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Claire Falkenstein papers, circa 1914-1997, bulk 1940-1990

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1934-1997
(Box 1-4, 41; 4.3 linear ft.)

Biographical files include resumes, interviews, address books, awards, calendars, legal and travel documents, scrapbooks, and additional "biography files" compiled by Falkenstein. While other series provide specific information about Falkenstein's life and career, material in this series offers users a good overview of the highlights of her career as an artist and teacher.
Biographical Materials are arranged into three subseries:
  • 1.1: General Biographical Files, 1934-1997
  • 1.2: Scrapbooks, 1943-1982
  • 1.3: "Biography Files," 1943-1982
1.1: General Biographical Files, 1934-1997
This subseries contains awards, honorary degrees, interviews, passports, resumes, appointment calendars, and address books. The appointment calendars, resumes, and interviews document Falkenstein's busy schedule and focus on making her art accessible to the public. The short interview on motion picture film is particularly interesting as she talks about her ideas for the window design at St. Basil's Church.
The files are arranged alphabetically by type of material and then chronologically by date.
Description Container
Address Books, circa 1951-1959
(2 folders)
1
1-2
Address Book, A-I, 1970
1
3
Address Book, J-Z, 1970
1
4
Address Books, circa 1973-1976
1
5
Appointment Calendars, 1942, 1948-1973
(10 folders)
1
6-15
Appointment Calendars, 1974-1995
(14 folders)
2
1-14
Appointment Calendars, 1996-1997
(2 folders)
3
1-2
Articles about Falkenstein, 1969-1994
3
3
Awards, 1943, 1948
3
4
Awards, 1931-1980
3
5
Awards, 1981-1985
3
6
Awards, circa 1990-1996
(Oversized item in Box 41)
3
7
Award - American Institute of Decorators, 1949
3
8
Award - Los Angeles Times Women of the Year, 1969-1970
3
9
Awards - Design in Steel Award Program, 1972-1973
3
10
Awards - California Art Education Association Honoree, 1987
3
11
Awards - Outstanding Alumna Award at The Head-Royce School, 1987
3
12
Birth Certificate - Delayed, 1950
3
13
Genealogy Notes, undated
3
14
Honorary Degree from Utah State University, 1990
(Oversized awards housed in Box 41)
3
15
Interview with Falkenstein, Mark Tobey, Michel Tapie, and Yvonne Hagen, 1954
3
16
Motion Picture Film, Interview with Falkenstein on Design of St. Basils Church Windows, circa 1965-1970
3
17
Interview with Falkenstein, conducted by Laura Byerly, 1974
3
18
Interview in Currant Art Magazine, 1976
3
19
Interview with Falkenstein, conducted by Becky McKane, 1980
3
20
Interview with Falkenstein for UCLA Oral History Program, 1982
3
21
Interview with Falkenstein, circa 1986
3
22
Interview with Falkenstein at Escalen Institute in California, 1992
3
23
Material on Falkenstein for Planned Biography, 1985
3
24
Narrative Biography for Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 1978
3
25
Passports, 1956-1958, 1969-1974
3
26
Passports, 1974-1994
3
27
Resume, 1945
3
28
Resumes, 1946-1949
3
29
Resumes, circa 1962-1982
3
30
Resumes, circa 1984-1989
3
31
Travel Documents, 1950-1985
3
32
Vaccination Certificates, 1950, 1954
3
33
Wedding Announcements for Falkenstein and Richard McCarthy, circa 1934
3
34
Wills, 1985, 1993-1995
3
35
Oversized Awards - Utah State University Honorary Degree, 1990
(From Box 3, F. 15)
41
1.2: Scrapbooks, 1950-1989
Falkenstein compiled scrapbooks covering a wide range of her activities, including career highlights, specific exhibitions, writings, ideas and inspirations, and travel. They contain exhibition catalogs, reviews, articles, photographs, invitations, and congratulatory letters. The exhibition scrapbooks are particularly complete and the Galerie Stadler and Gallery Meyer scrapbooks include numerous photographs of the exhibition openings. The scrapbook on artwork ideas contains photographs, short descriptions, clippings, and rough sketches for future projects.
Description Container
Career Highlights Scrapbook, 1950-1953
3
36
Travels in Europe Scrapbook, 1954
3
37
Falkenstein's Articles in New York Herald Tribune, 1955-1956
3
38
Scrapbook on Galerie Stadler Exhibition, 1957
3
39
Exhibitions Scrapbook, 1958
3
40
Scrapbook on Gallery Meyer Exhibition, 1959
4
1
Scrapbook on Gallery Meyer Exhibition, 1960
4
2
Scrapbook on Galerie Stadler Exhibition, 1960
4
3
Career Highlights Scrapbook, 1961
4
4
Career Highlights Scrapbook, 1961-1962
4
5
Scrapbook of Falkenstein's Artwork Ideas and Inspirations, 1961-1989
4
6
Oversized Scrapbook on Bolles Gallery Exhibition in San Francisco, 1958
41
Oversized Scrapbook on Exhibitions and Commissions, 1960-1961
41
Oversized Scrapbook on Exhibitions, 1960-1961
41
Oversized Scrapbook, 1963
41
1.3: Biography Files, 1943-1982
This subseries consists of "biography files" created and arranged by Falkenstein. The files document activities and projects that she felt best reflected her career accomplishments. They highlight exhibitions, commissions, teaching and lectures, writings for art journals, and grant awards. Of particular interest are the press reviews for Falkenstein's public commissions and exhibitions.
Description Container
Files, 1943-1959
(15 folders)
4
7-21
Files, 1964-1968
(5 folders)
4
22-26
Files, 1971-1975
(5 folders)
4
27-31
Files, 1977-1982
(6 folders)
4
32-37

Make a Request

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