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Adams (John and Jane) Artwork Collection
MS-0052  
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  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Source of Acquisition
  • Accruals and Additions
  • Preferred Citation

  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
    Title: John and Jane Adams Artwork Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS-0052
    Physical Description: 2.26 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1890-1936
    Language of Material: English .

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains a number of pieces of artwork (etchings, oil, watercolor, acrylic, and others) by early twentieth century American and European artists. 
    A San Diego contingent of landscape artists is headed by Charles Arthur Fries (1854-1940), called the "Dean of San Diego Painters."  Ivan Messenger (1895-1983) was a member of the San Diego Moderns and was also a printmaker of some renown.  Rounding out the San Diego scene is Helen Johnston Balfour (1847-1925) known for her watercolors of California scenery. 
    Also included in the collection is a piece by one of the most prominent western artists in United States history, Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926).  The final American artist of note represented in the collection is George Taylor Plowman (1869-1932), best known for his etchings of covered bridges in New England. 
    Represented in the collection are pieces by two European artists of particular interest.  The first is a piece by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), who has been compared to Henri Matisse (1869-1954).  There is a color etching by German expressionist Conrad Felixmuller (1897-1977), whose companion piece to this, "Einsame Frau," is not in this collection.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Source of Acquisition

    John and Jane Adams

    Accruals and Additions

    1989-002

    Preferred Citation

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, John and Jane Adams Artwork Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Art, American--20th century
    Art, American--19th century Art, European--20th century
    Art--Private collections--California--San Diego
    Adams, John R., 1900-1994--Art collections
    Adams, Jane Ford--Art collections