Francis W. Robinson papers, 1934-1971

Robinson, Francis W. (Francis Waring), b. 1907 d. 1985
Curator
Active in Detroit, Mich.

Collection size: Circa 2.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: Research material, correspondence, notes, and biographical information.

Material collected by Robinson on 150 American artists. Also included are material on Detroit artists prior to 1900, notes on architects, miniaturists, portrait painting and sculpture in America, and art in Detroit.

A description prepared by Robinson in 1947 of Thomas Mickell Burnham's painting "The First State Election of Michigan"; and a letter from Robinson to Mary Ann Fluesmeier, April 28, 1954, containing information on Burnham.

A letter from Robinson to Robert Price, Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio. Robinson supplies biographical information on Thomas David Jones from published sources and from memory; he also discusses Jones's bust of Lewis Cass.

A photograph of Clement J. Barnhorn, taken by Foyster, was previously microfilmed under Photos of Artists I and has subsequently been scanned and returned to the Robinson papers.

A letter from Louise Billyard to Robinson, 1959, in which she encloses four handwritten pages written by a friend, Isabel Howland, who describes going to tea with Professor Bernard Berenson at the Villa i Tatti in Florence in 1937. Howland was a student at Cornell University.

Biographical/Historical Note: Francis W. Robinson (1907-1985) was a museum curator in Detroit, Michigan. Worked at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 1939-1972.

Material on reels 511-514 lent for microfilming by Robinson, 1973. Material on reel 2787, donor and date unknown.

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