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John Muench Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 0356

Scope and Contents

The Muench papers are the work of a Maine artist, an internationally known lithographer. Included are correspondence, personal letters, exhibition catalogs, reviews, and articles about his work.


  • 1945-1993


Restrictions on Access

This collection is kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice is required for retrieval.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

John Muench was born in Medford, MA, on Oct. 15, 1914. He was the son of James Adams Muench and Marjorie Davie Muench. On Sept. 6, 1941, he married Barbara Davey and they had four children, Robin, Anthony, Katherine, and Jon. A painter and lithographer, he was largely self-taught, with some training at the Art Students League in New York and Academie Julien in Paris. He served as Director of the School of Fine and Applied Art in Portland, Maine from 1958-1965 and as Associate Professor of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1965-1976. He ended his academic tenure as director of the Maine Printmaking Workshop and as artist-in-residence at Westbrook College in Portland, Maine. His paintings and prints have been exhibited in galleries around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, The National Museum in Jerusalem, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Locally, his work has been displayed at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, and at the Joan Whitney Payson Gallery in Portland. Several of his works are included in the University of Maine art collection. He died August 13, 1993 at the age of 78.


3 linear feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Katherine Muench (daughter), Oct. 21, 1994.

Guide to the John Muench Papers
Box And Folder List Available
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for uncoded script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States