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Interviews conducted by Charles Hosmer relating to historic preservation

Creator:
Hosmer, Charles Bridgham, 1932-  Search this
Names:
Albright, Horace M. (Horace Marden), 1890-1987  Search this
Alexander, Edward P. (Edward Porter), 1907-2003  Search this
Appleman, Roy Edgar  Search this
Booton, Joseph F.  Search this
Brown, Paul V.  Search this
Bryan, John Albury, 1890-  Search this
Bullock, Helen Claire Duprey, 1905-  Search this
Bullock, Orin M.  Search this
Burton, E. Milby  Search this
Cooley, Janet R.  Search this
Covell, William King  Search this
Cox, Elbert  Search this
Downing, Antoinette Forrester  Search this
Drury, Newton Bishop, b. 1889  Search this
Edwards, Emily  Search this
Evison, Herbert  Search this
Fauber, J. Everette  Search this
Ferguson, Finlay  Search this
Fontaine, Jules, Mrs  Search this
Ford, O'Neil, 1905-  Search this
Grigg, Milton L. (Milton LaTour), 1905-1982  Search this
Harral, Mary  Search this
Harris, Ethel Wilson  Search this
Hosmer, Charles Bridgham, 1932-  Search this
Jones, Louis C. (Louis Clark), 1908-1990  Search this
Kahler, Herbert E.  Search this
Kane, Harnett Thomas, 1910-  Search this
Koch, Richard, 1889-1971  Search this
Lawwill, Richard  Search this
Lee, Ronald F.  Search this
Lewis, Ralph  Search this
Lord, Clifford Lee, 1912-  Search this
Macomber, Walter M.  Search this
Morris, Miriam Hubbard, 1891-1982  Search this
Morrison, James J.  Search this
Neasham, V. Aubrey (Vernon Aubrey), 1908-  Search this
Palmer, George A.  Search this
Peterson, Erling  Search this
Pitkin, Thomas M.  Search this
Porter, Charles Wesley, 1904-  Search this
Primm, Philip T.  Search this
Rath, Frederick L.  Search this
Ray, Jerome V.  Search this
Robinson, Martha Gilmore, b. 1888  Search this
Simons, Albert, 1890-  Search this
Trudell, Clyde Francis  Search this
Van Ravenswaay, Charles  Search this
Warren, Katherine Urquhart  Search this
Watkins, C. Malcolm  Search this
Watson, Elsa  Search this
Webb, Walter P., Mrs  Search this
Weig, Melvin J.  Search this
Wells, George, Mrs  Search this
Whitelaw, Robert N. S., 1905-  Search this
Wilson, Samuel  Search this
Woodward, Arthur, 1898-1986  Search this
Extent:
56 Items (interviews (1,712 p. transcribed))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1969-1976
Scope and Contents:
Interviews conducted by Charles B. Hosmer with 54 persons involved in American historic preservation (used in preparation for his book Preservation Comes of Age) and restoration in the United States. Among the topics discussed are the development of the National Park Service, Williamsburg, National Trust, and projects in California, Charleston, S.C., Illinois, Missouri, New Orleans, La., Newport, R. I., New York State, San Antonio, Tex., and Wisconsin. A 98 p. index to the transcripts is included.
Interviewees are: Horace M. Albright, Edward P. Alexander, Roy Appleman, Joseph Booton, Paul V. Brown, John Albury Bryan, Helen D. Bullock, Orin M. Bullock, E. Milby Burton, Janet R. Cooley, William King Covell, Elbert Cox, Antoinette Downing, Newton B. Drury, Emily Edwards, Herbert Evison, J. Everette Fauber, Finlay Ferguson, Mrs. Jules Fontaine, O'Neill Ford, Milton Grigg, Mary Harral, Ethel Wilson Harris, Louis C. Jones, Herbert E. Kahler, Harnett Kane, Richard Koch, Richard Lawwill, Ronald F. Lee, Ralph Lewis, Clifford Lord, Walter M. Macomber, Mrs. George Maurice Morris, James J. Morrison, Vernon Aubrey Neasham, George A. Palmer, Erling Pederson, Thomas Pitkin, Charles Porter, Philip T. Primm, Frederick L. Rath, Jerome V. Ray, Martha Robinson, Albert Simons, Clyde F. Trudell, Charles Van Ravenswaay, Mrs. George Henry Warren (Katherine Urquhart Warren), Malcolm Watkins, Elsa Watson, Mrs. Walter P. Webb, Melvin J. Weig, Mrs. George Wells, Robert N. S. Whitelaw, Samuel Wilson, and Arthur Woodward.
Biographical / Historical:
Charles B. Hosmer (1932- 1993) was an historian and writer in Principia College, Illinois.
Related Materials:
Charles Hosmer papers also located at the University of Maryland, Special Collections. The collection may include original recordings for some of the interviewees, as well as many additional oral history interviews conducted by Hosmer for his book Preservation Comes of Age as well as interviews conducted for a separate historic preservation project funded by the Eastern National Park and Monument Association.
Provenance:
Donated 1975-1978 by Charles B. Hosmer.
Restrictions:
Brown, Cooley, Ferguson, Lawwill, Lewis, Morrison and Palmer are: ACCESS RESTRICTED: written permission required.
Topic:
Historic buildings -- United States -- Conservation and restoration  Search this
Architecture -- United States -- United States -- Conservation and restoration  Search this
Historic preservation  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.hosmchar
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94352b1b1-0e8f-4ff5-ba22-448da51cd372
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hosmchar

Architectural History of the National Museum Building (Arts and Industries), 1879

Subject:
Schulze, Paul  Search this
Cluss, Adolph 1825-1905  Search this
Arts and Industries Building Rotunda  Search this
Arts and Industries Building North Hall  Search this
Arts and Industries Building West Hall  Search this
Arts and Industries Building Southwest Pavilion  Search this
Arts and Industries Building  Search this
Arts and Industries Building North Entrance  Search this
Arts and Industries Building Southeast Pavilion  Search this
Arts and Industries Building West Entrance  Search this
Arts and Industries Building Southwest Range  Search this
United States National Museum Dept. of Arts and Industries  Search this
Arts and Industries Building East Hall  Search this
South-East Range of the Arts and Industries Building  Search this
Arts and Industries Building Lecture Hall  Search this
Arts and Industries Building North Front  Search this
Board of Regents  Search this
National Trust for Historic Preservation  Search this
National Register of Historic Places  Search this
Hornblower & Marshall  Search this
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
1876: A Centennial Exhibition (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1879-ongoing
Topic:
Museum architecture  Search this
Museum buildings  Search this
Architecture, Gothic  Search this
Architecture--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Architecture, Victorian  Search this
Architecture--Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Gothic revival (Architecture)  Search this
Architecture, Neoclassical  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_14432

Restoration of the A&I Building

Author:
Penland, Dane A  Search this
Subject:
Arts and Industries Building  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exterior
Place:
United States of America, District of Columbia, Washington, Southwest, Arts and Industries Building
Date:
1985
Topic:
Restoration  Search this
Scaffolding  Search this
Museum buildings  Search this
Buildings--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Historic buildings  Search this
Roofs  Search this
Standard number:
85-11498-17
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8941
Online Media:

Ocmulgee National Monument, the Earth Lodge historic structure report Historic Architecture, Cultural Resources Division, Southeast Regional Office, National Park Service

Title:
Earth Lodge historic structure report
Author:
United States National Park Service Southeast Regional Office Cultural Resources Division  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 134 pages illustrations, plans 28 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Georgia
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park (Ga.)
Ocmulgee National Monument
Date:
2005
Topic:
Indian architecture  Search this
Earth houses--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Indians of North America--Antiquities  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Buildings  Search this
History  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_837762

Placement of Statue of Peter Paul Reubens at Renwick Gallery

Creator:
Neufeld, Harry B  Search this
Subject:
Lucchetti, Renato  Search this
Rubens, Peter Paul Sir 1577-1640  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 10 x 8;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1974
February 4, 1974
Topic:
Buildings--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Statues  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [74-945-35]
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_396072

Placement of Statue of Esteban Murillo at Renwick Gallery

Creator:
Neufeld, Harry B  Search this
Subject:
Lucchetti, Renato  Search this
Murillo, Esteban  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 10 x 8;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1974
February 4, 1974
Topic:
Buildings--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Statues  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [74-945-44 ]
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_396073

Website Records, 2020

Creator:
Smthsonian Institution  Search this
Uniform title:
Haiti Cultural Recovery Project (Website)  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Haiti Cultural Recovery Project  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Under Secretary for Museums, Education, and Research/Provost  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Web sites
Place:
Haiti
Date:
2020
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Earthquake relief  Search this
Conservation and restoration  Search this
Earthquakes  Search this
Cultural property--Protection  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 22-040
See more items in:
Website Records 1995-2020 [Smithsonian Institution]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_404684

Thomas Mott Shaw papers, 1895-1967

Creator:
Shaw, Thomas Mott, 1878-1965  Search this
Subject:
Shaw, George Russell  Search this
Quinan, Henry B. (Henry Brewerton)  Search this
Ecole nationale supĂ©rieure des beaux-arts (France)  Search this
Place:
Williamsburg (Va.) -- Architecture
Citation:
Thomas Mott Shaw papers, 1895-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Architecture -- Conservation and restoration -- United States  Search this
Architecture, American  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7342
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209495
AAA_collcode_shawthom
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209495

Municipal Art Society of New York records, 1901-1960

Creator:
Municipal Art Society of New York  Search this
Citation:
Municipal Art Society of New York records, 1901-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Public art -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8034
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210204
AAA_collcode_muniartn
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210204
Online Media:

Interviews conducted by Charles Hosmer relating to historic preservation, 1969-1976

Creator:
Hosmer, Charles Bridgham, 1932-  Search this
Subject:
Albright, Horace M. (Horace Marden)  Search this
Alexander, Edward P. (Edward Porter)  Search this
Appleman, Roy Edgar  Search this
Booton, Joseph F.  Search this
Brown, Paul V.  Search this
Bryan, John Albury  Search this
Bullock, Helen Claire Duprey  Search this
Bullock, Orin M.  Search this
Burton, E. Milby  Search this
Cooley, Janet R.  Search this
Covell, William King  Search this
Cox, Elbert  Search this
Downing, Antoinette Forrester  Search this
Drury, Newton Bishop  Search this
Edwards, Emily  Search this
Evison, Herbert  Search this
Fauber, J. Everette  Search this
Ferguson, Finlay  Search this
Fontaine, Jules, Mrs  Search this
Ford, O'Neil  Search this
Grigg, Milton L. (Milton LaTour)  Search this
Harral, Mary  Search this
Harris, Ethel Wilson  Search this
Hosmer, Charles Bridgham  Search this
Jones, Louis C. (Louis Clark)  Search this
Kahler, Herbert E.  Search this
Kane, Harnett Thomas  Search this
Koch, Richard, 1889-1971  Search this
Lawwill, Richard  Search this
Lee, Ronald F.  Search this
Lewis, Ralph  Search this
Lord, Clifford Lee  Search this
Macomber, Walter M.  Search this
Morris, Miriam Hubbard  Search this
Morrison, James J.  Search this
Neasham, V. Aubrey (Vernon Aubrey)  Search this
Palmer, George A.  Search this
Peterson, Erling  Search this
Pitkin, Thomas M.  Search this
Porter, Charles Wesley  Search this
Primm, Philip T.  Search this
Rath, Frederick L.  Search this
Ray, Jerome V.  Search this
Robinson, Martha Gilmore  Search this
Simons, Albert  Search this
Trudell, Clyde Francis  Search this
Van Ravenswaay, Charles  Search this
Warren, Katherine Urquhart  Search this
Watkins, C. Malcolm  Search this
Watson, Elsa  Search this
Webb, Walter P., Mrs  Search this
Weig, Melvin J.  Search this
Wells, George, Mrs  Search this
Whitelaw, Robert N. S.  Search this
Wilson, Samuel  Search this
Woodward, Arthur  Search this
Citation:
Interviews conducted by Charles Hosmer relating to historic preservation, 1969-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Historic buildings -- United States -- Conservation and restoration  Search this
Architecture -- United States -- United States -- Conservation and restoration  Search this
Historic preservation  Search this
Theme:
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10606
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214082
AAA_collcode_hosmchar
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214082

Preservation, sustainability, and equity edited by Erica Avrami

Editor:
Avrami, Erica C  Search this
Physical description:
234 pages, 2 unnumbered pages illustrations 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2021
Topic:
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Historic buildings--Political aspects  Search this
Historic buildings--Social aspects  Search this
Sustainable architecture  Search this
Equality  Search this
Monuments historiques--Conservation et restauration  Search this
Architecture durable  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1157175

W.G. Constable papers

Creator:
Constable, W. G. (William George), 1887-1976  Search this
Correspondent:
Allied Forces. Supreme Headquarters. Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section  Search this
Art Gallery of Toronto  Search this
Germany (Territory under Allied occupation, 1945-1955 : U.S. Zone). Office of Military Government  Search this
National Gallery of Canada  Search this
Watts Gallery  Search this
Brandt, Mortimer  Search this
Frick, Helen Clay, 1888-1984  Search this
Gluck, Helen  Search this
Hencken, Hugh O'Neill  Search this
Ivins, William Mills, 1881-1961  Search this
Links, J. G.  Search this
Perry, Ralph  Search this
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966  Search this
Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965  Search this
Stout, George L. (George Leslie)  Search this
Vasalle, Rudolph  Search this
Names:
American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas  Search this
Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc.  Search this
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
United States. Internal Revenue Service  Search this
Canaletto, 1697-1768  Search this
Extent:
25.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Germany (Territory under Allied occupation, 1945-1955)
Date:
1905-1983
bulk 1920-1976
Summary:
The papers of art historian and museum curator W.G. (William George) Constable measure 25.7 linear feet and date from 1905 to 1981, with the bulk of the material from 1920 to 1976. The papers include biographical material; professional and personal correspondence; extensive lectures, writings, and notes; exhibition and book research files; printed materials; and photographs, glass plate negatives, and slides. There is substantive correspondence related to Constable's participation in the American Defense Harvard Group and about the formation of the Roberts Commission, including correspondence with Ralph Perry, Hugh Hencken, Paul Sachs and George L. Stout. There are numerous official reports prepared by Constable after World War II for the U. S. Office of Military Government for Germany.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art historian and museum curator W.G. (William George) Constable measure 25.7 linear feet and date from 1905 to 1981, with the bulk of the material from 1920 to 1976. The papers include biographical material; professional and personal correspondence; extensive lectures, writings, and notes; exhibition and book research files; printed materials; and photographs, glass plate negatives, and slides. There is substantive correspondence related to Constable's participation in the American Defense Harvard Group and about the formation of the Roberts Commission, including correspondence with Ralph Perry, Hugh Hencken, Paul Sachs and George L. Stout. There are numerous official reports prepared by Constable after World War II for the U. S. Office of Military Government for Germany.

Biographical material includes W.G. Constable's curriculum vitae; club memberships; personal, educational, and military records; three memorial essays and obituaries; five address books; appointment books dating from 1930-1968; and financial records related to personal business travels.

Correspondence is mostly professional and arranged into General, Committee, Condolences, and J.G. Links. General correspondence is with friends, business associates, auction houses, galleries, and museums. The letters cover a wide variety of professional work, such as research projects, letters of inquiry and recommendation, and work done for Christie's and the Internal Revenue Service. Correspondents include Mortimer Brandt, Helen Frick, Helen Gluck, William Ivins, Duncan Phillips, Paul Sachs, and Rudolph Vasalle, among many others.

Committee related correspondence includes letters, memoranda, and reports related to ongoing committee objectives, projects, and routine activities. There is correspondence related to Constable's advisory work with the Art Gallery of Toronto, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Watts Gallery, among other projects. Condolences consists of letters and cards received by Constable's wife, Olivia, after Constable's death. Correspondence with J.G. Links is primarily about the second edition revision of Constable's book Canaletto.

There are over 170 drafts of Constable's notes and outlines for lectures. Topics range from 13th-20th century European and American art to museum conservation, ethics, art education, and art collecting. The series also includes lecture notes from organized touring trips to Canada, Northern Europe, Scandanavia, and Poland.

Writings consist of Constable's published and unpublished articles, articles submitted for the Encyclopedia of World Art, essays, notes, exhibition catalogs, translations, and drafts and research material related to Art Collecting in the United States, Art History and Connoisseurship, and The Painter's Workshop.

Files specifically documenting Constable's advisory role in the World War II American Defense Harvard Group drafting and organizing lists of men with curatorial, museum conservation, or library/archives backgrounds to aid in the protection European most valued cultural artifacts, artwork, and architecture. There are letters documenting the formation of the Harvard Group and its goals and objections. The files also include many of the original lists that were forwarded to the Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in Europe, also known as the Roberts Commission, eventually leading to the formation of the U.S. Army's Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives division. The series also includes the Harvard Group's manual Safeguarding and Conserving Cultural Materials in the Field, committee minutes, and clippings related to their work. Correspondents include Ralph Perry, Paul Sachs, George L. Stout, and Hugh Hencken.

Constable's work after the war for the U.S. Office of Military Government for Germany is documented through numerous reports, memoranda, letters, and other official documents from the U. S. Army to Constable about surveying the state of German and Italian art institutions after World War II. The series also includes Constable's notebook "Visits in Germany" (1949), and a copy of his report Art and Reorientation: Status and Future of Museums and the Teaching of Art in Western Germany.

Exhibition files contain correspondence, notes, lists, research material, and reports related to exhibitions that Constable organized prior to his employment by and after his retirement from the Boston Museum of Art.

Research files contain materials relevant to Constable's interests and include notes, lists, correspondence, and printed and photographic reference material. These subject areas cover artists, including extensive files on Canaletto and other vedute painters, museum conservation, museums and galleries, private and public art collections, and schools of art.

Printed materials include clippings, programs, book excerpts and other miscellaneous printed materials.

Photographic materials include prints of Constable with friends and family, as well as prints, glass negatives and slides of artwork. There are also prints of the Fogg Art Museum's interiors and exterior and interior shots of Tennessee Valley Authority dam projects.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 10 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1905-1983 (1.2 linear feet; Box 1-2, OV 28)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1906-1981 (6.2 linear feet; Box 2-8, OV 28-29)

Series 3: Lectures, 1909-1963 (4.6 linear feet; Box 8-12)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1910-1974 (2 linear feet; Box 13-14)

Series 5: American Defense Harvard Group, 1942-1946 (0.6 linear feet; Box 15)

Series 6: Office of Military Government for Germany, 1947-1952 (0.3 linear feet; Box 15)

Series 7: Exhibition Files, 1930-1969 (1 linear foot; Box 15-16, OV 29)

Series 8: Research Files, 1922-1976 (7.5 linear feet; Box 16-24, OV 28-29)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1921-1977 (0.5 linear feet; Box 24)

Series 10: Photographic Materials, circa 1940-1960 (1.4 linear feet; Box 24-27, OV 28-29)
Biographical / Historical:
W. G. (William George) Constable (1887-1976) was a museum curator and art historian who worked in England and Boston.

Born in Derby, England, Constable studied for the bar at Cambridge University, but was encouraged to pursue art over law by the Lord Chancellor who told him that law would be too strenuous after a two year convalescence from gassing during World War I. For three years, he studied at the Slade School and the Bartlett School of Architecture. In 1923, he joined the National Gallery of London where he became the Assistant Director in 1929. In 1930, he accepted the first Director's position at the newly formed Courtauld Institute, where he worked to develop one of the first programs on art history. In 1938, Constable became Curator of Paintings at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and worked there until his retirement in 1957.

Throughout his career as an arts administrator, Constable remained an accomplished lecturer and held appointments as the Slade Professor of Art at Cambridge (1933-1936), Ryerson Lecturer at Yale University (1940), and the Lowell Lecturer at the Lowell Insitute (1958). As a researcher and art historian, he published a steady stream of essays on European and American art connoisseurship, and authored over ten scholarly books, including The Painter's Workshop (1953), Richard Wilson (1953), and Canaletto (1962), the definitive work on the Venetian master.

Constable was a trusted arts advisor and, in this capacity, worked for the Wadsworth Atheneum from 1943-1945. He also worked closely with Lord Beaverbrook to establish the National Gallery of Canada and later consulted for Sotheby's and the U. S. Internal Revenue Service.

In the years leading to World War II, Constable served as an advisor to the American Defense Harvard Group and was later appointed to the Commission for the Protection of Artistic and Historic Monuments in Europe (the Roberts Commission) by President Roosevelt. The Roberts Commission was responsible for the establishment of the U. S. Army's Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section. After the war, Constable served the U.S. government as a member of a commission responsible for the recovery of looted art work and the evaluation of the state of the arts in Germany and Italy.

After his retirement from the Boston Museum, Constable continued to research and write, and also served as president of the International Institute of Conservation (1958-1960) and the Renaissance Society of America (1959-1961). From 1957 to 1966, he worked on behalf of Christie's auction house, where he met with prospective clients and provided preliminary valuations of private art works and collections.

On February 4, 1976, Constable died in Cambridge, Massachusetts from natural causes.
Related Materials:
The Archives also holds additional materials related to W.G. Constable, including an oral history interview with Constable conducted by Robert Brown in 1972-1973, and a photograph and clipping of Constable donated by Eleanor Barton in 1982.

Additional W.G. Constable papers are located at archival materials are also located at St. Johns College in Cambridge,England; the Warburg Institute in London, England; the National Gallery in London, England; and the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning in London, England. Photographs of works art collected by Constable are found at the British Studies Center at Yale University. Records relating to his tenure at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston are housed there.
Provenance:
The papers of W.G. Constable were donated in multiple gifts from 1978 to 1979 and in 1987 to 1988 by his son Giles Constable. Additional material regarding Constable's research on Canaletto was donated by researcher J.G. Links in 1985.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and not served to researchers.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Art historians -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art historians -- England  Search this
Topic:
Art, European  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Museum curators -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Cultural property -- Conservation and restoration -- Germany  Search this
Cultural property -- Conservation and restoration -- Italy  Search this
Art -- Conservation and restoration  Search this
Museum curators -- England  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Citation:
W.G. Constable papers, 1905-1983, bulk 1920-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.conswmgp
See more items in:
W.G. Constable papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96b4e2709-3019-479e-91bd-891fa500a679
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-conswmgp
Online Media:

Notes on Virginia

Author:
Virginia Research Center for Archaeology  Search this
Subject:
Virginia Research Center for Archaeology Periodicals  Search this
Physical description:
no. ill. 23-28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
Virginia
Date:
1971
Topic:
Historic sites--Periodicals  Search this
Historic sites--Conservation and restoration--Periodicals  Search this
History, Local  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
AP1 .N876
AP1.N876
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_395197

American apocalypse : the great fire and the myth of Chicago / Ross Miller

Author:
Miller, Ross  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 287 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
Chicago (Ill.)
Date:
1990
19th century
Topic:
Architecture--Mutilation, defacement, etc  Search this
Architecture--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Architecture--History  Search this
Fire  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
NA735.C4M55 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_390827

National Capital landmarks; recommended for consideration of the National Capital Planning Commission and the Commission of Fine Arts

Title:
Landmarks of the National Capital, preliminary list
Author:
United States Joint Committee on Landmarks  Search this
United States National Capital Planning Commission  Search this
United States Commission of Fine Arts  Search this
Physical description:
45 p. illus., fold. map. 21 x 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1965
Topic:
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Architecture--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
NA735.W3 U58 1965
NA735.W3U58 1965
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_381620

The architect's remodeling, renovation & restoration handbook / H. Leslie Simmons

Title:
Architect's remodeling, renovation, and restoration handbook
Author:
Simmons, H. Leslie  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 348 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Place:
United States
Date:
1989
C1989
Topic:
Architecture--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Call number:
NA106.S57 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_386775

The Tennessee Theatre : a grand entertainment palace / Jack Neely

Author:
Neely, Jack  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 211 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 x 32 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Tennessee
Knoxville
Knoxville (Tenn.)
Date:
2015
Topic:
Motion picture theaters--History  Search this
Theaters--History  Search this
Theaters--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Motion pictures and theater--History  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
NA6846.U62 K55 2015
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1056436

DC preservation advocate

Title:
D.C. preservation advocate
Preservation advocate
Author:
D.C. Preservation League  Search this
Subject:
D.C. Preservation League  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
2000
[2000]-
Topic:
Architecture--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Historic preservation  Search this
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Conservation and restoration  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1058124

Weir Farm historic structures report : Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton, Connecticut : caretaker's house and caretaker's garage / by Lance Kasparian and Maureen K. Phillips

Title:
Caretaker's house and garage : Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton, Connecticut
Caretaker's house and caretaker's garage
Author:
Kasparian, Lance  Search this
Phillips, Maureen K  Search this
Historic Architecture Program (United States. National Park Service. Northeast Region)  Search this
Subject:
Weir, Julian Alden 1852-1919 Homes and haunts  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 161 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Connecticut
Wilton (Town)
Weir Farm National Historic Site
Weir Farm National Historic Site (Conn.)
Date:
2008
[2008]
Topic:
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897692

A.B. Mullett : his relevance in American architecture and historic preservation / by D. Mullett Smith ; with contributions by Lawrence Wodehouse ... [et al.]

Author:
Smith, Daisy M (Daisy Mullett)  Search this
Wodehouse, Lawrence  Search this
Subject:
Mullett, A. B (Alfred Bult) 1834-1890  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 128 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Architects  Search this
Architects in government  Search this
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Call number:
NA737.M78 S645 1990
NA737.M78S645 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_393014

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