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Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011

Creator:
Koblick, Freda, 1921-2011  Search this
Subject:
Koblick, David  Search this
Koblick, Daniel  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Photographs
Topic:
Sculptors  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16027
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)306656
AAA_collcode_koblfred
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Freda Koblick with one of her sculptures

Photographer:
George, Peter B.  Search this
Subject:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
circa 1972
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Portrait photography  Search this
Sculpture, Abstract  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15185
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Archives of American Art
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Freda Koblick papers

Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Names:
Koblick, Daniel  Search this
Koblick, David  Search this
Extent:
5.8 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Sketches
Date:
1934-2011
Summary:
The papers of sculptor Freda Koblick measure 5.8 linear feet and date from 1934 to 2011. The collection documents her career through scattered biographical material, correspondence with family and friends, personal business records, writings, printed material, artwork, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of sculptor Freda Koblick measure 5.8 linear feet and date from 1934 to 2011. The collection documents her career through scattered biographical material, correspondence with family and friends, personal business records, writings, printed material, artwork, and photographs.

Scattered biographical material includes resumes and awards. Family correspondence includes many letters from her brothers David and Daniel. General correspondence is primarily personal correspondence with friends. Personal business records consist of Koblick's files on commissions, exhibitions, travels, grants, sales, and publicity. Writings include 11 notebooks and loose notes. Printed material includes news clippings and exhibition announcements as well as printed material of interest to Koblick, but not directly documenting her career. Artwork consists of a small grouping of pencil sketches, possibly depicting her sculpture designs. Photographs depict Koblick, her family, friends, and artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1942-2011 (5 folders; Boxes 1, 6)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1934-2007 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, circa 1950s-2009 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 2-4, OV 7)

Series 4: Writings, circa 1962-1998 (0.2 linear feet; Box 4)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1943-1990 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 4, 6)

Series 6: Artwork, circa 1950s-1980s (1 folder; Box 4)

Series 7: Photographs, circa 1930s-2007 (1 linear foot; Boxes 4-6)
Biographical / Historical:
Freda Koblick (1920-2011) was a sculptor in San Francisco, California. Koblick attended San Francisco City College and San Francisco State College. She then moved to Los Angeles and received a certificate as a plastics engineer in 1943 from the Plastics Industries Technical Institute. She worked only in plastics as a medium for sculpture, with an emphasis on cast acrylic. At the start of her career she focused on designing and producing functional cast plastic objects such as doors, lighting, doorknobs, and fountains often in collaboration with architects.

By the 1960s Koblick was exhibiting her sculptures and was regularly teaching, lecturing, and offering workshops on plastics sculpture. From 1965 to 1967 she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art, London, where she set up the Experimental Plastics Unit and taught plastics theory and application. During the 1970s she received several large scale commissions, most notably a sculpture for the North Terminal of the San Francisco International Airport. In 1980 she moved into a former synagogue in the Mission District of San Francisco where she had a large studio and living space. She continued producing new artwork until she was in her mid-80s, at which point her health limited her ability to work.
Provenance:
Donated in 2012 by Freda Koblick via Julia Fremon, Freda Koblick Living Trust.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Women artists -- California  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketches
Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.koblfred
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Writings

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet (Box 4)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1962-1998
Scope and Contents:
Writings consist of eleven notebooks and notes on scraps of paper. Some notebooks only contain entries on a few pages while others include to-do lists, contacts, project notes, and small design sketches.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.koblfred, Series 4
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Archives of American Art
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Linear feet (Boxes 1-2)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1934-2007
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence is arranged into two subseries: Family Correspondence and General Correspondence. Family correspondence is primarily from the 1940s and 1950s. Included are many letters sent by Daniel and David Koblick, Freda's brothers, to family while they were serving in World War II. Also included are letters from Freda to her family and letters to her from her brothers and father, Morris. A small number of letters to Morris and his wife Rae from others are also found here.

General correspondence is mostly of a personal nature, including letters to Freda from friends. A small amount of professional correspondence is also found here. Additional professional correspondence is included within Series 3: Personal Business Records.
Arrangement:
This series is arranged as 2 subseries:

2.1: Family Correspondence, 1934-1996

2.2: General Correspondence, 1938-2007
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.koblfred, Series 2
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Archives of American Art
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Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Linear feet (Boxes 4, 6)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1943-1990
Scope and Contents:
The small amount of printed material in this collection includes exhibition announcements and news clippings documenting Koblick's career and the work of other artists. Additional programs, brochures, cards, and miscellaneous printed items were collected by Koblick but do not directly document her career as a sculptor.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.koblfred, Series 5
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Archives of American Art
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Artwork

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Extent:
1 Folder (Box 4)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950s-1980s
Scope and Contents:
Found here is one folder of unidentified pencil sketches which may be preliminary designs for sculptures.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.koblfred, Series 6
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Archives of American Art
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Photographs

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot (Boxes 4-6)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1930s-2007
Scope and Contents:
Included are photograph portraits of Freda Koblick, as well as photographs of her with family, friends, at a few events and in her studio. The bulk of the photographs depict her artwork either during fabrication or after installation. Slides mostly depict artwork but also include a few images of Koblick. Additional photographs are included within the commission files in Series 3: Personal Business Records.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.koblfred, Series 7
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-koblfred-ref125

Biographical Material

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Extent:
5 Folders (Boxes 1, 6)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1942-2011
Scope and Contents:
Found here are biographical documents regarding Freda Koblick, including her obituary and a selection resumes, award certificates, and identification and membership cards. Also found are a few documents belonging to other Koblick family members.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.koblfred, Series 1
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-koblfred-ref6

Personal Business Records

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Extent:
1.7 Linear feet (Boxes 2-4, OV 7)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950s-2009
Scope and Contents:
Koblick's personal business records document her work as a sculptor. Included are her files regarding commissions, exhibitions, travels, grants, artwork sales, and publicity. Of note are extensive commission files for her sculpture at the San Francisco airport, including contracts, photographs, fabrication plans, and legal records. Also of note is an interview transcript and related correspondence for an article about Koblick in Craft Horizons.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.koblfred, Series 3
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Resumes

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970s
1985
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Sold Pieces

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 42
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977-1980
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Studio Sale

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 43
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Tiffany Grant

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 44
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1968-1969
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Travel

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 45
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964-1965
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Woman's Day Article

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957-1958
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Notebook

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962-1963
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-koblfred-ref106

Notebook

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Notebook

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1979
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Notebook

Collection Creator:
Koblick, Freda  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1980
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Freda Koblick papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarsihp. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Freda Koblick papers, 1934-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
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