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Ernest Blumenschein papers, 1873-1964

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 7 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1873-1971
17 Folders
Box 1, OV 1

Included are certificates from art organizations, honorary diplomas from New Mexico institutions, and materials commemorating Blumenschein's election to the National Academy of Design. Family materials include genealogical records and his parents' wedding certificate. Found are many handwritten biographical sketches, and a typed copy of records kept by Blumenschein listing awards, memberships, patrons, dealers, sales, and exhibitions. School notebooks include notes on chemistry and "natural philosophy," creative writing, and many small sketches. Also found are loose notes, a tennis association membership card, and travel ephemera. Of special interest is a questionnaire about Blumenschein's artistic influences.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Artistic Influences, 1948
1
1
Biographical Sketches, circa 1920s-1950s
1
2
Certificates, 1922-1955
Oversized material housed in OV 1
1
3
Curriculum Vita, circa 1920s-1940s
1
4
Diplomas, 1947-1948
1
5
Genealogical Materials, 1927-1971
1
6
Membership Cards, 1930-1943
1
7
National Academy of Design, 1911-1927
1
8
Notes, circa 1900s-1950s
1
9
School Notebooks, circa 1888-1894
1
10
School Notebooks, circa 1888-1894
1
11
School Notebooks, circa 1888-1894
1
12
Tickets, 1922
1
13
Travel Materials, circa 1890s
1
14
Wedding Certificate, 1873
1
15
Certificates, 1915, 1926
Oversized material digitized with Box 1, Folder 3
OV 1

Series 2: Correspondence , 1891-1970
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1

The bulk of correspondence is between Blumenschein, his wife Mary, and his daughter Helen. Mary's correspondence discusses domestic life, Blumenschein's artistic career, the Taos community, relationship issues, travel, and financial matters. Correspondence with Helen is about school, domestic life, travels in Europe, and discussion of art, movies, and books. Blumenschein sometimes refers to Helen by the nickname of "Bill." Helen's letters sometimes contain small sketches.
Found are letters from magazines, publishers, museums, galleries, and patrons that record the sale, exhibition, and publication of Blumenschein's artwork. Correspondence from sports organizations documents Blumenschein's interest and participation in athletics. World War I era correspondence is with the Committee of Public Information, the Treasury Department, the Salmagundi Club, and the Aide de Camps of military bases in Kansas and New Mexico.
Of special interest in this series are an 1891 letter from Harper's Young People evaluating Blumenschein's art submission, a letter from General John Pershing in regards to Blumenschein's portrait of Pershing, and a letter from Blumenschein to "a." discussing the conflict between artistic pursuits and Blumenschein's personal life. Also found are a few letters from artists and writers, including William Glackens, Walt Kuhn, Ward Lockwood, Booth Tarkington, and a long letter from Cass Gilbert.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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A, 1904-1959
1
16
B-C, 1913-1958
1
17
Blumenschein Family, 1902-1960
1
18
Helen Blumenschein, 1917
1
19
Helen Blumenschein, 1919
1
20
Helen Blumenschein, 1920-1922
1
21
Helen Blumenschein, 1923
1
22
Helen Blumenschein, 1924
1
23
Helen Blumenschein, 1926-1927
1
24
Helen Blumenschein, 1928
1
25
Helen Blumenschein, 1929 January-June
1
26
Helen Blumenschein, 1929 July-December
1
27
Helen Blumenschein, circa 1929-1930
1
28
Helen Blumenschein, circa 1929-1930
1
29
Helen Blumenschein, circa 1929-1930
1
30
Helen Blumenschein, circa 1931
1
31
Mary Blumenschein, 1904
1
32
Mary Blumenschein, 1919 January-February
1
33
Mary Blumenschein, 1919 March
1
34
Mary Blumenschein, 1919 April-November
1
35
Mary Blumenschein, 1920-1921
1
36
Mary Blumenschein, 1922
1
37
Mary Blumenschein, 1923
1
38
Mary Blumenschein, 1923-1925
1
39
Mary Blumenschein, 1926-1927
1
40
Mary Blumenschein, 1928
1
41
Mary Blumenschein, 1929 January-February
1
42
Mary Blumenschein, 1929 March-April
1
43
Mary Blumenschein, 1929 May-July
1
44
Mary Blumenschein, 1929 August-September
1
45
Mary Blumenschein, 1929 October-December
1
46
Mary Blumenschein, 1930
1
47
Mary Blumenschein, 1930 September-October
1
48
Mary Blumenschein, 1931-1932
1
49
Mary Blumenschein, circa 1920s-1930s
1
50
Committee On Public Information, 1918
1
51
D-H, 1891-1960
1
52
Mabel Dodge, 1959
1
53
Cass Gilbert, 1930
1
54
William Glackens, 1925
1
55
I-M, 1904-1970
1
56
Walt Kuhn, circa 1910s-1920s
1
57
Ward Lockwood, 1948
1
58
Military Correspondence, 1918
1
59
Museum of New Mexico, 1948
1
60
N-R, 1918-1958
1
61
John Pershing, 1929
1
62
S-U, 1918-1958
1
63
Salmagundi Club, 1918
1
64
Booth Tarkington, 1935-1945
1
65
W-Y, 1918-1948
1
66
Unknown Correspondents, circa 1910s-1920s
1
67

Series 3: Personal Business Records , 1918-1950s
4 Folders
Box 1

The series consists of a guest list for an exhibition at the Grand Central Art Galleries, a list of Blumenschein works in a private collection, a certificate verifying Blumenschein's jury duty service, and a car payment record.
This series has been scanned in its entirety, except for the car payment receipt.
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Guest List, 1927
1
68
Holdings, circa 1940s-1950s
1
69
Legal Materials, 1918-1948
1
70
Car Payments, 1923
(Not scanned)
1
71

Series 4: Writings , 1880s-1959
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Found in this series are writings by Blumenschein as well as a few scattered writings by others. Professional writings include Blumenschein's lectures delivered to art organizations, essays on John Gaw Meem and Joseph Henry Sharp, writings on the artistic community of Taos, and written discussions of select paintings. Personal writings are mostly about travel, including memoirs about Blumenschein's first trip to Taos, life in Paris, French churches and cemeteries, Switzerland, and Pittsburgh, Pensylvania.
Creative writings mostly explore the life and culture of the southwest. The manuscript for "Pablo, a Story Of a New Mexico Harvest" has an elaborately illustrated cover, while "The Channel Boys' Vacation" contains many illustrations. Additional sketches meant to accompany the manuscript "The Road to Milky," are filed in Series 5: Artwork. There is also a satirical piece about a janitor's thoughts on modern art.
Writings by others include a series of talks on Blumenschein related to a 1948 retrospective exhibition, an essay on Blumenschein by a Spanish scholar, and a memoir on Taos by Bert Phillips.
This series is arranged alphabetically by title, either given or supplied by the processing archivist. Writings by others follow Blumenschein's writings.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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["About the big fish..."], circa 1900s-1920s
1
72
Advice For the Tennis Professional, 1928
1
73
"After a Walk In the Hot New Mexico Sun...,", 1912
1
74
Arrival Of the Mail, circa 1880s-1900s
1
75
[Artists and the "Academy"], circa 1910s-1930s
1
76
Billy, the Consumptive Who Whistled Second Violin, circa 1880s-1890s
1
77
Bob Brown Of Bed Rock Ark, circa 1880s-1890s
1
78
The Broken Wagon Wheel, circa 1900s-1920s
1
79
Brook Story, circa 1880s-1890s
1
80
[Buck Herbert], circa 1910s-1930s
1
81
The Channel Boys' Vacation, circa 1888-1891
1
82
["Cities..."], circa 1890s-1910s
1
83
["English girl..."], circa 1890s-1910s
1
84
An Evening In Switzerland, circa 1890s-1900s
1
85
["An Excuse For Art..."], 1931
1
86
[Fragments On Art and Artists], circa 1910s-1930s
1
87
[Fragments Of Creative Writings], circa 1900s-1940s
1
88
[Fragments Of Personal Writings], circa 1900s-1930s
1
89
Funeral and Wedding At Notre Dame des Champs, circa 1890s-1900s
1
90
["Good Opening For a Story..."], circa 1890s-1910s
1
91
Guide to Antwerp Cathedral, circa 1890s-1900s
1
92
Henry Theobald, Jr., circa 1920s
1
93
The Hop Fiend, circa 1890s-1920s
1
94
"How the Band Won the $100...", circa 1900s-1920s
1
95
In Regard to a Room For Moderns at the N[ational].A[cademy of].D[esign]., circa 1920s-1930s
1
96
The Janitor Gives His Views On the Present Art Revolution, 1912
1
97
Jimmy Hummingbird, Indian Boy, circa 1900s-1920s
1
98
John Gaw Meem, circa 1920s-1930s
1
99
Joseph Henry Sharp, 1953
1
100
The Kind-Hearted Joy, circa 1910s-1940s
1
101
[Lecture at New Mexico Normal School, circa 1910s-1930s
1
102
[Lecture For Pen and Brush Club], 1934, April 21
1
103
[Lecture to National Arts Club], 1928
1
104
[Lecture to Taos Lions Club], 1940
1
105
A Legend Of Taos Pueblo, circa 1900s-1920s
1
106
["Mamby"], circa 1900s-1920s
1
107
Modern Art and the Academy, 1928
1
108
My Western Friend, circa 1900s-1920s
1
109
[Notes For Talk On Early Days Of Taos Society Of Artists], circa 1920s-1940s
1
110
Offering to Nature, circa 1910s-1930s
1
111
[On Dynamic Synchronism], circa 1900s-1920s
1
112
[On French Cathedrals and Cemeteries], circa 1890s-1900s
1
113
[On Modernism], 1952
1
114
[On Nature], circa 1947
1
115
[On Paris], circa 1890s-1900s
1
116
[On Pittsburgh], 1934
1
117
[On Taos Community], circa 1910s-1930s
1
118
[On Visiting a French Church], circa 1890s
1
119
[On Work Habits (Fragment)], circa 1934
1
120
One Day Of a Pueblo's Life, circa 1910s-1930s
1
121
Pablo, a Story Of a New Mexican Harvest, 1898
1
122
Paraquet and Love, circa 1900s-1920s
1
123
Preface For Pioneer Artists of Taos, circa 1910s-1930s
1
124
Preparatory Dance, circa 1900s-1920s
1
125
Rhythms Of Nature, circa 1900s-1920s
1
126
The Road to Milky's, circa 1890s-1920s
1
127
The Ruche, circa 1900s-1920s
1
128
Schools and the Man, circa 1880s-1890s
1
129
The Silver Gray Fox, circa 1900s-1920s
1
130
["Smokin' Her Up"], circa 1900s-1920s
1
131
South American Millionaire, 1906
1
132
Story Of a Pebble, circa 1900s-1920s
1
133
Story Of Four Paintings, circa 1920s-1940s
2
1
Story Of Three Sioux Scouts, 1915
2
2
Story Of "Mustache Rouge", circa 1910s-1930s
2
3
Story Of Paintings Entitled "Moon, Morning Star, and Evening Star" and "Enchanted Forest,", circa 1930s-1950s
2
4
Taos Society of Artists: 50th Anniversary, 1965
2
5
"This Is a Hunting Story...", circa 1900s-1920s
2
6
To Taos With a Wagon Wheel, circa 1920s-1940s
2
7
Walter Ufer, circa 1936
2
8
"Whoopin' Her Up": a Story Of a "Forth" in New Mexico, circa 1910s-1930s
2
9
Yellowstone Park, circa 1900s-1920s
2
10
Writings by Others
[Ernest Blumenschein] by Ken Adams, 1948
2
11
[Don Carlos' Circus] by Helen Blumenschein [?], circa 1910s-1920s
2
12
The Art Of Ernest L. Blumenschein by Howard Cook, 1948
2
13
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (?)], circa 1900s-1920s
2
14
A Recipe For Cooking Husbands by Amelia Gassette, 1905
2
15
En Homenaje al Pintor Blumenschein by Enrique Lafuente, 1959
2
16
[Shaw Dinner Homage to Blumenschein], 1932
2
17
[Acrostic Poem] by [?] N., 1927
2
18
[Opening Remarks For Blumenschein Event], 1948
2
19
The Broken Wagon Wheel by Bert Phillips, 1948
2
20
[Edgar Allan Poe], circa 1910s-1930s
2
21
[Ernest Blumenschein] by Theodore Van Soelen, 1948
2
22
[Various Articles On 1948 Blumenschein Retrospective], 1948
2
23

Series 5: Artwork , 1888-1925
0.25 Linear feet
Boxes 2

This series consists primarily of printed issues of "Tomfoolery," a handwritten and hand drawn magazine created by Blumenschein and others during high school. Issues contain portraits, caricatures, sequential art, and lettering by Blumenschein signed "B" or "Shine." Writings by Blumenschein can also be found.
Also found are several small sketches by Blumenschein, and sketches for illustrating Blumenschein's manuscript "The Road to Milky's" ( see Series 4: Writings). Artwork by others includes a work of juvenilia by Helen Blumenschein, and a small landscape sketch by Mary Worral-Wisca.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Sketches, circa 1890s-1920s
2
24
Tomfoolery, 1888, September-December
2
25
Tomfoolery, circa 1888
2
26
Tomfoolery, 1889 January
2
27
Tomfoolery, 1889 January-March
2
28
Tomfoolery, 1889 March-April
2
29
Tomfoolery, 1889 April
2
30
1889 September, 1889 September
2
31
Tomfoolery, 1889 October
2
32
Tomfoolery, 1889 November-December
2
33
Tomfoolery, circa 1889
2
34
Tomfoolery, 1890 January-March
2
35
Tomfoolery, 1890
2
36
Tomfoolery, 1890
2
37
Tomfoolery, 1891
2
38
Artwork by Others
Helen Blumenschein, 1917
2
39
Mary Worral-Wisca, 1925
2
40

Series 6: Printed Materials , 1891-1964
0.5 Linear feet
Box 2, OV1

Printed materials include clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, printed illustrations of Blumenschein's work, and ephemera mostly related to the Taos Art Colony. Topics covered are Blumenschein's exhibitions, published illustrations, early years in France, critical reception to his work, Taos Artists Society, the National Academy of Design, and sports. There is a small pamphlet for the Taos Heptagon, an "affiliation of painters" including Blumenschein, Dorothy Brett, and Ward Lockwood.
Also found are invitations, a program for a "vaudeville" performance at the Salmagundi Club, and two postcard reproductions of Blumenschein paintings that have annotations by Blumenschein on the verso. Of special interest are a 1915 menu from a National Academy of Design event signed by Gifford Beal, George Bellows, and Eugene Speicher among others, and a 1902 menu from a Salmagundi Club event honoring Bruce Crane with many signatures.
The bulk of this series has been scanned, except for news clippings printed reproductions of artwork and business cards. In some cases, only the covers and title pages for exhibition catalogs have been scanned.
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Blumy's Taos Tournament, circa 1910s-1930s
2
41
Business Cards, circa 1900s-1930s
(Not scanned)
2
42
Clippings, 1896-1899
(4 folders; not scanned)
2
43-46
Clippings, 1890s
(not scanned)
2
47
Clippings, 1900-1909
(5 folders; not scanned)
2
48-52
Clippings, 1900s
(2 folders; not scanned)
2
53-54
Clippings, 1910-1919
(9 folders; not scanned)
2
55-63
Clippings, 1910s
(not scanned)
2
64
Clippings, 1920-1929
(13 folders; not scanned)
2
65-77
Clippings, 1920s
(3 folders; not scanned)
2
78-80
Clippings, 1930-1939
(10 folders; not scanned)
2
81-90
Clippings, 1930s
(2 folders; not scanned)
2
91-92
Clippings, 1940-1949
(8 folders; not scanned)
2
93-100
Clippings, 1940s
(3 folders; not scanned)
2
101-103
Clippings, 1950-1959
(12 folders; not scanned)
2
104-115
Clippings, circa 1950s
(2 folders; not scanned)
2
116-117
Clippings, 1960-1964
(3 folders; not scanned)
2
118-120
Clippings, circa 1960s
(not scanned)
2
121
Exhibition Announcements, 1934
2
122
Exhibition Catalogs, 1927-1958
2
123
Exhibition Catalogs [Fragments], circa 1920s-1940s
2
124
Invitations, circa 1930s-1958
2
125
National Academy of Design, 1915
2
126
Postcards, circa 1929-1930
2
127
Reproductions of Artwork, 1891-1898
2
128
Reproductions of Artwork, 1900-1911
(Not scanned)
2
129
Reproductions of Artwork, 1915-1930
(Not scanned)
2
130
Reproductions of Artwork, circa 1890s-1910s
(4 folders; not scanned)
2
131-134
Reproductions of Artwork: Mary Blumenschein, circa 1900s-1920s
(Not scanned)
2
135
Reproductions of Artwork: Others, circa 1910s-1930s
(Not scanned)
2
136
Salmagundi Club, 1902
Oversized material housed in OV 1
2
137
School Of American Research, 1952
2
138
Taos Heptagon, circa 1900s-1920s
2
139
Salmagundi Club, 1902
Oversized item digitized with Box 2, Folder 137
OV 1

Series 7: Photographs , 1880s-1955
0.5 Linear feet
Box 2, OV1

Photographs include two portraits of Ernest Blumenschein, a photograph of Blumenschein with other members of the National Academy of Design, and exhibition/installation views at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Institute, and a Colorado post office. The bulk of the photographs are of artwork by Blumenschein, including paintings, murals, and student work. Also found are photographs of artwork by others including Oscar Berninghaus and E. Martin Hennings.
Photographs of artwork have not been scanned.
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Ernest Blumenschein, 1924-1930
2
140
Artwork, circa 1893
(Not scanned)
2
141
Artwork, 1906-1907
Oversized item housed in OV 1
2
142
Artwork, 1912-1919
(Not scanned)
2
143
Artwork, circa 1910s
(Not scanned)
2
144
Artwork, 1920-1924
(Not scanned)
2
145
Artwork, 1926-1929
(Not scanned)
2
146
Artwork, circa 1920s
(Not scanned)
2
147
Artwork, 1931-1934
(Not scanned)
2
148
Artwork, 1935-1939
(Not scanned)
2
149
Artwork, circa 1930s
(Not scanned)
2
150
Artwork, 1941-1949
(Not scanned)
2
151
Artwork, circa 1940s
(Not scanned)
2
152
Artwork, 1955
(Not scanned)
2
153
Artwork By Others, circa 1910s-1930s
(Not scanned)
2
154
Artwork Installation, 1912-1945
2
155
National Academy of Design, 1937
2
156
Unknown Subject, 1919
2
157
Negatives
Ernest Blumenschein, 1927
(Not scanned)
2
158
Artwork, 1937
(Not scanned)
2
159
Artwork, 1906
Oversized item from Box 2, Folder 142
OV 1

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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