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Oral history interview with Charles H. Sawyer

Interviewee:
Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-2005  Search this
Interviewer:
Ehrlich, Heyward  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Cook, Howard Norton, 1901-1980  Search this
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946  Search this
Gibbs, Howard Manning, 1904-1970  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Levine, Jack, 1915-2010  Search this
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957  Search this
Waters, Herbert  Search this
Woodworth, Hail  Search this
Zerbe, Karl, 1903-1972  Search this
Extent:
14 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1964
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Charles Henry Sawyer conducted in 1964, by Heyward Ehrlich, for the Archives of American Art.
Sawyer speaks of how he first got involved in art after being offered a job teaching art and operating a museum in Andover by a family friend; how he became involved with the Federal Art Project; the early stages of the Project, and the difficulties they encountered, including the primary motivation of the Project, deciding where the work was to be assigned, and other administrative problems; the changes that occurred as the Federal Arts Project developed; the artists involved with the Project, such as Karl Knaths and Jack Levine; the shows that were put on by the Project; the end of the Federal Art Project; and his thoughts on the project in retrospect. Sawyer recalls Francis Taylor, Karl Knaths, Jack Levine, Howard Gibbs, John Stuart Curry, Herbert Waters, Karl Zerbe, Howard Cook, Hail Woodworth, and many others.
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Henry Sawyer (1906-2005) was a museum director in Ann Arbor, Mich.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 3 min.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Museum directors -- Michigan -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.sawyer64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sawyer64

William Germain Dooley papers

Topic:
Christian Science monitor
Creator:
Dooley, William Germain, 1904-1975  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Names:
Castano Galleries (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Green, Charles W.  Search this
Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943  Search this
Keyes, Homer Eaton, 1875-1938  Search this
Kieran, John, 1892-  Search this
Lee, Ruth Webb, 1894-  Search this
Phillips, James Duncan, b. 1876  Search this
Roosevelt, James, 1907-  Search this
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957  Search this
Washburn, Bradford, 1910-  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1925-1973
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material; correspondence with friends and colleagues, including Charles W. Green, Marsden Hartley, Homer Eaton Keyes, John Kieran, Ruth Webb Lee, James Roosevelt, Francis Henry Taylor, Bradford Washburn and others; subject files, including one on Castano Galleries in Boston; lecture notes; writings, including typescripts and drafts for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Fogg Museum, and the Christian Science Monitor; a typescript of an article by James Duncan Phillips; printed materials; photographs of Dooley and of the U.S. Army's recovery of art objects form the Berlin Museum in 1945; and ephemera.
Biographical / Historical:
Art critic, writer and educator; Cambridge, Mass. Was the associate editor and art critic for the Boston Transcript; wrote extensively for other publications. Headed the Division of Education at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and founded the Pewter Collectors Society.
Provenance:
Donated 1975 and 1981 by Mrs. William G. Dooley.
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:
Art critics -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Art museums, University and college -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge
Art galleries, Commercial -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Identifier:
AAA.doolwill
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-doolwill

Francis Henry Taylor papers, 1950-1958

Creator:
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957  Search this
Subject:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8478
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210654
AAA_collcode_taylfran
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210654

Stuart Davis correspondence with Francis Henry Taylor, 1940

Creator:
Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964  Search this
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957  Search this
Subject:
Wehle, Harry B. (Harry Brandeis)  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10979
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214818
AAA_collcode_davistuc
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214818

Correspondence with Charles Sawyer, 1935-1937

Creator:
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957  Search this
Subject:
Sawyer, Charles Henry  Search this
Addison Gallery of American Art  Search this
Worcester Art Museum  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
United States  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9553
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211753
AAA_collcode_taylfrah
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211753

Stuart Davis correspondence with Francis Henry Taylor

Creator:
Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964  Search this
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957  Search this
Names:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Wehle, Harry B. (Harry Brandeis), b. 1887  Search this
Extent:
11 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1940
Scope and Contents:
Letter, May 19, 1940, from Davis to Francis Henry Taylor, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Davis writes that the "rejection of my work by the acquisitions committee of your museum, followed by Mr. Wehle's explanation of the reason for that rejection, was merely indicative of the fact that work in the style of mine is not usual here." He encloses photographs of his work so that Taylor can "review them and make his own decision ..."; 8 of the 9 photographs are annotated by Davis with title, medium, dimensions, and date. Also included is a carbon of Taylor's acknowledgement, May 22, 1940, and a note, May 23, [1940], enclosing the photos, from Taylor to Metropolitan curator Harry B. Wehle: "Herewith some curious examples of ultra-modern art."
Biographical / Historical:
Stuart Davis (1892-1964) was a painter and teacher, from New York.
Provenance:
Donated by Franklin Riehlman, 1985.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- New York (State) -- New York
Identifier:
AAA.davistuc
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-davistuc

Correspondence with Charles Sawyer

Creator:
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957  Search this
Names:
Addison Gallery of American Art  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Worcester Art Museum  Search this
Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-2005  Search this
Extent:
6 Items ((on 1 partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1935-1937
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence between Francis Henry Taylor, director of the Worcester Art Museum, and Charles Sawyer, curator of the Addison Gallery of American Art regarding the WPA Federal Art Projects in New England. Included are: a letter from Sawyer to Taylor, Sept. 11, 1935, regarding "the Government art projects. ... I am anxious to keep these projects from getting into the wrong hands, but I am not, on the other hand, anxious to get involved in the political complications of the 'New Deal.' In another exchange, Taylor thanks Sawyer for sending him a copy of his letter, July 8, 1937, to Richard Morrison, Ass't to Holger Cahill, in which Sawyer compares the FAP to the PWAP, comments on the organization of the FAP,
and recommends that an "advisory committee, regionally organized, within each state, might be definitely useful to you...if they were...informed of what the Federal Art Project was trying to do." In a letter of Aug. 30, 1937, Sawyer encloses a copy of a letter he received from Morrison regarding FAP funding. Also included are a carbon of a letter from Taylor to Sawyer, Sept. 14, 1937, regarding his opinion that the Advisory committee not get involved in WPA funding; and a letter from Sawyer to Taylor, Oct. 28, 1937, enclosing Sawyer's letter to Morrison (never sent) regarding a controversy over a loan of murals in a WPA exhibition. [Microfilm title: Addison Gallery of American Art papers].
Biographical / Historical:
Gallery at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.
Other Title:
Addison Gallery of American Art (microfilm title)
Provenance:
Donated 1964 by the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Mass.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.taylfrah
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-taylfrah

Francis Henry Taylor papers

Creator:
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957  Search this
Names:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1958
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence concerning the acquisition of Taylor's papers by the Archives; typescripts of "Life Round Table Conference on Modern Art," 1948; and a large file of clippings relating to Taylor's work with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Museum director, Metropolitan Museum of Art; New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
Donated 1958 by Pamela Taylor, Taylor's wife.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Museum directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- New York (State) -- New York
Identifier:
AAA.taylfran
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-taylfran

Remo Farruggio papers

Creator:
Farruggio, Remo, 1906-1981  Search this
Names:
Butler, Joseph Green, III, 1901-1981  Search this
Davidson, Morris, 1898-1979  Search this
Hale, Robert Beverly, 1901-1985  Search this
Kainen, Jacob  Search this
Roszak, Theodore, 1907-1981  Search this
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987  Search this
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
1937-1983
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, mostly from art galleries, but also including letters (some are photocopies) from Francis Henry Taylor, Robert Beverly Hale, Joseph Green Butler, Morris Davidson, Raphael Soyer, Jacob Kainen, and Theodore Roszak; photographs of Farruggio and photographs and slides of his paintings; writings and notes, including Farruggio's "credo"; business records, mostly receipts for works of art; two scrapbooks, containing clippings and other printed items; exhibition catalogs and announcements;
clippings and articles; and miscellaneous printed materials. Also included are two published books illustrated by Farruggio: THE ART OF LOVE by Ovid and WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; New York, N.Y.
Painter; New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
Donated 1976-1985 by Remo and Ella Farruggio.
Donated 1976-1984 by Remo and Ella Farruggio.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.farrremo
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-farrremo

[Rosalie Berkowitz collection of photographs]

Creator:
Berkowitz, Rosalie  Search this
Names:
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Berkowitz, Sidney -- Photographs  Search this
Brandt, Warren, 1918- -- Photographs  Search this
Cherry, Herman -- Photographs  Search this
Cramer, Konrad, 1888-1963 -- Photographs  Search this
Cumming, Burton -- Photographs  Search this
Hubbell, Carl -- Photographs  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Sara Mazo -- Photographs  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953 -- Photographs  Search this
Luks, George Benjamin, 1867-1933 -- Photographs  Search this
Magafan, Ethel, 1916-1993 -- Photographs  Search this
Martin, Fletcher, 1904-1979 -- Photographs  Search this
Moore, Bill -- Photographs  Search this
Pike, John, 1911-1979 -- Photographs  Search this
Pike, Zella -- Photographs  Search this
Price, Vincent, 1911-1993 -- Photographs  Search this
Rosen, Charles, 1878-1950 -- Photographs  Search this
Shubert, Katherine Schmidt, 1898-1978 -- Photographs  Search this
Small, Amy -- Photographs  Search this
Spaeth, Eloise -- Photographs  Search this
Speicher, Eugene E. (Eugene Edward), 1883-1962 -- Photographs  Search this
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957 -- Photographs  Search this
Turnbull, James Barre, 1909-1976 -- Photographs  Search this
Walters, Carl, 1883-1955 -- Photographs  Search this
Wickiser, Ralph L. (Ralph Lewanda), 1910- -- Photographs  Search this
Photographer:
Stowall Studios (Firm: Woodstock, N.Y.)  Search this
Siegel, Adrian  Search this
Extent:
13 Items (photographic prints, b&w, 34 x 26 cm. and smaller)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[1927-1950]
Scope and Contents:
REEL 1817-1818 AND SCANNED: One is of Berkowitz's teacher, George Luks, in his studio, 1927 (frame 784). Two were taken at an American Federation of Arts convention, ca. 1950, including one of Berkowitz's husband, Sidney, with Burton Cumming (fr. 1288-89), and one of Eloise Spaeth, Vincent Price, Francis Henry Taylor, and an unidentified man (fr. 1313-1314). Four are of groups of artists at Woodstock, ca. 1949, including one of Herman Cherry (misidentified as Cheney on the microfilm), Ethel Magafan, Charles Rosen, and Sidney Berkowitz all in costume (fr. 1319-1320) [same image in Konrad and Florence Cramer papers, reel 1203, fr. 988-989], one of Konrad Cramer playing a guitar with two other unidentified men (fr. 1280), one of the Berkowitzs, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Ralph Wickiser (identified as Wictheissen on microfilm), Fletcher Martin, James Turnbull, Warren Brandt, Sara Kuniyoshi, and Amy Small (fr. 1327-1328). Three photographs of Kuniyoshi taken by Adrian Siegel, ca. 1950 (fr. 710-14) and one of him with his first wife, Katherine Schmidt, taken by Stowall Studios, ca. 1940 (fr. 1304-1305) are also included. Three photos are oversize: one of Eugene Speicher at a party in Woodstock, ca. 1950 (fr. 1131-1133), one of John and Zella Pike in costume (fr. 1000-1002), and one of John Pike, Carl Walters, Bill Moore, and Carl Hubbell in Woodstock, ca. 1949 (fr. 38-39). All photos were previously microfilmed under Photos of Artists II, and have subsequently been scanned and returned to the Berkowitz photo collection.
Biographical / Historical:
Berkowitz was a painter and an art consultant; New York, N.Y. Member of Woodstock Artists Association.
Provenance:
Donated 1976 and 1979 by Rosalie Berkowitz. Microfilmed in 1980 as part of AAA's Photographs of Artists-Collection II and scanned in 2003.
Topic:
Artists -- New York State -- Woodstock -- Photographs  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.berkrosa
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-berkrosa

Pierpont Morgan : as collector and patron, 1837-1913 / Francis Henry Taylor

Author:
Taylor, Francis Henry 1903-1957  Search this
Subject:
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont) 1837-1913  Search this
Physical description:
39 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1957
©1957
Topic:
Art--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Call number:
N5220.M839 T2
N5220.M839T2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_48673

Pierpont Morgan as collector and patron, 1837-1913 / Francis Henry Taylor

Author:
Taylor, Francis Henry 1903-1957  Search this
Subject:
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont) 1837-1913 Art patronage  Search this
Physical description:
39 p., [6] leaves of plates : ill., 1 facsim., 2 ports. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1970
1970, c1957
Topic:
Art--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_470692

Babel's tower; the dilemma of the modern museum, by Francis Henry Taylor

Author:
Taylor, Francis Henry 1903-1957  Search this
Physical description:
3 p. l., 53 p. 1 illus. 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1945
[1945]
Topic:
Museums  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Call number:
AM5.T3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_177885

The taste of angels, a history of art collecting from Rameses to Napoleon

Author:
Taylor, Francis Henry 1903-1957  Search this
Physical description:
xxx, 661 p. plates (part col.) geneal. tables. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1948
Topic:
Art--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Call number:
N5210 .T24
N5210.T24
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_15654

Houdon in America; a collection of documents in the Jefferson papers in the Library of Congress, edited by Gilbert Chinard ... with an introduction by Francis Henry Taylor ..

Author:
Chinard, Gilbert 1881-1972  Search this
Jefferson, Thomas 1743-1826  Search this
Taylor, Francis Henry 1903-1957  Search this
Subject:
Houdon, Jean Antoine 1741-1828  Search this
Physical description:
xxvi p., 1 l., 51 p. front., ports. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1930
Call number:
NB553.H83 C5
NB553.H83C5
N40.1.H83C5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_24193

Fifty centuries of art

Author:
Taylor, Francis Henry 1903-1957  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 183 p. col. illus. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1954
[1954]
Topic:
Art--History  Search this
Call number:
N5300 .T24
N5300.T24
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_25529

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