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Ida Kohlmeyer papers, [ca. 1950]-1997

Kohlmeyer, Ida, 1912-1997



Collection Information

Size: 2 Linear feet, Reels 5280-5281 (Loan); 18 Linear feet, Unmicrofilmed (Gift)

Summary: The papers of artist and influential teacher Ida Kohlmeyer document her teaching career at Newcomb College, her many exhibitions and commissioned works, the day-to-day operation of her studio, her family life, and her involvement in her creative endeavors.
REELS 5280-5281: Miscellaneous scattered letters from Hans Hofmann, Mark Rothko, and James Johnson Sweeney, 1956-1959 and undated; letters from Lynda Benglis, 1976-1983; draft writings and lectures by Kohlmeyer, undated; and an extensive card catalog of works of art by Kohlmeyer which includes information on the title, dimensions, media, date, name and address of the owner, and sale price. Many cards have thumbnail sketches. The catalog is arranged alphabetically by title. There is also one miscellaneous card file.
UNMICROFILMED (18 ft.): Résumés; wills; correspondence with galleries and museums regarding exhibitions; letters from Avis Berman, James Clover, John Geldrsam, Duane Hanson, Lamar Briggs, Arthur Turner, Whitney Engeran, Nancy Grossman, Sylvia Lark, Rebecca Cooper, and others; letters from her husband Hugh Kohlmeyer, while he was in the foreign service in Spain, ca. 1961-1967; drafts of her master's thesis and other writings; financial records including ledger books, cancelled checks, receipts for supplies, and tax returns; teaching notes and grade and attendance books; exhibition catalogs and announcements; a collection of art postcards; newspaper clippings, 1981-1996; photographs of Kohlmeyer and her family, friends, home, studio, and works of art; photographs of printed material on Kohlmeyer's studio wall; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, sculptor; Mataire, La.; d. 1997.


Donated 1998 by Jane K. Lowentritt, Kohlmeyer's daughter and former studio manager, except for material on reels 5280-5281 which Lowentritt lent for microfilming. Kohlmeyer's maquettes for her sculpture were donated to The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Language Note

Undetermined .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 5280-5281 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Ida Kohlmeyer papers, [ca. 1950]-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.