Organized into 14 series based primarily on material type: I. Biographical Material II. Correspondence III. Personal Business Records IV. Membership Files V. Millard Sheets & Associates Designs VI. Project Files VII. Teaching and Workshop Files VIII. Painting Trips IX. Exhibition Files X. Jury Files XI. Writings XII. Printed Matter XIII. Photographs XIV. Artwork.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Papers of Millard Sheets reflect Sheets' career as a designer, painter, and muralist, as well as his other personal and professional interests, through correspondence, writings, lectures, clippings, blueprints, drawings, slides, photographs, and ephemera. The project files comprise the largest group of materials in the collection and document design work undertaken by Sheets through his company Millard Sheets & Associates Designs. Other materials document Sheets participation with professional organizations and associations, teaching and exhibition jurying activities and workshops, and exhibitions, his service as an American Specialist in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the USIS, Dept. of State, as cultural arts representative in Turkey in 1960 and in the former USSR in 1961, and painting trips to South East Asia, Tahiti, the Pacific Ocean Rim, Hawaii, and Mexico.
Millard Sheets papers, 1907-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reels 5676-5707 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Ahmanson Foundation in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Watercolorist, painter, muralist, educator, architectural designer; California; b. 1907; d. 1989. Graduate of the Chouinard Art Institute, where he later taught one of the first watercolor classes; professor and chairman at Scripps College in Claremont for 26 years.
The Millard Sheets' papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1992 by Mary B. Sheets, Millard's widow. Millard Sheets loaned a small amount of material for microfilming in 1965.
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