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Oral history interview with Virgil Ellsworth Poling, 1980 February 8

Interviewee:
Poling, Virgil Ellsworth, 1908-2001  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
United States. Agency for International Development  Search this
School of American Craftsmen (Dartmouth College)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Artisans -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12645
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211980
AAA_collcode_poling80
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211980
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Francis Sumner Merritt, 1979 May 25-June 25

Interviewee:
Merritt, Francis Sumner, 1913-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Flint Institute of Arts  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Designers -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Depressions -- 1929  Search this
Theme:
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12260
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212064
AAA_collcode_merrit79
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212064
Online Media:

Francis Sumner Merritt papers, circa 1930-1980

Creator:
Merritt, Francis Sumner, 1913-2000  Search this
Subject:
Boyd, Fiske  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Flint Institute of Arts  Search this
Bradford Junior College  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Topic:
American studio craft movement  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5585
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210145
AAA_collcode_merrfran
Theme:
Craft
Diaries
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210145
Online Media:

Virgil Ellsworth Poling papers, 1939-1974

Creator:
Poling, Virgil Ellsworth, 1908-2001  Search this
Subject:
United States. Agency for International Development  Search this
Dartmouth College  Search this
American Industrial Arts Association  Search this
Topic:
Crafts  Search this
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8819
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211004
AAA_collcode_polivirg
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211004
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Francis Sumner Merritt

Interviewee:
Merritt, Francis Sumner, 1913-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Flint Institute of Arts  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Extent:
61 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1979 May 25-June 25
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Francis Sumner Merritt conducted 1979 May 25-June 25, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Merritt speaks of his education at art schools in Boston and at Yale; his career as a painter during the Depression; teaching at the Cranbrook Academy of Art; his tenure at the Flint (Michigan) Institute of Arts, 1947-1951; and the development of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts at Liberty and then at Deer Isle, Me.
Biographical / Historical:
Francis Sumner Merritt (1913-2000) was a painter, designer, art administrator, and the founder of Haystack Mountan School of Craftsof Deer Isle, Me. He studied at the Vesper George School of Art, the San Diego Academy of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts School of Art, and the Yale Univ. School of Fine Arts. Merritt taught at Bradford Junior College and was head of art department. He died Dec. 27, 2000, at age 87.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 14 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Occupation:
Painters -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators -- Maine -- Deer Isle  Search this
Topic:
Designers -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Depressions -- 1929  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.merrit79
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f2d52f5a-ab64-4c80-b616-50293ff9ad91
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-merrit79
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Virgil Ellsworth Poling

Interviewee:
Poling, Virgil Ellsworth, 1908-2001  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
School of American Craftsmen (Dartmouth College)  Search this
United States. Agency for International Development  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (sound files, digital, wav file)
30 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1980 February 8
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Virgil Poling conducted 1980 February 8, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Poling speaks of the School of American Craftsmen in its early years at Dartmouth College; the creation of a crafts curriculum at Dartmouth during the 1940s and 1950s; and working as a field administrator of crafts and marketing programs for the Agency for International Development in Nigeria, Korea, and Indochina, during the 1960s and 1970s.
Biographical / Historical:
Virgil Ellsworth Poling (1908-2001) was a craftsman and art administrator from Little Deer Isle, Maine.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 41 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Topic:
Artisans -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.poling80
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9172a3d5b-14d8-4a32-8324-8bfbdd24e1cf
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-poling80
Online Media:

Francis Sumner Merritt papers

Creator:
Merritt, Francis Sumner, 1913-2000  Search this
Names:
Bradford Junior College  Search this
Flint Institute of Arts  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Boyd, Fiske, 1895-1975  Search this
Extent:
5.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Date:
circa 1930-1980
Summary:
The papers of painter and arts administrator Francis Sumner Merritt measure 5.7 linear feet and date from circa 1930 to 1980. The bulk of the papers document his career as the founding director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Included are biographical materials, personal correspondence, writings and notes, professional files on Haystack and other institutions, printed material, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter and arts administrator Francis Sumner Merritt measure 5.7 linear feet and date from circa 1930 to 1980. The bulk of the papers document his career as the founding director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Included are biographical materials, personal correspondence, writings and notes, professional files on Haystack and other institutions, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical materials contain scattered records relating to Merritt's personal life and career including a scrapbook and a print by Fiske Boyd. Professional files create the bulk of the papers and focus on Merritt's arts administration career at Haystack and other institutions including the Flint Institute of Art and Bradford Junior College. Among the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts material are planning materials, correspondence with many craft artists, financial records, student information, printed material, photographs for various sessions held at the school, and one sound recording concerning a trip to Nigeria.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1936-1977 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1930-1978 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1940s-1978 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 4: Professional Files, 1940s-1980 (Box 1-5, 8; 4.1 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1939-1976 (Box 6-7; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, 1949-1970s (Box 7; 0.2 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Francis Sumner Merritt (1913-2000) was a painter, designer, and arts administrator. He was the first director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.

Merritt was born in 1913 in Danvers, Massachusetts. He studied art at multiple schools, including Yale University School of Fine Arts and was a printmaker and painter. In addition to his art, Merritt taught painting at Colby Junior College, the Cranbrook Summer Institute, and Bradford Junior College. Merritt began his arts administrative career as director of the Flint Institute of Art in Detroit, Michigan. He was brought on to be the first director at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. In this position, he encouraged the international study of craft.

Francis Merritt was married to Priscilla Merritt, with whom he had two sons. He died in Belfast, Maine in 2000.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts records, 1950-1969, and an oral history interview of Francis Sumner Merritt conducted 1979 May 25-June 25, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Provenance:
Francis Sumner Merritt donated his papers in two accessions in 1980 and 1994.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Maine -- Deer Isle  Search this
Painters -- Maine -- Deer Isle  Search this
Topic:
American studio craft movement  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Francis Sumner Merritt Papers, circa 1930-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.merrfran
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ab41a6a2-6f21-4564-b615-3b3dcf0a5349
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-merrfran

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