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Carlo Alberto Ciampaglia papers, 1909-1978

Contents and Arrangement

All series are arranged chronologically. Glass plate negatives have been housed separately in Boxes 6 and 7, and are closed to researchers. Oversized material from various series has been housed in Boxes 8, 9, 10, and OV 11, and is noted in the Series Descriptions/Container Listing section at the appropriate folder title with see also/see references. The collection is arranged as 8 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1912-1969, undated
(Box 1; 8 folders)

This series includes biographical accounts, school certificates, identity cards, passports, membership certificates and award certificates.
Description Container Select
Biographical Accounts, 1939-1969, undated
1
1-2
School Certificates, 1912-1956
1
3
Identity Cards and Driver's Licenses, 1917-1940
1
4
Passports, 1920-1966
1
5
Visas for Travel to Italy, Mexico, and Nicaragua, 1920-1959
1
6
Membership Certificates, 1929, undated
1
7
Award Certificate, 1951
1
8

Series 2: Correspondence , 1912-1978, undated
(Box 1; 45 folders)

Correspondence consists of letters exchanged with family and colleagues, primarily with Harry Sternfeld referring to various projects, including a report and 13 photographs, of the deteriorating cyclorama mural at Gettysburg. The photographs were sent in July-August 1947; see Correspondence, 1943-1947. Additional project files are found in Series 6. There are approximately a dozen letters from sculptor Alvin Meyer, and scattered letters from Edward Amateis, Gaetano Cecere, Dean Cornwell, Paul Cret, George Davidson, Barry Faulkner, Eric Gugler, Eugene Savage, and Ezra Winter. Correspondence concerning the George Washington Bicentennial Exhibition consists primarily of letters and scattered notes documenting Ciampaglia's role as Acting Chairman during the planning of this exhibition. Participants were members of the American Academy in Rome Alumni Association and included architects Roderic Barbour Barnes, Cameron Clark, Thomas Harlan Ellett, Moise Goldstein, Douglas Orr, Harry E. Warren, Morris H. Whitehouse, and Edgar I. Williams, landscape architect Edward Lawson, mural painters Allyn Cox, Barry Faulkner, and Eugene Savage, and sculptors John Gregory, C. Paul Jennewein, Alvin Meyer, and Lawrence Tenney Stevens.
Description Container Select
Letters from Writers with Unknown Surnames, undated
1
9
Letters from Writers with Surnames "A-C,", undated
1
10
Letters from Writers with Surnames "D-L,", undated
1
11
Letters from Writers with Surnames "M-Z,", undated
1
12
Correspondence, 1912-1920
1
13
Correspondence, 1921-1929
1
14-22
Correspondence, 1930-1937
1
23-36
Correspondence, 1939-1942
1
37
Correspondence, 1943-1947
1
38-40
Correspondence, 1948-1954
1
41
Correspondence, 1955-1959
1
42-44
Correspondence, 1960-1964
1
45-48
Correspondence, 1965-1978
1
49
Correspondence Concerning the George Washington Bicentennial Exhibition, 1928-1932, undated
1
50-53

Series 3: Business Records , 1923-1961, undated
(Box 1; 11 folders)

Business Records includes estate documents for various Ciampaglia family members, and miscellaneous financial records including receipts from financial transactions with E. Richard Panzironi.
Description Container Select
Miscellaneous Estate Documents, 1933-1954
1
54
Notebook of Expenses, 1924-1932
1
55
Ledger Book of Expenses, 1930-1938
1
56
Receipts from Financial Transactions with E. Richard Panzironi, 1930-1959
1
57-62
Miscellaneous Receipts, 1923-1961, undated
1
63
Miscellaneous Business Records, 1932-1960, undated
1
64

Series 4: Notes and Writings , 1927, undated
(Box 1; 2 folders)

Miscellaneous notes concern a variety of topics including the Stations of the Cross, decorative encaustic painting, and an illustrated recipe for wine. Writings include a typescript about James Whistler, descriptions of decorations on screens, and a typescript "A Lesson in Socialism" by Thomas J. Shelly.
Description Container Select
Miscellaneous Notes, 1927, undated
1
65
Miscellaneous Typescripts, undated
1
66

Series 5: Art Work , 1920, undated
(Box 1, 8; 6 folders)

Art work consists of sketchbooks and loose sketches unconnected with specific mural or interior decoration projects.
Description Container Select
Sketchbook 1, undated
1
67
Sketchbook 2, undated
1
68
Rome Sketchbook, 1920
1
69
Sketches, undated
(see also Box 8)
1
70-72
Oversize Sketches, undated
8
10

Series 6: Project Files , 1924-1961, undated
(Box 1-2, 6-8, OV 10; 2.5 linear feet)

Project files contain correspondence primarily with architects, contracts, invoices, receipts, art work, printed material, and photographs concerning Ciampaglia's most important mural and interior decoration commissions. There are glass plate slides of Ciampaglia's work for the Texas Centennial Exposition, New York World's Fair, Isaly Dairy, and the U.S. Military Cemetery at Nettuno, Italy. Sketches for the U.S. Military Cemetery at Nettuno include two paintings on board and cartoons pierced with pin holes for transfer of the various images onto the mural. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
Description Container Select
Lobby Ceiling, Tribune Tower, Chicago, Illinois, Correspondence, 1924-1925
1
73-74
Ceiling Decorations, F. M. Potter Residence, Rome, New York, Correspondence, 1924-1925
1
75-77
Pool Decoration, Green Hill Farms Hotel, Overbrook, Pennsylvania
Correspondence, 1926-1927
1
78
Photographs, 1926-1927
1
79-80
Mosaic Mural, Fairmount Memorial, Newark, New Jersey, Letter and Photographs, 1928
1
81
Mural, Post Office, Cuthbert, Georgia
Correspondence, 1937-1938
2
1-3
Correspondence and Centennial Program, 1928-1939
2
4
Photographs, 1937-1938
2
5
Mural, Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford, Connecticut
Correspondence, July 1929-January 1930
2
6-8
Photographs, 1929-1930
2
9-11
Ceiling Mural, Celeste H. Troth Residence, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Correspondence, 1929-1930
2
12-13
Mural, First Slovak Girl's Academy, Danville, Pennsylvania
Correspondence, 1929-1931
2
14-17
Photographs, 1929-1931
(see also Box 8)
2
18-19
Ceiling Decoration, National Mortgage and Investment Corporation, Colonial Trust Building, Wilmington, Delaware, Correspondence, 1930
2
20
Ceiling Mural, Forum Building Auditorium, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Photographs (including Eric Gugler), 1931
2
21
Vestibule Mural, David Milton Residence, New York, New York, Photographs, 1931
2
22
Murals, Texas Centennial Exposition, Dallas, Texas
Correspondence, 1935-1937
2
23
Financial Records, 1935-1937
2
24
Typescripts, undated
2
25
Sketches, undated
(see also Box 8)
2
26
Clippings and Printed Material, 1936
(see also OV 11)
2
27
Photographs, undated
70 glass plate negatives; Housed in box 6
2
28-38
Negatives, undated
2
39
Glass Plate Negative Envelopes, 1935-1937
2
40-48
Murals, New York World's Fair, Flushing Meadows, New York
Correspondence, May-Oct 1937
2
49
Correspondence, Nov-Dec 1937
(see also Box 8)
2
50
Correspondence, March 1938
2
51
Correspondence, April-May 1938
2
52
Correspondence, June 1938
2
53-55
Correspondence, Jul-Dec 1938
2
56
Correspondence, 1939-1940
2
57
Clippings, 1938-1939
2
58-60
Press Release, 1938
2
61
Booklets, 1939
(see also Box 8)
2
62
Picture Postcards, 1940
2
63
Photographs, 1937-1940
58 glass plate negatives; Housed in boxes 6 and 7
2
64-66
Murals, Isaly Dairy, Youngstown, Ohio
Correspondence, June 1939-1941
2
67-70
Brochures, undated
2
71
Photographs, 1939-1941
7 glass plate negatives; Housed in box 7
2
72
Murals, U. S. Military Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy
Correspondence, 1951-1961, undated
2
73-81
Sketches of Clouds and Airplanes, undated
(see also Box 8)
2
82-84
Sketches of Ships, undated
(see also Box 8)
2
85-87
Sketches of Buildings, undated
2
88-90
Sketches of Lettering, undated
(see also Box 8, OV 11)
2
91-95
Printed Material, 1957
2
96
Photographs, undated
(see also Box 8)
43 glass plate negatives; Housed in box 7
2
97-98
Color Transparencies, undated
2
99
Glass Plate Negatives of Murals, undated
178 glass negatives
6
Glass Plate Negatives of Murals and Unidentified Projects, undated
7
Oversize Photographs of the Mural, First Slovak Girl's Academy, Danville, Pennsylvania, undated
8
1
Oversize Sketches of Mural, Texas Centennial Exposition, undated
8
2
Oversize Blueprint for Murals, New York World's Fair, Flushing Meadows, New York, undated
8
3
Oversize Booklets for New York World's Fair, Flushing Meadows, New York, 1939
8
4
Oversize Sketches and Paintings on Board of Clouds and Airplanes for Mural, U.S. Military Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy, undated
8
5
Oversize Sketches of Ships for Mural, U.S. Military Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy, undated
8
6
Oversize Sketches of Lettering for Mural, U.S. Military Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy, undated
8
7
Oversize Photographs of Mural, U.S. Military Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy, undated
8
8
Oversize Reproductions of Murals, Texas Centennial Exposition, Dallas, Texas, undated
OV 11
Oversize Sketches of Lettering for Mural, U.S. Military Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy, undated
OV 11

Series 7: Printed Material , 1913-1975, undated
(Box 3, 8; 32 folders)

Printed material includes clippings, a prospectus, exhibition announcements and catalogs, annual reports from the American Academy in Rome and the Architectural League of New York, reproductions of art work, and miscellaneous printed material concerning various topics including the Mural Painters, and the National Academy of Design.
Description Container Select
Clippings, 1919-1968, undated
3
1-5
Prospectus, 1916
3
6
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1913-1975
3
7-21
American Academy in Rome Annual Report, 1923
3
22
Architectural League of New York Annual Reports, 1926-1932
3
23-25
The Mural Painters Constitution and By-Laws, 1930
3
26
Program from the National Academy of Design, 1915
3
27
Reproductions of Art Work by Ciampaglia, undated
3
28
Reproductions of Art Work by Others, undated
3
29
Passenger List for Ship President Garfield, 1923
3
30
Miscellaneous Brochures, 1921-1926, undated
3
31
Book, Italian Doorways, 1929
8
9

Series 8: Photographs , 1909-1960, undated
(Box 3-5, 9-10; 1.4 linear feet)

Photographs are of Ciampaglia, family members, colleagues, his home and studio, travel scenes, and art work. Album 1 contains photographs of Ciampaglia with friends at Cooper Union, mural projects including the Potter Residence Ceiling Decorations, Green Hill Farms Hotel Pool Decoration, the Bushnell Memorial Hall Murals with Barry Faulkner, the First Slovak Girl's Academy Mural, and the Forum Building Auditorium Ceiling Mural with Eric Gugler, miscellaneous art work, and photographs of a trip to Mason Island, Connecticut. Album 2 contains photographs of trips to Italy, Tangiers, Brussels, Paris, and Canterbury. Album 3 contains photographs of family members and Ciampaglia's home at Woodpecker's Point, Middle Valley, New Jersey. Album 4 contains photographs of Ciampaglia's studio, miscellaneous art work, the U.S. Military Cemetery Murals in Nettuno, Italy, and photographs of trips to Italy, Mexico, Paris, Panama, and within the United States, including views of Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and New Orleans.
Description Container Select
Photograph Album 4, 1939-1960
3
32-36
Photographs of Carlo Ciampaglia, 1909-1922, undated
(see also Box 10)
3
37-40
Photographs of Ciampaglia with Friends, 1916-1955, undated
3
41-43
Photographs of Ciampaglia with Friends, 1916-1955, undated
(see also Box 10)
4
1-7
Photographs of Models, undated
4
8
Photographs of the Studio, undated
4
9
Photographs of Italy, 1920-1921, undated
4
10-15
Miscellaneous Travel Photographs, undated
4
16-17
Photographs of Unidentified Projects, undated
33 glass plate negatives; Housed in box 7
4
18-19
Photographs of Designs for Ceilings, undated
4
20
Photographs of Designs for Over-Mantels, undated
4
21-23
Photographs of Miscellaneous Designs, undated
4
24
Photographs of Portraits of Women, undated
4
25-28
Photographs of Portraits of Men, undated
5
1-3
Photographs of Landscapes, undated
5
4-6
Photographs of Miscellaneous Paintings, undated
5
7-10
Photographs of Art Work by Others, undated
5
11
Photograph Album 1, undated
9
Photograph Album 2, undated
9
Photograph Album 3, 1929-1941
10
Oversize Photographs of Ciampaglia, undated
10
Oversize Photographs of Unidentified Woman, undated
10

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