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Untitled (Cocoon)

Artist:
Lee Bontecou, American, b. Providence, Rhode Island, 1931–2022  Search this
Medium:
Silk, balsawood and metal
Dimensions:
53 7/8 x 20 3/4 x 20 3/4in. (136.8 x 52.7 x 52.7cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1967
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972
Accession Number:
72.37
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School:
American Eccentrics
On View:
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), 3rd Floor
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py249b4c65f-a102-4636-975e-ffc20d53c237
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edanmdm:hmsg_72.37

Travel guide published by the Afro-American

Published by:
The Afro-American, American, founded 1892  Search this
Distributed by:
Allen Hotel, American  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 x 4 1/4 in. (22.9 x 10.8 cm)
Type:
travel guidebooks
Place made:
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Place used:
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1940s
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Business  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Travel  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Stephanie Capparell, author of The Real Pepsi Challenge
Object number:
2011.35.2.50
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification:
Documents and Published Materials (tbd)
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5e496b5f0-700d-4c4f-bc4b-3443e8d7f3a5
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edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.35.2.50
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Playbill for Doctor Jazz

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Used by:
Winter Garden Theatre, American, founded 1911  Search this
Subject of:
Bobby Van, American, 1928 - 1980  Search this
Lillian Hayman, American, 1922 - 1994  Search this
Lola Falana, American, born 1942  Search this
Joan Copeland, American, born 1922  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 1/4 x 6 in. (23.5 x 15.2 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1975
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.23
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera - Other
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd581f710a0-f4ba-4818-a544-6a6b1b053adc
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edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.23
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Playbill for Look to the Lilies

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Used by:
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, American, founded 1910  Search this
Subject of:
Titos Vandis, Greek, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Taina Elg, Finnish, born 1930  Search this
Carmen Alvarez, American, born 1934  Search this
Patti Karr, American, born 1932  Search this
Maggie Task, American, 1924 - 2000  Search this
Linda Andrews  Search this
Richard Graham, British, born 1960  Search this
Anita Sheer, American, 1935 - 1996  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 x 6 in. (22.9 x 15.2 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1970
Topic:
African American  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.55
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera - Other
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5792ff34d-728f-469c-a203-01776b1c730a
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edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.55
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Playbill for The Song of Jacob Zulu

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Used by:
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, American, founded 1918  Search this
Subject of:
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, South African, founded 1960  Search this
Gerry Becker, American, born 1951  Search this
Pat Bowie  Search this
Robert Breuler, American  Search this
David Connelly, American  Search this
Leelai Demoz, American, born 1968  Search this
K. Todd Freeman, American, born 1965  Search this
Erika L. Heard, American, born 1967  Search this
Danny Johnson, American  Search this
Gary DeWitt Marshall, American  Search this
Zakes Mokae, South African, 1934 - 2009  Search this
Tania Richard, American  Search this
Seth Sibanda  Search this
Alan Wilder  Search this
Nicholas Cross Wodtke  Search this
Cedric Young, American  Search this
Created by:
Daniel Oreskes, American  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. (21.6 x 13.7 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1993
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.90
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc
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Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera - Other
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5b322f5c1-fb3b-4532-868e-c6460aa3cbbe
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.90
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The North Star, Vol. I No. 37

Created by:
The North Star, American, 1847 - 1859  Search this
Edited by:
Frederick Douglass, American, 1818 - 1895  Search this
Martin Robison Delany, American, 1812 - 1885  Search this
Published by:
John Dick, British  Search this
Medium:
ink on newsprint
Dimensions:
H x W (folded): 13 3/16 × 18 1/2 in. (33.5 × 47 cm)
Type:
newspapers
Place printed:
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
September 8, 1848
Topic:
African American  Search this
Antislavery  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Communities  Search this
Free communities of color  Search this
Freedom  Search this
Fugitive enslaved  Search this
International affairs  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Self-liberation  Search this
Social reform  Search this
U.S. History, 1815-1861  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2014.151.3
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Books and Published Materials
Movement:
Abolitionist movement
Colonization movement
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd55eac1532-e202-4371-9070-7e1b33a478a7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.151.3
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The Daily Picayune

Published by:
The Daily Picayune, American, 1837 - 1914  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 21 1/8 × 32 1/4 in. (53.7 × 81.9 cm)
Type:
newspapers
Place printed:
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Date:
July 10, 1856
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
American South  Search this
Business  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Fugitive enslaved  Search this
Labor  Search this
Resistance  Search this
Self-liberation  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2014.174.5
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Books and Published Materials
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5c50d4aca-83e8-4024-a9b7-cb441641792f
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edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.174.5
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Banneker’s Almanack and Ephemeris for the Year of Our Lord 1793

Written by:
Benjamin Banneker, American, 1731 - 1806  Search this
Printed by:
Joseph Crukshank, died 1836  Search this
Medium:
printing ink on paper with thread
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 7 × 4 7/16 × 3/16 in. (17.8 × 11.3 × 0.5 cm)
Type:
almanacs
Place printed:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1793
Topic:
African American  Search this
Agriculture  Search this
Antislavery  Search this
Free communities of color  Search this
Literature  Search this
Science  Search this
Slavery  Search this
U.S. History, 1783-1815  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2014.63.31
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Books and Published Materials
Movement:
Anti-slavery movements
Exhibition:
Slavery and Freedom
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd542a4090e-a9f0-447f-8654-148c6c9a9ad4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.63.31
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Scrapbook of Major Della Hayden Raney

Created by:
Major Della Hayden Raney, American, 1912-1987  Search this
Subject of:
Tuskegee Institute, American, founded 1881  Search this
United States Army Air Force, American, 1941 - 1947  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper with leather cover
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 13 × 10 5/16 × 1 13/16 in. (33 × 26.2 × 4.6 cm)
Type:
scrapbooks
Place depicted:
Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1940-1945
Topic:
African American  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Military  Search this
Nursing  Search this
Tuskegee Airmen  Search this
Women  Search this
World War II  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2014.63.81a-d
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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Classification:
Documents and Published Materials (tbd)
Memorabilia and Ephemera - Other
Photographs and Still Images
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd591d40caa-fe12-4daf-94c9-7225befb1f61
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edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.63.81a-d
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The Crisis, Vol. 14, No. 4

Edited by:
W.E.B. Du Bois, American, 1868 - 1963  Search this
Subject of:
The Crisis, American, founded 1910  Search this
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909  Search this
Ell Persons, American, died 1917  Search this
Frederick Douglass, American, 1818 - 1895  Search this
Illustrated by:
William McKnight Farrow, American, 1885 - 1967  Search this
Written by:
Mary Burnett Talbert, American, 1866 - 1923  Search this
Lucian B. Watkins, American, 1878 - 1920  Search this
Georgia Douglas Johnson, American, 1880 - 1966  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper with metal
Dimensions:
H x W: 10 × 6 3/4 in. (25.4 × 17.1 cm)
H x W (Open): 10 × 13 1/2 in. (25.4 × 34.3 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
France, Europe
South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa
East Saint Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, North and Central America
Idlewild, Lake County, Michigan, United States, North and Central America
Anacostia, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
August 1917
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Black Press  Search this
British colonialism  Search this
Business  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Colonialism  Search this
Education  Search this
Labor  Search this
Literature  Search this
Lynching  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Military  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Race riots  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Travel  Search this
U.S. History, 1865-1921  Search this
Women's organizations  Search this
World War I  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2015.97.15.4
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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Classification:
Books and Published Materials
Movement:
Anti-Lynching Movement
Women's Club Movement
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd595dd871c-44a5-4991-90d6-78d666cf3e94
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.97.15.4
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The Liberator, Vol. XXVII, No. 25

Created by:
The Liberator, American, 1831 - 1865  Search this
Edited by:
William Lloyd Garrison, American, 1805 - 1879  Search this
Published by:
Isaac Knapp, American, 1808 - 1858  Search this
Printed by:
J.B. Yerrington & Son, American  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (closed): 24 13/16 × 18 3/8 in. (63 × 46.7 cm)
Type:
newspapers
Place printed:
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Date:
June 19, 1857
Topic:
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Antislavery  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Journalism  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Resistance  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Societies  Search this
U.S. History, 1815-1861  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
Object number:
2016.166.41.14
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title:
Liljenquist Family Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Books and Published Materials
Movement:
Abolitionist movement
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5cf260cd7-c506-48f7-9d4e-8afb139714fb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2016.166.41.14
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Pennsylvania Packet, and Daily Advertiser No. 2745

Published by:
Pennsylvania Packet, and Daily Advertiser, American, 1784 - 1791  Search this
Medium:
laid rag paper
Dimensions:
H x W (folded): 9 3/4 × 11 13/16 in. (24.8 × 30 cm)
H x W (unfolded): 19 1/2 × 11 13/16 in. (49.6 × 30 cm)
Type:
newspapers
Place printed:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date:
November 22, 1787
Topic:
African American  Search this
Domestic slave trade  Search this
Fugitive enslaved  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Self-liberation  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Liljenquist Family
Object number:
2019.26.11
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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Collection title:
Liljenquist Family Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Books and Published Materials
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5a1deb165-690f-4ad2-a8e2-599c4cc43d37
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2019.26.11
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The Negro Travelers' Green Book

Published by:
Victor Hugo Green, American, 1892 - 1960  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper with metal
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 6 3/4 × 5 × 1/8 in. (17.1 × 12.7 × 0.3 cm)
Type:
pamphlets
Place printed:
Leonia, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, North and Central America
Place captured:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1953
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Barbershops  Search this
Beauty salons (Beauty shops)  Search this
Cooking and dining  Search this
International affairs  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Travel  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2021.37
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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Classification:
Books and Published Materials
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5df3ff262-a9db-4155-8d68-99c074eb28c3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2021.37
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"Recollection" in The Annual Register, Or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature, For the Year 1772

Edited by:
Unidentified  Search this
Written by:
Phillis Wheatley Peters, American, ca. 1753 - 1784  Search this
Published by:
James Dodsley, English, 1724 - 1797  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper with leather and cardboard
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 8 1/4 × 5 1/2 × 1 9/16 in. (21 × 14 × 4 cm)
Type:
hardcover books
Place printed:
London, England, United Kingdom, Europe
Date:
1773
Topic:
African American  Search this
Literature  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
A2021.113.1.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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Collection title:
Phillis Wheatley Peters Collection
Classification:
Books and Published Materials
Movement:
Anti-slavery movements
Abolitionist movement
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd50425d2f7-b60f-4396-a797-15582ac98789
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_A2021.113.1.1
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Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection

Topic:
Landscape architecture
Creator:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
Sears & Wendell  Search this
Olmsted Brothers  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
American Society of Landscape Architects  Search this
Donor:
Tibbetts, Eleanor Sears  Search this
Extent:
44.5 Cubic feet (4,317 glass negatives. 363 film negatives. 182 glass lantern slides. 12 photograph albums. 56 plans and drawings. 3 monographs. )
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Negatives
Blueprints
Albums
Plans (drawings)
Lantern slides
Date:
1899-1964
Summary:
The Thomas Warren Sears Photograph Collection documents examples of the design work of Thomas Warren Sears (1880-1966), a landscape architect and amateur photographer from Brookline, Massachusetts. Sears, who was based for most of his career in Philadelphia, designed a variety of different types of landscapes ranging from private residences, schools, and playgrounds to parks, cemeteries, and urban housing developments located primarily in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York. In addition to some of Sears' design work, images in the collection document Sears' domestic and foreign travels, design inspirations, and family. The collection includes over 4,800 black and white negatives and glass lantern slides dated circa 1899 to 1930. While most images show private and public gardens, there are a significant number of unidentified views and views photographed in Europe during two trips he took there in 1906 and 1908. Few images are captioned or dated. In addition, there are over 50 plans and drawings, most notably for Balmuckety in Pikesville, Maryland and Reynolda in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and 3 monographs by or about Sears.
Scope and Contents note:
The Thomas Warren Sears Photograph Collection documents examples of the design work of Thomas Warren Sears (1880-1966), a landscape architect and amateur photographer from Brookline, Massachusetts. Sears, who was based for most of his career in Philadelphia, designed a variety of different types of landscapes ranging from private residences, schools, and playgrounds to parks, cemeteries, and urban housing developments located primarily in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York. In addition to some of Sears' design work, images in the collection document Sears' domestic and foreign travels, design inspirations, and family. The collection includes over 4,800 black and white negatives and glass lantern slides dated circa 1899 to 1930. While most images show private and public gardens, there are a significant number of unidentified views and views photographed in Europe during two trips he took there in 1906 and 1908. Few images are captioned or dated. In addition, there are over 50 plans and drawings, most notably for Balmuckety in Pikesville, Maryland and Reynolda in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and monographs by or about Sears. Several of the glass lantern slides are duplicates of glass plate negatives in the collection. They apparently were chosen by Sears to illustrate some of his best design work, perhaps for lecture or client purposes.

In addition, there are 56 plans and drawings, most notably for Balmuckety in Pikesville, Maryland and Reynolda in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They range in date from 1917 to 1937 and from 1955 to 1964. Sears photographed some of his early plans; they are included in with the photographic images. Sears also photographed a handful of design plans by landscape architect Sibley Coslett Smith who practiced in Providence, Rhode Island; Sears and Smith shared the same business address there.

The Thomas Warren Sears Collection does not fully document the extent of Sears' design work. The use of glass plate negatives—which make up the bulk of the Thomas Warren Sears Collection—as a photography medium waned sometime during the first quarter of the twentieth century. As a result, the images in the Sears Collection capture examples of Sears' early to mid-career design work but they do not include jobs designed by Sears during the latter half of his design career.
Arrangement note:
The glass plate negatives were originally housed in numerous cardboard boxes manufactured for the sale of undeveloped glass plate negatives. Sears annotated the outside of the boxes with project or client names and/or locations, but the contents do not always match these labels. In addition, because very few of the glass plate negatives and lantern slides were labeled or captioned, it is not always evident where one job ended and another began if multiple projects were stored in the same carton. As a result, there are many instances in the Sears Collection where images have been inadvertently mislabeled because their identification is not apparent. Misidentified images are subject to correction as their proper identification is discovered. Each project has been assigned its own unique AAG job number based on its geographic origin. Those groups of images that have not been identified as to their location have been assigned a project number starting with 'SRS.' The collection is arranged into 3 series: 1) Photographic images (including glass plate negatives, film negatives, glass lantern slides, and photograph albums) 2) Plans and Drawings 3) Monographs
Biographical/Historical note:
Thomas Warren Sears was born in 1880 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1903 and Bachelor of Science degree in landscape architecture from the Lawrence Scientific School of Harvard in 1906. Sears was an amateur photographer who won awards for his photography while at Harvard. In 1915 his images were published in the monograph, Parish Churches of England. After graduation he worked for the firm of Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects for two years and then briefly practiced in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1913, Sears established a landscape design office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he spent the remainder of his professional career. Sears at one point was in a professional partnership; some of his design plans list the firm name of Sears and Wendell. He was made a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1921.

Sears designed many different types of landscapes ranging from private residences, schools, and playgrounds to parks, cemeteries, and urban housing developments. His designs were primarily located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York. Just a few of his private landscapes include Marengo in Easton, Maryland; Sunnybrook, the Isaac H. Clothier, Jr. estate in Radnor, Pennsylvania; and Balmuckety in Pikesville, Maryland. In 1915, Sears started work on Reynolda, a country estate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He generated design plans for the property intermittently over the next two decades. Reynolda's formal gardens, greenhouses, and acres of fields and woodlands subsequently became part of Wake Forest University.

During World War I, Sears designed Army camps in Battle Creek, Michigan and Spartanburg, South Carolina. He also helped lay out Langley Field, at that time an experimental aviation field in Hampton Roads, Virginia. In the 1940s, Sears designed the amphitheater at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania for concerts, outdoor performances, and other special events. During that decade he also worked on Colonial Revival gardens at Pennsbury, William Penn's country estate in Bucks County, Pennsylvania located by the Delaware River. Sears retired in 1964 and died in 1966.
Related Archival Materials note:
The Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project (PAB), administered by The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, includes references to design projects by Sears.

Harvard University's Loeb Library includes a number of images by Sears, some of them documenting gardens that he designed.

Harvard University's Fine Arts Library, Special Collections includes a collection of photographs and negatives of English parish churches by Sears, c. 1908. Some of the images were published in the monograph, Parish Churches of England.

The Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina includes plans by Sears of Reynolda in its Estate Archives.
Provenance:
Gift of Eleanor Sears Tibbetts, Sears' daughter, to the Horticulture Services Division (later Smithsonian Gardens) in 1992.
Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
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Genre/Form:
Negatives
Blueprints
Albums
Plans (drawings)
Lantern slides
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection.
Identifier:
AAG.SRS
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Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb68e184341-59d2-4612-8886-4cc747c92bfe
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aag-srs
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Newport, Rhode Island estates

Collection Creator:
Favretti, Rudy J., 1932-1923  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 48
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Rudy J. Favretti CollectionPapers.
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Rudy J. Favretti collection
Rudy J. Favretti collection / Series 3: Jacob Weidenmann Research and Biography Files / 3.1: Research Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb686b6c97c-dda9-480b-8373-cd41923bfb77
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-fav-ref1090

Rhode Island

Collection Creator:
Favretti, Rudy J., 1932-1923  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Rudy J. Favretti CollectionPapers.
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Rudy J. Favretti collection
Rudy J. Favretti collection / Series 4: Visited Gardens / 4.2: Garden Images
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb68b33c8ee-fb2a-49bc-9585-eb82c774859a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-fav-ref1665

Correspondence and Research Files

Collection Creator:
Favretti, Rudy J., 1932-1923  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Rudy J. Favretti CollectionPapers.
Identifier:
AAG.FAV, File RI168
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Rudy J. Favretti collection
Rudy J. Favretti collection / Series 1: Project Files / 1.19: Rhode Island / RI168: Foster -- Miller Farm
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6b186e14f-8dd7-40ca-a982-fb7122519b8d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-fav-ref2261

Garden Images

Collection Creator:
Favretti, Rudy J., 1932-1923  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Rudy J. Favretti CollectionPapers.
Identifier:
AAG.FAV, File RI168
See more items in:
Rudy J. Favretti collection
Rudy J. Favretti collection / Series 1: Project Files / 1.19: Rhode Island / RI168: Foster -- Miller Farm
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb608de54e1-7475-4871-b737-437edd5867d1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-fav-ref2262

Plans

Collection Creator:
Favretti, Rudy J., 1932-1923  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Rudy J. Favretti CollectionPapers.
Identifier:
AAG.FAV, File RI168
See more items in:
Rudy J. Favretti collection
Rudy J. Favretti collection / Series 1: Project Files / 1.19: Rhode Island / RI168: Foster -- Miller Farm
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6d66585e7-19b1-4d9f-a330-613b85c6c8c2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-fav-ref2263

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