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Oral history interview with Harold James Brennan, 1979 Sept. 5 and 1982 Feb. 16

Interviewee:
Brennan, Harold James, 1903-1989  Search this
Brennan, Harold James, 1903-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Clayter, Frederick  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12961
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214564
AAA_collcode_brenna79
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214564
Online Media:

William J. and Jane Brown papers, circa 1940-2014

Creator:
Brown, Bill, 1923-1992  Search this
Brown, Jane Brennan, 1931-  Search this
Brown, Bill, 1923-1992  Search this
Subject:
Bailey, Dan  Search this
Berensohn, Paulus  Search this
Brennan, Harold James  Search this
Ebendorf, Robert  Search this
Ehle, John  Search this
Hallman, Ted  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin  Search this
Morgan, Lucy  Search this
Perisho, Flossie  Search this
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Penland School of Crafts  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Photographs
Sketches
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Artisans--North Carolina  Search this
Arts administrators--North Carolina  Search this
Industrial design  Search this
Handicraft--Study and teaching--United States  Search this
Handicraft--United States  Search this
Theme:
Ephemera, Miscellany, and General Art Related  Search this
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10700
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214301
AAA_collcode_browwill
Theme:
Ephemera, Miscellany, and General Art Related
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214301
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Betty Woodman, 2003 April 22 and 29

Interviewee:
Woodman, Betty, 1930-2018  Search this
Woodman, Betty, 1930-2018  Search this
Interviewer:
Perreault, John, 1937-  Search this
Subject:
Brown, Elenita  Search this
Carlson, Cynthia  Search this
Hamada, Shōji  Search this
Higby, Wayne  Search this
Kozloff, Joyce  Search this
Kushner, Robert  Search this
Leach, Bernard  Search this
Serra, Richard  Search this
Shark, Bud  Search this
Voulkos, Peter  Search this
Woodman, George  Search this
Bellagio Study and Conference Center  Search this
Centre internationale de recherche sur le verre et les arts plastiques (Marseille, France)  Search this
Europees Keramisch Werkcentrum  Search this
Fabric Workshop  Search this
Girl Scouts of the United States of America  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
University of Colorado  Search this
Boulder (Colo.).. Parks & Recreation Department  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Boulder (Colo.)
India -- description and travel
Mexico -- description and travel
Netherlands -- description and travel
Topic:
Airplanes -- Models  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass art  Search this
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Screen process printing  Search this
Women artists  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Women ceramicists  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13297
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)245771
AAA_collcode_woodma03
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_245771
Online Media:

Harold James Brennan papers, 1955-1974

Creator:
Brennan, Harold James, 1903-1989  Search this
Brennan, Harold James, 1903-1989  Search this
Topic:
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6800
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208927
AAA_collcode_brenharo
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208927

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts records, 1950-1969

Creator:
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Subject:
Merritt, Francis Sumner  Search this
Bishop, Mary B.  Search this
Topic:
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7693
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209857
AAA_collcode_haysmoun
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209857

David Robert Campbell papers, 1931-1975 and 1992

Creator:
Campbell, David Robert, 1907-1963  Search this
Campbell, David Robert, 1907-1963  Search this
Subject:
Campbell, Flora K.  Search this
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen  Search this
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic -- New Hampshire  Search this
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Craft  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9270
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211465
AAA_collcode_campdavi
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211465

Howard C. and Bonnie Willis Ford papers relating to The Penland School of Crafts, 1935-1995

Creator:
Ford, Howard C., 1900-1977  Search this
Ford, Bonnie Willis, 1907-1976  Search this
Ford, Howard C., 1900-1977  Search this
Subject:
Morgan, Lucy  Search this
Wooten, Bayard  Search this
Penland School of Handicrafts  Search this
Topic:
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10698
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214299
AAA_collcode_fordhowa
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214299

Aileen Osborn Webb writings, [ca. 1977]

Creator:
Webb, Aileen O., 1892-1979  Search this
Webb, Aileen O., 1892-1979  Search this
Subject:
American Craft Council  Search this
American Crafts Council. Museum of Contemporary Crafts  Search this
World Crafts Council  Search this
Topic:
Craft Horizons  Search this
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Women  Search this
Communities, Organizations, Museums  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7045
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209178
AAA_collcode_webbaile
Theme:
Diaries
Women
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209178

Arthur J. Pulos papers, 1935-[ca. 1980s], bulk 1947-1960

Creator:
Pulos, Arthur J., 1917-1997  Search this
Pulos, Arthur J., 1917-1997  Search this
Subject:
Pulos Design Associates  Search this
American Craftsmen's Council  Search this
Creative Buildings (Firm)  Search this
Midwest-Designer Craftsmen Society  Search this
Syracuse University. Dept. of Industrial Design  Search this
Topic:
Industrial design  Search this
Decorative arts -- United States  Search this
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Craft  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8843
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211028
AAA_collcode_puloarth
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211028

American Handicraft Council records, circa 1937-1940

Creator:
American Handicraft Council  Search this
American Handicraft Council  Search this
Subject:
Emery, Humphery  Search this
Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Carnegie Corporation of New York  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Topic:
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Handicraft surveys -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Government Sponsorship of the Arts  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5892
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208732
AAA_collcode_amerhand
Theme:
Art Market
Art Movements and Schools
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208732

Harvey K. Littleton papers, 1946-1975

Creator:
Littleton, Harvey K., 1922-2013  Search this
Littleton, Harvey K., 1922-2013  Search this
Subject:
American Ceramic Society  Search this
American Craftsmen's Council  Search this
Midwest Designer-Craftsmen  Search this
Jugtown Pottery (Firm)  Search this
Wisconsin Designer-Craftsmen  Search this
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Glass blowing and working -- United States  Search this
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9159
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211353
AAA_collcode_littharv
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211353

Records relating to Index of American Design Exhibition, 1937

Creator:
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Federal Art Project (U.S.)  Search this
Index of American Design  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
Topic:
Folk art  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to public welfare  Search this
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Handicraft surveys -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9795
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212233
AAA_collcode_foggart
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212233

Penland School of Crafts records, 1932-1991

Creator:
Penland School of Handicrafts  Search this
Penland School of Handicrafts  Search this
Subject:
Morgan, Lucy  Search this
Brown, William J. (William Joseph)  Search this
Penland Weavers and Potters  Search this
Penland School of Handicrafts  Search this
Topic:
Handicraft -- United States -- Study and teaching  Search this
Pottery -- 20th century -- United States -- Study and teaching  Search this
Weaving -- United States -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10639
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214215
AAA_collcode_penlscho
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214215

Harvey K. Littleton papers

Creator:
Littleton, Harvey K.  Search this
Names:
American Ceramic Society  Search this
American Craftsmen's Council  Search this
Jugtown Pottery (Firm)  Search this
Midwest Designer-Craftsmen  Search this
Wisconsin Designer-Craftsmen  Search this
Extent:
4 Linear feet ((on 6 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1946-1975
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; biographical data; photographs; notes and sketches; writings; applications for research grants; subject files; receipts and bills; and exhibition catalogs and announcements.
Biographical / Historical:
Harvey Littleton (1922- 2013) was a ceramicist, glassmaker, sculptor and educator in Wisconsin.
Provenance:
Donated 1975 by Harvey K. Littleton.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.
Occupation:
Ceramicists -- Wisconsin  Search this
Glass artists -- Wisconsin  Search this
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Glass blowing and working -- United States  Search this
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.littharv
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9dec7578e-6d34-47a1-b7c6-078fb158ea5f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-littharv

Oral history interview with Betty Woodman

Interviewee:
Woodman, Betty, 1930-2018  Search this
Interviewer:
Perreault, John, 1937-2015  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Bellagio Study and Conference Center  Search this
Boulder (Colo.).. Parks & Recreation Department  Search this
Centre internationale de recherche sur le verre et les arts plastiques (Marseille, France)  Search this
Europees Keramisch Werkcentrum  Search this
Fabric Workshop  Search this
Girl Scouts of the United States of America  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
University of Colorado -- Faculty  Search this
Brown, Elenita  Search this
Carlson, Cynthia, 1942-  Search this
Hamada, Shōji, 1894-1978  Search this
Higby, Wayne  Search this
Kozloff, Joyce  Search this
Kushner, Robert, 1949-  Search this
Leach, Bernard, 1887-1979  Search this
Serra, Richard, 1938-  Search this
Shark, Bud  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Woodman, George, 1932-  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (2 hr., 55 min.), digital wav)
69 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Boulder (Colo.)
India -- description and travel
Mexico -- description and travel
Netherlands -- description and travel
Date:
2003 April 22 and 29
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Betty Woodman conducted 2003 April 22 and 29, by John Perreault, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in New York, New York.
Woodman speaks of frequent moves with her family during her childhood; her father's woodworking skills; gaining an interest in arts and crafts at four when she made a tablecloth with crayon drawings; attending summer camps, including Girl Scout Camp, where she participated in arts and crafts activities; being the first girl to take shop in her middle school; making model airplanes for air raid wardens during World War II; her interest in making functional objects; her introduction to clay and hand-building in high school; attending the School for American Craftsmen in New York City; collaborating with fellow students; her early desire to be a "craftsperson and not an artist"; her work with silk-screen fabric for The Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia and glass at CIRVA in Marseille, France; teaching at the University of Colorado and the City of Boulder Recreation Department; working at the European Ceramic Work Center in Den Bosch, Holland, and the Bellagio Study Center in Italy; her studios in New York, Colorado, and Italy; her travels to India, The Netherlands, and Mexico; living in New Mexico, New York, Colorado, and Italy; her business Roadrunner Pottery in New Mexico with partner Elenita Brown; collaborative projects with Joyce Kozloff, Cynthia Carlson, Bud Shark, Judith Solodkin, and her husband George Woodman; developing a following in New York; how being a woman has affected her work and how she enjoys working with other women artists; the change of market for American crafts; Italian, Greek, and Etruscan influences; teaching experiences; the importance of getting reviews in art magazines; and the strong support from her husband George, a painter. Betty Woodman recalls Lynn Feelyn, Olan Wassen, Bernard Leach, Peter Voulkos, Shoji Hamada, Bob Kushner, Richard Serra, Wayne Higby, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Betty Woodman (1930-2018) was a ceramist from New York, New York. John Perreault (1937- ) is an independent critic and curator from New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 55 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Occupation:
Ceramicists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Airplanes -- Models  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass art  Search this
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Screen process printing  Search this
Women artists  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Women ceramicists  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.woodma03
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90dbbae38-7d68-45f4-bae8-d119dc3aa898
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-woodma03
Online Media:

Arthur J. Pulos papers

Creator:
Pulos, Arthur J.  Search this
Names:
American Craftsmen's Council  Search this
Creative Buildings (Firm)  Search this
Midwest-Designer Craftsmen Society  Search this
Pulos Design Associates  Search this
Syracuse University. Dept. of Industrial Design  Search this
Extent:
61.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1935-[ca. 1980s]
bulk 1947-1960
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, notes, sketches and renderings, exhibition and subject files, teaching files, financial records and clippings document Pulos' career and involvement in industrial design and crafts organizations.
ADDITION: Biographical information; correspondence; writings and notes; teaching files; drawings; and research files. The bulk of the addition pertains to his years as head of industrial design at Syracuse University and his professional writings and affiliations relating to industrial design.
Biographical / Historical:
Silversmith, industrial designer, educator, author, Syracuse, N.Y. Born 1917. Died Jan. 15, 1997. Taught design for several years at the University of Illinois and at Syracuse University where he also chaired the Dept. of Industrial Design. Founded and managed Pulos Design Associates. Involved in many crafts and industrial design organizations and author of several books.
Related Materials:
Arthur J. Pulos papers also at Syracuse University.
Provenance:
Donated by Arthur J. Pulos, 1983-1994 and in 1997 by Pulos' widow Elizabeth and their three children.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Silversmiths  Search this
Artisans  Search this
Industrial designers  Search this
Topic:
Industrial design  Search this
Decorative arts -- United States  Search this
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.puloarth
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a50dfc07-efc1-43b8-91af-241d0d60918e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-puloarth

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts records

Creator:
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Names:
Bishop, Mary B., 1885-1972  Search this
Merritt, Francis Sumner, 1913-2000  Search this
Extent:
5,000 Items ((on 7 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1969
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, with letters to Mary Bishop, founder of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Francis Sumner Merritt, director of the school, his wife Priscilla, and copies of letters sent; organizational records including by-laws for the school, annual reports, meeting minutes, financial data, course outlines, and faculty lists; a file kept by Mary Bishop with records and writings concerning the school; two scrapbooks containing clippings, school catalogs and announcements, letters and memorabilia; printed material clippings, catalogs, and biographical data on Francis Sumner Merritt; and 16 photographs of works of art and exhibition installations.
Biographical / Historical:
Craft and art school; Deer Isle, Me.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1982 by the University of Maine at Orono.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Topic:
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Function:
Art Schools -- Maine -- Deer Isle
Identifier:
AAA.haysmoun
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9feba61ea-7dcb-4707-b3ec-fcafa5c637ca
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-haysmoun

William J. and Jane Brown papers

Creator:
Brown, William J. (William Joseph), 1923-1992  Search this
Brown, Jane Brennan, 1931-  Search this
Names:
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Penland School of Crafts  Search this
Bailey, Dan  Search this
Berensohn, Paulus  Search this
Brennan, Harold James, 1903-1989  Search this
Ebendorf, Robert, 1938-  Search this
Ehle, John, 1925-  Search this
Hallman, Ted, 1933-  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin, 1938-2016  Search this
Morgan, Lucy, 1889-1981  Search this
Perisho, Flossie  Search this
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Extent:
7.9 Linear feet
0.32 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Interviews
Photographs
Sketches
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1940-2014
Summary:
The papers of William J. and Jane Brown date from circa 1940-2014 and measure 7.9 linear feet and 0.32 gigabytes. The collection is comprised of biographical material, correspondence, interviews, writings and notes, printed material and documentaries, photographs and moving images, and administrative records from the Penland School of Crafts where William served as director from 1962 to 1983.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of William J. and Jane Brown date from circa 1940-2014 and measure 7.9 linear feet. The collection is comprised of biographical material, correspondence, interviews, writings and notes, printed material and documentaries, photographs and moving images, and administrative records from the Penland School of Crafts where William served as director from 1962 to 1983.

Biographical materials consists of awards, business cards, annotated calendars, consignment forms, material from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, resumes, sketches, and student documents. Correspondence is with artists, former students, instructors, local residents, Paulus Berensohn, Robert Ebendorf, Theodore Hallman, Lucy Morgan, Toshiko Takaezu, and others.

Sound and video recordings are of interviews with Bill and Jane Brown, Lucy Morgan, and "Flossie" Perisho regarding personal and Penland history. One transcript of Marvin Lipofsky's conversation with Bill is also included. Bill's writings are on industrial design, directing Penland, and mankind. Two notebooks contain daily logs, sketches, and other notes. Notes by Bill and Jane are on inventions, John Ehle, metal history, poems, and other topics. Other writings are about Bill and a manuscript on craftsman education by Harold J. Brennan.

Penland's administrative records contain files documenting the board of trustees, residents program, a special 2-week session, artwork, Bill Brown's Glass Studio dedication ceremony schedule, a certificate of incorporation, financial material, grant proposals, and maps. Also found are records of Penland's 50th birthday celebration, including a video recording of "A Quest" by Dan Bailey.

Books, booklets, four documentary video recordings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, flyers, pamphlets, periodicals, postcards, posters, and stickers and patches designed by Bill are in printed materials. Photographs and slides are of Bill and Jane; family and friends; works of art; and of Penland's grounds, students, and faculty along with photographs and video recordings documenting Penland's history.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as seven series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1948-2011 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 1, 9)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-2014 (1.8 linear feet; Boxes 1-3, 9)

Series 3: Interviews, 1968-1991 (0.4 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, circa 1950-2005 (0.2 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 5: Penland School of Crafts Administrative Records, 1954-1995 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 3-4, 9)

Series 6: Printed Materials and Documentaries, 1942-2005 (1.8 linear feet, 0.32 GB; Boxes 4-6, 9; ER01)

Series 7: Photographic Materials and Moving Images, circa 1940-2011 (2.0 linear feet; Boxes 6-10, RD 11)
Biographical / Historical:
William "Bill" J. Brown (1923-1992) was a designer and educator who was married to Jane Brown (1932- ), an arts administrator. They lived in Bakersville, North Carolina.

Bill Brown was born in Flint, Michigan in 1923. He studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art receiving a bachelor of fine art in 1949, a master of fine art in 1950, and was chosen to work at Corning Glass Works for a summer. After his studies, he taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and at the University of Delaware. In 1962 Lucy Morgan, who founded the Penland School of Crafts in 1929 in North Carolina, retired and offered the position of director to Bill. At the time, the school focused on traditional mountain crafts. As director, Bill changed the emphasis of the school to the advancement of professional craftsmen and the expansion of media to include iron and glass. He began a resident artist program that allowed artists to develop their skills at a low cost. Together, Bill and Jane created a supportive community of craftsmen that attracted renowned artists to teach and work at Penland. Bill resigned as director in 1983 but remained a respected member of the arts community. He earned several awards including the North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts in 1991.

Jane Brown graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor of arts in education and a master's degree in special education. Jane studied the Alexander Technique, a technique that can be used to improve the performance of dancers and musicians.

Bill Brown died in 1992. After his death, Jane participated in the dedication of the Bill Brown Glass Studio at Penland during a Glass Arts Society conference in 1995. She continues to live in Bakersville, North Carolina.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with William J. Brown and his wife Jane Brown conducted on January 19, 1991 and March 2, 1991 by Jane Kessler.
Provenance:
The portions of the William J. and Jane Brown papers that were lent for microfilming in 1991 by Jane Brown were subsequently donated by Jane Brown 1995 and 2015 along with additional papers.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Artisans--North Carolina  Search this
Arts administrators--North Carolina  Search this
Industrial design  Search this
Handicraft--Study and teaching--United States  Search this
Handicraft--United States  Search this
Function:
Art schools -- North Carolina
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Photographs
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Sound recordings
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Citation:
William J. and Jane Brown papers, circa 1940-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.browwill
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William J. and Jane Brown papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9907be991-414d-4c5f-b92d-b8729175c574
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-browwill

Oral history interview with Harold James Brennan

Interviewee:
Brennan, Harold James, 1903-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
School for American Crafts  Search this
Clayter, Frederick  Search this
Extent:
3 Items (sound files, digital, wav file)
36 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1979 Sept. 5 and 1982 Feb. 16
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Harold J. Brennan conducted 1979 Sept. 5 and 1982 Feb. 16, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Brennan discusses his architectural and art historical training at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and at Harvard University in the 1930s; his artistic training in metalwork; the highlights of his career; and his role in the development of the School for American Craftsmen. He mentions Louis C. Tiffany and Frederick Clayter.
Biographical / Historical:
Harold J. Brennan (1903-1989) was a crafts administrator and educator.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette and 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 25 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Interviews  Search this
Artisans  Search this
Topic:
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.brenna79
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9daeaa262-2917-4a90-84d8-713657d892ac
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brenna79
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Aileen Osborn Webb writings

Topic:
Craft Horizons
Creator:
Webb, Aileen O.  Search this
Names:
American Craft Council  Search this
American Crafts Council. Museum of Contemporary Crafts  Search this
World Crafts Council  Search this
Extent:
160 Pages ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
[ca. 1977]
Scope and Contents:
Unpublished memoirs of Aileen Osborn Webb. Dates recorded by Webb throughout her memoir may not be consistent with actual, documented dates.
Biographical / Historical:
Art patron, administrator, painter, enamelist; Sharon, Conn. Webb was President of the American Crafts Council, 1932-1955, and served as Chairman of its Board of Directors thereafter.
Provenance:
Donated 1983 by Webb's son, W. Osborn Webb.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Connecticut -- Sharon  Search this
Art patrons -- Connecticut -- Sharon  Search this
Topic:
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.webbaile
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw931f60b6f-24b7-49b7-9b20-3409afeff5e6
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-webbaile

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