A Guide to the Jean and Arthur Ames Scrapbook Collection

Guide prepared by Kenneth W. Homsley for History Associates Incorporated
Ella Strong Denison Library
Scripps College
1090 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
Phone: (909) 607-3941
Fax: (909) 607 1548
Email: denison@libraries.claremont.edu
September 10, 2005


Descriptive Summary

Title: Jean and Arthur Ames Scrapbook Collection
Creator: Ames, Jean
Dates: 1929-1980
Date (bulk): {bulk 1934-1939, 1967-1974)
Extent: 3 cubic feet.
Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library.
1090 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
Abstract: The Jean and Arthur Ames Scrapbook Collection contains examples of paintings, enamel panels, tapestry designs, murals and drawings created by Jean and Arthur Ames. The original title of the scrapbooks was “Art in Collaboration - Ceramic Tile Decoration, Enamel, Mosaic, Tapestry, Painting, Drawing.” The collection covers the years 1929-1980 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1934 to 1939 and 1967 to 1974.
Collection Number: D19xx.2
Language: English
Physical Location: Ella Strong Denison Library

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research with permission from Ella Strong Denison Library staff.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with Scripps College. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Ella Strong Denison Library staff.

Preferred Citation

Jean and Arthur Ames Scrapbook Collection. Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College, Claremont, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jean Ames prior to her death in 1986.

Processing Information

Preliminary arrangement by library staff. Processed by History Associates Incorporated, 2005

Accruals

No addition to the collection is anticipated.

Biography of Jean and Arthur Ames

Jean Goodwin Ames (1903-1986), painter, muralist, sculptor, and ceramicist was born and raised in Santa Ana, California. Ames first studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1931, and a Master in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in 1937. After receiving her B.E. from UCLA in 1931, Jean taught art from 1933-1936 at Citrus High School and Junior College. Between 1940 and 1969 Jean Ames served as a faculty member at both Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School.
While attending USC she became interested in mural decoration. In a ceramics class, taught by Glen Lukens, she learned ancient glaze methods and, for her master’s thesis, in the lobby of the Science building at USC created a majolica tile mural, Youth and Science. While attending Lukens’ evening ceramics class she also met her husband, and fellow painter, Arthur Ames, and in 1941 they married. After several years of experimentation, Arthur and Jean perfected their craft, and by 1955 were practicing all three of their decorative art mediums for ceramic: glazed tile, glass mosaic, and enamel.
Jean and Arthur collaborated on a number of projects throughout their careers, including decorative murals for the mural division of the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). While working for the W.P.A. they became leaders in the revival of ancient decorative mural techniques, and were among the first in California to use mosaics. In 1937 they created two W.P.A. sponsored mosaic murals in the patio of the Newport Union High School in Orange County. In 1939 they also worked with the fresco secco technique in another W.P.A. project – three murals titled Agriculture, Recreation, and Conservation – for the Council of San Diego County. Their work for the W.P.A. mosaics was the springboard to their long and successful career.
Jeans’ tapestries and mosaics decorate buildings throughout Southern California. Many of these include decorative architectural commissions for churches, such as a mosaic altar for Claremont Community Church (1955), and twenty-four enamel and copper panels used on the entrance doors at the Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills (1956). In 1964, three tapestries - jointly titled the Dance of Destiny - which were created in Aubusson, France, were placed in the foyer of Garrison Theatre at Scripps College.. Other works include the mosaic fountain on the Pomona Mall, and the entrance statue at the West Covina Broadway store. During these years Ames continued to teach at Scripps, served as Chair of the Art Department at the Graduate School from 1962 to 1969, and became Professor Emerita in 1969.
Jean Ames also gave a number of her works and those of her husband to Scripps College, whose permanent art collection consists of around 8,000 objects. She also donated post-war ceramics Laura Andresen, Shoji Hamada, Glen Lukens, Harrison McIntosh, Gertrude and Otto Natzler, Paul Soldner, and Peter Voulkos.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jean and Arthur Ames Scrapbook Collection contains examples of paintings, enamel panels, tapestry designs, murals and drawings created by Jean and Arthur Ames. The original title of the scrapbooks was “Art in Collaboration - Ceramic Tile Decoration, Enamel, Mosaic, Tapestry, Painting, Drawing.” The collection covers the years 1929-1980 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1934 to 1939 and 1967 to 1974.
The collection consists of two scrapbooks – volume 1 and volume 2. Although the material within each scrapbook was removed from the scrapbooks themselves, the items in each scrapbook were left in their original order. The largest series in this collection is series 2 – scrapbook volume 2 – which is divided into two sub-series. The first sub-series contains examples of Arthur Ames paintings, enamels, and drawings, including murals, which Arthur created for the Works Progress Administration Art Project. This sub-series also contains photographs of Arthur posing with various examples of his work. The second sub-series contains examples of Jean Ames enamel panels, tapestry designs, and acrylic paintings, including tapestry designs woven in Aubusson, France. This sub-series also contains photographs of Jean Ames working on various projects, and a photograph of her receiving the 1958 Los Angeles Woman of the Year in Art award along with Jane Wyman, and Lucille Ball. The second series is almost as large as series 1. Series 1 consists of photographs of both Jean and Arthur Ames, as well as, examples of their enamel panels, tapestry designs, and acrylic paintings. The second series contains examples of Arthur Ames paintings, enamels, murals and drawings, and examples of Jean Ames enamel panels, tapestry designs, and acrylic paintings, including tapestry designs woven in Aubusson, France.
The collection is organized into two series:
  • Scrapbook, Volume 1
  • Scrapbook, Volume 2

Index Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects:

Ames, Jean, 1903-1986
Scripps College (Claremont, Calif.)--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Materials

Clippings
Correspondence
Photographs


Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Scrapbook, Volume 1, 1936-1964

Physical Description: 1 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains photographs of both Jean and Arthur Ames, as well as, examples of their enamel panels, tapestry designs, and acrylic paintings.

Note

Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph, Jean and Arthur Ames (with dog), 1953

Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph, Studio of Jean and Arthur Ames, Padua Hills, Claremont, CA.,undated

Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph, Jean and Arthur with Paintings, 1963

Box 1, Folder 1

Photographs, Fed. Art Project, Mosaic for Newport Union High School, 1937

Box 1, Folder 1

Photographs, Jean’s Mosaic Panel, Newport Harbor Union High School – Vitreous Tile1937

Box 1, Folder 1

Photographs, Arthur’s Mosaic Panel, Newport Harbor Union High School – Vitreous Tile, 1937

Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph, Assembling Tesserae on Paper for Newport Harbor Mosaic – Vitreous Tile Tesserae, 1936

Box 1, Folder 1

Setting of Mosaic ready for Setting, Newport Harbor Project, undated

Box 1, Folder 1

Photographs, Material and Process of Setting, Newport Harbor Mosaic, undated

Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph, San Diego County Mural, “Agriculture,” in Civic Center – Egg Tempera on Gesso Over Cloth Ground, 1939

Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph, Ames working on Drawing on Cartoon for San Diego County Mural, 1938

Box 1, Folder 1

Fragment of Drawing for San Diego County Murals1938

Box 1, Folder 1

Fragment of Panel, fed Art Project, Drawing for Agriculture, San Diego Co. Supervisor’s Chamber, 1938

Box 1, Folder 1

One of Three Fresco Seco or Egg Tempura Murals for San Diego County, 1939

Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph, Jean Painting on Recreation Panel, San Diego Civic Center, Fresco Seco, 1939

Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph, Mosaic Altar for Claremont Community Church undated

Box 1, Folder 1

Photographs, Carved and Partially Glazed Terra Cotta Tile Mural – Earth, Fire, Water, and the Potter, LA County Fairundated

Box 1, Folder 1

Photographs, Fragments from Carved and Partially Glazed Tile Muralundated

Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph, Painted and Glazed Tile Mural, Rose Hills Memorial Park Administration Building, undated

Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph, Jean and Arthur Ames in Padua Hills Studio, Tile Decoration in Process, 1957

Box 1, Folder 1

Mosaics, Pomona Mall and Sanantonio Gardens Altar, undated

Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph, Mosaic Set in Travertine, Ahmundson Bank, Beverly Hills, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Photograph, Mosaic for Entrance to Weinstock and Lubin, Sacramento, 1960

Box 1, Folder 2

Photograph, Sketch, Cartoon, and Work in Progress, Sacramento Mosaicundated

Box 1, Folder 2

Photograph, Sections of prepared Mosaic for San Francisco, Weinstock and Lubin, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Photographs, Tile Mural, Majolica Type, The Romance of Money in the Western World, Fresno Guarantee Savings and Loan, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Photographs, Mosaics for Broadway Stores, Chula Vista and West Covina, 1963

Box 1, 2

Copper Enamel Panels for Entrance Doors to Temple Emanuel, Set in Bronze Frames of Glass, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Photograph, Firing of Enamel in Clam Shell Type Kiln, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Enamel Panels for Christian Ed. Building, N. Hollywood First Presbyterian Church, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Enamel on Steel, Panel for Hillside Church, Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CAundated

Box 1, Folder 2

Detail from Enamel Panel, Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA., nundated

Box 1, Folder 2

Photograph of Installation of Enamel Painting, Hillside Church, Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA., undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Tapestries Woven in Aubusson, 1964 (includes photograph), undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Photograph of Garrison Theatre Tapestries, 1964

Box 1, Folder 2

Photograph of Tapestry Woven in Aubusson, California Federal Plaza Building, Los Angeles, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Photograph of Sun Garden Tapestry being Woven by Aubusson, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Poor Color Reproductions of Son Garden Tapestry with Details, 1964

Box 1, Folder 2

Altar for First Presbyterian Church, Claremont, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Mosaic Altar for St. Andrews Church, Westwood, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Sketch for Enamel Door of Tabernacle, St. Andrews Church, Westwood, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Sketch for one of panels for Entrance Doors of Temple Emanuel, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

One of 24 Panels for Temple Emanuel, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Sketch for Tapestry for Foyer of California Federal Plaza Building, Los Angeles, 1964

 

Series 2 Scapbook, Volume 2 1929-1980

Physical Description: 2.0 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of two sub-series. The first sub-series contains example of Arthur Ames paintings, enamels, and drawings. The second sub-series contains examples of Jean Ames enamel panels, tapestry designs, and acrylic paintings, including tapestry designs woven in Aubusson, France.
 

Sub-series 2.1 Arthur Ames: Paintings and Enamels, Drawings 1931-1975

Physical Description: 1.0 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains examples of Arthur Ames paintings, enamels, and drawings, including murals, which Arthur created for the Works Progress Administration Art Project. This subseries also contains photographs of Arthur posing with various examples of his work.

Arrangement

This sub-series is organized by the item number originally assigned to each item when the scrapbook was first created.
Box 2, Folder 1

Photograph, Jean and Arthur Ames, Padua Hills Studio, 1971

Box 2, Folder 1

Cover of American Artist, December 1955, Showing Enamel “Angel” by Jean Ames1955

Box 2, Folder 1

Article, “Jean and Arthur Ames: Artist-Craftsmen of California.” In American Artist, December 1955, 1955

Box 2, Folder 1

Mural, Oil on Canvas for Alexander Hamilton Jr. High School, Los Angeles, WPA Art, Arthur Ames, 1934

Box 2, Folder 1

Mural, Oil on Canvas, “Youth and Learning,” Anaheim Jr. High School, WPA Art Project, Arthur Ames, 1931

Box 2, Folder 1

Photograph, Arthur with WPA Mural for Anaheim Jr. High School, 1934

Box 2, Folder 1

Photograph, Murals for Testing Center, Western Flying Training Command, Fresno, Arthur Ames, 1943

Box 2, Folder 1

Circus Performers, Enamels, Arthur Ames, undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Enamel on Copper, “Vanity Fair,” Arthur Ames, undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Enamel on Copper, “Night,” Arthur Ames, undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Enamel on Copper, “Doloroso,” Arthur Ames, undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Enamel Panel, “Leaves and Buds,” Arthur Ames, undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Enamel on Copper, Arthur Ames, undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Enamel Panel, “The Sisters,” Arthur Amesundated

Box 2, Folder 1

Enamel on Copper, “On the Beach at Balboa,” Arthur Ames, undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Enamel on Copper, “Blue and red Refuge,” Arthur Ames, undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Enamel on Copper, “Reflection,” Arthur Ames, 1968

Box 2, Folder 1

Enamel Panel, 32 Views of Infinity, Arthur Ames, 1972

Box 2, Folder 1

Enamel on Copper, “Golden Sun,” Arthur Ames, 1969

Box 2, Folder 1

Photograph, Arthur with formed Enamel Pieces, 1971

Box 2, Folder 1

Dimension Enamels, Arthur Ames, 1969-1971

Box 2, Folder 1

Enamel Panels, Arthur Ames, 1970-1972

Box 2, Folder 1

Exhibit Announcement, Scripps College, Clark Museum, 1974-1975

Box 2, Folder 1

Exhibit Announcement, Exhibition at California Institute of Technology, 1975

Box 2, Folder 1

Acrylic Painting, Red and Black, Arthur Ames, 1968

Box 2, Folder 1

Acrylic on Canvas, Yellow and Violet, Arthur Ames, 1967

Box 2, Folder 1

Acrylic on Canvas, Arthur Ames, 1967-1973

Box 2, Folder 1

Sketch of Woman by Arthur Ames, 1948

Box 2, Folder 1

Box 2, Folder 1

Sketch of naked Woman, Arthur Ames, 1974

Box 2, Folder 1

Sketch of Naked Woman, 1958

Box 2, Folder 1

Sketch of naked Man, Arthur Ames, 1974

 

Sub-series 2.2 Jean Ames: Paintings 1929-1980

Physical Description: 1.0 cubic ft

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains examples of her enamel panels, tapestry designs, and acrylic paintings, including tapestry designs woven in Aubusson, France. This sub-series also contains photographs of Jean Ames working on various projects, and a photograph of her receiving the 1958 Los Angeles Woman of the Year in Art award along with Jane Wyman, and Lucille Ball.

Arrangement

This sub-series is organized by the item number originally assigned to each item when the scrapbook was first created.
Box 2, Folder  2

Pencil Portrait of Jean Goodwin by Frank Geritz,1929

Box 2, Folder 2

Sketch of Old Woman in Seated Position Holding a Cup and a Walking Stick by Goodwin, undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Photograph of Jean Ames, undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Jean Painting Tile in Underglaze for MFA Project, USC, 1936

Box 2, Folder 2

“May Queen,” undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Painted Glaze on Re Bisque Tile, undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Wax Resist, Majolica Technique, undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Photograph, Jean Ames Working in Enamel, 1948

Box 2, Folder 2

Enamel on Copper, undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Photograph, California Fashion Creator’s reward with Elinor Parker, 1952

Box 2, Folder 2

Photograph, Los Angeles Woman of the Year Award (with Jane Wyman and Lucille Ball), 1958

Box 2, Folder 2

Mosaic Angel, Enamel Panel, “The Rose,” undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Mosaic in Italian Glass Tesserae, Angel in McAllister Hall, 1961

Box 2, Folder 2

Bronze Sculpture with Enamel Inserts, 1968-1969

Box 2, Folder 2

Tapestry Design, Woven in Aubusson, France, “Court of Night,” 1959

Box 2, Folder 2

Tapestry Design, Woven in Aubusson, France, 1962

Box 2, Folder 2

Cartoon for Tapestry, 1964

Box 2, Folder 2

Details of Tapestries, undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Tapestry, “Autumnal Equinox,” 1962

Box 2, Folder 2

Tapestry, “Fruits of Summer,” 1961

Box 2, Folder 2

Cartoon, Color Sketch, N. Hollywood First Presbyterian Church, undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Acrylic Paintings, 1968-1973

Box 2, Folder 2

Drawings, undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Acrylic and Ink, 1971-1973

Box 2, Folder 2

Drawing, 1972

Box 2, Folder 2

“Sweet Bird of Youth,” 1969

Box 2, Folder 2

“Majical Relationships,” 1980

Box 2, Folder 2

Untitled, undated