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

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Series 5: Commissions , 1930-1992
(Box 21-22, OV 50-54; 2 linear feet)

Commission files document nearly all of Falkenstein's public and private large-scale projects and often contain a visual record of the work, as well as correspondence, design notes, contracts, and expense reports. The files are arranged by general commission files, followed by individual projects, both public and private. The general commission files contain documentation on requests for commission work that was not completed, commission submissions that were not accepted, and publicity material.
Individual commission project files provide rich documentation on Falkenstein's many commissioned art works, with particular emphasis on the World War II murals; Peggy Guggenheim gates in Venice; the screens, windows and doors at St. Basils Church in Los Angeles; the fountain at California Federal Savings and Loan; and sculptures at California State University, University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. These detailed files include correspondence, contracts, expense estimates and reports, invoices, designs, sketches, and photographs.
The bulk of the photographs of commissions are found in the Photograph series. Also, most of Falkenstein's jewelry design commissions are found in the Personal and Business Records series. Additional correspondence and other materials related to commissions are found in the Correspondence series and Personal and Business Records.
The files are arranged first by general commissions in chronological order and then alphabetically by individual commissions. Within each folder, contents are arranged chronologically by date.
Description Container Select
General Commissions, 1930, 1946
21
13
General Commissions, 1948
21
14
General Commissions, 1960-1964
21
15
General Commissions, 1971
21
16
General Commissions, 1973-1976
(3 folders)
21
17-19
Airport Commission Submissions, 1976, 1983
21
20
M. J. Aldadeff Necklace, 1983
21
21
Leon Banks - Entrance Screen, 1971
21
22
California Center in San Francisco, 1985
21
23
California Department of Motor Vehicles - "Interchange-Traffic,", 1986-1987
21
24
California Federal Savings and Loan, Los Angeles - "Structure and Flow #2,", circa 1965-1966
21
25
California Federal Savings and Loan, Los Angeles - "Structure and Flow #2" Controversy about Water, circa 1967-1978
21
26
California Federal Savings and Loan, Los Angeles - "Structure and Flow #2" Documentation on Destruction, 1989-1991
21
27
California Senate Offices, Washington - California Art for California Senators Program, 1973-1975
21
28
California State University, Dominquez Hills - "The Forum,", 1980
(8 folders, oversized item housed in Box 42)
21
29-36
California State University, Dominquez Hills - "The Forum" Dedication, 1987
21
37
California State College, Fullerton, Men's Gymnasium - "Game Relief,", 1964-1965
(2 folders, oversized item housed in OV 53)
21
38-39
California State University, Long Beach - First International Sculpture Symposium, 1965, 1969
(oversized item housed in OV 53)
21
40
California State University, Long Beach - First International Sculpture Symposium - "Expanding Air Structure,", 1965, 1967
21
41
California State University, Northridge - "American in Paris: The 1950s,", 1979
21
42
California State University, Stanislow, 1987
21
43
City Hall, Los Angeles - "The Surf, Skeleton of a Wave,", 1983
21
44
Commission Applications, 1990-1992
21
45
Coos Bay, Oregon - "Sign of the Pacific,", 1973-1976
21
46
City of Coos Bay, Oregon - "Sign of the Pacific" Vandalism Damage, 1979
21
47
Datamation Magazine Cover, 1977
21
48
Diana Ross Home - Stained Glass Window, 1970
21
49
Peggie Dwight Ring, 1985
21
50
Fresno Mall - "Three Fires,", 1964-1966, 1973
(2 folders)
21
51-52
Golden Gateway North, San Francisco - "Tide Pool Fountain,", 1982-1983
(oversized item housed in OV 53)
21
53
Ray Green - Album Cover, 1946
21
54
Peggy Guggenheim Gates, 1961-1964
21
55
The Head-Royce School - Alumni/Student Art Show, 1995
21
56
Louis Heyn - "Structure and Flow #3,", 1969
21
57
Louis Heyn - "Structure and Flow #3" Donated to Long Beach Museum of Art, 1972
21
58
Hyland Lab, Costa Mesa - "DNA Molecule,", 1969-1970
(Oversized item housed in OV 53)
21
59-60
Joseph Magnin, Inc., 1965
(oversized item housed in OV 54)
21
61
Alan Leslie - "Never Ending Screen" and "Coachella Valley,", 1984
21
62
Arthur and Edith Levin - Suspended Pieces, 1978-1979
21
63
Arthur J. Levin - "Space Variables,", 1978
21
64
Lewis and Clark Mural Proposal, circa 1945
21
65
Liethold Residence, 1978
21
66
Long Beach Museum of Art - Heyn Fountain Gift, 1991
22
1
Los Angeles Harbor Department, 1979
22
2
Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, 1990
22
3
Mayer Family, 1949
22
4
Murals, 1943-1944
22
5
Mural at U.S. Naval Hospital, San Leandro, CA, 1946
22
6
Research on Murals, circa 1940-1945
22
7
Don and Helen Olsen Mural, 1955-1956
(oversized item housed in OV 51)
22
8
Painted Costume for Ray Green and May O'Donnell Show, 1941
22
9
James Pick - "Never Ending Screen,", 1980-1981
22
10
Public Arts Program, 1992
22
11
Jack Quinn - "Gates,", 1992
22
12
Rich's Department Store, Knoxville, 1955
22
13
Sam Rubenstein Windows, 1971-1972
(oversized item housed in OV 51)
22
14
St. Basil's Church, circa 1964-1966
22
15
St. Basil's Church, circa 1967-1969
(3 folders, oversized item housed in OV 52)
22
16-18
St. Basil's Church - Publicity, 1968-1975
22
19
St. Basil's Church - Model for Windows, 1965
22
20
St. Basil's Church - Contract Correspondence, 1967
22
21
St. Basil's Church - Contracts, 1967
22
22
St. Basil's Church - Finances, 1967-1969
(Oversized items housed in OV 52)
22
23
St. Luke's Church, Long Beach - "Sun Dial,", 1969-1970
22
24
San Diego State University, Library Classroom Building, 1970
(oversized item in OV 50)
22
25
Henry Segerstrom - Two Copper and Venetian Glass Gates, 1987-1988
(oversized item in OV 51)
22
26
South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa - Gates, 1982
(2 folders)
22
27-28
Louis Stratham, Lone Pine, California - Sculpture, 1973-1974
(Oversized items housed in OV 53)
22
29
William Street - Fireplace Screen, 1981-1982
22
30
Submissions for Commission Projects, 1982-1983
22
31
U.S. Naval Hospital, San Leandro, CA, 1944-1945
22
32
University of California, Los Angeles - "Point as Set #25,", 1970-1971
22
33
University of Southern California, Eileen Norris Cinema Building - "Film Strip,", 1975-1976
22
34
Leopold Vitorage, 1973
22
35
Oversized California State University - Dominquez Hills - "The Forum,", 1986
(from Box 21, F. 29)
42
Oversized Architectural Plans for Unidentified House, circa 1965-1975
42
Oversized San Diego State University, Library Classroom Building, 1970
(from Box 22, F. 25)
OV 50
Oversized Knoxville, Tennessee Department Store - Rough Preliminary Drawing, 1955
OV 50
Oversized Galerie Stadler, Paris - Drawings for Staircase Sculpture, 1955
OV 51
Oversized Donald Olsen - Drawing of Mural in Stairwell, 1956
(from Box 22, F. 8)
OV 51
Oversized Sam Rubenstein - Drawing for Windows, 1971-1972
(from Box 22, F. 14)
OV 51
Oversized Henry Segerstrom - Drawings for Two Copper and Venetian Glass Gates, 1987
(from Box 22, F. 26)
OV 51
Oversized St. Basil's Church - Monthly Expense Sheets, 1967-1969
(from Box 22, F. 23)
(15 sheets)
OV 52
Oversized St. Basil's Church - Progress Schedule, 1967-1969
(2 sheets, from Box 22, F. 16-18)
OV 52
Oversized St. Basil's Church - Drawing for Narthex, circa 1967
(from Box 22, F. 16-18)
OV 52
Oversized St. Basil's Church - Drawings for Bronze Doors, 1967
(from Box 22, F. 16-18)
(3 sheets)
OV 52
Oversized St. Basil's Church - Details for Narthex, Nave, and Tower Windows, 1967-1969
(from Box 22, F. 16-18))
OV 52
Oversized California State University, Long Beach - First International Sculpture Symposium - Supports for Sculpture, 1965
(from Box 21, F. 40)
OV 53
Oversized Louis Stratham, Lone Pine, California - Drawing for "Fire and Ice" Lamps on Fence and "Structure and Flow #4" Fountain, 1973-1974
(from Box 22, F. 29)
OV 53
Oversized California State College, Fullerton, Men's Gymnasium - Plan for Relief called "Game Wall,", 1965
(from Box 21, F. 38-39)
OV 53
Oversized Golden Gateway North, San Francisco - Plan for "Tide Pool Fountain,", 1981-1982
(from Box 21, F. 53)
OV 53
Oversized Hyland Laboratories, Costa Mesa - Plans and Drawings for "DNA Molecules,", 1970
(5 sheets, from Box 21, F. 59-60)
OV 53
Oversized Sam Rubenstein - "Tide Pools,", 1981
(2 drawings)
OV 53
Oversized Joseph Magnin, Inc. - Plans for Sculpture, 1965
(2 sheets, from Box 21, F. 61)
OV 54
Oversized Ambassador College, Pasadena - General Landscape Grading Plan, 1957
OV 54

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