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Perry H. Wheeler collection

Landscape architect:
Wheeler, Perry H., 1914-1989  Search this
Photographer:
Stengle, James M., Dr.  Search this
Creator:
University of Georgia  Search this
Garden Club of America  Search this
Emory University  Search this
American Society of Landscape Architects  Search this
Names:
Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, Va.)  Search this
National Arboretum (U.S.)  Search this
Washington National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Bonnet, Henri, Ambassador  Search this
Bonnet, Henri, Madam  Search this
Estes, Billie Sol  Search this
Harriman, Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward, 1920-1997  Search this
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-  Search this
Mellon, Paul  Search this
Mellon, Paul, Mrs.  Search this
Mesta, Perle Skirvin, 1889-1975  Search this
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994  Search this
Palmer, Bertha HonorĂ©, 1849-1918  Search this
Truman, Margaret  Search this
Extent:
25.75 Cubic feet
3,958 Photographic items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Lists
Awards
Certificates
Invoices
Negatives
Correspondence
Clippings
Photographs
Invitations
Slides (photographs)
Photographic prints
Plans (drawings)
Place:
Canada
White House (Washington, D.C.)
Africa
Europe
Caribbean
South America
West (U.S.)
Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1880-1984
bulk 1950-1965
Summary:
The Perry H. Wheeler Collection includes the design, client and business records of Perry H. Wheeler, a landscape architect best known for his work on numerous townhouse gardens in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., during the 1960s as well as the redesign of the White House Rose Garden in collaboration with Rachel Lambert ('Bunny') Mellon during the Kennedy administration.
Scope and Contents note:
The Perry H. Wheeler Collection includes the design, client and business records of Perry H. Wheeler, a landscape architect best known for his work on numerous townhouse gardens in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. during the 1960s as well as the redesign of the White House Rose Garen in collaboration with Rachel ('Bunny') Lambert Mellon during the Kennedy adminstration. The collection includes photographic images, plans, drawings, client correspondence, plant lists, invoices, newspaper and magazine clippings, certificates, awards, and invitations. The bulk of the collection and most of the professional papers date from about 1950 to 1965 and relate to various garden design projects by Wheeler, many of them located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Of particular note are documents for Wheeler's public design work including the White House grounds, Washington National Cathedral, U. S. National Arboretum, President John F. Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery, and the British and Cambodian Embassies in Washington, D.C. Noteworthy correspondents include President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, Ladybird Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, and Margaret Truman.

There are also over 3,000 35mm slides dating from the 1950s and 1960s that document Wheeler's personal travels to Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the American West.
Biographical/Historical note:
Perry Hunt Wheeler (1913-1989), a Georgia native, began his higher education at Emory University, going on to graduate from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1937. Immediately afterward Wheeler enrolled in Harvard University from which he earned a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture in 1938. After graduation, Wheeler collaborated on garden projects in Atlanta, Georgia with fellow landscape architect Helen Hawkins Clarke. During World War II, Wheeler moved to Washington, D.C. to serve under the Office of Civilian Defense and the Office of Strategic Services Camouflage Division. Following the war, Wheeler worked at Garden House a Georgetown shop where he advised homeowners on tasteful garden design, accessories, and furnishings. By 1948 Wheeler had established a landscape architecture practice in Washington, D.C. His practice grew via word of mouth through Washington's social circles and through a shared office with landscape architect Rose Ishbel Greely, and later with architect Gertrude Sawyer.

In 1947, he formed a 'bachelor household' in Georgetown with James Snitzler. Later, at the invitation of Rachel Lambert "Bunny" Mellon, he and Snitzler created a second home outside of Washington called "Spring Hill" on property owned by Mellon. Shortly after Snitzler's death in 1968, Wheeler moved permanently to Middleburg, Virginia and continued to travel, lecture, and consult with clients. Wheeler semi-retired in 1981 to 'Budfield,' a property in Rectortown, Virginia where he passed away in 1989, leaving his estate to his partner, James M. Stengle.

Wheeler is best known for his work on private gardens in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood. He frequently employed the use of intricate brickwork, low-maintenance planting, and simple water features in creating his charming and functional designs. His most noteworthy commissions outside the private realm include collaboration with Bunny Mellon on the White House Rose Garden, designing a Garden Club of America-commissioned gazebo and its surroundings for the U.S. National Arboretum, and plantings for the National Cathedral and President John F. Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery.
Provenance:
Gift from the estate of James M. Stengle, 1993.
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Topic:
Presidents -- United States  Search this
Landscape architects  Search this
Presidents' spouses -- United States  Search this
Gardens -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Lists
Awards
Certificates
Invoices
Negatives
Correspondence
Clippings
Photographs
Invitations
Slides (photographs)
Photographic prints
Plans (drawings)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Perry H. Wheeler collection.
Identifier:
AAG.WHE
See more items in:
Perry H. Wheeler collection
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aag-whe
Online Media:

Truman, Margaret [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kempton, Greta 1903-1991  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1949
Image number:
JUL J0021408
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_21409

Truman, Margaret

Collection Creator:
Bulliet, C.J. (Clarence Joseph), 1883-1952  Search this
Container:
Box 27, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1952
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The C. J. Bulliet 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.
Collection Citation:
The C. J. Bulliet papers, circa 1888-1959. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers
C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers / Series 5: Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bullclar-ref3668

Truman, Margaret

Collection Landscape architect:
Wheeler, Perry H., 1914-1989  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Stengle, James M., Dr.  Search this
Collection Creator:
University of Georgia  Search this
Garden Club of America  Search this
Emory University  Search this
American Society of Landscape Architects  Search this
Extent:
1 File
Container:
Box 2, Folder 56
Type:
Archival materials
Files
Date:
1947-1949
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Perry H. Wheeler collection.
See more items in:
Perry H. Wheeler collection
Perry H. Wheeler collection / Personal Papers / Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-whe-ref1576

General Andrew Jackson, (sculpture)

Title:
Equestrian statue of General Andrew Jackson, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Keck, Charles 1875-1951  Search this
Architect:
Wight, Thomas  Search this
Architectural firm:
Wight & Wight  Search this
Founder:
Bedi-Rassy Art Foundry  Search this
Subject:
Jackson, Andrew  Search this
Medium:
Equestrian figure: bronze; Base: red granite, polished
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Jackson County Parks & Recreation 22807 Woods Chapel Road Blue Springs Missouri 64015
Located Independence Square Courthouse 112 West Lexington West side of courthouse Independence Missouri 64050
Date:
Dedicated Dec. 26, 1949. Relocated 1976
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Military--General  Search this
Occupation--Political--President  Search this
Occupation--Political--Governor  Search this
Occupation--Political--Senator  Search this
Occupation--Political--Statesman  Search this
Occupation--Law--Lawyer  Search this
Equestrian  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76000867
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_1501

Andrew Jackson, (sculpture)

Title:
General Andrew Jackson, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Keck, Charles 1875-1951  Search this
Architect:
Wight, Thomas  Search this
Founder:
Gorham Manufacturing Company  Search this
Architectural firm:
Wight & Wight  Search this
Subject:
Jackson, Andrew  Search this
Medium:
Equestrian figure: bronze; Base: Spanish granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Jackson County Parks & Recreation 22807 Woods Chapel Road Blue Springs Missouri 64015
Located Jackson County Courthouse 415 East 12th Street In front of courthouse Kansas City Missouri
Date:
Designed 1933. 1934. Dedicated Dec. 27, 1934
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Military--General  Search this
Occupation--Political--President  Search this
Occupation--Political--Governor  Search this
Occupation--Political--Senator  Search this
Occupation--Political--Statesman  Search this
Occupation--Law--Lawyer  Search this
Equestrian  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76000883
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_1517

The president's house : a first daughter shares the history and secrets of the world's most famous home / Margaret Truman

Author:
Truman, Margaret 1924-2008  Search this
Subject:
White House (Washington, D.C.) History  Search this
White House (Washington, D.C.) History  Search this
Physical description:
405 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Anecdotes
Biography
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
2003
Topic:
Presidents--History  Search this
Presidents  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_822531

Letters from father : the Truman family's personal correspondence / [edited by] Margaret Truman

Author:
Truman, Margaret 1924-2008  Search this
Truman, Harry S. 1884-1972  Search this
Subject:
Truman family  Search this
Truman, Harry S. 1884-1972  Search this
Physical description:
255 p. : ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Correspondence
Place:
United States
Date:
1981
C1981
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Call number:
CT275.T859 A1lf 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_537169

Murder in the Smithsonian / Margaret Truman

Author:
Truman, Margaret 1924-2008  Search this
Physical description:
292 p. ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1984
1984, c1983
Call number:
PS3570.R82 M76X 1984
PS3570.R82M76X 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_333524

Bess W. Truman / Margaret Truman

Author:
Truman, Margaret 1924-2008  Search this
Subject:
Truman, Bess Wallace  Search this
Truman, Harry S. 1884-1972 Family  Search this
Physical description:
445 p., [25] p. of plates : facsims., geneal. table, ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1986
C1986
Topic:
Presidents' spouses  Search this
Presidents  Search this
Call number:
E814.1.T68T68 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_279058

Harry S. Truman

Author:
Truman, Margaret 1924-2008  Search this
Subject:
Truman, Harry S. 1884-1972  Search this
Physical description:
602 p. illus. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1973
1973 [c1972]
1945-1953
Topic:
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
CT275.T859 T8
E814 .T867
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_16859

Souvenir, Margaret Truman's own story; by Margaret Truman, with Margaret Cousins

Author:
Truman, Margaret 1924-2008  Search this
Physical description:
365 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1956
[1956]
Call number:
CT275.T86 A1
CT275.T86A1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_32487

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