The collection is arranged into fifteen series. Small series, such as Biographical Material are generally based on type of document. Larger series, such as Correspondence or Project Files, are arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent or project. General correspondence has been made into its own series, but other series or subseries may also contain some correspondence. Within particular series, materials have been further divided into subseries which represent particular aspects of the project or event. For example, the Writings Series is further divided into subseries of books and articles, eulogies, and lectures and speeches. An outline listing series and subseries titles and dates follows. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1907-1982, undated (boxes 1-2; 1.25 linear ft.) Series 2: Correspondence, 1929-1990, undated (boxes 2-4; 2.75 linear ft.) Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1933-1980, undated (boxes 5-6; 1.25 linear ft.) Series 4: Membership Files, 1946-1982, undated (boxes 6-8; 2.5 linear ft.) Series 5: Millard Sheets & Associates Designs, 1934-1982, undated (boxes 8-9; 1.0 linear ft.) Series 6: Project Files, 1956-1981, undated (boxes 9-18; 8.25 linear ft.) Series 7: Teaching and Workshop Files, 1932-1982 (box 18; 0.5 linear ft.) Series 8: Painting Trips, 1959-1980, undated (box 18; 16 folders) Series 9: Exhibition Files, 1932-1937, 1951-1988, undated (box 19; 0.75 linear ft.) Series 10: Jury Files, 1941-1982 (boxes 19-20; 42 folders) Series 11: Writings, 1936-1988, undated (boxes 20-22; 2.5 linear ft.) Series 12: Printed Matter, 1936-1922, undated (boxes 22-23; 20 folders) Series 13: Photographs, 1934-1983, undated (box 23; 17 folders) Series 14: Artwork, circa 1929, undated (box 23; 2 folders) Series 15: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1930-2000 (boxes 24, 26-30, OV25: 4.6 linear ft.)
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
The Millard Sheets papers comprise 27.6 linear feet of material dating from circa 1907 to 2000 with bulk dates spanning 1956 to 1981. The collection documents Sheets's career as a designer, painter, and muralist, and his personal and professional interests through correspondence, writings, lectures, printed material, drawings, slides, photographs, and ephemera. A small addition donated 2018 by Carolyn Owen-Toole, Sheet's daughter. There is a 4.6 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated 2018 that includes writings; sketchbooks and sketches; photographs and negatives of works of art, images of Millard Sheets and others; printed material, including two scrapbooks; and scattered correspondence regarding Sheet's projects.
Millard Sheets papers, circa 1907-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection and material lent for microfilming are available on 35mm microfilm reels LA 10, and 5676-5707 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the collection as described in this finding aid does not reflect the order of the collection on microfilm.
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reels LA 10) including a biographical sketch, career resume, and a list of sheets' work prepared in 1964. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
"Your painting is a measure of your mind"-Millard Sheets
Millard Sheets lent material for microfilming in 1965. Mary B. Sheets, Millard's widow, donated the papers to the Archives of American Art in 1992. Carolyn Owen-Toole, Sheet's daughter, gave a small addition of material in 2018.
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