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Margaret Casey Gates papers

Creator:
Gates, Margaret Casey, 1903-1989  Search this
Names:
Armory Show (1913: New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
Federal Works Agency  Search this
Phillips Collection  Search this
Phillips Memorial Gallery. Art School  Search this
Clark, Betty Jean  Search this
Dove, Arthur Garfield, 1880-1946  Search this
Fitzpatrick, Daniel Robert, 1891-1969  Search this
Garrett, Alice Warder  Search this
Gates, Robert Franklin, 1906-1982  Search this
Gernand, John, 1913-1990  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Lewis, John L.  Search this
Rayford, Julian Lee  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Taylor, Prentiss, 1907-1991  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Writings
Sketchbooks
Date:
1934-1988
Summary:
The papers of Washington, D.C. painter Margaret Casey Gates date from 1934-1988, and measure 1.0 linear foot. Gates' papers document her work as a painter, her projects for the New Deal federal arts programs, the Phillips Memorial Gallery and its art school, where she attended school and later worked as secretary and where her husband Robert Franklin Gates was a teacher, and the Washington, D.C. arts scene. Found are scattered correspondence, seven sketchbooks by Gates and two sketchbooks of her divorced husband Robert Franklin Gates. Miscellaneous notes and writings, a scrapbook, printed material, and photographs of Gates, her husband, friends, artwork, and views of the Virgin Islands are also included in the papers.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Washington, D.C. painter Margaret Casey Gates date from 1934-1988, and measure 1.0 linear foot. Gates' papers document her work as a painter, her projects for the New Deal federal arts programs, the Phillips Memorial Gallery and its art school, where she attended school and later worked as secretary and where her husband Robert Franklin Gates was a teacher, and the Washington, D.C. arts scene. Found are scattered correspondence, seven sketchbooks by Gates and two sketchbooks of her divorced husband Robert Franklin Gates. Miscellaneous notes and writings, a scrapbook, printed material, and photographs of Gates, her husband, friends, artwork, and views of the Virgin Islands are also included in the papers.

Twelve folders of scattered correspondence include letters from the Federal Works Agency and one or two letters each from friends and individuals that reflect Gates' wide range of interests and activities. Correspondents include Betty Jean Clark, Arthur G. Dove, D. R. Fitzpatrick, Alice Garrett, John Gernand, Karl Knaths, John L. Lewis, a Brazilian artist named Portinari, Julian Lee Rayford, Alfred Stieglitz, and Prentiss Taylor.

Artwork consists of seven of Margaret Casey Gates' sketchbooks and two of Robert Franklin Gates' sketchbooks of both abstract and figural sketches. Margaret's sketchbooks contain landscapes that illustrate her travels to Colorado, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Virgin Islands. Sketchbook #2 contains pencil, ink, and pastel drawings of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and an intimate drawing of Robert Franklin Gates, Mitchell Jamieson, and Prentiss Taylor asleep on a ship. Artwork also includes a fine caricature of Robert Franklin Gates by Karl Knaths.

Notes and writings primarily consist of scattered notes and brief descriptive accounts of Gates's experiences at the Phillips Gallery, and at the Colorado Springs Art Center. Her extensive descriptions of her travels to the Virgin Islands are also illustrated.

A scrapbook primarily contains clippings, but also includes an award certificate, letters concerning various topics including Pepsi-Cola's annual art competition and Federal Works Agency projects, brochures for the Phillips Gallery Art School and for the McLean Art Club, and a photograph of the mural at the Mebane, North Carolina post office.

Printed material consists of clippings including copies of the rare magazines The Washington Spectator and the American University publication Right Angle, announcements and catalogs for exhibitions of Gates's work, and miscellaneous booklets and brochures. There is also printed material concerning the Armory Show including a copy of the booklet The Story of the Armory Show by Walt Kuhn.

Photographs are of Margaret Casey Gates, Robert Franklin Gates, friends including Prentiss Taylor, her home, and her artwork. Photographs of Margaret and Robert Gates and their artist friends during their visits to the Virgin Islands in the 1930s are of primary interest, offering unique glimpses of that culture during the 1930s. These photographs include aerial photographs of St. Thomas and photographs by Prentiss Taylor.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 6 series. Each series is arranged chronologically.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1934-1986 (Box 1; 12 folders)

Series 2: Artwork, 1935-1965 (Box 1; 12 folders)

Series 3: Notes and Writings, 1939-1984 (Box 1; 7 folders)

Series 4: Scrapbook, 1938-1961 (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1935-1988 (Box 1; 20 folders)

Series 6: Photographs, 1934-1976 (Box 1; 19 folders)
Biographical Note:
Margaret Casey was born in 1903 in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. She studied art in the studio of Bertha Perry, and from 1924 to 1926 at the Corcoran Art School. She later studied under Henry Varnum Poor at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

After working as a commercial artist from 1928-1929, Casey began studying at the Phillips Memorial Gallery in 1931 under C. Law Watkins. There, she met her husband, painter Robert Franklin Gates, and married on January 7, 1933. Robert Franklin Gates (1906-1982), who came to Washington, D.C. in 1930, also studied at the Phillips Gallery Art School and worked with Karl Knaths between 1934 and 1947.

Between 1934 and 1941, Robert Gates, with other artists including Mitchell Jamieson and Prentiss Taylor, made several painting trips to the Virgin Islands on a fine arts commission from the U. S. Treasury Department. Margaret Gates accompanied her husband and produced artwork of her own. She also documented their travels. During this same time, Robert taught at the Phillips Gallery Art School and Margaret was employed as the Art School's secretary. In 1937, they purchased a house in McLean, Virginia where Margaret lived until 1980.

In 1939, Margaret Gates won honorable mention in a national mural competition held by the Section of Fine Arts of the U. S. Public Buildings Administration and was subsequently commissioned by the Federal Works Agency to execute a mural for the Post office at Mebane, North Carolina. The mural was completed and installed in 1941.

During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Margaret Gates wrote articles on art for Washington, D. C. publications including the column "The People vs. Art" for American University's Right Angle, and for the magazine The Washington Spectator.

Margaret and Robert Gates were divorced circa 1955. They had no children.

Margaret Gates exhibited her work in the first exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in 1941, as one of many winners of a national competition sponsored by the Federal Works Agency for artwork to decorate a Marine hospital for lepers in Louisiana. She also exhibited in the "Group Show of Washington Painters" at the Bignou Gallery in New York City, as well as at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Philips Collection, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. A retrospective of her work was exhibited at the Watkins Gallery of American University in 1981. Several of her paintings are in the collection of the Phillips Gallery.

Margaret Casey Gates died on November 4, 1989, in Mitchellville, Maryland.
Related Material:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the papers of Gates' divorced husband Robert Franklin Gates dating from 1910-1988.
Provenance:
The Margaret Casey Gates papers were a bequest from Gates' estate in 1994, executed by her niece Joyce D. Svedberg.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Margaret Casey Gates papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Post office buildings -- North Carolina  Search this
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art teachers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Women painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Writings
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Margaret Casey Gates papers, 1934-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.gatemarg
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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974

Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Subject:
Hauke, Cesar M. de (Cesar Mange)  Search this
Glaenzer, Eugene  Search this
Haardt, Georges  Search this
Seligman, Germain  Search this
Seligmann, Arnold  Search this
Parker, Theresa D.  Search this
Waegen, Rolf Hans  Search this
Trevor, Clyfford  Search this
Seligmann, René  Search this
Seligmann, Jacques  Search this
De Hauke & Co., Inc.  Search this
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Eugene Glaenzer & Co.  Search this
Germain Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Gersel  Search this
Type:
Gallery records
Topic:
Mackay, Clarence Hungerford, 1874-1938 -- Art collections  Search this
Schiff, Mortimer L. -- Art collections  Search this
Arenberg, duc d' -- Art collections  Search this
Liechtenstein, House of -- Art collections  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Art dealers -- France -- Paris  Search this
La Fresnaye, Roger de, 1885-1925  Search this
Art, Renaissance  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Art treasures in war  Search this
Art, European  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- France -- Paris  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9936
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212486
AAA_collcode_jacqself
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212486
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Maynard Walker Gallery records

Creator:
Maynard Walker Gallery  Search this
Names:
American British Art Center -- Exhibitions  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Chumley, John, 1928-  Search this
Clemens, Paul, 1911-  Search this
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946  Search this
Cushing, Lily Emmet, 1909-1969  Search this
Dickinson, Preston, 1889-1930  Search this
Henri, Robert, 1865-1929  Search this
Hewes, Madeline, 1915-1969  Search this
Kuhn, Walt, 1877-1949  Search this
Lee, Doris, 1905-1983  Search this
McBride, Henry, 1867-1962  Search this
Walker, Maynard  Search this
Wolfe, Tom  Search this
Wood, Grant, 1891-1942  Search this
Extent:
6.4 Linear feet ((on 15 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
1847-1973
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; photographs; scrapbooks; and printed material.
REEL N697: Scrapbooks, containing newspaper clippings, magazine articles, exhibition notices, and catalogs, 1935-1945.
REELS 1603-1604: Photograph files, consisting of 323 photographs of works of art arranged alphabetically, mainly by artist. Also included in the file is a photograph of Henry James and one of Mitchell Jamieson. Not found on microfilm are 3 photographs of a Kenneth Callahan exhibition, 1952, taken by Oliver Baker.
Photograph files include Ivan Albright, American School, Thomas Anshutz, George Bellows, Ralph Blakelock, Eugene Boudin, Constantin Brancusi, J. F. Bunting, Gustave Carllebotie, Paul Cezanne, William M. Chase, Paul Clemens, Alfred Collins, W. Cruickshank, Sebastian Cruzet, John S. Curry, Richard Dadd, Arthur B. Davies, H. G. Dearth, Delacroix, Charles Demuth, Andre Derain, E. Dimmock, Preston Dickinson, Thomas Eakins, Jacob Epstein, Lauren Ford, Francis Garat, Gauguin, Gericault, William Glackens, Morris Graves, Constantin Guys, Childe Hassam, Heliker, Robert Henri, Holmquist, Winslow Hopper, George Inness, Michael James, Gwen John, Eastman Johnson, John Kane, J. F. Kensett, Krisgholf, John LaFarge, Toulouse Lautrec, Hayley Lever, Eugenio Lucas, George Luks, Henry McBride, Elmer Macrae, John Marin, Alfred Maurer, Camille Pissarro, Hobson Pittman, L'Ouvreture Poisson, Anne Poor, Maurice Prendergast, John Quidor, Daniel Rasmusson, Odilon Redon, Rouault, Thomas Rowlandson, Pierre Roy, Albert P. Ryder, Segonzac, James Sharples, Everett Shinn, John Skeaping, Spanish Figures, Spanish Still-Life, Theophile Steinlen, Alfred Stevens, Walter Stuempfig, Richard Taylor, Day Van Truex, Ann Truxell, John Twachtman, Unknown Artists, John Vanderlyn, L. E. Vigee-Lebrun, Vlaminck, Vuillard, J. Alden Weir, James M. Whistler, Worthington Whittredge, Tom Wolfe, and Alexander H. Wyant.
REELS 2020-2025: Business and personal correspondence, 1923-1972, with artists, buyers, sellers, and others; and artists files, containing contracts, correspondence, insurance and shipping records, photos of art work, printed material, inventories, price lists, and miscellany.
REELS 2159-2162: Correspondence with buyers, sellers and others; files on John Chumley, Lily Cushing, Madeline Hewes, Henry McBride, Tom Wolfe, and other artists, containing correspondence, printed material, and photographs; 2 scrapbooks of printed material on John Steuart Curry and various Walker Gallery exhibitions, 1936-1940; miscellaneous exhibition catalogs; and financial records, including statements, bills of sale, 1946-1947, and inventories.
REEL 2162: Records, relating to the 1945 exhibition, "Other Worlds," organized by Maynard Walker for the American British Art Center, New Britain, Connecticut. Correspondence, an annotated exhibition catalog, announcements, checklists, and clippings are included.
REEL 2223: Photographs of works of art by Washington Allston, Emily Ames, George Bellows, Eugene Boudin, Constantin Brancusi, Victor Carlsen, Paul Clemens, John Copley, John Cotman, Whitney Darrow, Preston Dickinson, Robet Henri, Richard Hollander, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, George Inness, Eastman Johnson, Walt Kuhn, Doris Lee, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, John Sargent, Everett Shinn, Theodore Stamos, Theophile Steinlen, Walter Stuempfig, Richard Taylor, John Twachtman, Edoard Vieullard, and Jean Watts represented by the gallery. Also included are 3 scrapbooks of photographs of works of art by Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood.
REEL 2424: Scrapbooks, 1930-1970, of clippings concerning Thomas Hart Benton, 1933-1935, John Steuart Curry, 1930-1937, 1970, and Grant Wood, 1931-1936; a notebook of clippings, photos of works of art, and catalogs of John Chumley, 1961-1962; and a scrapbook of reproductions, clippings, and photos of works by various artists.
Biographical / Historical:
Art gallery; New York, N.Y. Founded ca. 1935 by Maynard Walker in New York. A branch opened in Hollywood, California, 1938. Walker was a primary promoter of the Regionalists during the 1930's and 1940's.
Provenance:
Material on reel N697 was lent for microfilming in 1967, and subsequently donated 1976 by Maynard Walker; material on reels 1603-1604 donated 1973 by the Frick Library on behalf of Maynard Walker; material on reels 2020-2025, 2159-2162, 2223, & 2424 donated 1974-1976 by Maynard Walker, and exhibition material on reel 2162 donated 1980 by Maynard Walker.
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:
Artists -- United States  Search this
Art directors  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art, Regional  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.maynwalk
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Maynard Walker Gallery records, 1847-1973

Creator:
Maynard Walker Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Chumley, John  Search this
Clemens, Paul  Search this
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Cushing, Lily Emmet  Search this
Dickinson, Preston  Search this
Henri, Robert  Search this
Hewes, Madeline  Search this
Kuhn, Walt  Search this
Lee, Doris  Search this
McBride, Henry  Search this
Wolfe, Tom  Search this
Wood, Grant  Search this
Walker, Maynard  Search this
American British Art Center  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art, Regional  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9262
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211457
AAA_collcode_maynwalk
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211457

Splashdown

Artist:
Robert T. McCall  Search this
Medium:
Print, Lithograph on Paper
Dimensions:
2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 97 × 77 × 3.7cm (38 3/16 × 30 5/16 × 1 7/16 in.)
Type:
ART-Prints, Original
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1977
Credit Line:
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19770056000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv979ae61e3-918e-42a0-bfe9-db21579acbff
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19770056000
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Oral history interview with Marcella Comès (Winslow), 1982 May 4

Interviewee:
Winslow, Marcella Comès, 1905-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Pennington, Estill Curtis  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Portrait painters -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12311
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212598
AAA_collcode_winslo82
Theme:
Women
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212598
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Oral history interview with Marcella Comès (Winslow)

Interviewee:
Winslow, Marcella Comès  Search this
Interviewer:
Pennington, Estill Curtis  Search this
Extent:
28 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1982 May 4
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Marcella Comès (Winslow) conducted 1982 May 4, by Estill Curtis (Buck) Pennington, for the Archives of American Art, at Winslow's home in Washington, D.C.
Winslow speaks of her art training at the Carnegie School of Fine Arts and in Europe; her first portrait commission; her first exhibitions in Pittsburgh, Pa.; her marriage to William Randolph Winslow and their relocation to Washington, D.C.; the Corcoran Gallery, the Phillips Gallery and the arts community in Washington, D.C., and exhibitions available in the 1940s and 1950s; the many Southern writers she painted and the Southern literary renaissance; her studio in Georgetown and how she came to live and work there and in New Hampshire; painting people realistically, and their reactions to that realism as they get older; her work with Artists' Equity in Washington, D.C.; exhibiting in local galleries; the Whyte Gallery, the Obelisk, and the Bader Gallery, the Henri Gallery, and Jefferson Place; changing styles to cubism and abstraction from realism, and how cultural mood dictates artistic styles; her various interests outside of painting, including her garden, her grandchildren, and her house; and the changes in Washington, D.C., and Georgetown in particular, over the years that she has lived there. Ms. Winslow speaks in great detail about the people whose portraits she painted, including: Monsignor Francis Spellman; her mother-in-law, writer Anne Goodwin Winslow; Allen Tate, who introduced her to many of the writers she subsequently painted; Tate's wife Caroline Gordon; John Crowe Ransom; John Peale Bishop; Robert Penn Warren; Katherine Anne Porter; Ezra Pound; Robert Lowell; Eudora Welty; Karl Shapiro; Leonie Adams; Elizabeth Bishop; Mark van Doren; Denis Devlin; Juan Ramon Jimenez; Katherine Chapin Biddle; Robert Frost; Richard Eberhart; Joanna Sturm; and Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Ms. Winslow also recalls Homer Saint-Gaudens, Robert Franklin (Bob) Gates, Margaret Casey Gates, William (Bill) Calfee, Sarah Baker, Bernice Cross, Mitchell Jamieson, Herman Williams, Bill Walton, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Marcella Comès (Winslow) (1905-2000) was a portrait painter, photographer of Washington, D.C. Known also as Marcella Comès and Marcella Rodange Comès.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 17 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 others.
Restrictions:
Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Portrait painters -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.winslo82
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-winslo82

Robert Franklin Gates papers

Creator:
Gates, Robert Franklin, 1906-1982  Search this
Names:
American University (Washington, D.C.). Fine Arts Dept. -- Faculty  Search this
Jack Rasmussen Gallery (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Taylor, Prentiss, 1907-1991  Search this
Extent:
2.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Christmas cards
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Date:
1910-1988
bulk 1928-1988
Summary:
The papers of Washington, D.C. area painter and art instructor Robert Franklin Gates date from 1910-1988, bulk 1928-1988, and measure 2.3 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials; letters from government agencies, museums, galleries, and colleagues; business records primarily concerning transactions with the Jack Rasmussen Gallery; artwork including scattered drawings by Gates and block prints by Joe Goethe and D. Neufeld; two scrapbooks; printed materials; and photographs of Gates, family members, models, artwork, and exhibition installations. There are also photograph albums and miscellaneous photographs documenting a 1936 voyage to the Virgin Islands commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Washington, D.C. area painter and art instructor Robert Franklin Gates date from 1910-1988, bulk 1928-1988, and measure 2.3 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials; letters from government agencies, museums, galleries, and colleagues; business records primarily concerning transactions with the Jack Rasmussen Gallery; artwork including scattered drawings by Gates and block prints by Joe Goethe and D. Neufeld; two scrapbooks; printed materials; and photographs of Gates, family members, models, artwork, and exhibition installations. There are also photograph albums and miscellaneous photographs documenting a 1936 voyage to the Virgin Islands commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Department.

Biographical material includes resumes, biographical accounts, award certificates, records for employment through a State Department Specialists Grant, address lists, teaching notes, writings about Gates, and a guest book signed by colleagues celebrating Gates' forty years at American University. There is a also a group of Navy Department records documenting Gates' employment designing three-dimensional photo-surfaced topography models for use by troops during World War II.

Letters are primarily from the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Works Agency discussing commissions, including the painting of post office murals in Maryland and West Virginia, and from various museums and galleries discussing exhibitions and other art-related activities. There are one or two letters each from colleagues Alice Acheson, Adelyn Breeskin, Charles Burchfield, Alida Conover, John Gernand, Duncan Phillips, Henry Varnum Poor, and Prentiss Taylor. Some letters are Christmas cards decorated with original block prints.

Business records primarily document Gates' interaction with the Jack Rasmussen Gallery in Washington, D.C., but also include miscellaneous sales records and pay stubs from American University.

Artwork consists of scattered drawings of modern houses by Gates and abstract sketches by others, and small block prints by Joe Goethe and D. Neufeld. Two Scrapbooks contain clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and scattered letters.

Additional printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs for Gates and others, prospectuses for art exhibitions, press releases, calendars of events, booklets about color and lenses, brochures for art schools and books, and an unannotated calendar containing a reproduction of one of Gates' paintings.

Photographs are of Robert Gates, various family members including Gates with his first wife photographed by Prentiss Taylor, models, artwork, and exhibition installations. There are two photograph albums and unbound photographs documenting a 1936 voyage to the Virgin Islands commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Department. Images of this trip are of Gates and colleagues including Mitchell Jamieson, the ship Doris Hamlin, the crew, markets, a cock fight, miscellaneous buildings, town squares, and the countryside of the Virgin Islands.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 7 series. Each series is arranged chronologically:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1928-1975 (Box 1, OV 4; 34 folders)

Series 2: Letters, 1930-1988 (Box 1; 25 folders)

Series 3: Business Records, 1961-1982 (Box 1; 5 folders)

Series 4: Artwork, circa 1962 (Box 1; 6 folders)

Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1932-1939 (Box 1-2; 4 folders)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1916-1988 (Box 2; 48 folders)

Series 7: Photographs, 1910-1982 (Boxes 2-3, OV 4; 20 folders)
Biographical Note:
Robert Franklin Gates was born on October 6, 1906 in Detroit, Michigan. He studied at the Detroit School of Arts and Crafts, and from 1929 to 1930 attended the Art Students' League in New York. Between 1930 and 1932, Gates studied under C. Law Watkins at the Phillips Gallery Art School in Washington, D.C., later becoming an instructor in life drawing and painting there. During this time, he met fellow student Margaret Casey, and they married on January 7, 1933. Between 1934 and 1938, Robert Gates was an art instructor at the Studio House in Washington, D.C.

In 1934, Gates received a commission from the U.S. Treasury Department Section of Fine Arts to create a series of watercolors of Charles Gardens, South Carolina, and from 1929-1940, murals for post offices in Bethesda, Maryland, Oakland, Maryland, and Lewisburg, West Virginia. In 1936, the Treasury Department also commissioned Gates and fellow artists Mitchell Jamieson and Prentiss Taylor to create series of watercolors of the Virgin Islands, arranging for several voyages there.

Between 1937 and 1942, Gates was a guest instructor at the University of Florida, taught art classes at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and at the Washington County Museum of Art in Hagerstown, Maryland. He also taught at the Phillips Gallery Art School in Washington, D.C. while his wife was employed as the school secretary. In 1938, Gates received a summer scholarship to study under Henry Varnum Poor at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

During World War II, Gates worked as a civilian technician for the Navy Department doing model making and camouflage design, receiving the Distinguished Civilian Service Award for his work.

After the war, and the closing of the Phillips Gallery Art School, Gates attended classes taught by Bill Calfee at American University. In 1946, he joined the faculty and eventually becane chairman of the Art Department in 1954. Robert and Margaret Gates were divorced sometime in the mid-1950s. From 1966 to 1967, Gates was Artist-in-Residence at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, under the Department of State Educational and Cultural Exchange Program. In 1967, he married his second wife, Sarita, while in Baghdad.

Gates is represented in the permanent collections of the American University, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Dumbarton Oaks collection, the Phillips Collection, and the Lewisshon collection.

Robert Franklin Gates died on March 11, 1982 in Alexandria, Virginia.
Related Material:
Also in the Archives of American Art are the papers of Gates' first wife Margaret Casey Gates, 1934-1988,
Provenance:
The Robert Franklin Gates papers were donated in 1995 by Sarita W. Gates, the artist's widow, via legal representative Bradford G. Weekes III.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Robert Franklin Gates papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Post office buildings  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Art teachers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Christmas cards
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Robert Franklin Gates papers, 1910-1988, bulk 1928-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.gaterobe
See more items in:
Robert Franklin Gates papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-gaterobe
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The Sound of Engines

Artist:
Theodore Hancock  Search this
Medium:
Painting, Watercolor and Ink on Paper
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 37.5 x 56cm (14 3/4 x 22 1/16 in.)
2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 61.6 x 78.7 x 3.8cm (24 1/4 in. x 31 in. x 1 1/2 in.)
Type:
ART-Paintings
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1964
Credit Line:
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19780792000
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Sky Garden '69

Artist:
Robert Rauschenberg  Search this
Medium:
Print, Lithograph on Paper
Dimensions:
2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 232.4 x 112.4cm (91 1/2 x 44 1/4 in.)
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 225.4 x 105.4cm (88 3/4 x 41 1/2 in.)
Type:
ART-Prints, Original
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1969
Credit Line:
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19750886000
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Space Age Landscape

Artist:
William Thon  Search this
Medium:
Painting, Watercolor on Paper
Dimensions:
2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 67.6 x 85.1 x 3.2cm (26 5/8 x 33 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.)
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 49.5 x 67.9cm (19 1/2 x 26 3/4 in.)
Type:
ART-Paintings
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1969
Credit Line:
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19750902000
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First Look

Artist:
Mitchell Jamieson  Search this
Medium:
Drawing, Ink and Chalk on Paper
Dimensions:
2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 68.6 x 48.3 x 3.2cm (27 in. x 19 in. x 1 1/4 in.)
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 48.9 x 29.2cm (19 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.)
Type:
ART-Drawings
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19750911000
Restrictions & Rights:
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Untitled

Artist:
Mitchell Jamieson, born Kensington, MD 1915-died Alexandria, VA 1976  Search this
Medium:
pen and ink on paper
Dimensions:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (14.0 x 21.6 cm)
Type:
Drawing
Date:
n.d.
Topic:
Figure group\male  Search this
Study  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration
Object number:
1974.28.360.1-4
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk77716f5cd-c22a-4c96-b5a7-b75f54cfff33
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edanmdm:saam_1974.28.360.1-4

Untitled

Artist:
Mitchell Jamieson, born Kensington, MD 1915-died Alexandria, VA 1976  Search this
Medium:
pen and ink on paper
Dimensions:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (14.0 x 21.6 cm)
Type:
Drawing
Date:
n.d.
Topic:
Figure group\female  Search this
Study  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration
Object number:
1974.28.361
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Department:
Graphic Arts
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GUID:
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edanmdm:saam_1974.28.361

Workers-Slotters Machine

Artist:
Mitchell Jamieson, born Kensington, MD 1915-died Alexandria, VA 1976  Search this
Medium:
charcoal on paper
Dimensions:
8 1/4 x 11 7/8 in. (21.0 x 30.2 cm)
Type:
Drawing
Date:
n.d.
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Occupation\industry\manufacturing  Search this
Architecture Interior\industry  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration
Object number:
1974.28.362
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Department:
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GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7f183572b-7d33-4226-ab98-70bb1124d254
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1974.28.362

Excavation at the White House

Artist:
Mitchell Jamieson, born Kensington, MD 1915-died Alexandria, VA 1976  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet and image: 22 3/4 x 17 in. (57.8 x 43.2 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1941?
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Occupation\industry\construction  Search this
Cityscape\District of Columbia\Washington  Search this
Architecture Exterior\civic\White House  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the Internal Revenue Service through the General Services Administration
Object number:
1962.8.24
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GUID:
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(Rocks and Shoreland)

Artist:
Mitchell Jamieson, born Kensington, MD 1915-died Alexandria, VA 1976  Search this
Medium:
watercolor
Dimensions:
sight 14 x 20 3/4 in. (35.6 x 52.7 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
n.d.
Topic:
Waterscape  Search this
Landscape\beach  Search this
Landscape\rocks  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Benjamin Rones
Object number:
1971.370.1
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edanmdm:saam_1971.370.1

Untitled

Artist:
Mitchell Jamieson, born Kensington, MD 1915-died Alexandria, VA 1976  Search this
Medium:
watercolor and pencil on paper mounted on paperboard
Dimensions:
sheet: 18 7/8 x 15 3/8 in. (48.0 x 39.0 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1936
Topic:
Figure male  Search this
Landscape  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Benjamin Rones
Object number:
1971.370.2
Restrictions & Rights:
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Graphic Arts
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(Cove)

Artist:
Mitchell Jamieson, born Kensington, MD 1915-died Alexandria, VA 1976  Search this
Medium:
watercolor
Dimensions:
sight 14 1/2 x 20 3/4 in. (36.8 x 52.7 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1936
Topic:
Landscape\coast  Search this
Waterscape\inlet  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Benjamin Rones
Object number:
1971.370.3
Restrictions & Rights:
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Graphic Arts
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The Wharf at Christiansted

Artist:
Mitchell Jamieson, born Kensington, MD 1915-died Alexandria, VA 1976  Search this
Medium:
watercolor and pencil on paper
Dimensions:
sight 14 x 21 1/4 in. (35.6 x 54.0 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
n.d.
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Waterscape\boat  Search this
Waterscape\wharf  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Benjamin Rones
Object number:
1971.370.4
Restrictions & Rights:
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Department:
Graphic Arts
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GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1971.370.4

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