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Helen Keller's Watch

Associated person:
Keller, Helen  Search this
Maker:
Rossel & Fils  Search this
Physical Description:
gold (watch case material)
brass (watch movement material)
gold-plated, copper alloy, porcelain-enamel, glass (overall material)
Measurements:
overall, watch: 2 5/8 in x 1 7/8 in x 1/2 in; 6.6675 cm x 4.7625 cm x 1.27 cm
overall, case: 2 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 3/4 in; 6.35 cm x 6.35 cm x 1.905 cm
Object Name:
watch
Place Made:
Switzerland
Date made:
ca 1865
Related Publication:
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition
Related Web Publication:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures
Credit Line:
Phillips Brooks Keller & Mrs. Gordon Erwin
ID Number:
ME.335239
Catalog number:
335239
Accession number:
314555
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Work and Industry: Mechanisms
National Treasures exhibit
Clothing & Accessories
Health & Medicine
Family & Social Life
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_851873
Additional Online Media:

Website Records, 2018

Creator:
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
2018
Topic:
Historical museums  Search this
Web sites  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
National Native American Veterans' Memorial (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Memorials  Search this
War memorials  Search this
Indians of North America--Wars--Veterans  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 19-209
See more items in:
Website Records 2009-2018 [National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_398613

Website Records, 2018

Creator:
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Americans (Exhibition) (2018-2022: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Americans (Online exhibition)  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
Topic:
Historical museums  Search this
Web sites  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 19-166
See more items in:
Website Records 2009-2018 [National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_398557

Administrative Records, 2000, 2003, 2008-2016

Creator:
National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.). Office of the Director  Search this
Subject:
Bunch, Lonnie G  Search this
Slavery and Freedom (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876-1968 (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Power of Place (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington D.C.)  Search this
Making A Way Out of No Way (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington D.C.)  Search this
Double Victory: The African American Military Experience (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Sports: Leveling the Playing Field (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Musical Crossroads (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Cultural Expressions (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Taking the Stage (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Visual Art and the American Experience (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
A Century in the Making: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Everyday Beauty: Selections from the Photography and Film Collection (Exhibition) (2017-2018: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
6.5 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Brochures
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Manuscripts
Floor plans
Illustrations
Date:
2008
2008-2016
2000, 2003, 2008-2016
Topic:
African Americans--History  Search this
African Americans--Social life and customs  Search this
Historical museums  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museum buildings  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museums--Acquisitions  Search this
Museums--Administration  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 19-201
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2032; Transferring office; 12/17/2015 memorandum, Milhoan to Thomas; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Administrative Records 1984-2016 [National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.) Office of the Director]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_398581

Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, 1952-2010

Creator:
Bunch, Lonnie G  Search this
Subject:
Bunch, Lonnie G  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
Chicago Historical Society  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.)  Search this
American University (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary  Search this
George Washington University  Search this
Packard Collegiate Institute  Search this
American Alliance of Museums  Search this
American Association for State and Local History  Search this
Committee for the Preservation of the White House  Search this
California Afro-American Museum  Search this
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth  Search this
United States President (2001-2009 : Bush)  Search this
United States President (2009-2017 : Obama)  Search this
The Black Olympians, 1904-1950 (Exhibition) (1984-1985: Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Black Angelenos: The Afro-American in Los Angeles, 1850-1950 (Exhibition) (1988-1989: Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden (Exhibition) (2000- : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden (Traveling exhibition) (2002-2006)  Search this
Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture (Exhibition) (1994: Chiba, Japan)  Search this
Allensworth: An Enduring Dream (Exhibition) (1987: Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Communities in a Changing Nation: The Promise of 19th-Century America (Exhibition) (1999-2012: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
26.07 cu. ft. (24 record storage boxes) (3 16x20 boxes)
Type:
Books
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Compact discs
Electronic mail
Architectural drawings
Floor plans
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Color photographs
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Videotapes
Place:
United States
Newark (N.J.)
West (U.S.)
Date:
1952
1952-2010
19th century
Topic:
Museum directors  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Traveling exhibitions  Search this
Museums--Political aspects  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Historical museums  Search this
Historians  Search this
Social history  Search this
African Americans--History  Search this
Teaching  Search this
African American soldiers  Search this
Museum finance  Search this
Presidents--History  Search this
Museums--Social aspects  Search this
Public history  Search this
Museums--Administration  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Armed Forces  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 19-200
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_398592

Exhibition Records, 1999-2006

Creator:
Smithsonian Latino Center  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives  Search this
Americanos: Latino Life in the United States (Traveling exhibition) (1999-2004)  Search this
Antonio: 25 Years of Creative Collaboration (Online exhibition)  Search this
Corridos Sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition (Traveling exhibition) (2002-2004)  Search this
Inside/Out: Growing Old in the United States (Online exhibition)  Search this
Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement (Online exhibition)  Search this
Revealing Personal Identity: The Indigenous Vision of Manuel Carrillo (Online exhibition)  Search this
Tales of Lienzos (Online exhibition)  Search this
Young Americanos: Photographic Visions of Our Community (Exhibition) (2001: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz (Exhibition) (2005-2006: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Ritmos de Identidad/Rhythms of Identity: Fernando Ortiz's Legacy and the Howard Family Collection of Percussion Instruments (Exhibition) (2000: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Santos: Substance and Soul (Exhibition) (2000-2001: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Drawings
Floor plans
Black-and-white negatives
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Date:
1999
1999-2006
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Hispanic Americans--Ethnic identity  Search this
Hispanic Americans--Social life and customs  Search this
Hispanic Americans  Search this
Traveling exhibitions  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 13-018
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2022; Transferring office; 10/12/2012 memorandum, Toda to Key; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Exhibition Records 1999-2006 [Smithsonian Latino Center]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_361500

Helena M. Weiss Papers, 1908-1993

Creator:
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Subject:
Ulrich, E. O (Edward Oscar) 1857-1944  Search this
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Bassler, Ray S (Ray Smith) 1878-  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Physical description:
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Brochures
Picture postcards
Scrapbooks
Books
Color transparencies
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Color negatives
Color photographs
Place:
India
Nepal
Thailand
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1908
1908-1993
Topic:
Travel  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 12-184
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_311613

Exhibition and Program Records, 1987, 1992-1993, 1997, 2001-2002

Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Department of Affiliations  Search this
Subject:
Kelly, Kimberly A  Search this
Crew, Spencer R. 1949-  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Young Interpreters Program  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Community Life  Search this
Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration, 1915-1940 (Exhibition) (1987-2006: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Pamphlets
Color transparencies
Videotapes
Date:
1987
1987-2002
1987, 1992-1993, 1997, 2001-2002
Topic:
African Americans--History  Search this
African Americans--Migrations  Search this
African Americans--Social life and customs  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 19-127
See more items in:
Exhibition and Program Records 1987-2002 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Department of Affiliations]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_398469

Production Records, 1993-2005

Creator:
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Office of Public Programs  Search this
Uniform title:
Beautiful Beyond: Christian Songs in Native Languages (Sound recording : 2004)  Search this
Subject:
Bass, Howard  Search this
Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings  Search this
National Museum of the American Indian Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Floppy disks
Electronic records
Digital versatile discs
Audiotapes
Compact discs
Place:
Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1993
1993-2005
Topic:
Choctaw Indians  Search this
Creek Indians  Search this
Hawaiians  Search this
Hopi Indians  Search this
Hymns  Search this
Indians of North America--Languages  Search this
Indians of North America--Social life and customs  Search this
Kiowa Indians  Search this
Mohawk Indians  Search this
Navajo Indians  Search this
Ojibwa Indians  Search this
Oneida Indians  Search this
Sacred songs  Search this
Seminole Indians  Search this
Special events  Search this
Teton Indians  Search this
Tewa Indians  Search this
Yupik Eskimos  Search this
Cherokee  Search this
Cheyenne Indians  Search this
Comanche Indians  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-089
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2021; Transferring office; 03/21/2011 memorandum, Toda to File; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Production Records 1993-2005 [National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Office of Public Programs]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_299073

Productions, 1990-1992, 1998

Creator:
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Uniform title:
Gardens of the Mughal Empire (Website)  Search this
Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden (Documentary film : 1992)  Search this
Gardens of the Mughal Empire (Proposed documentary film)  Search this
Subject:
Hiller, John W  Search this
Johnson, Paul B  Search this
Murayama, Toshio  Search this
Schneider, Laura T  Search this
Domon Ken Kinenkan  Search this
Kajima Kensetsu Kabushiki Kaisha  Search this
WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Sogetsu Hall (Tokyo, Japan)  Search this
Katsura Rikyū (Kyoto, Japan)  Search this
Saihōji (Kyoto, Japan)  Search this
Physical description:
11.3 cu. ft. (8 record storage boxes) (15 11x17 D1 videocases)
Type:
Audiotapes
Collection descriptions
Motion pictures (visual works)
Videotapes
Place:
India
Japan
Shalamar Garden (Lahore, Pakistan)
South Asia
Tenryū-shi (Japan)
Date:
1990
1990-1992
1990-1992, 1998
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Gardens  Search this
Web sites  Search this
Flower arrangement, Japanese--Sōgetsu school  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 06-277
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Productions 1938-2009 and undated [Smithsonian Productions]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_260990

Myron Bement Smith Collection

Creator:
Smith, Myron Bement, 1897-1970  Search this
Source:
Blake, Marion Elizabeth  Search this
Names:
Aga-Oglu, Mehmet, 1896-1949  Search this
Ettinghausen, Richard  Search this
Field, Henry  Search this
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1879-1948  Search this
Kuban, Dogan  Search this
Moe, Henry Allen  Search this
Pope, Arthur Upham, 1881-1969  Search this
Former owner:
Blake, Marion Elizabeth  Search this
Extent:
192 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1910-1970
Summary:
The Myron Bement Smith collection consists of two parts, the papers of Myron Bement Smith and his wife Katharine and the Islamic Archives. It contains substantial material about his field research in Italy in the 1920s and his years working on Islamic architecture in Iran in the 1930s. Letters describe the milieu in which he operated in Rochester NY and New York City in the 1920s and early 1930s; the Smiths' life in Iran from 1933 to 1937; and the extensive network of academic and social contacts that Myron and Katharine developed and maintained over his lifetime. The Islamic Archives was a project to which Smith devoted most of his professional life. It includes both original materials, such as his photographs and notes, and items acquired by him from other scholars or experts on Islamic art and architecture. Smith intended the Archives to serve as a resource for scholars interested in the architecture and art of the entire Islamic world although he also included some materials about non-Islamic architecture.
Scope and Contents:
The Myron Bement Smith Collection consists of two parts, the papers of Myron Bement Smith and his wife Katharine and the Islamic Archives. The papers include some biographic material about Myron but little about his wife. Information on his academic and professional experience is sketchy and his diaries and appointment books often contain only sporadic entries. The papers contain substantial material about his field research in Italy in the 1920s and his years working on Islamic architecture in Iran in the 1930s. Correspondence comprises the largest and most potentially useful part of the papers. Letters describe the milieu in which he operated in Rochester, NY and New York City in the 1920s and early 1930s; the Smiths' life in Iran from 1933 to 1937; and the extensive network of academic and social contacts that Myron and Katharine developed and maintained over his lifetime.

The Islamic Archives, formally entitled The Archive for Islamic Culture and Art, was a project to which Smith devoted most of his professional life. It includes both original materials, such as his photographs and notes, and items acquired by him from other scholars or experts on Islamic art and architecture. Most of the latter consists of photographs and slides. Smith intended the Archives to serve as a resource for scholars interested in the architecture and art of the entire Islamic world although he also included some materials about non-Islamic architecture. The core collection of the Archives consists of Smith's original photographs and architectural sketches of Iranian Islamic monuments made during his field research in the 1930s. He meticulously photographed the interior and exterior of monuments, including their decorative detail. Some of the photographic materials subsequently loaned, purchased, or donated to the Archives may enable scholars to document sites over time but in many cases the materials are poorly preserved or reproduced. A notable exception to this is the glassplate negatives and prints of 19th century Iranian photographer Antoin Sevruguin.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 2 major series with further subseries. A third series inventories the outsized and miscellaneous materials.

Series 1: Papers

Subseries 1.1: Biographic Materials

Subseries 1.2: Professional Experience

Subseries 1.3: Notebooks, Journals and Appointment Books

Subseries 1.4: Correspondence

Subseries 1.5: Published and Unpublished Materials

Subseries 1.6: Italy Research 1925, 1927-1928

Subseries 1.7: Iran Research 1933-1937

Subseries 1.8: Katharine Dennis Smith Papers and Correspondence

Series 2: The Islamic Archives

Subseries 2.1: Islamic Archives History, Collection Information

Subseries 2.2: Resource Materials Iran

Subseries 2.3: Resource Materials Other Islamic World and General

Subseries 2.4: Myron Bement Smith Architectural Sketches, Plans and Notes, Iran, 1933-1937

Subseries 2.5: Myron Bement Smith Iran Photographs, Notebooks and Negative Registers

Subseries 2.6: Country Photograph File

Subseries 2.7: Lantern Slide Collection

Subseries 2.8: Myron Bement Smith 35 mm Color Slides

Subseries 2.9: Country 35 mm Color Slide File

Subseries 2.10: Myron Bement Smith Negatives

Subseries 2.11: Country Photograph Negatives

Subseries 2.12: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs

Series 3: Outsize and Miscellaneous Items

Subseries 3.1: Map Case Drawers

Subseries 3.2: Rolled Items

Subseries 3.3 Items in Freezer

Subseries 3.4 Smithsonian Copy Negatives
Biographical Note:
Myron Bement Smith was born in Newark Valley, New York in 1897 and grew up in Rochester, New York. He died in Washington D.C. in 1970. He showed an early interest in drawing, and after graduation from high school, he worked as a draftsman for a Rochester architect. He served in the US Army Medical Corps in France during World War I and on return again worked as an architectural draftsman. He studied at Yale University from 1922 to 1926, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. During summer vacations, he worked as draftsman or designer for architectural firms in New York City. After graduation, he received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation grant and spent two years in Italy doing research on northern Italian brick and stone work. He used photography as an tool for his research and published several well-illustrated articles. On return he joined an architectural firm in Philadelphia and in 1931 became a registered architect in New York. He enrolled in Harvard University graduate school in 1929 pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree.

In April 1930, Smith was appointed Secretary of the newly created American Institute for Persian Art and Archaeology founded by Arthur Upham Pope and located in New York City. He had no prior academic or work experience in Islamic art or architecture, and his job entailed designing publications, arranging lectures, organizing exhibitions and fund raising. That summer he arranged an independent study course at Harvard University on Persian art and subsequently studied Persian language at Columbia University and attended graduate courses at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. His work and academic credentials enabled him to compete successfully for a research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies in 1933 to study Iranian Islamic architecture.

Accompanied by his new bride Katharine Dennis, Smith left for Iran in 1933. They suffered a horrendous motor vehicle accident in Iraq en route and required a lengthy recuperation in Lebanon and Cyprus. The Smiths eventually arrived in Isfahan, Iran, where they established their "Expedition House," as Smith called it, in a rented faculty house at Stuart College. Smith's research consisted of meticulous photographic documentation of Islamic monuments and architectural sketches and drawings of many of them. He concentrated on the Isfahan area but also documented monuments elsewhere in Iran. Smith outfitted his station wagon as a combination camper and research vehicle in which he and his staff traveled widely. Katharine sometimes traveled with him but generally she remained in Isfahan managing the household and logistics for the "expedition." The Smiths left Iran in 1937.

Smith published several articles about Iran's Islamic monuments based on his field research and in 1947 completed his PhD thesis for The Johns Hopkins University on the vault in Persian architecture. His professional career from 1938 until his death in 1970 consisted of a series of temporary academic positions, contract work and government or academic sponsored lecture tours and photographic exhibits. He had a long lasting relationship with the Library of Congress where he served as an Honorary Consultant from 1938 to 1940 and again from 1948 to 1970; from 1943 to 1944 he was Chief of the Iranian Section at the Library. Despite his lack of published material, Smith was well-known among academic, government and private citizens who worked, traveled or were otherwise interested Iran and the Islamic world.

Smith developed an extensive network of professional and social contacts that dated from his early student days and increased markedly during his time at the Persian Institute and later in Iran. He kept in touch with them and they touted him to others who were interested in Iran or Islamic art and architecture. This network served him well in realizing his ambition of creating a resource for scholars that relied on photographs to document Islamic architecture. The Islamic Archives began with his own collection of photographs from his Iran research and grew to include all manner of photographic and other materials not only on the Islamic world but also other areas. Creating and managing the Archives became the main focus of Smith's professional life and career. In 1967 he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to revise his PhD thesis as a publishable manuscript but died before he could complete it.
Related Materials:
The Antoin Sevruguin Photgraphs

Ernst Herzfeld Papers

Lionel B. Bier Drawings

Lionel D. Bier and Carol Bier Photographs
Provenance:
Gift of Myron Bement Smith
Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Islamic architecture  Search this
Islamic Architecture-Turkey  Search this
Iran-description and travel  Search this
Iran-History 20th Century  Search this
Islamic Architecture-Middle East  Search this
Iran-social life and customs  Search this
United States-Social life and customs  Search this
Mosques  Search this
Architecture -- Iran  Search this
Citation:
The Myron Bement Smith Collection. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A.04
See more items in:
Myron Bement Smith Collection
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a-04
Additional Online Media:

Curt Maury Papers

Creator:
Maury, Curt  Search this
Extent:
12.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Dye coupler transparencies
Place:
Gujarat (India)
Karnataka (India) -- Social life and customs
Kerala (India)
Maharashtra
Rajasthan (India)
India
Date:
1953-circa 1985
Summary:
The Curt Maury papers, dating from 1953 to circa 1985, measure 12.7 linear feet and include writings and notes for planned and published books; travel files and expense ledgers for trips to India; photograph ledgers; and extensive photographs and slides of India.
Scope and Contents:
The Curt Maury papers, dating from 1953 to circa 1985, measure 12.7 linear feet and consist of writings and notes for planned and published books; travel files and expense ledgers for trips to India; photograph ledgers; and extensive photographs and slides of India.

The collection was created by Maury primarily in preparation for an unpublished book to be titled, "India's Folk Tradition as the Mirror of Mankind's Religious History." Materials include manuscript and typescript drafts and notes for this book, as well as for published book, Folk Origins of Indian Art (1969). Travel files include printed maps of India, Maury's sketched map outlines of cities in India, and five travel expense ledgers. Photographic materials consist of black and white prints and slides depicting Indian folk art, including religious artifacts and structures, and Indian cultural activities and surroundings. Nine photograph ledgers describe images and locations of photographs and slides with roll and image number.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 3 series.

Series 1: Writings and Notes, circa 1960s-circa 1970s [3.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-5, 7-11]

Series 2: Travel Files, 1953-1975 [0.4 linear feet; Box 5, 1 OV Folder]

Series 3: Photographic Material, circa 1960-circa 1985 [8.5 linear feet; Boxes 6, 12-44]
Biographical note:
Curt Maury (1909-1989) was a writer, social services administrator, and scholar of Indian art. He was born in Germany, earned a PhD in German Literature from the University of Vienna in 1935, and immigrated to the United States in 1939. While pursuing a literary career through the publication of novels, plays, and poems, Maury developed an interest in India, which he visited many times from the 1950s through the 1970s. He conducted research on Indian folk art, and kept extensive photographic records.
Provenance:
The papers were donated to the Archives after Curt Maury's death in 1989 by his brother, Hans Tischler.
Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment. Due to special storage, this collection requires a minimum of one week's notice prior to access.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce and publish an item from the Archives is coordinated through the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's Rights and Reproductions Department. Please contact the Archives in order to initiate this process.
Topic:
Art, Hindu  Search this
Indian art  Search this
Cave temples  Search this
Taj Mahal (Agra, India)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1950-1960 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Dye coupler transparencies
Citation:
Curt Maury Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Mr. Hans Tischler.
Identifier:
FSA.A1989.05
See more items in:
Curt Maury Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a1989-05
Additional Online Media:

"What Hath God Wrought" Telegraph Message

Associated person:
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese  Search this
Maker:
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 1 1/2 in x 27 3/4 in; 3.81 cm x 70.485 cm
Object Name:
telegraph message
Place made:
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
Date made:
1844-05-25
1844-05-24
Associated date:
1844-05-24
Donated:
1900-04-18
Related Publication:
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition
Related Web Publication:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures
Credit Line:
from Edward Lind Morse
ID Number:
EM.001028
Catalog number:
001028
Accession number:
65555
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_713485
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2014 White House Easter egg

Related:
Obama, Michelle  Search this
Obama, Barack H.  Search this
Maker:
White House Historical Association  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
purple (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 2 1/2 in x 1 5/8 in; 6.35 cm x 4.1275 cm
Object Name:
Easter egg
Associated Place:
United States: District of Columbia, White House
Date made:
2014
Subject:
White House  Search this
Easter  Search this
Children  Search this
Games  Search this
Dogs  Search this
ID Number:
2016.0333.01
Accession number:
2016.0333
Catalog number:
2016.0333.01
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Political and Military History: Political History, White House Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
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Exhibition:
Exhibit
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1848995

John Glenn

Depicted (sitter):
Glenn, John  Search this
Photographer:
Regan, Ken  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 5/8 in x 13 7/8 in; 24.4475 cm x 35.2425 cm
Object Name:
gelatin silver print
Place made:
United States: District of Columbia, Georgetown
Date made:
1973-11-17
Subject:
Weddings  Search this
ID Number:
2014.0112.290
Catalog number:
2014.0112.290
Accession number:
2014.0112
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Work and Industry: Photographic History
Ken Regan Collection
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1758532

Framing Hammer

Associated Name:
Habitat for Humanity  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 14 in x 5 in x 1 1/2 in; 35.56 cm x 12.7 cm x 3.81 cm
Object Name:
Claw Hammer
Hammer
Associated Place:
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
Related event:
Hurricane Katrina  Search this
America Builds on the National Mall  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Jillian Gross
ID Number:
2005.0276.02
Catalog number:
2005.0276.02
Accession number:
2005.0276
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1313400

Nail Pry Bar

Associated Name:
Habitat for Humanity  Search this
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 13 in x 1 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 33.02 cm x 4.445 cm x 6.985 cm
Object Name:
Pry Bar
Nail Pry Bar
Associated Place:
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
Related event:
Hurricane Katrina  Search this
America Builds on the National Mall  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Jillian Gross
ID Number:
2005.0276.03
Catalog number:
2005.0276.03
Accession number:
2005.0276
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1313401

Torpedo Level

Associated Name:
Habitat for Humanity  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in x 2 in x 3/4 in; 25.4 cm x 5.08 cm x 1.905 cm
Object Name:
Level
Associated Place:
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
Related event:
Hurricane Katrina  Search this
America Builds on the National Mall  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Jillian Gross
ID Number:
2005.0276.04
Catalog number:
2005.0276.04
Accession number:
2005.0276
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1313402

Chalk Line Reel

Associated Name:
Habitat for Humanity  Search this
Maker:
Irwin Auger Bit Company  Search this
Physical Description:
aluminum (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 5 in x 3 in x 1 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm x 3.81 cm
Object Name:
Chalk Line Reel
Associated Place:
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
Related event:
Hurricane Katrina  Search this
America Builds on the National Mall  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Jillian Gross
ID Number:
2005.0276.05
Catalog number:
2005.0276.05
Accession number:
2005.0276
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1313403

Work Gloves

Associated Name:
Habitat for Humanity  Search this
Maker:
Ironclad  Search this
Physical Description:
cloth (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 8 in x 5 in x 1 in; 20.32 cm x 12.7 cm x 2.54 cm
Object Name:
Pair of Gloves
Associated Place:
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
Date made:
1997-2005
Related event:
Hurricane Katrina  Search this
America Builds on the National Mall  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Jillian Gross
ID Number:
2005.0276.06
Catalog number:
2005.0276.06
Accession number:
2005.0276
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1313404

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