Scope and Contents
The papers and gallery records of fiber artist Jane Sauer measure 16.1 linear feet and date from 1898 to 2013. The papers document her career as a fiber artist through awards, family histories, and other biographical material; correspondences with family, friends, and art colleagues; journals, notebooks, and other writings; workshops, committee work, exhibitions, consignments, and other professional activity; artist files; sketchbooks and other artwork; personal photographs and slides, photographs of artwork, and photographs of exhibitions; and administrative files, artist files, and exhibition materials of the Jane Sauer Gallery.
Biographical material includes a family tree and history of Sauer's family. awards, legal documents concerning divorce, and documents and correspondence related to her children and grandchildren.
Correspondence is mainly between Sauer and either family or colleagues. Among some of the material is a file of correspondence with Jack Larsen.
Writings consist of a journal, notecards, notebooks, and some speeches by Sauer and other artists.
Professional material consists of event files related to knotting workshops Sauer held and basketry trips that she organized. There are also files related to work Sauer did while serving on committees for organizations such as the American Craft Council. Also included are files for exhibitions that Sauer either participated in or curated from the 1980s through the early 2000s; these files consist of correspondence, loan forms, photographs, and some printed material. Finally, there are other business related materials such as tax documents, consignments, and grant applications.
Artist files consist of material on artists that Sauer gathered while researching artists for the various exhibitions she curated between 1980 and 2003. These files consist of resumes, photographs of artist works, and some printed material such as exhibition announcments.
Printed material consists of clippings, articles and reviews, andd exhibition announcements and catalogs for exhibitions that Sauer either participated in or curated between 1979 and 2003.
Artwork consists of one file of sketches and a number of sketchbooks.
Photographic material consists of photographs, slides, negatives, and transparencies of personal material, artwork, and exhbitions. Included among the personal photographs are those of family members from the 1890s through 1920s, some of which are in fragile condition.
Gallery records consists of material related to the Jane Sauer Gallery which was in operation between 2005 and 2013. Materials include some administration files such as leases and budget material, artist files on artists represented by the gallery, exhibitions held at the gallery, and articles and catalogs related to gallery exhibitions. Also included among the exhibition files are unbound binders for Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) fairs held annually in Chicago, New York, and on the West Coast.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2016 by Jane Sauer.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Jane Sauer conducted by Paul J. Smith, July 11, 2005.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
The collection and born-digital materials were processed, and a finding aid prepared by Ricky Gomez in 2022.