John Franklin Koenig papers, 1930-2011  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Koenig, John Franklin, 1924-2008
Title
John Franklin Koenig papers
Dates
1930-2011 (inclusive)
Quantity
25.74 cubic feet (45 boxes, 2 audio cassettes, and 1 vertical file)
Collection Number
2734
Summary
Correspondence, artwork, exhibit materials, invitations, writings, and other papers of John Franklin Koenig, an artist based in Paris, France and Seattle, Washington
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Some records are stored off site; advance notice required for use.

Languages
English, French


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John Franklin Koenig was born on October 24, 1924, in Seattle, Washington. He attended Lincoln High School and began college at the University of Washington, but left in 1943 to serve in World War II in the 11th Armored Division, 22nd Battalion in France. Following the war, Koenig returned to Seattle and re-enrolled at the University of Washington in 1948, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages with a minor in Art. While in Seattle, he became familiar with the Northwest School of Art, particularly the work of Morris Graves and Mark Tobey. He returned to France in 1948 to study French literature and remained there for the majority of his life, though he returned to live in Seattle in 2004.

While in France, Koenig studied at La Sorbonne in Paris. In 1952, he co-founded the international art magazine Cimaise with Jean-Robert Arnaud, with whom he had worked at Arnaud's bookstore. Koenig and Arnaud also opened the Galerie Arnuad, where Koenig held his first solo art exhibition in 1952. Koenig's work has since been featured in hundreds of exhibits throughout Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. In 1985, Koenig was named Officier de l'Ordre des Arts and Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, an award rarely given to a person who is not of French origin. He also won the Gold Medal of the City of Paris that same year.

John Franklin Koenig died in 2008.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Oral history recording and transcript, correspondence, clippings, exhibition materials, artwork, notebooks, publicity and reviews, and other papers of artist John Franklin Koenig.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on copying, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 2734-001: John Franklin Koenig papers, 1971Return to Top

2 sound cassettes (3 sides, 80 minutes) plus 1 transcript (26 pages)
Arrangement: Arranged as received.

Scope and Content: Tape recorded interview conducted by Lucy and Blair Kirk on 22 April 1971; transcript; exhibit catalogues.

This conversation serves as a career chronology and covers philosophical and aesthetic views of the artist.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Lucy and Blair Kirk, April 22, 1971.

Accession No. 2734-002: John Franklin Koenig papers, 1900s-2011 (bulk 1950s-1970s)Return to Top

17.35 cubic feet (35 boxes)
Arrangement: Arranged into 11 series:
  • Exhibition Catalogs and Articles
  • Invitations
  • Original Artworks on Paper
  • Exhibition Posters
  • Engraving Plates
  • Linoleum Cuts
  • Biographical Materials
  • Interviews and Recordings
  • Subject files on other artists
  • File on Deryl Walls v. Quickfish Media
  • Cimaise

Scope and Content: Correspondence, clippings, DVDs, exhibition catalogs, drawings, essays, notes on projects, photographic materials, prints, posters, and other materials.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Records stored off site; advance notice required for use.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights retained. Contact Special Collections for details

Acquisition Info: Donated by Claire A. and John C. Koenig, June 30, 2011.

Processing Info: Processing completed by Sarah Caldwell and Deborah Hamilton in 2011.

Processing Info:

  • A film reel, a roll of PNW Artist posters, and photograph of William Merchant Pease by Mary Randlett were separated and routed to the Visual Materials curator.
  • 2 cartons of collage covered books and artists' books made by Koenig were separated and routed to the Book Arts curator.
  • 36 architecture magazines were separated and routed to UW Libraries gifts program

Container(s) Description Dates
Exhibition Catalogs and Articles
General Notes: A paper index to the "C" series of exhibition catalogs and articles can be found in Special Collections.
Box Accession
1 2734-002
C101-C125
1958-1990
2 2734-002
C126-C157
1956-1998
3 2734-002
C158-C186
1952-1985
4 2734-002
C187-C204
1952-2005
5 2734-002
C205-C218
1954-2007
6 2734-002
C219-C227
1958-2007
7 2734-002
C228-C245
1952-1992
8 2734-002
C246-C268
1954-2008
9 2734-002
C269-C277
1955-2008
10 2734-002
C278-C298
1955-1981
11 2734-002
C299-C311
1953-2009
12 2734-002
C312-C315
1956-1990
13 2734-002
C316-C318
1967-1993
14 2734-002
C319-C320
1955-1975
15 2734-002
C320-C321
1975-1979
16 2734-002
C322-C329
1957-1992
box:oversize
17 2734-002
C330-C341
1953-2007
Box
18 2734-002
C342-C368
1956-2008
19 2734-002
C369-C428
1952-2008
20 2734-002
C429-C536
1956-2008
21 2734-002
C537-C675
1963-1976
box:oversize
22 2734-002
C676-C820
1952-2010
Box
23 2734-002
C821-C1096
1952-2008
24 2734-002
C1097-C1187
1949-2011
Invitations
General Notes: A paper index to the "I" series of invitations can be found in Special Collections.
Box Accession
25 2734-002
I101-I270
26 2734-002
I271-I449
27 2734-002
I450-I615
Original Artworks on Paper
Box Accession
28 2734-002
Untitled
; 6- ½ inches by 5-1/8 inches
1989
28 2734-002
VI
; 6- ½ inches by 5-1/8 inches
1989
28 2734-002
Untitled
; 11-1/8 inches by 6-3/4 inches
1990; 2002
28 2734-002
Untitled Collages
4 collages ; 10 inches by 13 inches
1953-1955
box:oversize
31 2734-002
Kyot IV
; 17-3/4 inches by 13-3/4 inches
1989
31 2734-002
Tantrit
; 20-7/8 inches by 17-7/8inches
1978
31 2734-002
Untitled
; 18-1/16 inches by 18-1/16 inches
1959
31 2734-002
Alll
; 8-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches
1962
31 2734-002
Dai I
; 19-1/8 inches by 19-1/8 inches
1962-1963
31 2734-002
Untitled
General Notes: This piece is similar to the one in C322, Quinta Viennale d'Arte Sacra--see pages 78-79 in Museum of Modern Art Dunkerque (France) 1992. Folding panels attached with ribbon.
undated
Box Accession
28-29, 32 2734-002
Prints
General Notes: A paper index for the prints can be found in Special Collections.
29-30, 32 2734-002
Exhibition Posters
28 2734-002
Engraving Plates
box:oversize
29 2734-002
Linoleum Cuts
Box
33 2734-002
Biographical Materials
circa 1900s-1942
33 2734-002
Interviews and Recordings
General Notes: Includes the following:
  • Interview with John F. Koenig. KRAB- Seattle, WA. April 16, 1970. 1 CD with transcript.
  • Letters between J. F. Koenig and Michel Ragon. Read by J. F. Koenig. 1969. 1 CD.
  • Portrait d'Artiste RTL Service Television Luxembourg. Interview with Mme. Thorn. 1976. 1 DVD. 14 minutes.
  • Interview with John F. Koenig. Fuji Television Gallery. June 19, 1972. 1 DVD
  • Interview with John F. Koenig. WNTV Bravo. December 2, 1993. 1 DVD. 7 minutes
  • The Letter: John Franklin Koenig Northwest Master, Home and Away by: Galen Garwood. 2008. 1 DVD.
  • Interview with John F. Koenig and Serge Guilbaut. For B.Bomb Book and Exhibition at Evergreen Adult Family Home, Seattle, WA. June 7, 2006. 1 DVD.
1969-2008
34 2734-002
Subject files on other artists
1956-2000
34 2734-002
File on Deryl Walls v. Quickfish Media
1998
35 2734-002
Cimaise
General Notes: Includes the following:
  • Vol. 1, No. 1. November 1953
  • Vol. 1, No. 2. December 1953
  • Vol. 1, No. 3. January 1954
  • Vol. 1, No. 4. February-March 1954
  • Vol. 1, No. 5. April 1954
  • Vol. 1, No. 6. May 1954
  • Vol. 1, No. 7. June 1954
  • Vol. 1, No. 8. July-August 1954
  • Vol. 2, No. 1. September-October 1954
  • Vol. 2, No. 2. November-December 1954
  • Vol. 2, No. 3. January-February 1955
  • Vol. 2, No. 4. March 1955
  • Vol. 2, No. 5. April 1955
  • Vol. 2, No. 6. May 1955
  • Vol. 2, No. 7. June 1955
  • Vol. 2, No. 8. July 1955
  • Vol. 3, No. 1. October-November 1955
  • Vol. 3, No. 2. December 1955
  • Vol. 3, No. 4. March 1956
  • Vol. 3, No. 6. May 1956
  • Vol. 3, No. 7-8. June-August 1956
  • Vol. 4, No. 1. September-October 1956
  • Vol. 4, No. 2. November-December 1956
  • Vol. 4, No. 3. January-February 1957
  • Vol. 4, No. 4. March-April 1957
  • Vol. 4, No. 5. May-June 1957
  • Vol. 4, No. 6. July-August 1957
  • Vol. 5, No. 1. September-October 1957
  • Vol. 5, No. 3. January-February 1958
  • Vol. 5, No. 4. March-April 1958
  • Vol. 5, No. 5. May-June 1958
  • Vol. 6, No. 2. December 1958
  • Vol. 6, No. 4. March-April 1959
  • Vol. 54, No. 287. September-November 2007
  • Vol. 55, No. 288. December 2007-February 2008
  • Les sommaires du no.1 au no. 152. 1953-1981
  • Couvertures et sommaire des no. 1 a 102. 1953-1971
1953-2008

Accession No. 2734-003: John Franklin Koenig papers, 1947-2003Return to Top

4.16 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content: Address books, notebooks, notes and lists of artwork, slides, photographs, sketchbooks, invitations, CDs and DVDs of electronic documents, and other materials.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Records stored off site; advance notice required for use.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights retained. Contact Special Collections for details

Acquisition Info: Donated by Claire A. and John C. Koenig, August 05, 2011.

Processing Info: Processing completed by Sarah Caldwell in 2011.

3 boxes of postcards returned to donor.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder Accession
1 2734-003
Address books and notebooks
undated
2/1 2734-003
Artwork (DVD) - images
General Notes: Corresponds with art inventory
undated
2/2-6 2734-003
Artwork - notes and lists
undated
2/7-15 2734-003
Artwork files
1947-1961
3 2734-003
Artwork files
1962-1980
4/1-5 2734-003
Artwork files
1981-2003
4/6-10 2734-003
Artwork files-unsorted
undated
4/11 2734-003
Sketchbook
undated
4/12 2734-003
Sketchbook
1977
4/13 2734-003
Invitations - unsorted
1954-1960
5/1 2734-003
Documents (CDs) - covering 1914 to 1961
undated
5/2-8 2734-003
Documents
1948-1961

Accession No. 2734-004: John Franklin Koenig papers, 1942-2011Return to Top

4.23 cubic feet (5 boxes including 9 CDs)
Arrangement: Papers are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content: Correspondence; clippings; notes and sketches; biographical materials; artwork and exhibition planning materials, publicity, and reviews; and writings primarily related to John Franklin Koenig's career as an artist. Some personal papers are also included, especially personal correspondence and other documents from Koenig's service during World War II. Some of the papers, especially correspondence, are in French.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Records stored off site; advance notice required for use.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights retained. Contact Special Collections for details.

Acquisition Info: Claire A. and John C. Koenig, 2011-09-27 and 2012-05-25

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Accession
1 2734-004
Biographical data
1949-1988
1 2734-004
Passports and IDs
1940s-2000s
1 2734-004
Documents
1942-1977
2 2734-004
Documents
1978-1999
3 2734-004
Documents
1999-2007, undated
3 2734-004
Essays
undated
3 2734-004
Invitations
1968-2011
3 2734-004
Galeries D'Art
1982
4 2734-004
Lecture notes and slide show
1985
4 2734-004
Smithsonian Cummings interview
1976
4 2734-004
Miscellaneous
undated
4 2734-004
KCTS
1999-2003
4 2734-004
Koenig's lecture notes on dance
undated
4 2734-004
"La Danse Contemporaine" working documents
circa 1980
4 2734-004
Cloud Orchard
undated
4 2734-004
"John Franklin Koenig: Northwest Master, Home and Away" exhibit at the Whatcom Museum
2008
4 2734-004
Documents
2008-2010
4 2734-004
Galerie Treize 13
1980s
4 2734-004
Additional Seattle State Exhibition documents
undated
4 2734-004
Miscellaneous documents
undated
4 2734-004
War Years documents
May 1943-February 1946
5 2734-004
War Years documents
May 1945-February 1946
5 2734-004
Thoughts and drawings by Koenig
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Artists--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Art--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Art--Washington (State)--Seattle--Exhibitions
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Personal Names :
  • Koenig, John Franklin, 1924-2008--Archives
  • Koenig, John Franklin, 1924-2008--Interviews
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Ephemera
  • Interviews
  • Oral histories
  • Personal correspondence
  • Records (Documents)
  • Sound recordings