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John Battenberg papers, 1936-2013, bulk 1950s-2012

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 9 series.

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Series 1:Biographical Material, 1952-2012
0.8 Linear feet
Box 1

Files contain some personal and professional writings including a diary; appointment books; education, military service, and organization membership records; family histories and genealogical surveys; addresses and business cards; and drafts of talks given by Battenberg. Also found are audiovisual recordings, including a Battenberg interview, and video recordings of Battenberg working.
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Addresses, circa 1990s-2008
1
1
Appointment Book, 1992
1
2
Biographical Chronology; Resumes, 1962-2000
1
3
Diary, 1997
1
4
Diary, Fragments, undated
1
5
Education Records; Military Service, 1952-1964
1
6
Family History, 1990s
1
7
Interview, John Battenberg Studio, undated
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
1
8
Organizations, Membership, 1978-1997
1
9
Organizations, International Sculptural Center, 1991-1993
1
10
Papers, 1994, undated
1
11
Papers, John Edwards, 1977-2005
1
12
Papers, Russia, 1987-1988
1
13
Recording, John Playground, John Battenberg, 1991
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
1
14
Recording, A Portrait, Voulkos and Company, 1972
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
1
15
Recording, Red Baron Documentary, undated
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
1
16
Recording, Working I and III, undated
2 Videocassettes (Hi8)
1
17
Writings by Battenberg, 1961-2003
1
18
Writings by Others on Battenberg, 1997-2012
1
19

Series 2:Correspondence, 1962-2008
1 Linear foot
Box 1-2

General correspondence files document Battenberg's communications with other artists, potential clients, collectors, galleries, universities, and others interested in Battenberg's artwork, his exhibitions, commissions, and projects. Also included is a digital video recording of commissioned work. Personal correspondence, addressed to Battenberg and/or his wife Lynn, documents Battenberg's relationships with family and friends. Also found are several collector files that shed light on Battenberg's relationships with patrons.
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Colleges and Universities, 1962-1996
1
20
General, 1963-1979
1
21
General, 1980-2008, undated
2
1-5
Letter to Friends and Supporters, undated
2
6
Personal, 1965-2003
Includes born-digital records, see ER01
2
7-9
Spirit of Ruth, film by Austin Battenberg (1997), Digital Video Recording, 2001
0.011 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER01
Professional, 1991
2
10
Solomon, Russ, 1990-1994
2
11
Sperling, John, 1994-2000
2
12
St. Cloud University, 1991, 1997
2
13
Witte, Geoff, 1983-1996
2
14-15

Series 3:Gallery and Museum Files, 1957-2006
1.1 Linear feet
Box 2-3

Series includes correspondence, photographs, sales records, inventories, and some exhibition material such as shipping receipts, loan agreements, catalog proofs, and checklists. Notable files include materials related to Battenberg's exhibitions held at the Fresno Art Museum and Nevada Museum of Art, and a video recording from an event at the Nevada Museum of Art.
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A Gallery, 1992
2
16
Anderson & Anderson Gallery, 1990-1996
2
17
Art Foundry Gallery, 2002-2006
2
18
Bedford Gallery, 1990-1991
2
19-20
Benton Gallery, undated
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
2
21
Betts Gallery, 1995
3
1
Bolles Gallery, 1971
3
2
California Center for the Arts Gallery, 1993-1994
3
3
Carmel Highlands Sculpture House and Gardens, 1991-1992
3
4
Charles A. Westun Museum of Art, 1990-1992
3
5
Comara Gallery, 1966
3
6
D. P. Fong Galleries, 1990-1993
3
7
Esther Robles Gallery, 1957-1972
3
8
Fresno Art Museum, 1983, 1993-1995
3
9
Gumps Gallery, 1976-1992
3
10
Hansen Gallery, 1963-1968
3
11
Harcourts Gallery, 1990-1996
3
12
Highlands Sculpture Gallery, 1995-1996
3
13
Himovitz Gallery, 1988-1990
3
14
Ianuzzi Gallery, 1994
3
15
J. J. Brookings Gallery, 1987-1989, 1997
3
16
Krasner Gallery, 1968-1976
3
17
La Quinta Sculpture Park, 1993-1994
3
18
Marcia McCoy Gallery, 1989-1990
3
19
Medical Heritage Gallery, 1990
3
20
Morgan Gallery, 1986-1987
3
21
National Wildlife Art Museum, 1992-1993
3
22
Nevada Museum of Art, 1991-1994
3
23
Nevada Museum of Art, 1991-1994
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
3
24
North Dakota Museum of Art, 1986
3
25
Northlight Gallery, 1990
3
26
Palm Springs Desert Museum, 1992-1995
3
27
River Gallery, 1989-1992
3
28
San Jose Museum of Art, 1977-1991
3
29
Shidoni Contemporary Gallery, 1981-1992
3
30
Smith Anderson Gallery, 1974-1991
3
31
Solomon Dubnick Gallery, 1991-1996
3
32
Temple Gallery, 1961-1965
3
33
Triton Museum of Art, 1990-1992
3
34
Victoria Art Gallery, 1973-1976
3
35
Young Gallery, 1988-1993
3
36
Galleries and Museums, 1968-1996
3
37-38

Series 4:Professional Files, 1969-2005
1 Linear foot
Box 3-4

Included in this series are exhibition files which document Battenberg's involvement in several group shows through correspondence, notes, shipping information, loan agreements, and publicity material. Papers related to Battenberg's lectures include printed material, video recordings, and schedules. Public art commission files contain calls for proposals, submitted proposals, and denial letters, as well as some sketches and photographs. Also found in this series are files related to Battenberg's career as a professor of art at San Jose State University in California, containing correspondence, notes, administrative paperwork, and some classroom materials.
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Exhibitions, Beyond Tradition: Works in Bronze (1993), 1993
3
39
Exhibitions, California State Fair Exhibit, 1992
3
40
Exhibitions, Los Angeles County Fair, 1992
3
41
Exhibitions, The New Vein (1969-1970), 1969, 1989
3
42
Exhibitions, U.S. Information Agency, 1971-1972
3
43
Exhibition, Papers, 1969-2005
4
1
Foundries, 1975-1998
4
2
Lecture, Academy of Art, 1996
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
4
3
Lecture Series, 1994
4
4
Lithograph Idea, 1990
4
5
Public Competitions, Submitted Proposals, 1997
4
6
Public Art Competitions, 1987-2005
4
7-10
Publicity, 1992, undated
4
11
Printmaking, 1976, undated
4
12
Printmaking, Lakeside Group, 1988-1989
4
13
Slide Registries, 1990-1992
4
14
Teaching, Ben Hecht, undated
4
15
Teaching, San Jose State University; Foundry, 1970-1991
4
16
Teaching, San Jose State University; NEA Papers, 1987-1988
4
17

Series 5:Project Files, 1983-2005
1.1 Linear feet
Box 4-6

Files relate to specific projects that featured work by Battenberg, most of which were public sculptures in California, New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona. Folders may contain correspondence, site plans, photographs, digital photographs, slide copies, sketches, contractual agreements, publicity material, reports, and financial information. Also included are video recordings of Battenberg's projects; recordings from talks given about specific projects; and correspondence, plans, and printed material that document Battenberg's involvement with sculptor Bruce Davis's project at Texas A&M University.
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Arizona, Shea Boulevard Street Improvement Project, 1992-1993
4
18
Arizona, Garfield Neighborhood Entry Marker, 2005
4
19
California, Park Center Plaza, "Flying Lady", 1983, 1987
4
20
California, City of Sunnyvale, "Murphy Street Scene", 1984-1991
4
21
California, Koll Eden Plaza, "Morning at Eden Landing", 1987-1989
4
22
California, Rio Consumes Correctional Center, 1990
4
23-24
California, CalTrain Station in Millbrae, "Mystical Bear", 1990-1993
4
25
California, CalTrain Station in Millbrae, "Mystical Bear", 1992
1 Videocassettes (Hi8)
5
1
California, Sacramento Sherriff's Department, "Prairie Wolf", 1990-1994
5
2
California, Stanford Medical Facility, 1991-1992
5
3
California, Sacramento Zoological Society, "Stevie", 1995-1996
5
4
California, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, "Totem Spirit Structure", 1995-1996
5
5
Nevada, Truckee River Walk, "Creatures of Nevada", 1990-2001
5
6-8
Nevada, Truckee River Walk, Lecture, undated
2 Videocassettes (Hi8)
5
9
Nevada, Truckee River Walk; Polychrome Sculpture, undated
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
5
10
New Mexico, Isletta Mini Plaza Commission, 1990-1991
5
11
Battenberg, Digital Photographs, 2001
0.049 Gigabytes
85 computer files
ER02
Bush and Lafayette, Digital Photographs, 2001
0.219 Gigabytes
143 computer files
ER05
Clay Panels, Digital Photographs, 2001-2005
0.081 Gigabytes
108 computer files
ER06
Gravestone, 2005
5
13
Los Altos Monument; Tribute to Ruth, undated
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
5
14
Mystical Door Panels, Digital Photographs, 2001
0.017 Gigabytes
22 computer files
ER03
Raven in Flight; Canyon Cougar, Digital Photographs, 2001
0.015 Gigabytes
23 computer files
ER04
Spirit of Ruth, 1997
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
5
17
Wolf Pack Before Casting, undated
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
5
18
Battenberg Sculpture , undated
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
5
19
Bruce Davis Texas A&M Project, 1985-1988
6
1

Series 6:Personal Business Records, 1973-2008
0.8 Linear feet
Box 6

Files include records of sales; correspondence and printed material related to art consultants who worked with Battenberg; studio inventories; records of auctions and donations; and some legal documents such as contracts and agreements. Financial papers include tax returns from the 1970s and yearly analyses from the late-1990s to mid-2000s. Also included are some receipts, shipping ephemera, and papers related to Battenberg's San Francisco studio.
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Acrylic Images; Fabrications, 1993
6
2
Art Consultants and Agents, 1984-1994
6
5
Art Purchased by Battenberg, 1992
6
7
Artist Index Cards, 1987-1988
6
6
Auction, Center Against Sexual Abuse, 1994-1996
6
8
Auctions and Donations, 1982-1995
6
9
Collectors, 1987-1997
6
10-11
Commissions, California Arts Council, 1986-1991
6
12
Fellowships and Other Funding Papers, 1977, 1989-1992
6
13
Financial Records, 1995-2004
6
14-15
Inventories, 1980s-1990s
6
16-17
Invoices, 1999-2003
6
18
Legal Papers, 1975-1990s
6
19
Price Lists, 1980s-1990s
6
20
Sales, 1976-2008
6
26
Sculpture Repair, 1997
6
21
Shipping, 2001-2002, undated
6
22
Slide and Photograph Receipts, 1989-1990
6
23
Studio, Papers, 1987
6
24
Tax Documents, 1973-1974
6
25

Series 7:Printed Material, 1956-2013
1.8 Linear feet
Box 6-8, 10, OV 11

Printed material includes newspaper clippings and other articles reviewing Battenberg's work, exhibitions, and career as well as general art topics; exhibition invitations, announcements, posters, catalogs, and books; and materials distributed by galleries, museums, foundries, and suppliers. Also included are copies of Battenberg's self-published books and promotional materials, a printed booklet of sketches drawn by Battenberg during an Arizona State University trip to Cuba in 2003, and two scrapbooks that contain clippings, exhibition ephemera, and some photographs.
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Artist Services, 1990s
6
27
Artist Cards, Figures, circa 1976
6
29
"ASU Art Museum Cuba Travel Trip", 2003
6
28
"Charles Morris Campbell Jr.: A Life of Art, Jazz and Travel, An Oral History", 2010
6
30
Clippings, John Battenberg, 1956-1969
6
31
Clippings, John Battenberg, 1970-2013, undated
7
1-5
Clippings, General, 1960s-2000
7
6
Event Posters, 1967-2004
10
1
Event Posters, 1967-1993
11
Exhibition Materials, Solo Show Announcements, Invitations, and Brochures, 1962-2006
7
7
Exhibition Materials, Solo Show Catalogs and Books, 1991-2009
7
8
Exhibition Material, Group Show Announcements, Invitations, and Brochures, 1961-2002
7
9
Exhibition Material, Group Show Catalogs and Books, 1969-1994
7
10-11
Exhibition Material, Other Artists, 1970s-2000s
7
12-15
Foundries and Suppliers, circa 1980s-2000s
7
16
Galleries and Museums, 1980s-1990s
7
17
"John Battenberg", circa 2005
8
1
"John Battenberg's Critters", circa 2007
8
2
John Battenberg Studio Book, 2001, 2004
8
3
Lecture and Symposium, 1979, undated
8
4
Press Releases, 1974-1992
8
5
Promotional Material, 2000s
8
6
Publicity, Published Material, 1970-1988, undated
8
7
Research Material, 1960s-1980s
8
8
Scrapbook, Clippings and Exhibition Material, 1960s-1970s
8
9
Scrapbook, Exhibition at Temple Gallery, 1961-1963
8
10
Wing Walker Project, 2001
8
11

Series 8:Photographic Material, 1936-2012
0.9 Linear feet
Box 8-9

Photographs include images of professional models as well as friends and family who posed for Battenberg; images, including digital images, of Battenberg's sculptures, paintings, and sketches; and personal photographs of Battenberg, his friends and family at gatherings, and travel. Also included are photographs of Battenberg with other artists, snapshots from Battenberg's studio and other studios he worked at, and some reference images.
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Artwork, Bird, undated
8
12
Artwork, Flyers, circa 2001
8
13
Artwork, Frieze, undated
8
14
Artwork, Gates of Arcadia, 1998-2003
8
15-16
Artwork, Heads, undated
8
17
Artwork, Wolf at home of Russ Solomon, 1990s
8
18
Artwork, Wolves, undated
8
19
Artwork, Titled Works, 1984-1986
8
20
Artwork, Master Slides, 1960s-1990s
8
21-22
Artwork, Digital Photographs, 1995-1997
1.01 Gigabytes
232 computer files
ER07
Artwork, Miscellaneous, circa 1980-2008
8
26
John Battenberg, circa 1936-2000s
9
1
Friends and Family, circa 1980s-2000s
9
2
Friends, Artists, 1988-2012
9
3
Friends, Rebecca Garrison, 2012
9
4
Models, Friends and Family, circa 1990s-2000s
9
5-7
Models, circa 1980s-2000s
9
8
Models, Hands and Feet, circa 1980s-2000s
9
9
Reference, Flowers, undated
9
10
Reference, Animals, 1980s-2000s
9
11
Studios, circa 1997
9
12
Studio, John De Andrea, 1990s-2000s
9
13
Studio, Pietrasanta, 1984
9
14
Travel, Cuba, 2003
9
15
Travel, Oxford Slides, 1955-1956
9
16

Series 9:Artwork, circa 1950-2000s
0.7 Linear feet
Box 9-10

Artwork consists primarily of sketches, including color sketches, executed by Battenberg for various projects, most notably his animal sculptures, Wing Walker series, and various components of his work, Gates of Arcadia. Also found in this series is a sketchbook Battenberg kept during his time in the military; sketches of fruits and vegetables; and artwork used to create Battenberg's "ASU Art Museum Cuba Travel Trip" booklet of sketches.
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Animals, Eagle, circa 1990s
9
17
Animals, Wolves, circa 1990s-2000s
9
18
Animals, Wolves, circa 1990s-2000s
10
2-3
Animals, Miscellaneous, 1990s-2000s
9
19
ASU Art Museum, Sketches, 2003
9
20
Battenberg Portrait, undated
9
21
Frieze, Sketches, 1990s
9
22
Fruits and Vegetables, undated
9
23
Gates of Arcadia Sketches, 1990s-2000s
10
4
Heads, 1990s-2000s
9
24
Horned Owl, 1990s-2000s
9
25
Mythological Procession, 1990s-2000s
9
26
Pan Satyr, 1990s-2000s
9
27
Sketchbook, Military Years, circa 1950-1951
9
28
Wing Walker, 2000s
9
29
Miscellaneous Sketches, 1980s-2000s
10
5

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.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.