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Perry H. Wheeler collection

Creator:
Wheeler, Perry H., 1914-1989  Search this
University of Georgia  Search this
Garden Club of America  Search this
Emory University  Search this
American Society of Landscape Architects  Search this
Names:
Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, Va.)  Search this
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Washington National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Bonnet, Henri, Ambassador  Search this
Bonnet, Henri, Madam  Search this
Estes, Billie Sol  Search this
Harriman, Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward, 1920-1997  Search this
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-  Search this
Mellon, Paul  Search this
Mellon, Paul, Mrs.  Search this
Mesta, Perle Skirvin, 1889-1975  Search this
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994  Search this
Palmer, Bertha HonorĂ©, 1849-1918  Search this
Truman, Margaret  Search this
Extent:
25.75 Cubic Feet
3,958 photographic items
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
photographic items
Lists
Awards
Certificates
Invoices
Negatives
Correspondence
Clippings
Photographs
Invitations
Slides (photographs)
Photographic prints
Plans (drawings)
Place:
Canada
White House (Washington, D.C.)
Africa
Europe
Caribbean
South America
West (U.S.)
Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1880-1984
bulk 1950-1965
Summary:
The Perry H. Wheeler Collection includes the design, client and business records of Perry H. Wheeler, a landscape architect best known for his work on numerous townhouse gardens in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., during the 1960s as well as the redesign of the White House Rose Garden in collaboration with Rachel Lambert ('Bunny') Mellon during the Kennedy administration.
Scope and Contents note:
The Perry H. Wheeler Collection includes the design, client and business records of Perry H. Wheeler, a landscape architect best known for his work on numerous townhouse gardens in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. during the 1960s as well as the redesign of the White House Rose Garen in collaboration with Rachel Lambert ('Bunny') Mellon during the Kennedy adminstration. The collection includes photographic images, plans, drawings, client correspondence, plant lists, invoices, newspaper and magazine clippings, certificates, awards, and invitations. The bulk of the collection and most of the professional papers date from about 1950 to 1965 and relate to various garden design projects by Wheeler, many of them located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Of particular note are documents for Wheeler's public design work including the White House grounds, Washington National Cathedral, U. S. National Arboretum, President John F. Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery, and the British and Cambodian Embassies in Washington, D.C. Noteworthy correspondents include President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, Ladybird Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, and Margaret Truman.

There are also over 3,000 35mm slides dating from the 1950s and 1960s that document Wheeler's personal travels to Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the American West.
Biographical/Historical note:
Perry Hunt Wheeler (1913-1989), a Georgia native, began his higher education at Emory University, going on to graduate from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1937. Immediately afterward Wheeler enrolled in Harvard University from which he earned a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture in 1938. After graduation Wheeler collaborated on garden projects in Atlanta, Georgia with fellow landscape enthusiast and friend Helen Clarke. He also worked for the Office of Strategic Services doing camouflage planning during WWII. He went on to establish his own landscape architecture practice in Washington, D.C. and designed in the area from 1948 to 1979. Wheeler moved to 'Budfield,' a property in Rectortown, Virginia, in the late 1970s.

Wheeler is best known for his work on private gardens in Washinton's Georgetown neighborhood. He frequently employed the use of intricate brickwork, low-maintenance planting, and simple water features in creating his charming and functional designs. His most noteworthy commissions outside the private realm include collaboration with Bunny Mellon on the White House Rose Garden, designing a Garden Club of America-commissioned gazebo and its surroundings for the U.S. National Arboretum, and plantings for the National Cathedral and President John F. Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery.
Provenance:
Gift from the estate of James M. Stengle, 1993.
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Topic:
Presidents -- United States  Search this
Landscape architects  Search this
Presidents' spouses -- United States  Search this
Gardens -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Lists
Awards
Certificates
Invoices
Negatives
Correspondence
Clippings
Photographs
Invitations
Slides (photographs)
Photographic prints
Plans (drawings)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Perry H. Wheeler collection.
Identifier:
AAG.WHE
See more items in:
Perry H. Wheeler collection
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aag-whe
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Parish-Hadley Associates, Inc. collection

Topic:
House beautiful
Interior design (New York, N.Y.)
House & garden
Architectural digest (Los Angeles, Calif : 1925)
Creator:
Parish, Henry, Mrs., II  Search this
Parish-Hadley Associates  Search this
Hadley, Albert  Search this
Names:
Bank of New York  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
Gracie Mansion (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association  Search this
McMillen Inc.  Search this
National Newark & Essex Bank (N.J.)  Search this
Northern Trust Bank  Search this
Paine Webber Inc.  Search this
Parish-Hadley Associates  Search this
Parsons School of Design  Search this
Ritz-Carlton Hotels (Firm)  Search this
White House (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Andrew, Duke of York, 1960-  Search this
Astor, Brooke  Search this
Astor, Vincent, 1891-1959  Search this
Baldwin, Billy  Search this
Brown, Eleanor McMillen  Search this
Cameron, Libby  Search this
Chinsee, George.  Search this
Hadley, Albert  Search this
Hager, Gary.  Search this
Kleinberg, David.  Search this
Kwiatkowski, Henryk  Search this
McMahon, David  Search this
Mellon, Constance A.  Search this
Mellon, Paul, Mrs.  Search this
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994  Search this
Parish, Henry, Mrs., II  Search this
Rockefeller, Happy.  Search this
Whitney, Betsey Cushing Roosevelt, 1908-  Search this
Williams, Bunny, 1944-  Search this
York, Sarah Mountbatten-Windsor, Duchess of, 1959-  Search this
Extent:
11 boxes (13 albums)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Drafts (documents)
Awards
Designs
Press releases
Drawings
Templates
Clippings
Articles
Speeches
Slides (photographs)
Date:
[196-]-1994
Summary:
The Parish-Hadley Collection documents the history of the New York City design firm from 1962-1994.Particular emphasis is on Sister Parish (Mrs. Henry Parish II) and Albert Hadley. Magazine clippings from various publications make up the majority of the collection as well as gossip column excerpts about Parish-Hadley or infamous clients. The slides date mostly from the 1980s-1990s and depict some but not all Parish-Hadley projects.
Arrangement note:
Materials are arranged in 13 albums

Organized by album title. The albums contain magazine and newspaper clippings, sketches, templates, speeches, and press releases, project slides. Arranged alphabetically by client, or in lieu of a client name, by project name (There is some overlap in the albums and the album labels are not accurate).
Biographical/Historical note:
Dorothy "Sister" Parish born Dorothy May Kinnicutt in Morristown, New Jersey. Sister is a nickname given to her by her three brothers. She graduated from the Foxcroft School for Girls, an elite Virginia boarding school. She began her career in 1933. It was the year of the "Crash" and financial necessity prompted her to set up shop, "Mrs. Henry Parish II Interiors", in Far Hills, New Jersey, where she began decorating houses for friends. She had no formal training but attributes her taste and instinct for quality to European travel, exposure to art, and, most of all to her upbringing. Alone, and then together with her partner, Albert Hadley, who joined the firm in 1962, she has decorated houses of every size and kind throughout the world. It is said that she represents the "undecorated" look; Vogue magazine calls her "the most famous of all living American women interior designers whose ideas have influenced life-styles all over America."

Sister Parish--grande dame of American decor--shaped the American domestic aesthetic of various Kennedys, Astors, Paleys, and Whitneys. Parish-Hadley was the upper-crust New York firm formed by Mrs. Parish and the Tennessee-born decorator Albert Hadley.

Mr. Hadley, a graduate of and former teacher at Parsons School of Design in both New York and Paris, established his own design firm before joining McMillen, Inc. He began his legendary association with Mrs. Henry Parish II in 1962, when they co-founded the distinguished design firm of Parish-Hadley Associates, which grew to encompass 25 associates and staff members.

Described by The New York Times as "the most illustrious American decorating team of the 20th century," Parish-Hadley's client register includes names of the Kennedys, Rockefellers, Astors, Gettys, Whitneys and Vanderbilts. Parish's cozy, yet dignified style, combined with Hadley's Modernism and attention to architectural space, has led to Parish-Hadley's constant surviving achievement.

The partnership lasted until the death of Sister Parish in 1994. After closing Parish-Hadley in late 1999, Hadley opened a new office and continues collaborating with clients toward his goal to "help them realize more than they thought possible within the framework of their own tastes." His impressive roster of distinguished clients includes former Vice President and Mrs. Albert Gore, Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols, former Ambassador and Mrs. Henry Grunwald and Mrs. Vincent Astor.
Location of Other Archival Materials Note:
Parish-Hadley Associates, Inc. papers; Also located at The John F. Kennedy Library of the National Archives and Records Administration. Boston, Mass.
Provenance:
All materials donated by Mr. Albert Hadley in 1999. Unprocessed.
Restrictions:
Unprocessed; access is limited; Permission of Library Director required; Policy.
Occupation:
Interior designers -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Interior decoration -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drafts (documents)
Awards
Designs
Press releases
Drawings
Templates
Clippings
Articles
Speeches
Slides (photographs)
Identifier:
SIL-CH.2000-3-1
See more items in:
Parish-Hadley Associates, Inc. collection
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sil-ch-2000-3-1

An Oak Spring Flora : flower illustration from the fifteenth century to the present time : a selection of the rare books, manuscripts, and works of art in the collection of Rachel Lambert Mellon / by Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi ; [translated from the Italian by Lisa Chien ; with bibliographical descriptions by Julia Dupuis Blakely]

Author:
Oak Spring Garden Library  Search this
Tongiorgi Tomasi, Lucia  Search this
Subject:
Mellon, Paul Mrs Art collections  Search this
Mellon, Paul Mrs Library  Search this
Oak Spring Garden Library  Search this
Physical description:
lxxiii, 427 : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Bibliography
Catalogs
Place:
Virginia
Upperville
Date:
1997
Topic:
Botanical illustration  Search this
Rare books  Search this
Call number:
Z733.O15 O14 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_520115

An Oak Spring Herbaria : herbs and herbals from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries : a selection of the rare books, manuscripts and works of art in the collection of Rachel Lambert Mellon / Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi & Tony Willis ; edited with a description of the American herbals by Mark Argetsinger ; [translated from the Italian by Lisa Chien]

Title:
Herbaria
Author:
Oak Spring Garden Library  Search this
Tongiorgi Tomasi, Lucia  Search this
Willis, Tony  Search this
Argetsinger, Mark  Search this
Chien, Lisa C  Search this
Subject:
Mellon, Paul Mrs Art collections  Search this
Mellon, Paul Mrs Library  Search this
Oak Spring Garden Library  Search this
Physical description:
lviii, 394 : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Bibliography
Catalogs
Illustrations
Place:
Virginia
Upperville
Date:
2009
Topic:
Botanical illustration  Search this
Herbs  Search this
Herbals  Search this
Rare books  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_951057

Gifts to the nation : selected acquisitions from the collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Author:
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Mellon, Paul Art collections Exhibitions  Search this
Mellon, Paul Mrs Art collections Exhibitions  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
C1986
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6350.G54 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_400747

French paintings from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and Mrs. Mellon Bruce; twenty-fifth anniversary exhibition, 1941-1966

Author:
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Mellon, Paul  Search this
Mellon, Paul Mrs  Search this
Bruce, Ailsa Mellon, 1901-1969  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) chiefly illus. (some col.) 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1966
[1966]
Topic:
Painting, French  Search this
Painting--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
ND547 .U56 1966b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_468628

English drawings and watercolors, 1550-1850, in the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon [by John Baskett and Dudley Snelgrove]

Author:
Baskett, John  Search this
Snelgrove, Dudley  Search this
Pierpont Morgan Library  Search this
Subject:
Mellon, Paul Art collections  Search this
Mellon, Paul Mrs Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 107 p. 150 plates (part col.) 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1972
Topic:
Drawing, English  Search this
Watercolor painting, English--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NC228 .B3X
NC228.B3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_17904

English drawings and watercolors, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, April 15 - June 20, 1965

Author:
Yale University Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Mellon, Paul Art collections  Search this
Mellon, Paul Mrs Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
[46] p. (chiefly illus.) 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1965
C1965]
Topic:
Drawing, English  Search this
Watercolor painting, English--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N6764 .Y18
N6764.Y18
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_34970

Joseph Wright of Derby; a selection of paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. [Exhibition] November 22, 1969 to May 1, 1970

Author:
Wright, Joseph 1734-1797  Search this
Watson, Ross  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Mellon, Paul Art collections  Search this
Mellon, Paul Mrs Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
38 p. illus., ports. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
[c1969]
Call number:
N40.1.W93 W3
ND497.W8 W3X
N40.1.W93 W3
ND497.W8 W3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_4045

French paintings from the collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and Mrs. Mellon Bruce; twenty-fifth anniversary exhibition, 1941-1966

Author:
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Mellon, Paul  Search this
Mellon, Paul Mrs  Search this
Bruce, Ailsa Mellon, 1901-1969  Search this
Physical description:
256 p. chiefly illus. (some col.) 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1966
C1966
Topic:
Painting, French  Search this
Painting--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
ND547 .U56 1966
ND547.U56 1966
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_8691

Jacqueline Kennedy : the White House Years : selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum / [compiled and edited by] Hamish Bowles, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Rachel Lambert Mellon

Author:
Bowles, Hamish  Search this
Schlesinger, Arthur M (Arthur Meier) 1917-2007  Search this
Mellon, Paul Mrs  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum  Search this
Subject:
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy 1929-1994  Search this
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy 1929-1994 Influence  Search this
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy 1929-1994 Clothing  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 198 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Biography
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
Topic:
Presidents' spouses  Search this
Call number:
E843.O53 J33 2001X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_626845

An Oak Spring garland : illustrated books, prints, and drawings from the Oak Spring Garden Library, Upperville, Virginia : an exhibition in the Leonard L. Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts, Princeton University Library, 12 October-17 December 1989 / described by Sandra Raphael

Author:
Raphael, Sandra  Search this
Oak Spring Garden Library  Search this
Leonard L. Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts  Search this
Subject:
Mellon, Paul Mrs Art collections  Search this
Oak Spring Garden Library  Search this
Physical description:
45 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
Topic:
Botanical illustration  Search this
Illustration of books  Search this
Plants in art  Search this
Call number:
QK98.3 .R22 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_474646

Important Impressionist and modern paintings, drawings and sculpture collected by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon : Tuesday, November 14, 1989 at 7:00 p.m. ..., Christie's

Author:
Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc  Search this
Subject:
Mellon, Paul Art collections  Search this
Mellon, Paul Mrs Art collections Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
94 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
France
Date:
1989
19th century
Topic:
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Art, French  Search this
Painting, British  Search this
Call number:
N5220.M537 I3 1989
N5220.M537I3 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_384266

French paintings : the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / by Pinkney L. Near ; introduction by John Rewald

Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  Search this
Near, Pinkney L  Search this
Rewald, John 1912-1994  Search this
Subject:
Mellon, Paul Art collections  Search this
Mellon, Paul Mrs Art collections Catalogs  Search this
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 145 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Virginia
Richmond
Date:
1985
C1985
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Painting, French  Search this
Painting--Private collections--Catalogs  Search this
Call number:
ND547.V55 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_289749

The White House gardens: a history and pictorial record. Pref.: Patricia Nixon. A general survey: Frederick L. Kramer. Concepts & design of the rose garden: Mrs. Paul Mellon. Introd. to the color plates: Lloyd Goodrich. Col. plates: Harold Sterner

Author:
Kramer, Frederick L  Search this
Mellon, Paul Mrs  Search this
Goodrich, Lloyd 1897-1987  Search this
Sterner, Harold  Search this
Subject:
White House (Washington, D.C.) History  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. illus. (part col.) 25 x 31 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1973
[1973]
Topic:
Gardens--History  Search this
Flowers  Search this
Call number:
SB453.2.W35 W46X
SB453.2.W35W46X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_38270

Painting in England 1700-1850; collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon. [Catalogue by Basil Taylor]

Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  Search this
Mellon, Paul  Search this
Taylor, Basil  Search this
Subject:
Mellon, Paul Art collections  Search this
Mellon, Paul Mrs Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. illus. (part col.) 21 x 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Virginia
Date:
1963
Topic:
Painting, English  Search this
Painting--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
ND466 .V81
ND466.V81
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_78871

Bunny Mellon : the life of an American style legend / Meryl Gordon

Author:
Gordon, Meryl  Search this
Subject:
Mellon, Paul Mrs  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 516 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Biographies
Place:
United States
Date:
2017
Topic:
Upper class women  Search this
Gardeners  Search this
Women gardeners  Search this
Philanthropists  Search this
Women philanthropists  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1088070

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