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Roi Partridge papers

Creator:
Partridge, Roi, 1888-1984  Search this
Names:
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941  Search this
Arms, John Taylor, 1887-1953  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Hunter, Dard, 1883-1966  Search this
Jacques, Bertha  Search this
Linsky, Elizabeth  Search this
Neuhaus, Eugen, 1879-1963  Search this
Partridge, Roi, 1888-1984  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Travelogs
Scrapbooks
Christmas cards
Drafts (documents)
Photographs
Notes
Date:
1909-2003
bulk 1909-1984
Summary:
The papers of California printmaker and educator Roi Partridge measure 1.0 linear foot and date from 1909-2003, with the bulk of the material dated 1909-1984. Found here are scattered correspondence, notes and writings, a scrapbook, printed material, and photographs. Several of the documents date from the time Partridge was married to photographer Imogen Cunningham, particularly family correspondence and a travel log of family car camping trips to the west. The same travel log documents one sketching trip Partridge made with Eugen Neuhaus.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of California printmaker and educator Roi Partridge measure 1.0 linear foot and date from 1909-2003, with the bulk of the material dated 1909-1984. Found here are scattered correspondence, notes and writings, a scrapbook, printed material, and photographs. Several of the documents date from the time Partridge was married to photographer Imogen Cunningham, particularly family correspondence and a travel log of family car camping trips to the west. The same travel log documents one sketching trip Partridge made with Eugen Neuhaus.

General and family correspondence consists largely of incoming letters with some copies and drafts of outgoing letters. General correspondence is mainly professional in nature and documents exhibitions, commissions, teaching, memberships in artists' organizations, and participation in the WPA Public Works of Art Project. A small number of letters from friends concerning personal and social matters are scattered throughout. Among the correspondents are Ansel Adams, Sherwood Anderson, John Taylor Arms, Hollywood Riviera Galleries, Dard Hunter, the Estate of Bertha Jacques [Elizabeth Linsky, executor], National Academy of Design, and Print Makers Society of California. Family correspondence includes letters to Roi Partridge from family members. Letters to Gryffyd's family are from Imogen Cunningham and Roi Partridge; letters from others about family members are also included.

Among the notes and writings are a travel log that documents car camping trips through California and New Mexico taken by Roi Partridge, Imogen Cunningham, and their three sons between 1924 and 1926. The volume also includes Roi's account of a 1926 sketching trip taken with Eugen Neuhaus along the California coast.

A scrapbook contains clippings and feature articles about Roi Partridge, along with exhibition announcements and reproductions. Additional printed material is about or mentions Roi Partridge and his family, Ansel Adams, and Imogen Cunningham. There are also family Christmas cards with reproductions of etchings and drawings by Roi Partridge.

Photographs are of people and art work, including photographs of Roi and May Ellen Partridge, and Donald Bear, the first Director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Janet Lineberger - later Mrs. Gryffyd Partridge - served as his assistant in the early 1940s). There are numerous photographs and negatives of art work by Roi Partridge (with appraisal and catalog information), and a photograph of Peter Blos' portrait of Partridge.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 5 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, circa 1909-1993 (Box 1; 0.3 linear ft.; reel 5028)

Series 2: Notes and Writings, 1924-1964 (Box 1; 5 folders.; reel 5028)

Series 3: Scrapbook, 1922-1977 (Box 1; 0.1 linear ft.)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1913-2003 (Box 1; 0.25 linear ft.; reel 5028)

Series 5: Photographs, 1940-1987 (Box 1; 0.3 linear ft.; reel 5028)
Biographical Note:
Roy George Partridge (later known as Roi) was born in Centralia, Washington, in 1888, the son of a newspaper publisher and a pianist mother who accompanied silent films in Seattle movie houses. His mother enrolled him in a drawing and painting course at age 10. By 1907, the family had moved to Kansas where Partridge enrolled in studio courses at the newly established Fine Arts Institute of Kansas City. From there he then went to New York City to study at the school of the National Academy of Design during 1909 and 1910.

In 1910, with an art student friend from Seattle and enough cash to last a month, Partridge traveled to Europe and through a severe economy and by selling his etchings, managed to stay for four years. Between 1910 and 1914, he studied etching with Brockhoff in Munich, and rented a studio in Paris from 1911-1914. Once he had produced a sufficient number of prints, his friends John Butler and Clare Shepard arranged for an exhibition of his work in Seattle. They were assisted by Imogen Cunningham who sent her photo to Partridge and began corresponding with him.

The outbreak of World War I forced Partridge's return to Seattle where he and Imogen Cunningham finally met face to face. They were married within a matter of months. In their early years together, Roi managed to earn a living selling his prints and Imogen worked for Edward S. Curtis, whose photographs of American Indians had not yet achieved recognition. The couple soon produced three sons, Gryffyd and twins Padraic and Rondal. The family soon moved to San Francisco where Partridge worked as an artist in an advertising agency that also employed Maynard Dixon. During this time, he became friendly with the young Dorothea Lange who worked at the shop where Partridge had his film developed. After their marriage, Dixon and Lange established a close, long term friendship with the Partridge family.

In 1920, Partridge joined the faculty of Mills College as an art instructor, teaching design, painting, printmaking, lettering, and photography for 26 years. Partridge was such a popular teacher that the number of art students rose sharply and, for a time, art became the institution's most popular major. He was named chairman of the Art Department in 1923, and served as the first director of the college's art gallery from 1925 through 1935.

While teaching, Partridge remained an active artist and participated in exhibitions throughout the country at venues such as the Honolulu Art Academy, de Young Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Toronto Art Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art. Among the prizes and medals awarded him were: Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle (1909), National Academy of Design (1910), Panama Pacific Exposition (1915), Art Institute of Chicago (191), Brooklyn Museum (1921), San Francisco Museum (1921), Los Angeles Museum of Art (1922, 1925, 1929), California Society of Print Makers (1929), and Library of Congress (1943). Partridge is represented in the permanent collections of many museums, colleges, and libraries, among them: Walker Art Gallery, Honolulu Academy of Art, San Diego Fine Arts Society, Milwaukee Art Gallery, Mills College, Scripps College, New York Public Library, and Library of Congress. Partridge also illustrated several books, and The Graphic Art of Roi Partridge: a Catalogue Raisonné by Anthony R. White was published in 1988.

Imogen Cunningham and Roi Partridge, both strong-willed and not given to compromise, divorced in 1934. They reconciled in the 1960s and remained on friendly terms until her death in 1976. Partridge's second wife, Marian Lyman, died in 1940. The following year, he married May Ellen Fisher, a teacher, who survived him.

In addition to his professional activities, Partridge pursued a wide variety of other interests. During the 1920s, he, Imogen, and their boys took numerous camping trips throughout California and New Mexico. With his third wife, May Ellen, he became an avid folk dancer and enthusiastic gardener, raised chickens and chinchillas, and kept bees. They had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii and Japan. In Japan, Partridge expanded his Japanese print collection which was eventually donated to the Mills College Art Gallery.

Roi Partridge died in Walnut Creek, California, on January 25, 1984.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art holds the papers of Imogen Cunningham, Partridge's first wife, which contain additional Partridge family correspondence and photographs. An untranscribed oral history interview of Roi Partridge conducted by Steve Steinberg in 1980 is also available.
Separated Material:
A portion of the gifts received from Gryffyd Partridge were separated and filed with the Imogen Cunningham papers, some of which had been earlier donated by Gryffyd.
Provenance:
Gryffyd Partridge donated his father's papers to the Archives of American art in 1992 and 1995. A final gift was received from Janet [Mrs. Gryffyd] Partridge in 2003.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy. Use of the unmicrofilmed portion requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Roi Partridge papers 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:
Printmakers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Etchers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Travelogs
Scrapbooks
Christmas cards
Drafts (documents)
Photographs
Notes
Citation:
Roi Partridge papers, 1909-2003 (bulk 1909-1984). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.partroi
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-partroi

Woman's work : being an inquiry and an assumption / by Alice Hubbard

Author:
Hubbard, Alice 1861-1915  Search this
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
Physical description:
iii, 9-157 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1908
©1908
Topic:
Women--Social and moral questions  Search this
Women--Social conditions  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094379

The Aztec and Maya papermakers / by Victor Wolfgang Von Hagen ; with an introduction by Dard Hunter

Author:
Von Hagen, Victor Wolfgang 1908-1985  Search this
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
Physical description:
[10], 115, [2] p., [37] leaves of plates (3 folded) : ill. (incl. mounted samples), maps ; 34 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Mexico
Central America
Date:
1943
[1943]
Topic:
Aztecs--Social life and customs  Search this
Mayas--Social life and customs  Search this
Papermaking  Search this
Manuscripts, Maya  Search this
Manuscripts, Nahuatl  Search this
Call number:
F1219 .V7 1943
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_834260

By his own labor : the biography of Dard Hunter / Cathleen A. Baker

Author:
Baker, Cathleen  Search this
Subject:
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
Physical description:
xxv, 332, [71] p. of plates : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2000
Topic:
Papermakers  Search this
Papermaking--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_615991

A short history of the Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference : a journey to arts & crafts heaven / by Bob Archibald

Title:
Journey to arts & crafts heaven
Journey to arts and crafts heaven
Author:
Archibald, Bob  Search this
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
Subject:
Johnson, Bruce  Search this
Grove Park Inn (Asheville, N.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
20, [4] p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Congresses
Place:
United States
Date:
1997
Topic:
Arts and crafts movement--Congresses  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Call number:
NK1141 .A73 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_516918

Dard Hunter at the Smithsonian / Helena E. Wright

Author:
Wright, Helena 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Physical description:
13 p. : ill., port. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
1995
Between 1992 and 1995]
Topic:
Papermakers  Search this
Call number:
TS1098 .W94
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_491033

Papermaking : the history and technique of an ancient craft / by Dard Hunter

Author:
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 611, xxxvii p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1978
1978, c1947
Topic:
Paper industry--History  Search this
Papermaking--History  Search this
Watermarks--History  Search this
Call number:
TS1090 .H94 1978
TS1090.H94 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_229409

Papermaking; the history and technique of an ancient craft

Author:
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 611, xxxvii p. illus., fold. map, diagr., facsims. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1947
[c1947]
Topic:
Paper industry--History  Search this
Papermaking--History  Search this
Watermarks  Search this
Call number:
TS1090 .H94 1947
TS1090.H94 1947
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_230987

Papermaking; the history and technique of an ancient craft, by Dard Hunter

Author:
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
Physical description:
4 p. l., [vii]-xv, 398, xxiii p., 1 l. incl. front., illus. (incl. facsims.) fold. map. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1943
Topic:
Paper industry--History  Search this
Papermaking--History  Search this
Watermarks  Search this
Call number:
TS1090.H816X 1943
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_248741

The Dard Hunter Paper Museum

Author:
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
Dard Hunter Paper Museum  Search this
Institute of Paper Chemistry (Appleton, Wis.)  Search this
Subject:
Dard Hunter Paper Museum, Appleton, Wis  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1950
[195-]
Topic:
Paper industry  Search this
Papermaking  Search this
Watermarks  Search this
Call number:
TS1095.U6 H79Z
TS1095.U6H79Z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_256545

Papermaking; the history and technique of an ancient craft

Author:
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 611, xxxvii p. illus., fold. map, diagr., facsims. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1978
[c1947]
Topic:
Paper industry--History  Search this
Papermaking--History  Search this
Watermarks  Search this
Call number:
TS1090 .H94 1947
TS1090.H94 1947
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_110786

Papermaking : the history and technique of an ancient craft / by Dard Hunter

Author:
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 611, xxxvii p. : ill., facsims., fold. map ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1957
Topic:
Paper industry--History  Search this
Papermaking--History  Search this
Watermarks  Search this
Call number:
TS1090 .H94 1957
TS1090.H94 1957
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_122705

Papermaking in pioneer America / by Dard Hunter ; with an introd. by Leonard Schlosser

Author:
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
A.S.W. Rosenbach Fellowship in Bibliography Fund  Search this
Physical description:
xi, xiv, 178 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1980
1952
Topic:
Paper industry  Search this
Call number:
TS1095.U6 H8 1980X
TS1095.U6H8 1980X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_135939

Hand made paper and its water marks: a bibliography

Author:
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
Physical description:
22 p. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
1916
[1968]
Topic:
Watermarks--Bibliography  Search this
Paper industry--Bibliography  Search this
Papermaking--Bibliography  Search this
Call number:
Z7914.P2 H9 1967X
Z7914.P2H9 1967X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_22566

Papermaking through eighteen centuries, by Dard Hunter

Author:
Hunter, Dard 1883-1966  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 358 p. incl. illus., plates, facsims. fold. front., double pl. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1930
Topic:
Paper industry--History  Search this
Papermaking--History  Search this
Watermarks  Search this
Call number:
TS1090 .H82X
TS1090.H82X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_61274

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