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|Title||Finding aid for Papers of Alexander Z. Kruse, 1890-1972 (bulk 1930s-1960s).|
|Creator||Kruse, Alexander Z., 1888-1972.|
|Extent||Approximately 3,755 items.|
|Biographical Note||Alexander Kruse (1888-1972) was a student of the "Ashcan" School of Art at the turn of the century, studying under artists John Sloan, Henry McBride, and George Bellows, among others. Some of his more well-known paintings include "The Butcher Shop" "Young Smoker" and "Ted Lewis Performs" among hundreds of other paintings as well as drawings, etchings, and lithographs. Kruse was also influenced by the political atmosphere of his upbringing especially the socialistic thinkers such as Eugene V. Debs, John Reed, and Emma Goldman; thus his work reflected his leftist ideals of the beauty and nobleness of the working class. Kruse also taught art at the Brooklyn Museum, the YMCA, and several other institutions in New York. For many years he was the art critic for the Brooklyn Eagle and wrote a "how-to" art column for the New York Post. He also wrote two widely popularart instruction books: How to draw and paint, and The ABC's of pencil drawing, both published in the 1950s. Alexander Z. Kruse's work can be found in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Library of Congress, and in many private collections worldwide.|
|Scope and Content||The Alexander Z. Kruse papers contain documents relating to Kruse's career as an artist, art critic, and author. The time frame covered is 1890 to 1975 with the bulk of the material originating from the 1930s to 1960s. The material is arranged by functional series and includes: literary manuscripts and notebooks; correspondence; photographic materials--photographs and slides; ephemera--clippings, catalogs, and biographical material; and books. The majority of the collection is in its original format with a few being photocopies. The photographic materials are in good condition. However, much of the ephemera (especially the newspaper clippings) is extremely fragile. Most of the clippings are from Kruse's columns with the Brooklyn Eagle and the New York Post. The literary manuscripts and notebooks include the original mockups and handwritten notes for Kruse's published works. Some of Kruse's other projects include: a staple machine invention; an idea for a television show; and some literary projects, which did not achieve fruition. The correspondence includes letters received by Kruse between the early 1900s until his death in 1972. Some were from personal friends; and others were from other artists, students, and business-related entities such as galleries or publishers. Included in the collection are approximately 2000 slides and photographs, mainly of Kruse's paintings and other works of art. The catalogs in the collection also depict Kruse's artwork at various shows and galleries from 1917 to 1972. The collection also includes several books kept by Kruse that contain autograph annotations by Kruse. The remaining four books from the Kruse library are cataloged separately in Rare Books, call numbers: 606358, 606359, 606360, and 606362.|
|Notes||All inquiries about this collection should be directed to the Curator, Literary Manuscripts.|
|Provenance||Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Steven Kruse, December 1997.|
Kruse, Alexander Z., 1888-1972.
New York post.
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- History -- Sources.
Art, American -- New York (State)
Ashcan school of art.
Eight (Group of American artists)
New York school of art.
Socialism and art.
Art museums -- United States.
Art schools in art.
Clippings United States 20th century. (aat)
Exhibition catalogs United States 20th century. (aat)
Family papers United States 20th century. (aat)
Letters (correspondence) United States 20th century. (aat)
Manuscripts United States 20th century. (aat)
Memorabilia United States 20th century. (aat)
Negatives United States 20th century. (aat)
Notebooks United States 20th century. (aat)
Pamphlets United States 20th century. (aat)
Periodicals United States 20th century. (aat)
Photographs United States 20th century. (aat)
Projects United States 20th century. (aat)
Reproductions United States 20th century. (aat)
Slides United States 20th century. (aat)
Transparencies United States 20th century. (aat)
Barr, Alfred Hamilton, 1902-1981.
Bellows, George, 1882-1925.
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959.
Berger, Marvin, 1936-.
Biddle, George, 1885-1973.
Blakelock, Ralph Albert, 1847-1919.
Blossom, F. A. (Frederick Augustus), b. 1878.
Boudreau, James C., 1936-.
Brand, Millen, 1906-1980.
Burnshaw, Stanley, 1906-2005.
Chotzinoff, Samuel, 1889-1964.
Christensen, Erwin Ottomar, 1890-.
Crowninshield, Frank, 1872-1947.
Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971.
Disney, Walt, 1901-1966.
Dreier, Katherine Sophie, 1877-1952.
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968.
Durant, Will, 1885-1981.
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956.
Findlay, D. K. (David Kilpatrick), 1901-.
Gassner, John, 1903-1967.
Gold, Michael, 1893-1967.
Guggenheim, Peggy, 1898-1979.
Heintzelman, Arthur William, 1891-1965.
Henri, Robert, 1865-1929.
Hirschmann, Ira Arthur, 1901-.
Jewell, Edward Alden, 1888-1947.
Kish, Maurice, 1898-.
Komroff, Manuel, 1890-1974.
Kreymborg, Alfred, 1883-1966.
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974.
Lehr, Lew, 1895-1950.
Lemoisne, Paul-André, 1875-1964.
Luks, George Benjamin, 1867-1933.
McBride, Henry, 1867-1962.
Milliken, William Mathewson, 1889-1978.
Nehru, S. S. (Shri Shridhar), b. 1888.
Nizer, Louis, 1902-1994.
Noback, Gustave J. (Gustave Joseph), 1890-.
Ranson, Nancy Richey, 1885-1972.
Rascoe, Burton, 1892-1957.
Reiss, Lionel S. (Lionel Samson), 1894-.
Ritchie, Andrew Carnduff.
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957.
Robinson, Edward G., 1893-1973.
Sloan, John, 1871-1951.
Soyer, Moses, 1899-1974.
Sprinchorn, Carl, 1887-1971.
Sweeney, James Johnson, 1900-1986.
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957.
Von Groschwitz, Gustave, 1906-.
Weber, Max, 1881-1961.
Weitenkampf, Frank, 1866-1962.
Zerbe, Karl, 1903-1972.
Zigrosser, Carl, 1891-1975.
Zorach, William, 1889-1966.
Victoria and Albert Museum.
|Department||Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. Manuscripts Department.|
|Call Number||mssKruse papers|
|Accession Number||mss 01903.|
|Physical Collection||Alexander Z. Kruse Papers.|
|Digital Collection||Finding Aids, Huntington Digital Library|
|Physical Description||46 p.|
|Digitization Specifications||Original finding aid converted into PDF document by B. Black, 2011-11-17.|
|Original Finding Aid||Finding aid prepared by Jacqueline Morin, September 21, 1998 and updated by Alison Dinicola, January 8, 2006.|
|Citation Information||Finding aid for Alexander Z. Kruse Papers, Huntington Digital Library, San Marino, California.|
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|Cataloging Notes||Arranged in the following series: 1. Notebooks & literary manuscripts; 2. Correspondence; 3. Photographic materials; 4. Ephemera; 5. Books. Photographic materials include negatives, photographs, slides, and transparencies. Ephemera includes: catalogs, clippings, family documents, memorabilia, pamphlets, periodicals, projects, publicity display materials, and reproductions.|