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Elinor Noteboom History of Screen Printing Records


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Artist, teacher and author Elinor Noteboom created and compiled this material in her study of the history of screen printing, also known as serigraphy and sikscreen. The material documents Noteboom's research and writing on the subject, which included several published articles, a slide lecture presentation at the 1999 International Printmaking Conference in Bristol, England, an exhibition proposal, and drafts of three chapters to an as-yet unpublished college textbook on the origins and history of screen printing in the United States. Records include a significant amount of photocopies of primary and secondary source materials, including late 19th and early 20th century writings, and cover topics from early office duplicating machines and stencils to the commercial use and fine art of silkscreen. Most of the photocopies are heavily annotated and literally cut to pieces, suggesting Noteboom's thinking process in assessing and interpreting her research. Of note are Noteboom's records of prominent American artists who worked with silkscreen and screen printing in the 20th century. In addition to the clippings, notes, illustrations and inventories she compiled for each of the dozens of artists, Noteboom also conducted interviews with 8 of them, which are documented here on audio cassettes. Provided by the artist himself is a photocopied scrapbook tracing the career of Harry Shoulberg. Other materials include photographs, slides, trade publications, ephemera, notes, publishing proposals and chapter outlines, manuscript drafts, and correspondence.

These materials were arranged and described by Bertha Adams. Funded by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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The collection is open for research.

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The Elinor Noteboom History of Screen Printing Records are the physical property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Collection Inventory

Most prominent of the 20th century.
Other compilations.
General research and reference.

Screen printing origins and history.
Other writings and projects.

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