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Konrad and Florence Ballin Cramer papers, 1897-1968

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Series 5: Writings , 1897-1962
0.7 Linear feet
Box 5, OV 11

This series includes the notes and writings of Florence Ballin Cramer and Konrad Cramer, along with scattered notes and writings by others. Types of material include essays, notebooks, poems, a movie scenario, and notes. Some of the notebooks include drafts of outgoing correspondence.
Konrad Cramer's essays mostly concern technical aspects of painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography, with a few essays on broad concepts such as modernism and design. Also found are numerous drafts of informal essays about people known to Cramer, including people from the Woodstock community such as Hervey White, founder of the Maverick artist's colony. Florence Ballin Cramer's essays include a lengthy autobiographical essay about her earliest visits to Woodstock as a student of the Art Student's League summer classes, essays on American crafts and Mexican artists, and other subjects.
Konrad Cramer's earliest notebook contains recipes gathered from his peers for paints and varnishes. Other notebooks contain essays, technical notes, drafts of outgoing letters, and some notes from meetings of Woodstock organizations. Volumes given titles by Cramer are listed by title, and titled essays within volumes are noted in the folder contents list. Florence Ballin Cramer's notebooks include two volumes from her adolescence containing notes and drawings.
Notes include travel notes and an annotated map from a 1938 trip West and notes written by Florence Ballin Cramer and Konrad Cramer including technical photo notes, recipes, quotes from published sources, contact information, and other miscellany. Collection notes, probably written by Florence Ballin Cramer, describe materials in the Cramer papers that have become separated from the items they describe. Miscellaneous notes include a student's poem, a list of books about Greenwich Village, and a brief note from a friend.
Materials are arranged by document type and author. Additional notes and writings are found in Biographical Materials and Personal Business Records. Picture books by the Cramers are found in Artwork.
The series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Essays
Konrad Cramer
"Artist and His Craft", circa 1930-1960
Includes sections by unidentified authors
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1
"Artist in the Darkroom", circa 1937
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2
"Good Painter's Handbook", 1933
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3
"How to Display the Modern Photograph", circa 1930-1960
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4
"Memo for the Art Room" (Dalton School), circa 1930-1960
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"Modern Tendencies in Art", circa 1930-1960
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6
"Origin of Design", circa 1930-1960
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7
"Painter's Handbook", 1932
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8
"Tools for Drawing", circa 1930-1960
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9
"What and How of Photography", circa 1930-1960
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10
"Why and How of the Art Department", circa 1930-1960
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11
People and Woodstock History, 1937-1962
Amalie Cramer; Harold Reynolds; Hervey White and the Maverick Story; Rosie Magee; J. Albert of Munich and Albertypes; Sidney Berkowitz; and Carl Olaf Eric Lindin. Oversized material housed in OV 11.
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12
Miscellaneous Essays and Notes about Art, 1934, 1960
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13
Miscellaneous Essays, Non-Art Subjects, 1957-1958
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14
Florence Ballin Cramer
"Artists in Mexico", circa 1920-1960
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15
"Craftwork In America", circa 1928-1931
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16
Autobiographical Sketch about Woodstock, circa 1920-1910
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17
Miscellaneous Non-Art Subjects, 1938, 1950-1959
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18
Unknown Author, "Kindergarten - What It Is", circa 1920-1950
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19
Notebooks
Konrad Cramer
See also Artwork, sketchbook with notes on printmaking
Developing 35mm Film by Inspection, 1957
Contains essay and drafts of outgoing letters and notes regarding the Kleinert Wing of the Woodstock Foundation
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20
"Handbook of Drawing, Volume 1", 1945
Also contains drafts of outgoing letters
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21
Handbook of Drawing, Volume 2, 1945
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Handbook of Drawing, Volume 2, 1945
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23
Practical Handbook of Drawing, 1944-1945
Contains essay with editor's comments
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24
"Notes on Lectures for Painting Materials", circa 1940-1950
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25
"Notes on Stieglitz", 1946
Also contains meeting notes of the Woodstock Foundation, and an essay about Thanksgiving at Rivington Hospital
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26
Letter Drafts, 1952, 1958
Contains drafts of outgoing letters and technical notes
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27
Letter Drafts and Essay Fragments, circa 1958
Contains fragment of essay "Restoring Oil Paintings" and drafts of outgoing letters
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28
Recipes from Various Artists, 1929-1930
Contains recipes for paint, varnish, and other media; and technical notes
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29
Miscellaneous, circa 1940-1950
Contains essays related to photography and notes on Mozart's letters
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30
Florence Ballin Cramer
Juvenile, 1897-1898
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Juvenile, 1897-1898
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Unknown Author
Forecast of Futures of Woodstock Children, 1935
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Recipes in German, 1800s
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34
Poetry
Florence Ballin Cramer
General, 1924-1929
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35
Poems for Children, 1920s
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Irving Ballin, 1908-1912
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Movie Scenario by Konrad and Florence Ballin Cramer, circa 1912, 1938
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Notes
Notes by Manuel Komroff, circa 1945-1961
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39
Notes from Oral Histories of the Cramers and Hermine Kleinert by Sam Eskin, 1962
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40
Travel Notes and Map, 1938
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Miscellaneous Notes by Konrad and Florence Ballin Cramer, circa 1930-1960
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Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1920s
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Oversized Essays scanned with Box 5, Folder 12, 1937-1962
OV 11

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