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Farm Security Administration (FSA) selected records and photographs, 1935-1942

Creator:
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Subject:
Rosskam, Edwin  Search this
Mydans, Carl  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
Wolcott, Marion Post  Search this
Lee, Russell Werner  Search this
Collier, John  Search this
Vachon, John  Search this
Delano, Jack  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Rothstein, Arthur  Search this
Evans, Walker  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Architectural photography  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Photography  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8898
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211083
AAA_collcode_unstfsad
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211083

#APeoplesJourney - A Nation's Story

Creator:
National Museum of African American History and Culture  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2017-09-28T13:00:21Z
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
See more by:
WatchNMAAHC
YouTube Channel:
WatchNMAAHC
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_wUuSYpW4ZIo

54 Years Later, the U.S. Embassy Reopens in Havana

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2015-08-14T21:51:38Z
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
See more by:
smithsonianfolklife
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianfolklife
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_D6VjttVddzw

Exhibition of contemporary French prints, under the patronage of M. Paul Claudel ... the Honorable Myron T. Herrick ... M. Edouard Herriot ... the Honorable Elihu Root ... and under the auspices of l'Association française d'expansion et d'échanges artistiques and the American Federation of Arts

Author:
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division  Search this
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Association française d'expansion et d'échanges artistiques  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 15 p. front., plates. 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1928
Topic:
Engraving, French  Search this
Etching, French--Exhibitions  Search this
Prints, French  Search this
Call number:
NE647.L69
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_97361

Folded letter by US Navy Surgeon David Shelton Edwards

Writer:
David Shelton Edwards, American, died 1874  Search this
Medium:
paper; ink / handwritten
Dimensions:
40.3 x 33.0 cm (15 7/8 x 13 in.)
Type:
Covers & Associated Letters
Place of Origin:
Florida
Place of Destination:
New York
Date:
August 17-19, 1835
Topic:
American Expansion (1800-1860)  Search this
Covers & Letters  Search this
Object number:
1978.0652.12
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm86090cc42-015e-434a-aeed-bbd32ad0d992
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_1978.0652.12
Online Media:

Folded letter by US Navy Surgeon David Shelton Edwards

Writer:
David Shelton Edwards, American, died 1874  Search this
Medium:
paper; ink / handwritten
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 10 × 15 3/4 in. (25.4 × 40.01 cm)
Type:
Covers & Associated Letters
Place of Origin:
Florida
Place of Destination:
New York
Date:
May 15-21, 1835
Topic:
American Expansion (1800-1860)  Search this
Covers & Letters  Search this
Object number:
1978.0652.4
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm87b2b1196-dc4f-457b-bc02-f31cd70f92e5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_1978.0652.4
Online Media:

Annapolis -- James Brice House

Creator:
Buckland, William, 1734-1774  Search this
Brice, James, 1746-1881  Search this
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen  Search this
Collection Creator:
Olmsted Brothers  Search this
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
American Society of Landscape Architects  Search this
Collection Donor:
Tibbetts, Eleanor Sears  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
James Brice House (Annapolis, Maryland)
United States of America -- Maryland -- Anne Arundel County -- Annapolis
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes a worksheet and other information.
General:
Located at 42 East Street in Annapolis, the James Brice House is an example of Georgian five part architecture built during the period of 1767 to 1773. The home was built for James Brice, who served as Mayor of Annapolis (1782-83 and 1787-88) and as acting Governor of Maryland (1792). Some of the interiors have been attributed to architect, William Buckland. The home was declared a Historic National Landmark and is owned by the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman.
Persons associated with the garden include James Brice (previous owner, 1767- ), William Buckland (architect, 1928) and International Union of Bricklayers (owner).
Related Materials:
James Brice House related holdings consist of 1 folder (2 3x5 in glass negatives)
Additional materials; Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Historic American Buildings Survey Collection.
See others in:
James Brice House, 1930.
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:
For information or study purposes only. 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 -- Maryland -- Annapolis  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection.
Identifier:
AAG.SRS, File MD219
See more items in:
Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection
Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection / Series 1: Photographic Images / United States / Maryland
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-srs-ref4085

[Willowmere]: Rear Admiral Aaron Ward and his wife, Annie Cairns Willis Ward, in their garden.

Former owner:
Curtis, James Freeman, Mrs.  Search this
Photographer:
Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952  Search this
Hewitt, Mattie Edwards, 1869-1956  Search this
Names:
Ward, Aaron Rear Admiral, 1851-1918  Search this
Ward, Annie Cairns Willis, 1854-1926  Search this
Collection Creator:
McFarland, J. Horace (John Horace), 1859-1948  Search this
American Rose Society  Search this
Extent:
1 glass negative (black-and-white, 5 x 7 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Glass negatives
Place:
United States of America -- New York -- Nassau County -- Roslyn Harbor
Willowmere (Roslyn Harbor, New York)
Date:
[1914]
General note:
Photographer and date attributions based on Library of Congress online catalog record.
Related Archival Materials note:
A colored lantern slide of this image is located at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. See LC-J717-X101- 15 [P&P].
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:
For information or study purposes only. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Topic:
Men  Search this
Women  Search this
Irises (Plants)  Search this
Gardens -- New York -- Roslyn Harbor  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Company Collection.
Identifier:
AAG.MCF, Item NY094014
See more items in:
J. Horace McFarland Company collection
J. Horace McFarland Company collection / Series 1: Garden Images / United States / New York / NY094: Roslyn Harbor -- Willowmere
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-mcf-ref11040

American prints in the Library of Congress : a catalogue of the collection / compiled by Karen F. Beall and the staff of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress ; with an introduction by Alan Fern and a foreword by Carl Zigrosser

Author:
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division  Search this
Beall, Karen F. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 568 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1991
1970
Topic:
Prints, American  Search this
Prints  Search this
Call number:
NE505 .U55 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_544790

Lender - Library of Congress - Prints and Photographs Division/Rare Books - Four photographs (includes electronic records)

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery. Department of Exhibitions and Collections Management  Search this
Container:
Box 11 of 26
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2033. Boxes 1, 3-5, 7-9, 12- 15, 20-23 contains materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid; Transferring office; 12/31/08 memorandum, Toda to Kelly; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-102, National Portrait Gallery. Department of Exhibitions and Collections Management, Exhibition Records
See more items in:
Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Box 11
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-102-refidd1e9558

American Clowns: Performance, History, and Cliché

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Conversations and talks
Blog posts
Published Date:
Mon, 08 May 2017 14:17:00 GMT
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
See more posts:
Festival Blog
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_1d66ff2ba4c8b023e490fa1a705b72fe

The Power of Costume

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:20:00 GMT
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
See more posts:
Festival Blog
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_2b82f8a5f1e584a53a8a11e44abaaea8

Stone Carving from Basque Country to the Smithsonian Castle

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:02:00 GMT
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
See more posts:
Festival Blog
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_32adf532c5152073d3dec42b330cafcc

Paul Vanderbilt papers

Creator:
Vanderbilt, Paul  Search this
Names:
Graphic History Society of America  Search this
Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Division of Archives and Manuscripts  Search this
Union Library Catalogue of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Allen, Mary North  Search this
Blake, William  Search this
Conniff, Gregory, 1944-  Search this
Crane, Barbara, d1928-  Search this
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967  Search this
Haywood, Carl  Search this
Holzhueter, Jack  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Lesy, Michael, 1945-  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993  Search this
Pilling, Arnold R.  Search this
Plunkett, Jane  Search this
Shera, Jesse Hauk, 1903-1982  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Talbot, George  Search this
Vanderbilt, Julia  Search this
Extent:
25.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Date:
1854-1992
bulk 1945-1992
Summary:
The papers of librarian, curator, and photographer Paul Vanderbilt (1905-1992) measure 25.2 linear feet and date from 1854 to 1992 with the bulk of the material dating from 1945 to 1992. The papers are comprised of biographical materials, personal and business correspondence, interviews, writings and notes, fourteen diaries and two diary fragments, reference and project files, photographic materials, sound recordings, and professional files.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of librarian, curator, and photographer Paul Vanderbilt (1905-1992) measure 25.2 linear feet and date from 1854 to 1992 with the bulk of the material dating from 1945 to 1992. The papers are comprised of biographical materials, personal and business correspondence, interviews, writings and notes, fourteen diaries and two diary fragments, reference and project files, photographic materials, sound recordings, and professional files.

Biographical materials include seven appointment books, family letters and documents, and an honorary degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Vanderbilt's correspondence is with colleagues, and organizations including Dorothea Lange, Beaumont Newhall, Roy Stryker, and Julia Vanderbilt.

Sound recordings of interviews of Vanderbilt conducted by Mary North Allen, Barbara Crane, Carl Haywood, Jack Holzhueter, and Jane Plunkett. Other recordings are of Vanderbilt discussing his personal and professional life.

Writings by Paul Vanderbilt include drafts of Between the Landscape and its Other, poems, lectures, student papers, and notes on a variety of subjects. Writings by others are found for William Blake, Gregory Conniff, Woody Guthrie, Michael Lesy, Arnold R. Pilling, Jesse H. Shera, and Roy Stryker.

Fourteen of Vanderbilt's personal diaries and two diary fragments date from 1926 to 1990.

Reference files consist of printed materials on art, art historians, book reviews, library and information studies, photography and microphotography techniques, and other themes of interest to Vanderbilt. Project files include material from Vanderbilt's various projects, including a guide to the iconography of Iran, the reclassification of FSA photographs, and the Union Library Catalog of Philadelphia.

Included in professional files are administrative records, correspondence, exhibition files, project files, printed material, and research files created during Vanderbilt's career at the Library of Congress, Graphic History Society, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Farm Security Administration. Also found are materials for Vanderbilt's work as a consultant for several organizations, lecture documents, and art-related workshops.

Photographs are by and of Paul Vanderbilt, the staff of the Library of Congress, and George Talbot. Negatives include images for the Farm Security Administration. Bibliography cards and photographs of artwork from the Library of Congress can be found on microfilm reels within the collection.

Also found are fourteen unidentified sound recordings.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 10 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1894-1992 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1933-1992 (1.5 linear feet; Box 1-2)

Series 3: Interviews, 1967-1992 (1.5 linear feet; Box 2-4)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1887-1992 (4.0 linear feet; Box 4-8)

Series 5: Diaries, 1926-1990 (0.5 linear feet; Box 8)

Series 6: Reference Files, 1877-1992 (2.5 linear feet; Box 8-10, 26)

Series 7: Project Files, 1935-1990 (3.0 linear feet; Box 10-13)

Series 8: Professional Files, 1854-1991 (11.7 linear feet; Box 13-24)

Series 9: Photographic Materials, 1912-1980s (0.5 linear feet; Box 24)

Series 10: Sound Recordings, circa 1980s (0.5 linear feet; Box 24-25)
Biographical / Historical:
Paul Vanderbilt (1905-1992) was a librarian, curator, and photographer active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin.

Paul Vanderbilt was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and educated in Germany, Switzerland, and Massachusetts. He attended Amherst College from 1923 to 1925 before transferring to Harvard where he graduated with a BA in art history in 1927. After graduation, Vanderbilt traveled to Europe where he studied at the American School of Librarianship in Paris and the Institut de Psychologie Bibliogique in Lausanne. In 1929, he returned to the United States and became a librarian at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and director of the Union Library Catalog project for the Philadelphia area.

In 1941 Vanderbilt began working under Roy Stryker cataloging the extensive photographic survey collection of the Farm Security Administration and U.S. Office of War Information. The collection is a rich resource of images of American life between 1935 and 1944. In 1943, the FSA photograph collection was transferred to the Library of Congress and Vanderbilt went with it as the curator of the newly formed Prints and Photographs Division, eventually becoming the Division chief of fine arts.

During the early 1950s, Vanderbilt also served as the director of the Graphic History Society of America. There he published a quarterly bulletin Eye to Eye and developed a guide to iconography in Iran. In 1954, he became the Curator of Iconographic Collections at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and worked there until he retired in 1972.

Vanderbilt remained active after retirement. He became an artist-in-residence at the Apeiron Workshops, worked as a photographer for the Seagram courthouse project and the George Eastman House, and was a presenter at multiple conferences. Vanderbilt devoted much of his later life to working on his book titled Between the Landscape and its Other which was published posthumously after Vanderbilt's death in 1992.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Paul Vanderbilt conducted by Richard Doud on November 10, 1964.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1981 by Paul Vanderbilt and in 1993 by his estate through John W. Winn, executor.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Paul Vanderbilt papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art historians -- United States  Search this
Curators -- United States  Search this
Documentary photography -- United States  Search this
Photography  Search this
Photomicrography  Search this
Graphic arts -- Historiography  Search this
Graphic arts -- Iran  Search this
Librarians  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Citation:
Paul Vanderbilt papers, 1854-1992, bulk 1945-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.vandpaul
See more items in:
Paul Vanderbilt papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-vandpaul
Online Media:

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Witteman Collection

Collection Donor:
Nickse, Hugo  Search this
Johnson, Hanford  Search this
Steinway, Henry Ziegler  Search this
Collection Creator:
Comstock, Cheney and Co.  Search this
Pratt, Read and Company  Search this
Container:
Box 82, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Pratt, Read Corporation Records, 1839-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Pratt, Read Corporation Records
Pratt, Read Corporation Records / Series 6: Information on Related Collections
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0320-ref286

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division photograph collection of physical anthropology specimens

Creator:
Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division  Search this
Extent:
2 mounted prints (albumen)
2 mounted prints (silver gelatin)
Culture:
Aztecs  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Mounted prints
Photographs
Date:
circa 1887-1907
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs depicting physical anthropology specimens. The images include a profile of the Lansing skull near a long bone, front and profile views of a skull, an Aztec mummy, and a mummified infant and cyst. All of the photographs have been stamped and dated by the Library of Congress Copyright Office.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 86-40
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Physical anthropology  Search this
Mummies  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo Lot 86-40, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division photograph collection of physical anthropology specimens, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.86-40
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-86-40

American prints in the Library of Congress; a catalog of the collection. Compiled by Karen F. Beall and the staff of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. With an introd. by Alan Fern and a foreword by Carl Zigrosser

Author:
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division  Search this
Beall, Karen F. 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 568 p. illus. 27 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1970
[1970]
Topic:
Prints, American  Search this
Prints  Search this
Call number:
NE505 .U55
NE505.U55
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_4983

The Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell collection of Whistleriana shown in Division of prints, Library of Congress, southwest pavilion; catalogue compiled by Joseph & Elizabeth Robins Pennell

Author:
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division  Search this
Pennell, Joseph 1857-1926  Search this
Pennell, Elizabeth Robins 1855-1936  Search this
Subject:
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903  Search this
Physical description:
65 p. port. 24 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Bibliography
Date:
1921
Call number:
N40.1.W57 W58
N40.1.W57W58
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_317332

A firsthand look at Electoral College drama—in 1893

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:47:35 +0000
Topic:
American History  Search this
See more posts:
Blog Feed
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_a16fe00644a75bfd3e001a6a3f5618ce

Montecito -- Arcady

Former owner:
Whitehead, Ralph  Search this
Knapp, George Owen  Search this
Knapp, Louise Savage  Search this
Architect:
Ray, Russell  Search this
Winslow, Carleton Monroe  Search this
Craig, Mary  Search this
Landscape designer:
Underhill, Francis T.  Search this
Adams, Charles Gibbs  Search this
Collection Creator:
Weller, Eleanor  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides (photographs)
Lantern slides
Place:
Arcady (Montecito, California)
United States of America -- California -- Santa Barbara County -- Montecito
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, articles, a bilbliography and a planting lists.
General:
Located in the Montecito Valley, near Santa Barbara, the 32 bedroom Italian Renaissance towered house at Arcady, once owned by George Owen Knapp. Knapp purchased the property from Ralph Radcliffe and Jane McCall Whitehead and hired architect E. Russell Ray to expand the 17 bedroom home into one with 32 bedrooms, instructing Ray not to change the Whitehead's original construction. The original residency became the north wing and the new construction including a 65 foot tower was placed at a better angle to provide a sweeping view of the Santa Ynez mountains. Servant quarters, gardeners' cottages, stables and garages were also added.
The property consisted of approximately 200 acres, of which 50 were cultivated as gardens and were surrounded by a wall of buff sandstone. The estate was set amongst an informal planting of oak trees and the roads and meandering paths followed the natural configuration of the land. The upper garden and terrace were designed by Carleton M. Winslow and the Roman styled bathhouse and water gardens were designed and completed in 1914 by Francis T. Underhill. Garden ornamentation such as a marmoreal seat or glazed terra cotta relief set into a stone pillar were situated in the cultivate areas.
The most comprehensive description of the property, especially the bath house and water gardens is written in Volume II of David F. Myrick's, "Montecito and Santa Barbara: the Days of the Great Estates." A bathhouse was set into the hillside and included a heated pool with an electrically controlled sliding roof over the swimming pool and dressing rooms. To the east of the bathhouse was a large outdoor swimming pool, a children's pool and a lily pool. Paths leading away from the swimming pool led to the water garden, a succession of cascading pools connected by stairways leading to a grotto, tea garden and an enormous large oak.
The property also included a small house across the street referred to as 'The Hut' which had views of the Pacific Ocean and at one time included a hollowed out trunk from a 50 foot redwood brought from Sequoia National Park.
According to a guide was prepared for the visiting members of the Garden Club of America in April of 1926, the gardens of the Knapp estate were described as 19 designated areas including: a yellow garden, green garden, blue garden, rose garden, redwood garden, iris garden, the hall of mirrors garden, path from the blue garden east to grotto, the residence lawn, the ivy lawn, south of the residence, three paths to the swimming pools, the water gardens, the gardens below the redwood tree, Arcady entrance driveway and a coniferous group.
In 1933, George Knapp's son, William, planted 6,286 trees as well as a lemon orchard. In 1941, the estate was sold and nothing was done to the gardens. Major sections of the estate were sold in 1945-47. An extensive description is written by Myrick. The upper garden of Arcady in the 1930s and 1940s included a fountain and two obelisks. Beyond this garden was an open music pavilion where Mr. Knapp had an organ. In 1953, architect Mary Craig designed a house for James Hayes (Belle) when she purchased the property. A swimming pool was added to the upper garden in the late 1960s.
Persons associated with the garden include: Ralph Radcliffe and Jane McCall Whitehead (former owner, to 1911), George Owen and Louise Savage Knapp (former owner, 1911-1945), E. Russell Ray (architect of expanded house and 65 foot tower), Francis R. Underhill (designer of the water gardens/lower gardens), Carleton Monroe Winslow (architect of the terrace and upper gardens), Charles Gibbs Adams (landscape architect of the terrace?), Strobel? (sculptor), Mary Craig (architect of the house on the terrace of the pavilion, 1953) and mulitple owners once the property was subdivided and sold.
Related Materials:
Arcady related holdings consist of 1 folder (3 lantern slides + over 50 35mm slides (photographs))
See also the Santa Barbara Historical Society; Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection; and Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Francis Loeb Library, Jessie Tarbox Beals Collection.
See others in:
Garden Club of America collection, circa 1920-[on-going].

Eleanor Weller collection, circa 1981-1993.
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 -- Montecito  Search this
Genre/Form:
Slides (photographs)
Lantern slides
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Eleanor Weller Reade collection.
Identifier:
AAG.ECW, File CA070
See more items in:
Eleanor Weller collection
Eleanor Weller collection / Series 1: Garden Images / United States of America / California
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-ecw-ref4

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