American Magazine of Art, Vol. 19, No. 2, 1928-02
The Biographical (1888-2015) series comprises correspondence with archives and record offices; birth, death, and naturalization certificates; printed articles; news clippings; Christmas cards; and photographic materials relating to Kirchmayer and his family. While Christmas cards are usually arranged as a form of correspondence, they are included in the biographical materials as they were not sent or received by the creator of this research collection, but were collected as a documentary record of Kirchmayer’s life and work. Writings are also included in this series, including those by Kirchmayer himself as it documents his thoughts about his profession and artistic philosophy, as well as materials relating to lectures that Prouty gave about Kirchmayer, which similarly documents the blending of his personal and professional life.
Correspondence (1979-2009) is a small series that documents administrative aspects of Prouty’s work, including permission to publish photographs, book publication and orders, and correspondence with other researchers of Kirchmayer’s work.
Series III, Research Files contains the bulk of the collection. The Artworks (1891-2015) Subseries comprises research into Kirchmayer’s artworks. The folders may contain correspondence and notes, photographs and smaller printed materials, such as brochures, leaflets and pamphlets.
The subseries General (1914-2011) comprises research into architects and other carvers, and background information into church building, Oberammergau, and the medieval influence upon contemporary arts and crafts both in aesthetic style and practical handcraftsmanship. These background materials highlight references to Kirchmayer’s spirit and artwork, and his relationship to other artists. This subseries includes isolated copies of articles and excerpts from books, as well as archival resources. The Printed Materials (1908-1929) is a small series that comprises the resources that Prouty collected to understand the context of Kirchmayer’s work. It includes news clippings, periodicals, and book chapters. The news clippings and some periodicals are surrogates due to the fragility of the originals, which are housed separately for optimal preservation.
The Oversize series contains books regarding Johannes Kirchmayer, other artists, and the churches that hold his work. It also contains original newspapers, news clippings, and periodicals which are restricted to limit handling.
The Realia series contains mounted copper plates and a wax candle with the image of John Kirchmayer.
Access to the collection is unrestricted, except Box 13, which is restricted due to fragility.
From the Collection: 6.84 Linear Feet (14 MS, 1 OS)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository