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Robert W. White papers, 1889-2003, bulk circa 1920s-2003

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Creator:
White, Robert W. (Robert Winthrop), 1921-2002
Subject:
La Farge, Bancel
Franklin, Gilbert A. (Gilbert Alfred)
Lowe, David
Fleischmann, Patricia
Huntington, Willard R.
O'Cain, Walker
White, Bessie Chanler
Cremer, Theodore
White, Lawrence Grant
Platt, Frank C. (Frank Cheney),
Lessard, Suzannah
Kean, Rebekah Harkness
Resika, Ellen
Oxman, Mark
Hancock, Walker Kirtland
Ames, Amyas
Harrison, Jim
Fosburgh, Hugh
Matthiessen, Peter
Lamb, Ward
Styron, William
Russotto, Paul
Pope, Laura Spencer
Resika, Paul
Hobbs, Susan
White, Claire Nicolas
Simon, Sidney
Oxman, Katja
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon),
National Academy of Design (U.S.)
American Academy in Rome
Graham Gallery
Century Association (New York, N.Y.)
Parsons School of Design
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.School
Parsons School of Design
United States.Coast Guard
Heckscher Museum
American Battle Monuments Commission
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Davis Galleries
Steuben Glass, inc
Suffolk Museum
Graham Modern (Gallery)
Peabody Museum
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
8.4 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
The papers of New York sculptor and educator Robert White measure 8.4 linear feet and date from 1889-2003, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1920s-2003. Extensive correspondence chronicles Robert White's relationships with family and friends, and his professional activities spanning over a seventy year period. The collection also includes biographical material, project files, personal business records, notes and writings, artwork, printed material, artifacts, and photographs.
Biographical materials include a curriculum vita, documentation relating to White's service in the U.S. Coast Guard, and a memorial card for White's daughter, Natalie Laura White.
Correspondence contains mostly incoming letters from family and friends, and from clients, galleries, museums, arts organizations, university administrators, and students. Letters from Robert White's parents, Lawrence Grant White and Bessie Chanler White, and from Claire Nicolas White and her family provide a detailed portrait of the White family and their extended circle of friends, artists, writers, and other prominent individuals in the arts. Other personal correspondence reflects White's long term friendships with Jim Harrison, Peter Matthiessen, and William Styron. Many of White's friends were also connected to the artist through professional ties and their letters can be found in family and friends correspondence, and in general correspondence: correspondents include Gil Franklin, Walker Hancock, Willard R. Huntington, Ben La Farge, Ward Lamb, Walker O'Cain, Mark and Katja Oxman, Frank C. Platt, Paul and Ellen Resika, Paul Russotto, and Sidney Simon.
General correspondence mainly centers on Robert White's exhibitions, commissioned projects, and his teaching positions. Included are letters from Amyas Ames, Theodore Cremer, Davis Galleries, Patricia Fleischman, Hugh Fosburgh, Rebekah Harkness Kean, David Garrard Lowe, Parsons School of Design, Laura Spencer Pope, S. Dillon Ripley, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Steuben Glass, and the Suffolk Museum and Carriage House. Robert White had a long term affiliation with several professional associations and there are letters from professional associations: American Academy in Rome, the Augustus Saint Gaudens Memorial, Century Association, National Academy of Design.
Project files mostly concern Robert White's exhibitions and his commissioned work. Exhibition materials relate to White's business dealings with galleries and museums, particularly with Davis Galleries, Graham Gallery, and Graham Modern. There are substantive files on several of White's public and private commissions: American Battle Monuments Commission, Peabody Museum, and Steuben Glass.
Personal business records are scattered in content. Files contain materials relating to Robert White's participation in professional associations. Also found are files concerning his teaching appointments and business transactions with foundries, particularly the casting done by Modern Foundry for some of White's commissioned sculptures.
Notes and writings by Robert White include diaries, artist's statements, notebooks, essays on art, and notes. Notebooks contain Robert White's notes or drafts of his classroom lectures.
Sketchbooks include White's studies for his drawings. Printed material contains newspaper clippings and periodicals; exhibition announcements, catalogs, brochures, and posters, press releases and newsletters; and miscellaneous printed material. Clippings provide an overview of Robert White's activities as an artist.
Photographs house portrait shots of Robert White, White in his studio, and photographs of his artwork. Also found are photographs of Claire Nicolas White.
Citation:
Robert W. White papers, 1889-2003, bulk circa 1920s-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Related Materials:
The Archives holds the Artists' Gallery records, 1936-1966 and the Russell Lynes papers, 1935-1986 that include photographs of Robert White. The images are available in digital format on the Archives of American Art website.
Biography Note:
Robert W. White (1921-2002) was a sculptor and educator from New York, N.Y. and St. James, N.Y.
Provenance:
The Robert W. White Papers were donated in 2003 by Claire Nicolas White, widow of Robert White.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Diaries
Sculpture
Educators
Artists' studios
Sketchbooks
Illustrators
Sketches
Sculptors
Sound recordings
Lectures
Essays
Painters
Notebooks
Photographs
Drawings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11144
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)246988
AAA_collcode_whiterobe
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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