Primary Sources for the Study of Art,
Architecture, and Drama
In Manuscripts and Archives

Collection Descriptions

Includes collections documenting the teaching and practice of art, architecture, and drama, as well as graphic materials of potential interest to students and researchers in the arts.

African Collection - Photographs, postcards and graphic material from and about various African nations especially South Africa.

Josef Albers (1888-1976) Papers - Correspondence, subject files, printed material, and memorabilia of the noted artist of the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, and Yale. Principal correspondents include Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, and Paul Klee.

Henry Austin (1804-1891) Papers - watercolor renderings and plans of the innovative nineteenth century architect. Includes the New Haven Railroad Station, the Grove Street Cemetery Gateway, and the John Pitkin Norton House, now the School for Organization and Management.

George Pierce Baker (1866-1935) Papers - correspondence, manuscripts, printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia documenting his professional activities as founder and head of the Department of Drama at Yale. Correspondents include playwrights, critics, actors, and producers, who had been Baker's students. Of special significance is his correspondence with Eugene O'Neill and papers relating to the film series Chronicles of America, American Shakespeare Foundation, the Little Theatre movement, American Indian culture and art, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Alice Baldwin Beer (1887-1881) papers in the Beer Family Papers - correspondence, business papers, and writings of an expert on early textiles and print design and curator of textiles at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

Bicentennial Schlock Collection - 12 boxes, 1 folio of objects and graphic design materials for commercial products celebrating the United States Bicentennial in 1976 assembled as a course project for Jesse Lemisch's American Studies class at SUNY/Buffalo in the spring of 1976 and exhibited in 1976 and 1977; with exhibition catalogs, related correspondence and photographs.

Century of Progress-New York World's Fair Collection - a vast assemblage of photographs, graphic material, and memorabilia documenting the design, architecture, art, exhibitions, and publications of exhibitors of the 1930s world's fairs.

Serge Chermayeff (1900- ) Papers - teaching materials from master class seminars in architecture, writings, and research files of the Yale professor of architecture. Transferred from the Art and Architecture Library.

Edward C. Cole (1904- ) Papers - Correspondence, teaching materials and renderings of the Yale Drama School professor, theater planning consultant, and early television consultant.

Crawford Theater Collection - over 600 feet of playbills, pictures, posters, programs, and other documentation on theatrical productions and personalities, mainly in America and England, from the sixteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries.

Sumner McKnight Crosby (1909- ) Papers - records of his activities as chairman of the History of Art department (1947-1953, 1962-1965), as advisor to the Audio-Visual Center, and as curator of Medieval Art at the Yale Art Gallery; also on commissions to preserve works of art damaged in World War II, and to foster international exchange programs in the arts.

H. Page Cross (1910-1975) Papers - photographs of architectural and some furniture designs and of commercial, institutional, and residential buildings by the architect, including residences of Paul Mellon.

William Adams Delano (1874-1960) Papers - social and professional correspondence and an unpublished autobiography of the distinguished Beaux Arts architect and planner. His professional correspondence relates in part to important commissions, among them his work on the White House, West Point, and his design for La Guardia airport in New York; and to his participation in the work of the National Commission on Fine Arts and the National Capital Park and Planning Commission. [Documentation on his Yale designs for the Divinity School, Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, and Wright Hall is included in the university archives.]

Amos Doolittle (1754-1832) Papers in the Doolittle Family Papers - papers and prints of the early American engraver and silversmith who lived most of his adult life in New Haven, Connecticut.

D. Cady Eaton (1837-1912) Papers - correspondence, writings, and lectures of an early art historian and the first Professor of the History and Criticism of Art in the Yale School of the Fine Arts (1869).

Walter Prichard Eaton ( 1878-1957) Papers - short stories, reviews, criticism, notes, and a small quantity of correspondence of the author, drama critic and Yale professor of play writing, 1933-1947.

Fritz Eichenberg (1901-90) Papers - correspondence, professional and teaching files, financial and legal papers, printed material; and memorabilia documenting the work of the graphic artist and writer. He left Berlin for the United States when Hitler came to power in 1933, taught at the New School for Social Research in New York, worked on the Federal Art Project, and became well known for his prints and illustrations of many of the great classics. After teaching at Pratt Institute, 1947-66, he became chairman of the Art Department of the University of Rhode Island.

Exhibitions Collection - Publications and reports from major international exhibitions, 1867-1904. The Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, 1876, is a major component of the collection.

John Gassner (1903-1967) Papers - correspondence, teaching files, and clippings of the noted drama critic relating to his activities as a professor of play writing at Yale University, including Hunter College, Columbia University, the University of Michigan, Queens College,

Frederic Rodrigo Gruger (1871-1953) Collection - The papers consist of original sketches and drawings illustrating stories and novels written by prominent American authors, including Owen Johnson's illustrations for Stover at Yale.

George Heard Hamilton (1910- ) Papers - correspondence, course materials, and writings relating to his career as a Yale professor of art history, art gallery curator of modern art (1940-66), and author. Correspondents include curators of U.S. and European art museums and galleries, and members of the international art community.

Michael M. Hare (1909-1968) Papers - correspondence and writings of an architect who attempted to develop a new synthesis of the creative process;

Harold Washington Library Center Collection - proposals and specifications from five architectural firms participating in the design competition in Chicago in 1988, with comments and reviews.

James Hillhouse (1754-1832) papers in the Hillhouse Family Papers - including renderings by Alexander Jackson Davis for Hillhouse's Greek revival mansion, Sachem's Wood (1832) and documentation on early planning in New Haven.

Historical Picture Collection - photographs, drawings, and prints on a variety of subjects. Also daguerreotypes and glass photographic materials removed from manuscript collections for preservation. Note: pictorial material received with manuscript collections is usually retained within that collection.

Historical Postcard Collection - early postcards documenting a variety of topics including holidays, World War I, localities, and travel.

William Fowler Hopson (1849-1935) Papers - correspondence and subject files of a New Haven artist and engraver.

Humanities and Fine Arts Collection - includes a small group of letters, exhibition pamphlets, and photographs of paintings of Irene Weir (1862-1944), a niece of John Ferguson Weir, graduate of the Yale School of the Fine Arts, and a founder and director of the School of Design and Liberal Arts in New York City.

Charles Humboldt (1910-64) Papers - correspondence and writings of the literary and art critic also known as Clarence Weinstock, editor of the artists' union bulletin published by the WPA federal art project group; Art Front; New Masses, Mainstream, and Masses and Mainstream. Includes his unfinished manuscript on the Mexican muralists.

Norman M. Isham (1864-1943) Papers - correspondence, writings, architectural drawings, and photographs relating to his career as an architect, particularly in the restoration of old houses. His positions included instructor in architecture at Brown, head of the architectural department, Rhode Island School of Design, and consultant on colonial rooms at the Metropolitan Museum.

James Jackson Jarves (1818-1888) Papers -family and general correspondence, diaries, and working files of Francis Steegmuller, author of The Two Lives of James Jackson Jarves, (1951). After he carried on various business ventures in Hawaii, founded and edited The Polynesian newspaper, and became director of the government press; he relocated to Florence, Italy in 1851. There he collected medieval Italian art, which he sold to Yale University in 1869; and continued collecting and writing about art.

Louis Isadore Kahn (1901-74) Collection - publications on or by Louis Kahn, professor of architecture at Yale, 1952- 1957, and photographs of structures designed by Kahn, mainly of the Yale Art Gallery and Center for British Art.

Deane Keller Papers - large collection of correspondence and other papers of the Yale professor of painting and portrait painter of many Yale professors, staff, and administrators. Includes extensive files on his World War II work for the monuments and fine arts section.

William Sergeant Kendall(1869-1938) Papers - Letters from painters, sculptors, architects, and administrators relating to the Yale professor of painting and dean of the School of the Fine Arts, 1913-1922.

George A. Kubler (1912-1996) Papers - correspondence, writings, and research materials of the Yale professor of art history memorialized in the New York Times as "a pioneering scholar of pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial art and one of the influential art historians of his generation."

John La Farge (1835-1910) papers in the La Farge Family Papers - correspondence, writings, financial records, and other papers of the American painter, worker in stained glass, and writer. Of special interest is his correspondence with Henry Adams and an unpublished catalogue of La Farge's work by Henry La Farge. The papers of his grandson, Bancel LaFarge include materials documenting his work as chief of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section (MFAA) of the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, and related materials concerning the salvage and ownership of European works of art.

Herbert Matter (1907-84) Papers - extensive and largely unprocessed collected papers of the trend-setting graphic designer, photographer, and teacher at Yale.

Frank Alonzo McMullan (1907-1987) papers - correspondence, topical files, lecture notes, production files and prompt books, typescripts and manuscripts, photographs, costume and set drawings, and printed material documenting career on the Yale drama faculty from 1936-1965 and as guest director and teacher at numerous professional and educational theatres in the United States and abroad.

Carroll L. V. Meeks (1907-1966) Papers - correspondence, photographs, and research files of the Yale professor of the history of art and architecture. Major segments of the papers consist of research materials for a study of the architecture of Yale University; Connecticut architecture, railroad stations, Italian architecture, and the Works Progress Administration files for Connecticut architecture.

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) papers in the Mitchell-Tiffany Family Papers - family photographs and a small group of correspondence.

Charles James Morse (1852-1911) Papers - civil engineer and devotee and collector of oriental art. The largest part of these papers consist of 137 volumes of translations into English, mainly from Japanese, of published works on Japanese and other branches of Oriental art. Also in the papers are two bound volumes of letters from Japan written between 1897 and 1898 while he was studying art in Japan.

Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872) papers in the Morse Family Papers - personal and family correspondence, documents, and memorabilia of the artist and inventor.

Henry Killam Murphy (1877-1954) Papers - architectural drawings, project files, photographs, and correspondence of an architect of some major works in China, including, Yale-in-China, Changsha, China, 1913-1923; Yenching University, Peking, China, 1918-1932, who wrote and lectured on Chinese architecture.

Donald M. Oenslager (1902-1975) Papers - project files, production photographs, and glass slides documenting the career of the Yale professor of scene design and noted stage designer.

Grenville Rickard (1889-1956) Papers - correspondence, writings and papers of an architect.

James Gamble Rogers (1867-1947) Papers - plans, project files, correspondence and photographs of the architect of numerous residences and government, church, hospital, and school buildings. The most extensive files are for buildings on the Yale University campus, but there are also substantial files on the Aetna Life Insurance Company, Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, the New Haven Post Office and Court House, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and buildings on the campuses of Northwestern University and Columbia University.

Harold Wickliffe Rose Papers - materials relating to Rose's book, The Colonial Houses of Worship in America (1963), including an important file of original negatives and photographs of churches in eighteen states, including African American churches. Transferred from the Art and Architecture Library.

Maurice Rotival Papers - correspondence, extensive project files, and renderings of the city planner relating to Yale, New Haven, Connecticut, and project sites around the world.

Paul M. Rudolph (1918- ) Papers - a scrapbook of clippings, pamphlets, and printed material relating to the architect and Yale professor. Transferred from the Yale University Art and Architecture Library.

Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) Papers - conceptual sketches, photographs, memorabilia, and some correspondence of the architect. Includes patents for his furniture designs, and some material relating to his father, Eliel Saarinen.

Laurence Salzmann Photograph Collection - seventy-three black and white photographs of the Jewish community in Radauti, Romania taken between 1976-1978 and exhibition catalogs, 1978-1980.

George Dudley Seymour (1859-1945) Papers - correspondence, writings, photographs, research files, and printed material of a lawyer, antiquarian, historian, author and city planner in New Haven, Connecticut. Includes documentation on the city planning movement in New Haven, Connecticut architecture and architects especially Henry Austin and Ithiel Town, the construction of public buildings in New Haven, the acquisition of Lighthouse Park and the development of other New Haven parks, and the design of the Nathan Hale statue for Yale. Correspondents include Cass Gilbert, Frederick Law Olmsted, and William Howard Taft.

Benjamin Silliman (1779-1864) papers in the Silliman Family Papers - includes an unpublished manuscript and correspondence on the acquisition of John Trumbull's painting collection and the construction of the first academic art gallery at Yale.

Theodore Sizer (1892-1967) Papers - correspondence, writings, drawings for posters, bookplates, Christmas cards, and armorial designs for Yale of the Yale professor of art history and director of the Yale University Art Gallery from 1929 to 1947. Includes material on his service as an officer in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and drafts for a "History of the Visual Arts at Yale, 1701-1957,"

Martin Sebastian Soria (1911-1961) Papers, 1940-1960 - photographs, correspondence, research notes, and clippings assembled by an art historian and professor of art at Michigan State University documenting his studies of art and architecture in Europe, particularly Spain. Transferred from the office of George Kubler, 1990.

Shepherd Stevens (1880-1962) Papers - correspondence, architectural drawings, diaries, photographs, postcards, and miscellanea relating to the professional career of the architect of the Frick Mansion in N.Y.C.; and Yale professor of architecture.

Ithiel Town (1784-1844) Papers - some correspondence, a notebook of mathematical exercises, letters of patent for improvements on bridges and one architectural drawing of Jones Court, built in New York City for James I. Jones. Also included is a scrapbook assembled byTown's daughter, Etha Town Peters. The architect whose first major work was Center Church in New Haven, CT, subsequently designed many buildings in New Haven, Hartford, New York City, Indianapolis, and Raleigh, N.C. In 1820 he was granted a patent for a truss bridge and became known as the foremost bridge-builder in the U. S.

John Trumbull (1756-1863) Papers - correspondence, legal and financial records, and writings documenting the artistic, political, and business career of the artist best known for his momumental works on the revolutionary period of American history, and important in Yale history as the architect of the first college plan, the Old Brick Row and of the Trumbull Gallery, the first academic art gallery. Theodore Sizer's research materials and writings on John Trumbull are also in the papers.

Christopher Tunnard (1910-1979) Papers - correspondence, topical files, writings, teaching files, and pictorial material documenting his career as a landscape designer, city planning consultant, author, and professor of city planning at Yale.

War Poster Collection - principally posters published in nations involved in World War I, 1914-1918, and including the Spanish Civil War, and World War II, 1939-1945. Great Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Canada, Australia, Ireland and other nations are represented through posters depicting such diverse topics as recruitment, enlistment, conservation, war loans, civilian service, home relief, foreign relief and propaganda messages. The World War I posters are individually indexed by artist.

Howard Sayre Weaver (1925-1982) Papers - correspondence, subject files, administrative files, and film notes documenting his tenure as dean of the School of Art and Architecture.

John Ferguson Weir (1841-1926) Papers - correspondence, addresses and writings, and papers relating to the Yale School of the Fine Arts, of the artist and first director of the Yale School of the Fine Arts (1869-1913) documenting the development of art education. Correspondents include many persons prominent in the art world between 1870 and 1920. Also includes Weir's sketchbooks and watercolor paintings.

Thomas Wilfred (1889-1968) Papers - correspondence, project files, drawings, and photographs of the professional lutist who developed and performed on the clavilux and lumia as an art form. He built and headed the Art Institute of Light in New York, adapted the clavilux for scenic projections in theatre productions, and composed over fifty compositions for the clavilux.

Emanuel Zeid Collection - Over 7000 slides taken by Zeid of greater New Haven neighborhoods, buildings, sites, and people, 1950-1979, documenting in particular the Oak Street area, urban redevelopment projects, and political events. Also includes slides of his professional work as a graphic artist and designer of commercial and associational buildings, billboards, political ephemera, and of New England Log Homes.


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