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Ruth Bowman papers, 1936-2006, bulk 1963-1999

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Series 4: Subject Files , 1936-2006
9.6 Linear feet
Boxes 3-13, 26

Subject files reflect Bowman's professional interests, memberships, and activities. They contain varying combinations of correspondence, printed material, photographs, writings, and some audiovisual material. Among the most thoroughly documented subjects are: The Brooklyn Museum's Trustees Retreat, Canadian Museums Association, a 1981 Craft Symposium, International Network for the Arts, Long Beach Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum Directors' Forum, New York University Art Collection, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Council for the Arts at MIT. Almost all items dated prior to 1962 and after 1999 are printed material.
General subjects are those files measuring less than 0.5 linear feet.; included are 38 sound cassettes and 6 videocassettes (2 VHS, 4 U-Matic). Artists' files are comprised mainly of printed material with a small amount of correspondence and some photographs. The Les Levine file consists of the first issue of Art-Rite that featured on its cover "Found Object," a brief article by Levine. Also of note is Thomas Wilfred's file with information about Lumia, including material prepared by the Art Institute of Light, West Nyack, New York. The largest file, David Smith, contains mostly photocopied archival materials. Ruth Bowman's many professional activities are documented by a variety of printed materials. "Sunrise Semester," the first collaboration between network television (CBS) and a university (New York University), from 1957-1983 offered early morning televised courses for college credit. Ruth Bowman was the instructor for "Twentieth Century American Art," broadcast September 1972-January 1973. Scripts consist of slide lists for each class; recordings of all 46 classes are included (46 sound tape reels).
General subjects and artists' files are alphabetized by folder rtitle. Ruth Bowman activities are filed chronologically. Sunrise Semester files are alphabetized by folder title, followed by recordings of classes, arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
General Subjects, circa 1950s-1997
Acoustiguide, 1980-1984, undated, 1965
includes 6 sound cassettes
3
20-21
Alliance of California Arts Councils, 1975
3
22
American Abstract Artists, 1966-1985
3
23
American Association of Museums Annual Conference, 1984
3
24
American Association of Museums Commission on Museums for a New Century, 1981
3
25
American Association of Museums Trustees Committee Meetings, 1976-1981
3
26
American Association of Museums Trustees Conferences, 1980-1981
3
27
American Council for the Arts, 1978-1987
3
28
American Federation of Arts, 1969-1983
3
29
Annenberg Fine Arts Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1976-1977
3
30
Archives of American Art California Oral History Project, 1973-1989
3
31
Archives of American Art Los Angeles Center, 1984-1985
3
32
Archives of American Art Newsletters and Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1972-1987
3
33
Art Museum Association of America, 1985-circa 1990
3
34
ARTnews World Art Market Conference, 1983
4
1
Art Purchases, 1967-1991
4
2
Art Table, Inc., 1987-1990
Includes 2 sound cassettes
4
3
Arts for Communities Conference, 1974
4
4
Association of Historians of American Art, 1979-1982
4
5
Bank Street College of Education, circa 1970s
4
6
The Barnes Foundation, circa 1950s-circa 1980s
4
7
"Beyond the Object: Planning the Appropriate Use of Non-print Media in Exhibitions", 1986
4
8
"Bits and Bytes," Canadian Public Television, circa 1983
3 Sound cassettes
4
9
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1987
includes 5 sound cassettes
4
10
The Brooklyn Museum Trustees Retreat, 1986
4
11-12
California Confederation of the Arts, 1981-1985
4
13
Canadian Museums Association, circa 1960s-1985
4
14-16
Children's Museums, 1975-1986
4
17
"The Collecting of Prints: A Course in Print Connoisseurship", 1973
4
18
College Art Association, 1985-1986, 1969
4
19
"Coming to Our Senses," A Progress Report of the Arts, Education and Americans, Inc., 1978
4
20
Conferences and Seminars, 1970-1976
4
21
Conservation of Basketry and Textiles, circa 1963-circa 1975
4
22
Craft Symposium, 1981
10 Sound cassettes
4
23-24
Davis, Douglas, 1974-1984
4
25
Design, 1964-1985
4
26
Development of College and University Art Collections, 1969-1974
4
27
Development of Museum Programs, 1975
4
28
Virginia Dickensen, 1984-1985
4
29
"Drawing as a Language," Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981
4
30
"Extended Uses for Television and Radio Productions," Diane Eisenberg, Director, 1982-1983
4
31
Diane Ferris Gallery, 1983-1986
4
32
Films, 1975-1984
4
33
Finch College Museum of Art, 1974-1976
4
34
Gallery Passport Ltd. Tours, 1961-1968
4
35
J. Paul Getty Trust Database and Correspondence, 1980-1984
4
36
Gorky Murals at Newark Airport and photocopy of "My Murals for the Newark Airport: An Interpretation" (1936), 1976-1979
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 1
5
1
"Great Art Collections", 1969-1971
includes 3 sound tape reels
5
2
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1970-1971
5
3
Hamilton, Fowler, 1979-1983
5
4
Hauser, Rick, 1981
5
5
Helpful Hints for Art Collections, 1971, 1963
5
6
Hunter College, 1974
5
7
Inocencio, David, circa 1980-1985
5
8
Institute for the Study of Art in Education, 1964-1970
5
9
Institute in Arts Administration, Harvard University, 1975
5
10
Institute of Fine Arts, 1970-1985
5
11
Institute of International Education, 1970
5
12
Institute of Museum Services, 1980
5
13
Institute of the Federal Theatre Project and New Deal Culture, George Mason University, 1979-1985
5
14
International Association of Art Critics, 1978-1985
5
15
International Network for the Arts, 1976-1984
5
16-18
Izen, Marhsall, 1984
5
19
The Jewish Museum, 1960-1980
5
20
KUSC General Information, 1980-1985
5
21
KUSC "Live from Trump's", 1985
5
22
KUSC "Sounds of Seeing"
Current Programs, Messages, Mail Follow-up, 1981-1982
5
23
General Information, 1980-1985
5
24
Letters from Interviewees and Listeners, 1983-1984
5
25
NEA Grant Request, 1981
5
26
Program Research, 1980-1985
5
27
Program Research, Benjamin Franklin Armonica, 1980
5
28
Scripts, 1979-1985
5
29-30
Working Files, 1981-1982
5
31
Lectures, 1966-1970
5
32
Long Beach Museum of Art, 1971-1972
includes 1 videocassette: VHS
5
33-34
Los Angeles City Interview Board, 1969-1975
5
35
Los Angeles City Junior Arts Center, 1974, 1985
5
36
Los Angeles City Municipal Art Gallery, 1980
5
37
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Docent Handbook, 1973-1975
5
38
Education Committee, 1974-1975
5
39
Education Department, 1975-1980
6
1
Film, 1974-1975
includes 1 sound cassette
6
2
Focus Program, 1974-1975
6
3
Joint Education Project, 1975
6
4
Minutes and Memos, 1974
6
5
Museum Education Program Study by Dr. Eva Schindler-Rainman, 1974
6
6
Museum Services Council Questionnaire on American Narrative Painting, 1974
6
7
Personnel, 1973-1974
6
8
Registrar, 1974-1976
6
9
Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, 1977-1982
6
10
Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting, 1977-1981
6
11
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Council for the Arts at M.I.T., 1972-1987
6
12-18
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sky Art Conference, 1986-1987
6
19
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970s-1980s
6
20-21
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Television, 1952-1976
6
22
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, 1986
6
23
The Missosuri State Council on the Arts, 1975
6
24
"Museum and Other Art Careers," New School for Social Research and Bryn Mawr College, 1973-1984
includes 1 U-Matic videocassette and 1 sound cassette
6
25-26
Museum Computer Conference, 1970
6
27
"Museum Directors' Forum"
General Information, 1967-1969
7
1
Eliot James - Wadsworth Atheneum, 1968 October 23
1 Sound tape reel
7
2
Thomas Hoving - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1968 November 13
1 Sound tape reel
7
3
Lowry, Bates - The Museum of Modern Art, 1968 October 30
1 Sound tape reel
7
4
Messer, Thomas - Guggenheim Museum, 1968 October 16
1 Sound tape reel
7
5
Rathbone, Perry T. - Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1968 November 6
1 Sound tape reel
7
6
The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, 1980-1987
7
7-10
The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Architecture and Design Support Committee, 1982-1986
7
11
The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles,"The Territory of Art" Radio Series, 1983-1984
includes 8 sound cassettes
7
12-14
The Museum of Modern Art, 1968-1986
7
15-16
The Museum of Primitive Art, 1969-1970s
7
17
Museum Services Bill Congressional Testimony, 1974
7
18
Museum Studies Programs and Courses, 1965-1985
7
19-20
Museum Training, circa 1967-1975
7
21
The Museum Trustee Committee for Research and Development, Inc., 1988
7
22
Museums and Television, 1976-1979
7
23
National Association of Educational Broadcasters 52nd Annual Convention, 1976
7
24
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Review Panel, 1979-1983
7
25
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1983-1984
7
26
National Science Foundation Grant Reviews, 1979-1980
7
27
Nativity in Art, circa 1942-circa 1950s
7
28
"New Directions for the Teaching of Art History," New York State Council on the Arts Conference, 1970
7
29
"New Museums/New Audiences", 1985
7
30
New School for Social Research Conference, 1972-1973
8
1
New York City Cultural Council, 1971-1973
8
2
New York City Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Adminstration, 1968-1972
8
3
New York University, 1972-1985
8
4
New York University Art Collection
Acquisitions (1955-1966), circa 1963-1966
8
5
Annual Reports, 1966-1973
8
6
Correspondence, 1963-1974
8
7
Floor Plans, 1973
8
8
Printed Material, circa 1960-1974
8
9
New York University Division of Continuing Education, 1965-1974
8
10
The Newark Museum, 1979-1982
8
11
The Newark Museum, "Murals Without Walls: Arshile Gorky's Aviation Murals", 1978
1 sound cassette and 3 U-Matic videocassettes
8
12-15
Newport Harbor Art Museum, 1975-1988
8
16
Newsletters, Miscellaneous, 1980-1987
8
17
Northeast Museums Conference, 1973-1977
8
18
Nova Scotia Workshop, 1979
8
19
"One to One," WNYC-TV, 1971-1973
8
20
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Inc., 1973-1980
8
21
Papermaking, 1971
8
22
Photography Exhibits, 1973-1975
8
23
"Privacy and Democracy in 1984: A Humanistic View of the New Communciations Technology", 1981
8
24
Program for Art on Film, 1986-1987
8
25
Radio, 1971-1979
8
26
Registrars' Report, 1976-1978
8
27
Robert Gore Rifkin Collection, 1974, 1984-1985
8
28
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Museum Education, 1975-1976
8
29
Rodia, Simon - Towers in Watts, 1978-1985
8
30
Romantic Rebellion, Rogers and Cowan Film, 1973-1975
8
31
Ruder and Finn Fine Arts, American Express Arts Funding Project, 1977-1980
9
1-2
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Preston Morton Collection, 1980-1981
9
3
Seattle Art Museum, 1978-1979
9
4
Southern California Committee for Contemporary Art Documentation, 1987-1988
9
5
Southern California Designer Crafts, Inc., 1974
9
6
Southwest Educators Symposium, Museum of Northern Arizona, 1979
9
7
Southwest Regional Laboratory, Educational Research and Development, 1974-1975
9
8
Stein, Gertrude, 1970
9
9
"Support Systems for Arts in the 1980s", circa 1975-circa 1985
1 Sound tape reel
9
10
Television, 1969-1983
9
11
"Understanding Modern Art", 1969-1973
9
12
University of California, Irvine, 1991-1994
9
13
University of California, Los Angeles, "Art as Opera", 1983
2 Sound cassettes
9
14
University of California, Los Angeles, Extension Department, 1987
9
15
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1986
9
16
University of Mid-America, 1976-1981
9
17
Videos, 1975-1981
9
18
Visual Communications Congress, "Audiovisualizing the Video Arts", 1980
2 Sound cassettes
9
19
Wadsworth Atheneum, 1974-1976
9
20
Western Association of Art Museums, 1975-1981
includes 1 sound cassette
9
21
Western Museums Conference Annual Meeting, 1986
6 Sound cassettes
9
22
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1979-1985
9
23
WNYC "Views on Art" Radio Program, circa 1973
9
24
Women - Art, 1972-1999
9
25
Women's City Club of New York, 1968-1977
Includes 1 sound cassette
9
26
WPA Art, 1996-1997, 1972
9
27
The Yankee Doodle Society, 1976-1977
9
28
YWCA International Training Institute, 1969
9
29
Oversized Subject File Material regarding Gorky Murals at Newark Airport from Box 5, Folder 1, 1978-1979
26
Oversize Subject File Material relating to "Great Art Collections" from Box 5, Folder 2, 1969-1971
26
Artists' Files, 1936-2006
A, Miscellaneous, 1974-2001
9
30
Andrews, Benny, circa 1975
9
31
B, Miscellaneous, 1959-1985
9
32
Browne, Byron, 1982-1983
9
33
C, Miscellaneous, 1967-1984
9
34
D, Miscellaneous, circa 1972-1983
9
35
Eames, Charles and Ray, 1973-circa 1979
9
36
F-G, Miscellaneous, 1966-1984
10
1
H, Miscellaneous, 1963-1984
10
2
I-J, Miscellaneous, 1936-1983
10
3
K, Miscellaneous, 1968-1983
10
4
L, Miscellaneous, 1964-1983
10
5
Lampert, Ellen, 1981-1984
10
6
Levine, Les, 1973
10
7
M, Miscellaneous, 1979-1984
10
8
Marshall, Vicky, 1983
10
9
Matisse, Henri, 1970-1971
10
10
Monet, Claude, 1970s
10
11
Moore, Henry, circa 1982-1984
10
12
Motherwell, Robert, 1973-1984
10
13
N, Miscellaneous, 1963-1993
10
14
O-P, Miscellaneous, 1963-1984
10
15
R, Miscellaneous, 1963-1984
10
16
S, Miscellaneous, 1974-1985
10
17
Smith, David, 1966-2006
10
18-19
T-V, Miscellaneous, 1962-1984
10
20
W, Miscellaneous, 1972-1987
10
21
Wilfred, Thomas, 1964-1968
10
22
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1946-circa 1960
10
23
Y-Z, Miscellaneous, 1968-1985
10
24
Ruth Bowman Activities, 1962-1988
Activities, 1962-1965
10
25-39
Activities, 1975-1988
11
1-6
"Sunrise Semester", 1971-1973
Bibliography, 1972
11
7
Course Description, Syllabus, Final Examination, 1972
11
8
Publicity, 1971-1973
11
9
Scripts 1-45, 1972
11
10-14
Study Guide, 1972
11
15
Viewers' Letters, 1972-1973
11
16-19
Classes 1-16, 1972 September 25 - 1972 October 30
16 Sound tape reels
11
20-27
Classes 17-46, 1972 November 11 - 1973 January 12
30 Sound tape reels
12
1-15

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