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Elmer Bischoff papers, 1914-1990

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as 7 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1930-1990
0.5 linear feet
Box 1, 9

Biographical materials date from 1930-1990 and document Bischoff's professional life. Included are drafts of his resume and curriculum vitae, a transcript from a speech, mailing lists and address books, material from jurying for art prize committees, and Bischoff's junior high school yearbook. The bulk of the biographical materials are made up by bio-bibliography supplemental material, which was material collected on an annual basis, possibly for tenure purposes, in order to update faculty biographies at UC Berkeley. The bio-bibliography supplemental material includes curriculum vitae drafts, expense reports, letters from galleries, news releases, notices of awards, sales contracts, purchase orders, proposals, a request for appointment to the Institute of Creative Arts (1966-67), personal services agreements, and a contract for services from the Contractor for the City of Walnut Creek, CA.
Description Container
Bibliography, 1986
1
1
Bio-Bibliography Supplemental Material, 1964-1965
1
2-4
Biographical Data, 1973-1974
1
5
Certificate, National Academy of Design, 1984
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 1
1
6
Clippings and Photographs of Artwork, Gallery Materials, 1957-1978
1
7
Interview with PJK, undated
1
8
Interview with Susan Klein, 1985
1
9
Jurying for Art Prizes, 1964-1965
1
10
Mailing List, circa 1983-1985
1
11
Metropolitan Museum Questionnaire, 1988
1
12
Names and Addresses, undated
1
13-14
Retirement Party Guest Book, 1985
1
15
Reviews, 1969-1972
1
16
Reviews, Fan Letters, 1985 Retrospectives, 1985-1991
1
17
San Francisco State Commencement, 1985
1
18
The Target: Willard Junior High School Yearbook, 1930
1
19
Transcript, Speech at Oakland Museum, 1973
1
20
Oversized Certificate, National Academy of Design from Box 1, Folder 6, 1984
9
1

Series 2: Correspondence , 1956 -1990
0.2 linear feet
Box 1

Scattered correspondence dates from 1956 -1990 and consists of letters between Bischoff and other artists and Staempfli Gallery.
Description Container
Alphabetical, 1961-1990
1
21
Archives of American Art, 1966-1981
1
22
Landauer, Susan, 1989-1990
1
23
McCormack, Kathleen, 1989
1
24
Staempfli Gallery, 1956-1989
1
25

Series 3: Notes and Notebooks , 1976-1989
0.3 linear feet
Box 1

Notes and notebooks date from 1976-1989 and consist of 12 notebooks and other notes kept by Bischoff. The notes and notebooks contain numerous names and addresses. They also include diary entries about daily life, as well as some of Bischoff's various personal interests including chess, classical music, and travel.
Description Container
Notes, 1976-1989
1
26-27
Notebooks, 1976-1989
1
28

Series 4: University Files , 1954-1990
0.4 linear feet
Box 2

University files date from around 1954-1990 and document Bischoff's career as a professor at UC Berkeley, as well as his time as a student in the UC Extension program. Included are class rolls, material on committees for budgets and research, and university forms. Also included are masters' theses and student papers written about Elmer Bischoff, some of which were written by students from other universities.
Description Container
California School of Fine Arts, 1958-1959
2
1
Class Rolls, 1973-1985
2
2
Committee on Research, 1981-1990
2
3
Loose Leaf Organizer, UC Extension, circa 1954
2
4
Student Essays, 1986
2
5
University Forms, 1964-1969
2
6

Series 5: Printed Material , 1941-1990
1.6 linear feet
Box 3-6, 9

Printed material dates from 1941-1990 and documents Bischoff's art career, as well as some of his personal interests. Materials include books, newspaper clippings, magazines, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and a deck of tarot cards.
Description Container
Artwork Prints and Postcards , circa 1953
Oversized material housed in box 9, folder 1
3
1
Book, Modern Art in America, 1941
3
2
Book, Basic Tap Dancing, 1979
3
3
Book, Tarot Classic, 1972
3
4
Book, Art in America: New Talent USA, 1964
3
5
Clippings, 1958-1988
3
6
Clippings, 1958-1988
4
1
Clippings Regarding Chess, 1986-1990
4
2
Exhibition Annoucements, 1956-1988, 1956-1988
4
3
Exhibition Catalogs, 1941-1963
4
4-7
Exhibition Catalogs, 1963-1980
5
1-3
History Book Club, 1990
5
4
Houston Show--Brochures, Clippings, 1980
5
5
Lectures, 1971-1989
5
6
Magazines, 1955-1971
5
7
Magazines, 1970-1986
6
1-2
Newspapers, 1958-1988
6
3
Philips Collection, The, 1986
6
4
Printed Material regarding Religion, 1966-1990
6
5
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1985
6
6
Tarot Cards, 1976
6
7
Artwork Prints and Postcards (from box 3, folder 1), circa 1953
9
1

Series 6: Artwork and Sketchbooks , 1958, undated
0.6 linear feet
Box 7-8, OV 10

Artwork and sketchbooks contains drawings, collages, and watercolors created by Bischoff. Of note are drawings of Bischoff's contemporaries, David Park and Richard Diebenkorn.
Description Container
Drawings, undated
7
1-4
Gallery Forms, Paintings and Drawings, circa 1970s
7
5
Sketchbook, undated
7
6-8
Oversize Sketchbook, undated
9
1
Oversize Artwork, undated
9
2-4
Matted Sketches, 1958
OV 10
1

Series 7: Photographic Materials , 1914-1990
0.2 linear feet
Box 8

Photographic materials consist of developed prints and negatives of Elmer Bischoff himself, as well as family photos. Most notable are photographs of post-World War II Europe, taken by Bischoff after he served in the Air Force, and a signed photograph of Captain A.W. Nelson, author of "Yankee Swanson."
Description Container
Bischoff, Elmer, circa 1974-1988
8
1
Bischoff, Elmer, circa 1980s
8
2
Family Campout, 1982-1989
8
3
Family Photographs, 1914-1990
8
4
Post-World War II Europe, 1944-1945
8
5-6
Test Photos of Paintings, Lights, Film, and Notes, 1979-1988
8
7

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