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Adele S. Brown papers

Creator:
Brown, Adele Smith, 1910-  Search this
Names:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Museum of Modern Art Gallery of Washington  Search this
Phillips Memorial Gallery  Search this
Phillips Studio House  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1934-1942
Scope and Contents:
Letters, writings, clippings, photographs and miscellany relating to Brown's work at the Phillips Studio House, the Museum of Modern Art Gallery of Washington, and the Treasury Dept. Section of Fine Arts.
Phillips Studio House related material includes letters from colleagues Margaret Casey Gates and Robert Franklin Gates; photocopies of two letters from C. Law Watkins, Associate Director of the Phillips Memorial Gallery and Director of the Art School, about the Studio House Gallery, ca. 1934; a letter from John Marin to C. Law Watkins, 1937; a letter from Walt Kuhn, in which he notes, "It has become a sort of habit to drop by at your place [Studio House at the Phillips] and chat a bit"; and letters, 1934-1936, regarding exhibitions at the Phillips Studio House from Reginald Marsh, Doris Lee, Augustus Vincent Tack, Boardman Robinson, Eugene Savage, Rockwell Kent, and Karl Knaths.
Included in the Museum of Modern Art Gallery of Washington series are letters from William Zorach, Henry Kreis, Saul Baizerman, Helene Sardeau, Susan M. Eakins, Heinz Warneke, and others, as well as clippings, a proposal for an exhibition of sculpture and drawings by contemporary Americans and Europeans, catalogs, and photographs of the museum of Modern Art Gallery of Washington.
The Section of Fine Arts series consists of letters, clippings, and catalogs about exhibitions sponsored by the Section.
Biographical / Historical:
Art administrator and instructor; Washington, D.C.; Full name Adele Smith Brown; Maiden name Adele K. Smith. Brown worked as manager of the Phillips Studio House of the Phillips Memorial Gallery, 1933-1937; manager of the Museum of Modern Art Gallery of Washington, affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art in New York, 1937-1939, followed by an exhibition assistant, 1940-1942 for the Section of Fine Arts; b. 1910; d. 2001
Provenance:
Donated 1996 by Adele S. Brown.
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:
Arts administrators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Educators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Women arts administrators  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.browadel
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-browadel

Oral history interview with Adele S. Brown and William H. Calfee

Interviewee:
Brown, Adele Smith, 1910-  Search this
Calfee, William H. (William Howard), 1909-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Kirwin, Liza  Search this
Names:
Phillips Studio House  Search this
Acheson, Alice  Search this
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, 1896-1986  Search this
Crosby, Caresse, 1892-  Search this
Cross, Bernice  Search this
Gates, Robert Franklin, 1906-1982  Search this
Groves, George  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Marin, John, 1870-1953  Search this
Noland, Kenneth, 1924-2010  Search this
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966  Search this
Phillips, Marjorie, 1895-1985  Search this
Taylor, Prentiss, 1907-1991  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Watkins, Law Bradley  Search this
West, Hal, 1902-1968  Search this
Extent:
33 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1995 January 11
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Adele S. Brown and William H. Calfee conducted 1995 January 11, by Liza Kirwin, at Calfee's home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, for the Archives of American Art.
Brown and Calfee speak of their roles in Phillips Studio House. They recall Law Watkins, Karl Knaths, Duncan Phillips, Bernice Cross, Bob Gates, Marjorie Phillips, Alice Acheson, John Marin, George Groves, Harold West, Adelyn Breeskin, Kenneth Noland, Jack Tworkov, Caresse Crosby, Prentiss Taylor, and many others.
Biographical / Historical:
Brown, an art administrator in Washington, D.C., managed the sales gallery of the Phillips Studio House from 1933-1937. Calfee, a painter and sculptor, taught at the art school affiliated with Studio House from 1933 until it closed in 1945. Phillips Studio House, founded by C. Law Watkins, Associate Director of the Phillips Memorial Gallery, was both an art school and commercial gallery. It opened in November 1933, and closed in 1945 upon Watkins' death. In 1946 Calfee and a group of artists affiliated with the school were asked to form the first art department faculty at American University for which he served as its department head until 1954.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 33 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art 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 administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Educators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Women arts administrators  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Function:
Art Schools -- Washington (D.C.)
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.brown95
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brown95

Oral history interview with Adele S. Brown and William H. Calfee, 1995 January 11

Interviewee:
Brown, Adele Smith, 1910-2001  Search this
Brown, Adele Smith, 1910-2001  Search this
Interviewer:
Calfee, William H. (William Howard), 1909-1995  Search this
Subject:
Knaths, Karl  Search this
Phillips, Duncan  Search this
Watkins, Law Bradley  Search this
Acheson, Alice  Search this
Cross, Bernice  Search this
Groves, George  Search this
Phillips, Marjorie  Search this
West, Hal  Search this
Marin, John  Search this
Gates, Robert Franklin  Search this
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme  Search this
Crosby, Caresse  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Taylor, Prentiss  Search this
Noland, Kenneth  Search this
Phillips Studio House  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Arts administrators -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13083
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216198
AAA_collcode_brown95
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216198
Online Media:

Phillips Collection panel discussion, 1983 Oct. 22

Creator:
Phillips Collection  Search this
Phillips Collection  Search this
Subject:
Gates, Margaret Casey  Search this
Rennie, Helen J.  Search this
Bader, Franz  Search this
Carey, Martha  Search this
Calfee, William H. (William Howard)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10126
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213032
AAA_collcode_philcoll2
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213032

Adele S. Brown papers, 1934-1942

Creator:
Brown, Adele Smith, 1910-2001  Search this
Brown, Adele Smith, 1910-2001  Search this
Subject:
Museum of Modern Art Gallery of Washington  Search this
Phillips Studio House  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Phillips Memorial Gallery  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Communities, Organizations, Museums  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6669
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215992
AAA_collcode_browadel
Theme:
Women
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215992

Phillips Collection panel discussion

Creator:
Phillips Collection  Search this
Names:
Bader, Franz, 1903-1994  Search this
Calfee, William H. (William Howard), 1909-1995  Search this
Carey, Martha  Search this
Gates, Margaret Casey, 1903-1989  Search this
Rennie, Helen J., 1906-1989  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound cassette
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Sound recordings
Date:
1983 Oct. 22
Scope and Contents:
A panel discussion sponsored by the Phillips Collection. The participants speak of the activities of the Phillips School, the Phillips Studio House and Washington artists in the 1930s and 1940s. The participants are: Franz Bader, William Howard Calfee, Margaret Casey Gates, and Helen Rennie. Martha Carey is moderator.
Biographical / Historical:
Art museum; Washington, D.C. Founded in 1921 by collector and art connoisseur, Duncan Phillips, and his wife, Marjorie, upon opening his home to the public. Collection consists primarily of 19th and 20th century European and American art. In 1989 the Goh Annex was added to the original 1897 Georgian Revival house to expand the museums's exhibition space.
Provenance:
Donated 1983 by the Phillips Collection.
Restrictions:
Untranscribed; use is not recommended until item can be duplicated and user copy created.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- Washington (D.C.)
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.philcoll2
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-philcoll2

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