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Marion Sanford and Cornelia Chapin papers, 1929-1988

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1930-1988
0.8 Linear Feet
Box 1, 6, 8

Biographical material consists of scattered items documenting the careers of Marion Sanford and Cornelia Chapin. Material about Marion Sanford includes copyright documents for two sculptures, a certificate of membership in the Allied Artists of America, Inc., and a Who's Who biography, as well as an index card file of her sculptures, providing title, date, physical details, awards, and exhibition dates. There is one file of Sanford's correspondence that discusses the sale of her artwork, commissions, and awards received for her works, as well as the handling of Cornelia Chapin's estate.
Material about Cornelia Chapin includes certificates for her membership in the National Aeronautic Association of USA and the Allied Artists of America, Inc., a resume, and obituary. Also found is her written description of the sculpting process for her work "Sandstone Frog," as well as writings by others, including two articles by Dorothy Herzog, and an essay by Chapin's teacher, Mateo Hernandez, putting her work in the context of the history of sculpture. One file of Chapin's correspondence includes letters regarding her participation in Artists for Victory and the National Academy of Design, and discusses her commissioned bear cub sculpture for the National Zoo.
This series also consists of a sound recording and motion picture films of Cornelia Chapin. Included is a lacquer sound disc of an interview with Chapin by Mrs. Putnam for WCFM Radio, Washington, DC, on December 9, 1952. The interview, entitled "Introducing the New Bear Cub," discusses the dedication of Chapin's sculpture, Bear Cub, at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. There are also nine film reels containing home movies of Cornelia Chapin. One movie contains intertitles and is introduced as "Hilltop Happenings: Harpursville Summer 1932", showing Cornelia with unidentified friends or family doing daily chores as well as working on a sculpture of a female figure in her studio. Some of the movies were filmed between 1934 and 1936 while she was working in Paris, and show several scenes of her and her teacher Mateo Hernandez at their studio demonstrating their direct carving method. There is also a large amount of footage of Chapin and Hernandez with friends at the zoo in Paris, and Chapin sketching horses at a racing event.
Items are arranged chronologically within each folder.
This series has been scanned in its entirety. The sound recording and film have been digitized for research access.
Description Container
Biographical Material on Marion Sanford, 1937-circa 1940s
1
1
Marion Sanford Correspondence, 1939-1988
1
2
Card File of Works by Marion Sanford, circa 1935-1949
1
3
Biographical Material on Cornelia Chapin, 1930-1972
1
4
Cornelia Chapin Correspondence, 1938-1952
1
5
Cornelia Chapin, Written Description of Sculpting Process, 1937
1
6
Writings about Cornelia Chapin, 1939-1940s
1
7
Interview of Cornelia Chapin, "Introducing the New Bear Cub", 1952
1 sound cassette
Duplicate
1 sound discs (lacquer)
Original
6
Home Movies of Cornelia Chapin
8
"Hilltop Happenings, Harpersville, Summer 1932", 1932
1 film reel
Internegative
16 mm
1 film reel
Answer print
16 mm
8
Home Movies of Studio and Zoo, France, 1934-1936
6 film reels
Internegative
16 mm
6 film reels
Answer prints
16 mm
8
Horse Show, 1936
2 film reels
Internegatives
16 mm
2 film reels
Answer prints
16 mm
8

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