Mary Linda’s Blog – Arnold’s Legacy Project Updates

I created this post to share information about the progress on the ephemera of Arnold's work. I will post this link on Facebook and with family - anyone may view updates as they wish, and I will no longer post these updates on Facebook.
I also invite you to share stories about Arnold. You may email me, FB message me, or add a comment below.
06/30/2017: I haven not posted for a few weeks. Yesterday I met with Steve Cotham, McClung Collection Manager. Today I ordered archival materials, and will submit the information to the Arts and Culture Alliance Bailey Fund which awarded a small grant to pay for the materials. Steve will pick up architectural plans and the carved printing plates in 2 weeks, which will allow me time to finish documenting the information about the plates. This is really happening! Next, I will document marketing materials and materials from the shows that included Arnold's work. Slides, negatives, prints are still to be sorted and selected; as well as personal history.
05/15/2017: This headline reminded me of Arnold's thinking when he recreated the old Ivanhoe steakhouse for the Copper Cellar, The bar, placed in the central area, fit this description: "The Pleasure of Watching Others: How the architecture of living spaces creates a stage for the exhibitionist and a theater for the voyeur." [ } There has been some change to the Cappuccino side, but not much to the Copper Cellar side, Arnold selected most of the objects in the display areas. And the raised booths were his idea, so the server and the customer would be at the same eye level. My favorite booth is the one to the left as you enter the CC side, copper table and large enough for 3. He also lowered the visual sense of the ceiling. I thing the windows on the CC were done by Richard Jolley - in his earlier years. **** 05/05/2017 Today I am working of a proposal for a small grant for an assistant archivist to help review, sort, and select photographs, slides, negatives. My next task will be to select and document another category of the ephemera. Project submitted 05/07/2017. ****
04/24/2017: This morning, we documented the architectural drawings. They are read for the McClung Collection now. **** 04/17/2017 Much of what is needed will require my time. I will be writing a grant proposal to seek funding support for a qualified person to assist with the photographic materials.
Letter from Steve Cotham: April 17, 2017 Dear Ms. Schwarzbart: It was a pleasure to visit with you on Friday at your home and to explore the possibilities of placing the Arnold Schwarzbart Collection in the archives of the McClung Historical Collection in the East Tennessee History Center. I am very excited about moving ahead with this project, placing the legacy collection of your late husband’s life story and his work with us in the History Center. Arnold Schwarzbart had a remarkable life, and you have done a truly remarkable job of being the resident partner/curator of this large collection of paper, photographs, and artwork. Sincerely, Steve Cotham, Mgr. Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Knox County Public Library System East Tennessee History Center 
04/14/2017 Steve Cotham came to the studio to review what I have. He is interested in all the ephemera, a selection of molds, books, and other items. It will be my task to document the printed materials - newspaper articles, promotional mailings, catalogs from shows, architectural drawings. And, then, there is the mountain of slides and negatives - to be sorted, duplicates set aside. Steve has staff who will place these in archival materials. I also need to write a bio - another interesting challenge. Arnold has had an interesting and varied life and career. I invite you to share stories. The materials may be viewed by request. And, at some time in the future, the Collection will acknowledge the materials in a formal manner. 
Decision: 04/12/2017
After 2 years of considering where the ephemera of Arnold's work should be placed, and with good advice from knowledgeable individuals, it will be placed with the C.M. McClung Historical Collection, I met Wednesday, April 12, with Steve Cotham, collection manager, and he is excited about this and said I may share the decision. Thanks to all who have helped and/or listened to me as we have worked through this. The Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection is the history and genealogy department of the Knox County Public Library. As a research library, no collection materials circulate, and none are available for interlibrary loan.


Author: Mary Linda Schwarzbart

Mary Linda Schwarzbart has been described as the full-time unpaid curator of the work of Arnold Schwarzbart, z"l. She is also a business and grant consultant.

5 thoughts on “Mary Linda’s Blog – Arnold’s Legacy Project Updates”

  1. Thank you for creating this blog, Mary Linda. We will enjoy following your new adventure. Love D and H

  2. I remember when Arnold built a menora with me, i still have it and will be doing some repairs so i can use it this chanuka.

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