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Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings papers

Creator:
Robsjohn-Gibbings, Terence Harold, 1905-  Search this
Names:
Hadrian's Villa (Tivoli, Italy)  Search this
Robsjohn-Gibbings (Firm)  Search this
Dunn, Alan, 1900-  Search this
Hadrian, Emperor of Rome, 76-138 (Homes and Haunts) -- Italy -- Tivoli  Search this
Petty, Mary  Search this
Richter, Gisela Marie Augusta, 1882-1972  Search this
Extent:
14.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Date:
1915-1977
1898
Summary:
The papers of furniture and interior designer Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings measure 14.4 linear feet and date from 1898 to 1977 with the bulk of material dating from 1915 to 1977. Found within the papers are biographical material, correspondence, writings, project files, printed materials, artwork including 4 sketchbooks, 30 scrapbooks documenting Robsjohn-Gibbings career, and photographs of Robsjohn-Gibbings and his work.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of furniture and interior designer Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings measure 14.4 linear feet and date from 1898 to 1977, with the bulk of material dating from 1915 to 1977. Found within the papers are biographical material, correspondence, writings, project files, printed materials, artwork including 4 sketchbooks, 30 scrapbooks documenting Robsjohn-Gibbings career, and photographs of Robsjohn-Gibbings and his work.

Biographical materials consist of a key to the city of San Francisco, an award certificate, a photograph of a table from Robsjohn-Gibbings' personal art collection, and a ring design.

Correspondence is primarily with Robsjohn-Gibbings' friends, business associates, and scholarly researchers discussing relationships, business commissions, and his professional work. Correspondents of note include illustrators Alan Dunn and Mary Petty, and classical art historian Gisela Richter.

Writings by Robsjohn-Gibbings consist of 13 essays, 2 copies of the draft manuscript The Cuckoo Sings, 2 manuscript drafts of Furniture of Classical Greece, and a notebook of collected inspirational quotations. There is also a translation of a selection of Heinz Kahler's Hadrian und Seine Villa Bei Tivoli.

Project files include photographs and portfolios of 28 commercial and residential commissions; photographs and watercolor renderings of designs produced by Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd.; photographs and portfolios of designs for Widdicomb Furniture Company; and printed material and research related to the furniture designs for Saridis of Athens. The series also includes portfolios of residences photographed by Ezra Stoller Associates, and photographs and notes for a 25 year Interior Design retrospective exhibition.

Printed material includes published books by Robsjohn-Gibbings, annotated books on Hadrian's Villa and decorative sculpture, catalogs, clippings, press releases, and miscellaneous printed material.

Photographs are of Robsjohn-Gibbings, his friends, his New York office and Athens apartment, and photo shoots for Life and Look magazines.

There are 24 volumes documenting Robsjohn-Gibbings career from 1936 to 1963, an additional 4 volumes of press coverage of his books, and 2 more volumes documenting European art and historical interior design.

Artwork includes 4 sketchbooks of classical Greek and Roman furniture designs rendered in graphite and watercolor by Robsjohn-Gibbings.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1942-1970 (4 folders, Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1940-1976 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1930-1976 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1, BV 12)

Series 4: Project Files, circa 1930-1976 (4 linear feet; Box 1-2, Box 6-8, BV 13-16, OV 42-53, OV 55)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1898-1977 (1.9 linear feet, Box 2-4, Box 9)

Series 6: Photographic Materials, 1915-1976 (0.3 linear feet; Box 4, Box 9, OV 54)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1936-1970 (5.9 linear feet, Box 9-11, BV 17-41)

Series 8: Artwork, circa 1930-1976 (0.5 linear feet; Box 4-5, Box 9)
Biographical / Historical:
Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings (1905-1976) was a furniture and interior designer who lived and worked in New York City and Athens, Greece.

Robsjohn-Gibbings was born in England and studied architecture at London University. In 1930, he immigrated to America, and six years later opened his own interior decorating firm, Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., on Madison Avenue. Throughout the 1940s and 50s, he was one of the most recognized decorators in America and designed homes for Doris Duke, Alfred Knopf, and Thelma Chrysler Foy. One of his earliest commissions was Hilda Boldt Weber's 43 room Casa Encantada mansion in Bel-Air, for which he created more than 200 custom pieces of furniture between 1934 and 1938.

From 1943 to 1956, Robsjohn-Gibbings was the principal designer for the Widdicomb Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. These residential furnishings reflected an elegant, simplistic aesthetic and were regularly showcased in the magazines Town and Country, Interior Design, Vogue, and House Beautiful.

He was a critic of the prevailing taste in Bauhaus modernism and Queen Anne, Georgian, and Spanish extravagance and expressed these views on design and aesthetics in the books Goodbye, Mr. Chippendale (1944), Mona Lisa's Moustache (1947), and Homes of the Brave (1953).

In 1960, he and his collaborator, Carlton Pullin, met the Greek furniture makers Susan and Eleftherios Saridis, who commissioned Robsjohn-Gibbings to design a line for their company, Saridis of Athens. These pieces were modeled after classical Greek forms and aesthetics, and are detailed in Robsjohn-Gibbings' Furniture of Classical Greece (1963).

In 1965, Robsjohn-Gibbings moved to Athens, Greece and continued designing residential and commercial spaces until his death in 1976.
Provenance:
Portions of the Terence Robsjohn-Gibbings papers were donated by the artist in 1966. In 1977, Margaret Carson donated a manuscript copy of The Cuckoo Sings. Later in 1977, the bulk of additional material in the collection was donated to the Archives of American Art by Robsjohn-Gibbing's associate and executor, Carlton Pullin.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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.
Topic:
Furniture design -- United States  Search this
Furniture designers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Interior decorators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Citation:
Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings papers, 1898, 1915-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.robstere
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-robstere
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Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner papers, 1853-1977

Creator:
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, 1880-1958  Search this
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, 1880-1958  Search this
Subject:
Colenbrander, H. T. (Herman Theodoor)  Search this
Heise, Carl Georg  Search this
Hofstede de Groot, C. (Cornelis)  Search this
Bode, Wilhelm von  Search this
Wills, Helen  Search this
Sarre, Maria  Search this
Mellon, Andrew W. (Andrew William)  Search this
McIlhenny, John  Search this
Ford, Edsel  Search this
Morgan, Anne Tracy  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Detroit Institute of Arts  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Prints
Photographs
Diaries
Place:
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1918-1933
Topic:
Art museums -- United States  Search this
Museum directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Dutch  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Art, Italian  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Art Theory and Historiography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13492
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209035
AAA_collcode_valewilh
Theme:
Diaries
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209035
Online Media:

Dorothy Tyler papers, 1921-1959

Creator:
Tyler, Dorothy  Search this
Tyler, Dorothy  Search this
Subject:
Whistler, James McNeill  Search this
Charles Freer House  Search this
Merrill-Palmer School  Search this
Topic:
Architecture -- Study and teaching -- Michgan -- Detroit  Search this
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8582
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210761
AAA_collcode_tyledoro
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210761

William E. Woolfenden papers, 1938-1967

Creator:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
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
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography  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

Aloysius G. Weimer research material, 1933-1942

Creator:
Weimer, Aloysius G., 1899-  Search this
Weimer, Aloysius G., 1899-  Search this
Subject:
Currier, J. Frank (Joseph Frank)  Search this
Couper, William  Search this
Learned, Arthur G. (Arthur Garfield)  Search this
Leigh, William Robinson  Search this
Mayer, Louis  Search this
Reynolds, Wellington Jarard  Search this
Sharp, Joseph Henry  Search this
Covey, Arthur Sinclair  Search this
Heuermann, Magda  Search this
Topic:
Expatriate painters -- Germany -- Munich  Search this
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9556
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211756
AAA_collcode_weimaloy
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211756

Oral history interview with Rudolf Arnheim, 1972 May 16

Interviewee:
Arnheim, Rudolf, 1904-2007  Search this
Arnheim, Rudolf, 1904-2007  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Authors -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12663
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212517
AAA_collcode_arnhei72
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212517

Oral history interview with Vernon Bobbitt, 1977 April 29

Interviewee:
Bobbitt, Vernon L. (Vernon Leroy), 1911-1992  Search this
Bobbitt, Vernon L. (Vernon Leroy), 1911-1992  Search this
Interviewer:
Helms, Cynthia Newman  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12855
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212546
AAA_collcode_bobbit77
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212546

Oral history interview with Frederick James Cummings, 1982 July 22

Interviewee:
Cummings, Frederick J. (Frederick James), 1933-1990  Search this
Cummings, Frederick J. (Frederick James), 1933-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Detroit Institute of Arts  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Museum directors -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12572
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212610
AAA_collcode_cummin82
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212610
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Ernst Scheyer, 1977 March 30-April 27

Interviewee:
Scheyer, Ernst, 1900-1985  Search this
Scheyer, Ernst, 1900-1985  Search this
Interviewer:
Miro, Marsha  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12225
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213097
AAA_collcode_scheye77
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213097

Oral history interview with William Woolfenden, 1983 March 17

Interviewee:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
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
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
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
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 Gerhardt Knodel, 2004 August 3

Interviewee:
Knodel, Gerhardt, 1940-  Search this
Knodel, Gerhardt, 1940-  Search this
Interviewer:
Adamson, Glenn, 1972-  Search this
Subject:
Abakanowicz, Magdalena  Search this
Albers, Anni  Search this
Al-Hilali, Neda  Search this
Andreson, Laura  Search this
Christo  Search this
Hicks, Sheila  Search this
Kester, Bernard  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Leland, Mary Jane  Search this
Smith, Kiki  Search this
Tawney, Lenore  Search this
Zeisler, Claire  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Los Angeles City College  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
California -- Los Angeles -- Description and travel
Michigan -- Description and travel
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Textile crafts -- Study and teaching  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12740
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)249179
AAA_collcode_knodel04
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_249179
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Gary Griffin, 2004 August 4

Interviewee:
Griffin, Gary, 1945-  Search this
Griffin, Gary, 1945-  Search this
Interviewer:
Adamson, Glenn, 1972-  Search this
Subject:
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Metal-workers -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Hills -- Interviews  Search this
Metal-work -- Study and teaching  Search this
Metal-work -- Economic aspects  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12630
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)249180
AAA_collcode_griffi04
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_249180
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Helen Zell, 2016 December 5-6

Interviewee:
Zell, Helen, 1942-  Search this
Zell, Helen, 1942-  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Zell, Helen  Search this
Art Collectors: A Project in Partnership with the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Philanthropists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17404
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)384312
AAA_collcode_zellh16
Theme:
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_384312

Oral history interview with Phyllis Kind, 2007 March 28-May 11

Interviewee:
Kind, Phyllis, 1933-  Search this
Kind, Phyllis, 1933-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17597
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)396437
AAA_collcode_kind07
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_396437
Online Media:

Oral history interview with A. Alfred Taubman, 2013 June 6 - July 13

Interviewee:
Taubman, A. Alfred, 1924-2015  Search this
Taubman, A. Alfred, 1924-2015  Search this
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Hoffmann, Josef Franz Maria  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy  Search this
Acquavella, William R.  Search this
Pei, I. M.  Search this
Meier, Richard  Search this
Art Collectors: A Project in Partnership with the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Michigan  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21662
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)398168
AAA_collcode_taubma13
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_398168

Mathias Joseph Alten scrapbook, 1920-1965

Creator:
Alten, M. (Mathias), 1871-1938  Search this
Alten, M. (Mathias), 1871-1938  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5642
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208476
AAA_collcode_altemath
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208476

Albert Christ-Janer papers, 1915-circa 1993, bulk 1930-1981

Creator:
Christ-Janer, Albert, 1910-1973  Search this
Christ-Janer, Albert, 1910-1973  Search this
Subject:
Saarinen, Eliel  Search this
Zoller, Edwin W.  Search this
Bingham, George Caleb  Search this
Robinson, Boardman  Search this
Christ-Janer, Virginia Morgan Carpenter  Search this
University of Georgia  Search this
University of Chicago  Search this
Pratt Institute  Search this
Stephens College  Search this
Michigan State University  Search this
Pennsylvania State University  Search this
New York University  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Christmas cards
Sound recordings
Blueprints
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Prints
Drawings
Sketches
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7415
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209572
AAA_collcode_chrialbe
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209572
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Paul Philippe Cret papers, 1919-1931

Creator:
Cret, Paul Philippe, 1876-1945  Search this
Bryant and Detwiler Co.  Search this
Cret, Paul Philippe, 1876-1945  Search this
Subject:
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold  Search this
Booth, Ralph H. (Ralph Harmon)  Search this
Burroughs, Clyde H. (Clyde Huntley)  Search this
Kahn, Albert  Search this
Detroit Institute of Arts  Search this
Detroit Arts Commission  Search this
Topic:
Architecture -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7548
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209708
AAA_collcode_cretpaul
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209708

Bruce M. Donaldson letters from Gari Melchers, 1928 May 9 and May 22

Creator:
Donaldson, Bruce M.  Search this
Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932  Search this
Donaldson, Bruce M.  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7579
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209741
AAA_collcode_donabruc
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209741

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