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Oral history interview with Edgar Dorsey Taylor

Creator:
Taylor, Edgar Dorsey, 1904-1978  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Interviewer:
McGlynn, Betty Hoag  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
18 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1965 April 5
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Edgar Dorsey Taylor conducted on 1965 April 5, by Betty Hoag, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Edgar Dorsey Taylor (1904-1978) was a stained glass artist, painter, and printmaker in California.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav files. Duration is 14 min.
Provenance:
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Artists -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.taylor65
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-taylor65

Martha Ryther record book

Creator:
Kantor, Martha Ryther, 1896-1981  Search this
Extent:
1 Volume ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Volumes
Date:
1942-1966
Scope and Contents:
Record book listing Ryther's works (paintings on glass), their size, price, year, person to whom sold or other disposition.
Biographical / Historical:
Glass painter; New City, New York.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1969 by Martha Ryther.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Topic:
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.rythmart
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rythmart

Ralf E. Nickelsen papers

Creator:
Nickelsen, Ralf E. (Ralf Edgar), 1903-1990  Search this
Names:
Federal art project (Mass.)  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Montminy, Tracy, 1911-1992  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993  Search this
Extent:
1.3 Linear feet
4 Items (rolled docs)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Date:
1929-1993
Scope and Contents:
Biographical materials, correspondence, business records, writings, art works, photographs, and printed material.
Biographical material includes ID cards and an autobiographical statement. Correspondence, 1935-1964, includes letters sent to Nickelsen as Supervisor for the WPA Massachusetts Federal Art Project; correspondents include Beaumont Newhall and muralist Elizabeth Tracy. Project files regard mural and stained glass commissions, among them the East Boston murals; Nebraska capitol murals; Springfield, Mass. Museum of Fine Arts library murals; Worcester, Mass. Parcel Post Building murals; and stained glass commissions, ca.1938-1942. Files contain correspondence, art work, including large mural cartoons, reference photographs, photographs of works of art, and printed material. Also included are a list of mural ingredients and notes; business records, 1927-1937; photocopies of articles and writings, 1930-1967; art work by Nickelsen including stained glass rendering and mural drawings by Elizabeth Tracy Montminy; exhibition catalogs, clippings, photographs of Nickelsen and his art work, including one of him painting a window for St. Patricks Church, N.Y. in the Charles Connick Studio, Boston, 1950; and of Montminy and her murals.
Biographical / Historical:
Stained glass artist; mural painter; Boston, Mass. Born in Hamburg, Germany. Initially studied at the stained-glass studio of his father, John R. Nickelsen, and later went to the State Art School, Hamburg. He came to the United States in 1922 and attended the Art Students' League, N.Y. and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Participated as an artist and as a supervisor on the WPA Art Project in Boston, and was associated with the stained-glass design firm of Charles J. Connick Associates for many years.
Provenance:
Donated 1991-1999 by Nickelsen's widow, Ingeborg R. Nickelsen.
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:
Muralists -- Massachusetts  Search this
Artisans  Search this
Stained glass artists -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Artists' preparatory studies  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- Massachusetts  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.nickralf
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-nickralf

Oral history interview with Siegfried G. Reinhardt

Interviewee:
Reinhardt, Siegfried, 1925-1984  Search this
Interviewer:
Gaugert, Richard  Search this
Names:
Frei, Emil, Jr., 1896-1967  Search this
Extent:
130 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1976 May 22-June 26
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Siefried G. Reinhardt conducted 1976 May 22-June 26, by Richard Gaugert, for the Archives of American Art.
Reinhardt discusses his origins in East Prussia; early childhood memories and influences; immigrating to the United States and St. Louis, Mo.; the Depression; his early interest in drawing; copying Durer woodcuts as a learning process; the influence of Charles Quest; Scholastic Art Awards; his interest in language and literature; involvement with evangelical reform and Scripture; techniques; exposure to modern art, Pablo Picasso, Surrealism, Salvador Dali, abstract expresionism; imagery in his work; the creative process; Philip Guston; Army experiences in WWII; attending Washington University; exposure to religious writers, churches in St. Louis; introduction to stained glass; association with Emil Frei, Inc. (Emil Frei, Jr.) ; commissions; work habits; and designing and making furniture.
Biographical / Historical:
Siegfried G. Reinhardt (1925-1984) was a painter and designer from St. Louis, Mo.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound tapes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 59 min.
Topic:
Muralists -- Missouri -- St. Louis -- Interviews  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- Missouri -- St. Louis  Search this
Designers -- Missouri -- St. Louis -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Missouri -- St. Louis -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.reinha76
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-reinha76

Henry Lee Willet papers and business records

Creator:
Willet, Henry Lee, 1899-1983  Search this
Willet Stained Glass and Decorating Company  Search this
Names:
Willet, Anne Lee, 1867-1943  Search this
Willet, William, 1868-1921  Search this
Extent:
9.4 Linear feet ((on 11 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1885-1985
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material; photographs; correspondence; printed material; writings; financial material and scrapbooks.
Biographical / Historical:
Stained glass artist, lecturer; Philadelphia, Penn.
Provenance:
Material on reel P5 lent for microfilming, 1954, by the Free Library of Philadelphia. Material on reels 3786-3795 donated, 1984, by E. Crosby Willet as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.
Occupation:
Stained glass artists -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Stained glass industry -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.willhenr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-willhenr

Oral history interview with Wilbur Herbert Burnham

Interviewee:
Burnham, Wilbur Herbert, Jr., 1913-1984  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Extent:
46 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1981 September 11
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Wilbur Herbert Burnham conducted 1981 September 11, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Burnham speaks of training under his father; education at Yale Art School in drawing and painting; principal jobs; and characterizations of clients, architects, teachers, and fellow stained glass designers.
Biographical / Historical:
Wilbur Herbert Burnham (1913-1984) was a stained glass artist from Wakefield, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 2 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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.
Restrictions:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Stained glass artists -- Massachusetts -- Wakefield -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.burnha81
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-burnha81

Ture Bengtz papers

Creator:
Bengtz, Ture, 1907-1973  Search this
Names:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 2 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Date:
1935-1978
Scope and Contents:
Sketchbooks, cassette recording, biographical information, photographs, writings and notes, correspondence, sketches, and printed material.
REELS 2541-2542: 37 sketchbooks, 1935-1973, containing ink and pencil sketches. Some of the sketchbooks are annotated.
UNMICROFILMED: A resume; letters; 2 photographs, one of Bengtz at work in his studio and one of a stained glass he designed; writings and notes, including annual reports of curriculum at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston School; watercolor studies for stained glass windows and drawings for a television program; business records concerning the Museum of Fine Arts School and the airing of the television program "The Art School of the Air in New England, Bengtz on Drawing" on WGBH Channel 2, 1956 and concerning the Jomala (Finland) Church stained glass window project; 2 catalogs; a book, THE LITHOGRAPHS OF TURE BENGTZ; a cassette of a lecture given by Bengtz at a school in Needham, Mass.; and miscellaneous printed material.
Biographical / Historical:
Museum director, stained glass artist, lecturer; Boston, Mass. Born in Finland; studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School where he subsequently taught.
Provenance:
The unmicrofilmed material was donated 1980 by Lillian E. Bengtz, Ture Bengtz's widow. She lent the sketchbooks on reels 2541-2542 for microfilming in 1982 and subsequently donated them to the Boston Public Libary, print department.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Stained glass artists -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.bengture
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bengture

Charles J. Connick papers

Creator:
Connick, Charles J., 1875-1945  Search this
Names:
Connick, Charles J., 1875-1945  Search this
Connick, Mabel Coombs, 1881-1957  Search this
Extent:
9.3 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 4 reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1901-1949
Scope and Contents:
Biographical materials, correspondence, notebooks, diaries, writings, sketches and drawings, photographs, and printed material.
REEL 983: Four notebooks, 1910-1935, containing descriptions of stained glass windows in Europe; biographical information; a typescript of an article on Connick, "The Education of an Artist in Brother Sun's Workshop"; and three photographs, one of Connick's Boston studio, one of his home in Newtonville, Mass, and one of a Christmas card design, 1930.
REEL 2802: Biographical sketch; photographs, including five of Connick at work, four of others at work at his studio, and one of a bust of Connick sculpted by Frederick Allen in front of one of his windows; and a reprint of Connick's article "Stained Glass Windows: The Craft."
REELS 3947-3948: Correspondence, undated and 1918-1946; a transcript of an interview with Connick by V. S. Bright, May 10, 1945; writings by Connick on foreign stained glass, undated; 2 sets of lecture notes; an "In Memorium Booklet" for Connick; writings by others, three sketchbooks and loose sketches by Connick; clippings, 1916- 1949; programs and brochures relating to Connick, 1923-1940; printed material, 1901-1945; photographs of Connick, undated and 1902; and photographs of works of art.
UNMICROFILMED: Biographical material containing notes about the Connick family written by the Coombs relatives; address books; a daily diary with notes by Connick, passports and visas; correspondence, 1908-1945, primarily between Charles and his wife Mabel while Connick traveled throughout the United States working on stained glass projects in churches, and in which he discusses his book "Adventures in Light and Color," correspondence with his publisher about his book; letters of condolence, 1945-1946, to Mabel; 11 sketchbooks with sketches done in watercolor, colored pencil, and pencil (the sketchbooks are called "Telephone sketchbooks," done while on the telephone); Christmas cards designed by Connick; photographs of Connick, Connick with Mabel, and family, and friends, travel photos from trips to Europe; and printed material.
Correspondents include: Robert Peters Aldrich, Frank Buxton, Paul Child, Ralph Adams Cram, Peter Dyer, Malvina Hoffman, Paul Kimball, Bill and Vaugh Redfern Mason (Connick's nephews), Joseph Reynolds, Jr., Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Winfield Scott, Harlow Shapley, Orin Skinner, Gilbert Symons, John Weber, and Stark Young.
Biographical / Historical:
Stained glass artist; Boston, Mass. Opened Charles J. Connick Studios, Boston, Mass. in 1913. Revived techniques and designs of English and French designers of the Middle Ages. He worked primarily in ecclesiastical designs. He married Mabel Robinson Coombs in 1920. After his death in 1945, the firm was headed by Orin Skinner, and renamed Charles J. Connick Associates.
Related Materials:
Charles J. Connick Studios (later Associates) records located at: Boston Public Library.
Provenance:
Material on reel 983 was lent for microfilming August 1975 by Evelyn Coombs Pennegar, sister of Mabel Coombs Connick, wife of Charles Connick. In February 1977 she donated additional papers which were filmed on reels 3947-3948. The 12 items on reel 2802 were donated by Connick's successor at Charles J. Connick Associates, Orin E. Skinner. The unmicrofilmed material was donated by Richard B. Coombs, nephew of Mabel, August - December 1985.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Stained glass artists -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Church architecture -- United States  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.connchar
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-connchar

Jessie Van Brunt papers

Creator:
Van Brunt, Jessie, 1863-1947  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
1910-1942
Scope and Contents:
Material relating mainly to over 40 windows designed by Van Brunt. Included are 2 scrapbooks and unbound scrapbook material containing photographs, watercolor designs, correspondence and dedication brochures. Also included are clippings, a review of her book CALIFORNIA MISSIONS, 1932, color proofs for reproductions of her work, and a drawing depicting children from around the world.
Biographical / Historical:
Stained glass artist; Brooklyn, N.Y.
Provenance:
Donated 1980 by Vanessa Lynn, of the Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn, N.Y.
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:
Stained glass artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.vanbrun
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-vanbrun

Cecil Lang Casebier papers

Creator:
Casebier, Cecil Lang, 1922-  Search this
Extent:
2 microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
1942-1980
Scope and Contents:
4 scrapbooks, 1942-1958, containing letters from art associations and societies, notifying Casebier that his works won exhibition awards; loan agreements and receipts; clippings; exhibition catalogs; and photographs. Also included are letters, telegrams and greeting cards from friends, museums and art organizations, 1945-1966; typescripts of 2 essays; printed material; photographs of Casebier, his stained glass works and paintings, 1951-1960; printed material and book covers illustrating Casebier's work; and miscellany.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, stained glass artist, and educator; San Antonio, Texas.
Provenance:
Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project.
Lent for microfilming 1982 by Cecil Lang Casebier.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- Texas -- San Antonio  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.casececi
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-casececi

Oral history interview with Orin Ensign Skinner

Interviewee:
Skinner, Orin Ensign, b. 1892  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Extent:
24 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1972 April 20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Orin Ensign Skinner conducted 1972 April 20, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Orin Ensign Skinner (1982-1995) was a designer and stained glass artist from Newtonville, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 40 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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:
Art, American  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Designers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.skinne72
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-skinne72

Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records

Creator:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios  Search this
Names:
American Art Expositions (Firm)  Search this
Joseph G. Reynolds Associates  Search this
Reynolds, Francis, and Rohnstock  Search this
Stained Glass Association of America  Search this
Burnham, Wilbur Herbert, 1887-1974  Search this
Burnham, Wilbur Herbert, Jr., 1913-1984  Search this
Connick, Charles J., 1875-1945  Search this
Portanova, Joseph Domenico, 1909-1979  Search this
Reynolds, Joseph G., 1886-1972  Search this
Extent:
38.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Photographs
Watercolors
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Date:
circa 1901-1991
Summary:
The records of nationally renowned Boston, Massachussetts, stained glass design company, Wilbur H. Burnham Studios, measure 38.5 linear feet and date from circa 1904-1991. The majority of the collection consists of project files for the studio's stained glass window contracts throughout the United States from the 1920s-1980s. In addition to project files, records include biographical material for the owners, correspondence relating to personal and studio business, general business and financial records, writings such as published articles by Wilbur H. Burnham, scrapbooks and other printed material documenting the history of the company, artwork including extensive watercolor design studies for stained glass, and photographic material. There is a 2.6 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2021 that includes includes awards, printed material, passports, biographical material, Christmas cards, photographs, slides and postcards of stained lass windows, posthumous material, a bound ledger, legal papers, invoices and receipts, project files and glass plate negatives. Materials date from circa 1901-1991.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of nationally renowned Boston, Massachussetts, stained glass design company, Wilbur H. Burnham Studios, measure 38.5 linear feet and date from circa 1904-1991. The majority of the collection consists of project files for the studio's stained glass window contracts throughout the United States from the 1920s-1980s. In addition to project files, records include biographical material for the owners, correspondence relating to personal and studio business, general business and financial records, writings such as published articles by Wilbur H. Burnham, scrapbooks and other printed material documenting the history of the company, artwork including extensive watercolor design studies for stained glass, and photographic material. There is a 2.6 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2021 that includes includes awards, printed material, passports, biographical material, Christmas cards, photographs, slides and postcards of stained lass windows, posthumous material, a bound ledger, legal papers, invoices and receipts, project files and glass plate negatives. Materials date from circa 1901-1991.

Biographical material includes resume details and autobiographical notes for Burnham and Burnham, Jr., in addition to membership and fellow certificates.

Correspondence documents general studio business and includes correspondence with current and prospective clients, correspondence related to exhibitions, Burnham, Jr.'s activities on the Executive Committee of the America Arts Exposition, Inc., and the 1940 annual meeting of the Stained Glass Association of America and related business. Also found is some personal correpondence with friends and colleagues. Of note are 4 letters from stained glass artist Charles J. Connick giving his opinions on other stained glass artists, including Burnham, and a letter written by sculptor and designer, Joseph D. Portanova.

General business files include personnel records, records relating to a studio apprenticeship in stained glass design, a 1932 inventory of the studios, and leases and other legal documentation.

Writings include published articles by Burnham, in addition to draft typescripts for a book on stained glass which was never published, and research notes used as background material for stained glass studies. These notes include a number of pencil sketches.

19 diaries and journals consist of travel diaries and date books containing notes on daily appointments, financial notes, and addresses.

Project files form the bulk of the collection and document projects in circa 250 locations throughout the United States and Bellau, France, from the 1920s-1980s through correspondence with clients, architects and builders, contracts, purchase orders, building plans, sketches, scattered photographs and some printed material. Of particular note are extensive files on stained glass for New York's Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Saint Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, Illinois, Saint Martin's Church in Providence, Rhode Island, and the National Cathedral in Washington D. C. The series also includes a group of contract files for the company Reynolds, Francis & Rohnstock (later Joseph G. Reynolds), a contemporary of Wilbur H. Burnham Studios.

Financial records include payment and receipt journals, expense reports, bills, account books and general ledgers which provide finanical documentation from the 1930s to the 1980s.

Printed material includes news clippings about Burnham studios and stained glass in general, in addition to source material used in subject research.

Additional newsclippings about Burnham Studios can be found in three scrapbooks which also house announcements and invitations, and scattered photographs. One scrapbook contains photographs of windows designed by the studios for the Church of Saint Vincent De Paul in Los Angeles, California.

Artwork and sketchbooks include some artwork by Burnham, Jr., such as pencil and ink sketches, life drawings, and some watercolors. The bulk of the series consists of watercolor design studies on board for many of the studio's projects documented in the project files. Also found are some stained glass design sketches and cartoons, primarily in pencil and charcoal with scattered watercolors, as well as seven folders of material used in creating stained glass patterns and templates.

Photographic material includes photos of Burnham and Burnham, Jr., and of studio work in progress, as well as photographs of artwork, primarily of stained glass created for a significant number of the studio's contracts.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 12 series:

Series 1: Biographical Materials, circa 1930s-circa 1970s (Boxes 1, 27; 4 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1920s-1991 (Box 1; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 3: General Business Files, 1930s-1970 (Box 2; 0.38 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1920s-1950s (Box 2; 6 folders)

Series 5: Diaries and Journals, circa 1920s-circa 1960s (Box 2; 4 folders)

Series 6: Project Files, 1916-1980s (Boxes 2-12, 42; 10.6 linear feet)

Series 7: Financial Records, 1928-1982 (Boxes 13-14; 1.14 linear feet)

Series 8: Printed Material, circa 1920s-1980s (Boxes 14-15, 27-28; 1.89 linear feet)

Series 9: Scrapbooks, circa 1920s-circa 1970s (Boxes 15-16, 28, OVs 48-49, BV 84; 1.05 linear feet)

Series 10: Artwork and Sketchbooks, circa 1920s-circa 1980s (Boxes 16-23, 29-39, OVs 50-73, 85, RD 83; 13.15 linear feet)

Series 11: Photographic Materials, circa 1904-circa 1980s (Boxes 23-26, 29, 40-41, 43-47, OVs 74-82; 5.8 linear feet)

Series 12: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1901-1991 (Boxes 86-88, 91, OVs 89-90; 2.6 linear feet)
Historical Note:
Boston, Massachussets stained glass design firm, Wilbur H. Burnham Studios, was founded by master stained glass craftsman Wilbur H. Burnham, in 1922. Together with Charles J. Connick and Joseph G. Reynolds, Burnham studios became recognized as one of the most prominent stained glass design companies in the United States. Burnham took early commissions from influential American architect Ralph Adams Cram, and believed strongly in the medieval stained glass tradition. In the late 1930s his son, Wilbur H. Burnham, Jr., who had received an informal education on tours of Europe with his family, and a BFA from Yale University, joined the firm.

Some of the studio's most notable commissions included seventeen windows for the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D. C., all the windows and murals for Saint Mary's Cathedral, Peoria, Illinois, ten windows for the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and five for the Riverside Church, also in New York City.

Both Burnham and Burnham, Jr., served as presidents of the Stained Glass Association of American from 1938-1941 and 1956-1957 respectively. Burnham, Jr., took over the studio in 1968 when his father retired, and sold the studios in 1982.
Provenance:
The Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records were donated in 8 accessions by Wilbur H. Burnham, Jr., from 1977-1981 and by Wilbur C. Burnham, grandson of the founder, in 1990-1991 and 2021. Scott McDaniel, co-owner of the firm, contributed to the 1990 donation.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' 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:
Stained glass artists -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Church architecture -- United States  Search this
Church decoration and ornament -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Photographs
Watercolors
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1901-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wilbhbur
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Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wilbhbur
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William Reith Stained Glass Studios records

Creator:
William Reith Stained Glass Studios  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1885]
Scope and Contents:
Water color sketches; printed material collected for research purposes including prints of floors, paintings, and sculptures; and a lease for property.
Biographical / Historical:
Philadelphia, Pa. The studios are listed in Philadelphia Business Directories ca. 1875-1892.
Provenance:
Microfilmed in 1987 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Stained glass artists -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.willreit
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-willreit

Frederick B. Potter letter from John La Farge

Creator:
Potter, Frederick B.  Search this
La Farge, John, 1835-1910  Search this
Extent:
1 Item
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1909
Scope and Contents:
Letter dated Dec. 1909 from John La Farge to Frederick B. Potter about the stained glass windows he made for the First Unitarian Church on Woodward Ave. in Detroit, Michigan. La Farge informs Potter, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the church, that he has referred his letter and "other letters before to the glass men who do my work" and that they will communicate with him.
Biographical / Historical:
John La Farge (1835-1910) was best known for his murals and stained glass windows. He created the stained glass windows for the First Unitarian Church on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan in 1890. Most of the windows were donated to the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1959 by the Unitarian Church Trust.
Provenance:
The letter was donated in 1974 by Larry Curry, former curator of American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, who received the letter from Mrs. John B. Watkins of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Stained glass artists  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.pottfred
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-pottfred

Lawrence Bradford Saint papers

Creator:
Saint, Lawrence B., 1885-1961  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (microfilm reel)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1907-1940
Scope and Contents:
Clippings and articles about Saint, glass making from expert French glass makers, a glass making machine and his technique and formulas for making stained glass; technical writings by Saint; and drawings and photographs.
Biographical / Historical:
Stained glass artist, etcher and writer; Huntington Valley, PA. Director of the stained glass department at the Washington Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming, 1954, by the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Stained glass artists -- Pennsylvania -- Huntington Valley  Search this
Topic:
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.sainlawr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sainlawr

[St. Thomas More Rosary Garden]: the checkerboard limestone and grass walkway leading to the Rosary Garden.

Photographer:
Russell, Phyllis  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Digital image (col., JPEG file.)
Type:
Archival materials
Digital images
Place:
St. Thomas More Rosary Garden (Paducah, Kentucky)
United States of America -- Kentucky -- McCracken -- Paducah
Date:
2016 Jul.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images 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.
Topic:
Church gardens  Search this
Gardens -- Kentucky -- Paducah.  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Walkways  Search this
Glass painting and staining  Search this
Hollies  Search this
Hydrangeas  Search this
Entrances  Search this
Genre/Form:
Digital images
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item KY061003
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Kentucky / KY061: Paducah -- St. Thomas More Rosary Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref7841

[St. Thomas More Rosary Garden]: three benches in the church garden were included to encourage meditiation or prayer.

Photographer:
Russell, Phyllis  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Digital image (col., JPEG file.)
Type:
Archival materials
Digital images
Place:
St. Thomas More Rosary Garden (Paducah, Kentucky)
United States of America -- Kentucky -- McCracken -- Paducah
Date:
2016 Jul.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images 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.
Topic:
Church gardens  Search this
Gardens -- Kentucky -- Paducah.  Search this
Espaliers  Search this
Benches  Search this
Glass painting and staining  Search this
Genre/Form:
Digital images
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item KY061008
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Kentucky / KY061: Paducah -- St. Thomas More Rosary Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref7843

[St. Thomas More Rosary Garden]: the bronze sculpture and stained glass window at the north end of the Rosary Garden.

Photographer:
Russell, Phyllis  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Digital image (col., JPEG file.)
Type:
Archival materials
Digital images
Place:
St. Thomas More Rosary Garden (Paducah, Kentucky)
United States of America -- Kentucky -- McCracken -- Paducah
Date:
2016 Jul.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images 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.
Topic:
Church gardens  Search this
Gardens -- Kentucky -- Paducah.  Search this
Glass painting and staining  Search this
Boxwood  Search this
Garden borders  Search this
Annuals (Plants)  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Genre/Form:
Digital images
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item KY061009
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Kentucky / KY061: Paducah -- St. Thomas More Rosary Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref7844

[Thompson Garden]: front window of house with stained glass panel in heather below.

Photographer:
Engle, Corliss Knapp  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col., 35 mm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
Thompson Garden (Manchester, California)
United States of America -- California -- Mendocino County -- Manchester
Date:
1996 Aug.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images 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.
Topic:
Gardens -- California -- Manchester  Search this
Heather  Search this
Entrances  Search this
Flower beds  Search this
Cypress  Search this
Houses  Search this
Glass painting and staining  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item CA375002
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California / CA375: Manchester -- Thompson Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref25025

[Thompson Garden]: closeup of stained glass panel in heather.

Photographer:
Engle, Corliss Knapp  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col., 35 mm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
Thompson Garden (Manchester, California)
United States of America -- California -- Mendocino County -- Manchester
Date:
1996 Aug.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images 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.
Topic:
Gardens -- California -- Manchester  Search this
Heather  Search this
Perennials  Search this
Flower beds  Search this
Glass painting and staining  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item CA375003
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California / CA375: Manchester -- Thompson Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref25026

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