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Olive Rush papers, 1879-1967

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into seven series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1886-1966, undated
7 Folders
Box 1

This series contains biographical narratives, bank records, bills and receipts, identification and membership cards, programs, certificates, and other personal printed materials. Many of the biographical narratives were written by Rush herself. Other narratives are by Sylvia Loomis, W. Thetford LeViness, and Gustave Baumann. Personal Documents include identification and membership cards, Rush's 1947 honorary Doctorate degree from Earlham College, and printed invitations to Rush's garden parties. A nineteenth century alphabet picture book is filed here as an artifact. Biographical materials for Ethel Pennewill Brown Leach include undated pen and ink illustrations, biographical narratives, exhibition catalogs, and clippings.
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Narratives, undated, 1920-1966
1
1
Notes on Rush Family Ancestry, undated
1
2
Financial Records, 1905-1962
1
3
Financial Records, 1905-1962
1
4
Personal Documents, undated, undated, 1886-1909
1
5
Artifact, undated
1
6
Ethel Pennewill Brown Leach, 1952-1960, undated
1
7

Series 2: Correspondence , 1889-1964
1.4 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2, 8

Correspondence includes personal and business letters from Rush's family and friends, clients, galleries, and administrators of the Federal Art Project. Subjects include personal matters, Rush's illustrations for magazines and books, private commissions of portraits and murals, the exhibition and sale of her work at galleries and other venues around the country, Rush's Federal Art Project murals in the 1930s, and her artistic association with and promotion of Native American artists. Sales of artwork are often documented in this series with notes from buyers.
Significant correspondents include Lou Henry Hoover (Mrs. Herbert Hoover); fellow Howard Pyle studio student Ethel Pennewill Brown Leach; Chicago artist Laura van Pappelendam; literary critic Marius Bewley; arts educator Dorothy Dunn; Hilla Rebay of the Guggenheim Foundation; curators Mary Cabot Wheelwright and Florence Bennett; writers Haniel Long, Witter Bynner, and May Sarton; and Brooklyn artist Beulah Stevenson. Federal Art Project administrators with correspondence in this series include Edward B. Rowan, J.L. Nusbaum, Edward Bruce, Holger Cahill, and R. Vernon Hunter. A few brief letters from Georgia O'Keeffe are also found.
Among correspondence are original prints sent as greeting cards from artists the Applegate's, C.W. Ashley, Josef Bakos, Gustav Bauman (1927, 1937, 1944), Kathleen Blackshear, Margaret Britton, Ruth M. Hallock, Edward and Jo Hopper, Marguerite and Charles Kassler (1929), Hannah McCord Rhett, Mary Riley, Will Shuster (1927), and Agnes Tait (1937). (Unless otherwise indicated, these cards are filed with undated correspondence.)
Received letters are sometimes annotated with Rush's detailed notes concerning the business at hand. Outgoing drafts of Rush's replies are also occasionally found. Fragments of letters are common.
Correspondence is arranged chronologically, with undated correspondence arranged alphabetically at the end of the series.
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Correspondence, 1889-1892
1
8
Correspondence, 1892-1896
1
9
Correspondence, 1896-1899
1
10
Correspondence, 1900-1905
1
11
Correspondence, 1905-1906
1
12
Correspondence, 1906
1
13
Correspondence, 1907
1
14
Correspondence, 1907
1
15
Correspondence, 1908
1
16
Correspondence, 1908-1909
1
17
Correspondence, 1910-1912
1
18
Correspondence, 1913
1
19
Correspondence, 1914-1917
1
20
Correspondence, 1918-1919
1
21
Correspondence, 1920-1922
1
22
Correspondence, 1923-1924
1
23
Correspondence, 1924-1926
1
24
Correspondence, 1927-1928
1
25
Correspondence, 1928-1929
1
26
Correspondence, 1930
1
27
Correspondence, 1930
1
28
Correspondence, 1931
1
29
Correspondence, 1931
1
30
Correspondence, 1932
1
31
Correspondence, 1933
1
32
Correspondence, 1933
1
33
Correspondence, 1933
1
34
Correspondence, 1934-1935
1
35
Correspondence, 1935-1936
1
36
Correspondence, 1936
1
37
Correspondence, 1936-1937
1
38
Correspondence, 1938
1
39
Correspondence, 1938-1939
1
40
Correspondence, 1939
See also OV 8
1
41
Correspondence, 1940
1
42
Correspondence, 1940
1
43
Correspondence, 1941
1
45
Correspondence, 1941
1
46
Correspondence, 1942
1
47
Correspondence, 1943-1944
1
48
Correspondence, 1945-1946
1
49
Correspondence, 1947-1948
1
50
Correspondence, 1949
1
51
Correspondence, 1950-1951
1
52
Correspondence, 1952-1954
1
53
Correspondence, 1955-1956
1
54
Correspondence, 1957
1
55
Correspondence, 1957
1
56
Correspondence, 1958
1
57
Correspondence, 1959
1
58
Correspondence, 1960
1
59
Correspondence, 1961
1
60
Correspondence, 1961
1
61
Correspondence, 1962
2
1
Correspondence, 1962
2
2
Correspondence, 1963-1964
2
3
Correspondence, undated
A-B
2
4
B
2
5
Bewley, Marius
2
6
C-F
2
7
G-H
2
8
I-L
2
9
Leach, Ethel Pennewill Brown
2
10
M-N
2
11
O-R
2
12
Rush, Olive
2
13
Rush (other than Olive)
2
14
Rush (other than Olive)
2
15
S-V
2
16
W-Y
2
17
First Names Only, A-D
2
18
First Names Only, E-H
2
19
First Names Only, I-L
2
20
First Names Only, M-N
2
21
First Names Only, S-V
2
22
Unsigned
2
23
Unsigned
2
24
Oversized Correspondence
See Box 1, F41
OV 8

Series 3: Writings , 1886-1962, undated
0.6 Linear feet
Box 2

This series contains diaries, notes, transcripts of lectures/talks, and other writings by Olive Rush, mostly about art, aesthetics, and art techniques. Also found are personal writings, creative writing, and writings of others. Rush's early diaries concern her childhood, education, and early career, including her experiences at the Corcoran School in Washington, D.C. and her arrival in New York City, where she studied with Henry Siddons Mowbray and Augustus St. Gaudens. A 1932 diary contains a daily account of her experience creating murals with young Native American artists at the Santa Fe Indian School. Rush's talks and lectures address mostly art-related topics, including art appreciation, modern art, her own art, and Indian art. Essays include a couple of brief, handwritten essays about Indian art.
Notebooks include a book labeled "Analysis" which contains compositional analyses of modern paintings, detailed notes on other art subjects, and sketches. Two other notebooks contain records of her experiments and practices with art materials, particularly frescoes, for which she developed her own techniques suitable to the New Mexican climate. Detailed notes are found concerning Rush's mural project for the Biology Building at the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, a Federal Public Works of Art Project, as well as loose notes on a range of art subjects. Miscellaneous Notes contain contact information and other personal notes.
Other writings are found in Series 1. More details on the Agricultural College mural are found in 1938 correspondence with R. Vernon Hunter, and many sketches for that project are found in Artwork (Series 4).
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Diaries
Fragments, 1907, undated, 1890, 1900
2
25
Bound Volume, 1886
2
26
Bound Volume, 1891
2
27
Bound Volume, 1892
2
28
Bound Volume, 1892-1896
2
29
Indian School, 1932, undated
2
30
Talks and Lectures by Olive Rush, undated, 1947, undated
2
31
Stories, Poetry, Essays of Olive Rush, 1890, undated
2
32
Stories, Poetry, Essays of Olive Rush, undated
2
33
Notebooks
"Analysis,", circa 1934-1935
(contains sketches)
2
34
Fresco Experiments, 1920
2
35
"Technical Art Notes,", circa 1920s
2
36
Miscellaneous Notes, undated
2
37
Notes for Mural in Biology Building, New Mexico Agricultural College, circa 1935
2
38
Notes on Art Subjects, undated, 1924-1958
2
39
Notes on Art Subjects, undated, 1924-1958
2
40
Notes on Art Subjects, undated, 1924-1958
2
41
Notes on Art Subjects, undated, 1924-1958
2
42
Miscellaneous Notes, undated, 1919-1953
2
43
Miscellaneous Notes, undated, 1919-1953
2
44
Miscellaneous Notes, undated, 1919-1953
2
45
Miscellaneous Notes, undated, 1919-1953
2
46
Miscellaneous Notes, undated, 1919-1953
2
47
Miscellaneous Notes, undated, 1919-1953
2
48
Writings of Others, undated, 1919-1921
(Lectures on Dynamic Symmetry by Jay Hambidge, pamphlet on lithography by Lawrence Barrett, miscellaneous quotations, prayers, and poems)
2
49
Writings of Others, undated, 1919-1921
2
50
Writings of Others, undated, 1919-1921
2
51

Series 4: Records of Artwork , 1904-1956, undated
8 Folders
Box 3

This series contains business records related to artwork by Olive Rush and Native American artists Rush worked with and helped to promote.
Records of Artwork by Olive Rush make up the bulk of this series, including notebooks that record individual titles of works, prices, and sometimes sale and exhibition information; bills and receipts for supplies, framing, and other work expenses; and lists of inventories, submissions, and prices. Scattered receipts of painting sales are filed with price lists. Additional sales information can be found in Correspondence.
Records of Artwork by Native American Artists include lists of artists' names and works, price lists, and records of exhibitions.
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Records of Artwork by Olive Rush
Record Books (1918-1920), undated
3
1
Record Books (1919-1951), undated
3
2
Bills and Receipts, 1904-1924, 1940-1941
3
3
Lists, Prices, Submissions, 1913-1933
3
4
Lists, Prices, Submissions, 1935-1954
3
5
Lists, Prices, Submissions, undated
3
6
Lists, Prices, Submissions, undated
3
7
Records of Artwork by Native American Artists, 1933-1956, undated
3
8

Series 5: Artwork , 1896-1957, undated
1 Linear foot
Boxes 3-4, 7, OV 8-12

This series contains loose sketches and drawings, sketchbooks, woodcuts, and lithographs by Olive Rush, along with a few artworks created by others.
Sketches and Drawings are grouped by subject matter, with those representing Rush's murals and frescoes filed separately. There is some crossover among the subject categories, and sketches and drawings made for murals in particular are likely to be found in other categories. Although most sketches are unidentified, murals and frescoes known to be represented here include Rush's Federal Art Project murals at the Santa Fe Public Library, the New Mexico College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts, and the Pawhuska, Oklahoma Post Office. Also represented are privately commissioned works, including murals and frescoes created for the La Fonda Hotel of Santa Fe, the Sandia School in Albuquerque, and the homes of Florence Barrett, Cyrus McCormick, and Mary Wheelwright, among others. Photographs of many of Rush's murals and frescoes are found in Series 7.
Among the other sketches and drawings are scenes of Native American reservation life, scenes from home and travel destinations, studies for Rush's illustrations, portraits, and other paintings, and abstract, non-objective drawings. Sketches and Drawings are mostly executed in pencil, but are also found in colored pencil, charcoal, watercolor, pen and ink, crayon, and oil.
Sketchbooks contain a similar range of subjects and media, with sketches sometimes accompanied by notes and information about location and date of execution. Artwork by Others includes works by Charles Barrows, Edgar Miller, Dorothy Stewart, Mootzka, Will Shuster, and Ethel Pennewill Brown Leach. See Correspondence for prints received by Rush as greeting cards. Additional drawings by Ethel P.B. Leach are found in Biographical Materials.
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Sketches and Drawings
Murals and Frescoes, circa 1919-1938, undated
3
9
Murals and Frescoes, circa 1919-1938, undated
see also OV 8 and 12
3
10
Murals and Frescoes, circa 1919-1938, undated
3
11
Murals and Frescoes, circa 1919-1938, undated
3
12
Murals and Frescoes, circa 1919-1938, undated
3
13
Murals and Frescoes, circa 1919-1938, undated
3
14
Murals and Frescoes, circa 1919-1938, undated
3
15
Murals and Frescoes, circa 1919-1938, undated
3
16
Landscapes, 1897-1948, undated
see also OV 9
3
17
Landscapes, 1897-1948, undated
3
18
Landscapes, 1897-1948, undated
3
19
Landscapes, 1897-1948, undated
3
20
Landscapes, 1897-1948, undated
3
21
Landscapes, 1897-1948, undated
3
22
Landscapes, 1897-1948, undated
3
23
Landscapes, 1897-1948, undated
3
24
Landscapes, 1897-1948, undated
3
25
Figures, 1912-1957, undated
see also OV 10 and 12
3
26
Figures, 1912-1957, undated
3
27
Figures, 1912-1957, undated
3
28
Figures, 1912-1957, undated
3
29
Figures, 1912-1957, undated
3
30
Figures, 1912-1957, undated
3
31
Figures, 1912-1957, undated
3
32
Figures, 1912-1957, undated
3
33
Figures, 1912-1957, undated
3
34
Figures, 1912-1957, undated
3
35
Figures, 1912-1957, undated
3
36
Animals, 1896-1951, undated
see also OV 11
3
37
Animals, 1896-1951, undated
3
38
Animals, 1896-1951, undated
3
39
Animals, 1896-1951, undated
3
40
Animals, 1896-1951, undated
3
41
Animals, 1896-1951, undated
3
42
Animals, 1896-1951, undated
3
43
Flora, undated
see also OV 11
3
44
Flora, undated
3
45
Abstract, undated
3
46
Abstract, undated
3
47
Sketches of Native American Art, undated
3
48
Miscellaneous Subjects, 1883, undated
3
49
Sketchbooks, 1912-1930
3
50
Sketchbooks, 1912-1930
3
51
Sketchbooks, 1912-1930
3
52
Sketchbooks, 1912-1930
3
53
Sketchbooks, 1912-1930
3
54
Sketchbooks, 1912-1930
3
55
Sketchbooks, 1912-1930
3
56
Sketchbooks, 1931-1948, undated
4
1
Sketchbooks, 1931-1948
4
2
Sketchbooks, 1931-1948
4
3
Sketchbooks, 1931-1948
4
4
Sketchbooks, 1931-1948
4
5
Sketchbooks, 1931-1948
4
6
Sketchbooks, 1931-1948
see also Box 7
4
7
Woodcuts and Lithographs, 1926, undated
4
8
Woodcuts and Lithographs (Duplicates), 1926, undated
4
9
Artwork by Others, 1927, undated
see also OV 11
4
10
Children's Drawings, undated
4
11
Oversized Sketchbook
See Box 4, F7
7
Oversized Sketches for Murals and Frescoes
See Box 3, F10
OV 8
Oversized Sketches of Landscapes
See Box 3, F17
OV 9
Oversized Sketches of Figures
See Box 3, F26
OV 10
Oversized Sketches of Animals
See Box 3, F37
OV 11
Oversized Sketches of Flora
See Box 3, F44
OV 11
Oversized Artwork by Others
See Box 4, F10
OV 11
Large Oversized Sketches for Murals and Frescoes
See Box 3, F10
OV 12
Large Oversized Sketches of Figures
See Box 3, F26
OV 12

Series 6: Printed Materials , undated, 1879-1967
1.6 Linear feet
Boxes 4-5, 7, OV 13

This series contains exhibition catalogs; newspaper and magazine clippings; reproductions of Rush's illustrations, paintings, and murals; periodicals; postcards; programs from the theater and other cultural events; pamphlets; and other printed miscellany. Exhibition catalogs, making up the bulk of this series, are for Rush's solo and group exhibitions throughout her career, and for other artists as well. A poster designed by Rush for the Plastic Club (founded 1897), a club for female artists in Philadelphia, is filed here.
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1891-1911
4
12
Exhibition Catalogs, 1912-1913
4
13
Exhibition Catalogs, 1914-1915
4
14
Exhibition Catalogs, 1916-1917
4
15
Exhibition Catalogs, 1918-1919
4
16
Exhibition Catalogs, 1920-1921
4
17
Exhibition Catalogs, 1922-1923
4
18
Exhibition Catalogs, 1924
4
19
Exhibition Catalogs, 1926
4
20
Exhibition Catalogs, 1927-1928
4
21
Exhibition Catalogs, 1928
4
22
Exhibition Catalogs, 1929
4
23
Exhibition Catalogs, 1931
4
24
Exhibition Catalogs, 1932-1934
4
25
Exhibition Catalogs, 1935-1937
4
26
Exhibition Catalogs, 1938
4
27
Exhibition Catalogs, 1938
4
28
Exhibition Catalogs, 1939-1940
4
29
Exhibition Catalogs, 1941-1943
4
30
Exhibition Catalogs, 1944-1947
4
31
Exhibition Catalogs, 1948-1950
4
32
Exhibition Catalogs, 1951-1954
4
33
Exhibition Catalogs, 1955-1956
5
1
Exhibition Catalogs, 1957
5
2
Exhibition Catalogs, 1958-1963
5
3
Exhibition Catalogs, undated
5
4
Exhibition Catalogs, undated
5
5
Clippings
General, 1879-1919
5
6
General, 1920-1925
5
7
General, 1926-1927
5
8
General, 1928-1929
5
9
General, 1930-1934
5
10
General, 1935-1939
5
11
General, 1940-1949
5
12
General, 1950-1956
5
13
General, 1957-1959
5
14
General, 1960-1967
5
15
General, undated
5
16
General, undated
5
17
Howard Pyle, undated
5
18
Images, undated
See also Box 7
5
19
Native American Subjects, undated, 1913-1932
See also Box 7
5
20
Rush Family, 1938-1958, 1905-1910, undated
5
21
Poster for Plastic Club Exhibition by Olive Rush, circa 1900-1904
see OV 13
5
22
Reproductions of Rush Artwork, 1901-1917, undated
See also Box 7 and OV 13
5
23
Reproductions of Rush Artwork, 1901-1917, undated
5
24
Reproductions of Rush Artwork, 1901-1917, undated
5
25
Reproductions of Rush Artwork (Duplicates), 1901-1917, undated
5
26
Other Art Reproductions and Postcards, undated
5
27-28
Periodicals
Olive Rush Articles, 1911-1912, 1926-1932
5
29
Olive Rush Articles, 1935-1939
5
30
Olive Rush Articles, 1940-1960
5
31
Native American Subjects, 1932-1958
5
32
Playboy: a Portfolio of Art and Satire, 1919, undated
5
33
Miscellaneous Periodicals, 1931-1966, undated
5
34
Programs for Cultural Events, 1896-1941, undated
5
35
Pamphlets, 1896-1962, undated
5
36
Pamphlets, 1896-1962, undated
5
37
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1908-1962, undated
5
38
Oversized Clippings, Images
See Box 5, F19
7
Oversized Clippings, Native American Subjects
See Box 5, F20
7
Oversized Reproductions of Rush Artwork
See Box 5, F23
7
Oversized Poster for Plastic Club Exhibition
See Box 5, F22
13 (OV)
Oversized Reproductions of Rush Artwork
See Box 5, F23
13 (OV)

Series 7: Photographs , circa 1890-1966
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 6-7

Photographs in this series depict Olive Rush, her schools, classmates, friends, colleagues, homes, and artwork. Class pictures include a group photograph from the Corcoran School of Art circa 1890, and from the John Herron Art Institute from 1920. Photographs from Rush's Delaware years depict the residents of "Tusculum," a boarding house used by female artists who attended Howard Pyle's studio lectures and criticisms, and the interior of the Howard Pyle studio, where Rush lived with Ethel Pennewill Brown (later Leach) during Pyle's absence in 1911.
The bulk of photographs of artwork depict Rush's murals in the Midwest and Southwest, some in private residences and businesses, and others created for the Federal Art Project in public facilities. A series of photographs also depict Rush working with local Navajo, Taos, and Apache artists on frescoes at Maisel's Indian Trading Post in Albuquerque
Dates given in parentheses are execution dates of artwork and should not be confused with record dates. Apart from installation views, murals, and frescoes, photographs of artwork have not been digitized.
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Portrait of Olive Rush, undated
6
1
Portrait of Olive Rush (Duplicate Print, Copy Print), undated
6
2
Olive Rush with Paintings, circa 1940-1960
6
3
Olive Rush Studio and Garden, Santa Fe, undated, 1966
6
4
Class Pictures, Corcoran School of Art and John Herron Art Institute, 1920, circa 1890-1892
6
5
Class Picture, Corcoran School of Art and John Herron Art Institute (Copy), undated
6
6
Delaware, "Tusculum," Howard Pyle Studio, circa 1904-1912
(Olive Rush, Ethel Pennewill Brown, Blanche C. Grant, Harriet Roosevelt Richards, and others unidentified)
6
7
Delaware, "Tusculum," Howard Pyle Studio, circa 1904-1912
(Olive Rush, Ethel Pennewill Brown, Blanche C. Grant, Harriet Roosevelt Richards, and others unidentified)
6
8
Delaware, "Tusculum," Howard Pyle Studio (Duplicates), circa 1904-1912
(Olive Rush, Ethel Pennewill Brown, Blanche C. Grant, Harriet Roosevelt Richards, and others unidentified)
6
9
Miscellaneous Early Life, circa 1900-1910
6
10
Miscellaneous People, undated, 1904-1946
(Beulah Stevenson and Ethel Pennewill Leach, others unidentified)
6
11
Miscellaneous Southwestern Scenes, circa 1920-1960
6
12
Miscellaneous Landscapes and Seascapes, undated, 1940
6
13
Rush and Native American Artists Painting Frescoes at Maisel's Indian Trading Post, Albuquerque, NM;, 1939
(Rush, Harrison Begay, Awa-Tsireh, Pop Chalee; artwork of Pablita Valerde, Ha-So-De (Narciso Abeyta) and Wilson Dewey shown)
6
14
Photographs of Artwork
Installation Views, Wall Panels in Private Home, undated
6
15
Installation Views, Wall Panels in Private Home (Copies), undated
6
16
Altar Painting, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Wilmington, DE (1907), undated
6
17
Panels, Nathaniel Hawthorne School, Indianapolis, IN (1919), undated
See also Box 7
6
18
Frescoes, La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM (1929), undated
6
19
Frescoes, La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM (1929) (Copies), undated
6
20
Mural, Santa Fe Public Library (1934), undated
6
21
Mural, Santa Fe Public Library (1934) (Copies), undated
6
22
Frescoes in Home of Florence Bartlett, 1934
6
23
Frescoes in Home of Florence Bartlett (Copies), 1934
6
24
Mural, Biology Building of New Mexico Agricultural College (1935), undated
6
25
Mural "Osages," Pawhuska, Oklahoma Post Office (1938), undated
6
26
Mural "Osages," Pawhuska, Oklahoma Post Office (1938) (Copies), undated
6
27
Mural "Antelopes," Florence, Colorado Post Office (1939), undated
6
28
Mural "Antelopes," Florence, Colorado Post Office (1939), undated
6
29
Murals and Frescoes in Private Homes, 1934-1951, undated
6
30
Murals and Frescoes in Private Homes (Duplicates), 1934-1951, undated
6
31
Portraits, undated
6
32-33
Oils, undated
6
34-35
Watercolors, undated
6
36-37
Miscellaneous Artwork, undated
6
38
Artwork by Others, undated, 1925
6
39
Photographic Postcards, undated
6
40
Oversized Photographs of Artwork
See Box 6, F18 and F38
7

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