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Subseries 4.6 | A Finding Aid to the Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, 1859-1984, bulk 1900-1949 | Digitized Collection

Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, 1859-1984, bulk 1900-1949

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4.6: Other Projects, 1869-1897, 1910, 1922-1941
1.6 linear feet
Box 13-14, 33, OV 40-41, 45

Although the bulk of the Walt Kuhn Family Papers are related to Walt Kuhn's artwork and career as a painter, items in this series document Kuhn's other creative projects in theater, motion pictures, and graphic and interior design.
In the 1920s, Kuhn designed and staged several vaudeville acts or "satirical ballets," which were performed in New York, Chicago, Atlantic City, and elsewhere. Included in this series are scripts, notebooks, sketches and drawings of costumes and stage sets, receipts, contracts, music, programs, a photograph, and a scrapbook. Notebooks contain sketches and production notes, contact information for theater people, and receipts signed by performers, among other notes. Scrapbooks contain clippings, programs, and one watercolor costume drawing. Other early theatrical writings and photographs can be found in Kit Kat Club and Penguin Club Records, and Kuhn describes his theater experience in detail in Walt Kuhn Letters to Family.
In 1939, Kuhn wrote and directed a silent, educational motion picture film called "Walt Kuhn's Adventures in Art - Learning to See." Kuhn gave lectures with the film from 1939 to as late as 1947. Papers related to this project include drafts of scripts, notes, and visual materials used in the film, including intertitles, photographs and a collage. Drafts for another film, apparently never made, are also filed with scripts. Items relating to copyright of these projects are filed with Financial Records.
From 1936 until 1943, Kuhn was employed by the Union Pacific (UP) Railroad Company through his connection with Averell Harriman, husband of Marie Harriman and UP's Chairman of the Board. He designed and decorated club cars and lounges for Streamliner trains, designed posters and brochures, and consulted for other projects. Kuhn's historically-themed club cars, "The Frontier Shack" and "The Little Nugget" involved two of his favorite historical themes, the old west and early stage comedians. Kuhn also designed graphics for UP's Sun Valley Lodge in 1937. Documents related to UP include blueprints, sketches, a poster, research notes, source materials, publicity, photographs, correspondence, pamphlets, tickets, sample materials, and notes. Related materials are filed in General Correspondence and Photographs and Scrapbooks.
Theater and Motion Picture files are arranged by type of material, and UP files are arranged by project.
This bulk of this series has been scanned. Copies have not been scanned and some oversized material, due to size and/or condition, has not been scanned. For publications, such as books, catalogs, and pamphlets, typically only the covers or covers and title pages have been scanned.
DescriptionContainer
Theater
Scripts by Kuhn, 1923, undated
13
11
Scripts by Others, 1910, 1923-1928, undated
2 folders
13
12-13
Music, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 33
13
14
Notebooks and Notes, 1922-1923, undated
(includes sketches)
13
15
Contracts and Receipts, 1922-1923, 1927-1928
13
16
Photograph, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 33
13
17
Programs and Flyer, 1922, 1927, undated
13
18
Scrapbook, 1922-1923
Oversized material housed in Box 33
13
19
Items Removed from Scrapbook, 1922-1923
13
20
Artwork, 1923, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 45
13
21
List of Theaters in the United States with Seating Capacity Over 1500, undated
13
22
Motion Picture, "Walt Kuhn's Adventures in Art: Learning to See"
Scripts, circa 1939
13
23
Photographs and Titles Used in Film, circa 1939, undated
4 folders
13
24-27
Photographs and Titles Used in Film (copies), circa 1939, undated
13
28
Expenses, 1939
13
29
Printed Materials, 1938-1939
13
30
Interior and Graphic Design, Union Pacific Railroad Company
Frontier Shack (1936), 1936, 1938, undated
13
31
Frontier Shack (1936), undated
13
32
Frontier Shack (1936), 1885-1897, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 33
13
33
Frontier Shack (1936), 1937-1941, undated
13
34
Frontier Shack (1936), Copies, undated
13
35
Little Nugget (1937), circa 1937
2 folders
(index cards and lists of comedians of the stage used for photos for Little Nugget)
14
1-2
Little Nugget (1937), undated
3 folders
14
3-5
Little Nugget (1937), Copies, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 33
14
6
Little Nugget (1937), Blueprints, 1937, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 40, OV 41
14
7
Little Nugget (1937), 1937-1948
14
8
Little Nugget (1937), Photographs, 1937
14
9
Little Nugget (1937), Photographs, 1948
14
10
Little Nugget (1937), Photographs, undated
14
11
Little Nugget (1937), Duplicates, undated
14
12
Copper King (1938), circa 1938
Oversized material housed in OV 40
14
13
Sun Valley Lodge, 1939, undated
14
14
Sun Valley Lodge, Sketches, undated
14
15
Sun Valley Lodge, 1937
14
16
Sun Valley Lodge, Photographs of Rodeo, undated
14
17
Sun Valley Lodge, 1937-1938, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 45
14
18
Sun Valley Lodge, Printed Material, undated
14
19
Golden Spike Days, 1939
14
20
Hollywood Club Car, 1941, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 33 and OV 41
14
21
Miscellaneous Notes and Writings, undated
14
22
Miscellaneous Printed Materials, 1938-1940, undated
14
23
Oversized Theater Music
Oversized material scanned with Box 13, F14
(Original scores for "Lilies of the Field")
33
Oversized Theater Photograph
Oversized material scanned with Box 13, F17
33
Oversized Theater Scrapbook
Oversized material scanned with Box 13, F19
33
Oversized Frontier Shack Material
Oversized material scanned with Box 13, F33
33
Oversized Little Nugget Material (copies)
Oversized material from Box 14, F1-12
33
Oversized Hollywood Club Car Material
Oversized material scanned with Box 14, F21
33
Oversized Little Nugget Blueprints
Oversized material from Box 14, F7
OV 40
Oversized Copper King Blueprints
Oversized material from Box 14, F13
OV 40
Oversized Little Nugget Blueprints
Oversized material from Box 14, F7
OV 41
Oversized Hollywood Club Car Material
Oversized material scanned with Box 14, F21
OV 41
Oversized Theater Artwork
Oversized material scanned with Box 13, F21
OV 45
Oversized Sun Valley Lodge Material
Oversized material scanned with Box 14, F16 and F18
OV 45

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