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Porter A. McCray papers

Creator:
McCray, Porter A., 1908-2000  Search this
Names:
Asia Society  Search this
Byrd Hoffman Foundation  Search this
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cunningham Dance Foundation  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Society of Architectural Historians  Search this
UNESCO  Search this
United States. Foreign Service  Search this
Cutting, Brock  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978  Search this
Kazuko Oshima  Search this
Morley, Grace, 1900-1985  Search this
Paik, Nam June, 1932-2006  Search this
Richie, Donald, 1924-2013  Search this
Rockefeller, John D., 1906-  Search this
Sherfield, Roger Mellor Makins, Baron, 1904-1996  Search this
Thetong, Tenzin  Search this
Extent:
12.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Lectures
Interviews
Paintings
Transcripts
Date:
1936-1989
Summary:
The papers of New York City arts administrator Porter A. McCray measure 12.3 linear feet and date from 1936 to 1989. The papers include scattered biographical materials, correspondence, and writings and notes. The bulk of the collection consists of professional files documenting his advisory and consulting work for museums, institutions, organizations, and foundations. Also found within the collection are printed materials and photographs of McCray and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York City arts administrator Porter A. McCray measure 12.3 linear feet and date from 1936 to 1989. The papers include scattered biographical materials, correspondence, and writings and notes. The bulk of the collection consists of professional files documenting his advisory and consulting work for museums, institutions, organizations, and foundations. Also found within the collection are printed materials and photographs of McCray and artwork.

Scattered biographical materials include appointment books, curricula vitae, a transcript of an interview conducted by McCray with Dr. Grace Morley, and an unsigned painting.

Found within the general correspondence are letters that relate to his work as an arts advisor and consultant, but which appear to be more personal in nature. The bulk of correspondence related to specific projects is found within the professional files. Correspondents include Hubert Humphrey, Mrs. John Lockwood, Grace Morely, Kazuko Oshima, Donald Richie, John D. Rockefeller III, and Tenzin Thetong among others.

Writings and notes include lectures by McCray and writings by others including Brock Cutting, Lord Sherfield, and Nam June Paik. Also found are travel notes for McCray's travels throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Professional files document McCray's work as an arts advisor and consultant for numerous museums, foundations, organizations, foundations, and special committees, as well as his membership in various arts committees and boards. Files document McCray's work for and/or membership in the Asia Society, Asian Cultural Program of Cultural Exchange, Byrd Hoffman Foundation, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Cunningham Dance Foundation, Indo-United States committees, International Council of Museums, Japan Society, John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund, Museum of Modern Art, Society of Architectural Historians, UNESCO, and the United States Foreign Service.

Printed materials include clippings and articles, a Drawing and Architecture exhibition catalog, and a book by Robert Wilson. Photographs include personal photographs and oversized photographs of sculptures by an unknown artist.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 6 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1959-1982 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-1986 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1960-1983 (1.5 linear feet; Box 2-3)

Series 4: Professional Files, 1936-1987 (8.2 linear feet; Box 3-11, OVS 12-13)

Series 5: Printed Materials, 1965-1989 (0.5 linear feet; Box 11, OV 14)

Series 6: Photographs, 1945-1980s (0.2 linear feet; Box 11, OV 15)
Biographical / Historical:
Porter A. McCray (1908-2000) was an arts administrator working in New York City, New York.

Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia in 1908, McCray recieved a degree in English literature from the Virginia Military Institute in 1930, and a degree in architecture from Yale University in 1941. McCray traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, developing relationships with individuals and organizations across the world.

In 1941, McCray worked as an exhibition specialist in the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs and collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art on an American exhibition at the Guatemala National Fair. After serving as an ambulance driver in World War II, he was employed by the architectural firm of Harrison and Abramovitz where he worked on some preliminary designs of the present site of the United Nations.

While working for Harrison, McCray met Nelson Rockefeller, who was chairman of the board of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). In 1947, Rockefeller asked McCray to serve as the director of circulating exhibitions at MOMA and be responsible for the Museum's national and international traveling exhibition program. McCray accepted and remained at MOMA until 1961. The following year, he orchestrated the preparation of a MOMA exhibition of Mark Rothko's work in Paris in 1962. In 1963, McCray became the executive director of the JDR 3rd Fund, a non-profit started by John D. Rockefeller III to promote artistic and cultural exchanges between the United States and Asia. McCray also worked as a consultant for the Japan Society's visual arts programs, the Asian Cultural Council, for the dean of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's visual and performing arts program, and for MOMA's International Program after retiring.

McCray died in 2000 in Hightstown, New Jersey.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview of Porter A. McCray conducted by Paul Cummings from September 17 to October 4, 1977.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1994 by Porter McCray.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
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:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Arts boards  Search this
Cultural relations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Lectures
Interviews
Paintings
Transcripts
Citation:
Porter A. McCray Papers, 1936-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mccrport
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Porter A. McCray papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw908b878b0-26c0-42f5-8de4-defe9950f12e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mccrport
Online Media:

Interview with Peter Fingesten for the Art news and interviews radio series

Creator:
Fingesten, Peter, 1916-1987  Search this
Jaffe, Irma B.  Search this
Subject:
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1966 January 14
Citation:
Peter Fingesten and Irma B. Jaffe. Interview with Peter Fingesten for the Art news and interviews radio series, 1966 January 14. Irma Jaffe interviews, 1965-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Architecture, Medieval  Search this
Church architecture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11932
See more items in:
Irma Jaffe interviews, 1965-1977
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11932

Porter A. McCray papers, 1936-1989

Creator:
McCray, Porter A., 1908-2000  Search this
Subject:
Paik, Nam June  Search this
Richie, Donald  Search this
Sherfield, Roger Mellor Makins, Baron  Search this
Morley, Grace  Search this
Cutting, Brock  Search this
Thetong, Tenzin  Search this
Rockefeller, John D.  Search this
Kazuko Oshima  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio)  Search this
Byrd Hoffman Foundation  Search this
Cunningham Dance Foundation  Search this
United States. Foreign Service  Search this
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Society of Architectural Historians  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Asia Society  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
UNESCO  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Lectures
Interviews
Paintings
Transcripts
Citation:
Porter A. McCray papers, 1936-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Arts boards  Search this
Cultural relations  Search this
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6445
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215589
AAA_collcode_mccrport
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215589
Online Media:

Theodore Barbarossa papers, 1931-1991

Creator:
Barbarossa, Theodore, 1906-1992  Search this
Kennedy, Kennedy, Keefe and Carney (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Feller, Richard T.  Search this
Hopper, Inslee  Search this
Washington Cathedral  Search this
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Baltimore, Md.)  Search this
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
St. Thomas' Church (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Citation:
Theodore Barbarossa papers, 1931-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
Government Sponsorship of the Arts  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5852
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208692
AAA_collcode_barbtheo
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208692

Theodore Barbarossa papers

Creator:
Barbarossa, Theodore Cotillo, 1906-1992  Search this
Kennedy, Kennedy, Keefe and Carney (Firm)  Search this
Names:
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Baltimore, Md.)  Search this
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
St. Thomas' Church (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Washington Cathedral  Search this
Feller, Richard T.  Search this
Hopper, Inslee  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
8.6 Linear feet (Addition)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Date:
1931-1991
Scope and Contents:
Biographical data; awards and citations; personal and business correspondence with: Inslee Hopper, consultant to the Chief of the Section of Fine Arts; Richard T. Feller, Clerk of Works for the Washington Cathedral; and Kennedy, Kennedy, Keefe and Carney (formerly Maginnis and Walsh and Kennedy), architects for the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, Md. concerning his work at those churches; correspondence regarding his work at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the St. Thomas' Church, NYC, and others; sketches, drawings, etchings and studies for reliefs and sculpture; clippings; and photographs of Barbarossa and his sculpture.
ADDITION: Biographical data; awards and citations; military records; correspondence, mostly business but including a few letters from friends and fellow sculptors such as Richard Barthe, Walker Hancock, Thomas Lo Medico, and Heinz Warneke; writings; sketches, drawings, and etchings by Barbarossa and others; studies for relief and figural sculpture; photographs and slides of Barbarossa, others, and of his sculpture, notably of his commissioned sculpture for the New York World's Fair (1939), for several Treasury Dept. art projects in the 1930s, and for his post-WWII commissions for churches, primarily in Baltimore, Md., Washington, D.C. and NYC, and Catholic schools in Tarrytown and Yonkers, NY.
Biographical / Historical:
Sculptor; Belmont, Mass. Died 1992.
Provenance:
Donated 1980 by Theodore Barbarossa. Addition donated 1996 by Susan Gray Barbarossa, Barbarossa's daughter.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Sculptors  Search this
Topic:
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Identifier:
AAA.barbtheo
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e1aa5d55-33f3-41a8-9fe3-c979791176a7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-barbtheo

Canon Bursar Robert Ellis Jones (1853-1929)

Creator:
Rosenfeld, Morris 1884-1968  Search this
Subject:
Jones, Robert Ellis 1853-1929  Search this
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Western Electric Company  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Public address systems  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-4494]
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
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_397631

Company C's flag : the story of the restoration of the Civil War battle flag carried by those of New Bremen, Ohio, who fought for the restoration of the Union that flag represented / [text by Mark Bernstein]

Title:
Story of the restoration of the Civil War battle flag carried by those of New Bremen, Ohio, who fought for the restoration of the Union that flag represented
Author:
Bernstein, Mark 1950 January 30-  Search this
Book designer:
Baker, Jane  Search this
Author:
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.) Textile Conservation Laboratory  Search this
Bicycle Museum of America  Search this
Publisher:
Crown Equipment Corporation  Search this
Subject:
United States Army Ohio Infantry Regiment, 37th (1861-1865) Company C  Search this
Physical description:
18, 1 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
New Bremen (Ohio)
Ohio
Date:
2010
Civil War, 1861-1865
Topic:
Flags--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Flags--History  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1029045

The biblical garden on the grounds of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City

Author:
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
[6] p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
1990?]
Topic:
Plants in the Bible  Search this
Call number:
BS665 .B53 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_713846

Personal affects : power and poetics in contemporary South African art / curated by David Brodie ... [et al.] ; with essays and interviews by Okwui Enwezor, Tracy Murinik, Liese van der Watt

Author:
Brodie, David 1978-  Search this
Enwezor, Okwui  Search this
Murinik, Tracy  Search this
Van der Watt, Liese  Search this
Museum for African Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Spier (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
v. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
2004-
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Art, South African  Search this
Call number:
N7392 .P47 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_770104

Women of the Bible : sculpture / by Edwina Sandys ; with commentary by James Parks Morton

Author:
Sandys, Edwina  Search this
Morton, James Parks  Search this
Everson Museum of Art  Search this
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Sandys, Edwina  Search this
Physical description:
22 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
C1986
20th century
Topic:
Women in art  Search this
Women in the Bible  Search this
Sculpture, English  Search this
Call number:
NB497.S32 A4 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651945

Paintings, Charlotte Lichtblau : sculpture, Sy Gresser

Title:
Sculpture, Sy Gresser
Charlotte Lichtblau, paintings
Sy Gresser, sculpture
Sy Gresser, Charlotte Lichtblau
Author:
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Fordham University Plaza at Lincoln Center  Search this
Yale University Divinity School Berkeley Center  Search this
Subject:
Lichtblau, Charlotte 1925- Exhibitions  Search this
Gresser, Sy 1926- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
[19] p. : chiefly ill. ; 19 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1974
1974?]
Topic:
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.L6894 C3 1974
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_513813

A guide to the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in the City of New York

Author:
Hall, Edward Hagaman 1858-1936  Search this
Subject:
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
231 p. illus., ports. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1965
Call number:
BX5980.N5 J65 1965X
BX5980.N5J65 1965X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_71572

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