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Konrad and Florence Ballin Cramer papers, 1897-1968

Konrad and Florence Ballin Cramer papers, 1897-1968

Cramer, Konrad, 1888-1963

Painter

Collection Information

Size: 8.5 linear feet (partially microfilmed on 12 reels)

Biographical/Historical Note

Painters; Woodstock, N.Y.

Provenance

Material donated by Aileen Cramer and Margot Cramer Taylor, daughters of Florence and Konrad Cramer, 1975, except sketches and diaries on reels D170-171, and photos on reel 1027, which were lent for microfilming.

Location of Originals

  • Photos on reel 1027, and diaries and sketches on reels D170-D171: Originals returned to Aileen Cramer after microfilming.

Scope and Contents

Papers document both artists' personal and professional lives and are especially rich in documentation of the art community of Woodstock, NY, from 1906, when Florence first attended art classes there, and where the couple resided until their deaths in the 1960s. Records include biographical materials, correspondence, a Christmas card album, business records, writings, personal financial records, printed materials, photographs, and artwork.

Correspondence is between the Cramers and other artists, curators, gallery staff, editors, writers, and personal friends and family. Many drafts and carbons of outgoing letters are also present. The Christmas card album brings together original cards made by their artist friends in the 1920s and early 1930s. Writings include diaries of both artists, mostly from 1949 onward, with notes and excerpts from earlier diaries present; technical and biographical essays by Konrad Cramer, and autobiographical and historical essays by Florence Ballin Cramer; notebooks and notes related to art, travel, photography, and other subjects. Personal Business Records include price lists, receipts, and gallery correspondence with dealers and exhibitors; correspondence, accounting records, and writings related to Florence Ballin Cramer's Florence Gallery in New York City (1919-1920); records related to Woodstock arts and civic organizations in which the Cramers were involved; and personal financial records.

Printed Materials include publicity materials related to the Cramers' various endeavors and the activities of Woodstock arts and civic organizations, as well as dozens of books, little magazines, and journals by and about members of the Woodstock artist's colony. Photographs depict the Cramers and their friends, including early Art Students League Classes and the annual Maverick festival in the 1920s. Also found are a small number of photo-collages and experiments with color photography, and a series of early twentieth century photographs in the pictorialist style. Artwork includes early sketchbooks of both artists; loose sketches, drawings, and designs; textile designs by Konrad Cramer; and prints and printing blocks.

Originals of loaned material, including diaries (Florence Ballin Cramer, 1917-1920; Konrad Cramer, 1918-1921), sketches, and photographs, were returned to Aileen Cramer after microfilming. Loaned material is available for viewing on microfilm reels D170-D171 and 1027, but is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.

REELS D170-D171: Correspondence between Konrad and Florence Cramer; letters from museums, galleries, and artists; diaries, 1911, 1918-1921; sketches; notes on art; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; photographs of the Cramers, and a photograph by Konrad.

REELS 2751-2757: Routine business and personal correspondence, and an original Christmas card album; diaries; essays and notes; legal and financial records; lists of paintings with prices; sketches, drawings, and textile designs; catalogs, clippings, and printed material. Also included is extensive printed material from the artists' colony of Woodstock, N.Y., 1917-1960.

REEL 1027: Photographs, 1906-1969, of members of the Cramer family; the Art Students League Building; the Maverick Festival at Woodstock, N.Y., in 1927; a Victorian party at the Cramer home in Woodstock; and other events at Woodstock.

REELS 1203-1204: Photographs, including personal photographs of the Cramer family and their friends, including many Woodstock artists; early group photographs of the Art Students League; photographs of paintings by Florence and Konrad Cramer; and photographs of exhibits and works of art by other artists.

Microfilm reels D170-D171, 1027, 1203-1204, and 2751-2757 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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.

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