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The Phillips Collection records

Creator:
Phillips Collection  Search this
Names:
Dove, Arthur Garfield, 1880-1946  Search this
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966  Search this
Phillips, Marjorie, 1895-1985  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Tack, Augustus Vincent, 1870-1949  Search this
Extent:
68 microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
1920-1960
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence files, arranged chronologically and alphabetically; gallery records; operational records; music program files; and exhibition files.
REELS 1929-1994: Correspondence, largely concerning the foundation, operation, and acquisitions of the museum; gallery records; music program files; and exhibition files.
REEL 1890: Correspondence with artist Augustus Vincent Tack.
REEL 1926: Correspondence with artists Arthur Dove and Alfred Stieglitz.
Biographical / Historical:
The Phillips Collection (estab. 1921) is an art museum in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1921 by collector and art connoisseur, Duncan Phillips, and his wife, Marjorie, upon opening his home to the public. Collection consists primarily of 19th and 20th century European and American art. In 1960 the Goh Annex was added to the original 1897 Georgian Revival house to expand the museums's exhibition space. The Goh annex was renovated in 1989.
Provenance:
The collection was microfilmed in 1979 by the Archives of American Art.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Rights:
Authorization to quote or reproduce for the purposes of publication must be obtained from Karen Schneider, Librarian, the Phillips Collection.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- Washington (D.C.)
Identifier:
AAA.philcoll
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Brooklyn Museum records, 1823-1963

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Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Subject:
Fuchs, Emil  Search this
James McNeill Whistler  Search this
Fox, William Henry  Search this
Albee, Grace  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Alps, Glen  Search this
Arms, John Taylor  Search this
Ballinger, Maxil  Search this
Baskin, Leonard  Search this
Beny, Roloff  Search this
Boyd, Fiske  Search this
Broner, Robert  Search this
Casarella, Edmond  Search this
Cassatt, Mary  Search this
Citron, Minna Wright  Search this
Conover, Robert F. (Robert Fremont)  Search this
Day, Worden  Search this
Deshaies, Arthur  Search this
Drewes, Werner  Search this
Frasconi, Antonio  Search this
Goldin, Leon  Search this
Gropper, William  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William  Search this
Heller, Helen West  Search this
Hart, George Overbury  Search this
Hoff, Margo  Search this
Jones, John Paul  Search this
Kohn, Misch  Search this
Lachaise, Isabelle Nagle  Search this
Lang, David  Search this
Martinelli, Ezio  Search this
Moy, Seong  Search this
Pennell, Joseph  Search this
Pierce, Danny  Search this
Pozzatti, Rudy  Search this
Sager, Peter  Search this
Schanker, Louis  Search this
Schrag, Karl  Search this
Suba, Susanne  Search this
Sykes, Maltby  Search this
Takal, Peter  Search this
Von Wicht, John  Search this
Wald, Sylvia  Search this
Warsager, Hyman J.  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Yoshida, Tōshi  Search this
Zoellner, Richard  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8453
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210628
AAA_collcode_broomuse2
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Elizabeth Gordon Papers

Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Names:
Claiborne, Craig  Search this
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Leach, Bernard  Search this
Extent:
3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Periodicals
Photographs
Correspondence
Personal papers
Place:
Japan
Date:
1958-1987
Summary:
Papers, 1959-1987, of Elizabeth Gordon, editor of the periodical, House Beautiful from 1941-1964, mostly related to her research for the August and September 1960 issues of House Beautiful regarding the Japanese aesthetic concept of "shibui", and the subsequent travelling "shibui exhibition" from 1961-1964. Included are correspondence, some photocopies, 1959-1963; notes; drafts for articles and lectures; printed material including magazine and newspaper clippings, 1959-1987; 2 books, and exhibition announcements; drawings of paper and foil art; a photo album containing photos of exhibition installations; and photographs, slides, color transparencies, and lantern slides depicting people, sites, and objects reflecting the "shibui" aesthetic.
Scope and Contents:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers measure 4.5 linear feet and span the years 1959-1987. The collection mainly documents Ms. Gordon's research for the August and September 1960 issues of House Beautiful regarding the Japanese aesthetic concept of "shibui", and the subsequent travelling "shibui exhibition" from 1961-1964. Included are correspondence, some photocopies, 1959-1963; research notes and materials; articles; lectures; printed material including magazine and newspaper clippings, 1959-1987; 2 books, and exhibition announcements; article materials; a photo album containing photos of exhibition installations; and photographs, slides, color transparencies, and lantern slides depicting people, sites, and objects reflecting the "shibui" aesthetic.
Arrangement note:
This collection is organized into eight series. 1. Biographical data, 2. Shibui research, 3. Shibui issues of, House Beautiful, 4. Correspondence, 5. Shibui promotion, 6. Exhibition files, 7. Printed materials, and 8. Photographs.
Biographical Information:
Born in Logansport, Indiana in 1906, Elizabeth Gordon served as editor of House Beautiful magazine 1941 to 1964. Ms. Gordon first became interested in Japanese aesthetics during the mid-1950s. As a result she began to read and study Japanese art, history and culture. In 1959, Gordon travelled to Japan with three staff people from, House Beautiful. In Kyoto she met Eiko Yuasa, a young woman then employed by the City of Kyoto to handle foreign V.I.P.s, who was assigned to assist Gordon during her stay there. It was Ms. Yuasa who, in the course of discussions of Japanese aesthetics, introduced the term "shibui." Around that term and its related concepts ("iki", "jimi", "hade") the theme for the issue began to crystallize. In August and September, 1960, House Beautiful, under the editorial control of Ms. Gordon, published two extremely popular issues devoted to the subject of "shibui". Due to the popularity of the issues, museum exhibits devoted to the concept of "shibui" travelled around the United States. Ms. Gordon died in Adamstown, Maryland in 2000.

Biographical Overview

1906 -- Born in Logansport, Indiana

1920s -- Attended the University of Chicago

1930s -- Moved to New York to work as a promotional copywriter for several newspapers

1930s -- Syndicated columnist on home maintenance for The New York Herald Tribune

1930s -- Editor at Good Housekeeping (here for 8 years)

1937 -- More House for your Money by Elizabeth Gordon and Dorothy Ducas published by W. Morrow and Company: New York.

1937 -- Married Carl Hafey Norcross

1939 -- Appointed editor of House Beautiful

1964 -- Left the magazine world

1972 -- Published a special issue on Scandinavian design and awarded the insignia of a knight, first class, in the Finnish Order of the Lion

1987 -- American Institute of Architects made her an honorary member

1988 -- Carl Hafey Norcross died

September 3, 2000 -- Died in Adamstown, MD

(The following biography of Elizabeth Gordon comes courtesy of curator Louise Cort. Written in consultation with Elizabeth Gordon, October 23, 1987)

The research papers, memoranda, magazines, books, photographs and color transparencies and other materials in this archives are related to the publication by Elizabeth Gordon (Mrs. Carl Norcross), editor of House Beautiful from 1941 to 1964 and creator of the August, 1960 issue of the magazine on the special theme of the Japanese aesthetic concept of "shibui". The "shibui issue" was followed by the September, 1960, issue of the same publication on the theme, "How to be shibui with American things." As a by-product of the issues, a "Shibui Exhibition" travelled to eleven museums in the United States during 1961-1964. Each exhibition was opened with a slide lecture by Elizabeth Gordon.

Miss Gordon first became curious about Japanese aesthetics in the mid-1950s when she began to see Japanese objects being displayed and used in the homes of Americans who had spent time in Japan during the Occupation and Japanese influence began to appear in wholesale showrooms of home furnishings manufacturers. It was clear that the time had come: she HAD to go to Japan!

She read for five years before going to Japan - history, social mores, art history. (Many of the books on Japan that she collected during this time have been presented to the library at the University of Maryland, College Park.)

An important bit of advice came from Alice Spaulding Bowen, owner of Pacifica, the highest quality shop of Asian antiquities in Honolulu, who told her, "Be sure to read, The Tale of Genji - then you'll understand everything."

She made her first trip to Japan in April, 1959, accompanied by three staff people from, House Beautiful. In Kyoto she met Eiko Yuasa, a young woman then employed by the City of Kyoto to handle foreign V.I.P.s, who was assigned to assist Miss Gordon during her stay there. It was Ms. Yuasa who, in the course of discussions of Japanese aesthetics, introduced the term "shibui." Around that term and its related concepts ("iki", "jimi", "hade") the theme for the issue began to crystallize.

Miss Gordon came home, planning to spend the summer researching "shibui" with the aid of the Japan Society. But she found virtually nothing written in English on the concept. So she returned to Japan in December, 1959 together with staff member Marion Gough, to dig deeper and to work out details and get better educated with Eiko Yuasa. One of their devices was to walk through department stores and discuss with sales personnel whether objects for sale were "shibui", or were "jimi" or "hade", and why. Between themselves, they did the same for the costumes of women they saw on the streets.

Lacking printed sources for information on "shibui", Miss Gordon sought out and interviewed experts, including Douglas Overton, head of the Japan Society in New York. In Japan in December, 1959, she met Yanagi Soetsu, founder of Japan's Folk Craft Movement and head of the Craft Museum in Tokyo (with an introduction from Tonomura Kichinosuke, head of the Craft Museum in Kurashiki). She met the chef Tsuji Kaichi, who was commissioned to write an article on "kaiseki" (that could not be used because of an inadequate English translation) and Frances Blakemore. She met several times with Bernard Leach and attended his lecture at Bonnier's while he was in New York in March, 1960. (He would later write a "fan letter" for the issue)

As the concept of "the shibui issue" began to take shape, a third trip in the spring of 1960 focused on photography - to produce the shooting script decided on the preceding December. This was executed by the noted photographer Ezra Stoller of Rye, New York, and John DeKoven Hill, House Beautiful's Editorial Director. (Mr. Hill worked with Frank Lloyd Wright except for the ten years that he was a member of the House Beautiful editorial staff)

Miss Gordon was back in Japan in Mid-August 1960 as the "shibui issue" was causing a sensation. Altogether she spent sixteen months in Japan.

As one of the experiences that influenced her strong interest in Japanese costumes and textiles, Miss Gordon remembers a spectacularly thorough exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno on, 1200 Years of Japanese Costume. She saw it on the last day of its exhibition (possibly 1964).

The August 1960 issue sold out quickly. Copies of the magazine, which sold for fifty cents, were sold on the "black market" for ten dollars.

The publication of the August 1960 issue was followed by an unprecedented avalanche of "fan mail". Many department heads in colleges and universities, including the Harvard-Yenching Institute and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (where Miss Gordon had worked as an undergraduate) wrote to comment on the issue. Many people in other fields of endeavor wrote: heads of firms concerned with interior design, landscape architecture, and related areas expressed their interest in the concept of "shibui" Other writers include Bernard Leach, Gertrude Natzler, Laura Gilpin, Mainbocher, the architect Yoshimura Junzo, the textile artist Marianne Strengell, Walter Kerr, Craig Claiborne, and Oliver Statler.

The "shibui issue" was followed immediately by the September issue dealing with the use of non-Japanese objects to express the concept of "shibui." (Miss Gordon convinced her advertisers, who had been skeptical about the potential success of the August issue, by promising the September issue dealing with American products.) Four American firms were involved in the production of an integrated line of paints, wallpaper, furniture and carpets expressive of the concept. Products were designed by the firms' designers following the clues offered by objects and fabrics purchased by Miss Gordon in Japan in December 1959 and spring 1960. Miss Gordon has expressed her dissatisfaction with the September issue, although public opinion was positive. She feels that some of the firms failed in the "shibui" project, though some "caught" the message: namely the paint company and the fabric/wallpaper company.

In response to strong public interest, the House Beautiful staff prepared a travelling exhibition to introduce the concept of "shibui" through a series of vignettes, mixing fabrics and objects, colors and textures. The museum installation was designed by John Hill of House Beautiful. Japan Air Lines underwrote shipping costs.

The exhibition began in Philadelphia in late 1961. Ezra Stoller was sent to photograph the installation in considerable detail at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in January, 1962, so that his photographs cold serve as guidelines for installations at the other museums, which included the San Francisco Museum of Art (April 1962), the Newark Pubic Library, and the Honolulu Academy of Art. Miss Gordon presented a lecture on "shibui" at each of the museum installations.

In appreciation of her work to introduce Americans to the concept of "shibui", the city of Kyoto presented a bolt of especially "shibui" kimono fabric executed by a Living National Treasure textile artist. Miss Gordon eventually tailored the fabric into a dress and jacket. She received the 1961 Trail Blazer Award from the New York Chapter of the National Home Fashions League, Inc. In June, 1987, Miss Gordon was named an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, with her introduction of the concept of "shibui" and her promotion of an understanding of other culture cited as her major contributions to American architecture.
Provenance:
Elizabeth Gordon donated her papers to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives in 1988.
Elizabeth Gordon donated her papers to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives in 1988.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Topic:
Interior decoration -- Periodicals  Search this
Landscape gardening  Search this
Art, Japanese  Search this
Aesthetics, Japanese  Search this
House funishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Interior decorators  Search this
Gardens -- Japan  Search this
Genre/Form:
Periodicals -- 1940-1970
Photographs
Correspondence
Personal papers -- 1950-2000
Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.03
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Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Adams Morgan - “A Right to the City” Exhibition

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Anacostia Community Museums Collections and Research  Search this
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2019-06-04T18:40:55Z
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African Americans  Search this
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Chinatown in “A Right to the City” Exhibition at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

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2018-06-13T16:39:34Z
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African Americans  Search this
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Shaw - “A Right to the City” Exhibition

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African Americans  Search this
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Brookland in “A Right to the City” Exhibition at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

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Southwest DC - “A Right to the City” Exhibition

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Anacostia in “A Right to the City” Exhibition at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

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Hawaiian Sovereignty Symposium 2: Williamson Chang

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National Museum of the American Indian  Search this
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2016-02-19T16:16:19Z
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Native Americans;American Indians  Search this
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National Museum of the American Indian
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Hawaiian Sovereignty Symposium 6: Question & Answer Session

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National Museum of the American Indian  Search this
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Native Americans;American Indians  Search this
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Posted Aboard RMS "Titanic"

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National Postal Museum  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2009-06-02T21:39:00Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting  Search this
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Education  Search this
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National Postal Museum
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Native Sports with Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills

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National Museum of the American Indian  Search this
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Youtube videos
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2012-07-14T19:06:15Z
Topic:
Native Americans;American Indians  Search this
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Education  Search this
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National Museum of the American Indian
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Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company - National Portrait Gallery

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National Portrait Gallery  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2017-03-03T21:01:43Z
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Portraits  Search this
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Education  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery
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Making a Moderm Museum exhibition video

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National Museum of American History  Search this
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Youtube videos
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2014-05-28T19:20:49Z
Topic:
American History  Search this
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Education  Search this
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National Museum of American History
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"Family Of The Sun" - The Planets of Our Solar System in Song

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National Air and Space Museum  Search this
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2009-08-21T19:58:18Z
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Aeronautics;Flight;Space Sciences  Search this
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National Air and Space Museum
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Conservation & Exhibition Planning: Material Testing for Design, Display, & Packing - Session 2

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Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
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2016-04-05T16:02:31Z
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Conservation & Exhibition Planning: Material Testing for Design, Display, & Packing - Session 7

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2016-04-05T16:02:30Z
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Alan Bean: Artist/Astronaut

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National Air and Space Museum  Search this
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Conservation & Exhibition Planning: Material Testing for Design, Display, & Packing - Session 1

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