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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Fanny V. Normann, 1940-1977, undated

Charles B. Normann, 1930-1985, undated

Austin History Center

Charles and Fanny Normann Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Normann, Charles Berkeley, Normann, Fanny Velma
Title: Charles and Fanny Normann Papers
Dates: 1930-1985
Dates (Bulk): 1940-1975
Abstract: Charles and Fanny Normann were artists and teachers who lived and worked in Austin, Texas, during the 20th century. The materials in the collection document their life and interests through clippings, correspondence, photographs, ledgers, administrative records, financial materials, instructional materials, drawings and certificates.
Accession number: AR.2019.024
Quantity: 1.4 linear feet (4 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks, qAR, Outer Vault
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Charles Berkeley Normann was born on December 16, 1903, in Sande, Norway. He learned skills such as sewing and wood carving while working at various apprenticeships, and studied at several fine and applied arts schools in Norway. At 19, he immigrated to the United States, eventually settling in Austin, Texas. In August 1928, he married Fanny Velma Harris and they had a son and a daughter. In the late 1930s, Normann and Fanny collaborated on the painting The Reading of the Texas Declaration of Independence as well as an embroidered wall hanging entitled The Presidents. He was appointed Director of Art at the Texas School of fine Arts in 1938 and later served as director of the school. During World War II, he served as a cartographer for the Second Battalion Field Artillery Detail. In 1985, Normann died of a heart attack and is buried at Post Mountain Cemetery in Burnet.

Fanny V. Normann was born in Frio County, Texas, in 1910. As a young adult, she moved to Austin and paid her way through the University of Texas by working as a nurse at St. David's Hospital and Austin State Hospital. For many years, Normann lived in Austin but taught journalism, drama, and English in Frio County. She was involved in Austin's Hyde Park Neighborhood Association and helped preserve historic homes in the neighborhood in the 1960s. She died in February 1999 and her body was donated to science at her request.

Sources

Thatcher, Rebecca. "Normann's art immortalized Texas patriots." Austin American-Statesman (TX), February 18, 1999: B3. NewsBank: America's News.

Handbook of Texas Online, Kendall Curlee, "NORMANN, CHARLES BERKELEY," accessed March 07, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fno18.

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Scope and Contents

The first series in the collection documents Fanny V. Normann from 1940-1977. The materials are arranged into general files, hospital documentation, Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, and political activities. Of interest are photographs of buildings and grounds of Austin State Hospital from 1947-1960 and photographs of nurses and staff at Holy Cross Hospital in the 1970s. (Photographs of Austin State Hospital patients are restricted under Texas Health and Safety codes, see access restriction note.) The bulk of Fanny V. Normann's materials document her involvement with the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association and include mailing lists, clippings, correspondence, and items related to the Hyde Park Homes Tour in the 1970s. Photographs of homes, events, and people are included as well as color slides of Peter Mansbendal's wood sculptures. Political activities are documented through photographs, correspondence, and flyers. Of interest are two 1964 photographs of a segregation protest rally at Wooldridge Square. On the back of one of the photographs, Normann wrote, "'Freedom Now' segregation rally, Wooldridge Park, '64 - B.T. Bonner, leader in white hat and dark glasses. Marched long parade from Doris Miller Auditorium in East Austin to the downtown park."

The bulk of the collection documents Charles B. Normann from 1930-1985. Photographs, clippings, administrative records, notes, programs, and instructional materials document Charles B. Normann's work as an artist and art instructor. Of note are images of his work, arranged by subject, including murals, nature scenes, and portraits. His work for Texas School of Fine Arts is documented through financial records, administrative records, student lists, instructional materials, and photographs primarily from the 1950s to early 1970s.

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Arrangement

Collection is arranged into two main series:


  • Fanny V. Normann
  • Charles B. Normann

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users. Photographs #001-016 are restricted under Texas Health and Safety Code, 576.005 and 595.001. Please consult with the Curator of Archives or Managing Archivist to request access to these photographs.

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Normann, Fanny Velma, 1910-1999.
Normann, Charles Berkeley, 1903-1985.
Subjects (Organizations)
Hyde Park Neighborhood Association.
Texas School of Fine Arts.
Austin State Hospital (Austin, Tex.).
Holy Cross Hospital (Austin, Tex.).
Texas Fine Arts Club.
Travis County Democratic Party.
Subjects
Art--Texas--Austin.
Artists--Texas--Austin.
Art--Study and teaching.
Nurses--Texas--Austin.
Private schools--Texas--Austin.
Art schools--Texas--Austin.
Neighborhood government--Texas--Austin.
Segregation--Texas--Austin.
Political participation.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Hyde Park (Austin, Tex.).
Wooldridge Park (Austin, Tex.).
Document Types
Booklets.
Brochures.
Bylaws.
Certificates.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Drawings.
Financial records.
Instructional materials.
Ledgers.
Membership lists.
Portraits.
Sketches.
Black-and-white photographs.
Color photographs.
Color slides.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 371.0209764 Te, Texas School of Fine Arts, Inc., Austin, Texas. 1930.
  • A 920 He, Heroes of Texas: Featuring Oil Portraits From the Summerfield G. Roberts Collection. 1964.
  • A 728.0976431 HY, Hyde Park Historic Homes Tour.

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Charles Berkeley Normann
  • AF Subject - Private Schools - Texas School of Fine Arts P7200(36)
  • AF Subject - Art Galleries - Texas School for Fine Arts Club Gallery A6400(30)
  • AF Subject - Tourist Trade - Historic Hyde Park Homes Tour T7000(2)
  • AF Subject - Neighborhood Groups - Hyde Park Neighborhood Association N1900(7)
  • AF Subject - Texas State Hospital - Austin (T5200)

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Separated Material

Duplicate items were deaccessioned. Newsletters and magazines were separated to the AHC Periodicals Collection. An essay about the Carrington-Covert House was separated to HB - Colorado Street, 1511.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials were donated by descendent of Charles and Fanny Normann.

Preferred Citation

Charles and Fanny Normann Papers (AR.2019.024). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2014/014

Donation Date: 2019 July 14

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus in March 2020.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Fanny V. Normann, 1940-1977, undated

General, 1940-1976, undated
Box Folder
1 1 Brochures, programs, directory, 1960-1976
2 Clippings, undated
3 Photographs (#053-056), circa 1940-1960
Hospitals, 1947-1972, undated
Box Folder
1 4 Austin State Hospital, 1947-1960
Box
4 Austin State Hospital patient photographs (#001-016) [RESTRICTED], 1947
Photographs #001-016 are restricted under Texas Health and Safety Code, 576.005 and 595.001.
Box Folder
1 5 Austin State Hospital buildings and grounds photographs (#017-027), 1947, undated
6 Nursing staff at Holy Cross Hospital (#028-036), 1955, 1971-1972
Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, 1973-1977
Box Folder
1 7 Correspondence, 1975-1976
8 Mailing lists, articles, research, 1973-1977
9 4013 Guadalupe history and notes, 1974-1975
10 Hyde Park Homes Tour materials, undated
Photographs, 1947-1975, undated
Box Folder
1 11 Houses, buildings, structures (#057-107), 1947, 1969-1970
12 Houses and buildings detail shots (#108-167), circa 1960s-1970s
13 4013 Guadalupe (#168-172), circa 1970s
14 Outdoor events (#173-198), 1974-1975
15 People (#199-208), undated
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Neg. Drawer Peter Mansbendal woodworking [color slides], undated
Politics, 1960-1972
Box Folder
1 16 "Freedom Now" rally at Wooldridge Park photographs (#209-210), 1964
17 Stevenson Club, 1960
18 Travis County Democratic Party, 1960-1972

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Charles B. Normann, 1930-1985, undated

General, 1936-1984, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Business cards, membership cards, 1960s-1980s
2 Exhibit programs, 1940-1948
3 Normann and Fultz Art Shop ledger, 1937-1939
4 Photographs (#211-230), circa 1940s-1970s
5 Resume, letter of recommendation, 1950, undated
6 Scholz Garten mural notes, 1982-1984
Paintings, 1936-1964, undated
Box Folder
2 7 Murals at restaurants (#037-052), circa 1950s
8 Nature scenes and buildings (#231-241), undated
9 Portraits of children, elderly couple (#242-245), undated
10 Portraits of men (#246-283), 1937-1949, undated
11 Portraits of women (#284-293), 1939-1951, undated
12 Reading of Texas Declaration of Independence (#294), 1936-1961
13 Texas Heroes information and contract (#295), 1962-1964
Texas School of Fine Arts, 1930-1985, undated
Box Folder
3 1 Administrative records, 1952-1974
2 Clippings, 1939-1985
3 Curricula, class schedules, 1939-1972, undated
Location BoxItem
qAR 087/034 Diplomas, 1972-1973
Financial, 1969-1975
Box Folder
3 4 Budget, 1969
5 Deposits, 1971-1975
6 Instructional materials, undated
7-8 Photographs (#296-340), circa 1940s-1970s
9 Programs, 1930-1964
10 Student lists, 1958-1963
11 Studios and gallery, undated
12 Texas Fine Arts Club, 1975, undated

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