Marion Kronfeld Collection MS.2019.011

Finding aid by Megan Riley
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
2520 Cimarron Street
Los Angeles 90018

Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Title: Marion Kronfeld Collection
Creator: Kronfeld, Marion
Identifier/Call Number: MS.2019.011
Physical Description: 19 items 17 notebooks and sketchbooks of varying sizes, 1 baby book, and 1 small booklet bound with staples.
Date (inclusive): 1912-1993
Abstract: Marion Kronfeld (1912- 2004) was an American artist based in Los Angeles, CA. She worked primarily with printmaking and lithography techniques, and was an avid diarist. Her sketchbooks include landscapes, portraits, and rough sketches in pen and ink, pencil, pastels, colored pencils, and watercolors. Many of the sketchbooks also have handwritten musings, shopping lists, names and contact information, and other notes in them. Marion's diaries document her life, marriage, travels, philosophical and political reflections, and artistic process.
Language of Material: English .

Scope and Contents

The collection includes 11 sketchbooks, a bound copy of a short story written and illustrated by Marion titled "Adventures of the Pruitts at Fenimore," six handwritten diaries - one of which is by Marion's husband Alfred - and Marion's baby book. Some of the items contain laid-in ephemera. The materials in the collection date from 1912, the year of Marion's birth, to 1993.

Biographical / Historical

Marion McDonald Campbell Kronfeld was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 12, 1912. After studying at the Cleveland Institute of Art, she married Alfred Kronfeld (1915- 1996) in 1935, and they toured Europe together after Marion won a scholarship to study abroad. Marion also studied printmaking, particularly lithography, at the National Academy and the New School for Social Research, both in New York. After her studies in New York, she and Alfred moved to Pasadena, where he became the longtime owner of The Campus Bookstore. In 1954, Marion traveled to Mexico to study printmaking and materials such as lacquers with José Gutierrez. Her published illustrations were primarily for works from the Plantin Press in Los Angeles - most notably "Designs Cut for Plantin Press Calendars 1941-1946: With Some Additional Designs" and "Early American Inebrietatis" in 1964. She was also accomplished with various forms of printmaking, including woodcut, linocut, and lithography. Some of Marion's more political work was included in an exhibit titled "You Say You Want a Revolution" at Galerie St. Etienne, New York, in 2016-17. Her diaries in this collection document her daily life, particularly her dreams and philosophical interests, as well as musings on and anxieties around her artwork. Marion died in Los Angeles in 2004.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Clark Library purchase, Johnson Rare Books, 2019.

Processing History

This collection was physically processed and described in 2019 by Megan Riley.

Box 1, folder 1

Marion's baby book and ephemera 1912-1918

Physical Description: 1 itemOff-white hardcover baby book with design of baby and title on cover. Binding is loose, and items have been laid in.8.5" x 11"

Scope and Contents

First page contains a space for "To" and "From" handwritten notes; the "To" space is filled out with "Marion Mabel Campbell" and the "From" section reads "Hazel and Hilda Reeve." Full title of baby book is "A History of the Doings and Sayings of Our Baby." Arranged and illustrated by Josephine Bruce, published by C.R. Gibson and Company, NYC. Has baby photo of Marion around 2 months pasted in on "The First Photograph" page. Has another baby photo, taken two months later, pasted in a few pages after the first. Laid in on this page is a small folder - the inside of which is labeled with her name, age and address - containing two other photographs, as well as the stub of an envelope that has a handwritten note on it reading "Cutting from Marion's first haircut" and which contains some baby hair. Another photograph pasted in on the page opposite "First Birthday". Middle section of book is mostly empty. Final few pages, which are titled Mother's Notes, contain many pasted in but undated/unidentified photos, presumably of Marion at various ages. There is also a small photo laid in of a man holding a baby. The last dated entry is from June 1918. Habitat for Humanity greeting card sent to Marion (addressed to Miggie) from someone named Clare is laid in, as well as a holiday card from the Guttman-Kaufman family with a note on the reverse and its mailing envelope, addressed to Miggie Kronfeld; both of these items appear to be no older than the 1990s.
Box 1, folder 2

Blue "The Scribble-In Book" sketchbook undated

Physical Description: 1 itemBlue hardcover sketchbook.5" x 7"

Scope and Contents

Contains mostly pencil sketches with a few ink and watercolor pages. Names, telephone numbers, addresses, and some price lists are written inside front and rear covers.
Box 1, folder 3

Green "The Scribble-In Book" sketchbook undated

Physical Description: 1 itemGreen hardcover sketchbook.5" x 7"

Scope and Contents

Second page is inscribed "This is the Sketch Book of Marion M. Campbell, 3839 Holly Park Place, Los Angeles, Cal." with a small sketch of a woman's face. Contains ink and pastel sketches, as well as some names, telephone numbers, addresses, and inventory/shopping lists.
Box 1, folder 4

Green "The Scribble-In Book" sketchbook and ephemera undated 1985

Physical Description: 5 itemsGreen hardcover sketchbook, three photographs, single-page handwritten note.sketchbook is 5" x 7"

Scope and Contents

Has three undated and unidentified photographs and a single-page handwritten note about a dream dated 11/23/85 laid in. Contains sketches in ink, pencil, and pastel; some names and addresses are written inside front and rear covers.
Box 1, folder 5

Light brown "The Scribble-In Book" sketchbook undated

Physical Description: 1 itemLight brown hardcover sketchbook.5" x 7"

Scope and Contents

Contains sketches in ink, pencil, and pastel. Also includes several pages of writing about markets and capitalism, information about various art shows, names, telephone numbers, and addresses.
Box 1, folder 6

Dark brown "The Scribble-In Book" sketchbook undated

Physical Description: 1 itemDark brown hardcover sketchbook.5" x 7"

Scope and Contents

Contains sketches in ink, pencil, colored pencil, and pastel. Small ink sketch of couple at a table and an unidentified clipping from a magazine or postcard laid in. A couple of pages of handwritten notes on the nine muses. Names, phone numbers, and addresses written inside front cover.
Box 2, folder 1

Florida Sketches February 1934

Physical Description: 1 itemOrange hardcover sketchbook. binding is damaged and loose. Paper label affixed to the front cover with sketchbook title, date, and artist initials.5" x 7"

Scope and Contents

Contains sketches mostly in pencil and colored pencil with some watercolors. Latter third or so of sketchbook is blank except for final few pages. Binding is loose and pages are starting to come out.
Box 2, folder 2

Florida Sketches September 1934

Physical Description: 1 itemBlue hardcover sketchbook with staining on cover and spine.5" x 7"

Scope and Contents

First page inscribed "Sketches, made in Florida September 1934 by Miggie Campbell". Contains sketches mostly in pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor, as well as some in ink towards the end of the book.
Box 2, folder 3

Cleveland Sketches October 1934

Physical Description: 1 itemBrown hardcover sketchbook.5" x 7"

Scope and Contents

Second page is inscribed "People, sketched by Marion McDonald Campbell, Oct. 1934" and in a different hand, possibly at a later date, "Dedicated to t Ackley". Contains mostly pencil sketches but also a few watercolors and ink sketches. Interior of rear cover contains handwritten notes about a spring dance, as well as a list of womens' names.
Box 2, folder 4

New York City sketchbook April 1936

Physical Description: 1 itemTan limp cover binding sketchbook.6.5" x 8"

Scope and Contents

First page contains aerial sketch of NYC buildings and the inscription "New York City as she is to a certain one Marion McDonald Campbell in April 1936". Contains pencil, ink and watercolor sketches as well as various handwritten notes interspersed with drawings.
Box 4

Large manila sketchbook with sketch of woman drawing on cover 1942

Physical Description: 1 itemSoftcover manila sketchbook, binding is fragile and back cover has detached9" x 12"

Scope and Contents

Hand-drawn cover with sketch of a woman drawing and titled "Sketch book, 1942". First half of the sketchbook contains watercolors, pencil, ink, pastel, and colored pencil sketches and landscapes. Latter half of book is empty except for final few pages which contain more sketches. Binding is fragile and rear cover is detached.
Box 2, folder 5

Terracotta sketchbook early to mid 1950s

Physical Description: 1 itemTerracotta-colored hardcover sketchbook, 79 pages.5.5" x 8"

Scope and Contents

Contains some spiritual/philosophical writing, as well as notes/descriptions of art principles. Sketches in ink, pencil, paint, pastels, and colored pencils. Sketchbook is undated but one drawing approximately halfway through the book is dated Feb. 1 '53.
Box 2, folder 6

Mexico notebook and ephemera 1954

Physical Description: 1 itemMarbled hardcover notebook with 99 handwritten pages and several loose papers of varying sizes - some printed, some handwritten - laid inside front cover.7" x 9"

Scope and Contents

Contains many handwritten formulas - both in the notebook and on loose papers laid or glued in - for lacquers, etc. as well as mural-painting. Also many lists of Spanish words and phrases with English translations, addresses, sketches, journaling about her dreams/life/work/marriage, and philosophical/spiritual writing (particularly about Albert Guérard).
Box 1, folder 7

Copy of "Adventures of the Pruitts at Fenimore" illustrated book undated

Physical Description: 1 itemSmall chapbook-style paperback, 24 printed and illustrated pages.5.5" x 8.5"

Scope and Contents

Written and illustrated by Marion M. Campbell; inscription on verso of rear cover reads "Here 'Butch' is my pièce de résistance, my maiden voyage - this is yours to keep, to remember your artist-authoress. - Miggy".
Box 2, folder 7

Europe - 58 Winter - Spring 59 sketchbook December 4, 1958-April 7, 1959

Physical Description: 1 itemSpiral-bound notebook with hand-drawn illustration on cover.6.5" x 8"

Scope and Contents

Spiral-bound notebook with a pen and ink illustration of a tree and landscape on the cover, and is labeled "Marion Kronfeld" in the lower corner and "Europe - 58 - Winter Spring '59" across the top. Contains densely handwritten journal pages about her Europe trip, beginning with the first entry dated Thursday, Dec. 4, Málaga and the last Tuesday, Apr. 7, '59. Latter third of journal is blank except for the final few pages, which contain some ink sketches and several handwritten recipes.
Box 3, folder 1

Alfred's European trip diary 1958-1959

Physical Description: 1 itemBrown three-ring soft-cover binder with approximately 75 handwritten loose-leaf pages.6.5" x 9"

Scope and Contents

Alfred Kronfeld's diary of the couple's European trip, with the first entry beginning while they were in Poros, Greece. Diary is a three-ring notebook with looseleaf pages. About one-third of the way through there is an inventory of items and prices. Sheet of Campus Book Store letterhead laid in inside rear cover; note on letterhead is about import customs requirements.
Box 3, folder 2

Blue diary book January 20, 1974-September 26, 1979

Physical Description: 1 itemBlue hardcover diary, 284 handwritten pages. Binding is fragile.6" x 9"

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary about life, dreams, artwork, and her marriage.
Box 3, folder 3

Black notebook October 15, 1979-May 15, 1989

Physical Description: 1 itemBlack hardcover notebook with 278 handwritten pages and 9 loose pages of varying sizes. Binding is loose and some pages seem to have been cut out of the notebook at the end.8.5" x 11"

Scope and Contents

Densely handwritten diary about her life, work, and marriage. Journal entries begin in 1979 but there are some loose papers laid inside front cover dating from earlier in the 1970s. Loose papers are on various topics, particularly philosophical/spiritual ideas.
Box 3, folder 4

Floral notebook May 11, 1993-September 7, 1993

Physical Description: 1 itemFloral hardcover notebook, 160 handwritten pages.9" x 11"

Scope and Contents

Densely handwritten diary, which includes discussion of her marriage and her husband's deteriorating health. First entry is dated May 11, 1993 and last entry is Sept. 7, 1993. Inscription inside front cover reads "July 1990. Happy Birthday Miggy! May you enjoy filling these pages. Much love, Pam, Jay and Aaron".