Texas Archival Resources Online

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence:

Financial and legal records:

Biographical and other personal materials:

Organizations:

Certificates, awards, and honors:

Literary productions:

Sculpture and art-related materials:

Miscellaneous printed material

Scrapbooks:

Printed material:

Unprocessed Material:

Photographs:

Other Material:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Coppini-Tauch Papers, 1892-1988



Descriptive Summary

Creators Coppini, Pompeo Luigi, 1870-1957 ; Tauch, Waldine Amanda, 1892-1986
Title Coppini-Tauch Papers,
Dates: 1892-1988
Abstract Collection of correspondence, business and other records of Pompeo Luigi Coppini (1870-1957) and his protegee, Waldine Amanda Tauch (1892-1986), sculptors, with works in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas, Texas.
Extent 42 ft., 7 in.
Languages Materials are in English and Italian.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Pompeo Luigi Coppini (1870-1957) was born in Moglia, Italy. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence with the highest honors and emigrated to America in March 1896, married Elizabeth de Barbieri in 1897, and became a naturalized citizen in 1902. Coppini came to Texas in 1901 when he was commissioned to create the equestrian statue of Terry's Texas Rangers at Austin. In 1902 he was commissioned to execute the Albert Sidney Burleson memorial, which he considered one of his best portrait statues. The Coppinis lived in San Antonio until 1916 when they moved to Chicago and later to New York. They moved back to San Antonio where Coppini lived and worked until he retired. He published his memoirs as From Dawn to Sunset in 1949 (San Antonio: Press of the Naylor Co.).

Coppini was a promoter of the fine arts. He was founder and president emeritus of the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio, and he once headed the Fine Arts Department at Trinity University in San Antonio. He received an honorary degree from Baylor University in 1941, as well as many other prestigious awards, and he belonged to numerous clubs and fraternities. He was decorated posthumously with the Star of Italian Solidarity. Among his most notable works are the Littlefield Memorial Fountain at The University of Texas at Austin; the Heroes of the Alamo cenotaph in San Antonio; the equestrian statue of General John Hunt Morgan in Lexington, Kentucky; the John H. Reagan monument in Palestine, Texas.

Waldine Amanda Tauch was born in Schulenburg, Fayette County, Texas, in 1892. Soon after the Tauch family moved to Brady, Mrs. F. W. Henderson, president of the Brady Tuesday Club, became aware of Tauch's talent and arranged for her to become a pupil of the well-known sculptor Pompeo Coppini, who was then established in San Antonio. She was invited to live with the Coppinis and won the sculptor's admiration for her talent and dedication. Waldine became their foster daughter, and lived with them for the rest of their lives. Upon completion of her studies, she became Coppini's assistant and contributed to many of his most famous works. She also received commissions for monumental works, which included the Mrs. F. W. Henderson memorial in Richmond, Kentucky; Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneer Monument in Bedford, Indiana; portrait bust of Mrs. Eli Hertzberg at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio; the Moses Austin monument in San Antonio; The Texas Ranger of Today in Dallas; Pippa Passes at Baylor University in Waco; the Texas Independence monument in Gonzales; and the portrait monument of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Van Zandt in Canton, Texas.

Miss Tauch has received many honors. She co-founded, with Coppini, the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio; received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas, in 1941; and was associate professor in the Fine Arts Department at Trinity University in San Antonio. She is also a member of many associations and societies. Her biography, From Chalk to Bronze by Alice Hutson, appeared in 1978 (Austin: Shoal Creek Publishers).

Return to the Table of Contents


Scope and Contents of the Papers

Combined collection of Pompeo Luigi Coppini (1870-1957) and his protegee, Waldine Amanda Tauch (1892-1986), sculptors, whose most notable works in Texas are the Littlefield Memorial Fountain at the University of Texas at Austin, the Heroes of the Alamo cenotaph and the Moses Austin monument in San Antonio, and the Texas Ranger of Today in Dallas. Papers concern career and family matters of Coppini, his wife Elizabeth Barbieri, and Coppini's family in Italy. Tauch's papers relate to her family and her artistic career. Includes some material relating to the founding and early operation of the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio, Texas.

NOTE: Contains correspondence written in Italian.

Return to the Table of Contents


 

Organization

Organized in eight series: 1. General correspondence. 2. Personal correspondence. 3. Financial and legal records. 4. Literary productions. 5. Miscellany. 6. Scrapbooks. 7. Printed material. 8. Photographs and artistic productions.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Return to the Table of Contents


Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Return to the Table of Contents


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Coppini, Pompeo, 1870- --Archives.
Coppini, Pompeo, 1870- --Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
Coppini, Pompeo, 1870- --Photographs.
Coppini family--Photographs.
Tauch, Waldine, 1892-
Tauch, Waldine, 1892- --Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
Tauch, Waldine, 1892- --Photographs.
Tauch family--Photographs.
Hertzberg, Harry.
Littlefield, George W. (George Washington), 1842-1920.
Paxson, Ethel.
Subjects (Organizations)
Coppini Academy of Fine Arts.
Subjects
Monuments--Texas.
Sculptors--Texas.
Sculpture, American.
Littlefield Memorial Fountain.

Return to the Table of Contents


Related Material

Typescript draft of Pompeo Coppini's autobiography available in published form as From Dawn to Sunset (San Antonio, Texas: Press of the Naylor Co., 1949).

Return to the Table of Contents


Separated Material

Coppini Fine Arts Academy Records have been separated to form a discrete collection.

Return to the Table of Contents


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coppini-Tauch Papers, 1892-1988, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Return to the Table of Contents


Description of Series

 

Correspondence:

box
3N329 Unprocessed:
1899-1933
box
3N330 1934-1952
box
3N331 1952-1959
box
3N332 1960-1988, and undated
box
3N337-3N338 Greeting cards
box
3N339 Christmas cards
box
3R149 General:
Coppini:
1905-1913
box
3R150 1914-July 1918
box
3R151 August 1918-1927
box
3R152 Littlefield Memorial Fountain, 1919-1933
box
3N334 Ferdinand Palla, Pietrosanta, Italy, 1920-1954
box
3N341 Italian, 1921-1931
box
3R153 1928-May 1930
box
3R154 June 1930-March 1932
box
3R155 April 1932-August 1933
Alamo Cenotaph, 1933-1941
box
3R156 September 1933-1938
box
3N345 Texas Centennial, "Pioneer Woman," "Texas Rangers," 1935-1962
box
3R157 1939-July 1949
box
3N341 From Dawn to Sunset, and other materials, 1947-1970
box
3R158 August 1949-1960, and undated
box
3N345 Dallas, and other materials, 1958-1962, and undated
box
3N342 "Il Reduce Di Guerra," and binder, undated
box
3R159 Tauch:
1911-August 1929
box
3R160 September 1929-December 1936
box
3R161 1937-1940
box
3R162 1941-1953
box
3R163 1954-1965
box
3R164 1966-October 1969
Institute of Texan Cultures, 1967-1975
box
3R165
November 1969-March 1975
box
3R166 April 1975-October 1982, and undated
box
3R167 Undated
box
3R168 Undated
Christmas greetings:
1929-1974
box
3R169 1975-1981, and undated
Birthday greetings, 1965-1982, and undated
Messages of sympathy, 1969-1981
box
3R170 Get-well cards, 1982 and undated
Miscellaneous greeting cards, undated
Personal:
Coppini/Lizzie/Tauch/others:
1909-1935
box
3R171 June 1935-September 1939
box
3R172 October 1939-1957, and undated
Coppini:
1899 (1907-March 1951)
box
3R173 April 1951-1956, and undated
Tauch:
1892 (1907-May 1925)
box
3R174 June 1925-1933
box
3R175 1934-1971
box
3R176 1972-1982, and undated
box folder
2.325/T54b 2 Letter to Tauch from Michael LeBlanc, Nacogdoches, Texas, undated

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Financial and legal records:

box
3R176 General:
1916-September 1941
box
3N333 1919-1976
box
3R177 October 1941-1979
box
3R178 1980-1981, and undated
box
3N336 Tauch ledgers, 1933-1968
box
3N333 Business records, 1935-1978

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Biographical and other personal materials:

box
3N333 General biographical, Coppini and Tauch
Requests from biographical publications, 1923-1952, and undated
House, studio, and apartment materials, 1922-1964, and undated
box folder
2.325/T54b 2 House floor plan
box
3N337 Photocopies of inscriptions in books and other printed items
box
3N340 Address books
box
3N346 Memorials, deaths, and funeral materials
Religious and church-related materials
box
3N350 Warren Hester materials relating to Tauch and Coppini

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Organizations:

box
3N334 Professional:
Artists and Craftsmen Association, forms, correspondence, 1959-1962, and undated
box
3N333 General, newsletters, press releases, correspondence, 1939-1974, and undated
box
3N335 Service:
Rotary Club:
Correspondence and other materials, 1924-1960
box folder
2.325/T54b 2 Rotary Club of New York, 1929-1930
box
3N334 General, 1912-1958
General:
Panhandle Plains Historical Society, brochures, correspondence, 1960-1964
box
3N333 Texas Club of New York, 1936-1953
Chile Thirteen Club, 1905

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Certificates, awards, and honors:

box
3R179 General:
1919-1970
box
3N334 1904-1982
Coppini's certificate of Registration of American Citizen, 1908
Tauch nomination to Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1961
box folder
2.325/T54b 2 Coppini Scottish Rite Award, 1913
Coppini Final Naturalization Certificate, 1903
Tauch, American Bicentennial Research Institute Certificate, 1973
Miscellaneous certificates and awards, Coppini and Tauch

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Literary productions:

box
3N327 Coppini diaries:
1908, 1922-1939
box
3N328 1940-1957
box
3N341 "My Life Diary," Coppini, chapters 1-9, typescript
box
3R178 From Dawn to Sunset, bound typescript and notes
box
3R179 Speeches, addresses and miscellany:
1922-1947, and undated
box
3N341 1936-1955, and undated
box folder
2.325/T54b 2 Poem, "Broken Wings"

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Sculpture and art-related materials:

box
3N342, 3N347 Sketchbooks
box
3N342 Material removed from Tauch sketchbooks
box
3N343-3N344 Visual references and other research materials
box
3N346 Biographical sketches of sculpture subjects and others
Sculpture project information, 1917-1963, and undated
Consolidated Gas Company of New York, materials related to dedication of commemorative tablet, 1934
Metallic Art Company
box
3N345 Questionnaires for art students, 1944
Alamo Cenotaph materials
Moses Austin monument materials
George Washington statute, unveiling, correspondence and other materials, 1955
General MacArthur statute, Howard Payne College, correspondence and printed material, 1961-1967
Coppini memorial materials
box
3N346 Invitations and pamphlets
Exhibit invitations and pamphlets
Oscar Hammerstein invitation, 1927
Materials related to art exhibits
box folder
2.325/T54b 2 Mock-up for a Tauch exhibit program, 1963
2 Brochure, Lawrence M. Ludtke, sculptor
2 List of art work for sale, undated

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Miscellaneous printed material

box folder
2.325/T54b 2 Guest book, oversize
box
3N349 Guest book
box
3R179 Guest book, December 9, 1978
Cards
Visiting cards
box
3N337 Exhibit cards
Business cards, gift enclosures
box
3N342 Sheet music
box
3N333 Maps
box folder
2.325/T54b 2 San Antonio tourist map, undated
box
3N345 San Antonio pamphlets, newsletters
Trinity University materials
Baylor University materials
box
3N349, 3N337 Notes
box
3N342 Notebooks, 1896, 1897, and undated

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Scrapbooks:

box
3N347 1898-1907
box
3N348 1898-1925, 1908-1915
box
3R180 1908-1978
box folder
2.325/T54b 1 1949-1956
box
3N336 Tauch scrapbook, 1928-1936
box
3N342 Materials removed from Tauch scrapbook
box
3N337 Materials removed from scrapbooks and address books

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Printed material:

box
3R180 Newspaper clippings:
1911-1982 and undated
1913-1955
1956-1968
1969-1973
1974-1981 and undated
3R181
General
box
3N337 Miscellaneous clippings
box
2.325/T54a Clipping scrapbooks, 1933-1969
box
3N360 Clippings, photocopies, and miscellaneous printed materials (unprocessed)
box
2.325/T54b Miscellaneous clippings:
General, magazines (unprocessed)
Tauch's statue of General MacArthur, Howard Payne College news magazine, undated
Groundbreaking ceremony, Alamo Cenotaph, San Antonio Light, 1939
Tauch, San Antonio Express Magazine, section, October 5, 1947
Tauch, 1951?, 1956, 1965
box
3N337 Printed materials related to Coppini, Tauch, and art topics
box
3N347 Membership directories, related items, and other printed materials
box
3N357-3N358 Unprocessed printed materials

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Unprocessed Material:

box
3N351-3N352 Unprocessed
box
3N353-3N356 Unprocessed (to be photocopied for preservation)
box
3N359 Unprocessed (photocopied for preservation)

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Photographs:

box
3Y46 Elizabeth de Barbieri Coppini; Pompeo Coppini; Waldine Amanda Tauch
box
3Y47 Waldine Amanda Tauch; Relatives
box
3Y48 Coppini's works; Tauch's works
box
3Y49 Tauch's works; Negatives; Postcards; Drawings and sketches
box
3S201 Coppini's works; Tauch's works
box
OD1313 Panoramic view of San Antonio Arsenal; Drawings and sketches; Blueprints
box
3S292-3S297, 3So4, 3W7-3W12 Photographs (unprocessed)

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Other Material:

box
3So5 Glass plate negatives of Coppini's "Terry Texas Ranger"
box
3So1, 3So2, 2.116/OD1289 Assorted scale drawings and other art work primarily relating to sculpture

Return to the Table of Contents