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W.E. Woolfenden letter to James Valliere

Creator:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Valliere, James  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1963 July 19
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13806
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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13806

E.P. (Edgar Preston) and Constance Richardson papers

Creator:
Richardson, Edgar Preston, 1902-1985  Search this
Richardson, Constance, 1905-  Search this
Names:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Castano Galleries (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Detroit Institute of Arts  Search this
Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum  Search this
Historical Society of Pennsylvania  Search this
Macbeth Gallery  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
White House (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Peale family  Search this
Allen, Joseph  Search this
Allston, Washington, 1779-1843  Search this
Andrews, Wayne  Search this
Aram, Siegfried F.  Search this
Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988  Search this
Bostick, William A.  Search this
Bouché, Louis, 1896-1969  Search this
Boyd, Julian P. (Julian Parks), 1903-  Search this
Castano, Giovanni, 1896-1978  Search this
Cohn, Harold  Search this
Copeland, Lammot du Pont  Search this
Culver, Charles B. (Charles Beach), 1908-1967  Search this
Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997  Search this
Flexner, James Thomas, 1908-2003  Search this
Frankenstein, Alfred V. (Alfred Victor), 1906-1981  Search this
Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998  Search this
Freeman, Michael W.  Search this
Garrison, Eve Josephson, 1903-2003  Search this
Groce, George C., 1899-  Search this
Hardy, Jeremiah Pearson, 1800-1889  Search this
Heil, Walter, 1890-1973  Search this
Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967  Search this
Jungwirth, Irene G. (Irene Gayas), 1913-  Search this
Krentzin, Earl, 1929-  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953  Search this
Lee-Smith, Hughie  Search this
Lewis, W. S. (Wilmarth Sheldon), 1895-1979  Search this
Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991  Search this
Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954  Search this
Mast, Gerald, 1908-1971  Search this
McDermott, John Francis, 1902-  Search this
Middeldorf, Ulrich Alexander, 1901-  Search this
Morse, John D., 1906-  Search this
Moser, Liselotte, 1906-1983  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia , 1887-1986  Search this
Oliver, Andrew, 1906-  Search this
Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827  Search this
Pleasants, J. Hall (Jacob Hall), 1873-1957  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon, 1913-2001  Search this
Rockefeller, John D., 1906-  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979  Search this
Rutledge, Anna Wells  Search this
Sellers, Charles Coleman, 1903-  Search this
Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965  Search this
Simper, Fred, 1914-  Search this
Simpson, Corelli C. W.  Search this
Soria, Regina, 1911-  Search this
Spark, Victor D. (Victor David), 1898-1991  Search this
Speck, Walter, 1895-  Search this
Stevens, William B.  Search this
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, 1880-1958  Search this
Vose, Robert C. (Robert Churchill), 1911-1998  Search this
Watkins, Franklin Chenault, 1894-1972  Search this
Wedda, John  Search this
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Wyeth, Andrew, 1917-2009  Search this
Extent:
28.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Manuscripts
Interviews
Diaries
Transcripts
Sketches
Lectures
Place:
Detroit (Mich.)
Date:
1814-1996
bulk 1921-1996
Summary:
The papers of art historian E. P. Richardson measure 28.7 linear feet and date from 1814-1996, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1921-1996. Within the papers are scattered biographical materials; acquisition files for Richardson's personal art collection; professional and personal correspondence with colleagues, art historians and critics, artists, museums, galleries, and dealers; numerous writings, including manuscripts and research files for his published books, articles, and lectures; general research notebooks and files compiled by Richardson on a wide variety of art-related topics and artists; professional and committee files; as well as a smaller amount of Constance C. Richardson's papers.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art historian E. P. Richardson measure 28.7 linear feet and date from 1814-1996, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1921-1996. Within the papers are scattered biographical materials; acquisition files for Richardson's personal art collection; professional and personal correspondence with colleagues, art historians and critics, artists, museums, galleries, and dealers; numerous writings, including manuscripts and research files for his published books, articles, and lectures; general research notebooks and files compiled by Richardson on a wide variety of art-related topics and artists; professional and committee files; as well as a smaller amount of Constance C. Richardson's papers.

Biographical materials include certificates, awards, and honorary degrees, membership information, personal and family photographs, a few sketches, and a transcript of an oral history Interview with E.P. Richardson conducted by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1982.

There are acquisitions files for the Richardsons' personal art collection that invoices, photographs, correspondence with galleries and collectors, appraisals, price lists, and artwork examination forms.

Correspondence is with colleagues, art dealers, collectors, museums and museum curators, foreign scholars, organizations, galleries, artists, art historians and critics, publishers, editors, librarians, friends, and family. Topics regard purchasing art for various collections, consultations about art and collecting including authentications and attributions, publishing, general art history, lectures, and personal matters, among other topics. There is correspondence with the Archives of American Art, Castano Galleries, Lawrence Fleischman, James Thomas Flexner, Alfred V. Frankenstein, George Croce, Walter Heil, Earl Krentzin, Wilmarth Lewis, Russel Lynes, John Francis McDermott, Philadelphia Museum of Art, J. Hall Pleasants, Anna Rutledge, Charles Sellers, Smithsonian Institution, Regina Soria, Victor Spark, William Stevens, Robert Vose, William Woolfenden, and many others. Scattered correspondence with artists is with Isabel Bishop, Louis Bouche, William Bostick, Eve Garrison, Edward Hopper, Irene Jungwirth, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Hughie Lee-Smith, Reginald Marsh, Gerald Mast, Georgia O'Keefe, Charles Sheeler, Walt Speck, and John Wedda, among many others. The greatest extent of correspondence is with Andrew Wyeth, Harold Cohn, and Frederick Simper. There is also personal correspondence with family and friends, and between E.P. and Constance Richardson.

E.P. Richardson's prominence as an art historian, writer, and expert on collecting is well documented through his prolific writings. Materials include drafts, notes, typescripts, and outlines for articles, exhibition catalog essays, and lectures. Also found are research files and publishing documentation for Richardson's books, including Washington Allston: A Study of the Romantic Artist in America (1948), Painting in America (1956), Charles Willson Peale and his World (1983), and American Romantic Painting (1944). There are also miscellaneous notes and four diaries. Two of the diaries comment on the social and cultural life of Detroit; the authenticity of paintings; Richardson's reflections on contemporary American painting, thoughts about museums, dealers, artists, and art historians (especially Wilhelm R. Valentiner); and travel.

Notebooks compiled by Richardson on a wide variety art-related topics cover nearly six decades. There are also numerous research files organized Richardson about individual artists and art history. And, the art collector files contain reference materials about art collectors and their collections including Lamont du Pont Copeland, Michael W. Freeman, Nelson Rockefeller, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Allen, and the Marquis de Somerlous. There are three index card file boxes containing bibliographic data on published books and articles.

Professional and committee files document Richardson's professional and consulting work for the Art Quarterly, Detroit Institute of Arts, National Collection of Fine Arts, the National Portrait Gallery, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the John D. Rockefeller III collection, Winterthur Museum, the White House, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Constance C. Richardson's papers include business and professional correspondence with various institutions, most extensively with the Macbeth Gallery. In addition, there is a smaller amount of personal correspondence, photographs and slides of her artworks, printed materials, two illustrated notebooks on her work, and miscellaneous notes. Also included is Constance's artist palette.
Biographical / Historical:
Art historian, museum director, and writer E. P. (Edgar Preston) Richardson (1902-1985) served as director of the Detroit Institute of Arts (1945-1962) and Winterthur Museum (1963-1966). He was also a board member of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1966-1977 and, in 1954, co-founded the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

E. P. Richardson was born in 1902 in Glens Falls, New York and died in Philadelphia in 1985. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts in 1925 and studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for the three years following graduation. In 1930 he became educational secretary at the Detroit Institute of Arts, was quickly named assistant director in 1933, and served as director from 1945 to 1962. He left Detroit to take the position of director of the Winterthur Museum, where he remained until 1966. Richardson married Constance Coleman in 1931. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1905, Constance Coleman Richardson was an award-winning and widely exhibited realist style painter of American landscapes. She gave up painting in the 1960s and died in 2002.

While at the Detroit Institute of Arts, E. P. Richardson co-founded the Archives of American Art with Lawrence Fleischman, and served as the Archives' first director. Richardson was also art advisor to John D. Rockefeller III for over ten years, editor of Art Quarterly from 1938 to 1967, and a member of various boards, including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Smithsonian Arts Commission, and the National Portrait Gallery. He authored numerous books including ones on artists Washington Allston and Charles Willson Peale, and The Way of Western Art: American Romantic Painting (1939), Painting in America: The Story of Four Hundred and Fifty Years (1956), A Short History of Painting in America (1963), and American Art, an Exhibition of the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, 3d (1976).
Related Materials:
Related collections among the holdings of the Archives of American Art include an interview with E.P. Richardson dated February 6, 1978 conducted by Linda Downs; and several miscellaneous manuscripts that include an E.P. Richardson Letter to Rockwell Kent, June 15 1959; E.P. Richardson letters to Lawrence Arthur Fleischman, May 13, 1962 and August 22 1954; and a Yasuo Kunioshi letter to E.P. Richardson, July 25 1948.

Additional E.P. Richardson papers are found at the Detroit Institute of Arts and in the archives of the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel D46) including E.P. Richardson's research material on Jeremiah P. Hardy. These materials are housed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Library and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Edith Wilkinson first donated a letter to E. P. Richardson from herself in 1957. E.P. Richardson donated papers to the Archives of American Art in 1958 and 1960 and lent materials for microfilming in 1961. Addition material was donated by Constance Richardson in 1985, and by Martha Fleischman in 2003.
Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact References Services for more information.
Rights:
The E.P. (Edgar Preston) and Constance Richardson 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.
Occupation:
Authors -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Romanticism in art  Search this
Art -- History -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art historians -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Manuscripts
Interviews
Diaries
Transcripts
Sketches
Lectures
Citation:
Edgar P. Richardson papers, 1814-1996, bulk 1921-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.richedga
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E.P. (Edgar Preston) and Constance Richardson papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-richedga
Online Media:

Director's Records, 1956-2011

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Woolfenden, William E (William Edward) 1918-1995  Search this
Murray, Richard N. 1942-2006  Search this
Hamilton, Susan A  Search this
Wattenmaker, Richard J  Search this
Smith, John W (John William) 1959-  Search this
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Color photographs
Place:
United States
Date:
1956
1956-2011
Topic:
Archives--Acquisitions  Search this
Museum archives  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Artists  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Archives--Collection management  Search this
Archives--Administration  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 20-136
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2027; Transferring office; 3/2/1988 memorandum, Massa to Fleckner; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Director's Records 1954-2011 [Archives of American Art]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_400117

Opening of Archives of American Art Exhibit, "From Reliable Sources"

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Burton, Irving F (Irving Frederick) 1918-  Search this
McCoy, Garnett  Search this
Spaeth, Eloise  Search this
Woolfenden, William E (William Edward) 1918-1995  Search this
Archives of American Art  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1974
November 7, 1974
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [74-11260-09]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396175

Records, c. 1933-1991

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Uniform title:
Artists in Michigan, 1900-1976: a biographical dictionary (Monograph)  Search this
Journal--Archives of American Art  Search this
Reliable Sources ( Documentary film)  Search this
Subject:
Fredericks, Marshall M. 1908-1998  Search this
Brown, Roger 1941-1997  Search this
Hunt, Richard 1935-  Search this
Nathan, Emily  Search this
Hegarty, John 1938-  Search this
McCoy, Garnett  Search this
Richardson, Edgar Preston 1902-1985  Search this
Kinney, Gilbert H  Search this
Woolfenden, William E (William Edward) 1918-1995  Search this
Murray, Richard N. 1942-2006  Search this
Fleckner, John A. 1941-  Search this
Hamilton, Susan A  Search this
Wattenmaker, Richard J  Search this
Ford Foundation  Search this
United States Work Projects Administration  Search this
From Reliable Sources (Exhibition) (1975: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
38.69 cu. ft. (38 record storage boxes) (1 16x20 box)
Type:
Books
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Date:
1933
1933-1991
c 1933-1991
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Museum archives  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 92-015
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2005; Transferring office; 3/2/1988 memorandum; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Archives of American Art Journal Records 1962-2003 [Archives of American Art]
Director's Records 1954-2011 [Archives of American Art]
Departmental Records 1909-2010 [Archives of American Art]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_228958

Agency history, 1954-

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Wattenmaker, Richard J  Search this
Hamilton, Susan A  Search this
Murray, Richard N. 1942-2006  Search this
Woolfenden, William E (William Edward) 1918-1995  Search this
Richardson, Edgar Preston 1902-1985  Search this
Kirwin, Liza  Search this
Smith, John W (John William) 1959-  Search this
Fleckner, John A. 1941-  Search this
Haw, Kate  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1954
1954-
Topic:
Museum archives  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217833

Director's Records, 1954-2011

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Wattenmaker, Richard J  Search this
Hamilton, Susan A  Search this
Murray, Richard N. 1942-2006  Search this
Woolfenden, William E (William Edward) 1918-1995  Search this
Richardson, Edgar Preston 1902-1985  Search this
Fleckner, John A. 1941-  Search this
Smith, John W (John William) 1959-  Search this
Physical description:
10.5 cu. ft. processed holdings
21 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Brochures
Illustrations
Date:
1954
1954-2011
Topic:
Museum archives  Search this
Intellectual property  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00815
Restrictions & Rights:
Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Director's Records 1954-2011 [Archives of American Art]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_225683

Oral history interview with William Woolfenden, 1983 March 17

Interviewee:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Bowman, Ruth, 1923-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Arts -- New York (State) -- New York -- Management  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11916
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213204
AAA_collcode_woolfe83
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213204
Online Media:

Oral history interview with William E. Woolfenden and Irving Burton, 1992 December 12

Interviewee:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Burton, Irving F. (Irving Frederick), 1918-  Search this
Subject:
Richardson, Edgar Preston  Search this
Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Arts -- Management  Search this
Art, American -- History -- Sources  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13071
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215195
AAA_collcode_woolfe92
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215195
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Zoltan Sepeshy, 1963 January 13

Interviewee:
Sepeshy, Zoltan L. (Zoltan Leslie), 1898-1974  Search this
Interviewer:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- Michigan -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11799
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212419
AAA_collcode_sepesh63
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212419

Oral history interview with James S. Holden, 1966 Aug. 19

Interviewee:
Holden, James S.  Search this
Interviewer:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12506
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212734
AAA_collcode_holden66
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212734

William E. Woolfenden papers, 1938-1967

Creator:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Subject:
Sarkis  Search this
Miles, Cyril  Search this
Graves, Morris  Search this
Detroit Institute of Arts  Search this
Exhibition for Michigan Artist-Craftsmen  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Handicraft -- Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8680
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210860
AAA_collcode_woolwill
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210860

Oral history interview with Louis Bouché, 1963 March 13

Interviewee:
Bouché, Louis George, 1896-1969  Search this
Interviewer:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Subject:
Arensberg, Walter  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Gaylor, Wood  Search this
Gleizes, Albert  Search this
Kuhn, Walt  Search this
Pascin, Jules  Search this
Quinn, John  Search this
Freytag-Loringhoven, Elsa von  Search this
Penguin Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Wanamaker Gallery of Modern Decorative Art  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13344
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212072
AAA_collcode_bouch63
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212072

Oral history interview with Clyde H. Burroughs, 1961 June 1

Interviewee:
Burroughs, Clyde H. (Clyde Huntley), 1882-1973  Search this
Interviewer:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Arts administrators -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12348
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212567
AAA_collcode_burrou61
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212567

Emily Nathan papers

Creator:
Nathan, Emily  Search this
De Creeft, José, 1884-1982  Search this
Lerner, Abram, first director and curator  Search this
Names:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Smithsonian Institution -- Public relations.  Search this
Towle Mfg. Company -- Public relations  Search this
De Creeft, José, 1884-1982  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Johns, Jasper, 1930-  Search this
McLanathan, Richard B. K.  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Smith, Tony, 1912-1980  Search this
Spyropoulous, Jannis, 1912-  Search this
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Photographer:
Namuth, Hans  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
5 Linear feet (Addition)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
[ca. 1935-1985]
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence and files relating to several art projects planned for the public relations programs of industries and museums, particularly Nathan's work with Towle Manufacturing and its gallery, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Archives of American Art.
1973 DONATION (1.0 ft.): Correspondence and project files for various clients. Of note are two photographs of Jasper Johns, and one each of Mark Rothko and Tony Smith, all taken by Hans Namuth, 1960.
ADDITION: Files relating to Nathan's work as public relations consultant for the silver company,Towle Manufacturing and its gallery, (ca.1951-ca.1957), include photographs of exhibits, silversmiths at work and Towle executives, as well as correspondence, writings, notes on silversmithing and its history, and newsletters. Files relating to Nathan's work at the Smithsonian Institution's museums and exhibitions, 1960's-ca. 1985, consist of subject files, clippings, catalogs, articles, press releases, newsletters, and reports. Publicity files also cover the opening of the National Portrait Gallery and its inaugural exhibition. Nathan's work for the Archives of American Art, from its first becoming a bureau of the Smithsonian in 1970, is documented through subject files, membership lists, reports to trustees and the director, newsletters, clippings, catalogs, budgets and statistics. Correspondence consists of letters to Georgia O'Keeffe regarding a pending oral history with the sculptors Dorothy Dehner and David Smith. The majority of the photographs are of personalities long associated with the Archives of American Art.
Letter from museum administrator and lecturer daniel Catton Rich expresses his pleasure at having met Jannis and Zoe Spyropoulous in Athens, Greece and describes the painting by Jannis that he purchased for the Worcester Art Museum.
Also found are interviews conducted by Nathan for Radio Smithsonian, including an interview of New York, N.Y. cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) conducted in 1970 (Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette tape. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 39 min.; 33 p. transcript; an interview of art historian and writer Richard B. K. McLanathan , 1970; an interview of the Director of the Archives of American Art William E. Woolfenden conducted in 1970, an interview of Abram Lerner, Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, and art collector Joseph Hirshhorn, 1969 (sound cassette); Also found is an interview of William Woolfenden by Nathan conducted May 6, 1983 upon his retirement as Director of the Archives of American Art.
Also found is a folder of material assembled by Nathan regarding Jose de Creeft's story, as told to Nathan, of his pet rooster, intended by Nathan to be submitted for publication under the title "Roosty Was My Friend." Included are an introduction by Nathan, providing biographical information on de Creeft; sample text for the story (2 pages) and an outline for the remainder (3 pages), 24 drawings by de Creeft illustrating the story; and a photograph of de Creeft with a wire sculpture of Roosty, 1957, taken by Budd studio.
Biographical / Historical:
Emily Nathan was a public relations consultant and journalist, had many contacts in the art world. De Creeft was a sculptor; born 1884 in Spain. He eventually settled in New York. He died in 1982.
Public relations consultant and journalist.
Provenance:
Donated 1973-1988 by Emily Nathan and in 2000 by the Emily Nathan estate, via Edgar S. Nathan, III, executor. The letter to Nathan from Daniel Catton Rich was donated by Rich, 1977.
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:
Public relations consultants  Search this
Topic:
Roosters -- Pictorial works  Search this
Roosters -- Anecdotes  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Cartoonists -- Interviews  Search this
Inventors -- Interviews  Search this
Archives -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Art and industry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.nathemil2
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-nathemil2

Oral history interview with William Woolfenden

Interviewee:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Bowman, Ruth, 1923-  Search this
Extent:
39 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 March 17
Scope and Contents:
An interview of William Woolfenden conducted 1983 March 17, by Ruth Gurin Bowman, for the Archives of American Art, in Pacific Palisades, California.
Biographical / Historical:
William Woolfenden (1918-1995) was from Detroit, Michigan and New York, N.Y. and was an art administrator and director of the Archives of American Art
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 1 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 others.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Arts -- New York (State) -- New York -- Management  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.woolfe83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-woolfe83

Oral history interview with William E. Woolfenden and Irving Burton

Creator:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Burton, Irving F. (Irving Frederick), 1918-  Search this
Interviewer:
McCoy, Garnett  Search this
Names:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Richardson, Edgar Preston, 1902-1985  Search this
Extent:
33 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1992 December 12
Scope and Contents:
An interview of William E. Woolfenden and Irving Burton conducted 1992 December 12, by Garnett McCoy for the Archives of American Art, concerning the development of the Archives of American Art.
Woolfenden speaks about E.P. Richardson and his intent in founding of the Archives of American Art; the earliest development and collecting activities; his role as assistant director and Richardson's role as director; receiving a Ford foundation grant and other early financial support; fundraising events; auctions; trustees; the founding of regional offices; early employees; forming an alliance with the Smithsonian Institution; and the impact of the AAA on American art history. Irving Burton discusses his involvement.
Biographical / Historical:
William E. Woolfenden (1918-1995) was an art administrator and director of the Archives of American Art in Detroit, Michigan.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 35 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Arts -- Management  Search this
Art, American -- History -- Sources  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.woolfe92
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-woolfe92

William E. Woolfenden papers

Creator:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Names:
Detroit Institute of Arts  Search this
Exhibition for Michigan Artist-Craftsmen  Search this
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Miles, Cyril, 1918-1993  Search this
Sarkis, 1909-1977  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1938-1967
Scope and Contents:
Primarily photographs of works exhibited in Michigan Artist Craftsmen exhibits at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 1950-1956, and Designer Craftsmen U.S.A. 1953 for which Woolfenden was a juror. Many of the photographs have labels identifying the museum holding the work, the artists' name, and year exhibiting. Some printed material, notecards and other documentation relating to the 1953 Designer Craftsmen exhibit are also found, primarily relating to the Michigan artists represented and the Michigan regional exhibitions. Also found are miscellaneous photographs, including one of Woolfenden with fellow judge Sarkis Sarkesian holding winning covers for the 4th annual Yearbook of the Newspaper Guild of Detroit, one of Woolfenden at a typewriter labeled Yearbook Staff 1940, and one of Woolfenden holding a bowl with a group of women identified as Museum and Television Party, 1949; twenty-four clippings are of articles by and about Woolfenden, circa 1938-1956 and his obituary, 1995; three illustrated letters from Detroit artist Cyril Miles to Woolfenden (ca. 1967); and a letter from Morris Graves, 1964, reflecting on meeting Woolfenden with Una Johnson, and "those days in St. Paul... wouldn't it be great sport if the three of us were sometime asked to 'do it again'."
Biographical / Historical:
Art administrator, museum director, art historian. Died 1995.
Provenance:
Donated July 1980 by William E. Woolfenden.
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:
Arts administrators  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Handicraft -- Exhibitions  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.woolwill
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-woolwill

Oral history interview with Zoltan Sepeshy

Interviewee:
Sepeshy, Zoltan, 1898-1974  Search this
Interviewer:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Extent:
65 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1963 January 13
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Zoltan Sepeshy conducted by William E. Woolfenden on 1963 January 13 for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Zoltan Sepeshy (1898-1974) was a painter.
General:
Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 4 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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.
Topic:
Painters -- Michigan -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.sepesh63
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sepesh63

Oral history interview with James S. Holden

Interviewee:
Holden, James S.  Search this
Creator:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel (Sound recording, 7 in.)
52 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1966 Aug. 19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of James S. Holden conducted 1966 Aug. 19, by William E. Woolfenden, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
James S. Holden resides in Grosse Pointe, Mich.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.holden66
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-holden66

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