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Davis, Robert Tyler

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Container:
Boxes 1-29 of 29
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, Biographical Information File
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Davis, Robert Tyler (DC), 1979

Collection Creator::
Archives of American Art  Search this
Container:
Box 28 of 55
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2019; Transferring office; 3/2/1988 memorandum, Massa to Fleckner; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-089, Archives of American Art, Departmental Records
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Davis, Robert Tyler, 1968-1969

Collection Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-135, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Davis, Robert Tyler (Estate & Memorial Fund)

Collection Creator::
National Museum of American Art. Office of Administrative Services  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 475, National Museum of American Art. Office of Administrative Services, Records
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Robert Tyler Davis Papers

Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Extent:
0.94 cu. ft. (1 half document box) (1 16x20 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Books
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Place:
Pasadena (Calif.)
Rochester (N.Y.)
Portland (Or.)
Miami (Fla.)
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1924-1960, 1979
Descriptive Entry:
Robert Tyler Davis (1904-1978) was born in Los Angeles, California. He was a museum administrator and an educator in art and art history, specializing in Pacific Northwest Native American art, and decorative arts, particularly tapestries. He graduated from Franklin High School, Los Angeles, and studied art history, drawing, and painting at the University of California at Los Angeles, and at Harvard, A.B., 1926, A.M., 1928. He was a Carnegie Fellow (1927-1929), and studied fine arts abroad, taking courses at the Sorbonne. He taught drawing, painting and art history at the University of Rochester, in New York (1929-1933), and at the Erskine School for Girls, Boston, when he returned to Harvard for graduate museum studies between 1933 and 1934.

On September 6, 1934 Davis married mystery novelist Lillian Soskin, and became Director of Education at the Albright Gallery in Buffalo, New York. In 1939 Davis was named Director of the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, where he researched and collected Native American art. His book, Native Arts of the Pacific Northwest, was published in 1949. From 1947 to 1952 Davis was Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Professor of Fine Arts at McGill University in Montreal. Davis was Director of the Vizcaya-Dade County Art Museum, 1953-1957; Interim Director of the Joe and Emily Lowe Gallery, University of Miami, 1955-1956; and Coordinator of Humanities and Professor of Art at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1956-1959. Lillian Davis died October 12, 1957. Davis was remarried January 29, 1959 to Janet Evans Golby.

In 1960 Davis was hired as museum consultant and liaison for the French and Company art dealership in New York. In September 1968 Davis became Assistant Director of the National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.; Acting Director, June 1969-January 1970; and later Special Assistant for the Collections, 1972-1975. His son, Martin M. Davis, died in 1969, and Janet Davis died in 1973. In 1975 Robert Tyler Davis retired to Lily Dale, New York, and traveled extensively. He died in 1978 in Pasadena, California.

This accession consists of a photograph album and miscellaneous photographs of Robert Tyler Davis and his family. Included are images of his wife, Lilian Soskin Davis, and their son, Martin M. Davis. The images follow the Davis family as they lived and worked in Pasadena, California; Rochester, New York; Portland, Oregon; Miami, Florida; and Washington, District of Columbia. Materials include a photograph album, images, negatives, and clippings.
Topic:
Art museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Art museum directors  Search this
Photograph albums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-085, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
Identifier:
Accession 18-085
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Robert Tyler Davis Papers

Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Extent:
8.38 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes) (2 16x20 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Diaries
Sketches
Art objects
Manuscripts
Date:
1918-1977 and undated
Descriptive Entry:
These papers document Robert Tyler Davis' education and career, 1918-1977. The majority of the material is dated 1937- 1977. A fair amount of incoming correspondence illustrates Davis' personal life, and, to a lesser extent, his professional career. Of special note are letters from Davis' second wife, Janet, and journals kept during his travels. Materials concerning his career consist largely of photographs, newspaper clippings, and research notes, and less often include official business papers and correspondence. The most detailed division regards his directorship of the Vizcaya Museum. Davis' research on the Gellatly Collection in the Smithsonian is also well documented. Other materials include travel photographs, artistic sketches drawn by Davis, and notes.
Historical Note:
Robert Tyler Davis (1904-1978) was born in Los Angeles, California. He was a museum administrator and an educator in art and art history, specializing in Pacific Northwest Native American art, and decorative arts, particularly tapestries. He graduated from Franklin High School, Los Angeles, and studied art history, drawing, and painting at the University of California at Los Angeles, and at Harvard, A.B., 1926, A.M., 1928. He was a Carnegie Fellow (1927-1929), and studied fine arts abroad, taking courses at the Sorbonne. He taught drawing, painting and art history at the University of Rochester, in New York (1929-1933), and at the Erskine School for Girls, Boston, when he returned to Harvard for graduate museum studies between 1933 and 1934.

On September 6, 1934 Davis married mystery novelist Lillian Soskin, and became Director of Education at the Albright Gallery in Buffalo, New York. In 1939 Davis was named Director of the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, where he researched and collected Native American art. His book, Native Arts of the Pacific Northwest, was published in 1949. From 1947 to 1952 Davis was Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Professor of Fine Arts at McGill University in Montreal. Davis was Director of the Vizcaya-Dade County Art Museum, 1953-1957, Interim Director of the Joe and Emily Lowe Gallery, University of Miami, 1955-1956, and Coordinator of Humanities and Professor of Art at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1956-1959. Lillian Davis died October 12, 1957. Davis was remarried January 29, 1959 to Janet Evans Golby.

In 1960 Davis was hired as museum consultant and liaison for the French and Company art dealership in New York. In September 1968 Davis became Assistant Director of the National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.; Acting Director, June 1969-January 1970; and later Special Assistant for the Collections, 1972-1975. His son, Martin M. Davis, died in 1969, and Janet Davis died in 1973. In 1975 Robert Tyler Davis retired to Lily Dale, New York, and traveled extensively. He died in 1978 in Pasadena, California.
Topic:
Art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Diaries
Sketches
Art objects
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7439, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7439
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 12 Davis, Robert Tyler

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 420, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, Biographical Files
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Davis, Robert Tyler, 1968-1969

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for History and Art  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 281, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for History and Art, Records
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Box 1

Collection Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-085, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 2

Collection Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-085, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
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Box 3

Collection Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7439, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
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Box 3

Collection Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7439, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
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Box 3

Collection Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7439, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 4

Collection Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7439, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 4

Collection Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7439, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 4

Collection Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7439, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
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Box 5

Collection Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7439, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
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Box 5

Collection Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7439, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 5

Collection Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7439, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 6

Collection Creator::
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7439, Robert Tyler Davis Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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