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Paul Vanderbilt papers, 1854-1992, bulk 1945-1992

Creator:
Vanderbilt, Paul, 1905-1992  Search this
Subject:
Conniff, Gregory  Search this
Shera, Jesse Hauk  Search this
Haywood, Carl  Search this
Talbot, George  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
Lesy, Michael  Search this
Allen, Mary North  Search this
Guthrie, Woody  Search this
Plunkett, Jane  Search this
Holzhueter, Jack  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Pilling, Arnold R.  Search this
Blake, William  Search this
Vanderbilt, Julia  Search this
Crane, Barbara  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Graphic History Society of America  Search this
Library of Congress.Prints and Photographs Division  Search this
State Historical Society of Wisconsin.Division of Archives and Manuscripts  Search this
Union Library Catalogue of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Curators  Search this
Graphic arts  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Photography  Search this
Photomicrography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6911
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209040
AAA_collcode_vandpaul
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209040
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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
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-vandpaul
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MS 7386 Mrs. Ruth K. Roberts: In memory

Creator:
Pilling, Arnold R.  Search this
Names:
Roberts, Ruth K.  Search this
Extent:
8 Pages
Culture:
Yurok Indians  Search this
Indians of North America -- California  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Pages
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Concerns a museum keeper and a non-Indian informant concerning the Yurok. Mrs. Roberts' activities went back to 1915.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 7386
Citation:
Manuscript 7386, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS7386
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms7386

MS 7089 Deer Skin Dance: the account by T. W. Power of the 1907 Deerskin Dance at Weitchpec

Compiler:
Pilling, Arnold R.  Search this
Creator:
Power, Thomas W., 1849-1921  Search this
Correspondent:
Power, Emily  Search this
Extent:
40 Pages
Culture:
Yurok -- Deerskin Dance  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Pages
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Also contains related correspondence between Emily Power, Autograph letter signed and Arnold Pilling, Typescript letter; and of Pilling's notes, Autograph document, August 9, 1972. Includes description by a Weitchpec school teacher 1905-1911 of the Deerskin Dance in the village of Weitchpec in 1907; correspondence between Pilling and author's daughter Emily Power about her loan of the manuscript to Pilling; and related notes by the latter on the manuscript and Weitchpec School Record Books. Note that there is no specific mention of Yuroks in the manuscript.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 7089
Local Note:
Xerox copy of autograph document and typescript document
Topic:
Deerskin Dance -- Yurok  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 7089, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS7089
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms7089

The Tiwi of North Australia / by C.W.M. Hart, Arnold R. Pilling, and Jane C. Goodale

Author:
Hart, C. W. M (Charles William Merton) 1905-  Search this
Pilling, Arnold R  Search this
Goodale, Jane C (Jane Carter) 1926-  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 179 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1988
Call number:
DU125.T5H37 1988X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_333335

The Tiwi of North Australia / by C. W. M. Hart and Arnold R. Pilling

Author:
Hart, C. W. M (Charles William Merton) 1905-  Search this
Pilling, Arnold R  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 140 p. ; ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
C1979
Call number:
DU122.T5 H3 1979
DU122.T5H3 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_110215

The Tiwi of North Australia, by C. W. M. Hart and Arnold R. Pilling

Author:
Hart, C. W. M (Charles William Merton) 1905-  Search this
Pilling, Arnold R  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 118 p. illus., port., map. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1960
[1960]
Call number:
DU122.T5 H3
DU122.T5H3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_20094

Aborigine culture history, a survey of publications, 1954-1957

Author:
Pilling, Arnold R  Search this
Physical description:
217 p. illus. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Australia
Date:
1962
Topic:
Ethnology--Bibliography  Search this
Call number:
Z5116 .P64 1962
Z5116.P64 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_68740

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