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Kenneth Francis Bates papers, 1927-1973

Bates, Kenneth F. (Kenneth Francis), 1904-1994

Author, Enameler, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 1 Microfilm reel, 150 items on 1 microfilm reel

Summary: The microfilmed Kenneth Francis Bates papers contain a career resumé; letters from friends and associates commenting on his books Enameling (1951) and Basic Design (1960); and photographs of Bates and of his work. Also included are five (5) scrapbooks which contain book covers designed by Bates, clippings, exhibition notices, etc.; five (5) scrapbooks containing circa 450 working sketches for his enamels, many on religious topics; and a transcript of an undated interview in which Bates discussed his enameling methods and the relationship of his work to his interest in gardening.

Biographical/Historical Note

Kenneth Francis Bates (1904-1994) was an enamelist, educator, and author in Euclid, Ohio. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts School of Art and in 1927 joined the Cleveland School of Art, teaching design. He taught there through his retirement in 1968. Bates was honored by the National Society of Enamelists with the title Dean of American Enamelists in 1987. He has written three books, Enameling: Principles and Practice (1951), Basic Design , and The Enamelist (1967).


Lent for microfilming 1973 by Kenneth Bates.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals were returned to lender after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 683 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Kenneth Francis Bates papers, 1927-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.