Dorothy Liebes papers, 1850-1973, bulk, 1922-1970

A Finding Aid to the Dorothy Liebes Papers, circa 1850-1973 (bulk 1922-1970), in the Archives of American Art, by Catherine S. Gaines

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Biographical Information

Weaver, textile designer, and businesswoman Dorothy Wright Liebes was known for distinctive textiles featuring bold color combinations and unusual textures achieved through the use of materials such as glass rods, sequins, bamboo, grass, leather, ribbon, wire, and ticker tape.

Born Dorothy Wright in Santa Rosa, California, she was the daughter of chemistry professor Frederick L. Wright and teacher Bessie Calderwood Wright. She studied art, education, and anthropology at San Jose State Teachers College and the University of California, Berkeley. During her college years, a teacher encouraged her to experiment with weaving and textile design since many of her paintings resembled textiles.

Liebes was a teacher for several years before deciding to pursue a career in textile design. She then studied weaving at Hull House in Chicago and traveled to France, Italy, Guatemala, and Mexico to learn the traditional weaving forms of those cultures. Upon her return to the United States, Liebes opened her first studio for weaving and textile design in San Francisco; Dorothy Liebes Design, Inc. was established in 1934, and eventually employed a staff of weavers.

Her first client in the industry was Goodall-Sanford Mills, with whom she worked as a consultant for more than a decade. As her client base expanded she decided to open a New York studio and maintained both studios until 1948 when she closed her San Francisco operation and relocated to New York City.

Liebes became a color and design consultant to corporations such as DuPont, Dow, and Bigelow-Sanford and tested and promoted newly developed synthetic fibers. She advised textile chemists in the development of fibers that were versatile enough to produce many different textures, and worked with engineers and technicians to develop new machines that could reproduce the irregularities of hand-loomed fabrics. Liebes became a sought-after speaker by textile industry and consumer groups, and sometimes taught workshops on color and design.

Her commissions included the United Nations Delegates Dining Room, the Persian Room at the Plaza Hotel and the King of Saudi Arabia's traveling royal throne room. Between 1937 and 1970, Liebes participated in more than thirty solo and group exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, de Young Museum, Cranbrook Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, and other venues. She received prizes and awards from institutions and corporations such as Lord and Taylor, Neiman-Marcus, the Paris Exposition, the American Institute of Decorators, the American Institute of Architects and the Architectural League. She was also awarded the Elsie de Wolfe Award and an honorary degree from Mills College in 1948.

Liebes' other notable activities included her work as Director of Decorative Arts for the 1939 San Francisco World's Fair, and as organizer and director of "Arts and Skills," a Red Cross occupational therapy project that included training in weaving for soldiers injured in World War II. In the 1950s, she worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, journeying though the southwest to study Indian schools and show weaver tribes that horizontal looms were more advantageous than vertical ones.

Liebes was married to businessman Leon Liebes from 1928 until their divorce in 1940, and continued to use the name Liebes for the remainder of her life. In 1948, she married Pulitzer prize winning Associated Press special correspondent Relman "Pat" Morin.

During the last year of her life, Dorothy Liebes was semi-retired due to a heart ailment. She died in New York City on 10 September 1972.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of weaver, textile designer, and businesswoman Dorothy Liebes are dated circa 1850-1973 (bulk 1922-1970), and comprise 21.4 linear feet. Biographical information, subject files, correspondence, writings, artwork, financial records, scrapbooks, textile samples, printed material, sound recordings, and photographs document Liebes' career and personal life. Her second husband, Associated Press Reporter Relman "Pat" Morin, is also represented in the collection, although to a much lesser extent.

Biographical material consists of awards, biographical notes, membership and identification cards, passports, and a will. Dorothy Liebes' correspondence documents her personal life and career, including the operation of her studios in San Francisco and New York City.

Subject files contain correspondence, printed material, photographs, and miscellaneous items in varying combinations. They relate to businesses, organizations, individuals, and topics of interest to Liebes.

Writings by Dorothy Liebes include notes, drafts, and manuscripts of published and unpublished writings. Artwork by Dorothy Liebes consists of designs, feather weavings, a small hooked composition, and tapestry samples. Financial records are comprised of financial summaries, investment statements, and personal and business tax returns. Thirty-three bound scrapbook volumes contain printed and publicity materials, photographs, and a small number of documents relating to Dorothy Liebes' professional achievements.

Samples consist primarily of textile swatches designed by Dorothy Liebes and printed material includes articles, exhibition catalogs, press releases, and reproductions about or mentioning Dorothy Liebes and her work, as well as reproductions of artwork.

Also found are calendars, a transcript of a 1945 interview with Liebes on Nancy Craig's radio show "Woman of Tomorrow" and a circa 1956 sound recording on 5" magnetic tape from the Milwaukee Journal Radio Station.

Photographs are of artwork (not by Liebes), people, including Liebes, Relman "Pat" Morin, and Frank Lloyd Wright, places and textiles.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 11 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • Morin, Relman, 1907-1973

Subjects-Topical:

  • Textile design -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Women textile designers -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Weavers -- New York (State) -- New York

Types of Materials:

  • Photographs
  • Sound recordings
  • Scrapbooks
  • Works of art

Provenance

Gift of the Estate of Dorothy Liebes through Relman Morin (widower), 1972, and Ralph Higbee, 1973-1974.

How the Collection was Processed

This collection was processed to a minimal level by Catherine S. Gaines in 2006.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Dorothy Liebes 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.

How to Cite this Collection

Dorothy Liebes papers, circa 1850-1973 (bulk 1922-1970). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1934-1970
(Box 1, OV 22; 6 folders)

Box Folder
1 1 Awards, 1938-1969
(2 folders; see also OV 22)
1 2 Biographical Notes (Dorothy Liebes), 1954-1970, undated
1 3 Membership and Identification Cards, 1934-1970
1 4 Passports, 1954, 1958
1 5 Will, 1961
Box
OV 22 Awards, 1937-1965

Series 2: Correspondence, 1922-1973
(Boxes 1-3; 2.4 linear ft.)

This series contains a combination of business and personal correspondence. Series 3: Subject Files, also contains large amounts of correspondence and there is substantial overlap between the two series. In addition, Series 7: Scrapbooks, includes a small number of letters and other documents.

Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
1 6-30 Correspondence, 1922-1960
(25 folders)
Box Folder
2 1-22 Correspondence, 1961-1968
(22 folders)
Box Folder
3 23-30 Correspondence, 1969-1973, undated
(8 folders)

Series 3: Subject Files, 1896-1971
(Boxes 3-10, 19; 7.2 linear ft.)

Subject files may contain correspondence, printed material, photographs, and miscellaneous records in various combinations. Subjects include corporations, organizations, individuals, topics of interest to Liebes, and miscellaneous categories. Folder titles are often those supplied by Liebes.

Subject files are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Box Folder
3 31 Alcan Aluminum Corporation, 1965-1966
3 32-33 American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1947 Conference, "The Artist in Contemporary American Society," 1945-1948
(2 folders)
3 34 American Crafts Council, 1969-1971
3 35 American Craftsmen's Cooperative Council, Inc., 1942-1945
3 36 American Craftsmen's Council, 1957-1968
3 37 American Craftsmen's Council, First World Congress of Craftsmen, 1964
3 38 American Craftsmen's Educational Council, 1953
3 39 American Women's Voluntary Services, 1943
3 40 Architectural Forum, 1947
3 41 Architecture Schools, 1940
3 42 Art Institute of Chicago, 1956-1966
3 43-44 Artists, 1945-1958
(2 folders)
3 45 Artists, Designs, 1956
3 46 Artists, Northern California, 1943-1947
3 47 Artists, Out of State, 1943-1947
3 48 Artists, Southern California, 1945-1967
3 49-51 "Arts and Skills" (American Red Cross), 1943-1952, undated
(3 folders)
3 52 Azukas, Albert, 1950-1956
Box Folder
4 1-8 Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company, Inc., Correspondence, 1957-1971
(8 folders)
4 9 Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company, Inc., June Market, 1966
4 10 Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company, Inc., Printed Material, 1964-1965, undated
4 11 Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company, Inc., Western Trip, 1966
4 12 Black Mountain College, 1945
4 13 Book Inquiries, 1942
4 14 Brandt, Mary, Lecture Committee, 1965-1968
4 15 Brandt, Mary, Lectures at Parsons School of Design, 1963-1964
4 16-17 Brandt, Mary, Memorial Fund, 1962-1963
(2 folders)
4 18 Buxton, Edward, 1942-1943
4 19 Calder, Sandy [Alexander], 1957
4 20 Calypsocraft, Inc. (Edward Fields), Correspondence, 1960-1962
4 21 Calypsocraft, Inc. (Edward Fields), Expenses, 1959
4 22 Calypsocraft, Inc. (Edward Fields), Expenses and Packing Lists, 1960-1964
4 23 Challis, Lucy, 1951-1954
4 24 Christmas, Lists and Names, 1935-1954, undated
4 25 "Clemson University 1969," 1971
4 26 Clothing, "Suggestions, Bills, Inventory," 1939-1945
4 27 Columbia Mills, 1944-1958
4 28-29 Contemporary Weaving of Other Countries, 1959-1960
(2 folders)
4 30 Contracts, 1942-1946
4 31-32 Cosmopolitan Club, 1954-1963
(2 folders)
4 33 Crawford, M.D.C., 1942-1943
4 34 Cruise, 1966
4 35-36 Designs Received/Returned/Purchased, 1943-1947
(2 folders)
4 37 Dobby Loom, 1944-1947, undated
4 38-39 Dobeckmun Co., 1946-1967
(2 folders)
4 40-42 Dow Chemical, Correspondence, 1959-1961
(3 folders)
4 43 Dow Chemical, Lurex Division, 1960
4 44 Dow Chemical, Lurex Division, London, 1957-1961
4 45 Dow Chemical, Packing Lists, 1961-1962
4 46 Draper, Dorothy (Good Housekeeping), 1941-1943
Box Folder
5 1-18 Dupont, Correspondence, 1943-1971
(18 folders)
5 19 Dupont, Expenses, 1965
5 20 Dupont, Fabric Sales, Fabrite and Tontine (Price/Edwards/Ferris), 1959-1962
5 21 Dupont, Fabric Sales, Packing Lists, 1960
5 22 Dupont, January Market (1960), 1959-1960
5 23 Dupont, January Market (1962), 1961-1962
5 24-25 Dupont, June Market (1962), 1962
(2 folders)
5 26-28 Dupont, January Market (1963), Upholstery, Orlon, and Drapery Project, 1962-1963
(3 folders)
Box Folder
6 1-2 Dupont, January Market, June Market (1963), 1962-1963
(2 folders)
6 3-4 Dupont, January Market, June Market (1964), 1964
(2 folders)
6 5 Dupont, January Market, June Market (1965), 1964-1965
6 6 Dupont, January Market, June Market (1966), 1965-1966
6 7 Dupont, January Market (1967), 1966-1967
6 8 Dupont, June Market (1967), 1967
6 9 Dupont, Knit Products (Dr. Robert Saunders), 1966
6 10 Dupont, Monthly Reports, 1965
6 11 Dupont, "Nylon Rug Designs" (Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition), 1956-1962
6 12 Dupont, Orlon Blanket (Beacon Manufacturing Co.), 1961
6 13 Dupont, Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair, 1966
6 14 Dupont, Publicity, 1956-1957
6 15 Dupont, Rugs, 1965-1966
6 16 Dupont, Rugs, Nylon-Wool (Werner Cohen), 1965
6 17 Dupont, Upholstery and Drapery, 1965
6 18 Eagle-Ottawa Leather Co., 1958-1960 (4 folders)
6 19 Encyclopedia Britannica, 1959-1961
6 20 Erdman, Pardee, 1962-1966
6 21-24 Fairtex, Correspondence, 1963-1965
(4 folders)
Box Folder
7 1-3 Fairtex, Correspondence, 1965-1968
(3 folders)
7 2 Fairtex, Detroit Show (1966), 1965-1966
7 3 Fairtex, Mint Museum Fabric, 1967
7 4 Fairtex, Packing Lists, 1964
7 5 Fairtex, Samples, undated
7 6 Fairtex, "Styling Color Folder," 1965
7 7 Family, Morin, Relman "Pat" (see Morin, Relman "Pat")
7 8 Family, Nieces and Nephews, 1945-1966, undated
7 9 Family, Wood, Mildred "Tid" Wright, Ralph, and Peter, 1944-1961, undated
7 10-12 Family, Wright, Frederick and Bessie Calderwood, 1896-circa 1957, undated
(3 folders)
7 13 Family, Wright, Frederick L., 1956-1957
7 14 Family, Wright, William F., 1956-1957
7 15-16 Fan Mail, 1944-1946
(2 folders)
7 17-18 Fields, Edward, 1958-1959
(2 folders)
7 19 Fischer, Eva, 1957
7 20 "Foreign Mails," 1947-1948
7 21 Forstmann Woolen Company, 1957-1958
7 22 "Furnishing Studio Home in Washington, D.C.," 1948
7 23 Golden Gate Exposition, "Case History," 1945-1948
(see also Box 19)
7 24 Golden Gate Exposition, Catalogues and Sales, 1939
(see also Box 19)
7 25-26 Golden Gate Exposition, Correspondence, 1937-1940
(2 folders; see also Box 19)
7 27-28 Goodall Fabrics, Correspondence, 1942-1953
(2 folders)
7 29 Goodall Fabrics, "Leather Weave," 1944-1945
7 30 Goodall Fabrics, Mailing Lists for Announcements, undated
7 31 Gracie and Sons, Inc. (wallpaper), 1957-1964
7 32 Grimm, Peter, 1941-1947
7 33 Hartford Rayon Company, 1957-1958
Box Folder
8 1 India Trip, 1958
8 2 "Indian Job," 1950-1952, undated
8 3 Indian School, 1951-1952
8 4 Indian Textiles, 1943-1953, undated
8 5-6 Indian Trips (René D'Harnoncourt), 1942-1943
(2 folders)
8 7 Institute of International Education, National Screening Committee, 1958-1967
8 8 Insurance, 1969-1971
8 9 "Interesting Personal Letters," 1939-1947, undated
8 10 Inventory (business), 1960-1965
8 11 Inventory (personal), 1937-1946
8 12 Israel, 1950-1954, undated
8 13 Jantzen Mills, 1947-1958
8 14 Japan, 1961-1964
8 15 Kenwood Mills, Blanket Orders, 1953-1954
8 Kenwood Mills, Blanket Publicity, 1953
(see: Box 19)
8 16-20 Kenwood Mills, Correspondence, 1950-1951
(5 folders)
8 21 Kenwood Mills, "Current Problems," 1951
8 22 Kuhn, Harold A. (C.P.A.), 1946-1947
8 23 Lawyer, 1945-1946
8 24 Library Inventory, 1946, undated
8 25 Liebes, Leon (first husband), 1935-1946
8 26 Lyons Storage Co., 1956-1958
8 27 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1944
8 28 Matson vs. Liebes, 1946-1948
8 29 Mills College, 1955
8 30-34 Morin, Relman "Pat" (second husband), 1947-1959, undated
(4 folders)
8 35 Museum of Contemporary Crafts (Dorothy Liebes Retrospective Exhibition), 1970
8 36 Museum of Modern Art, 1944-1970
8 37 Museums, General, 1959-1970
8 38 Myers, Howard, 1940-1947
Box Folder
9 1 National Council on the Arts and Government, 1956-1961
9 2 Navajo Rug Project, 1959-1961
9 3 New York, Trip (Oct.-Jan.), 1940-1941
9 4 New York, Unfinished Business, 1944-1946
9 5 Orders, 1950-1951
9 6-7 Orders Completed, 1958-1967
(2 folders)
9 8 Parsons School of Design, 1967-1969
9 9 Penco Fabrics, Inc., 1966
9 10-11 Pheby, Louise S. (Estate of), 1955-1961
(2 folders)
9 12 "Pre-Fab Inquiries," 1962
9 13 "Private Papers," 1929-1941, undated
9 14-18 Promotion, 1950-1960
(5 folders)
9 19 Richards, Helen, 1942-1955, undated
9 20 Royal Society of Arts, 1954-1967
9 21 Samples Returned, 1956, undated
9 22 San Francisco Bay Exposition, 1939-1943
9 23 San Francisco International Market Center, undated
9 24 Scranton Lace Co., 1942
9 25 Simmons Co., 1966
9 26 Spring Mills, Inc., Contracts, 1965-1967
9 27-28 Spring Mills, Inc., Correspondence, 1963-1966
(2 folders)
9 29 Spring Mills, Inc., Reports, 1963-1966
9 30-35 Studio, Correspondence, 1945-1955
(5 folders)
Box Folder
10 1 Studio, Letters to Personnel, 1956
10 2 "Studio Trouble – Ruth and Al," 1951-1952
10 3-5 Taipale, Martta (tapestries), 1946-1961
(3 folders)
10 6 Tapestry, American (20th century), 1959-1966, undated
10 7 Tapestry, English, 1956-1969, undated
10 8 Tapestry, French, 1948-1959, undated
10 9 Tapestry, General, undated
10 10 Tapestry, Notes, undated
10 11 Tapestry, Scandinavian, 1958-1959, undated
10 12 Tax Suit, 1948-1957
10 13 Teaching (notes, Woman's Day article), 1944-1959, undated
10 14 Travel, 1947-1963, undated
10 15 "Unifinished Business," 1936-1944, undated
10 16 U.S.A. at the Triennale, 1968
10 17 U. S. Department of State, Conference on International Relations in the Field of Art, 1939
10 18 United Wallpaper, Inc., 1945-1956
(see also: Box 19)
10 19 University of California, Berkeley, 1933, undated
10 20 University of Kansas, 1962
10 21 Upholstery Leather Group, 1957-1958
10 22 Van Buren, William M., 1941-1946
10 23-25 Weavers and Weaving, 1946-1951, undated
(3 folders)
10 26 Weaving Verse, 1954, undated
10 27 Women Architects, 1960, undated
10 28 Wright, Frank Lloyd and Olgivanna, 1947-1969
Box
19 (sol) Golden Gate Exposition, 1938
(see also Box 7)
19 (sol) Kenwood Mills, Blanket Publicity, 1953
19 (sol) United Wallpaper, Inc. (Sample Book, "Weaves from exclusive hand-loomed originals by Dorothy Liebes,") undated
(see also Box 10)

Series 4: Writings, 1920-1969
(Boxes 10-11; 1.25 linear ft.)

This series is arranged as 2 subseries:

4.1: Writings By Dorothy Liebes, 1920-1965

This subseries includes notes, drafts, and manuscripts of published and unpublished articles and short writings. Also found here are notes, drafts and the manuscript for an unpublished autobiography, as well as an outline, notes and partial draft of an unpublished book, "Design and Weave." There are drafts, text and bibliographical material for an Encyclopedia Britannica entry on tapestry, as well as notes relating to speeches and writings.

Box Folder
10 29-30 Address Books, undated
(4 volumes; 2 folders)
10 31-32 Articles and Short Writings, 1946-1964, undated
(4 volumes; 2 folders)
10 33-34 Book, Autobiography Manuscript, undated
(2 folders)
10 35-38 Book, Authobiography Notes and Drafts, undated
(4 folders)
10 39 Book, Autobiography Outline, undated
10 40 Book, "Design and Weave," undated
Box Folder
11 1-2 Encyclopedia Britannica Entry on Tapestry, circa 1959
(2 folders)
11 3 Lists, undated
11 4-6 Notes, undated
(3 folders and 4x6 card file)
11 7-8 Speeches, 1946-1965, undated
(2 folders)
11 9 Student Paper (?) by Dorothy K. Wright, "Modern Materials" (with samples), 1920

4.2: Writings by Other Authors, 1944-1969

This subseries includes articles about Liebes from the City Art Museum, St. Louis and other unsigned sources; articles on various topics by people such as Edith Grimm, Vesta Schaffer and Iovanna Lloyd Wright; a report by Dorothy Ducas; and speeches by people such as L. R. Blackhurst, Jr., W. G. Constable, Charles Daly, Boris Kroll, Sarah Tomerlin Lee, Sara Little, George Romeny, Edward Wormley, and David L.Yunich.

Box Folder
11 10 Articles about Dorothy Liebes, 1945-circa 1969, undated
11 11 Articles on Various Topics, undated
11 12 Poem (Jack James), undated
11 13 Report, 1945
11 14 Script, about Liebes Exhibition at City Art Museum, St. Louis, 1944
11 15 Speeches, 1947-1969, undated

Series 5: Artwork, 1938-1963
(Boxes 11, 19, OV 22; 0.35 linear ft.)

This series is arranged as 2 subseries:

5.1: Artwork by Dorothy Liebes, circa 1930s-circa 1960s

Artwork by Liebes consists of designs, feather weavings, a small hooked composition, a tapestry sample and textiles. Textile samples produced by the Dorothy Liebes Studio, as well as some that may have been mass produced based on designs by Liebes, can be found in Series 8: Samples.

Box Folder
11 16 Designs, undated
11 17 Feather Weavings, undated
11 18 Hooked Composition, undated
11 19 Tapestry Sampler, undated

5.2: Artwork by Other Artists, 1938-1963

This subseries includes designs by Lawrence Colwell for interiors, furniture, and product packaging. Researchers should note that additional material concerning Colwell can be found in Series 7: Scrapbooks. Other items of note are caricatures of Liebes and a Kokemono screen.

Box Folder
11 20 Architectural Drawings, Floor Plans, 1963, undated
11 21 Caricatures of Dorothy Liebes, undated
(see also: OV 22)
11 22 Designs, undated
11 23 Designs by Lawrence J. Colwell, undated
(see also: Box 19)
11 24 Drawings, 1938, undated
11 Kokemono Screen, undated
(see: RD 58)
11 25 Monogram designed for Dorothy Wright Liebes (print), undated
11 26 Paintings, undated
(see also: OV 22)
11 Posters, undated
(original prints; see: OV 22)
11 27 Prints, undated
(see also: Box 19 and OV 22)
Box
19 (sol) Designs by Lawrence J. Colwell, undated
(3 folders; see also: Box 11)
19 (sol) Paintings, undated
(see also: Box 11 and OV 22)
19 (sol) Prints, undated
(see also: Box 11 and OV 22)
Box
OV 22 Caricature of Dorothy Liebes; Painting; Prints (including posters with original artwork), 1947-1959, undated
OV 22 Painting, 1947
(see also Boxes 11, 19)
OV 22 Posters, undated
(original prints)
OV 22 Print, 1959
(see also Boxes 11, 19)

Series 6: Financial Records, 1947-1968
(Box 12; 0.25 linear ft.)

Box Folder
12 1-2 Financial Summaries, 1947-1957
(2 folders)
12 3 Investments (summary statements), 1957-1966
12 4 Taxes
12 5 Federal, 1951-1968
12 6 New York City, 1948-1968
12 7 New York State, 1957-1966

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1933-1970
(Box 20, BV 24-56; 3.7 linear ft.)

This series contains 33 bound scrapbook volumes of printed matter and publicity material, photographs, and a small number of documents relating to Liebes' professional achievements, commissions, and studio. There are also loose pages from a volume featuring the work of designer Lawrence Colwell.

Box
20 (sol) Loose Pages (from Scrapbook about Lawrence Colwell), undated
20 (sol) Loose Pages (from unidentified Scrapbook), undated
Box
BV 24 Scrapbook, 1933-1938
Box
BV 25 Scrapbook, 1934-1944
Box
BV 26 Scrapbook, 1939
Box
BV 27 Scrapbook, 1939-1940
Box
BV 28 Scrapbook, 1939-1940
Box
BV 29 Scrapbook, 1942-1943
Box
BV 30 Scrapbook, 1940
Box
BV 31 Scrapbook, 1943-1945
Box
BV 32 Scrapbook, 1944-1945
Box
BV 33 Scrapbook, 1945-1946
Box
BV 34 Scrapbook, 1946-1947
Box
BV 35 Scrapbook, 1947
(1 of 2)
Box
BV 36 Scrapbook, 1947
(2 of 2)
Box
BV 37 Scrapbook, 1948
Box
BV 38 Scrapbook, 1949
Box
BV 39 Scrapbook, 1950
Box
BV 40 Scrapbook, 1951
Box
BV 41 Scrapbook, 1952
Box
BV 42 Scrapbook, 1953
Box
BV 43 Scrapbook, 1954
Box
BV 44 Scrapbook, 1955
Box
BV 45 Scrapbook, 1956
Box
BV 46 Scrapbook, 1957
Box
BV 47 Scrapbook, 1959
Box
BV 48 Scrapbook, 1960
Box
BV 49 Scrapbook, 1961-1962
Box
BV 50 Scrapbook, 1963
Box
BV 51 Scrapbook, 1964
Box
BV 52 Scrapbook, 1965
Box
BV 53 Scrapbook, 1966
Box
BV 54 Scrapbook, 1967-1968
Box
BV 55 Scrapbook, 1968-1969
Box
BV 56 Scrapbook, 1970

Series 8: Samples, circa 1850-1855, circa 1930-circa 1970
(Boxes 12-14, 20; 2.11 linear ft.)

This series consists primarily of textile swatches designed by Liebes. The samples may have been woven by Liebes, by weavers in her studio, or been mass produced elsewhere. There are also samples of textiles from other sources, a collection of historical samples of 19th century English, French, and Viennese printed cottons mounted on sheets, and a small number of fiber and leather samples.

Box Folder
12 8-10 Fiber Samples, circa 1930-circa 1970
(3 folders)
12 11 Leather Samples, circa 1930-circa 1970
12 12-13 Textile Samples, Studio, 1964, undated
(2 folders)
Box Folder
13 14-26 Textile Samples, Liebes' Studio, circa 1930-circa 1970
(13 folders)
Box Folder
14 1-3 Textile Samples, Liebes' Studio, circa 1930-circa 1970
(3 folders)
14 4 Textile Samples, Miscellaneous Sources, circa 1930-circa 1970
Box
20 (sol) Historical Samples, circa 1850-1855
(2 folders)

Series 9: Calendars and Interviews, 1945-1971
(Boxes 14-15; 1.45 linear ft.)

In addition to calendars, this series contains a sound recording on 5" magnetic tape from the Milwaukee Journal Radio Station and a transcript of an interview with Liebes on Nancy Craig's radio show, "Woman of Tomorrow."

Box Folder
14 5-13 Calendars, Desk Diaries, 1948-1971
(9 folders; 23 volumes)
Box Folder
15 1-7 Calendars, Monthly, 1949-1969
(7 folders; 28 calendars)
15 8 Sound Recording, circa 1956
15 9 Transcript of Interview with Dorothy Liebes (Nancy Craig's radio show, "Woman of Tomorrow"), 1945

Series 10: Printed Material, 1897-1970
(Boxes 15-16, 20-21, OV 23; 1.05 linear ft.)

Printed material consists of articles, exhibition catalogs, press releases, reproductions, and miscellaneous items about or mentioning Dorothy Liebes and her work, and topics of interest to her, such as weavers and weaving, the textile industry, art and design.

Additional printed material can be found in Series 3: Subject Files and Series 7: Scrapbooks.

Box Folder
15 10 Advertisements Featuring/Mentioning Dorothy Liebes Textiles, 1949-1959, undated
15 11-16 Articles, About/Mentioning Liebes, 1918, 1930s-1970s, undated
(6 folders; see also: box 20)
15 17 Articles, Art and Design, 1941-1965, undated (see also: box 20)
15 18 Articles, By Liebes, 1943-1965
15 19 Articles, Family, 1897-1951, undated
15 20 Articles, Miscellaneous Topics, 1946-1962, undated
15 21 Articles, Textile Industry, 1946-1955, undated
15 22 Awards (Dorothy Liebes on Jury), 1953-1964
15 23 Business Cards and Flyers about the Dorothy Liebes Studio, 1949-1953, undated
15 24 Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, Liebes Exhibitions, 1949-1970, undated
(see also: Box 20)
15 25 Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, Other Weavers and Designers, 1926-1963, undated
Box Folder
16 1-2 Miscellaneous Artists, 1940-1965, undated
(2 folders)
16 3 Exhibition Prospectuses, 1956-1960
16 4 Lectures and Classes, Announcements and Programs, Liebes, 1946-1962, undated
16 5 Miscellaneous Items Mentioning Dorothy Liebes, 1947-1952, undated
16 6 Miscellaneous Publications (art related), 1938-1969, undated
16 7 Press Releases About/Mentioning Dorothy Liebes, 1948, undated
16 8 Reproductions of Artwork, undated
(see also: Box 20, OV 23)
Box
20 (sol) Articles, About/Mentioning Liebes, undated
(see also Box 15)
20 (sol) Articles, Art and Design ("Old Art Treasures from Japan's Needles and Looms"), 1949
(see also Box 15)
20 (sol) Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, Liebes Exhibitions, undated
(see also Box 15)
20 (sol) Reproductions, Artwork, undated
(see also Boxes 16, 21, OV 23)
20 (sol) Reproductions, Les Batiks de Java (plates in portfolio), undated
20 (sol) Reproductions, Broideries Hindoues (plates in portfolio), undated
Box
21 (sol) Reproductions, Les Petits Alphabets du Brodeur (loose plates), undated
21 (sol) Reproductions, 80 Toiles Imprimées et Indiennes de Traite (plates in portfolio), undated
21 (sol) Reproductions, Tapis Modernes (plates in portfolio), undated
Box
OV 23 Reproductions, Surasundari: Photographs by Raymond Burnier (plates in portfolio), undated

Series 11: Photographs, 1897-1970
(Boxes 16-18, 21, BV 57; 1.5 linear ft.)

This series contains photographs of artwork (not by Liebes); people including Liebes, Relman "Pat" Morin, Frank Lloyd Wright, and many unidentified individuals and groups; places such as travel destinations; textiles and miscellaneous subjects. Color slides, transparencies, and negatives can also be found here.

Additional photographs can be found in many of the files in Series 3: Subject Files, and some of the volumes in Series 7: Scrapbooks.

This series is arranged as 6 subseries:

11.1: Artwork, undated

Found here are prints of photos of artwork by Leger, Murany, Picasso, Cunliffe, Gabo, Guino and unidentified artists.

Box Folder
16 9 Paintings, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
16 10 Sculpture, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
16 11 Tapestries, circa 1930s-circa 1970s

11.2: People, 1897-1970

Box Folder
16 12-13 Liebes, Dorothy, 1930s-1960s, undated
(2 folders; see also: Box 21)
16 14 Liebes, Dorothy, in Studio/at Loom, 1930s-1940s, undated
16 15 Liebes, Dorothy, with Others, 1940s-1960s, undated
16 16 Liebes, Dorothy, with Weavers, undated
16 17 Liebes, Dorothy, with Relman "Pat" Morin, undated
16 18 Liebes, Dorothy, with Relman "Pat" Morin, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Others at Taliesen West, 1947
16 19 Morin, Relman "Pat", 1944, undated
16 20 Morin, Relman "Pat", with Others, undated
16 Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1947
(see: Box 21)
16 21 Children (unidentified), 1937-1969, undated
16 22 Family ?, 1897-1915, undated
16 23 Groups,1938-1970, undated
16 24-25 Men, 1923-1953, undated
(2 folders)
16 26 Weavers, undated
16 27 Women, 1930s-1957, undated
(see also: Box 21)
Box
21 (sol) Liebes, Dorothy, circa 1940-circa 1943
(see also: Box 16)
21 (sol) Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1947
(see also Box 16)
21 (sol) Women (unidentified), undated
(see also Box 16)

11.3: Places, 1937-1941

Box Folder
16 28 France, 1937
16 29 Hawaii, 1939
16 New York, undated
(see Box 21)
16 30 Unidentified, 1937-1941, undated
Box
21 (sol) New York City, undated

11.4: Textiles, 1936-1967

This subseries contains photographs of Liebes exhibition installations at various venues, garments made from Liebes fabric and interiors and window displays featuring textiles by Liebes. There is also an album of interiors featuring Liebes textiles.

Box Folder
16 Exhibition Installations, 1942-circa 1948, undated
16 31 Garments, undated
16 32-33 Interiors, 1936-1962, undated
(2 folders; see also: Box 21, BV 57)
16 34 Textiles by Liebes, 1967, undated
16 35 Textiles by Other Weavers, undated
16 36 Window Displays, undated
Box
BV 57 Photograph Album, undated
(see also: Boxes 16 and 21)
Box
21 (sol) Interiors, undated
(see also: Box 16, BV 57)

11.5: Miscellaneous Subjects, 1940s

Box Folder
17 (pam) 1 "Arts and Skills" (American Red Cross program), 1940s
17 (pam) 2 Dogs, 1948
17 (pam) 3 Looms, undated
17 (pam) 4 Plants, undated

11.6: Color Slides, Color Transparencies, and Negatives, 1939-1947

Box Folder
17 5 Color Slides, Textiles by Dorothy Liebes, undated
(35-mm)
17 6 Color Transparencies
17 7 Interiors, undated
17 8 Miscellaneous Subjects, undated
17 9 People, Liebes and Liebes with Others, undated
17 10 People, Groups, undated
17 11 Places, Unidentified, undated
17 12 Textiles by Liebes, undated
Box Folder
18 (hol) 1 Negatives
18 (hol) 2 Artwork (not by Liebes), undated
18 (hol) 3 Miscellaneous Subjects, undated
18 (hol) 4 People
18 (hol) 5 "Allan and Bogie, Palmer and Harry, Los Angeles," 1941
18 (hol) 6 "Berkeley weekend, Peter and Billy," 1942
18 (hol) 7 "Bill's Ranch," 1944
18 (hol) 8 Dorothy Liebes; Dorothy Liebes with Others, undated
18 (hol) 9 "Dorothy and Cynthia at Barbara Burke's," 1942
18 (hol) 10 "Family," 1939
18 (hol) 11-12 "Family in Berkeley," 1940, 1942
(2 folders)
18 (hol) 13 Family – "Louise at Mother's," undated
18 (hol) 14 "Greer and Lucy," 1940
18 (hol) 15 "Helen and Fij Ross," 1939
18 (hol) 16 "Jane, Dorothy, and Cynthia at Monterey," undated
18 (hol) 17 "New York," 1944
18 (hol) 18 "Peter and Dorothy," 1942
18 (hol) 19 "Peter and Dorothy at Yosemite," 1942
18 (hol) 20 "Peter Grimm," 1941
18 (hol) 21 "Spring, 1942," 1942
18 (hol) 22 "Spring Trip East," 1942
18 (hol) 23 "Studio," undated
18 (hol) 24 "Summer, 1940," 1940
18 (hol) 25 "Summer, 1941 – Hornbrook," 1941
18 (hol) 26 Taliesen West, 1947
18 (hol) 27 "Woods at Fisherman's Wharf," 1940
18 (hol) 28 Unidentified, undated
18 (hol) 29 Places
18 (hol) 30 New York, undated
18 (hol) 31 Unidentified, undated
18 (hol) 32 Textiles
18 (hol) 33 By Liebes, undated
18 (hol) 34 Liebes Exhibition Installations, undated
18 (hol) 35 Interiors Featuring Liebes Textiles, undated