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Martin H. Bush papers, 1948-2012, bulk 1970-2008

Martin H. Bush papers, 1948-2012, bulk 1970-2008

Bush, Martin H., 1932-

Consultant, Art historian, Educator, Dealer

Collection Information

Size: 4.1 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Martin H. Bush measure 4.1 linear feet and date from 1948-2012, with the bulk of the material dating from 1970-2008. The collection documents Bush's career as an art historian, educator, consultant, and gallery dealer through biographical material, correspondence, interviews, subject files, a scrapbook, and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Martin H. Bush (1932-) is an art historian, educator, consultant, and gallery dealer. Bush was vice president of Academic Resources, Wichita State University, and founder of the University's Ulrich Museum. Bush also served as president of the ACA galleries, N.Y.

Provenance

Donated 2013 by Martin H. Bush. One additional VHS video donated 2016 by Lisa Bush Hankin, Martin Bush's daughter.

A Finding Aid to the Martin H. Bush Papers, 1948-2012, bulk 1970- 2008, in the Archives of American Art
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Author
Finding aid prepared by Joy Goodwin
Biographical/Historical note
Martin H. Bush (1932-) is an art historian, educator, consultant, and gallery director.
Bush received a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany in 1958. From 1963-1965, he taught at Syracuse University, where he earned his Ph.D in History in 1966. Bush also served as the University's Assistant Dean for Academic Resources from 1965-1970. During this time, Martin H. Bush was also a consultant to the New York State Education Department.
From 1970-1974, Martin H. Bush was the Vice President of Academic Resource Development at Wichita State University, a position created for him by the University's President, Clark Ahlberg. In this post, Bush established a special collections department at Ablah Library and the Ulrich Museum of Art. Bush was also a consultant to several major corporations in Wichita, including Fourth Financial Corporation, Range Oil Company, and American Diversified Real Estate. In 1974, in recognition of Bush's contribution to the museum, the University opened the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection. Bush has been involved in the acquisition of major pieces of outdoor sculpture from such well-known artists as Chaim Gross, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Juan Miró, Louise Nevelson, and George Rickey. In 1989, Bush moved to New York City, where he continued his work as an art consultant. From 1992-1993, he was President of the ACA Gallery.
Martin H. Bush has published many books and articles on artists as well as contributed essays for exhibition catalogs. In the 1970s-1980s, Bush interviewed major artists for public television and radio programs in Wichita, among them Benny Andrews, Isabel Bishop, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Theodoros Stamos. Martin H. Bush's honors and awards include the George S. Patton Medal by the government of Luxembourg for his essay, "Ben Shahn: The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti," 1969; "Outstanding Educator" by the Kansas Art Education Association, 1979; and the Wichita Arts Council Award, 1984.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 6 series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1956-2008 (Box1, OV 5; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1984-2012 (Box 1; 0.8 linear ft.)
Series 3: Interviews, circa 1970-1994 (Boxes 1-2; 1 linear ft.)
Series 4: Subject Files, 1963-2012 (Boxes 2-4; 2 linear ft.)
Series 5: Scrapbook, 1971-2000 (Box 4; 1 folder)
Series 6: Printed Material, 1948, 1964-circa 2000 (Box 4, 0.25 linear ft.)
Series 7: Unprocessed addition, 1988 (Box 4)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of Martin H. Bush measure 4.1 linear feet and date from 1948-2012, with the bulk of the material dating from 1970-2008. The collection documents Bush's career as an art historian, educator, consultant, and gallery director through biographical material, correspondence, interviews, subject files, a scrapbook, and printed material. There is an unprocessed addition to this collection that includes one VHS tape, "American Art Forum: Martin Bush, October 27, 1988."
Biographical material includes curriculum vitae, a certificate of discharge from the United States Army Reserve, and a lifetime membership certificate from the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art. Most of the correspondence is personal in nature and consists of letters between Bush and his colleagues at Wichita State University and the Ulrich Museum of Art, friends, and family members. Martin H. Bush's interviews on videocassette with artists and other figures in the art world include Benny Andrews, Duane Hanson, Ivan Karp, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, and Arnold Newman.
Subject files primarily document Martin H. Bush's activities as an art dealer and consultant and contain auction house sales and files on individual artists, including Richard Pousette-Dart, Robert Goodnough, Ernest Trova, and Isaac Witkin. Source files include illustrated letters by John Von Wicht and a folder on Samuel Beckett's correspondence with Bush that includes three holograph letters and one typescript letter from Beckett. A small amount of material references Bush's tenure as director of the ACA Gallery. Photographic materials are also included.
A scrapbook contains news clippings and excerpts of newsletters covering Bush's career at Wichita State University. Printed material includes books, an educational brochure, exhibition catalogs, and a memorial booklet.
Provenance
Donated 2013 by Martin H. Bush. One additional VHS video donated 2016 by Lisa Bush Hankin, Martin Bush's daughter.
Processing Information note
This collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared in 2014 by Joy Goodwin.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Martin H. Bush papers, 1948-2012, bulk 1970-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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