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Frank Trapp Papers, 1944-2003 (Bulk: 1944-1987)
2 archives boxes, 1 half archives box (2.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Professor of Fine Arts at Amherst College, 1956-1992. Collection includes his watercolor sketches and photographs made while serving with the U.S. Army during World War II, primarily in New Guinea, 1944-1946. Also, a brief typescript memoir of his war experiences written in 1985 (revised 2003), and research material on the artist Peter Blume for his 1987 book on him.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Amherst, MA

Biographical Note

Frank Anderson Trapp was professor of Fine Arts at Amherst College from 1956 to 1992. He also served as director of the Mead Art Museum, ca. 1969-1989. Trapp received a B.A. from Carnegie Institute of Technology and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. Before coming to Amherst he taught for five years at Williams College. Professor Trapp was a respected scholar who produced a number of books, including Peter Blume (1987), The Grand Tradition: British Art from Amherst College (1988), and The Attainment of Delacroix (1971). Trapp was also an accomplished sculptor and painter. He died on March 17, 2005 at the age of 82.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

A series of watercolor sketches, together with a small number of photographs, made by Trapp while serving with the U.S. Army during World War II, primarily in New Guinea, 1944-1946. The artworks are accompanied by a brief typescript memoir of his war experiences written by Trapp in 1985 (revised in 2003). The papers also include Professor Trapp's research material on Peter Blume for his book on the artist which was published in 1987.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Frank Trapp Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

Gift of Frank Anderson Trapp, 2003.

Processing Information

Processed 2006 July


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives

Language
English

Contents List
Series 1: WORLD WAR II DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS



Memoir and photographs


Box 1: folder 1
Near Baguio - Emplacements outside Baguio


Box 1: folder 2
Baguio (forest)


Box 1: folder 3
Baguio, Philippines (forest landscape)


Box 1: folder 4
Baguio (gun and gunner)


Box 1: folder 5
Baguio (gun against mountains)


Box 1: folder 6
Baguio, Philippines (gun in forest)


Box 1: folder 7
Baguio (men and gun)


Box 1: folder 8
Baguio - Mines View Park


Box 1: folder 9
Baguio (mountain landscape)


Box 1: folder 10
Baguio, Philippines (mountain landscape in cool colors)


Box 1: folder 11
Baguio - "Sam Holmes"


Box 1: folder 12
"Self-Portrait"


Box 1: folder 13
Baguio, Philippines (sun through trees)


Box 1: folder 14
Baguio, Philippines (trees, house, and mountain)


Box 1: folder 15
Central Baguio - "The Fall of the City"


Box 1: folder 16
Clark Field (landscape)


Box 1: folder 17
Clark Field - "Players in the Tent"


Box 1: folder 18
Clark Field - "The Visitors"


Box 1: folder 19
Clark Field - "Thunderbirds"


Box 1: folder 20
Fort Bragg, NC - "Marco Giles"


Box 1: folder 21
Pencil Drawing - of Fort Bragg Sailor (possibly in Philippines)


Box 1: folder 22
Fort Bragg, NC - "Samuel Seymour Holmes"


Box 1: folder 23
Aboard L.S.T. - "Howard Sleeth"


Box 1: folder 24
Aboard L.S.T. (on deck, sea)


Box 1: folder 25
Aboard L.S.T. (on deck: riggings, sailor, sea)


Box 1: folder 26
Aboard L.S.T. (machines and men on deck)


Box 1: folder 27
Aboard L.S.T. (sea from ship)


Box 1: folder 28
Aboard L.S.T. (ship's deck machinery)


Box 1: folder 29
La Paz - "The Barrio"


Box 1: folder 30
Manila - 1 of 6


Box 1: folder 31
Manila - 2 of 6 - "View of Passing"


Box 1: folder 32
Manila - 3 of 6


Box 1: folder 33
Manila - 4 of 6 - "Intramuros - Manila"


Box 1: folder 34
Manila - 5 of 6 - "Looking Toward City Hall, Manila Intramuros"


Box 1: folder 35
Manila - 6 of 6


Box 1: folder 36
Manila (Bovine Ophelia)


Box 1: folder 37
Manila - "Carabas at Manila"


Box 1: folder 38
Manila - "Intramuros" (outside mission and mission arch and street to mission)


Box 1: folder 39
Manila (landscape with mission)


Box 1: folder 40
Manila - "Near the Escolto"


Box 1: folder 41
Manila (tree outside mission)


Box 1: folder 42
Manila - "tributary of the Pasig River"


Box 1: folder 43
New Guinea


Box 1: folder 44
New Guinea (4)


Box 1: folder 45
New Guinea - "Campsite, including Basketball Hoops" and Landscape


Box 1: folder 46
New Guinea (dense forest)


Box 1: folder 47
New Guinea - "Kitchen Tent at Night"


Box 1: folder 48
New Guinea - "Night Game"


Box 1: folder 49
New Guinea (ravishing ferns)


Box 1: folder 50
New Guinea (vegetables on landscapes)


Box 1: folder 51
New Guinea - "View New Hollandia"


Box 1: folder 52
New Guinea - "View Over Hollandia Harbor"


Box 1: folder 53
Pangasinan Prov. (summer storm)


Box 1: folder 54
Philippines - "240 mm howitzer Battery B. 'Ingrid'"


Box 1: folder 55
Philippines, near Baguio - 'Battery B: 240 mm "Thor'"


Box 1: folder 56
Philippines (building ruins)


Box 1: folder 57
Philippines - "Chea Moi"


Box 1: folder 58
Philippines, near Clark Field (2)


Box 1: folder 59
Philippines, near Baguio - "Interior of Suzy's House"


Box 1: folder 60
Philippine, near San Leon (landscape from cemetery)


Box 1: folder 61
Philippines (landscape: trees, tent, and mountains)


Box 1: folder 62
Philippines - "Plaster Saint


Box 1: folder 63
Philippines (sun through trees)


Box 1: folder 64
Philippines, near Clark Field - "Troubadour"


Box 1: folder 65
Philippines, near Baguio - "View of landscape near Baguio"


Box 1: folder 66
San Fernando - Behind the Screen


Box 1: folder 67
San Fernando, Philippines (Christian building)


Box 1: folder 68
San Fernando - "on weekend leave to coast while at Baguio"


Box 1: folder 69
San Fernando, Philippines - "Public School"


Box 1: folder 70
San Fernando, Philippines - "San Fernando"


Box 1: folder 71
San Fernando, Philippines (still life)


Box 1: folder 72
San Fernando, Philippines "The Black Christ"


Box 1: folder 73
San Fernando - "View of Cathedral"


Box 1: folder 74
San Jose, Luzon (army camp)


Box 1: folder 75
San Jose (classical cemetery)


Box 1: folder 76
San Leon


Box 1: folder 77
San Leon (amber waves)


Box 1: folder 78
San Leon (farmers in field)


Box 1: folder 79
San Leon, Luzon (farmers in shade of tall grass)


Box 1: folder 80
San Leon (flat landscape)


Box 1: folder 81
San Leon - "Cabanatuan"


Box 1: folder 82
San Leon, Luzon (landscape along road)


Box 1: folder 83
San Leon - "Pangasinan" (cow and landscape)


Box 1: folder 84
San Leon - "Pangasinan" (landscape)


Box 1: folder 85
San Leon - "Pangasinan Prov. Pl."


Box 1: folder 86
San Leon, Luzon - "Self-Portrait"


Box 1: folder 87
San Leon, Luzon (sunset landscape)


Box 1: folder 88
San Leon - "Two Gentlemen of Gerona"


Box 1: folder 89
San Leon (windy plain)


Box 1: folder 90
Series 2: RESEARCH MATERIAL ON THE ARTIST PETER BLUME



The Bridge (art piece)


Box 2: folder 1
Chapter 1 - Articles, art pieces, etc.


Box 2: folder 2
Chapter 3 Materials - Notes and art


Box 2: folder 3
Epilogue - Letters, notes, copy of Epilogue


Box 2: folder 4
Interviews - Peter Blume


Box 2: folder 5
Interview tape IV - Peter Blume (transcript only)


Box 2: folder 6
Interview - Peter Blume
1982

Box 2: folder 7
Letters - Concerning Blume


Box 2: folder 8
Letters, Programs, Newspaper Clipping - Blume related


Box 2: folder 9
Material for Book - Notes, letters, artwork copies


Box 2: folder 10
Miscellaneous letters
1983

Box 2: folder 11
Clippings from Museum of Modern Art Library


Box 2: folder 12
Symbolism - Writings concerning symbolism of art, poems


Box 2: folder 13
Xerox clippings Chapter II


Box 2: folder 14
Copies of Blume artwork


Box 3: folder 1
Correspondence and Notes


Box 3: folder 2
Exhibition Pamphlets and Art Literature


Box 3: folder 3
Lists of Blume's artwork


Box 3: folder 4

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Subjects
  • Blume, Peter, 1906-
  • Watercolor painting, American.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- New Guinea.


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