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Armin, Emil, Papers, 1929-2018

Emil Armin Papers,

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Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 2005

Emil Armin Papers, 1929-2018

Accession Number: 2002.8

COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Emil Armin Papers, 1929-2018
EXTENT:.7 linear feet (2 boxes), 4 portfolios and flatfile materials
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:Correspondence, photographs and other materials related to the career of artist Emil Armin.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Correspondence, black and white photographic prints, color photographic prints, printed papers, ledgers, computer printouts, a scrapbook, an audiocassette, an oil painting and a drawing.
ORIGINATION: Armin, Emil, 1883-1971
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The majority of collection was a gift from Shirley Tepper Levy in honor of Barbara Ellen Levy to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 2003. Minor additions were made in 2018, including a gift of Gift Barbara K. Schnitzer.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
At the behest of his brother in Chicago, Emil Armin (b. 1883), left his birthplace of Radautz, Austria and moved to the United States in 1905. Since childhood, Armin had maintained an interest in sketching and his desire for formal training led him to enroll in night classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1907. Due to financial setbacks Armin discontinued his studies in 1911 only to resume them again in 1916 as a full-time student. At the Art Institute Armin studied with artists such as George Bellows who came to the school as a visiting teacher in 1919. Following his graduation in 1920, Armin became an active member in the Chicago art community by joining the 57th Street Art Colony in Hyde Park and exhibiting with the Chicago Society of Artists. During the Depression Armin participated in New Deal programs such as the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project. In 1940 Armin was appointed as an assistant to Norman MacLeish, the Supervisor of Art for the Illinois Art Project. In this post Armin visited other artists working for the Project offering advice and criticism. It was also in 1940 that Armin, along with other local Jewish artists, formed the American Jewish Art Club and continued to exhibit with them until his death. In 1945 Armin married Hilda Rose Diamond, a social worker for the Jewish Family and Community Service in Chicago. In the years following Armin's death in 1971, Hilda worked with the Illinois State Museum to chronicle her husband's career as an artist.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This small collection is comprised of seven series that document Emil Armin's professional practice and personal interests.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE. Four subseries: Individuals to Armin, Institutions to Armin, Emil Armin to Hilda Armin, and Hilda Armin to and from others. All correspondence is arranged chronologically except for Institutions to Armin, which is arranged alphabetically by name and then chronologically by date.

SERIES II: WRITINGS. Two subseries: Poetry and Speeches, arranged alphabetically by title.

SERIES III: PHOTOGRAPHS. Two subseries: Artwork and People. Images of artworks are in two groups: Known and unknown titles. Those with known titles are arranged alphabetically. Photographs of people are arranged chronologically. The scrapbook contains primarily black and white photographs of artworks.

SERIES IV: PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PAPERS. Contains biographical information, inventory lists, and ledgers kept by Armin.

SERIES V: PRINTED MATTER. Exhibition announcements, exhibition catalogues, newspaper articles, two books and auction listings.

SERIES VI: AUDIO. One cassette tape.

SERIES VII: ARTWORK. One unframed oil painting and one drawing by Armin.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Armin, Emil, 1883-
Artists--Illinois--Chicago--Archives

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
Flatf.flatfile
n.d.not dated
(OS)off-site storage
Portf.portfolio

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Approximately forty prints and three paintings by Emil Armin are held in the permanent collection of the Department of Prints and Drawings and the Department of American Art at The Art Institute of Chicago.

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
This collection is housed in off-site storage and is so designated by the abbreviation (OS) in the location column of the finding aid's item listing. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
Portions of this collection are restricted; wherever possible, surrogate copies are provided for patron use, as noted in the series listings. The remainder of collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/access/access.html.

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Emil Armin Papers. Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by Jenny Stone, in 2005 and updated by JT de la Torre in 2018.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE

Some original items in this series have been restricted due to condition.

Photocopies of these restricted materials are available for use in the appropriate folders.


INDIVIDUALS TO ARMIN:
Box.FF 1.1 (OS)
Various correspondents.
08/1920-06/1920
Box.FF 1.2 (OS)
Various correspondents.
06/12/1929-04/06/1932
Box.FF 1.3 (OS)
Various correspondents.
04/18/1932-11/11/1966
REST
Restricted correspondence.

INSTITUTIONS TO ARMIN:
Box.FF 1.4 (OS)
American Federation of Arts.
02/1932-06/1947
Box.FF 1.5 (OS)
American Jewish Arts Club.
n.d.
Box.FF 1.6 (OS)
Art Institute of Chicago.
Includes holograph reply.
10/1925-04/1948
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Berkeley Art Museum.
Includes holograph reply.
01/1931-05/1931
Box.FF 1.8 (OS)
B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI.
Includes holograph response on verso of letter.
05/1932
Box.FF 1.9 (OS)
Carnegie Institute.
02/1936-03/1936
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Chicago Galleries Association / Municipal Art League of Chicago.
01/1926
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
Chicago Society of Artists.
11/1929-05/1970
Box.FF 1.12 (OS)
Chicago Women's Aid.
06/1926-12/1932
Box.FF 1.13 (OS)
Denver Art Museum.
04/1938
Box.FF 1.14 (OS)
Greater North Michigan Avenue Association.
05/1953
Box.FF 1.15 (OS)
Hyde Park Art Center.
01/1949
Box.FF 1.16 (OS)
Illinois Academy of Fine Arts.
n.d.
Box.FF 1.17 (OS)
Illinois Art Project, Federal Works Agency, Works Progress Administration.
1933-12/1940
Box.FF 1.18 (OS)
Illinois Arts Council.
01/1970-04/1972
Box.FF 1.19 (OS)
Jewish Community Center, Detroit, MI.
01/1940-03/1940
Box.FF 1.20 (OS)
Jewish People's Institute of Chicago.
Includes typed reply.
01/1929-03/1930
Box.FF 1.21 (OS)
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
12/1932
Box.FF 1.22 (OS)
Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of Fine Arts.
04/1973-08/1973
Box.FF 1.24 (OS)
United States Treasury Department, Public Works of Art Project.
02/1934-08/1935
Box.FF 1.25 (OS)
University of Chicago/The Renaissance Society.
03/1931-04/1932
Box.FF 1.26 (OS)
University of Cincinnati.
10/1927-11/1927
Box.FF 1.27 (OS)
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.
05/1934-05/1936
Box.FF 1.23 (OS)
Whitney Museum of American Art.
05/1932-01/1933
Box.FF 1.28 (OS)
Who's Who in Chicago/Illinois/America (publications).
07/1930-06/1943
Box.FF 1.29 (OS)
Various galleries.
05/1930-05/1936
REST
Restricted correspondence.

EMIL ARMIN TO HILDA ARMIN:
Box.FF 1.30 (OS)
Correspondence.
06/1937-01/1952
REST
Correspondence.
06/1937-01/1952

HILDA ARMIN TO AND FROM OTHERS:
Box.FF 1.31 (OS)
Correspondence.
Regarding Emil Armin.
04/1973-03/1983






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: WRITINGS

Some original items in this series have been restricted due to condition.

Photocopies of these restricted materials are available for use in the appropriate folders.


POETRY:
Box.FF 1.32 (OS)
Camp Life.
n.d.
Box.FF 1.32 (OS)
Fiesta.
n.d.
Portf. 2 (OS)
I Paint and I Sing. Bound collection.
n.d.
Box.FF 1.32 (OS)
Lagoon in White.
n.d.
Box.FF 1.32 (OS)
Midst Busy Marts.
n.d.
Box.FF 1.32 (OS)
Mist Shawl Moon.
n.d.
Box.FF 1.32 (OS)
Oats.
n.d.
Box.FF 1.32 (OS)
Santa Fe in the Rain.
n.d.
Box.FF 1.32 (OS)
Stephan, Part One.
n.d.

SPEECHES:
Box.FF 1.33 (OS)
[A man feels that there exists...]
n.d.
Box.FF 1.33 (OS)
[Last fall when we held...]
05/05/1928
Box.FF 1.33 (OS)
"Notes for a talk on Marec Szwarc's work."
n.d.
Box.FF 1.33 (OS)
"Opening for One Man Show, Woman's Aid, Dec, 1926."
12/1926
Box.FF 1.33 (OS)
[Some of us sigh...]
n.d.
REST
Restricted speeches.
Photocopies available in Box.FF 1.33.
n.d.






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES III: PHOTOGRAPHS


ARTWORK:
Box.FF 1.34 (OS)
Various oil paintings, watercolors, and woodcarvings.
Includes: After the Swim, The Alameda, Chickens Waiting (1948), End of the Line, Firewater (1963), Flowers and Bowl (1932), The Gates, Green Corn Dance, Gladioli and Phlox [with Autumn Dunes Early Blossoms, Winter After School], In the Ozarks (1947), Lost, Jemez, Koshares, Meditation, Mexico (1930), Mother and Child (1920) [with Boulevard Michigan (1921), Near Spirit Lodge, North of Jackson (1934), Sarah (1963), Shirley with Daughters (1962), White Hill, The Village, Windy Dunes, The Woods at Sophie's (1936) [with Bent Trees (1936)].
1920-1963
Box.FF 1.35 (OS)
Various oil paintings, drawings, and woodcarvings. Titles Unknown.
n.d.
Portf. 3 (OS)
Scrapbook.
n.d.

PEOPLE:
Box.FF 1.36 (OS)
Emil Armin, family, and friends.
1931-1983






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES IV: PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PAPERS


BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:
Box.FF 1.37 (OS)
Personal history including awards, shows, collections, and bibliography.
1960-1970
REST
Restricted documents.
Photocopies available in Box.FF 1.37.

INVENTORY LISTS:
Box.FF 1.38 (OS)
Various lists.
Includes 1974 print inventory.
1948-1970
Box.FF 1.39 (OS)
"Record" ledger. Photocopy.
Includes woodcuts, etchings, monotypes, watercolors, oils, sculpture-carvings, exhibitions, and carved objects with dates and prices.
c.1921-1968
REST
"Record" ledger.
This item is restricted. Photocopies available in Box.FF 1.39.
Portf. 4 (OS)
Untitled ledger.
Includes sketches.
c.1955-1970

NOTES:
Box.FF 2.1 (OS)
Notes regarding Chickens on the Steps (photocopy) and Ozarks from Crescent Hotel, materials, preparing canvas, and expenses.
Original for Chicken on the Steps in Portfolio 1.
n.d.
Box.FF 2.2 (OS)
Spiral-bound notebook (4 x 6 in.).
Contains names, addresses and notes regarding students and correspondence drafts.
1940-1958






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SERIES V: PRINTED MATTER



EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REVIEWS:
Box.FF 2.3 (OS)
Exhibition announcements and reviews.
This item is restricted. Photocopies available in Box.FF 2.3.
n.d.
REST
Invitations, press releases, newspaper and magazine articles.
1930-1995

EXHIBITION CATALOGUES:
Box.FF 2.4 (OS)
Emil Armin: Exhibition, Paintings and Prints. Nov. 6-Dec. 4 1948 at the American Jewish Arts Club.
1948
Box.FF 2.4 (OS)
Hyde Park Art: Past and Present.
1962
Box.FF 2.4 (OS)
Emil Armin, 1883-1971.
1980
Box.FF 2.4 (OS)
After the Great Crash: New Deal Art in Illinois.
1983
Box.FF 2.4 (OS)
Emil Armin: Escapes and Cityscapes.
1995

BIOGRAPHICAL ARTICLES:
Box.FF 2.5 (OS)
Newspaper and magazine articles. Includes drafts for Armin's centenary celebration by Bruce Sylvester and Harold Haydon.
1958-1983

BOOKS:
Box.FF 2.6 (OS)
First American Artists' Congress, New York City 1936.
1936
Box.FF 2.7 (OS)
Public Works of Art Project. Report of the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury to Federal Emergency Relief Administrator. December 8, 1933-June 30, 1934. Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1934.
1934

AUCTION LISTINGS:
Box.FF 2.9 (OS)
Toomey & Co.
Computer printouts. Sale 115, Lots 9-11, untitled watercolors.
06/24/2018 3






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SERIES VI: AUDIO


REST
"Armin" and "Abercromb (Hilda)."
Cassette tape.
n.d.






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES VII: ARTWORK


REST
Untitled oil painting by Armin from "Mr. Davy's class" at the Art Institute.
22 x 34 inches.
c.1919-1920
Box.FF 2.8 (OS)
Postcard for Francis Strain Biesel's exhibition at the Cliff Dwellers.
Drawing. Gift of Barbara K. Schnitzer, 2014.
1960 1







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