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Robert W. White papers

Creator:
White, Robert, 1921-2002  Search this
Names:
American Academy in Rome  Search this
American Battle Monuments Commission  Search this
Century Association (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Davis Galleries  Search this
Graham Gallery  Search this
Graham Modern (Gallery)  Search this
Heckscher Museum  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Parsons School of Design  Search this
Parsons School of Design -- Faculty  Search this
Peabody Museum  Search this
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture -- Faculty  Search this
State University of New York at Stony Brook  Search this
Steuben Glass (Firm)  Search this
Suffolk Museum  Search this
United States. Coast Guard  Search this
Ames, Amyas  Search this
Cremer, Theodore  Search this
Fleischmann, Patricia  Search this
Fosburgh, Hugh, 1916-  Search this
Franklin, Gilbert, 1919-2004  Search this
Hancock, Walker Kirtland, 1901-1998  Search this
Harrison, Jim  Search this
Hobbs, Susan, 1945-  Search this
Huntington, Willard R.  Search this
Kean, Rebekah Harkness  Search this
La Farge, Bancel, 1865-1938  Search this
Lamb, Ward  Search this
Lessard, Suzannah  Search this
Lowe, David, 1933-  Search this
Matthiessen, Peter  Search this
O'Cain, Walker  Search this
Oxman, Katja  Search this
Oxman, Mark  Search this
Platt, Frank C. (Frank Cheney), 1932-  Search this
Pope, Laura Spencer  Search this
Resika, Ellen  Search this
Resika, Paul  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon, 1913-2001  Search this
Russotto, Paul  Search this
Simon, Sidney, 1917-1997  Search this
Styron, William, 1925-  Search this
White, Bessie Chanler  Search this
White, Claire Nicolas, 1925-  Search this
White, Lawrence Grant  Search this
Extent:
8.4 Linear feet
0.846 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Diaries
Drawings
Essays
Sound recordings
Sketchbooks
Lectures
Notebooks
Sketches
Date:
1889-2003
bulk 1915-2003
Summary:
The papers of New York sculptor Robert White measure 8.4 linear feet and 0.846 GB and date from 1889-2003, with the bulk of the material from 1915-2003. The collection documents White's varied career as a sculptor, educator, painter, and illustrator through biographical material; extensive correspondence; project files; personal business records; notes and writings; sketchbooks and sketches by Robert White and others; printed and digital material; audiovisual material; artifacts; and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of New York sculptor Robert White measure 8.4 linear feet and 0.846 GB and date from 1889-2003, with the bulk of the material from 1915-2003. The collection documents White's varied career as a sculptor, educator, painter, and illustrator through biographical material; extensive correspondence; project files; personal business records; notes and writings; sketchbooks and sketches by Robert White and others; printed and digital material; audiovisual material; artifacts; and photographs.

Scattered biographical materials include a curriculum vitae, documentation relating to White's service in the U.S. Coast Guard, a certificate of appreciation, and a memorial card for White's daughter, Natalie Laura White.

Correspondence contains primarily incoming letters from family and friends, and from clients, galleries, museums, arts organizations, students, and university administrators. Spanning over a seventy year period, family and friends correspondence centers on daily activities, events, and work. There is extensive correspondence from Robert White's parents, Lawrence Grant White and Bessie Chanler White and from Claire Nicolas White and her family. Other correspondents include Gil Franklin, Walker Hancock, Jim Harrison, Susan Hobbes, Willard R. Huntington, Ben LaFarge, Ward Lamb, Suzannah Lessard, Peter Matthiessen, Walker O'Cain, Mark and Katja Oxman, Frank C. Platt, Laura Spencer Pope, Paul and Ellen Resika, Paul Russotto, Sidney Simon, and William Styron, among others.

General correspondence mostly concerns White's commissions, teaching appointments, and his activities in professional organizations. Also included are letters from family members, friends, and colleagues. Frequent correspondents include: the American Academy in Rome, Amyas Ames, the Augustus Saint Gaudens Memorial, Century Association, Theodore Cremer, Davis Galleries, Patricia Fleischmann, Hugh Fosburgh, Rebekah Harkness Kean, David Garrard Lowe, National Academy of Design, Parsons School of Design, S. Dillon Ripley, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Steuben Glass, and the Suffolk Museum and Carriage House.

Project files contain materials on Robert White's exhibitions and his commissioned projects. Materials include letters, lists of artwork, notes, price lists, receipts, exhibition schedules, contracts, and loan agreements. Files document White's exhibits at the Davis Galleries, Elaine Benson Gallery, Graham Gallery, Graham Modern, Heckscher Museum, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Included are extensive files on White's commissions for the American Battle Monuments Commission, Peabody Museum, and Steuben Glass.

Personal business records include files on Robert White's association with the Augustus Saint Gaudens Memorial and the National Academy of Design; his teaching appointments at the Parsons School of Design, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; and his dealings with foundries. There are scattered files on the Whites' St. James, New York property and residence.

Notes and writings contain Robert White's diaries, artist's statements, notebooks, essays on art, lectures, and scattered notes. Also found are writings by Clare White and others.

Sketchbooks and loose sketches contain preliminary studies by Robert White and scattered sketches by others. Printed material houses newspaper clippings and periodicals; exhibition announcements, catalogs, brochures, and posters; press releases and newsletters; and miscellaneous printed material.

Artifacts include two printing blocks: a portrait sculpture of Stephanie White and a landscape image. Audiovisual material consists of a digital audio recording of a classroom lecture by Robert White at an unidentified venue.

Photographs house images of Robert White; his studio; and snapshots of family and friends, many unidentified. Also included are photographs and slides of artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into ten series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1939-2002 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1923-2002 (Boxes 1-4; 3.8 linear feet)

Series 3: Project Files, 1952-2003 (Boxes 4-5, OV 10; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1889, 1946-2003 (Boxes 5-6, OV 10; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 5: Notes and Writings, 1915, circa 1946-2002 (Boxes 6-7; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 6: Sketchbooks and Sketches, circa 1965-1972 (Boxes 7, 9; 0.3 linear feet

Series 7: Printed Material, 1937-2003 (Boxes 7, 9; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 8: Audiovisual Material, 1973 (ER01; 0.846 GB)

Series 9: Artifacts, circa 1965 (Box 7; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 10: Photographs, circa 1940s-2001 (Box 8; 0.5 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Robert Winthrop White (1921-2002) lived and worked in St. James, New York and was primarily known as a sculptor and educator.

He was the son of the architect, Lawrence Grant White (1887-1956) and Bessie Chanler White. Stanford White (1853-1906), Robert's grandfather, was one of the founding partners in the prominent New York City architectural firm, McKim, White, and Mead.

As a youth, Robert White traveled to Munich, Germany to study woodcarving, sculpture, and painting. In 1935, he entered Portsmouth Priory School in Rhode Island. From 1938-1942, he was enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design, where his mentors were Walter Raemisch in sculpture and John Howard Benson in calligraphy. In World War II, White served as chief boatswain's mate in the United States Coast Guard and later worked in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). At the end of the war, White continued his training in sculpture and painting. In 1947, Robert White married Clare Nicolas, daughter of the painter and stained glass master, Joep Nicolas and the sculptor, Suzanne Nicolas.

Robert White, influenced by the classical techniques of the Renaissance artists, worked in various media, such as bronze, stone, plaster, terra-cotta, and wood. His subjects included portrait, figure, and life studies; animals; and dancers. Robert White also was an illustrator. He illustrated works by Laura Spencer Pope, William Styron, and others. White also illustrated two collections of his own poems, Casques and Dust and Palace: The Story of A Friendship that were privately published before his death in 2002.

Robert White held teaching positions at several universities and schools, including the Suffolk Museum of Art, the Parsons School of Design, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. From 1967-1987, White was an associate professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

White exhibited his work in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, including Artists Choice Museum, Artist's Gallery, Benson Gallery, Boston Athenaeum, Gallery North, Hartwick College Museum, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Patricia Fleischmann Gallery, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende, State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the Suffolk Museum and Carriage House, among others. Robert White was represented by the Davis Gallery, Graham Gallery, and Graham Modern in New York City.

Robert White's private and public commissions included works for the American Battle Monuments Commission, Amyas Ames, Theodore Cremer, John Marquand, Peabody Museum, State University of New York, William Styron, and Xerox Corporation. His work can be viewed in the collections of the Boston Athenaeum, Brooklyn Museum, Civici Musei 3 Gallerie di Storia e Arte, Heckscher Museum, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Robert White was the recipient of the Laurel Gallery's "New Talent" exhibition prize, 1948; American Academy's Rome Prize, 1952-1954; and the Proctor Memorial Prize at the National Academy of Design, 1962, 1982. He was also awarded grants from the Tiffany Foundation, 1950 and the Fairfield Foundation, 1968. From 1952-1955, White was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, where he also served as an artist-in-residence from 1969-1970. Robert White was a member of the American Academy in Rome, the Augustus Saint Gaudens Memorial, Century Association, and the National Academy of Design.

Robert White continued to work on the family estate in St. James, New York until his death in 2002.
Provenance:
The Robert W. White Papers were donated in 2003 by Claire Nicolas White, widow of Robert White.
Restrictions:
Use of the original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Topic:
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State)  Search this
Sculpture -- Study and teaching  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Diaries
Drawings
Essays
Sound recordings
Sketchbooks
Lectures
Notebooks
Sketches
Citation:
Robert W. White papers, 1889-2003 (bulk 1915-2003). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.whiterobe
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-whiterobe

Agency history, 1985-

Creator:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Curatorial - American Art  Search this
Subject:
Hobbs, Susan 1945-  Search this
Myers, Kenneth 1955-  Search this
Curry, David Park  Search this
Merrill, Linda 1959-  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Office of the Assistant Director, Research and Collections Division  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Chief Curator  Search this
James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art (Exhibition) (1984: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1985
1985-
Topic:
Art museum curators  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00315
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_228014

Thomas Wilmer Dewing : beauty into art : a catalogue raisonné / Susan A. Hobbs ; with Shoshanna Abeles

Title:
Beauty into art : a catalogue raisonné
Author:
Hobbs, Susan 1945-  Search this
Abeles, Shoshanna  Search this
Subject:
Dewing, Thomas Wilmer 1851-1938  Search this
Physical description:
2 volumes (1055 pages) : color illustrations, facsimiles, color portraits ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogues raisonnés
Date:
2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1105433

The Whistler Peacock Room / Susan Hobbs

Author:
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Hobbs, Susan 1945-  Search this
Hobbs, Susan 1945-  Search this
Subject:
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. (some ill.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1980
Topic:
Peacock Room  Search this
Call number:
ND237.W6 F73 1980X
ND237.W6 F73 1980
ND237.W6F73 1980X
N40.1.W57F8 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_134466

Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler from the collection of Steven Louis Block / by Susan Hobbs ; with catalogue of the exhibition by Nesta R. Spink

Author:
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903  Search this
Hobbs, Susan 1945-  Search this
Spink, Nesta R  Search this
Hobbs, Susan 1945-  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Subject:
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903  Search this
Block, Steven Louis Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 78 p. : ill., ports. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1982
Call number:
NE2312.W45 A4 1982
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_843418

Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. / by Susan Hobbs

Author:
Hobbs, Susan 1945-  Search this
Subject:
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903  Search this
Physical description:
p. [1194]-[1202] : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
Call number:
N6537.W4 H62 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_851165

The art of Thomas Wilmer Dewing : beauty reconfigured / Susan A. Hobbs with a contribution by Barbara Dayer Gallati

Author:
Hobbs, Susan 1945-  Search this
Gallati, Barbara Dayer  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Detroit Institute of Arts  Search this
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Dewing, Thomas Wilmer 1851-1938  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 224 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1996
Call number:
N40.1.D51 H68 1996
N6537.D4464 A4 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_488746

Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler : from the collection of Steven Louis Block / by Susan Hobbs ; with catalogue of the exhibition by Nesta R. Spink

Author:
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903  Search this
Hobbs, Susan 1945-  Search this
Hobbs, Susan 1945-  Search this
Spink, Nesta R  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Subject:
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 78 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1982
Call number:
N40.1.W57y H6
927.W57 H6
N40.1.W57yH6
NE2312.W45A4 1982X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_189093

1876: American art of the centennial

Author:
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Hobbs, Susan 1945-  Search this
Subject:
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Physical description:
30 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1976
19th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6510 .S66
N6510.S66
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_90164

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