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Robert Ebendorf papers, 1920-2015, bulk 1960-2010

Robert Ebendorf papers, 1920-2015, bulk 1960-2010

Ebendorf, Robert, 1938-

Jeweler, Metal-worker

Collection Information

Size: 4.8 linear feet

Summary: The papers of metalsmith and jeweler Robert Ebendorf measure 4.8 linear feet and date from 1920 to 2015, with the bulk of the material from 1960 to 2010. The papers document Ebendorf's career through scattered biographical material; business correspondence with galleries, universities, and professional groups as well as personal correspondence with friends and family, including a large collection of mail art; artist statements, teaching philosophies, and reflections by Ebendorf as well as writings by others; application materials for the artist's position as Belk Chair at East Carolina University, student fellowship applications, and other teaching files; inventories, invoices, and publicity material, including several folders of notes and materials for retrospectives; exhibition catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material; sketches, cut paper, and collage work loose and in sketchbooks; and photographic materials of the artist, friends, family, and artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Ebendorf (1938- ) is a metalsmith, jeweler and educator in Greenville, North Carolina.

Provenance

Donated 2015 by Robert Ebendorf.

A Finding Aid to the Robert Ebendorf Papers, 1920-2015, bulk 1960-2010, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Kimberley Henze
Scope and Contents note
The papers of metalsmith and jeweler Robert Ebendorf measure 4.8 linear feet and date from 1920 to 2015, with the bulk of the material from 1960 to 2010. The papers document Ebendorf’s career through scattered biographical material; business correspondence with galleries, universities, and professional groups as well as personal correspondence with friends and family, including a large collection of mail art; artist statements, teaching philosophies, and reflections by Ebendorf as well as writings by others; application materials for the artist’s position as Belk Chair at East Carolina University, student fellowship applications, and other teaching files; inventories, invoices, and publicity material, including several folders of notes and materials for retrospectives; exhibition catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material; sketches, cut paper, and collage work loose and in sketchbooks; and photographic materials of the artist, friends, family, and artwork.
Biographical/Historical note
Robert Ebendorf (1938-) is a metalsmith and jeweler in Greenville, North Carolina. Ebendorf was born in Topeka, Kansas, and earned a BFA in 1958 and an MFA in 1963 from the University of Kansas. Upon receiving a Fulbright grant, he studied in Norway at the School for Applied Arts and Crafts in 1963 and returned to work at Norway Silver Designs in Fredikstad on a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant from 1965 to 1966.
A founding member and once president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Ebendorf has been deeply committed to forwarding the metals field as an innovator, organizer, and teacher. The artist is known for his original combinations of precious and non-precious materials alongside found objects and has held teaching positions at Stetson University, the State University of New York at New Paltz, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and East Carolina University.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as nine series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1920-2014 (Boxes 1, 6; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1965-2015 (Boxes 1-2; 1.1 linear feet)
Series 3: Writings, circa 1945-2014 (Box 2; 4 folders)
Series 4: Teaching Files, 1974-2012 (Box 2; 5 folders)
Series 5: Personal Business Records, circa 1963-2006 (Box 2; 0.4 linear feet)
Series 6: Printed Material, 1949-2015 (Boxes 2-3, 6; 0.7 linear feet)
Series 7: Artwork, circa 1940-1987 (Boxes 3, 6; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 8: Sketchbooks, circa 1963-1968 (Boxes 3, 6; 5 folders)
Series 9: Photographs, circa 1920-2012 (Boxes 3-7; 1.9 linear feet)
Provenance
Donated 2015 by Robert Ebendorf.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level, and a finding aid was prepared by Kimberley Henze in 2015.

Restrictions on Access

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How to Cite This Collection

Robert Ebendorf papers, 1920-2015, bulk 1960-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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