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Penland School of Crafts records, 1932-1991

Catalog Data

Penland School of Handicrafts  Search this
Morgan, Lucy  Search this
Brown, William J. (William Joseph)  Search this
Penland Weavers and Potters  Search this
Penland School of Handicrafts  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Physical Description:
12 Microfilm reels
Access Note / Rights:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Correspondence, financial records, subject files, notes and writings, printed material and photographs.
Included are correspondence, 1938-1991, between students, donors, and Penland directors Lucy Morgan, William J. Brown, Richardson Rice, and Verne Stanford discussing fundraising and school activities, including correspondence of the Penland Weavers and Potters, 1948-1951, and a "Letter from Finland to Penland", 1953; 2 cashbooks, 1941?; price lists; a report on the examination of accounts, 1974; records of memorial funds for Edward Fortner, 1959-1964, Lucy Morgan, 1962, and Bertha T. McElwain, 1964; minutes of the Board of Trustees meetings, 1935-1991; enrollment lists, 1940-1955, instruction notes for weaving classes, 1932-1950; a booklet "The Robust" containing enrollment lists and handwritten comments about summer workshops, 1946;
subject files containing letters, notes, and printed material about William J. Brown, 1962-1984, the Studio Craftsmen Fellowship Program, 1962-1963, National Conference on Handicrafts, 1940, Penland School Projects, 1965, Rutledge Books, 1973-1975, Cultural Advisory Committee, 1977-1980, National Crafts Planning Project, 1980, and Critics in Residence, 1986-1987; clippings, 1944-1991; brochures, 1934-1984; annual session catalogs, 1938-1991; 7 issues of Mountain MIlestones, 1952-1961; exhibition catalogs, 1980-1988; benefit auction catalogs, 1986-1990; miscellaneous printed material, 1935-1991; and photographs of Penland buildings, Lucy Morgan, weavers, and other craftspeople.
Penland School of Crafts records, 1932-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
35mm microfilm reels 4504-4515 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals returned to the lender, Penland School of Crafts, after microfilming.
Biography Note:
Craft school; Penland, N.C. Founded 1929 by Lucy Morgan. Formerly named Penland School of Handicrafts. The directors have been Lucy Morgan, 1929-1962, William J. Brown, 1962-1983, Richardson Rice, 1983-1984, Verne Stanford, 1984-1989, and Hunter Kariher, 1989- .
Language Note:
The "Letter from Finland to Penland" contains clippings which are in Finnish.
Lent for microfilming by the Penland School of Crafts, 1991.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Decorative arts  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Craft  Search this
Art instruction and services  Search this
Record number:
Art instruction and services
Data Source:
Archives of American Art