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Gustave Baumann Collection

Identifier: ms02

Scope and Content

This Collection consists of biographic material; bibliographies; lists of various objects created by Gustave Baumann; information and material about the marionette's; information on the history of Baumann exhibitions; photographs; correspondence; clippings; books; and artwork.

This Collection also itemizes the collection of papers donated to these archives. In 1973 Jane Baumann and her daughter Ann donated the entire collection, props, and theater of the master's puppet family to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. The history of this project is traced by the records in Section IV.


  • 1918-1993


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research by appointment, Monday through Friday, during administrative museum hours.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biography or History

Gustave Baumann (1881-1971) was born in Magdeburg, Germany. During a brief period of study in Munich (1905) he created his first woodcuts. As a young boy, Baumann imigrated to Chicago where he began his career in a commercial-arts studio. At night he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, as he put it to get nearer to art. He also had strong ties to the Brown County (IN) colony, and created scenes of purity, beauty, and ease that spoke of an innocence in America.

In New York and Provincetown, he widened his circle of artistic associations to include the printmakers Ethal Mars, L.O. Griffith , and B.J.O. Nordfeldt. On the advice of fellow artist Walter Ufer, Baumann traveled to Taos, New Mexico, in the spring of 1918.

Baumann was one of the founders of the Santa Fe art colony along with John Sloan, Randall Davey and Freemont Ellis. Of all the artists who call Santa Fe, New Mexico, their home, Gustave Baumann is one of the town's most beloved and respected. Baumann was renowned as a master of wood-cuts and puppet-making. He lived in Santa Fe for more than fifty years, carving into wood southwestern landscapes, ancient Indian petroglyphs, scenes of traditional Pueblo life, and spring and summer gardens and orchards that are so immediately recognizable that one is tempted to say one knows not only the places but the artist himself.


2 cu. ft.


This collection is arranged chronologically in series within each folder. Original order was not maintained.

Separated Material

No known material is separated.


Contact Information

  1. Museum of Fine Arts
  2. P.O. Box 2087
  3. Santa Fe, NM 87504
  4. Phone: 505-476-5061
  5. Fax: 505-476-5076
  6. Email:
  7. URL:


Processing Information

Collection originally processed by Arnold Stream; revised by Bae Smith and Velma Rodriguez.
Inventory of the Gustave Baumann Collection, 1918-1993
Processed by Arnold Stream
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico Museum of Art Repository

107 West Palace Avenue
Santa Fe NM 87501 USA