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Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records

Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Names:
American Art Expositions (Firm)  Search this
Joseph G. Reynolds Associates  Search this
Reynolds, Francis, and Rohnstock  Search this
Stained Glass Association of America  Search this
Burnham, Wilbur Herbert, 1887-1974  Search this
Burnham, Wilbur Herbert, Jr., 1913-1984  Search this
Connick, Charles J., 1875-1945  Search this
Portanova, Joseph Domenico, 1909-1979  Search this
Reynolds, Joseph G., 1886-1972  Search this
Extent:
35.9 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Sketches
Photographs
Watercolors
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Date:
circa 1904-1991
Summary:
The records of nationally renowned Boston, Massachussetts, stained glass design company, Wilbur H. Burnham Studios, measure 35.9 linear feet and date from circa 1904-1991. The majority of the collection consists of project files for the studio's stained glass window contracts throughout the United States from the 1920s-1980s. In addition to project files, records include biographical material for the owners, correspondence relating to personal and studio business, general business and financial records, writings such as published articles by Wilbur H. Burnham, scrapbooks and other printed material documenting the history of the company, artwork including extensive watercolor design studies for stained glass, and photographic material.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of nationally renowned Boston, Massachussetts, stained glass design company, Wilbur H. Burnham Studios, measure 35.9 linear feet and date from circa 1904-1991. The majority of the collection consists of project files for the studio's stained glass window contracts throughout the United States from the 1920s-1980s. In addition to project files, records include biographical material for the owners, correspondence relating to personal and studio business, general business and financial records, writings such as published articles by Wilbur H. Burnham, scrapbooks and other printed material documenting the history of the company, artwork including extensive watercolor design studies for stained glass, and photographic material.

Biographical material includes resume details and autobiographical notes for Burnham and Burnham, Jr., in addition to membership and fellow certificates.

Correspondence documents general studio business and includes correspondence with current and prospective clients, correspondence related to exhibitions, Burnham, Jr.'s activities on the Executive Committee of the America Arts Exposition, Inc., and the 1940 annual meeting of the Stained Glass Association of America and related business. Also found is some personal correpondence with friends and colleagues. Of note are 4 letters from stained glass artist Charles J. Connick giving his opinions on other stained glass artists, including Burnham, and a letter written by sculptor and designer, Joseph D. Portanova.

General business files include personnel records, records relating to a studio apprenticeship in stained glass design, a 1932 inventory of the studios, and leases and other legal documentation.

Writings include published articles by Burnham, in addition to draft typescripts for a book on stained glass which was never published, and research notes used as background material for stained glass studies. These notes include a number of pencil sketches.

19 diaries and journals consist of travel diaries and date books containing notes on daily appointments, financial notes, and addresses.

Project files form the bulk of the collection and document projects in circa 250 locations throughout the United States and Bellau, France, from the 1920s-1980s through correspondence with clients, architects and builders, contracts, purchase orders, building plans, sketches, scattered photographs and some printed material. Of particular note are extensive files on stained glass for New York's Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Saint Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, Illinois, Saint Martin's Church in Providence, Rhode Island, and the National Cathedral in Washington D. C. The series also includes a group of contract files for the company Reynolds, Francis & Rohnstock (later Joseph G. Reynolds), a contemporary of Wilbur H. Burnham Studios.

Financial records include payment and receipt journals, expense reports, bills, account books and general ledgers which provide finanical documentation from the 1930s to the 1980s.

Printed material includes news clippings about Burnham studios and stained glass in general, in addition to source material used in subject research.

Additional newsclippings about Burnham Studios can be found in three scrapbooks which also house announcements and invitations, and scattered photographs. One scrapbook contains photographs of windows designed by the studios for the Church of Saint Vincent De Paul in Los Angeles, California.

Artwork and sketchbooks include some artwork by Burnham, Jr., such as pencil and ink sketches, life drawings, and some watercolors. The bulk of the series consists of watercolor design studies on board for many of the studio's projects documented in the project files. Also found are some stained glass design sketches and cartoons, primarily in pencil and charcoal with scattered watercolors, as well as seven folders of material used in creating stained glass patterns and templates.

Photographic material includes photos of Burnham and Burnham, Jr., and of studio work in progress, as well as photographs of artwork, primarily of stained glass created for a significant number of the studio's contracts.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 11 series:

Series 1: Biographical Materials, circa 1930s-circa 1970s (Boxes 1, 27; 4 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1920s-1991 (Box 1; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 3: General Business Files, 1930s-1970 (Box 2; 0.38 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1920s-1950s (Box 2; 6 folders)

Series 5: Diaries and Journals, circa 1920s-circa 1960s (Box 2; 4 folders)

Series 6: Project Files, 1916-1980s (Boxes 2-12, 42; 10.6 linear feet)

Series 7: Financial Records, 1928-1982 (Boxes 13-14; 1.14 linear feet)

Series 8: Printed Material, circa 1920s-1980s (Boxes 14-15, 27-28; 1.89 linear feet)

Series 9: Scrapbooks, circa 1920s-circa 1970s (Boxes 15-16, 28, OVs 48-49, BV 84; 1.05 linear feet)

Series 10: Artwork and Sketchbooks, circa 1920s-circa 1980s (Boxes 16-23, 29-39, OVs 50-73, 85, RD 83; 13.15 linear feet)

Series 11: Photographic Materials, circa 1904-circa 1980s (Boxes 23-26, 29, 40-41, 43-47, OVs 74-82; 5.8 linear feet)
Historical Note:
Boston, Massachussets stained glass design firm, Wilbur H. Burnham Studios, was founded by master stained glass craftsman Wilbur H. Burnham, in 1922. Together with Charles J. Connick and Joseph G. Reynolds, Burnham studios became recognized as one of the most prominent stained glass design companies in the United States. Burnham took early commissions from influential American architect Ralph Adams Cram, and believed strongly in the medieval stained glass tradition. In the late 1930s his son, Wilbur H. Burnham, Jr., who had received an informal education on tours of Europe with his family, and a BFA from Yale University, joined the firm.

Some of the studio's most notable commissions included seventeen windows for the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D. C., all the windows and murals for Saint Mary's Cathedral, Peoria, Illinois, ten windows for the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and five for the Riverside Church, also in New York City.

Both Burnham and Burnham, Jr., served as presidents of the Stained Glass Association of American from 1938-1941 and 1956-1957 respectively. Burnham, Jr., took over the studio in 1968 when his father retired, and sold the studios in 1982.
Provenance:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records were donated in 7 accesions by Wilbur H. Burnham, Jr., from 1977-1981 and by Wilbur C. Burnham, grandson of the founder, in 1990-1991. Scott McDaniel, co-owner of the firm, contributed to the 1990 donation.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Church architecture -- United States  Search this
Church decoration and ornament -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Stained glass artists-Massachusetts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Photographs
Watercolors
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wilbhbur
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Archives of American Art
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Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991

Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Subject:
Burnham, Jr., Wilbur Herbert  Search this
Connick, Charles J.  Search this
Portanova, Joseph Domenico  Search this
Burnham, Wilbur Herbert  Search this
Reynolds, Joseph G.  Search this
Stained Glass Association of America  Search this
American Art Expositions (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Joseph G. Reynolds Associates  Search this
Reynolds, Francis, and Rohnstock  Search this
Topic:
Scrapbooks  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Church decoration and ornament  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Sketchbooks  Search this
Stained glass artists  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Church architecture  Search this
Watercolors  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Glass painting and staining  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9766
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212167
AAA_collcode_wilbhbur
Theme:
Diaries
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212167
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Design study for Washington National Cathedral, Project 548

Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
between 1940 and 1970?
Topic:
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
Glass painting and staining  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14144
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Wilbur H. Burnham, Jr.

Subject:
Burnham, Jr., Wilbur Herbert  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
195-
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14142
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Wilbur H. Burnham portrait

Subject:
Burnham, Wilbur Herbert  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
194-
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14143
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Archives of American Art
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The dedication service of The Scott Memorial Window at the Central Methodist Church, Lawrence, Mass.

Subject:
Burnham, Jr., Wilbur Herbert  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Place:
Lawrence, Mass.
Date:
1948 Oct. 17
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11294
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Catalogue for Ecclesiastical art exhibition of contemporary American artists at Tricker Galleries

Subject:
Burnham, Jr., Wilbur Herbert  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1939
Topic:
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11295
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Wilbur Herbert Burnham designing a stained glass window

Photographer:
Davis, Paul  Search this
Subject:
Burnham, Wilbur Herbert  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1940
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11296
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Winter Park, FL, Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel

Collection Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1931-1950
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fredericksburg, VA, Saint George's Episcopal Church

Collection Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1942-1943
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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New York, NY, Saint Thomas Chapel

Collection Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1927-1935
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Southhampton, NY, Saint Andrew's Dune Church

Collection Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950s-1960s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Winter Park, FL, Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel

Collection Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1931-1938
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Biographical Materials

Collection Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Extent:
4 Folders (Boxes 1, 27)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1930s-circa 1970s
Scope and Contents note:
Biographical materials include resume details for Burnham and Burnham, Jr., and autobiographical notes handwritten by Burnham. Also found are fellow and membership certificates for the Stained Glass Association of America, a fellow certificate for the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, and a mounted blank check given as a Christmas gift to Burnham.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wilbhbur, Series 1
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Awards and Certificates

Collection Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950s-1972
Scope and Contents note:
oversized material housed in Box 27
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Oversized Awards and Certificates

Collection Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Container:
Box 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950s-1972
Scope and Contents note:
oversized material from Box 1, F 1
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Providence, RI, Saint Martin's Church

Collection Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Container:
Box 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Washington D. C., Washington Cathedral

Collection Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Container:
Box 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Stained Glass Association of America

Collection Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Index Cards of Locations and Materials

Collection Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Container:
Box 42
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920s-circa 1980s
Scope and Contents note:
index cards from Box 2, F36
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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