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Margaret De Patta papers, circa 1930-2012

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as 8 series.

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Series 1: Correspondence , 1946-2011
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

This series includes personal and professional correspondence with family, friends, artists, galleries, museums, universities, and arts organizations on the subject of exhibitions, loans, travels, jewelry designs, and business inquiries. Notable correspondents include Adelle Davis, Alice Flory, Victor Ries, and Oppi Untracht.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent or subject. There is one folder of miscellaneous correspondence at the end of the series for letters with just one or two letters each from various individuals.
Description Container Select
Aloi, Robert, 1949-1955
1
1
American Craft Museum, 1996
1
2
American Craftsmen's Council, 1956-1961
1
3
American Craftsmen's Educational Council, 1953-1957
1
4
American Federation of Arts, 1956-1960
1
5
Architectural League of New York, 1951
1
6
Archives of American Art, 2003-2011
1
7
Arts & Architecture Magazine, 1947-1950
1
8
Atlanta Art Association, 1956
1
9
Bielawski, Eugene and Martha, 1976-2001
1
10
Ceramic Studio, 1946-1947
1
11
Correspondence with Artists about Trading Work, 1951-1963
1
12
Correspondence with Customers about Jewelry Designs, 1952-1963
1
13
Correspondence with Customers about "Jewelry on Order", 1960-1965
1
14
Craft Horizons, 1963
1
15
Crawford, Ruth, 1956
1
16
Davis, Adelle, 1956-1966
1
17
Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, 1951
1
18
Flory, Alice, 1959
1
19
Hanada, Teruko, 1961-1962
1
20
Letters of Inquiry and Prospects, 1948-1961
Correspondence with stores interested in seeing jewelry samples based on ads and brochures.
1
21
Letters to Family from Japan Trip, 1960 October-December
1
22
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2000
1
23
Ries, Victor, 1956
1
24
San Francisco Museum of Art, 1952-1956
1
25
Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Arts, 1969
1
26
Sperisen, Francis, 1964
1
27
Turner, Ralph, 1994-1998
1
28
Untracht, Oppi, 1961
1
29
Walker Art Center, 1948-1959
1
30
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1946-1975
1
31

Series 2: Writings , circa 1935-1963
0.1 Linear feet
Box 1

This series includes Margaret De Patta's essays on jewelry design and craftsmanship, personal statements, and notes on materials, designs, and gem cutting. There is also an outline for a book on design and one annotated appointment calendar. There is some writing by Eugene Bielawski.
The material in this series is grouped by document type.
Description Container Select
Essays on Jewelry, Craftsmanship, and Design, circa 1935-circa 1960
1
32
Personal Statements and Biographical Chronology, circa 1945-circa 1955
1
33
Outline of Book on Design by Margaret De Patta and Eugene Bielawski, circa 1949
1
34
Annotated Appointment Calendar, 1963
1
35
Notes on Gem Cutting for Francis Sperisen, circa 1940-circa 1955
1
36
Notes on Jewelry "Concepts and Designs", circa 1945-circa 1960
1
37
Notes on Materials by Margaret De Patta and Eugene Bielawski, circa 1940-1954
1
38
Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1940-circa 1960
1
39

Series 3: Teaching Files , 1944-1969
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

The bulk of this series consists of material from the California Labor School where Margaret De Patta and her husband Eugene Bielawski taught. The files include class outlines, course materials, administrative records, staff meeting minutes, and limited correspondence. There are also two folders from the California College of Arts and Crafts and the Oregon State System of Higher Education.
This series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the educational institution. California Labor School folders are further broken down into document type.
Description Container Select
California College of Arts and Crafts, 1956
1
40
California Labor School
Administrative Records, circa 1946-circa 1960
1
41
Budget and Expenses, 1946
1
42
Class Outlines, 1944-1969
1
43
Course Materials and Reading Lists, circa 1945-circa 1960
1
44
Notes, circa 1946-circa 1960
1
45
Staff Meeting Minutes, 1946
1
46
Summaries of Student Feedback, circa 1946-circa 1960
1
47
Oregon State System of Higher Education, 1947
1
48

Series 4: Exhibition Files , 1948-2012
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

This series includes announcements, correspondence, jewelry inventories, price lists, loan and shipping forms, invoices, and other material for exhibitions at museums and galleries.
The series is arranged chronologically by exhibition date. A few folders related to recurring exhibition series, not dedicated to one specific exhibition, are grouped together in loose chronological arrangement at the end of the series.
Description Container Select
For Modern Living (1949), 1949
1
49
University of Minnesota - Useful Objects (1951), 1950-1963
1
50
Designer-Craftsman U.S.A. (1953), 1953-1955
1
51
American Craftsman (1955), 1953-1956
1
52
American Jewelry and Related Objects (1955), 1955-1958
1
53
California Designed (1955), 1955
1
54
California State Fair and Exposition (1955), 1955-1960
1
55
Ohio Union - Jewelry by Margaret De Patta (1956), 1955-1956
1
56
Brussel's World Fair (1958), 1957-1959
1
57
International Exhibition of Modern Jewellry 1890-1961 (1961), 1961-1963
1
58
Margaret De Patta Memorial Exhibition (1964), 1964-1967
1
59
Masters of Modern Design, 1935-1960 (1990), 1986-1991
1
60
Loom and Lathe: The Art of Kay Sekimachi and Bob Stocksdale (2008), 2007-2012
1
61
California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way" (2011-2012), 2010-2012
1
62
Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta (2012), 2008-2012
1
63
Assorted University Exhibitions, 1948-1966
1
64
Los Angeles County Fair Association Exhibitions, 1951-1957
2
1
Fiber, Clay & Metal Exhibitions, 1952-1963
2
2
Miscellaneous Exhibition Applications and Invitations, 1950-1963
2
3

Series 5: Personal Business Records , 1943-2001
0.9 Linear feet
Box 2

This series consists of financial, legal, and administrative records related to Margaret De Patta's jewelry designs and sales. There are several folders on Designs Contemporary, the jewelry production company created and managed by De Patta and Eugene Bielawski. There are numerous folders tracking sales and inventory of Margaret De Patta jewelry at retailers and stores. Receipts and invoices, inventories, special orders, production bills, and other material related to budget and expenses are also included herein. Information on large gifts, donations, and loans of De Patta jewelry to museums and universities and records relating to the Metal Arts Guild are in this series as well.
Materials in this series are grouped alphabetically by document type.
Description Container Select
21 Laidley Street Property, 1956
2
4
Bielawski vs. Palmer Legal Case, 1949-1951
2
5
Budget and Expenses Notes, 1948
2
6
Business Cards and Contacts, circa 1940-circa 1960
2
7
Designs Contemporary
Billing Ledger, 1951-1963
2
8
Business Name Filing and Business Plan, circa 1956
2
9
Invoices, 1943-1959
2
10
Promotional Letter and Retailers List, 1949-1952
2
11
Stationary, circa 1949-circa 1957
2
12
Donation of Moholy-Nagy Artwork to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1989-1996
2
13
Eugene Bielawski Legal Document, 1966
2
14
Gifts and Loans to the Oakland Museum of California, 1967-2001
2
15
Gifts to the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, 1956-1976
2
16
Invoices and Records, circa 1944-1959
2
17-18
Information on Special Orders, 1957-1964
2
19
Inventory and Price List, circa 1950-circa 1960
2
20
Jewelry Appraisals by Eugene Bielawski, 1963-1991
2
21
Lapidary - Francis Sperison Receipts and Invoices, 1947-1973
2
22
Margaret De Patta Jewelry Brochure, circa 1945-circa 1960
2
23
Metal Arts Guild, 1952-1980
Includes newsletters, by-laws, reports, membership lists, jewelry orders, and correspondence.
2
24
Production Bills, 1946-1947
2
25
Retailers
Amberg-Hirth Gallery, 1943
2
26
Arts and Crafts Design Unit of Tibbals, Crumley, Musson Architects, 1951-1953
2
27
Black, Starr & Gorham, Inc., 1948-1950
2
28
Boyd Britton Associates, 1948-1949
2
29
Cabaniss, 1948
2
30
Cele Peterson Store, 1951-1952
2
31
Contemporary House, 1950
2
32
Crossroads Inc., 1947-1949
2
33
Design Today Incorporated, 1952
2
34
Elm Shop, 1958-1961
2
35
Fifty-50 Gallery, 1989
2
36
Fresno Art Center, 1961
2
37
Georg Jensen Inc., 1960
2
38
The Guild, 1950-1953
2
39
Harry Koepke, 1949-1953
2
40
Hughes Gallery, 1948-1949
2
41
I.F.A. Galleries, 1951
2
42
Leonard Linn Inc., 1949-1953
2
43
Modern Center, 1949
2
44
Nanny's Design Gallery, 1953-1963
2
45
Pacific Shop, 1947-1951
2
46
Ted Herried, 1949-1951
2
47
Treasure Chest, 1950-1951
2
48
Sterling Silver Flatware Design Competition, 1959-1960
2
49
Suppliers - Wildberg Brothers, circa 1950-1961
2
50

Series 6: Printed Material , 1938-1981
0.1 Linear feet
Box 3

This series includes clippings and articles on Margaret De Patta and other subjects, along with a few magazines and periodicals.
Clippings about Margaret De Patta are at the beginning on the series. The rest of the material is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Description Container Select
Articles about Margaret De Patta, 1940-1969
3
1
Architecture, Art, Sculpture, 1948-1959
3
2
Crafts, 1953-1957
3
3
Falkenstein, Claire, 1938
3
4
Modern Jewelry, 1952-1960
3
5
Renk, Merry, 1981
3
6
Miscellaneous Clippings, circa 1962
3
7
Magazines and Catalogs, 1944-1964
3
8

Series 7: Artwork and Sketchbook , circa 1930-circa 1960
0.2 Linear feet
Box 3

This series includes one untitled sketchbook of abstract line drawings, loose "transparencies" drawings, jewelry designs, and flatware designs.
The sketchbook is at the start of the series, followed by drawings and designs in loose chronological order since the bulk of material is undated.
Description Container Select
Sketchbook, circa 1935-circa 1940
3
9
"Transparency" Drawings, circa 1930-circa 1950
3
10
Jewelry Designs, circa 1930-circa 1960
3
11
Jewelry Designs for Custom Orders, circa 1930-circa 1960
3
12
Designs for Flatware, circa 1940-circa 1955
3
13

Series 8: Photographs , circa 1935-1967
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4, OV 5

The bulk of the series consists of black and white photographs of Margaret De Patta's jewelry. There are 4 photographs of Margaret De Patta working on jewelry and a few photographs of other subjects, such as a trip to Japan, and the house on Laidley Street in California which she extensively renovated.
The photographs of Margaret De Patta come first, followed by the rest of the photographs which are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Description Container Select
Margaret De Patta Making Jewelry, circa 1948
3
14
Margaret De Patta Making Jewelry, circa 1960
3
15
Brooches, circa 1935-1964
3
16
Chicago Institute of Design Photographs of Artwork, 1939-1940
3
17
Copper Ashtray, circa 1935
3
18
Earrings, circa 1937-circa 1960
3
19
Flatware, 1936
3
20
Jewelry for "The Production Line" Brochure, circa 1950-circa 1955
Oversized material housed in OV 5.
4
1
Kyoto, Japan Trip, 1960
4
2
Laidley Street House, circa 1939
4
3
Pendants, circa 1940-1967
4
4
Rings, circa 1935-circa 1960
4
5
Oversized Photographs of Jewelry for "The Production Line" Brochure from Box 4, Folder 1, circa 1950-circa 1955
OV 5

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