the San Diego Historical Society, the Oakland Museum, the Textile Museum, and the American Craft Museum from 2000 to 2002. Files for this exhibition also include a digital disk and a video recording of a documentary.
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Elegant Fantasy: The Jewelry of Arline Fisch, San Diego Historical Society (2000), 1999-2001
2
1-2
Elegant Fantasy: The Jewelry of Arline Fisch, Oakland Museum of California (2001), 2000-2001
2
3
Elegant Fantasy: The Jewelry of Arline Fisch, Textile Museum (2001), 1999-2002
2
4-5
Elegant Fantasy: The Jewelry of Arline Fisch, American Craft Museum (2002), 1995-2003
2
6
Elegant Fantasy: The Jewelry of Arline Fisch, Publicity, circa 2000
2
7
Elegant Fantasy: The Jewelry of Arline Fisch, Catalog, 1999
Includes 1 digital disk. Transfer not possible.
2
8
Elegant Fantasy: The Jewelry of Arline Fisch, Documentary, circa 2000
1 videocassettes (vhs)
2
9
The Art of Arline Fisch (2003), 2003
2
10
Arline Fisch: Creatures from the Deep, Racine Art Museum (2008), 2007-2010
2
11
Various, 1957-1969
2
12-14

Series 4: Gallery Files , 1968-2010
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

Gallery files consist of correspondence, invoices, sales records, price lists, sketches of jewelry, consignment agreements, and other documents for Fisch's works managed by Atrium, Electrum Gallery, Lee Nordness Galleries, and galleries in Germany and Switzerland.
Description Container Select
Atrium, 1991-1995
Includes letters initiating Fisch's exhibition in Greece and regarding the inclusion of Fisch's jewelry in Ettagale Blauer's book Contemporary American Jewelry Design.
1
15
Connell Gallery, 1990-2003
1
16
Electrum Gallery, 1980-2010
1
17
Galerie für Moderne Kunst, 1992-1998
1
18
Helen Drutt Gallery, 1981-2010
1
19
Joanne Rapp Gallery/The Hand and the Spirit, 1989-1997
1
20
Lee Nordness Galleries, 1968-1971
1
21
Miscellaneous, 1976-1993
Includes material for Katie Gingrass Gallery, Banaker Gallery, Linda Richman, Faith Nightingale Gallery, Wita Gardiner Gallery, Plum Gallery, Barbara Rockerfeller Jewelry Associates, Yaw Gallery, jack Lenor Larsen for Bellas Artes Gallery, Neil Isman Gallery, Ostiano Jewelry Collection, Quadrum Gallery, and Susan Lewin.
1
22-23
Miscellaneous, 1976-1997
3
1-2
Museum Bellerive Zurich, 1971
3
3
Trios Gallery, 1995-1996
3
4

Series 5: Project Files , 1956-2010
1.4 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4, 11

This series includes project files for an advertising campaign for the Aluminum Company of America, writings and lectures, a cataloging project for Long House Reserve, commercial ventures, curriculum development at Boston University, grants, the installation of Hanging Gardens, the Nanette L. Laitman oral history project, a seminar on traditional Islamic crafts, and workshops for the Crafts Council of Australia and others.
Writing projects include published and unpublished drafts of articles and essays, correspondence and manuscripts for Fisch's book titled Textile Techniques in Metal for Jewelers, Sculptors, and Textile Artists, and her contributions to books for the Penland School of Crafts and the Object: USA book/exhibition project. Fisch received several grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Program to conduct metal workshops, to lecture and teach in Europe and South America, and to develop customs regulations for craft objects. The request to change customs regulations was sent to the Congressional Arts Caucus, but the project was terminated in 1983 with no actions taken.
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Advertising Campaign, Aluminum Company of America, "Rediscover Aluminum", 1974-1976
3
5
Articles and Essays, Manuscripts, 1970-2003
3
6
Book, Textile Techniques in Metal for Jewelers, Sculptors, and Textile Artists, Correspondence Regarding First Edition, 1973-1975
3
7
Book, Textile Techniques in Metal for Jewelers, Sculptors, and Textile Artists, Manuscript, circa 1996
3
8
Book, Textile Techniques in Metal for Jewelers, Sculptors, and Textile Artists, Published Book, 1996
3
9
Book Contribution, Penland School of Crafts: Book of Jewelry Making, 1974
3
10
Book/Exhibition, Objects: USA, Johnson Wax Collection, 1968-1977
3
11
Cataloging Project, Long House Reserve, 1998-2000
3
12-13
Commercial Ventures, 1966-1978
Includes material for Reed and Barton's Signature Collection, Arts/Objects:USA, and ALSA Jewelry of the Month Club.
3
14-16
Curriculum Development, Boston University Program in Artistry, 1975
3
17
Grants, Various, 1966-1986
Includes grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Craftsmen's Fellowship and Master Craftsman Apprentice Grant with Thelma Coles, Fulbright-Hays, Alpha Delta Kappa, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Guggenheim Foundation.
3
18
Grant, Ando-CSUF Japanese Metal Techniques Workshop in Fullerton, 1979
Includes a photograph of Fisch with Mary Lee Hu, Robert Ebendorf, and Jamie Bennett.
3
19
Grant, Crafts Workshop in Platinum for Professional Artist-Jewelers, 1978-1979
3
20-22
Grant, Fulbright Program - Austria, 1980-1982
3
23
Grant, Fulbright Program - Denmark, 1956-1967
3
24
Grant, Fulbright Program - Uruguay, 1988-1991
3
25
Grant, Requests for Change in Regulations and Procedures for Works of Art in Craft Media, 1981-1983
Includes questionnaires completed by Marvin Lipofsky, Jamie Bennett, Alma Eikerman, Philip Fike, Gary Griffin, Mary Lee Hu, Marilyn Levine, Harvey K. Littleton, Harrison McIntosh, Hiroko Sato Pijanowski, Gene Pijanowski, June Schwarcz, Heikki Seppa, Paul Soldner, Katherine Westphal, Ramona Solberg, and Patti Warashina.
3
26-29
Installation, Hanging Gardens, 2002-2010
3
30
Lectures, 1976-2007
Includes manuscripts and conference material for the Craft at the Limits conference at The Getty Center, World Crafts Council conferences, and lectures in conjunction with exhibitions and other events.
4
1-2
Oral History Project, Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America - Archives of American Art, 1993-2003
4
3
Seminar, "Creativity in Traditional Islamic Crafts", 1994
4
4
Workshop, Crafts Council of Australia, 1972-2003
Oversized scrapbook housed in Box 11, Folder 2.
4
5-6
Workshop, Outlines and Correspondence, 1972-2003
4
7
Oversize Scrapbook from Workshop, Crafts Council of Australia, 1972
11
2

Series 6: San Diego State University , 1955-2014
1 Linear foot
Boxes 4-5

Fisch's files from SDSU include correspondence, evaluations, exhibition material, grant programs and projects, university programs, a file for sabbatical paperwork submitted to SDSU in order for Fisch to pursue various projects, and recommendations written by Fisch for Nancy Worden, Maryann Scherr, Helen Shirk, Hiroko Pijanowski, Richard Mafond, Kathleen Browne, Marcia Lewis, Thelma Coles, Christina Smith, Randy Long, Brigid O'Hanrahan, Jeannie Keefer Bell, Gina Westergard, Eugene Pijanowski, Richard Mawdsley, Gyongy Laky, Billie Jean Theide, Wendy Maruyama, Paul Smith, David LaPlantz, Albert Paley, Bernard Kester, Kathleen Browne, Marcia Lewis, Thelma Coles, Christina Smith, Randy Long, Brigid O'Hanrahan, Jeannie Keefer Bell, Gina Westergard, and for the Penland School of Crafts. Recommendations for Fisch are by Bernard Kester, Robert Ebendorf, Gary Griffin, David Tisdale, Dennis Komac, and Howard Evans. Recommendation letters can also be found in the promotional review material.
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Correspondence, 1961-1978
4
8
Evaluation, Post Tenure Review, 1995
4
9
Evaluation, Promotional Review Material, 1975-1994
The promotional review material was removed from binders that were labeled chronologically by school year and served as evidence of Fisch's accomplishments. They include correspondence from galleries and craft organizations inviting Fisch to participate in exhibitions and congratulating her on her work, exhibition announcements and catalogs, clippings of exhibition reviews, curriculum vitae, artist statements, and student evaluations of Fisch.
4
10-23
Evaluation, Promotional Review Material, 1993-1996
5
1-3
Evaluation, Reports, 1981-1984
5
4
Exhibition, Graduate Students, 1985-1991
5
5
Exhibition, New Departures in British Jewelry (1984), 1984
Includes speaking notes.
5
6
Exhibition, School of Fisch (1994), 1993-1995
In this exhibition, student work was shown alongside Fisch's in Denmark and Ireland before traveling to the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum. Derek McGarry, a former graduate student of Fisch's, arranged the exhibition in Ireland. The files include the proposal, correspondence, photographs, catalog, and photographs and slides of the opening receptions, artwork, and the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.
5
7-8
Grant, Art Students Museum Study/Tour - New York, 1993-2000
Beginning in 1993 Fisch received grants to take approximately 10 students each year on a museum study/tour to New York City for 1 week. In 2000 and 2001, she took students to Norway and arranged for an exhibition of student work in Norway as well. The files include notes from students, itineraries, proposals, reports, and photographs.
5
9
Grant, Art Students Museum Study/Tour - Norway, 1999-2000
5
10
Grant, Textile Techniques in Metal: A Collection of New Works for Exhibition, 1988-1995
5
11
Grievance Committee, 1969-1972
5
12
Program, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Scholarship, 1986-2014
5
13
Program, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, 1986-1996
5
14
Program, Student Exchanges, 1981-1996
5
15
Promotion Information, 1965-1970
5
16
Recommendations for Fisch, 1955-1990
5
17
Recommendations for Students and Colleagues, 1962-2004
5
18-20
Sabbaticals, 1969-1995
5
21

Series 7: Membership Records , 1964-1994
1 Linear foot
Boxes 5-6

Conference programs, notes, correspondence, itineraries, grant applications, membership lists, meeting minutes, budget and balance sheets, income statements, memos, and printed material document Fisch's membership in the American Craftsmen's Council (ACC), Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and World Crafts Council (WCC). Because Fisch was a founding member of SNAG, the organization's early history is included in the files.
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American Craftsmen's Council, Conferences, 1964-1985
5
22-23
American Craftsmen's Council, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - U.S. Commission, 1977-1983
5
24
Society of North American Goldsmiths, Conferences, 1979-1994
5
25-26
Society of North American Goldsmiths, Exhibitions, 1974-1983
5
27
Society of North American Goldsmiths, Early History and Meetings - Annual, 1968-1994
5
28
Society of North American Goldsmiths, Meeting - Annual, 1984
5
29
Society of North American Goldsmiths, Meeting - Annual, 1985
6
1
Society of North American Goldsmiths, Meeting - Board of Directors, 1982-1985
6
2-5
Society of North American Goldsmiths, National Endowment for the Arts, 1985-1987
6
6
Society of North American Goldsmiths, President's Reports, 1983-1986
6
7
World Crafts Council, General, 1974-1986
6
8
World Crafts Council, Conferences, 1968-1988
Includes material from conferences in Peru, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Austria, and Australia.
6
9-17
World Crafts Council, Meetings, 1974-1981
6
18-21

Series 8: Printed Materials , circa 1960-2015
3.3 Linear feet
Boxes 6-9, 11, OV 12

In this series are booklets, a calendar, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, periodicals and posters, and chronological files of mixed printed material that feature Fisch's artwork and writings by and about Fisch.
Description Container Select
Booklets/Pamphlets, 1986-1998
6
22
Calendar, 1979
6
23
Clippings, circa 1960-circa 2010
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 3 and OV 12.
6
24-28
Clippings, Craft Arts, 1986
Includes manuscript of article on Fisch.
7
1
Clippings, Vogue, Butterfly Necklace, 1969
7
2
Exhibition Announcements, 1969-1985
7
3-5
Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1960-circa 2010
7
6-20
Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1960-2010
8
1-8
Periodicals and Posters, 1964-1995
Oversized posters housed in Box 11, Folder 3 and OV 12.
8
9-11
Chronological, 1965-2002
8
12-20
Chronological, 2001-2015
9
1-14
Oversized Clippings from Box 6, Folders 24-28 and Periodicals and Posters from Box 8, Folders 9-11, circa 1960-circa 2010
11
3
Oversized Clippings from Box 6, Folders 24-28 and Periodicals and Posters from Box 8, Folders 9-11, circa 1960-circa 2010
OV 12

Series 9: Photographic Materials , 1931-circa 2008
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 9-11

Photographs, slides, and negatives are of Fisch, her family, traveling to Turkey, her studio, and works of art that include the Arline Fisch Slide Archive.
Photographs of Fisch include childhood photographs; Fisch wearing her jewelry; at events; with craftsmen Yasuki Hiramatsu, Boris Bally, Richard Mawdsley, Lois Moran, and Beth Pollock; with her siblings; with Jack Lenor Larsen, Paul Soldner, and Paul Smith in Turkey; and at the Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Skidmore College, Renwick Gallery. Also included are photographs of Fisch in China, Switzerland, and teaching in Italy. Many of the photographs are labeled.
Fisch's slide archive consists of 1574 numbered slides of artwork which are accompanied by spreadsheets that note the corresponding piece number, year, form, title, material, technique, and dimension of each work of art. Supplementary information about the slide archive, and Fisch's body of work, and additional images are included in digital format in ER01.
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Fisch, 1931-circa 2005
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 4.
9
15-16
Fisch and Family, 1931, circa 2000
9
17
Fisch and Travel, Turkey, 1972
9
18
Studio, 1971-1973
9
19
Works of Art, Various, 1950s-1990s
9
20-22
Works of Art, Fanourakis Gallery Solo Exhibition in Athens Greece, 1994
Pages were removed from a binder and includes printed materials related to the exhibition.
9
23
Works of Art, Slide Archive, 2-362c, circa 2005
Includes born-digital records, see ER01
Folder 24 contains spreadsheets for slide numbers 2-362c.
9
24-25
Works of Art, Digital Image Archive (2005-2008), 2019
3.8 Gigabytes
2922 computer files
ER01
Works of Art, Slide Archive, 362d-754, circa 2005
Folder 1 contains spreadsheets for slide numbers 362d-754.
10
1-2
Works of Art, Slide Archive, 755a-1143, circa 2005
Folder 3 contains spreadsheets for slide numbers 755a-1143.
10
3-4
Works of Art, Slide Archive, 1144-1574, circa 2005
Folder 5 contains spreadsheets for slide numbers 1144-1574.
10
5-6
Oversized Photograph of Fisch from Box 9, Folder 15, 1944
11
4

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