The collection is arranged as 10 series. Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1894-1992 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1) Series 2: Correspondence, 1933-1992 (1.5 linear feet; Box 1-2) Series 3: Interviews, 1967-1992 (1.5 linear feet; Box 2-4) Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1887-1992 (4.0 linear feet; Box 4-8) Series 5: Diaries, 1926-1990 (0.5 linear feet; Box 8) Series 6: Reference Files, 1877-1992 (2.5 linear feet; Box 8-10, 26) Series 7: Project Files, 1935-1990 (3.0 linear feet; Box 10-13) Series 8: Professional Files, 1854-1991 (11.7 linear feet; Box 13-24) Series 9: Photographic Materials, 1912-1980s (0.5 linear feet; Box 24) Series 10: Sound Recordings, circa 1980s (0.5 linear feet; Box 24-25)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The papers of librarian, curator, and photographer Paul Vanderbilt (1905-1992) measure 25.2 linear feet and date from 1854 to 1992 with the bulk of the material dating from 1945 to 1992. The papers are comprised of biographical materials, personal and business correspondence, interviews, writings and notes, fourteen diaries and two diary fragments, reference and project files, photographic materials, sound recordings, and professional files.
Paul Vanderbilt papers, 1854-1992, bulk 1945-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Some of the sound recordings in this collection have been copied for research access and digital copies are available in the Archives of American Art offices.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Paul Vanderbilt conducted by Richard Doud on November 10, 1964.
Paul Vanderbilt (1905-1992) was a librarian, curator, and photographer active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin.
The collection is in English
The collection was donated in 1981 by Paul Vanderbilt and in 1993 by his estate through John W. Winn, executor.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001