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Herbert Aach papers, 1942-1988

Herbert Aach papers, 1942-1988

Aach, Herbert, 1923-1985

Sculptor, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 2.4 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of New York painter, art instructor and writer Herbert Aach (1923-1985) measure 2.4 linear feet and date from 1942 to 1988. Papers include biographical materials, correspondence, scattered financial and legal records, notes and writings, subject files, a scrapbook, printed materials, photographs, and one videocassette.

Biographical/Historical Note

Herbert Aach (1923-1985) was a painter, art instructor, and writer from New York, N.Y. Born in Cologne, Germany. Came to the United States in 1939. He taught at the Brooklyn Museum School (1947-1951), Pratt Institute (1966-1969), and at Queens College (1966-1985). In 1971, he was editor and translator of GOETHE'S COLOR THEORY. Aach was president of the Artists Technical Research Institute, founded in 1959 by Bena Frank and Ralph Mayer to conduct scientific and educational research of materials and methods used in the visual arts.

Provenance

Donated 1984 and 1989 by Herbert and Doris Aach.

A Finding Aid to the Herbert Aach Papers, 1942-1988, in the Archives of American Art
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Author
Finding aid prepared by Jean Fitzgerald and Eden Orelove
Biographical/Historical note
Painter, art instructor and writer Herbert Aach (1923-1985) worked primarily in New York City. Born in Cologne, Germany, Aach came to the United States in 1939. He taught at the Brooklyn Museum School (1947-1951), Pratt Institute (1966-1969), and at Queens College (1966-1985). In 1971 he was editor and translator of
Goethe's Color Theory
. Aach was president of the Artists Technical Research Institute, which was founded in 1959 by Bena Frank and Ralph Mayer to conduct scientific and educational research of materials and methods used in the visual arts.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 8 series. Records are generally arranged by material type and chronologically thereafter.
Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1985 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-1988 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)
Series 3: Financial Material, 1964-1981 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 4: Legal Records, 1951-1986 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 5: Notes, 1961-1984 (Box 1; 6 folders)
Series 6: Writings, 1950-1985(Boxes 1-2; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 7: Subject Files, 1942-1984 (Box 2; 0.6 linear feet)
Series 8: Photographs, 1952-1960 (Box 2; 3 folders)
Series 9: Scrapbook, 1951-1958 (Box 2; 1 folder)
Series 8: Printed Material, 1948-1988 (Boxes 2-3; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 8: Videocassette, 25 April 1975 (Box 3; 1 folder)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of New York painter, art instructor and writer Herbert Aach (1923-1985) measure 2.4 linear feet and date from 1942 to 1988. Papers include biographical materials, correspondence, scattered financial and legal records, notes and writings, subject files, a scrapbook, printed materials, photographs, and one videocassette.
Legal records include materials relating to a lawsuit against Larry Rivers for a lease termination. Letters are from colleagues including Emily Genauer and Edwin W. Zoller regarding exhibitions and other art-related matters and brief letters from Elaine DeKooning, John Ferren, Adolph Gottlieb, and Rufino Tamayo. Subject files are found for many organizations of which Aach was a member, including the American Society for Testing and Materials, the Artists Technical Research Institute, and the Inter-Society Color Council. Printed materials include one scrapbook, clippings, and exhibition catalogs. There is documentation of Aach's work translating and editing
Goethe's Color Theory
, one 55 minute videocassette entitled
Herbert Aach
by Albright Knox Gallery, and photographs of Aach and his artwork.
Provenance
Donated 1984 and 1989 by Herbert and Doris Aach.
Processing Information note
The collection was arranged and cataloged by Jean Fitzgerald in 1991. The finding aid was created by Eden Orelove in 2011.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Herbert Aach papers, 1942-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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