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Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott research material on artists, 1919-2001, bulk 1973-1991

Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott research material on artists, 1919-2001, bulk 1973-1991

Prescott, Kenneth Wade, 1920-

Art historian, Author

Collection Information

Size: 9.4 linear feet.

Summary: The Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott research material on artists measures 9.4 linear feet and dates from 1919 to 2001, with the bulk of the material dating from 1973 to 1991. Kenneth Prescott, an art historian and educator, and his wife Emma-Stina, also an art historian, maintained extensive files concerning artists James Chapin, Burgoyne Diller, Dorothea S. Greenbaum, Jack Levine, and Elizabeth Olds. These files typically include correspondence, artwork inventories, exhibition catalogs and other printed materials, notes, interviews, photographs, and slides. A small amount of material also documents the works of Richard Anuszkiewicz, Byron Browne, Jose de Creeft, Lorrie Goulet, Richard Hunt, Sam Maitin, and Hunt Slonem.

Biographical/Historical Note

Kenneth Prescott (1920- 2013) was an art historian and author in San Antonio, Texas. Prescott's wife, Emma-Stina is also an art historian.

Provenance

The collection was donated in several installments by Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott from 1987 to 2001.

Related Materials

A Finding Aid to the Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott Research Material on Artists, 1919-2001, bulk 1973-1991, in the Archives of American Art
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Author
Finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart
Biographical/Historical note
Kenneth Wade Prescott (1920-2013) was an art historian and educator in Austin, Texas. Prescott's wife, Emma-Stina is also an art historian.
Kenneth Prescott received a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Michigan. While living in Ann Arbor he met his future wife Emma-Stina Johnsson, who was visiting from Stockholm, Sweden. His early career included directorships of the Kansas City Museum, Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, and the New Jersey State Museum. During his career he arranged and curated many exhibitions throughout the country and abroad and administered a grant program in the visual arts for the Ford Foundation. He and his wife moved to Austin, Texas in 1974, and he served as Chairman of the Art Department at the University of Texas at Austin. While there he introduced a Ph.D. program in Art History. Prescott regularly published in the fields of ornithology and the visual arts, including several publications on Ben Shahn and retrospective exhibition catalogs for the works of Elizabeth Olds, Burgoyne Diller, and Jack Levine. He also collaborated with his wife on
The Complete Graphic Work of Jack Levine
which was published in 1984.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 6 series.
Series 1: James Chapin, 1941, 1955-circa 1984 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 2: Burgoyne Diller, 1932-2001 (2.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-3)
Series 3: Dorothea S. Greenbaum, 1919-1980 (2.7 linear feet; Boxes 4-6)
Series 4: Jack Levine, 1961-1991 (2.1 linear feet; Boxes 6-8)
Series 5: Elizabeth Olds, 1931-1992 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 8-9)
Series 6: Other Artists, 1929-1998 (1.0 linear foot; Boxes 9-10)
Scope and Contents note
The Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott research material on artists measures 9.4 linear feet and dates from 1919 to 2001, with the bulk of the material dating from 1973 to 1991. Kenneth Prescott, an art historian and educator, and his wife Emma-Stina, also an art historian, maintained extensive files concerning artists James Chapin, Burgoyne Diller, Dorothea S. Greenbaum, Jack Levine, and Elizabeth Olds. These files typically include correspondence, artwork inventories, exhibition catalogs and other printed materials, notes, interviews, photographs, and slides. A small amount of material also documents the works of Richard Anuszkiewicz, Byron Browne, Jose de Creeft, Lorrie Goulet, Richard Hunt, Sam Maitin, and Hunt Slonem.
Provenance
The collection was donated in several installments by Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott from 1987 to 2001.
Related Archival Materials note
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the Burgoyne Diller papers which include papers and artwork donated by Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott. The Kenneth W. Prescott and Emma-Stina Prescott Collection of Ben Shahn is available at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2013. The collection has been minimally rearranged and retains the existing/original folder titles when possible. All materials have been rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but often staples and other fasteners have not been removed. Materials within folders have not been rearranged.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Chapin and Greenbaum material: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from: Kenneth W. Prescott and Emma-Stina Prescott, 2526 Tanglewood Trail, Austin, Tex. 78703

How to Cite This Collection

Kenneth and Emma-Stina Prescott research material on artists, 1919-2001, bulk 1973-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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