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Finding aid for the Joseph Garramone Kokoon Arts Club collection

Repository: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title: Joseph Garramone Kokoon Arts Club collection
Inclusive Date(s): 1930-1963
Author: Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Traina
Creation: Finding aid encoded by Elizabeth Traina using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2011
Origination: Garramone, Joseph
Extent: 2.33 cubic feet (2 flat oversize boxes, 1 document case)
Physical Location: 11th Floor
Finding Aid Identifier: OhKeUSC0134
Abstract: This collection, dating from 1930-1963, contains artwork created by Joseph Garramone as well as correspondence related to his involvement in the Kokoon Arts Club of Cleveland, Ohio.
Language(s): The records are in English

Biography of Joseph Garramone

Born in Laurenzana, Italy in 1886, Joseph Garramone came to the United States with his family via New York from Naples in 1897. Upon arrival, the family settled in Cleveland, Ohio. Garramone attended grade school in Cleveland and subsequently, attended the Cleveland School of Art from 1904 through his graduation in 1907. He was awarded a scholarship to the New York School of Art and studied there under Robert Henri for two years. In 1909, after completing his education, Garramone returned to Cleveland and was employed at The Otis Lithograph Company, where the premier product of the time was commercial theatrical posters. In 1911, Garramone, along with several other artist colleagues at Otis Lithograph, founded the Kokoon Arts Club. Garramone also produced artwork independently, working from his home studio. His work was exhibited on several occasions in the May Show at the Cleveland Museum of Art. From approximately 1923 to 1948, Garramone and his wife Rose owned and managed The Pengwin, a restaurant, candy counter, bakery and soda fountain, located in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Garramone died on November 28, 1963.

Scope and Content

This collection includes original artwork created by Joseph Garramone for the Kokoon Arts Club as well as various photographs and correspondence relating to his involvement in the organization. The artwork consists of drawings and paintings that were used as decoration for the Kokoon Arts Club's annual masquerade balls. The bulk of the correspondence dates from between 1949 to 1963, and includes original letters and postcards (some photocopies) from a number of artist acquaintances including William Zorach, August Biehle, Joe and Jerry Jicha, and a more extensive collection of letters from Hugo Robus.

Statement of Arrangement

The Joseph Garramone Kokoon Arts Club collection is organized by series as follows: Series 1: Personal Information; Series 2: Correspondence (with subseries arranged alphabetically by author); Series 3: Photographs; Series 4: Sketches and paintings (arranged chronologically, then alphabetically)

Related Material

Additional information related to the Kokoon Arts Club can be found in the Kokoon Arts Club and Philip Kaplan papers.

Processing Information

This collection was processed at the item level.

Preferred Citation

Joseph Garramone Kokoon Arts Club collection. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Acquisition Information

Joseph F. Garibotti, grandson of Joseph Garramone, donated this collection to Kent State University Special Collections and Archives on August 31, 2010.

Subject Headings
The following subjects are found in this collection:

Subjects:
Garramone, Joseph -- Archives.
Kokoon Arts Club (Cleveland, Ohio)
Art -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Societies, etc.
Art, Modern -- 20th century.
Art, American -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
Balls (Parties) -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- 20th century.
Cleveland (Ohio) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Cleveland (Ohio) -- History -- 20th century.
Painters -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
Persons:
Robus, Hugo, 1885-1964.
Zorach, William, 1889-1966.
Biehle, August F., 1885-1979.
Jicha, Joseph, 1901-1960.
Organizations/Corporations:
Otis Lithograph Company.
Kokoon Arts Club (Cleveland, Ohio)
Functions:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- Management.
Places:
Cleveland (Ohio)
Occupations:
Artists.
Arts administrators.
Material Types:
Correspondence.
Photographs.
Drawings (visual works)
Works of art.
Paintings.



Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Information, 1963, undated
Box 1 / Folder 1
Biography of Joseph Garramone, undated
Box 1 / Folder 2
Obituary of Joseph Garramone, 1963

Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-1963

Subseries 1: Letters from Hugo Robus, 1949-1963
Box 1 / Folder 3
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, June 1, 1949
Box 1 / Folder 4
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, March 5, 1950
Box 1 / Folder 5
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, April 30, 1950
Box 1 / Folder 6
Letter: Hugo Robus to Jospeh Garramone, November 28, 1950
Box 1 / Folder 7
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, March 28, 1951
Box 1 / Folder 8
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, December 14, 1951
Box 1 / Folder 9
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, October 14, 1954
Box 1 / Folder 10
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, June 25, 1955
Box 1 / Folder 11
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, December 31, 1958
Box 1 / Folder 12
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, January 14, 1959
Box 1 / Folder 13
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, February 14, 1959
Box 1 / Folder 14
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, March 20, 1959
Box 1 / Folder 15
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, May 27, 1959
Box 1 / Folder 16
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, July 15, 1959
Box 1 / Folder 17
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, October 17, 1959
Box 1 / Folder 18
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, January 3, 1960
Box 1 / Folder 19
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, May 16, 1960
Box 1 / Folder 20
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, August 10, 1960
Box 1 / Folder 21
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, August 16, 1960
Box 1 / Folder 22
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, November 3, 1960
Box 1 / Folder 23
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, February 22, 1961
Box 1 / Folder 24
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, May 18, 1961
Box 1 / Folder 25
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, July 31, 1961
Box 1 / Folder 26
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, August 11, 1961
Box 1 / Folder 27
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, September 25, 1961
Box 1 / Folder 28
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, January 15, 1962
Box 1 / Folder 29
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, June 4, 1962
Box 1 / Folder 30
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, July 19, 1962
Box 1 / Folder 31
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, August 21, 1962
Box 1 / Folder 32
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, September 26, 1962
Box 1 / Folder 33
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, January 19, 1963
Box 1 / Folder 34
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, March 6, 1963
Box 1 / Folder 35
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, May 15, 1963
Box 1 / Folder 36
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, October 25, 1963
Box 1 / Folder 37
Letter: Hugo Robus to Joseph Garramone, December 23, 1963

Subseries 2: Letters from William Zorach, 1950-1962
Box 1 / Folder 38
Letter: William Zorach to Joseph Garramone, January 12, 1950
Physical Description: Photocopy
Box 1 / Folder 39
Letter: William Zorach to Joseph Garramone, March 2, 1962
Physical Description: Photocopy
Box 1 / Folder 40
Postcard: William Zorach to Joseph Garramone, March 6, 1962
Physical Description: Photocopy
Box 1 / Folder 41
Postcard: William Zorach to Joseph Garramone, March 23, 1962
Physical Description: Photocopy

Subseries 3: Miscellaneous Correspondence, undated
Box 1 / Folder 42
Christmas card from August Biehle to Joseph and Rose Garramone, undated
Box 1 / Folder 43
Letter: Holiday greetings from Joe and Jerry Jicha to Joseph and Rose Garramone, undated

Series 3: Photographs, undated
Box 1 / Folder 44
Photograph of Kokoon Club Bal group, including Joseph and Rose Garramone, undated
Box 1 / Folder 45
Photograph of William Zorach (L) and Joseph Garramone (R) at Otis Lithography Company, Cleveland, Ohio, undated

Series 4: Sketches and Paintings, 1930, undated
Box 2 / Folder 1
Female figure, 1930
Physical Description: Pencil and pastel on canvas board
Box 2 / Folder 2
Male figure, back view, 1931
Physical Description: Watercolor sketch
Box 2 / Folder 3
Ballet figure, undated
Physical Description: Ink and pencil sketch
Box 2 / Folder 4
"Bal Masque", undated
Physical Description: Painting
Box 2 / Folder 5
"Design for Kookoon Club" [sic], undated
Physical Description: Pencil sketch
Box 2 / Folder 6
"Figure #1", undated
Physical Description: Painting
Box 2 / Folder 7
Female figure, undated
Physical Description: Painted pencil sketch
Box 2 / Folder 8
Female dancing figure, undated
Physical Description: Ink and pencil sketch
Box 3 / Folder 1
Figure sounding horn, undated
Physical Description: Pastel
Box 3 / Folder 2
"Kookoon Ball" [sic] stylized face, undated
Physical Description: Painting
Box 3 / Folder 3
"Kookoon Club" [sic] Devil-like face, undated
Physical Description: Painting
Box 3 / Folder 4
"Kookoon Club Ball" [sic] stylized face, undated
Physical Description: Painting
Box 3 / Folder 5
"Kookoon Club Bal Decoration" [sic], undated
Physical Description: Painting
Box 3 / Folder 6
Kokoon Club Bal decoration, undated
Physical Description: Painting
Box 3 / Folder 7
"Sketch - Kookoon Arts Club Poster" [sic], undated
Physical Description: Pencil sketch
Box 3 / Folder 8
Turkish dancing figures, undated
Physical Description: Pencil sketch and paint on board