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Joseph Meierhans papers, 1924-1969

Meierhans, Joseph, 1890-1981

Painter, Textile designer


Collection Information

Size: 105 Items, (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Letters; addresses; notes; a transcript; photographs; clippings; annoucements; and articles.
REEL N69-112: Letters, addresses and notes, which examine the theme of the way 20th century artists have chosen particular techniques and forms. Meierhans comments are included in the transcript of a discussion, 1930 with Karl Knaths; in "A Statement," January, 1955; an address to the New Helvetia Society, Germantown, Pa., February, 1967; and in an undated letter to "Tom," Meierhans explains to his unidentified correspondent the nature of the changes in technique and form which the 20th century artists view of reality has led him to use. He recounts his first associations with modern art, describing John Sloan's classes at the Art Students League, his first meeting with Karl Knaths, and other influences. Also included are clippings, announcements and articles on the Meierhans Galleries, Hagersville, Pa., a nonprofit gallery established by Meierhans for his retirement.
REEL 1271: Photographs, including 1 of Meierhans in his gallery, 3 of the Meierhans Art Gallery, and 21 of paintings by Meierhans, 1956-1966.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Perkasie, Pennsylvania.


Donated 1969 by Joseph Meierhans.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels N69-112 & 1271 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Reel N69-112: Letter to unidentified correspondent: is a photocopy.

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

Joseph Meierhans papers, 1924-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.