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Margret Craver Withers papers, 1908-2016

Creator:
Withers, Margret Craver, 1907-2010  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Motion pictures
Scrapbooks
Topic:
American studio craft movement  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9358
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211554
AAA_collcode_withmarg
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211554
Online Media:

Margret Craver Withers papers

Creator:
Withers, Margret Craver, 1907-  Search this
Extent:
9.6 Linear feet
0.002 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Drawings
Motion pictures
Scrapbooks
Date:
1908-2016
Summary:
The papers of silversmith and arts administrator Margret Craver Withers measure 9.6 linear feet and 0.002 GB and date from 1908 to 2016. The papers document her career as an silversmith and jeweler through biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, colleagues, and art organizations; manuscripts, notes, lectures, and other writings; professional activity records with various organizations; photographs, printed material, correspondence related to specific subject materials such as individuals or organizations; exhibition catalogs, clippings, published articles, and other printed materials; designs, sketches, sketchbooks, and other artwork; and personal photographs, some in digital format, and photographs and slides of works and works by other artists.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of silversmith and arts administrator Margret Craver Withers measure 9.6 linear feet and 0.002 GB and date from 1908 to 2016. The papers document her career as an silversmith and jeweler through biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, colleagues, and art organizations; manuscripts, notes, lectures, and other writings; professional activity with various organizations; photographs, printed material, correspondence related to specific subject materials such as individuals or organizations; exhibition catalogs, clippings, published articles, and other printed materials; designs, sketches, sketchbooks, and other artwork; and personal photographs, some in digital format, photographs and slides of works and works by other artists.

Biographical material includes copies of a transcript for an oral history conducted by Columbia University, awards, and artist statements. Correspondence includes letters to friends, colleagues, and organizations. Also included are numerous personal letters between Craver and her husband. Writings include draft manuscripts for articles and booklets, transcripts for various lectures, and notes and notebooks.

Professional material includes film reels and corresponding transcripts, about sliversmithing techniques; grooved disk recordings of interviews with artists and silversmithing techniques; scrapbooks; invoices; commissioned work; and exhibition related materials for various museums.

Subject Files were organized by Craver on specific individuals or organizations. The files contain documents such as correspondence, printed material, and photographs. Printed material includes exhibition announcements and catalogs, newspaper and magazine clippings, a scrapbook, and published articles and booklets by Craver.

Artwork consists of sketches, designs, and sketchbooks by Craver. Included are some pieces by other artists. Photographic material consists of personal photographs and digital photographs of Craver with family and friends, photographs and slides of her artwork, and photographs of works by other artists.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1945-1988 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1935-2016 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 3: Writings, 1929-1988 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)

Series 4: Professional Activity Files, 1941-1996 (1.6 linear feet; Boxes 3-4, 9, FC 14-20)

Series 5: Subject Files, 1926-1991 (0.7 linear feet; Box 4)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1935-1997 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 4-5, 9-10)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1937 (0.4 linear feet; Box 5, OV 11-13)

Series 8: Photographs, 1908-2002 (3.0 linear feet; Boxes 6-8, 0.002 GB; ER01)
Biographical / Historical:
Margret Craver Withers (1907-2010) was a silversmith and arts administrator in Boston, Massachusetts.

Withers was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1907. She became interested in metal working while studying at the University of Kansas. After graduation she traveled to Europe where she trained under Baron Erik Fleming, court silversmith to the King of Sweden. In 1935 Withers established the department of jewelry and metalsmithing at the Wichita Arts Association. In the 1940s and 1950s Craver developed and taught a series of workshops on metalsmithing as occupational therapy for wounded veterans. In 1949, she married Charles Withers. She continued to be known professionally under her unmarried name, Margret Craver. Withers is credited with reviving the technique of en resille, in which enamel-coated metal foil is embedded in glass. Withers died in 2010.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Margret Craver Withers conducted by Robert F. Brown between 1983 and 1985.
Provenance:
The Margret Craver Withers papers were donated in several installments between 1971 and 2019. Donations between 1971 and 1998 were done by Marget Craver Withers. Three film reels were donated in 1975 by Handy and Harman. Donations in 2011 were by Josephine Withers, daughter of Margret Craver Withers. Donations between 2014 and 2019 were made by Judith Childs, friend of Margret Craver Withers.
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. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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:
Arts administrators -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Silversmiths -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
American studio craft movement  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Motion pictures
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Margret Craver Withers papers, 1908-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.withmarg
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Margret Craver Withers papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-withmarg

Oral history interview with Margret Craver Withers, 1983-1985

Interviewee:
Withers, Margret Craver, 1907-2010  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Fleming, Erik, Baron  Search this
Heinrich, Leonard  Search this
Kirk, Arthur Neville  Search this
Stone, Arthur J.  Search this
Weir, Wilson  Search this
Withers, Charles C.  Search this
Handy & Harman (Firm)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Silversmiths -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelers -- Interviews  Search this
Metal-workers -- Interviews  Search this
Silverwork  Search this
Enamel and enameling  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12686
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216021
AAA_collcode_wither83
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216021
Online Media:

Oral history interview with John Prip, 1980 Oct. 20 and 1981 Nov. 21

Interviewee:
Prip, John A., 1922-2009  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Subject:
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
School of American Craftsmen (Dartmouth College)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Design, Industrial  Search this
Designers -- Interviews  Search this
Silversmiths -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12771
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211983
AAA_collcode_prip80
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211983
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Herman Glendenning, 1979 Aug. 9-Oct. 31

Interviewee:
Glendenning, Herman W., 1906-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Stone Associates (Gardner, Mass.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Decorative arts -- United States  Search this
Silverwork -- United States  Search this
Silversmiths -- Massachusetts -- Westminster -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12403
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212738
AAA_collcode_glende79
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212738

Oral history interview with Margret Craver Withers

Interviewee:
Withers, Margret Craver, 1907-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Handy & Harman (Firm)  Search this
Fleming, Erik, Baron  Search this
Heinrich, Leonard  Search this
Kirk, Arthur Neville  Search this
Stone, Arthur J., 1847-1938  Search this
Weir, Wilson  Search this
Withers, Charles C.  Search this
Extent:
5 Sound cassettes
35 color slides
115 Pages (Transcript (1983-1984))
12 Pages (Transcript (1985))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Color slides
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983-1985
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Margret Craver Withers conducted 1983-1985, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Withers discusses her childhood in Kansas; early education; and aptitude for drawing.Education in art and design, including studying crafts at the University of Kansas, 1925-29; her position as a grade school teacher in Kansas and as a crafts instructor at Wichita Art Association, 1930s; study with various master metalworkers, including Arthur Nevill Kirk, Arthur J. Stone, Leonard Heinrich and Wilson Weir in the USA, and Baron Erik Fleming in Sweden.Development of Hospital Service Program, with the support of Handy and Harman, precious metal refiners, during World War II, to train army therapists in metalworking for disabled soldiers; supervision in post-War period of Handy and Harman's Craft Service Department, producing films on hand-wrought silver, a traveling exhibition of outstanding contemporary silver, instructional brochures, and a series of workshops for American silversmiths, taught by European masters.Marriage in 1950 to Charles Withers, president of Towle Silver, and that company's policy of employing top designers; Towle's commissioning of works in silver from top modern sculptors; her making of silver holloware and jewelry for private clients; her re-invention of the en resille process for enameling (1959) and in the early 1980s her invention of a process for combining enamel, glass, and silver and gold leaf in jewelry; and her involvement in crafts organizations.She discusses her en resille enameling technique. [The 1985 session is transcribed, and is accompanied by slides of the work discussed].
Biographical / Historical:
Margret Craver Withers (1907-2010) was a silversmith in Boston, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 58 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.
Topic:
Silversmiths -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelers -- Interviews  Search this
Metal-workers -- Interviews  Search this
Silverwork  Search this
Enamel and enameling  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.wither83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wither83

Oral history interview with John Prip

Interviewee:
Prip, John, 1922-2009  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
School of American Craftsmen (Dartmouth College)  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Audio excerpt: 1 sound file (4 min.), digital)
81 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1980 Oct. 20 and 1981 Nov. 21
Scope and Contents:
An interview of John Prip conducted 1980 Oct. 20 and 1981 Nov. 21, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Prip speaks of his training in Denmark, teaching at the School of American Craftsmen and at the Rhode Island School of Design, and designing for industry.
Biographical / Historical:
John Prip (1922-2009) was a silversmith and teacher from Rehoboth, Mass.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 49 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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 others.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Design, Industrial  Search this
Designers -- Interviews  Search this
Silversmiths -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.prip80
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-prip80

Oral history interview with Herman Glendenning

Interviewee:
Glendenning, Herman W., 1906-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Stone Associates (Gardner, Mass.)  Search this
Extent:
2 Sound tape reels (Sound recording, 5 in.)
76 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1979 Aug. 9-Oct. 31
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Herman Glendenning conducted 1979 Aug. 9-Oct. 31, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Herman Glendenning (1906-1997) was a silversmith from Westminster, Mass. Before working on his own, Glendenning apprenticed at Arthur J. Stone Associates in Gardner, Mass., a workshop patterned after English silversmith shops stressing traditional techniques and hand wrought designs.
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:
Decorative arts -- United States  Search this
Silverwork -- United States  Search this
Silversmiths -- Massachusetts -- Westminster -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.glende79
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-glende79

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