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Guide to the Art and Artifacts Records, 1915 - 2005

Abstract

In January, 2005, funds granted by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation allowed the Duke University Archives to survey University-owned paintings within the Perkins Library system. Prior to the survey, records of University-owned art that had been collected by University Archives staff, and these records were organized and collated with the new survey information. Collection includes lists, inventories, correspondence, clippings, notes, memoranda, photographs, and other materials generated 1915-2005 and related to art and artifacts owned by Duke University, including information on the portaits of the Trustees of The Duke Endowment painted by Douglas Chandor. Other artists represented include Charles S. Wiltschek, John Da Costa, Mary Lyde Hicks Williams, Norval H. Busey, Irene Price, Cedric Egeli, Simmie Knox, John A. Furlow, and Nelson Shanks.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Art and Artifacts records 1915 - 2005
Creator
Duke University. University Archives
Extent
2 Linear Feet, , 1,300 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Collection includes lists, inventories, correspondence, clippings, notes, memoranda, photographs, and other materials generated 1915-2005 and related to art and artifacts owned by Duke University, including information on the portraits of the Trustees of The Duke Endowment in the Gothic Reading Room painted by Douglas Chandor. Other artists represented include Charles S. Wiltschek, John Da Costa, Mary Lyde Hicks Williams, Norval H. Busey, Irene Price, Cedric Egeli, Simmie Knox, John A. Furlow, and Nelson Shanks.

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Contents of the Collection

Material mostly of unknown provenance, most of which appears to have been collected during previous attempts to survey and catalog University-owned artworks.

Lists of Artworks, 1915-2005 and undated

Lists, inventories, memoranda, and letters describing University-owned artworks.

Box 1
Gothic Reading Room, 1952-1997 and undated

Lists of artworks and other information specific to the Gothic Reading Room of Perkins Library.

Box 1
Gallery of Presidents Project, Gothic Reading Room, 1984-2005 and undated

Correspondence, memoranda, invoices, and notes regarding the creation and installation of the Gallery of Presidents in the Gothic Reading Room.

Box 1
Conservation of Portraits, 1965-2005

Correspondence, memoranda, invoices, and notes concerning conservation and restoration efforts for various University-owned artworks.

Box 1
Nameplates, 1949-1991

Correspondence and notes regarding the ordering of nameplates for various University-owned artworks.

Box 1
Art and History Preservation Committee, 1981-1982 and undated

Correspondence, memoranda, notes, minutes, and other materials concerning the University Art and History Preservation Committee, which attempted a survey of university-owned artworks and an oral history program.

Box 1
Artwork Loans to the Washington Duke Inn, 1988-2001

Correspondence, memoranda, notes, photographs, and other materials concerning University-owned artworks loaned to the Washington Duke Inn.

Box 1
East Campus Artifacts, 1954-1983 and undated

Brochures, notes, a list, and other materials concerning artworks on East Campus.

Box 1
Faculty Commons: Inventory of Art and Artifacts, 1983-2000 and undated

Memoranda, notes, and inventories concerning artworks in Faculty Commons.

Box 1
Tower Historical Room, 1967 and undated

Notes regarding the 1967 installation of a museum of Duke University history in the Tower Room of the Chapel.

Box 1
Portrait Artists, 1985-1997 and undated

Correspondence, memoranda, notes, promotional materials concerning portrait artists.

Box 1
White House History: Journal of the White House Historical Association, 2005

Issue devoted to presidential portraiture. Includes information on artists Douglas Chandor, Simmie Knox, and Margaret Shoumatoff, all of whom have artwork at Duke.

Box 1

Ledger, letters, and receipts kept by George G. Allen, chair of the Board of Trustees of The Duke Endowment, concerning portraits of the members of the Endowment commissioned from Douglas Chandor. Correspondents include Douglas Chandor, Chandor's business manager Reeves Lewenthal, Duke University President William Preston Few, and Duke Endowment Trustees Norman A. Cocke, Charles I. Burkholder, Bennette E. Geer, and Robert L. Flowers.

Ledger, 1930-1932
Box 1
Letters, 1930-1931
Box 1
Portrait Receipts, 1930-1931
Box 1
Douglas Chandor Brochures, 1927 and undated
Box 1

Files are divided into two subseries: works surveyed and works not surveyed.

Records of individual artworks. Each work has its own folder containing survey forms, clippings, photographs, and other materials pertaining to that particular work of art.

Portraits
Box 1
Sill Life and Landscape Paintings
Box 1
Portraits
Box 1
Sill Life and Landscape Paintings
Box 1
Photographs and file cards from a survey of artworks and artifacts on East Campus.
Box 2
Desk: Captain Otway Burns
Box 2
Desk: Cylinder Top
Box 2
Desk: James Buchanan Duke
Box 2
Desk: Stokes-Angier Library Secretary
Box 2
Table: "Billy" Duke
Box 2
Table: Roosevelt
Box 2
Duke University Art Objects
Box 2
Memorabilia: Artifacts, Objects, Relics, etc.
Box 2
Duke University Plates
Box 2
Tapestries
Box 2
Notes, Clippings, and Correspondence, 1995-2001 and undated
Box 2
Negatives, 1995
Box 2
Survey Forms, 1995
Box 2

Historical Note

In January, 2005, funds granted by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation allowed the Duke University Archives to survey University-owned paintings within the Perkins Library system. Prior to the survey, records of University-owned art that had been collected by University Archives staff, and these records were organized and collated with the new survey information. Over 100 works were identified, surveyed, and photographed. Approximately 80 other paintings were identified but not surveyed due to time constraints. A brochure was produced entitled Portraits in the Gothic Reading Room which detailed the history of the Gothic Reading Room of Perkins Library and the portraits it contains.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Frank C. Brown Papers, 1899-1943 (Duke University Archives)
  • Robert L. Flowers Records, 1891-1968 (Duke University Archives)
  • Malcolm Vaughn Chandor's Portraits. New York: Brentano's, [1942]
  • Harold W. Lawrence Douglas Chandor: An English Artist and his Texas Garden. Weatherford, TX: Antler Press, 1999

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Art and Artifacts Records, University Archives, Duke University.

Provenance

The Art and Artifacts Records were compiled from a variety of sources by University Archives staff.

Processing Information

Processed by Dean Jeffrey

Completed April 12, 2006

Encoded by Dean Jeffrey, April 13, 2006

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.