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Trude Guermonprez papers, circa 1900-1987, bulk 1932-1976

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as five series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , circa 1950-1975
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1, OV 4

Biographical material includes an address book, an American Institute of Architects craftsmanship award, an American Crafts Council Fellow of the Collegium of Craftsmen certificate, two diaries documenting Guermonprez's travels to Europe and New Mexico, and a handwritten wedding announcement for Guermonprez's marriage to John Elsesser in 1951.
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Address Book, circa 1950-circa 1970
1
1
Awards and Certificates, American Crafts Council, 1975
1
2
Awards and Certificates, American Institute of Architects, 1970
4
Diary, European Trip, 1957
1
3
Diary, New Mexico Trip, 1969
1
4
Wedding Announcement, 1951
Handwritten announcement for the wedding of Guermonprez and Elsesser.
1
5

Series 2: Correspondence , 1930s-1987
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3

Correspondence is with Guermonprez's parents Heinrich and Johanna while they were teaching at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and her sister Lisa after they received their first contact from Guermonprez in two years. Other correspondence is with Paul Guermonprez before he died, John Elsesser, and her close friend Gerhard Marcks. Many of the letters exchanged after Trude Guermonprez's death in 1976 are between Ruth Kath, a professor of German researching Marcks, and Elsesser. Kath writes to Elsesser requesting Marcks' letters to Guermonprez for research. Marcks' original letters along with a couple of translated letters by Kath are included in the files. Marcks' files also include photographs of Marcks, his family, and artwork, as well as printed material relating to Marcks.
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General, 1939-1987
Includes correspondence with Kath, Elsesser's family, and museums interested in Guermonprez's artwork.
1
6
Family, circa 1945
Includes the first correspondence between Guermonprez and her family after World War II, and notes in Dutch about Paul Guermonprez in the resistance.
1
7
Elsesser, John, circa 1956
1
8
Guermonprez, Paul, 1942-1943
1
9-11
Marcks, Gerhard, 1930s-1940s
Includes photographs of Marcks and his family, loose photographs and a small photo album of sculptures, and sketches.
2
1
Marcks, Gerhard, 1933-1987
Includes an illustrated card from Marcks, printed materials, and letters from Ruth Kath to Elsesser and his family regarding Marcks' letters to Guermonprez. Also includes a notebook with writings by an unidentified writer.
2
2-3
Oversize Gerhard Marcks, 1930s-1940s
3
1

Series 3: Printed Materials , 1946-1976
2 Folders
Box 2

Clippings and articles in periodicals such as Design and Handweaver & Craftsman magazines are about Guermonprez and her work.
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Clippings, circa 1970
2
4
Periodicals, 1946-1976
2
5

Series 4: Artwork , circa 1940-1976
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3, OV 4

Artwork contains doodles, sketches and drawings, etchings, and two sketchbooks in ink, pencil, watercolor, and other media by Guermonprez and others. Artwork depicts of natural landscapes, figure drawings, and patterns. A portrait of Guermonprez by Lucienne Bloch, a comic strip featuring Guermonprez, and a sketch by Ruth Asawa are also included.
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Doodles, circa 1940s
2
6
Drawings and Sketches, 1950s-1970s
2
7-8
Drawings and Sketches, 1950s-1970s
3
2-3
Sketchbook, circa 1950s
Sketchbook is labeled "etchings" and includes five loose etchings and one page of sketches.
3
4
Sketchbook, 1972-1975
Includes sketches and writings from Greece, California, and Oregon.
2
9
By Others, Drawings by Children, 1960s
2
10
By Others, Illustrated Card by Jack Lenor Larsen, 1970
2
11
By Others, Sketch of Guermonprez by Lucienne Bloch, 1958
2
12
By Unidentified Artists, undated
Includes etchings that may be by Guermonprez.
2
13
By Others and Unidentified, circa 1950-circa 1970
Includes drawing of a comic titled "Trude The All American Girl," a painted sketch signed Ruth Asawa, and ink sketches of models.
4

Series 5: Photographs , circa 1900-circa 1970
3 Folders
Boxes 2-3, OV 4

Photographs are of Guermonprez in the studio, with her husbands Paul and John, with her family, as a child, of her home in San Francisco, and of her grandfather Julius Jalowetz.
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Guermonprez, 1910-circa 1970
2
14
Guermonprez, 1910-circa 1970
3
5
Oversize Guermonprez, circa 1970
4
Family, Julius Jalowetz, circa 1900
3
1

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