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Minutes

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents  Search this
Extent:
8.70 cu. ft. (9 document boxes) (7 12x17 boxes) (1 16x20 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1846-1995
Descriptive Entry:
These records are the official minutes of the Board. They are compiled at the direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian, who is also secretary to the Board, after approval by the Regents' Executive Committee and by the Regents themselves. The minutes are edited, not a verbatim account of proceedings. For reasons unknown, there are no manuscript minutes for the period from 1857 through 1890; and researchers must rely on printed minutes published in the Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution instead. Minutes are transferred regularly from the Secretary's Office to the Archives. Minutes less than 15 years old are closed to researchers. Indexes exist for the period from 1907 to 1946 and can be useful.
Historical Note:
The Smithsonian Institution was created by authority of an Act of Congress approved August 10, 1846. The Act entrusted direction of the Smithsonian to a body called the Establishment, composed of the President; the Vice President; the Chief Justice of the United States; the secretaries of State, War, Navy, Interior, and Agriculture; the Attorney General; and the Postmaster General. In fact, however, the Establishment last met in 1877, and control of the Smithsonian has always been exercised by its Board of Regents. The membership of the Regents consists of the Vice President and the Chief Justice of the United States; three members each of the Senate and House of Representatives; two citizens of the District of Columbia; and seven citizens of the several states, no two from the same state. (Prior to 1970 the category of Citizen Regents not residents of Washington consisted of four members). By custom the Chief Justice is Chancellor. The office was at first held by the Vice President. However, when Millard Fillmore succeeded to the presidency on the death of Zachary Taylor in 1851, Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney was chosen in his stead. The office has always been filled by the Chief Justice since that time.

The Regents of the Smithsonian have included distinguished Americans from many walks of life. Ex officio members (Vice President) have been: Spiro T. Agnew, Chester A. Arthur, Allen W. Barkley, John C. Breckenridge, George Bush, Schuyler Colfax, Calvin Coolidge, Charles Curtis, George M. Dallas, Charles G. Dawes, Charles W. Fairbanks, Millard Fillmore, Gerald R. Ford, John N. Garner, Hannibal Hamlin, Thomas A. Hendricks, Garret A. Hobart, Hubert H. Humphrey, Andrew Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson, William R. King, Thomas R. Marshall, Walter F. Mondale, Levi P. Morton, Richard M. Nixon, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Theodore Roosevelt, James S. Sherman, Adlai E. Stevenson, Harry S. Truman, Henry A. Wallace, William A. Wheeler, Henry Wilson.

Ex officio members (Chief Justice) have been: Roger B. Taney, Salmon P. Chase, Nathan Clifford, Morrison R. Waite, Samuel F. Miller, Melville W. Fuller, Edward D. White, William Howard Taft, Charles Evans Hughes, Harlan F. Stone, Fred M. Vinson, Earl Warren, Warren E. Burger.

Regents on the part of the Senate have been: Clinton P. Anderson, Newton Booth, Sidney Breese, Lewis Cass, Robert Milledge Charlton, Bennet Champ Clark, Francis M. Cockrell, Shelby Moore Cullom, Garrett Davis, Jefferson Davis, George Franklin Edmunds, George Evans, Edwin J. Garn, Walter F. George, Barry Goldwater, George Gray, Hannibal Hamlin, Nathaniel Peter Hill, George Frisbie Hoar, Henry French Hollis, Henry M. Jackson, William Lindsay, Henry Cabot Lodge, Medill McCormick, James Murray Mason, Samuel Bell Maxey, Robert B. Morgan, Frank E. Moss, Claiborne Pell, George Wharton Pepper, David A. Reed, Leverett Saltonstall, Hugh Scott, Alexander H. Smith, Robert A. Taft, Lyman Trumbull, Wallace H. White, Jr., Robert Enoch Withers.

Regents on the part of the House of Representatives have included: Edward P. Boland, Frank T. Bow, William Campbell Breckenridge, Overton Brooks, Benjamin Butterworth, Clarence Cannon, Lucius Cartrell, Hiester Clymer, William Colcock, William P. Cole, Jr., Maurice Connolly, Silvio O. Conte, Edward E. Cox, Edward H. Crump, John Dalzell, Nathaniel Deering, Hugh A. Dinsmore, William English, John Farnsworth, Scott Ferris, Graham Fitch, James Garfield, Charles L. Gifford, T. Alan Goldsborough, Frank L. Greene, Gerry Hazleton, Benjamin Hill, Henry Hilliard, Ebenezer Hoar, William Hough, William M. Howard, Albert Johnson, Leroy Johnson, Joseph Johnston, Michael Kirwan, James T. Lloyd, Robert Luce, Robert McClelland, Samuel K. McConnell, Jr., George H. Mahon, George McCrary, Edward McPherson, James R. Mann, George Perkins Marsh, Norman Y. Mineta, A. J. Monteague, R. Walton Moore, Walter H. Newton, Robert Dale Owen, James Patterson, William Phelps, Luke Poland, John Van Schaick Lansing Pruyn, B. Carroll Reece, Ernest W. Roberts, Otho Robards Singleton, Frank Thompson, Jr., John M. Vorys, Hiram Warner, Joseph Wheeler.

Citizen Regents have been: David C. Acheson, Louis Agassiz, James B. Angell, Anne L. Armstrong, William Backhouse Astor, J. Paul Austin, Alexander Dallas Bache, George Edmund Badger, George Bancroft, Alexander Graham Bell, James Gabriel Berrett, John McPherson Berrien, Robert W. Bingham, Sayles Jenks Bowen, William G. Bowen, Robert S. Brookings, John Nicholas Brown, William A. M. Burden, Vannevar Bush, Charles F. Choate, Jr., Rufus Choate, Arthur H. Compton, Henry David Cooke, Henry Coppee, Samuel Sullivan Cox, Edward H. Crump, James Dwight Dana, Harvey N. Davis, William Lewis Dayton, Everette Lee Degolyer, Richard Delafield, Frederic A. Delano, Charles Devens, Matthew Gault Emery, Cornelius Conway Felton, Robert V. Fleming, Murray Gell-Mann, Robert F. Goheen, Asa Gray, George Gray, Crawford Hallock Greenwalt, Nancy Hanks, Caryl Parker Haskins, Gideon Hawley, John B. Henderson, John B. Henderson, Jr., A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Gardner Greene Hubbard, Charles Evans Hughes, Carlisle H. Humelsine, Jerome C. Hunsaker, William Preston Johnston, Irwin B. Laughlin, Walter Lenox, Augustus P. Loring, John Maclean, William Beans Magruder, John Walker Maury, Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, John C. Merriam, R. Walton Moore, Roland S. Morris, Dwight W. Morrow, Richard Olney, Peter Parker, Noah Porter, William Campbell Preston, Owen Josephus Roberts, Richard Rush, William Winston Seaton, Alexander Roby Shepherd, William Tecumseh Sherman, Otho Robards Singleton, Joseph Gilbert Totten, John Thomas Towers, Frederic C. Walcott, Richard Wallach, Thomas J. Watson, Jr., James E. Webb, James Clarke Welling, Andrew Dickson White, Henry White, Theodore Dwight Woolsey.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Museum trustees  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 1, Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents, Minutes
Identifier:
Record Unit 1
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Minutes
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0001
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United Federation of Postal Clerks - United States War Production Board

Collection Creator:
Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries  Search this
Container:
Box 13, Reel 5866, Frame 1243-1334
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1919-1967, undated
Scope and Contents note:
United Federation of Postal Clerks

United Fruit Co.

United Hospital Fund of New York

United Jewish Appeal

United Modern Art in Boston

United National Association of Post Office (Clerks') Craftsmen

United Nations Children's Fund/UNICEF

United Nations Tribute and International Festival of Arts

United Republican Finance Committee

United States Committee of the International Association of Plastic Arts

United States Department of the Army

United States Department of Justice

United States Department of Labor

United States Department of State

United States Foreign Service

United States House of Representatives, Ways and Means Committee

United States National Museum (See Smithsonian Institution)

United States Office of War Information

United States Treasury Department

United States War Department

United States War Production Board
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Collection Rights:
The Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries 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:
Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries records, 1858-1969 (bulk 1919-1968). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-franrehg-ref445

Warren M. Robbins Papers, 1923-2009

Creator:
Robbins, Warren M  Search this
Subject:
Robbins, Warren M  Search this
Bellow, Saul  Search this
Angelou, Maya  Search this
Gross, Chaim 1904-1991  Search this
Howard, Frances Humphrey  Search this
Soyer, Raphael 1899-1987  Search this
Hayakawa, S. I (Samuel Ichiyé) 1906-1992  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H (Hubert Horatio) 1911-1978  Search this
Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
United States Foreign Service  Search this
Physical description:
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Type:
Clippings
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Place:
Worcester (Mass.)
Date:
1923
1923-2009
Topic:
Art, African  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 13-136
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_363522

Porter A. McCray papers

Creator:
McCray, Porter A., 1908-2000  Search this
Names:
Asia Society  Search this
Byrd Hoffman Foundation  Search this
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cunningham Dance Foundation  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Society of Architectural Historians  Search this
UNESCO  Search this
United States. Foreign Service  Search this
Cutting, Brock  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978  Search this
Kazuko Oshima  Search this
Morley, Grace, 1900-1985  Search this
Paik, Nam June, 1932-2006  Search this
Richie, Donald, 1924-2013  Search this
Rockefeller, John D., 1906-  Search this
Sherfield, Roger Mellor Makins, Baron, 1904-1996  Search this
Thetong, Tenzin  Search this
Extent:
12.3 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Lectures
Interviews
Paintings
Transcripts
Date:
1936-1989
Summary:
The papers of New York City arts administrator Porter A. McCray measure 12.3 linear feet and date from 1936 to 1989. The papers include scattered biographical materials, correspondence, and writings and notes. The bulk of the collection consists of professional files documenting his advisory and consulting work for museums, institutions, organizations, and foundations. Also found within the collection are printed materials and photographs of McCray and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York City arts administrator Porter A. McCray measure 12.3 linear feet and date from 1936 to 1989. The papers include scattered biographical materials, correspondence, and writings and notes. The bulk of the collection consists of professional files documenting his advisory and consulting work for museums, institutions, organizations, and foundations. Also found within the collection are printed materials and photographs of McCray and artwork.

Scattered biographical materials include appointment books, curricula vitae, a transcript of an interview conducted by McCray with Dr. Grace Morley, and an unsigned painting.

Found within the general correspondence are letters that relate to his work as an arts advisor and consultant, but which appear to be more personal in nature. The bulk of correspondence related to specific projects is found within the professional files. Correspondents include Hubert Humphrey, Mrs. John Lockwood, Grace Morely, Kazuko Oshima, Donald Richie, John D. Rockefeller III, and Tenzin Thetong among others.

Writings and notes include lectures by McCray and writings by others including Brock Cutting, Lord Sherfield, and Nam June Paik. Also found are travel notes for McCray's travels throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Professional files document McCray's work as an arts advisor and consultant for numerous museums, foundations, organizations, foundations, and special committees, as well as his membership in various arts committees and boards. Files document McCray's work for and/or membership in the Asia Society, Asian Cultural Program of Cultural Exchange, Byrd Hoffman Foundation, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Cunningham Dance Foundation, Indo-United States committees, International Council of Museums, Japan Society, John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund, Museum of Modern Art, Society of Architectural Historians, UNESCO, and the United States Foreign Service.

Printed materials include clippings and articles, a Drawing and Architecture exhibition catalog, and a book by Robert Wilson. Photographs include personal photographs and oversized photographs of sculptures by an unknown artist.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1959-1982 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-1986 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1960-1983 (1.5 linear feet; Box 2-3)

Series 4: Professional Files, 1936-1987 (8.2 linear feet; Box 3-11, OVS 12-13)

Series 5: Printed Materials, 1965-1989 (0.5 linear feet; Box 11, OV 14)

Series 6: Photographs, 1945-1980s (0.2 linear feet; Box 11, OV 15)
Biographical / Historical:
Porter A. McCray (1908-2000) was an arts administrator working in New York City, New York.

Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia in 1908, McCray recieved a degree in English literature from the Virginia Military Institute in 1930, and a degree in architecture from Yale University in 1941. McCray traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, developing relationships with individuals and organizations across the world.

In 1941, McCray worked as an exhibition specialist in the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs and collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art on an American exhibition at the Guatemala National Fair. After serving as an ambulance driver in World War II, he was employed by the architectural firm of Harrison and Abramovitz where he worked on some preliminary designs of the present site of the United Nations.

While working for Harrison, McCray met Nelson Rockefeller, who was chairman of the board of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). In 1947, Rockefeller asked McCray to serve as the director of circulating exhibitions at MOMA and be responsible for the Museum's national and international traveling exhibition program. McCray accepted and remained at MOMA until 1961. The following year, he orchestrated the preparation of a MOMA exhibition of Mark Rothko's work in Paris in 1962. In 1963, McCray became the executive director of the JDR 3rd Fund, a non-profit started by John D. Rockefeller III to promote artistic and cultural exchanges between the United States and Asia. McCray also worked as a consultant for the Japan Society's visual arts programs, the Asian Cultural Council, for the dean of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's visual and performing arts program, and for MOMA's International Program after retiring.

McCray died in 2000 in Hightstown, New Jersey.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview of Porter A. McCray conducted by Paul Cummings from September 17 to October 4, 1977.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1994 by Porter McCray.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
The Porter A. McCray 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:
Arts boards  Search this
Cultural relations  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Lectures
Interviews
Paintings
Transcripts
Citation:
Porter A. McCray Papers, 1936-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mccrport
See more items in:
Porter A. McCray papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mccrport
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Naomi Huber Brown Papers (Documenting Duke Ellington's Concert Tour of Asia)

Creator:
Brown, Naomi Huber  Search this
Names:
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Notes
Business records
Photographs
Place:
Asia -- Concerts -- 1960-1970
Date:
1960-1963.
Summary:
Records document the preparation and management of Duke Ellington's 1963 tour of Asia.
Scope and Contents:
The Naomi Huber Brown Papers contain black and white photographs, correspondence, business contracts, travel itineraries, list of band members, newspaper reviews, a concert program and Brown's personal diary documenting Duke Ellington's 1963 State Department tour of the Middle East and Asia. The material is arranged alphabetically. Of particular interest is a program from a November 1 and 3 Karachi, Pakistan concert, and photographs autographed by Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Isaac Stern.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical/Historical note:
Naomi Huber Brown was the United States Foreign Service officer that was responsible for the administration of Duke Ellington's State Department tour of the Middle East and Asia in 1963. Her duties included scheduling travel and making arrangements for the members of the Ellington Orchestra, and the distribution of appropriate currencies to the band members as they toured each country.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Naomi Huber Brown, July 15, 1991.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Jazz musicians -- 1960-1970 -- United States  Search this
Jazz -- 1960-1970 -- United States  Search this
Music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Notes -- 1960-1970
Business records -- 1950-2000
Photographs -- 1960-1970
Citation:
Naomi H. Brown Papers Documenting Duke Ellington's Concert Tour of Asia, 1963, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0429
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Naomi Huber Brown Papers (Documenting Duke Ellington's Concert Tour of Asia)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0429

Warren M. Robbins Papers, circa 1927-2009

Creator:
Robbins, Warren M  Search this
Uniform title:
African Art in American Collections (Monograph). 1966  Search this
African Art in American Collections (Monograph). 1989  Search this
Subject:
Angelou, Maya  Search this
Barnes, Ernie 1938-2009  Search this
Bellow, Saul  Search this
Douglass, Frederick 1817?-1895  Search this
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Gross, Chaim 1904-1991  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Mead, Margaret 1901-1978  Search this
Mondrian, Piet 1872-1944  Search this
Robbins, Warren M  Search this
Shahn, Ben 1898-1969  Search this
Toledano, Roulhac  Search this
Fried, Otto 1922-  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster) 1895-1983  Search this
Gilot, Françoise 1921-  Search this
Hayakawa, S. I (Samuel Ichiyé) 1906-1992  Search this
Howard, Frances Humphrey  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H (Hubert Horatio) 1911-1978  Search this
Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
United States Foreign Service  Search this
University of Michigan  Search this
University of New Hampshire  Search this
Center for Cross Cultural Communication  Search this
Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication  Search this
A Nigerian Showcase (Exhibition) (1980: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Art Playing Cards: 52 Paintings by Harold Jerome (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Art in Motion (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Art in Washington Collections (Exhibition) (1972: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Art: The de Havenon Collection (Exhibition) (1971: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Miniatures: Traditional Sculpture from the Hersey Collection (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Sculpture at Princeton University (Exhibition) (1971: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Style: Art of Zaire (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Weaving and Traditional Dress (Exhibition) (1975: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Animals in African Art (Exhibition) (1977: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Animals in African Art (Exhibition) (2000: Salisbury, M.D.)  Search this
Art from Zaire: 100 Masterpieces from the National Collections (Exhibition) (1975-1976: New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Art of Nigeria (Exhibition) (1964: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Bamana Figurative Sculpture: A Human Ideal in African Art (Exhibition) (1986: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Ben Shahn on Human Rights (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Contemporary African Paintings and Graphics (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Contemporary Nigerian Pottery (Exhibition) (1972: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Contemporary Tapestries from Senegal (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Five Afro-American Artists (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Five Nineteenth Century Afro-American Artists (Exhibition) (1979: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Forms and Influences of African Art (Exhibition) (1985: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Images of Ancestors: Ties That Bind (Exhibition) (1995: Charlottesville, V.A.)  Search this
Life . . . Afterlife: African Funerary Sculpture (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Out of the Ordinary: Domestic and Ritual Furnishings from Africa (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Salute to Sierra Leone (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Secular and Religious Art of Ethiopia (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Tapestries from Lesotho (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The African Heritage (Exhibition) (1964: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Art of Cameroon (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
The Art of Henry O. Tanner (Exhibition) (1969: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Beauty of the Ghetto (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Great Beautiful Black Women Collection (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Heritage of African Art (Exhibtion) (1967: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Image of the Black in Western Art (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
The Impact of African Sculpture on Modern Art (Exhibition) (1975: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Language of African Art (Exhibition) (1970: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Language of Art in Traditional African Life (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
The Meaning of African Art (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Sculptor's Eye: The African Art Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Gross (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
The Stranger Among Us (Exhibition) (1982: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Useful Arts of Kenya (Exhibition) (1979: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional African Art from the Peabody Museum, Harvard University (Exhibition) (1966: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional African Sculpture (Exhibition) (1964: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional Costumes and Jewelry in Africa (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional Costumes and Jewelry in Egypt (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional Sculpture from Upper Volta (Exhibition) (1979: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditonal Art of the Nigerian Peoples (Exhibition) (1977: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditonal and Contemporary Crafts from Botswana (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Treasures of Ancient Nigeria: Legacy of 2000 Years (Exhibition) (1980-1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Tribute to Africa: The Photography and the Collection of Eliot Elisofon (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Weaving Magic: Traditional African Textiles (Exhibition) (1998: Savannah, G.A.)  Search this
Physical description:
83.1 cu. ft. (80 record storage boxes) (4 12x17 boxes) (2 16x20 boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Clippings
Newsletters
Floor plans
Maps
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white transparencies
Color transparencies
Color negatives
Glass negatives
Audiotapes
Artifacts
Place:
Cameroon
Date:
1927
1927-2009
circa 1927-2009
Topic:
Art, African  Search this
Communication  Search this
Cultural relations  Search this
Kom (African people)  Search this
Museum attendance  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museum finance  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Museums--Acquisitions  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museums--Management  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museums and community  Search this
Semantics  Search this
Afo-A-Kom (Statue)  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-001
Restrictions & Rights:
Series 9 - Smithsonian Conflict, 1982-2002 restricted for 5 years from the date of transfer, until Jan-01-2016; Transferring office; 09/13/2010 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_309956

WANTED: The Limping Lady

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Conversations and talks
Blog posts
Published Date:
Thu, 01 Feb 2007 05:00:00 +0000
Topic:
Search this
See more post:
Smithsonian Article Database
Data Source:
Smithsonian Magazine
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_d884aacf1d5336c405d431804213ecc3

Warren M. Robbins Papers

Creator:
Robbins, Warren M  Search this
Extent:
83.1 cu. ft. (80 record storage boxes) (4 12x17 boxes) (2 16x20 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Newsletters
Floor plans
Maps
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white transparencies
Color transparencies
Color negatives
Glass negatives
Audiotapes
Artifacts
Date:
circa 1927-2009
Descriptive Entry:
These papers document the life and work of Warren M. Robbins, covering a wide swath of his life, from his early career in the Foreign Service to his work in cross cultural communications and African art. A prolific writer, Robbins correspondence with such people as Maya Angelou, Ernie Barnes, Saul Bellow, Eliot Elisofon, Otto Fried, Buckminster Fuller, Francoise Gilot, Chaim Gross, S. I. Hayakawa, Harry Holtzman, Frances Humphrey Howard, Herbert H. Humphrey, Ben Shahn, and Margaret Mead document the close relationships he had with a wide range of people as well as reveal his personality and character.

The papers also include Robbins subject files and reveal his interests in African art, Piet Mondrian, and semantics among other things. Also included are records related to the creation and administration of the Museum of African Art, the work it took to get it included as part of the Smithsonian, its transfer, and the difficulties and conflicts Robbins experienced as a result. The records provide extensive coverage of the work involved in keeping the MAA a vibrant center of education, as well as documents the acquisition of collection material and the production of exhibitions.

The papers also contain materials related to publications, including Robbins' African Art in American Collections, both the 1966 and 1989 editions. Also included are materials related to his writings, lectures, and introductions of which he was known for. Of interest are the materials prepared by Roulhac Toledano in preparation for an unpublished work: Before and After the Smithsonian, The Legacy of Warren Robbins, Founder, National Museum of African Art: A Biography of Letters and Essays.

Other highlights include audio recordings from the dedication of the Museum of African Art on September 21, 1966, as well as recordings of lectures and interviews; records regarding the return of the Afo-A-Kom to the Kom people of Cameroon; records related to the acquisition of the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives; transcripts of oral history interviews; and the numerous awards and honors received by Robbins including the Joseph Henry Medal.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, invitations, publications, articles, reports, images, sound recordings, transcripts, awards, clippings, newsletters, brochures, scrapbooks, pamphlets, mailings, maps, and floor plans. Some materials are in German and French.
Historical Note:
A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, BA, 1945 and the University of Michigan, MA, 1949, Warren Murray Robbins started his career as a secondary school teacher. He later served in the United States Foreign Service, holding a variety of educational and curatorial posts in Germany and Austria. After returning to the United States, Robbins established the Center for Cross Cultural Communication (CCCC) in 1962 to serve as an educational institute integrating, popularizing and utilizing the insights and perspectives of the social sciences and the arts to foster international and interracial understanding as well as communication between the academic world and a broader public audience.

Once of first major projects of the CCCC was the creation in 1964 of the Museum of African Art (MAA). The museum was the extension of an interest in African art that Robbins developed while in Europe. The museum was originally located in the Washington, DC residence of Frederick Douglass and became part of the Smithsonian Institution in1979 and was later renamed the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) in 1981.

During the 15 years that the MAA was in operation, the CCCC operated under the Museum's name. Following the Museum's inclusion as part of the Smithsonian it reverted back to its original corporate name with the inclusion of Robbins' name in the title to become the Robbins Center for Cross-Cultural Communication.

From 1964 to 1982, Robbins was the Director of the MAA, later becoming the Founding Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar from 1982-1995. In June of 1995, the Smithsonian eliminated Robbins position as Founding Director Emeritus/Senior Scholar because of budgetary reasons. Subsequently Robbins sued the Smithsonian, but ultimately lost and was not able to be reinstated.

After leaving the Smithsonian, Robbins continued his work at the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communications to apply the perspectives and insights of the social sciences and the arts in public education with particular emphasis on interracial understanding. Robbins passed away on December 4, 2008.
Chronology:
September 4, 1923 -- Born - Worcester, Massachusetts

1928-1937 -- Midland Street Elementary School

1938-1941 -- Classical High School

1941-1945 -- University of New Hampshire, Durham - BA English

1945-1949 -- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - MA History

August 1949-September 1950 -- Teacher, High School, Department of the Army, Dependent School System - Bremerhaven, Germany

September-December 1950 -- Teacher, High School, Department of the Army, Dependent School System - Nurnberg, Germany

January 1951-November 1951 -- Visiting Expert, Public Affairs Program, Department of State - Hicog, Germany

1951-1955 -- Education Officer, American Embassy, Department of State -Vienna, Austria

1955-1957 -- Cultural Affairs Officer, American Consulate General, United States Information Agency - Stuttgart, Germany

1957-1958 -- Public Affairs Officer, American Consulate General, United States Information Agency - Stuttgart, Germany

1958-1960 -- Deputy Chief, Cultural Centers and Program Unit, American Embassy - Bonn, Germany

1960-1961 -- Staff, U. S. Advisory Commission on Educational and Cultural Relations

1961-1962 -- Assistant to Deputy Assistant of State for Educational and Cultural Relations, Department of State

1962-1963 -- Course Chairman, Foreign Service Institute, Department of State

1962-2010 -- Founder and Director, Center for Cross Cultural Communications (CCCC) and later the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communications

1964 -- Museum of African Art founded as a part of CCCC

1964-1982 -- Founder and Director, Museum of African Art/National Museum of African Art

1966 -- Establishment of the Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Understanding

1978 -- President Carter signs bill authorizing the transfer of MAA to the Smithsonian

1979, August 13 -- Museum of African Art officially becomes part of the Smithsonian

1981 -- Museum of African Art changed names to the National Museum of African Art

1982 -- Sabbatical to Africa

1982-1995 -- Founding Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar, National Museum of African Art

1987 -- National Museum of African Art building opens in the Quadrangle on the National Mall

1995, June -- Terminated from National Museum of African Art

2008, December 4 -- Warren M. Robbins passes away
Restrictions:
Series 9 - Smithsonian Conflict, 1982-2002 restricted for 5 years from the date of transfer, until Jan-01-2016; Transferring office; 09/13/2010 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
African Art in American Collections (Monograph) 1966.  Search this
African Art in American Collections (Monograph) 1989.  Search this
Art, African  Search this
Communication  Search this
Cultural relations  Search this
Kom (African people)  Search this
Museum attendance  Search this
Museum directors.  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museum finance.  Search this
Museum publications.  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Museums -- Acquisitions  Search this
Museums -- Collection management.  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects.  Search this
Museums -- Management  Search this
Museums -- Public relations.  Search this
Museums and community  Search this
Semantics  Search this
Afo-A-Kom (Statue)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Newsletters
Floor plans
Maps
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white transparencies
Color transparencies
Color negatives
Glass negatives
Audiotapes
Artifacts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-001, Robbins, Warren M, Warren M. Robbins Papers
Identifier:
Accession 11-001
See more items in:
Warren M. Robbins Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa11-001

Professional Files

Collection Creator:
McCray, Porter A., 1908-2000  Search this
Extent:
8.2 Linear feet (Box 3-11, OV 12-13)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1936-1987
Scope and Contents:
Professional files documenting McCray's work as an arts advisor, consultant, director, committee member, board member, and lecturer are located in this series. There are files for his work with the Asian Cultural Council, Asia Society, Byrd Hoffman Foundation, Cunningham Dance Foundation, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Indo-United States committees, International Council of Museums, Japan Society, Society of Architectural Historians, the JDR 3rd Fund, the Museum of Modern, UNESCO, and as an attaché at the United States Foreign Service.

File contents vary and may include administrative documents, annual reports, correspondence, meeting minutes, printed material, and project records. Of note in the Museum of Modern Art files is a letter of appreciation from Mark Rothko to McCray for his work organizing Rothko's exhibit in Paris.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Porter A. McCray 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.
Collection Citation:
Porter A. McCray Papers, 1936-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mccrport, Series 4
See more items in:
Porter A. McCray papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-mccrport-ref12

Mr. Ambassador : warrior for peace / Edward J. Perkins with Connie Cronley ; foreword by George P. Shultz ; preface by David L. Boren

Author:
Perkins, Edward J (Edward Joseph) 1928-  Search this
Cronley, Connie  Search this
Subject:
Perkins, Edward J (Edward Joseph) 1928-  Search this
United States Foreign Service  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 560 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2006
C2006
1945-1989
1989-
Topic:
African American diplomats  Search this
Diplomats  Search this
Ambassadors  Search this
Foreign relations  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_953307

Men Wanted Over 31 Years of Age for American Red Cross Foreign Service ...

Issuing body:
American Red Cross  Search this
Artist:
B., P.J.  Search this
Creator:
United States. Foreign Service  Search this
American Red Cross. (New York.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Princeton University  Search this
Extent:
1 Poster (Full size; Multi-color, 104.5 x 71 cm)
Container:
Map-folder 355
Type:
Archival materials
Posters
Place:
United States
Date:
1918
Image:
Main Image: Wounded British [?] soldier laying on battlefield looking at the sun which has Red Cross symbol on it. Red Cross ambulance coming toward soldier.
Local numbers:
Princeton Poster# 2860
General:
Issued by: American Red Cross

Issued for: Foreign Service

Artist(s): P.J.B. [?] [W.Sesser] - [Theofiles, American Posters of WWI, p. 161]
Locale:
New York
Printing Info:
Printer: National Printing & Engraving Co., Chicago; New York; St. Louis

222 FOURTH AVE. NEW YORK CITY
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Copyright status of items varies. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Recruiting and enlistment  Search this
Relief and volunteer organizations  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- War work  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Posters -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters
Posters -- World War, 1914-1918 -- United States
Collection Citation:
Princeton University Posters Collection, 1906-1950, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Princeton University Poster Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0433-ref8160

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