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Dorothy Liebes papers, circa 1850-1973, bulk 1922-1970

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Series 9: Artwork , circa 1920s-circa 1960s
1.24 Linear feet
Boxes 14, 22, OVs 23, 39, 42, RD 37

This series is arranged as 2 subseries:
  • 9.1: Artwork by Dorothy Liebes, circa 1920s-circa 1960s
  • 9.2: Artwork by Others, circa 1930s-circa 1960s
Series is digitized in entirety, with the exception of the Kokemono screen which could not be digitized due to size. Digitization of the two posters is ongoing.
9.1: Artwork by Dorothy Liebes, circa 1920s-circa 1960s
Artwork by Liebes consists of designs, feather weavings, a small hooked composition, a tapestry sample, and textiles. Textile samples produced by the Dorothy Liebes Studio, as well as some that may have been mass produced based on designs by Liebes, can be found in Series 8: Samples. Also found is a series of painted sketches which appear to be early clothing designs as one is signed "D.W," presumably Dorothy Wright.
Description Container
Designs, 1952
14
37
Designs and Related Material, circa 1950s
14
38
Feather Weavings, undated
14
39
Hooked Composition, undated
14
40
Painted Sketches, circa 1920s-circa 1960s
14
41
Tapestry Sampler, undated
14
42
9.2: Artwork by Others, circa 1930s-circa 1960s
Architectural drawings and floor plans include some that appear to be for the Dorothy Liebes studio and for Liebes's apartment home. Designs by Lawrence J. Colwell are for interiors, furniture, and product packaging. Researchers should note that additional loose pages from a Colwell scrapbook can be found in Series 7: Scrapbooks. Also found here are painted sketches of clothing designs by Daren Pierce.
Items featuring caricatures and sketches of Liebes and studio include a whimsical series of drawings entitled "From the Architects Notebook" with a memorandum of notes depicting a "Conference with D. L. March April 1938," a booklet entitled "Impressions of San Francisco 1938," and a page of hand colored sketches of Liebes in an office setting. These are probably by the same artist, possibly K. Walker or Lawrence J. Colwell. Also found is a 1948 photo reproduction of a valentine with humorous drawings of Liebes's studio staff.
Other artwork in this subseries includes a kokemono screen, paintings, a pastel, prints, and posters. There are two prints by Dorr Bothwell, a print by Jennie Lewis, lithographs by Edith Bry and Jules Vargo, a painting by K. Walker, a poster with original art by Bonnie Cashin, and artwork by unidentified artists.
Description Container
Architectural Drawings, Floor Plans, circa 1960s
14
43
Architectural Drawings, Floor Plans, 1963, undated
23
3
Caricatures and Sketches of Dorothy Liebes and Studio, circa 1930s
14
44
Caricatures and Sketches of Dorothy Liebes and Studio, 1948-circa 1950s
23
4
Designs, undated
14
45
Designs by Lawrence J. Colwell, undated
14
46
Designs by Lawrence J. Colwell, undated
14
47
Designs by Lawrence J. Colwell, undated
22
2
Designs by Lawrence J. Colwell, undated
22
3
Designs by Lawrence J. Colwell, undated
22
4
Designs by Daren Pierce, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
39
1
Kokemono Screen, undated
37
Monogram Designed for Liebes (print), undated
14
48
Paintings, undated
14
49
Paintings and Pastel, undated
39
2
Painting by K. Walker, 1947
23
5
Posters, 1957, undated
Two posters, one with original artwork by Bonnie Cashin
42
Prints, undated
14
50
Prints, undated
39
3
Prints by Dorr Bothwell, 1944, 1959
23
6

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