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Oral history interview with Roy Emerson Stryker, 1963-1965

Interviewee:
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Subject:
Evans, Walker  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Mydans, Carl  Search this
Lee, Russell Werner  Search this
Rosskam, Edwin  Search this
Rothstein, Arthur  Search this
Collier, John  Search this
Delano, Jack  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12480
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213931
AAA_collcode_stryke63
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213931
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Roy Emerson Stryker papers [microfilm], 1932-1964

Creator:
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Subject:
Wolcott, Marion Post  Search this
Lee, Russell Werner  Search this
Vachon, John  Search this
Delano, Jack  Search this
Collier, John  Search this
Rothstein, Arthur  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Locke, Edwin  Search this
Evans, Walker  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
United States  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9492
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211690
AAA_collcode_stryroyp
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211690

Roy Emerson Stryker collection, 1932-1964

Creator:
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Subject:
Vachon, John  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Steinbeck, John  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Topic:
United States  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16002
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)305729
AAA_collcode_stryroy
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_305729

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
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Interview with Roy Stryker

Creator:
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Subject:
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1960 January
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11956
See more items in:
Interview with Roy E. Stryker;, circa 1960 Jan
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11956

Interview with Roy E. Stryker;, circa 1960 Jan

Creator:
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10746
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214357
AAA_collcode_stryroyl
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214357

Just before the war : urban America from 1935 to 1941 as seen by photographers of the Farm Security Administration : from the collections of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. / organized by Newport Harbor Art Museum, Balboa, California

Author:
Garver, Thomas H  Search this
Vachon, John 1914-1975  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson 1893-1975  Search this
Rothstein, Arthur 1915-1985  Search this
University of Connecticut Museum of Art  Search this
Newport Harbor Art Museum  Search this
Library of Congress  Search this
United States Farm Security Administration  Search this
Physical description:
[73] p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
1968
C1968
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
E169 .J86X 1968
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_524500

The highway as habitat : a Roy Stryker documentation, 1943-1955 / essay and picture selection by Ulrich Keller

Author:
Keller, Ulrich 1944-  Search this
University of California, Santa Barbara University Art Museum  Search this
University of Louisville Photographic Archives  Search this
Subject:
Stryker, Roy Emerson 1893-1975  Search this
Standard Oil Company of New Jersey Photograph Collections  Search this
Physical description:
207 p. : ill. ; 23 x 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1986
1986, c1985
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
Roads in art--Exhibitions  Search this
Roads--Pictorial works  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
TR820.5 .K29 1986
TR820.5.K29 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_300162

Roy Stryker, U.S.A., 1943-1950 : the Standard Oil (New Jersey) photographic project / by Steven W. Plattner ; foreword by Cornell Capa

Author:
Plattner, Steven W (Steven Wright) 1953-  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson 1893-1975  Search this
International Center of Photography  Search this
Subject:
Stryker, Roy Emerson 1893-1975  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1983
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
TR820.5 .P57 1983X
TR820.5.P57 1983X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_162678

The blurred image : documentary photography and the depression South / by Charles Alan Watkins

Author:
Watkins, Charles Alan  Search this
Subject:
Stryker, Roy Emerson 1893-1975  Search this
United States Farm Security Administration  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 388 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Southern States
Date:
1982
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
TR820.5 .W33 1982a
TR820.5.W33 1982a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_195854

Portrait of a decade; Roy Stryker and the development of documentary photography in the thirties [by] F. Jack Hurley. Photographic editing by Robert J. Doherty

Author:
Hurley, F. Jack (Forrest Jack)  Search this
Subject:
Stryker, Roy Emerson 1893-1975  Search this
United States Farm Security Administration  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 196 p. illus. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1972
[1972]
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
Call number:
TR820.5.H87X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_28700

In this proud land: America 1935-1943 as seen in the FSA photographs. [Edited by] Roy Emerson Stryker and Nancy Wood

Author:
Stryker, Roy Emerson 1893-1975  Search this
Wood, Nancy C In this proud land  Search this
United States Farm Security Administration  Search this
Physical description:
191 p. chiefly illus. 31 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
United States
Date:
1973
[1973]
1918-1945
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Social conditions  Search this
Economic conditions  Search this
Pictorial works  Search this
Call number:
TR654 .S92
TR654.S92
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_38620

Roy Stryker, the humane propagandist : [exhibition] / [editor, James C. Anderson]

Author:
Stryker, Roy Emerson 1893-1975  Search this
Anderson, James Cletus 1943-  Search this
University of Louisville Photographic Archives  Search this
Subject:
Stryker, Roy Emerson 1893-1975 Exhibitions  Search this
United States Farm Security Administration  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1977
C1977
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
Call number:
TR647.S924 A54 1977
TR820.5.R69X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_95197

More American photographs

Author:
Blankenship, Jana  Search this
Fitzsimmons, Claire  Search this
Hoffmann, Jens 1974-  Search this
Stimson, Blake  Search this
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver  Search this
Wexner Center for the Arts  Search this
Subject:
Stryker, Roy Emerson 1893-1975  Search this
United States Farm Security Administration  Search this
United States Office of War Information Overseas Picture Division Washington Section  Search this
Physical description:
95 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
Pictorial works
Place:
United States
Date:
2011
C2011
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
National characteristics, American  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Civilization  Search this
Call number:
TR820.5 .M682
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_985828

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