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Mary Ann Scherr papers, 1941-2013

Mary Ann Scherr papers, 1941-2013

Scherr, Mary Ann, 1931-2016

Designer, Goldsmith, Educator, Jeweler

Collection Information

Size: 4.0 linear feet

Summary: The papers of jeweler and designer Mary Ann Scherr measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1941 to 2007, with the bulk of the material from 1960 to 2000. Scherr's career is documented through scattered biographical material; correspondence with museums, universities, professional entities, and colleagues; writings by her as well as professional and student writings about her; business records documenting projects and connections with institutions and organizations; news clippings, promotional ephemera, catalogs, posters, and other printed materials; and photographs of Scherr and of her artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Ann Scherr (1921-2016) was a jeweler and designer living in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Provenance

The collection was donated by Mary Ann Scherr in 2001, 2005, and 2008 under the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Additional material donated 2016 by Scott Scherr, Mary Ann Scherr's son.

Related Materials

A Finding Aid to the Mary Ann Scherr Papers, 1941-2007, bulk 1960-2000, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Kimberley Henze
Biographical/Historical note
Mary Ann Scherr (1921-) is a jeweler and designer living in Raleigh, North Carolina. Scherr was born in Akron, Ohio, and trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art, The University of Akron, and Kent State University, among others. She has worked in illustration, automotive and toy design, fashion, and metalwork but is most renowned for her functional approach to jewelry design through “body monitors,” high-tech utilitarian ornaments that monitor and react to the conditions of the wearer or the wearer’s surroundings.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 6 series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1948-2005 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1941-2007 (Box 1; 5 folders)
Series 3: Writings, 1979-2005 (Box 1; 2 folders)
Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1947-2004 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1950-2007 (Box 1-2; 1.2 linear feet)
Series 6: Photographs, circa 1960-1999 (Box 2; 0.3 linear feet)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of jeweler and designer Mary Ann Scherr measure 4.0 linear feet and date from 1941 to 2013, with the bulk of the material from 1960 to 2000. Scherr’s career is documented through scattered biographical material; correspondence with museums, universities, professional entities, and colleagues; writings by her as well as professional and student writings about her; business records documenting projects and connections with institutions and organizations; news clippings, promotional ephemera, catalogs, posters, and other printed materials; and photographs of Scherr and of her artwork. An additional 2.0 linear feet donated in 2016 includes biographical material including information about Scherr's children, resumes and awards; personal and professional correspondence; teaching files and material regarding honorary degrees; project files pertaining to Scherr's "Body Monitors" jewelry; financial records including invoices for projects and supplies; photographs of Scherr with her designs, with others, and of works of art; artwork consisting of designs, illustrations, and computer clip art design; and printed material.
Provenance
The collection was donated by Mary Ann Scherr in 2001, 2005, and 2008 under the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Additional material donated 2016 by Scott Scherr, Mary Ann Scherr's son.
Related Archival Materials note
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Mary Ann Scherr conducted by Mary Douglas, April 6-7, 2001.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level, and a finding aid was prepared by Kimberley Henze in 2015. An addition received in 2016 remains unprocessed.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of video recording requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Mary Ann Scherr papers, 1941-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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