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Brownie Wise Papers

Inventor:
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Names:
Stanley Home Products  Search this
Tupperware (Firm).  Search this
Vivian Woodward Cosmetics  Search this
Extent:
27 sound recordings
15 Cubic feet (26 boxes, 7 folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Personal papers
Business records
Speeches
Audiovisual materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1928-1968
Summary:
The papers consist of business records documenting the history of Tupperware from 1951-1958, during which Brownie Wise served as vice president of the Tupperware Company. Also, personal papers and business records documenting her marketing activities for Stanley Home Products, Vivian Woodard Cosmetics, and others.
Scope and Contents:
The Brownie Wise Papers constitute an essential complement to the Earl Tupper Papers, acquired in 1992, and to the museums rich collections of Tupperware products. Together these collections document not only the founding and early business history of Tupperware, but also significant areas of American history in which the museum has a demonstrated interest. The Brownie Wise Papers illuminate aspects of an American consumer culture which achieved its apex in the post-World War II years; in many ways, Tupperware and the Tupperware party reflect the key defining elements of the fifties. Of special significance is the story these papers tell of a successful woman business executive and working mother, in an era whose women have more often been characterized by June Cleaver and Harriet Nelson. The Tupperware story offers rich insights into the society and culture of the era, illuminating issues of gender, consumerism, and technological development.

There are approximately 15 cubic feet of materials, including photographic and audiovisual materials. The collection is organized into eight series.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into eight series.

Series 1: Personal Papers, circa 1928-1968

Series 2: Stanley Home Products, Patio Parties, circa 1947-1959

Series 3: Tupperware Home Parties, circa 1951-1959

Series 4: Direct Sales consulting, circa 1958-1969

Series 5: Other Direct Sales Consulting, circa 1958-1971

Series 6: Other Business ventures, circa 1958-1967

Series 7: Photographs, 1930-1968

Series 8: Audiovisual Materials, 1953-1957; 1977
Biographical Note:
Brownie Humphrey was born in Buford, Georgia in 1913, the daughter of Rosabelle Stroud Humphrey and Jerome Humphrey, a plumber. According to longtime friend Kay Robinson, Brownie knew that there were few business opportunities for women in the South, and that "unless she wanted to work in sales, she would have to leave the South." After meeting Robert Wise at the Texas Centennial in 1936, where the couple saw an exhibition highlighting a bright future at Ford Motors, Brownie and Robert married and moved to the Detroit area where he worked as a machinist, later opening a small machine shop. The couple divorced in 1941, about three years after the birth of their only child, Jerry. Brownie Wise never remarried.

During the late 1930s and early 1940s, Brownie contributed to a correspondence column of the Detroit News under the pen name "Hibiscus." Her columns were largely autobiographical, but used elements of fantasy and romance to address a uniquely female urban community. In Detroit, Wise worked briefly at an ad agency and in a millinery shop. During World War II, Wise got a job as an executive secretary at Bendix. After the war, Brownie and her mother, Rose Stroud Humphrey, began selling Stanley Home Products. When Jerry became ill in 1949, they followed a doctor's advice and moved to Miami where they began a direct selling business they called Patio Parties. Through this business, the mother daughter team distributed Poly-T (Tupperware), Stanley Home Products, West Bend, and other household goods through an innovative home party plan adopted by Brownie.

Thomas Damigella in Massachusetts, and Brownie Wise in South Florida, quickly became among the fastest movers of Tupperware products, attracting the attention of Earl Tupper, who was still searching for a profitable outlet for his plastic containers. Because Americans were still skeptical of plastics and because the Tupper seal required demonstration, early attempts at department store sales had been unsuccessful. Some independent dealers had more success selling through demonstrations at state fairs or door-to-door, but sales and distribution remained low. The experiences of Damigella and Wise convinced Tupper to offer the products on a home party plan. He partnered with Norman Squires, the originator of Hostess Home Parties, to pursue this strategy.

In 1951, Tupper recruited Brownie to develop the Hostess party plan for Tupperware, and named her vice president of the company. She is credited with developing the party plan and sales organization, and with creating the annual Jubilee, a pep-rally and awards ceremony for dealers and distributors; it was her idea to locate company headquarters in Kissimmee, and she oversaw the design and construction of the campus. With the company's meteoric success came national recognition. Her public role was all the greater because Earl Tupper shunned all public exposure; Wise was the public head of the company throughout the 1950s. She was both honored guest and invited speaker at national sales and marketing conferences, where she was often the only woman in attendance. Scores of laudatory articles about her appeared in the sales industry and general business press, and she became the darling of the women's magazines, including features in McCalls, Charm and Companion.

Tupper and Wise clashed over the management and direction of the business in late 1957 and the board of directors forced her out in January, 1958. She filed a $1,600,000 suit against the company for conspiracy and breach of contract, but settled out of court for a year's salary -- about $30,000. Shortly thereafter, Tupper sold the company to Dart/Rexall and relinquished all involvement with it.

Beginning in 1958 and through the 1960s, Brownie co-founded three direct sales cosmetics companies, Cinderella (1958-59), Carissa (1963) and Sovera/Trivera (1966-69). She also was president of Viviane Woodard Cosmetics (1960-62), and consulted for Artex and others. In addition, she undertook a real estate development venture in Kissimmee with Charles McBurney and George Reynolds (both former Tupperware executives). She seems never to have achieved the same level of success in these later business ventures. Wise continued to live in the Kissimmee area, moving from Waters' Edge, the spectacular 1920s mansion she occupied during the Tupperware years, to a home George Reynolds designed for her in. She was active in her church and as an artist, working in clay and textiles. During the last eight years of her life she was in declining health. She died in December 1992.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History in March 1994 by Brownie Wise's son, Jerry Wise, of Kissimmee, Florida.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Direct selling  Search this
Women in marketing  Search this
Sales promotion  Search this
Product demonstrations  Search this
Plastics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Personal papers -- 20th century
Business records -- 20th century
Speeches
Audiovisual materials
Photographs -- 20th century
Citation:
Brownie Wise Papers, 1938-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0509
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0509
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Corporal Harold E. Brown collection

Photographer:
Brown, Harold E., 1929-2012  Search this
Author:
Malewotkuk, Florence Nupok  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
Container:
Box 1
Culture:
Yuit (Siberian Yup'ik)  Search this
Alaskan natives  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Letters (correspondence)
Photographs
Place:
Anchorage (Alaska)
Saint Lawrence Island (Alaska)
Nome (Alaska)
Fairbanks (Alaska)
Date:
1952-1953
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains materials that were created and collected by Corporal Harold E. Brown circa 1952-1953 and relate to his service in the United States Army when he was stationed in Alaska during the Korean War (1950-1953). The materials include letters from Yuit (Siberian Yup'ik) artist Florence Nupok Malewotkuk (1906-1971) to Cpl. Brown and an album containing photos that Cpl. Brown shot while stationed in Alaska.
Arrangement:
The materials are organized in 2 boxes.
Biographical / Historical:
Relatively little is known about Corporal Harold E. Brown. Brown was born October 6, 1929 and lived in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He married Mary Helen (1938-2010) and they had at least one child Padraic Brown. Harold was a Corporal in the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He died on November 24, 2012.
Separated Materials:
The archival materials in this collection are part of a larger collection donated to NMAI by Anita and Padraic Brown. The other collection items were made by Yuit (Siberian Yup'ik) artist Florence Nupok Malewotkuk (1906-1971) and include 2 hide yo-yos (26/9291 and 26/9292); 1 pair of mukluks (26/9293); and 3 pairs of slippers with beadwork (26/9294, 26/9295, and 26/9296). These objects were either given to or purchased by Corporal Harold E. Brown when he was stationed in Alaska during the Korean War.
Provenance:
Gift of Anita and Padraic Brown, 2014.
Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Rights:
Some images restricted: Cultural Sensitivity.
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited users to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not changed, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian.
Topic:
Military bases  Search this
Korean War, 1950-1953  Search this
Genre/Form:
Letters (correspondence)
Photographs
Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Corporal Harold E. Brown collection, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.099
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Corporal Harold E. Brown collection
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-099
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Matilda Jane Fischer

Alternate Title:
Unidentified mother and child
Possible attribution:
James Van Dyck, active 1825 - 1844  Search this
Sitter:
Unidentified Woman  Search this
Unidentified Child  Search this
Formerly identified as:
Matilda Jane Fisher, 19th century  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
91.4 × 76.2cm (36 × 30")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1835
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Earring  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Brooch  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace\Bead  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring\Wedding Band  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Bonnet  Search this
Toy\Rattle  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Bow  Search this
Human Figures\Baby  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Brooch\Cameo  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Belt  Search this
Unidentified Woman: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private collection
Object number:
UNL01744
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4e8a78caa-8d7b-4440-907f-19bf3b888e2b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_UNL01744

Mrs. Daniel Strobel, Jr. (Anna Church Strobel) and Her Son George

Alternate Title:
Mrs. Edward Church and Child
Artist:
John Vanderlyn, 15 Oct 1775 - 23 Sep 1852  Search this
Sitter:
Anna Church Strobel, 18th - 19th Century  Search this
George Strobel, ? - 1874  Search this
Formerly identified as:
Sarah Russell Church, 1790? - 1890?  Search this
Medium:
Chalk and white lead on paper
Dimensions:
21.3 x 16.2cm (8 3/8 x 6 3/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1799
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Sarah Russell Church: Female  Search this
Anna Church Strobel: Female  Search this
George Strobel: Male  Search this
George Strobel: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy\Priest  Search this
George Strobel: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Consul  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Website: https://www.metmuseum.org/
Object number:
17.134.3 MMA
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm44dfa816f-0925-43c7-9513-7745df735ee5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_17.134.3_MMA

Child Asleep

Alternate Title:
The Rosebud
Formerly thought to be Francis Thomas Sully Darley
Artist:
Thomas Sully, 19 Jun 1783 - 5 Nov 1872  Search this
Formerly identified as:
Francis Thomas Sully Darley, 1833 - 22 Aug 1914  Search this
Sitter:
Unidentified Boy  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
60.7cm x 92.7cm (23 7/8" x 36 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1841
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Bed  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Flower\Rose  Search this
Home Furnishings\Blanket  Search this
Home Furnishings\Pillow  Search this
Unidentified Boy: Male  Search this
Francis Thomas Sully Darley: Male  Search this
Francis Thomas Sully Darley: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer  Search this
Francis Thomas Sully Darley: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Organist  Search this
Francis Thomas Sully Darley: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer\Opera  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Website: https://www.metmuseum.org/
Object number:
14.126.6 MMA
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4b09e69e3-bb5d-4e9c-9331-127391e4e209
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_14.126.6_MMA

Rose Hathorne Hassam and Sister

Artist:
Childe Hassam, 17 Oct 1859 - 27 Aug 1935  Search this
Sitter:
Cora Doane Cotton  Search this
Kathleen Maude Doane Hassam  Search this
Formerly identified as:
Rose Hathorne Hassam, 1840 - 1940?  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
23.8 x 14.3cm (9 3/8 x 5 5/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1889
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Music\Musical instrument\Piano  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Flower\Flowers  Search this
Artwork\Painting  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Armchair  Search this
Printed Material\Papers  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Glove\Gloves  Search this
Container\Vase  Search this
Costume\Footwear\Shoes  Search this
Home Furnishings\Lighting Devices\Candle  Search this
Home Furnishings\Lighting Devices\Candlestick  Search this
Rose Hathorne Hassam: Female  Search this
Kathleen Maude Doane Hassam: Female  Search this
Cora Doane Cotton: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Terra Foundation for American Art
Website: www.terraamericanart.org
Object number:
1992.40 Terra
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm42ff2dc77-92fc-4f68-a4df-bbdb8db9c053
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1992.40_Terra

Sketch of a Child: Helen

Artist:
William Merritt Chase, 1 Nov 1849 - 25 Oct 1916  Search this
Sitter:
Helen Valazquez Chase, 1895 - ?  Search this
Formerly identified as:
Dorothy Brémond Chase, 1891 - 1953  Search this
Medium:
Oil on wood
Dimensions:
25.3cm x 14.6cm (9 15/16" x 5 3/4"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1898-1899
Topic:
Dorothy Brémond Chase: Female  Search this
Helen Valazquez Chase: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
Website: risdmuseum.org/
Object number:
13.919 RISD
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4dcb9c5df-296e-4db2-9a88-4816893de6c4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_13.919_RISD

Kate Frances Meade and Henry Almon Meade

Artist:
Meade Brothers Studio, active c. 1840 - c. 1869  Search this
Sitter:
Kate Frances Meade, 19 Mar 1852 - 1921  Search this
Henry Almon Meade, Apr 1853 - 1930  Search this
Medium:
Sixth-plate daguerreotype
Dimensions:
Image/Sight: 6.7 × 5.5 cm (2 5/8 × 2 3/16")
Mat: 8 × 6.7 cm (3 1/8 × 2 5/8")
Case open: 9.4 × 17 × 2.3 cm (3 11/16 × 6 11/16 × 7/8")
Case closed: 9.4 × 8.5 × 1.9 cm (3 11/16 × 3 3/8 × 3/4")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1854
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace  Search this
Interior  Search this
Cased object  Search this
Kate Frances Meade: Female  Search this
Henry Almon Meade: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Emerson Lyons
Object number:
S/NPG.85.256
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4e3e0a8f0-bb6b-4252-82c8-3ea6c9c08196
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_S_NPG.85.256
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Unidentified Woman and Child

Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Other attribution:
Joseph Blackburn, flourished 1752 - 1774  Search this
Sitter:
Unidentified Woman  Search this
Unidentified Child  Search this
Formerly identified as:
Joseph Henry Brown, 1755 - 1855?  Search this
Mrs. Brown, 1730 - 1830?  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
127cm x 101.5cm (50" x 39 15/16"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1760
Topic:
Unidentified Woman: Female  Search this
Mrs. Brown: Female  Search this
Joseph Henry Brown: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Daughters of the American Revolution Museum
Website: www.dar.org/museum
Object number:
67.268
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm43dc8812e-29b5-4da7-ba27-eed67d374872
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_67.268

Robinson's Progressive Primary Arithmetic, For Primary Classes in Public and Private Schools by Horatio N. Robinson

Physical Description:
cloth (binding material)
pasteboard (boards material)
thread (binding material)
paper (text block material)
ink (text material)
graphite (inscriptions material)
Measurements:
overall: 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in; .635 cm x 11.43 cm x 16.51 cm
Object Name:
book
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Place used:
United States: Pennsylvania
Date made:
1881
ID Number:
DL.62.0299B
Catalog number:
62.0299B
Accession number:
240815
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-1873-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1461809
Online Media:

Pathfinder Physiology No. 1. Child’s Health Primer for Primary Classes with Special Reference to Effects of Alcohol Drinks Stimulants, and Narcotics Upon the Human System

Publisher:
American Book Company  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 7 1/4 in x 5 in x 1/2 in; 18.415 cm x 12.7 cm x 1.27 cm
Object Name:
book
Object Type:
instructional materials
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1889
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
ID Number:
2017.3049.26
Nonaccession number:
2017.3049
Catalog number:
2017.3049.26
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Education
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-b22c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1922748

Robinson's Progessive Primary Arithmetic for Primary Classes in Public and Private Schools by Horatio Nelson Robinson

Physical Description:
cloth (binding material)
pasteboard (boards material)
thread (binding connector/connecting technique)
tan (outside color)
paper (text pages material)
ink (text pages material)
Measurements:
overall: 16.9 cm x 11.4 cm x .9 cm; 6 21/32 in x 4 1/2 in x 11/32 in
Object Name:
book
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1873
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
ID Number:
2017.0095.004
Accession number:
2017.0095
Catalog number:
2017.0095.004
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Education
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-78d9-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1842658
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The International Negro Workers' Review Vol. 1 No. 1

Published by:
The Negro Worker, 1928 - 1937  Search this
Issued by:
International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers, founded 1928  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 1/16 x 6 5/16 in. (23 x 16 cm)
Type:
pamphlets
Place made:
Hamburg, Germany, Europe
Place depicted:
Russia, Asia
South Africa, Africa
North Africa, Africa
Liberia, West Africa, Africa
Caribbean, North and Central America
Gambia, West Africa, Africa
Nigeria, West Africa, Africa
England, Europe
Date:
1931
Topic:
African American  Search this
International affairs  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Political organizations  Search this
Politics (Practical)  Search this
United States--History--1919-1933  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the family of Dr. Maurice Jackson and Laura Ginsburg
Object number:
2010.55.20
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Political and Activist Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd584084f60-d31b-4449-a5a0-8f7ca61e1490
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.55.20
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The Negro Worker Vol. 2 No. 6

Published by:
The Negro Worker, 1928 - 1937  Search this
Edited by:
George Padmore, Trinidadian, 1903 - 1959  Search this
Subject of:
Communist International, 1919 - 1943  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 7/8 x 6 5/16 in. (22.5 x 16 cm)
Type:
pamphlets
Place depicted:
South Africa, Africa
Guyana, Caribbean, South America
Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean, South America
Jamaica, Caribbean, North and Central America
Liberia, West Africa, Africa
Kenya, Africa
Place made:
Hamburg, Germany, Europe
Date:
1932
Topic:
African American  Search this
International affairs  Search this
Labor  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Photography  Search this
Political organizations  Search this
Politics (Practical)  Search this
United States--History--1919-1933  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the family of Dr. Maurice Jackson and Laura Ginsburg
Object number:
2010.55.6
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Political and Activist Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5dfd877c2-c600-4962-995e-594a795e9f8c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.55.6
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The Union Jack, New York, April Morning

Artist:
Childe Hassam, American, b. Boston, Massachusetts, 1859–1935  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
36 X 30 1/8 IN. (91.3 X 76.5 CM.)
Type:
Hologram
Date:
1918
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.2402
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
American Impressionism
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py231d24193-5b68-499a-b018-13845d994d80
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.2402

At the Seashore

Artist:
Will Barnet, American, 1911 - 2012  Search this
Medium:
Woodblock in black ink on paper
Type:
figures
Print
Object Name:
Print
Date:
1939
Credit Line:
Gift of Will Barnet
Accession Number:
1974-64-2-a
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq481939387-aa1a-46c0-b09f-7be361ee1fad
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1974-64-2-a

Cover Design, Illustration for McClure's Magazine (Christmas edition, 1900)

After:
Kenyon Cox, American, 1856–1919  Search this
Publisher:
McClure's Magazine, 1893–1929  Search this
Object Name:
Print
Type:
Print
Made in:
USA
Date:
1900
Credit Line:
Gift of Allyn Cox
Accession Number:
1959-69-331
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4bba99924-8e3f-4ef3-90f1-520a0e4ffcc9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1959-69-331

Child and Cat

Artist:
Leon Auerbach, American, 1928 - 2016  Search this
Student at:
Cooper Union Art School  Search this
Medium:
Woodcut in three colors on paper
Type:
figures
Print
Object Name:
Print
Made in:
USA
Date:
1951-52
Credit Line:
Gift of Cooper Union Art School
Accession Number:
1952-71-2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4976fac65-fc67-4ad1-a5d7-b6a9e9cb9370
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edanmdm:chndm_1952-71-2

Study for Cartoon, "Editor's Easy Chair"

Artist:
Thomas Nast, American, b. Germany, 1840–1902  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on paper
Type:
figures
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
USA
Date:
1870
Credit Line:
Gift of Cooper Union Library
Accession Number:
1953-10-47
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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GUID:
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edanmdm:chndm_1953-10-47
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Vose Galleries of Boston records

Creator:
Vose Galleries of Boston  Search this
Names:
Arthur U. Newton Galleries  Search this
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Ehrich Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Howard Young Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Jill Newhouse (Gallery)  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co.  Search this
Macbeth Gallery  Search this
Milch Galleries  Search this
Norton Gallery and School of Art  Search this
R.C. & N.M. Vose (Firm)  Search this
Robert C. Vose Galleries  Search this
Hassam, Childe, 1859-1935  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina, 1887-1966  Search this
Jonniaux, Alfred, b. 1882  Search this
Ladd, Anna Coleman, 1878-1939  Search this
Norton, William E., 1843-1916  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921  Search this
Vose, Robert C. (Robert Churchill), 1911-1998  Search this
Vose, Robert Churchill, 1873-  Search this
Extent:
25.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Manuscript
Date:
circa 1876
1890s-1996
bulk 1920-1940
Summary:
The records of Vose Galleries of Boston measure 25.6 linear feet and date from circa 1876, 1890s-1996 with the bulk of materials dating from 1920s-1930s. Nearly 90 percent of the collection documents the gallery's handling of American paintings and portraits through incoming and outgoing business correspondence with artists, clients, galleries, and museums, including considerable correspondence with portrait artist Alfred Jonniaux and clients regarding commissioned portraits. Other materials include client files; artists' biographies; records of sales, consignments, framing, restoration, and banking, mostly from the 1940s-1960s; and scattered exhibition catalogs, newspaper clippings, and postcards. Also found is a handwritten manuscript regarding the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, PA and a 1991 videotape about the Vose Galleries and its founding family.
Scope and Contents note:
The records of Vose Galleries of Boston measure 25.6 linear feet and date from circa 1876, 1890s-1996 with the bulk of materials dating from 1920s-1930s. Nearly 90 percent of the collection documents the gallery's handling of American paintings and portraits through incoming and outgoing business correspondence with artists, clients, galleries, and museums, including considerable correspondence with portrait artist Alfred Jonniaux and clients regarding commissioned portraits. Other materials include client files; artists' biographies; records of sales, consignments, framing, restoration, and banking, mostly from the 1940s-1960s; and scattered exhibition catalogs, newspaper clippings, and postcards. Also found is a handwritten manuscript regarding the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, PA and a 1991 videotape about the Vose Galleries and its founding family.

Correspondence of note is with artists Childe Hassam, Malvina Hoffman, Alfred Jonniaux, and John Singer Sargent; galleries Ehrich Galleries, Clapp & Graham Co., M. Knoedler & Co., Macbeth Galleries, Milch Galleries, Newhouse Galleries, Arthur U. Newton Galleries, Norton Galleries, and Howard Young Galleries; the estates of Anna Coleman Ladd and William E. Norton; and the family of Abbott H. Thayer.

Researchers should note that the records do not comprehensively span the gallery's history or operations. The bulk of the collection is correspondence from Robert C. Vose's era running the Robert C. Vose Galleries in the 1920s-1930s and, lesser so, under Robert C. Vose, Jr.'s direction in the 1970s. There is little material in the collection which dates before the 1910s or the 1950s-1960s, other than correspondence regarding Alfred Jonniaux and some financial records. There is a handful of correspondence which covers the period of R.C. & N.M. Vose Gallery. Records loaned for microfilming should be consulted for materials outside of the bulk dates of this collection, especially for materials from the late 1800s-early 1900s.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged as 5 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1895-1996 (Boxes 1-23; 22.6 linear feet)

Series 2: Customer Files, 1912-1946 (Boxes 23-24; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 3: Art-Related Files, circa 1876, 1890s-1947 (Box 24; 7 folders)

Series 4: Financial Records, 1911-1962, 1991 (Boxes 24-25; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Materials, circa 1904-1990 (Boxes 25-26; 0.4 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Vose Galleries is a long time family run art gallery based in the Boston, Mass. area.

In 1841, Joseph Vose purchased Westminster Art Gallery, a small Providence, Rhode Island art gallery founded by Ransom Hicks. At the age of 19 in 1850, Joseph's son Seth Morton Vose joined the gallery and five years later became director. The gallery's primary business until the late 1860s was frame making, gilding and art supplies. Seth Morton Vose had a passion for art, especially the French painters of the Barbizon School and he slowly began buying and exhibiting artwork. By 1882, the gallery regularly exhibited in Boston.

Seth's son Robert C. Vose joined the business in 1896, and managed the gallery's Boston office from 1897. Robert broadened the gallery's horizons by showing his fine stock of Barbizon, Dutch, English and American artists throughout America, while his younger brother, Nathaniel, and his cousin, Charles Thompson, handled the Boston gallery. During the next sixty-seven years, Robert C. Vose moved the gallery into a position of national prominence.

In 1924, Nathaniel left the gallery and established his own gallery in Providence. The Boston gallery's name changed to Robert C. Vose Galleries, and around the same time, took over the Carrig-Rohane framing company. In 1931-1932, Robert's three sons, Robert C. Vose, Jr., Seth Morton Vose II, and Herbert Vose, joined the firm. The gallery continued to show exhibitions in Boston, and the sons took turns joining their father on the road. The gallery's name was changed to Vose Galleries of Boston, Inc. in 1952. In 1963, Vose Galleries moved to their current location at 238 Newbury Street in Boston. Robert C. Vose passed away in 1964.

Robert C. Vose, Jr.'s sons, Abbot W. Vose and Robert C. Vose III, joined the gallery in 1968 and 1970, respectively. Robert C. Vose, Jr. passed away in 1998. The Vose Galleries of Boston continues to operate at Newbury Street under the direction of the sixth generation of the Vose family.
Related Archival Materials note:
The Archives of American Art holds several separately cataloged collections related to Vose Galleries of Boston, including the Carrig-Rohane Shop records (1903-1962); oral history interviews with Seth Morton Vose (July 24, 1986 - April 28, 1987) and Robert C. Vose, Jr. (June 27 - July 23, 1986); a sound recording and videotape of a Robert C. Vose, Jr. lecture at the Somerset Club (May 14, 1987); a sound recording of an interview with Robert C. Vose (March 1961); the Miscellaneous Art Exhibition Catalog collection containing Vose Galleries exhibition catalogs, circa 1900-1941; and, Robert C. Vose, Jr. typescripts and clippings, 1961, on microfilm reels 3480 and 4314.
Separated Materials note:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming.

Reel B1 contains a scrapbook compiled by Seth Vose and annotated by Robert Vose that contains clippings, 1886-1900, and an 1889 letter from author and critic Alfred Trumble; and a scrapbook compiled and annotated by Robert C. Vose spanning the years 1920-1940, 1897, and 1905, containing clippings and handwritten lists.

Reel 2380 includes numerous photographs, circa 1890-1964, of Seth Morton Vose, Robert C. Vose, Sr., artists, collectors, and dealers associated with Vose Galleries; a Macbeth Gallery "smoker" in honor of Emil Carlsen; a drawing of Charles Emil Heil by George F. Wing, and a charcoal drawing after Monticelli by Albion Harris Bicknell. Many of the photographs are annotated by Robert C. Vose.

Reels 3936-3940 are comprised of account books, 1871-1887; a journal, 1889-1903, a ledger, 1889-1901; invoice books, 1896-circa 1954, inventories of paintings and drawings in stock, 1884, 1892 and 1906; exhibition records, 1911-1982?; traveling exhibition records, 1915-1949; and a record of paintings sold, 1876-1894. Written permission is required to access these reels.

Reels 4593-4594 contain clippings, undated and 1891-1989, chiefly about purchases, sales and exhibitions, but also pertaining to art dealers, museums, artists, and art events.

Reel 4909 contains a scrapbook of clippings, announcements, programs, and other printed materials, 1882-1993.

Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
From 1965-1994, Vose Galleries of Boston loaned materials to the Archives of American Art for microfilming. Robert C. Vose, Jr. also donated records in several installments from 1974 to 1997.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Vose Galleries of Boston records 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:
Artists -- United States -- Photographs  Search this
Picture frame industry -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- Rhode Island -- Providence  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art dealers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Manuscript
Citation:
Vose Galleries of Boston records, circa 1876, 1890s-1996, bulk 1920s-1930s. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.vosegall
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Archives of American Art
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