Millard Sheets papers, 1907-1990

A Finding Aid to the Millard Sheets Papers, 1907-1990, in the Archives of American Art, by Patricia K. Craig

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Biographical Information

"Your painting is a measure of your mind"-Millard Sheets

Millard Sheets, as one of the founding members of the "California Scene Painters," exerted a lasting influence upon subsequent generations of Western painters. He and the small group of painters who worked in California during the 1930s and 1940s, developed a new style of watercolor painting that was at the forefront of the American watercolor movement of the time, and that later gave rise to a subsequent generation of painters who became known as the California Regionalist school.

Sheets was born in Pomona, California on June 24, 1907. His mother died in childbirth, and his father, John Sheets, unprepared to raise a baby alone, sent Millard to Pomona, California to be raised by his maternal grandparents, Lewis and Emma Owen. Sheets's grandfather proved to be a guiding force in his life, and when Sheets's father remarried and offered Millard the opportunity to return to the Sheets household, Millard chose instead to remain with his grandparents.

Sheets's love of horses can be directly traced back to his childhood years spent living at his grandfather's horse ranch. Millard rode his first horse when he was three years old. Throughout his life, Sheets returned to the theme of horses in his paintings, as well as maintaining a private stable of horses, and raising and breeding racehorses.

His interest in art also began in childhood. When he was still a young boy, his two maternal aunts encouraged him to play with crayons and pencils. Sheets took his first painting lesson from a neighbor at the age of seven, and by 1919 he had already submitted artwork to the copy division of the Los Angeles County Fair fine arts show competition. He submitted a drawing he had copied of a tinted photograph of Lake KIlarney, California. Sheets won first prize in his division.

It was through this competition that Millard met Theodore B. Modra, a Polish artist who had retired to the Pomona area. After giving Sheets a lecture on the evils of copying art, Modra offered to give him art lessons.

Sheets continued to pursue his interest in art and enrolled in the Choinard School of Art in Los Angeles, California. By the time that he graduated in 1929, Sheets had also managed to come to the attention of Dalzell and Ruth Hatfield of the Dalzell Hatfield Galleries in Los Angeles, California. The Hatfields were one of the most influential art dealers in Southern California, and that same year, they sponsored Sheets in his first one-man exhibition in 1929. The exhibition brought Sheets to the attention of Western Coast art critics and launched Sheets on his painting career.

In 1929 Sheets also learned that he had won second place in the annual Edgar B. Davis art competition held in San Antonio, Texas. The award came with a cash prize and Sheets made plans to travel to Europe to study and paint. Shortly before his departure, however, he met an art student, Mary Baskerville, and they began a whirlwind romance. With Baskerville's enthusiastic support for European plans, and with her promise that she would wait for him, Sheets departed for New York and then Europe.

While overseas during 1929 and 1930, Sheets studied under Dorfinant, a master printer in Paris. Through his work at this studio workshop, he met Henri Matisse.

Five months after Millard returned to the California in 1930, Sheets and Mary Baskerville married. Sheets worked as the director of the Fine Arts Exhibition of the Los Angeles County Fair. In 1932 Sheets returned to school to study art and humanities at Scripps College in Claremont, California. After graduating from Scripps, school officials approached Sheets with an offer to set up a separate fine arts program and asked him to chair the new department. This was the beginning of a twenty year association with the school. In 1938, he also became the Director of Art at Claremont Graduate School.

Sheets left the school during the years of World War II to serve as a war-time artist and journalist for Life magazine, and from 1943-1944 was stationed on the Burma-India Front. His experiences in Asia appeared to affect him deeply. In contrast to his earlier works which featured backgrounds with neutral tones and brilliant shades that highlighted and punctuated the compositions, the paintings from the wartime featured somber tones. Sheets remarked of this time:

During the fighting and the time I spent in the C-B-1 theater, I was too shaken and intellectually stunned to do any complete paintings. I made many, many sketches, though, as well as a real effort to remember each scene that particularly affected me. Then, once I returned to America, I painted frantically, for months, exorcising demons. [Lovoos, Janice and Edmund F. Penney, Millard Sheets: One-Man Renaissance, Northland Press, Flagstaff, AZ, 1984]

Sheets returned from the war in 1944 and resumed his position at Scripps College until 1955 when he was approached by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and asked to overhaul the fledgling Los Angeles County Art Institute. Sheets accepted the position and spent the next five years reshaping the mission and format of the school, renaming it the Otis Art Institute. In the years after Sheets left the directorship, the school eventually became part of the Parson's School of Design on the West Coast.

In 1953 Sheets founded the Millard Sheets Designs company. He hired between twenty-five and thirty artisans for large projects, with Susan Hertel, a former student of his, serving as his assistant in all the operations of the design studio. The working staff included engineers, registered architects, draftsmen, and artists, and the projects that the firm produced included murals, mosaics, stained glass, and sculpture for private homes and public and commercial businesses.

The design studio completed several major architectural projects throughout the late 1950s through the mid 1970s, including the design and construction of Cal Aero, a flight training school for the US Air Force, the National American Insurance Company offices for the California financier, Howard Ahmanson, Ahmanson Bank and Trust Company in Beverly Hills, many Home Savings and Loan Association Buildings, private residences, and the Scottish Rite Memorial Temples in Los Angeles and San Francisco, among many other projects.

Sheets also designed and completed mural and mosiac work for numerous public buildings in the Los Angeles area, as well as across the nation. Many of the murals and mosiacs were for those buildings designed by his firm while others were done as independent commissions.

In 1968 Sheets first proposed the murals he designed for the Los Angeles City Hall. His design was approved and he was awarded a commission to complete The Family of Man murals over the two main entrances to the Los Angeles City Hall. The murals were completed in 1971 and installed in 1972. Sheets also designed mosiacs and murals for the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the Library at Notre Dame University, the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Los Angeles, several Home Savings and Loan Association buildings in the Los Angeles area, the Detroit Public Library, and the Dome of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

During the early 1960s Sheets participated in the American Specialist Program of the US Department of State. His first assignment was to Turkey in 1960, where he served as a visiting artist. The following year he went to the USSR in the same capacity.

During the early to mid 1950s Sheets became involved with Columbia Pictures and was technical advisor and production designer for a few years.

Millard Sheets was a member of the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, the National Academy of Design, the Society of Motion Picture Art Directors, and the Century Association. Sheets actively promoted his own work and was a businessman, an active and prolific artist, instructor, and designer. Millard Sheets died on March 31, 1989 in Gualala, California.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The personal papers of Millard Sheets (1907-1990) measure 23 linear feet and date from 1907-1990, with bulk dates of 1956-1981. The collection reflects Sheets's career as a designer, painter, and muralist, as well as his other personal and professional interests, through correspondence, writings, lectures, clippings, blueprints, drawings, slides, photographs, and ephemera.

The Project Files comprise the largest group of materials in the collection and document design work undertaken by Sheets through his company Millard Sheets & Associates Designs. Sheets and his associates produced concept drawings and blueprints and supervised the construction for a wide range of design projects that ranged in scale from architectural plans for private residences to bid proposals for shopping malls and financial institutions located in California and the Southwest.

Sheets designed interior and exterior plans for over forty Home Savings and Loan bank branches in California. The distinctive modular design which Sheets created and then customized by integrating interior and exterior art elements that highlighted local historical events or natural features became synonymous with the image of Home Savings and Loan. Sheets also teamed up with the architect Edward Durrell Stone to produce a proposal for the Capitol Mall Project, an urban renewal project for the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Sacramento. Researchers will find correspondence, job costs and billing statements, and notes that trace the development of these and other building construction projects. In some instances the documents are supplemented by blueprints, photographs, and/or drawings of the project, but in many cases, visual documentation is missing.

The Project Files also document work done by Millard Sheets on public projects such as the Family of Man mural in the Los Angeles City Hall Annex, a mosaic dome in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., and the Word of Life mural at the University of Notre Dame, Ind., along with numerous other murals and mosaics created for private individuals and corporations.

The Correspondence Series primarily reflects the interaction between Sheets and his clients, colleagues, and personal acquaintances. These files will prove valuable to researchers who are interested in the way that Sheets's beliefs about the role of art in everyday life impacted the way he conducted business and managed both large and small design projects. The correspondence also reflects Sheets's interest in popular American culture, travel, political issues of the day, and art collecting.

The Membership Files document the wide variety of interests that Sheets maintained through active membership in associations and organizations. The material in this series consists primarily of correspondence, minutes of meetings, and notes which Sheets created or used as he served as a board member or trustee on a number of organizational boards, such as the California Institute of the Arts, the Claremont Colleges, Virginia Steele Scott Foundation, Webb School of California, and Goodwill Industries of Southern California.

Also found in this series is material that documents his interest and participation in various recreational and professional organizations. Sheets maintained a long association with the Economic Roundtable, a group of businessmen who met regularly to give presentations and share discussion on contemporary political and social issues. Sheets was a frequent speaker and his talks given at the Economic Roundtables can be found in Lectures and Speeches, a subseries of the Writings Series.

Included in the Millard Sheets & Associates Designs, Inc. series are records that reflect the day-to-day operations of Sheets's design firm. Found here are chronological copies of correspondence that were sent out, files Sheets maintained on various independent contractors that the design firm frequently used, resumes and letters of recommendation that Sheets received regarding potential employees, as well as records relating to the cost and maintenance of Sheets's office building.

The Teaching and Workshop Files document the instructional activities undertaken by Sheets throughout his career in the arts. Although Sheets became pivotal in establishing a regionally recognized art department at Scripps College in Claremont, California, the files that reflect his academic position there are limited in scope and depth. Researchers will find more substantive the files that he maintained on the numerous art demonstrations and paintings workshops that he conducted privately throughout his career. Sheets traveled extensively around the world through his teaching activities and the files in this series track his path.

Closely related to the Teaching and Workshop Files is the Painting Trips series. The material in these files document Sheets's service as an American Specialist in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the USIS, Department of State. Sheets served two times as a cultural arts representative in Turkey in 1960 and in the former USSR in 1961. Sheets also made numerous trips to South East Asia, which had proved an area of fascination for him since his experiences as a war correspondent in Burma and India in World War II. The files in this series document his painting trips to Tahiti, the Pacific Ocean Rim, and Hawaii. Also found are files that detail his painting activities in Mexico.

The Exhibition Files reflect the records that Sheets maintained regarding his participation in art exhibitions, as well as his files on art shows that he personally directed or organized for public or private groups or organizations. Although Sheets exhibited his work predominantly in the West and Southwest, the files in this series demonstrate that he exhibited both nationally and internationally as well.

Also found within the records for this series are files relating to Sheets's representation of his artwork through established galleries and art agents. The Dalziel Hatfield Galleries of Los Angeles, California, served as his primary agent for most of his painting career. Correspondence between Sheets and the Hatfields provide insight into Sheets's development into a regionally and nationally significant watercolorist and painter. The files relating to the Kennedy Galleries in New York and the Circle Gallery in Chicago reflect Sheets's efforts to maintain a national presence in the arts community.

The Jury Files document Sheets's involvement as a juror in regional, as well, as national shows. The files reveal the great variety of professional watercolor and painting exhibitions in which Sheets participated as either a jury panelist or solo judge.

The Writings Files provide an excellent source for researchers interested in Sheets's philosophical beliefs about the relationship between art and everyday life. His articles, lectures, and speeches predominantly address the role of the artist, the relationships that exist between artists and the community, and the role that art can play in making a fuller, more productive life. Also found in the files of this series are articles written by others about Sheets.

The Biographical Material series provides a short introduction to Millard Sheets. The files consist of the calendars maintained by Sheets and his wife and staff, which were used to coordinate his many commitments and appointments. Also found in the files of this series are family chronologies that were created by Mary Baskerville Sheets. Medical records and resumes provide personal information about Sheets's background and health. A small file of military memorabilia provides information about Sheets's contributions to the war effort in World War II.

The Printed Matter series documents family activities and personalities through publicity clippings. Also found are exhibition catalogs and announcements that Sheets saved regarding other artists. Miscellaneous interests and activities of Sheets are found through magazine articles, brochures, and flyers.

The Photographs series includes photographic documentation for Sheets's artwork, horses, and major projects. A small group of photographs of Sheets are also in this series.

The files in the Artwork series include original drawings by Mary Baskerville Sheets and Millard Sheets.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged into fourteen series. Small series, such as Biographical Material are generally based on type of document. Larger series, such as Correspondence or Project Files, are arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent or project. General correspondence has been made into its own series, but other series or subseries may also contain some correspondence. Within particular series, materials have been further divided into subseries which represent particular aspects of the project or event. For example, the Writings Series is further divided into subseries of books and articles, eulogies, and lectures and speeches. An outline listing series and subseries titles and dates follows.

Subjects and Names

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

Subjects-Topical:

  • Watercolorists -- California
  • Designers -- California
  • Muralists -- California
  • Art -- Study and teaching
  • Art -- California
  • Art and society
  • Art -- Philosophy
  • Horses -- Breeding

Types of Materials:

  • Slides (photographs)
  • Photographs

Names:

  • Sheets, Mary Baskerville
  • Millard Sheets & Associates Designs
  • Dalzell Hatfield Galleries

Provenance

The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in 1992 by Mary B. Sheets, Millard's widow. Millard Sheets loaned a small amount of material for microfilming in 1965.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed by Patricia K. Craig in 1999 with funding provided by the Ahmanson Foundation in Beverly Hills, California. The finding aid was modified by Stephanie Ashley in 2001 during EAD conversion.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Millard Sheets 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.

Available Formats

The collection is available on microfilm reels 5676-5707 and for interlibrary loan.

How to Cite this Collection

Millard Sheets papers, 1907-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1 : Biographical Material, 1907-1982, undated
(boxes 1-2; 1.25 linear ft)

This series contains a variety of types of documents, including award certificates, appointment calendars, chronologies, resumes, clippings, and medical, governmental, and military records. The appointment calendars will be of particular interest to researchers since they document the complex scheduling that was required to keep Sheets aware of the numerous deadlines, meetings, and teaching commitments that made up his daily routine. Multiple copies of calendars reflect the system used to keep his staff and family aware of his whereabouts and activities on any particular day, especially since Sheets maintained several residences and work locations.

The files are arranged chronologically.

Box Reel
1 5676 Awards, 1973-1981
1 5676 Biographical text, undated
1 5676 Birth certificate and social security card, 1907, 1942
1 5676 Calendars, 1965-1981
(11 folders)
Box Reel
2 5676 Family chronologies, undated
Box Reel
1 5676 Family memorabilia, 1929, 1945-1992, undated
1 5676 Medical records, 1966-1980
(2 folders)
1 5676 Resumes, 1961-1976
1 5676 World War II memorabilia, 1942-1946

Series 2: Correspondence, 1929-1990, undated
(boxes 2-4; 2.75 linear ft.)

The letters in these files primarily reflect the variety of Sheets's business and social interests throughout his design and art career. Among the correspondents may be found architects, design professionals, business and bank executives, professors, art collectors, and racehorse owners and managers. Topics covered include discussion of design projects, travel, horse breeding, art and urban planning. Researchers will find the letters between Millard Sheets and his wife, Mary Baskerville Sheets, during his World War II service in Asia and the Pacific Rim, to be of particular interest. Their correspondence document the details of Sheets's travel and wartime experience as a staff artist and war correspondent for Life.

The files are arranged alphabetically by correspondent, and then chronologically within each folder.

Box Reel
2 5676 Ahmanson, Howard and Caroline, 1956, 1960-1968, 1985, undated
2 5676 Alvin, Joe, 1962-1978
2 5676 American Artist, 1968-1971
2 5676 Aubin, Philip T., 1964
2 5676-5677 "A" miscellaneous, 1943-1946, 1963-1984, undated
(2 folders)
2 5677 Blair, Barbara, 1966, 1973-1974
2 5677 Bowles, John and John R. Bowles, 1970-1974
2 5677 Brown, Edmund G., 1964
2 5677 Bullock's, 1963-1964
2 5677 "B" miscellaneous, 1964-1978, undated
(2 folders)
2 5677 Cabalgata Mexicana, Palm Springs, Calif., 1969-1977
2 5677 Childs, Kenneth D., 1959, 1961-1970, undated
2 5677 Colclough, Phyllis, 1967-1978
2 5677 Courtright, Hernando, 1961-1978
2 5677 Crain, E. Gene, 1969-1978
2 5677 Cruickshank, Charlaleo (Mrs. F. G.), 1965-1967
2 5677 "C" miscellaneous, 1929, 1964-1979, undated
(2 folders)
2 5677 Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles, Calif., 1964-1975
2 5677 Dieterle, William and Charlotte, 1965-1970
2 5677 Dorn, Warren M., 1964
2 5677 "D" miscellaneous, 1964-1978, undated
2 5677 d'Estournelles de Constant, Vivien, 1974-1977, undated
2 5677 "E" miscellaneous, 1964-1980, undated
2 5677 Family members, 1929, 1989, undated
2 5677 Fine Arts Rental Gallery, Claremont, Calif., 1963-1964, undated
2 5677 "F" miscellaneous, 1963-1978, undated
2 5677 General Adjustment Bureau, Pomona, Calif., 1965-1966
2 5677 Gonzales, Emilio O., 1976
(regarding treatment at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.)
2 5677 Graham, Harold E., 1966
2 5677 "G" miscellaneous, 1929, 1964-1981, undated
(2 folders)
2 5677 Hebald, Milton, 1964
2 5677 Hertel, Susan, 1982
2 5678 Hirsch, Clement L., 1963-1964
2 5678 Hirsh, Mr. & Mrs. Allan M., Jr., 1965-1971
2 5678 Holmes, Milton, 1964-1969, undated
Box Reel
3 5678 "H" miscellaneous, 1964-1979, undated
(2 folders)
3 5678 "I" miscellaneous, 1965-1976
3 5678 "J" miscellaneous, 1964-1975
3 5678 Kapousouz, Vasileos, 1966-1967
3 5678 Kristiania Kunst & Metalstøberi, 1971-1974
3 5678 Kubly, Don (Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.), 1978-1979
3 5678 "K" miscellaneous, 1943, 1964-1978
3 5678 Letters of condolence upon death of Millard Sheets, 1989, undated
(7 folders)
3 5678 "L" miscellaneous, 1943, 1965-1978, undated
3 5678 Mangskau, Connie, 1968
3 5678 Manship, Paul, 1963, 1966
3 5678 May, Cliff, 1964-1968, 1979
3 5678 Maegen, Charles E., Jr. (Lubbock National Bank, Lubbock, Tex.), 1964-1968
3 5678-5679 "M" miscellaneous, 1929, 1960-1982, undated
(2 folders)
3 5679 Newsweek, 1965-1966
3 5679 Notre Dame, University of, 1965-1978
3 5679 "N" miscellaneous, 1964-1979
3 5679 O'Brien, William V. (O'Brien's Emporium, Scottsdale, Ariz.), 1960-1961
3 5679 "O" miscellaneous, 1965-1979, undated
3 5679 Patrick, Andrew McIntosh, 1964-1965
3 5679 Patterson, Sam, 1964-1966
3 5679 Pollak, Frederick A., 1963-1964
3 5679 "P" miscellaneous, 1956, 1960-1989, undated
Box Reel
4 5679 "Q" miscellaneous, 1965, 1975
4 5679 Rheem Manufacturing Company, Chicago, Ill., 1965
4 5679 Rockefeller for President committee, 1964
4 5679 "R" miscellaneous, 1964-1978, undated
4 5679 Scott, Virginia Steele (see Series 4, Virginia Steele Scott Foundation, 1974-1978, undated), 1971
4 5679 Sheets, Clifford, 1964-1966, undated
4 5679 Sheets, Mary Baskerville, wife, 1929
(2 folders)
4 5679 Sheets, Mary Baskerville, wife, 1942-1944, 1950-1972
(10 folders)
4 5679 Sheets, Mary Baskerville, wife, undated
4 5679 Sheridan, Ellen (House & Garden), 1964
4 5679 Small, George, regarding Ramos Martinez: His Life and Art, 1965-1975
4 5679 Sotheby Park Bernet, New York, N.Y., 1976-1977
4 5680 Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, Calif., 1964-1965
4 5680 Stone, J. Ralph (Santa Rosa Saving & Loan Association, Santa Rosa, Calif.), 1963-1967
4 5680 Swartburg, Robert B., 1956-1966
4 5680 "S" miscellaneous, 1962-1979, undated
(2 folders)
4 5680 Tucson Chamber of Commerce , 1969
(regarding San Xavier Mission)
4 5680 Turner, Rufus L., 1963-1964, undated
4 5680 "T" miscellaneous, 1943, 1964-1979, undated
4 5680 Unidentified correspondents, 1965-1979, undated
4 5680 "U" miscellaneous, 1964-1975
4 5680 Veale, Tinkham, 1964-1965
4 5680 Villalon, Rene Patino ("Los Pretendientes"), 1970-1971
4 5680 "V" miscellaneous, 1961-1973
4 5680 "W" miscellaneous, 1964-1981, undated
(2 folders)
4 5680 "Y-Z" miscellaneous, 1966-1984, undated

Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1933-1980, undated
(boxes 5-6; 1.25 linear ft.)

The files in this series reflect the personal business interests and records for Millard Sheets.

The files have been grouped into three major subseries.

3.1: Horse Files, 1939-1978, undated

This subseries documents the lifelong interest and involvement of Sheets with horses. Sheets actively raced and breed race horses for much of his life. Material within this subseries includes calendars for breeding and racing events, correspondence with professional horse organizations and breeders, invoices, charts, racing programs, tax records, and miscellaneous related background information.

Files within this subseries have been predominantly arranged by document type. Within the Correspondence and Horse sections, folders have been further arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent or horse, respectively. Documents within folders headings have been arranged chronologically.

Box Reel
5 5680 Calendars, 1976-1978
5 5680 Correspondence
5 5680 American Saddle Breeders Association, 1939-1949
5 5680 California Horse Racing Board, 1956-1963
5 5680 Camino Terminado Farm, 1959-1961
5 5680 Circle T Ranch, 1960-1961
5 5680 Miscellaneous, 1947-1963, undated
5 5680 Jockey Club, 1958-1966, 1976
5 5680 McMicken, Kenneth B., 1947
5 5680 Rhoman Stables, 1960-1961
5 5680 Southwestern Walking Horse Breeders' Association, 1957
5 5680 Thomas Thoroughbred Farms, 1959-1961
5 5680 Upland Feed & Fuel Company, 1960-1962
5 5680 Fees
5 5680 Boarding and breeding fees, 1947-1969, undated
5 5680 Jockey and trainer fees, 1954-1965
5 5680 Shoeing fees, 1960-1961
5 5680 Veterinary fees, 1959-1977
(2 folders)
5 5680 Hauling, 1958-1961
5 5680 Horses
5 5680 "Anngeline Todd," 1958-1961
5 5680 "Bug Bomb," 1960-1965
5 5680-5681 "Hemet Princess," 1957-1965, undated
5 5681 "Moolah Lady," 1962-1964
5 5681 "Neapolitano Presciana IV," 1960-1963
5 5681 "Rebel Defense," 1957-1965, undated
5 5681 "Red Step" and "Steponaway," 1939, 1953-1960, undated
5 5681 "Roxy," 1966-1968, undated
5 5681 "Secret Sunlight," 1958-1960
5 5681 "Skipper Roan," 1960-1962
5 5681 "Sturdy Defense," 1947-1956
5 5681 "Supreme Host," 1963-1967, undated
5 5681 Income and tax information, 1956-1966, undated
5 5681 Miscellany, 1940-1967
5 5681 Pedigree charts, 1944-1970, undated
5 5681 Photographs (see Series 13, Horses, 1934-1975, undated), 1934-1975, undated
5 5681 Racing programs, 1957-1967
5 5681 Scorpion II Syndicate, 1958-1963

3.2: Financial Material, 1933-1980, undated

This subseries consists of a variety of materials such as receipts, expense sheets, financial reports, income tax returns, insurance policies, inventories, and miscellaneous correspondence relating to Sheets's personal financial affairs.

The files are arranged alphabetically by document type. Within folder headings, the material is arranged chronologically.

Box Reel
5 5681 Checkbook stubs, 1960
5 5681 Donations, 1958-1980
5 5681 Estate planning reports, 1966-1972, undated
5 5681 Expenditures sheets, 1969, 1973-1980
5 5681 Financial statements, 1961
5 5681 Income tax returns, 1957-1962
5 5681 Insurance Policies
5 5681 Canada Life Assurance Company, 1933-1980, undated
5 5681 Los Angeles Times Subscriber Insurance, 1938-1977, undated
5 5681 Miscellaneous policies, 1933-1976, undated
5 5681 Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company, 1959-1977
5 5681 Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, 1972-1977
5 5681 Pick and Biederman Insurance, 1969-1978
5 5681 R. N. Loucks & Son Insurance, 1934-1937
5 5681 Rose, Thomson, Young & Company, Ltd., 1965
5 5681 Sovereign Life Insurance Company of California, 1972-1977
Box Reel
6 5681 Personal property inventories, 1960-1965, undated
6 5681 Real Estate
6 5681 Claremont, Calif. residence, 1960-1961
6 5681 Gualala, Calif. residence ("Barking Rocks"), 1962-1969, undated
(2 folders)
6 5681 Real Estate, Pasadena, Calif. rental apartment, 1969-1977, undated
6 5681 Stocks and bonds, 1960-1979
(2 folders)

3.3: Legal material, 1932-1977, undated

This subseries consists of materials such as contracts, deeds, and miscellaneous correspondence, notes, and background information involving legal transactions.

The files are arranged by document type. Within individual folders the material is arranged chronologically.

Box Reel
6 5681 Car contracts, 1938-1940, 1963
6 5681-5682 Deeds, 1932-1936, 1960
6 5682 Loan to John A. Sheets, 1966

Series 4: Membership Files, 1946-1982, undated
(boxes 6-8; 2.5 linear ft.)

The files in this series document the wide breadth of Millard Sheets's interest and involvement in art, business, and educational institutions and community groups. He served as a board of trustee for numerous organizations, such as the California Institute of the Arts, the Claremont Colleges, Goodwill Industries of Southern California, the Otis Art Institute, and the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation. He participated as an active member in many clubs and professional associations, such as the Bohemian Club, the Economic Roundtable, National Academy of Design, Rancheros Visitadores, the San Diego Watercolor Society, and the West Coast Watercolor Society.

The material in this section is arranged alphabetically by name of organization and then ordered chronologically within each folder.

Box Reel
6 5682 All Nations Fair, Board of Directors, 1964
6 5682 Allen Nevins Memorial Fund, Board of Directors, 1971-1973, undated
6 5682 American Council of Learned Societies, Pacific Spectator, Editorial Board of, 1946-1949
6 5682 American Watercolor Society, 1953-1982, undated
6 5682 Art Center College of Design, Executive Board, 1976-1981
6 5682 Bohemian Club, San Francisco, Calif. (see also Series 6, Crow's Nest Camp, Bohemian Grove, Calif., 1968-1969), 1964-1978
(5 folders)
6 5682 California Institute of the Arts, Board of Trustees, 1968-1969
6 5682 California Watercolor Society (see Series 4, National Watercolor Society, 1966-1980)
6 5682 California World's Fair 1967-1968
6 5682 Claremont Colleges, Board of Trustees (Scripps College)
6 5682 Buildings and Grounds Committee, 1978-1981
6 5683 Challenge Campaign Cabinet, 1964-1967, undated
6 5683 Correspondence, 1966-1982, undated
6 5683 Development Committee, 1978-1979
6 5683 Financial Reports, 1978-1979
6 5683 Invitations, 1978-1981
6 5683 Minutes of meetings, 1966-1968, 1978-1979
Box Reel
7 5683 Economic Roundtable, 1964-1980, undated
(4 folders)
7 5683 Girls' Collegiate School, Board of Trustees, 1964-1967, undated
7 5683 Goodwill Industries of Southern California, Board of Governors (see also Series 6, Goodwill Industries of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1973-1975), 1971-1981, undated
(2 folders)
7 5683 Historical Society of Pomona Valley, 1967-1981
7 5683 Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, 1973-1975
7 5683 International Platform Association, 1973-1977
7 5683-5684 Miscellaneous organizations, 1965-1979
7 5684 National Academy of Design, 1964-1982, undated
(3 folders)
7 5684 National Watercolor Society, 1966-1980
(2 folders)
7 5684 New Mexico Watercolor Society, 1975-1981, undated
7 5684 Otis Art Institute, Board of Governors, 1964-1967
7 5684-5685 Padua Institute, Board of Trustees, 1970-1977, undated
(2 folders)
7 5685 Pasadena Hall of Science, Board of Trustees, 1975-1977
Box Reel
8 5685 Rancheros Visitadores, Santa Barbara, Calif., 1968-1977, undated.
(2 folders)
8 5685 San Diego Watercolor Society, 1969-1982
(2 folders)
8 5685 Society of Motion Picture Art Directors, 1965
8 5685 Studio Art Centers International, Board of Advisors, 1976-1979
8 5685 Virginia Steele Scott Foundation, Vice President, Board of Trustees
8 5685 Art Collection, Acquisitions and development, 1971-1978, undated
(2 folders)
8 5685 Art Collection, Catalog, 1975-1976, undated
8 5685 Art Collection, Inventory lists, 1974-1978, undated
8 5685 Articles of incorporation, 1974
8 5685 Correspondence, 1974-1978, undated
(3 folders)
8 5685 Dedication of gallery, 1974
8 5685 Financial material, 1975-1978, undated
8 5686 Minutes of meetings, 1975-1978
(5 folders)
8 5686 Notes, drawings, and miscellaneous background information, 1975-1977, undated
8 5686 Sheets, Millard, founding role of, 1975
8 5686 Special use permit for foundation property, 1975, undated
8 5686 Watercolor West, 1972-1980, undated
8 5686 Webb School of California, 1964-1966
8 5686 West Coast Watercolor Society, 1969-1980, undated

Series 5: Millard Sheets & Associates Designs, Inc., 1934-1982, undated
(boxes 8-9; 1.0 linear ft)

The series files deal predominantly with administrative aspects of Millard Sheets's major incorporated company, Millard Sheets & Associates Designs. Of particular interest to researchers will be the folder, "Art and antiquities acquisitions for clients, 1960-1966, undated" that document his activities to find, select, and negotiate purchases of artwork and antiques by European and American artists for a select group of clients and acquaintances. The folder entitled, "California State Board of Architectural Examiners, 1968" deals mainly with Sheets's correspondence with state officials who were investigating charges that Sheets was performing architectural services without a license.

The material in this section is arranged alphabetically by subject, and within each subject heading the documents are ordered chronologically.

Box Reel
8 5686 Antoci, Mario J. (accountant), 1964-1964, undated
8 5686 Art and antiquities acquisitions for clients, 1960-1966, undated
8 5686 Calendar (copy for Mary Sheets), 1968-1978, undated
8 5686 California State Board of Architectural Examiners, 1968
Box Reel
9 5686-5687 Chronological copies, 1968-1973
(7 folders)
9 5687 Contract with International Pipe & Ceramics Corp. (Interpace), 1969-1972
9 5687 Contractors, Berven Carpets Corp., Fresno, Calif., 1965-1966
9 5687 Contractors
9 5687 Clausen, W. B., 1977
9 5687 Custom Business Interiors, Covina, Calif., 1970
9 5687 Miscellaneous contractors, 1965-1969
9 5687 Pinton Freres, Paris, France, 1965-1967
9 5688 Van Dyver Furniture Manufacturing Co. (Miller Desk; see also Series 13, Van Dyver Witt Furniture Manufacturing Co., undated), 1934-1985, undated
9 5688 V'Soske, Los Angeles, Calif., 1959-1971, undated
9 5688 Wayne M. Withrow & Co., Los Angeles, Calif., 1963
9 5688 The Woodworks (David Sheets), 1974-1977, undated
9 5688 Copy of agreement between International Club Hotels, Inc. and Victor Gruen Associates International Projects, Inc., 1965
9 5688 Employees, 1960-1965, undated
9 5688 J. P. Evans Store remodelling, 1977, undated
9 5688 Lists, 1978, undated
9 5688 Mail log, 1974-1978, undated
9 5688 Manufacturer's catalogs, 1976-1978, undated
9 5688 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1968-1982, undated
9 5688 Miscellany, 1965, 1972-1977, undated
9 5688 Notes and drawings, 1959-1977, undated
9 5688 Office Building (655 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, Calif.)
9 5688 Appraisal, 1961-1971, undated
9 5688 Correspondence regarding sale of building, 1966-1977, undated
9 5688 Capital improvements and maintenance costs, 1967-1971
9 5688 Myers, William E., 1971-1978
9 5688 Photographs (see also Series 13, Office building, Claremont, Calif., circa 1968) circa 1968
9 5688 Ossipoff, Vladimir, 1965-1967
9 5688 Resumes and letters of recommendation, 1963-1985, undated
9 5688 Salary analysis, circa 1976
9 5688 Smith, E., State Examiner, 1959
9 5688 Telephone directing listing, 1974, undated

Series 6: Project Files, 1956-1981, undated
(boxes 9-18; 8.25 linear ft.)

This series comprises the largest group within the Millard Sheets Papers and documents the design activities of Sheets and his design company. The projects vary in complexity from single family residential designs to downtown urban renewal projects. The scope of his designs include architectural concept drawings, interior floor plans and elevations, murals, and mosaics. Sheets used his design firm to promote and illustrate his philosophy that art should be incorporated into every aspect of daily living.

The files in this series document his efforts to create public and private spaces that reflect the history and natural features and resources of the region in their interior and exterior design. Of special interest to researchers will be the folders for the Home Savings and Loan Association, the Capitol Mall Project of Sacramento, International Pipe & Ceramics Corporation (Interpace), National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the District of Columbia, the University of Notre Dame mural, and the Pomona City mall and redevelopment project. These files reflect some of the highlights of Sheets's career as a designer. His designs for the bank branches of the Home Savings and Loan Association, in particular, rendered the institution's buildings instantly recognizable to the general population, and became a type of California architectural icon.

Files are arranged alphabetically by the name of the project. Within larger project headings, the material is then further grouped by document type. Folders are ordered chronologically.

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9 5688 Ahmanson, Howard F.
9 5688 Guest house, 1965
9 5688 Mosaic tables, 1965
9 5688 Ahmanson Memorial, 1968
9 5688 Bank of America murals (Paul Williams, architect), Long Beach and Van Nuys, Calif., 1965, undated
9 5688 Bert Stewart Memorial Fund, 1965
9 5688 Beverly Wilshire Hotel mural, Beverly Hills, Calif., 1971-1974, undated
9 5688 Buffums' Department Store, Pomona branch, Pomona, Calif., 1961-1963, undated
9 5688 Bureau of Reclamation, US Department of the Interior, art program, 1969
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10 5688 California Masonic Memorial Temple, San Francisco, Calif., 1969-1971, undated
(2 folders)
10 5688 California Scottish Rite Memorial Temple, San Francisco, Calif.,
10 5688-5689 Correspondence, 1960-1973
(2 folders)
10 5689 Job costs and billing statements, 1964-1965
10 5689 Notes and miscellaneous background material, 1962-1964, 1972, undated
10 5689 Cannell & Chaffin, Los Angeles, Calif., 1968-1969
10 5689 Capitol Mall Project, Redevelopment Agency of the City of Sacramento, Sacramento, Calif.
10 5689 Contracts, 1963-1966
(2 folders)
10 5689 Correspondence, 1962-1966, undated
(6 folders)
10 5689 Fee negotiations, 1963-1964, undated
10 5689-5690 Hearings and reviews of developer proposals, 1963-1966
(2 folders)
10 5690 Informational material for developers, 1962-1964, undated
(2 folders)
10 5690 Job costs and billing statements, 1962-1967, undated
10 5690 Minutes of meetings, 1959-1960
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11 5690 Minutes of meetings, 1961-1966
(4 folders)
11 5690 Notes, 1962-1966, undated
11 5690 Printed matter (see Series 12, Capitol Mall Project, Redevelopment Agency of the City of Sacramento, 1963-1973, undated)
11 5690 Proposals, 1963-1966, undated
11 5691 Reports, 1957-1965
11 5691 Schedules and miscellaneous background material, 1962-1966, undated
11 5691 Stone-Sheets v. Tishman, 1966-1968, undated
11 5691 Transmittals, 1963-1966, undated
11 5691 Carnation Company, Los Angeles, Calif., 1964-1965, undated
11 5691 Carson City Mall, Carson City, Nevada, 1965-1968, undated
11 5691 Central California Federal Savings & Loan Association, Auburn, Calif., 1969
11 5691 Chapman, Mr. & Mrs. Charles R., residence, 1969-1971, undated
11 5691 Children's Home Society of California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1965
11 5691 Church of the Brethren, La Verne, Calif., 1962-1964, undated
11 5691 Community Memorial Hospital of San Buenaventura, Ventura, Calif., 1971-1975, undated
11 5691 County Seal, County of Los Angeles, Calif., 1967
11 5691 Crow's Nest Camp, Bohemian Grove, Calif. (see also Series 4, Bohemian Club, San Francisco, Calif., 1964-1978), 1968-1969
11 5691 Cruishank, Mrs. F. G., residence, 1963-1972, undated
11 5691 Damman, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph, residence, 1968-1971, undated
11 5691 Dixie College Fine Arts Center, St. George, Utah, 1970
11 5691 Dorn, Mr. & Mrs. Warren M., residence, 1974
11 5691 Dunbar, Mr. & Mrs. John R., residence, 1967-1969, undated
11 5691 Expo `74 Commemorative Medallions, Funding Associates, N. Hollywood, Calif., 1973-1974
11 5691 "Family of Man" mural, Los Angeles City Hall Annex, Los Angeles, Calif.,
11 5691 Contracts and proposal, 1968-1971
11 5691 Correspondence, 1970-1973
11 5691 Job costs and billing statements, 1970-1972
11 5691 Notes and architectural drawings, 1969-1972, undated
11 5691 First Church of Christ, Scientist, San Francisco, Calif., 1970-1972, 1977, undated
11 5691 Fulton National Bank of Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga., 1966-1967, undated
11 5691 Garrison Theater, Claremont Graduate School and University Center, Claremont, Calif., 1964-1976, undated
11 5691 Goodwill Industries of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif. (see also Series 4, Goodwill Industries of Southern California, Board of Governers, 1971-1981, undated), 1973-1975
11 5691 Griswold's Old School House, Claremont, Calif. (see also Series 6, Hallet Development Corp., Claremont Project, Claremont, Calif., 1966), 1972
11 5691 Hallet Development Corp., Claremont project, Claremont, Calif. (see also Series 6, Griswold's Old School House, Claremont, Calif., 1972), 1966
11 5691 Hearthstone Insurance Company of Massachusetts, Brookline, Mass., 1969-1971, undated
11 5691 Hilton Rainbow Tower, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1968-1969, 1975
11 5691-5692 Hollywood Turf Club, Inglewood, Calif., 1966-1968, undated
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12 5692 Home Savings and Loan Association, Los Angeles, Calif.
12 5692 Branch Offices
12 5692 Ahmanson Center, 1971-1976, undated
12 5692 Alhambra, 1977-1978
12 5692 Anaheim, 1969-1971, undated
12 5692 Arcadia, 1975
12 5692 Balboa Park (Pacific Beach), 1977
12 5692 Barstow, 1975-1977, undated
12 5692 Berkeley (Bloom remodel), 1976-1977, undated
(2 folders)
12 5692 Beverly Hills, 1966-1977, undated
12 5692 Buena Park, 1976-1979, undated
12 5692 Burbank, 1977
12 5692 Century City, 1977
12 5692 Compton, 1979
12 5692 Cupertino, 1972-1976
12 5692 Encino, 1973-1977, undated
12 5692 Fremont, 1973-1977, undated
(2 folders)
12 5692 Fresno, 1976
12 5692 Garden Grove, 1973-1976, undated
12 5692 Grossmont, 1975-1977, undated
12 5692 Highland Park, 1973-1974, undated
12 5692 Hollywood, Contracts, 1967-1977
12 5692 Holywood, Correspondence, 1966-1968, undated
12 5692 Hollywood, Job costs and billing statements, 1967-1970
12 5692 Hollywood, Names for lettering, 1967-1968, undated
12 5693 Hollywood, Notes, drawings, photographs, and promotional materials, 1967-1968, undated
12 5693 Home office, 1967
12 5693 Huntington Harbor, 1979, undated
(2 folders)
12 5693 Huntington Park, 1975-1976, undated
12 5693 La Mirada, 1976-1979, undated
12 5693 Lakewood, 1975-1979, undated
12 5693 Long Beach, Correspondence, 1977-1980, undated
12 5693 Long Beach, Miscellaneous background material, 1963, 1977-1980, undated
12 5693 Long Beach, Notes and drawings, undated
12 5693 Los Angeles (temporary downtown structure), 1974
Box Reel
13 5693 Menlo Park, 1975-1977
13 5693 Montebello (see also Series 6, Branch Offices, Rolling Hills, 1972-1974, undated), 1972-1974, undated
(2 folders)
13 5693 Mountain View, Correspondence, 1974-1977
13 5693 Mountain View, Job costs and billing statements, 1974-1978
13 5693 Mountain View, Miscellaneous background material, 1973-1976, undated
13 5693 Mountain View, Notes and drawings, 1974-1978, undated
13 5693 Newport Beach (Irvine), 1974-1979, undated
13 5693 Novato, 1970-1972, undated
13 5693 Oakland (18th Street), undated
13 5693 Redlands, 1976-1980, undated
13 5693 Redwood City, 1973, undated
13 5693 Rialto, 1969-1972
13 5693 Riverside, 1973
13 5693 Rolling Hills, Correspondence (see also Series 6, Branch Offices, Montebello, 1972-1974), 1972-1974, undated
13 5693 Rolling Hills, Job costs and billing statements (see also Series 6, Branch Offices, Montebello, 1972-1974), 1972-1974
13 5693 Rolling Hills, Notes and drawings (see also Series 6, Branch Offices, Montebello, 1972-1974), 1973, undated
13 5693-5694 Santa Ana, 1965-1967, undated
13 5694 Sacramento, Point West building, Correspondence, 1972-1979
13 5694 Sacramento, Point West building, Job costs and billing statements, 1976-1980
13 5694 Sacramento, Point West building, Notes, drawings, and miscellaneous background material, 1972-1976, undated
13 5694 Sacramento, 10th and L Streets building, 1977, undated
13 5694 San Bernardino, 1971-1974, undated
(2 folders)
13 5694 San Diego, 1971-1977, undated
13 5694 San Francisco, Correspondence, 1973-1977
(2 folders)
13 5694 San Francisco, Job costs and billing statements, 1973-1977
13 5694 San Francisco, Notes, drawings and miscellaneous background material, 1962, 1971-1976, undated
Box Reel
14 5694 San Gabriel, 1973-1976
14 5694 San Jose, 1971-1972, undated
14 5694 Santa Cruz, Correspondence, 1973-1979
14 5694 Santa Cruz, Job costs and billing statements, 1973-1978, undated
14 5694 Santa Cruz, Notes, drawings, and miscellaneous background material, 1973-1977, undated
14 5694 Branch Offices, Santa Maria, 1975-1976
14 5694 Santa Monica, 1968-1971, undated
14 5694-5695 Simi Valley, 1976-1977
14 5695 Studio City, 1966-1969, 1977, undated
14 5695 Tiburon, Clippings (see Series 12, Home Savings and Loan Association, Tiburon branch, Tiburon, Calif., 1973-1976), 1973-1976
14 5695 Tiburon, Correspondence, 1972-1980, undated
14 5695 Tiburon, Job costs and billing statements, 1972-1980
14 5695 Tiburon, Notes, drawings, and miscellaneous background material, 1966, 1970-1973, undated
(2 folders)
14 5695 Torrance, 1976-1980, undated
14 5695 Tujunga, 1978-1979, undated
14 5695 Vacaville, 1976, undated
14 5695 Valencia, 1976-1977
14 5695 Vallejo, 1976-1977
14 5695 Walnut Creek, 1973-1976, undated
14 5695 West Portal, 1973-1977, undated
14 5695 Westminster, 1976-1980, undated
14 5695 Westlake Village, 1966, 1976-1980, undated
(2 folders)
14 5695 Whittier, 1974-1975
14 5695 Building Committee minutes of meetings and reports, 1976-1977
(3 folders)
14 5695 Flow charts, 1977
14 5695 Imperial Bank horse sculpture, 1975
14 5695 Miscellaneous background material, 1961-1977, undated
14 5695 Shields and signs, 1972, undated
14 5696 Status reports, 1976
14 5696 Temporary modular structure, 1975-1976, undated
14 5696 Hunter, Joseph, residence, Anchor Bay, Calif., 1964
14 5696 Hunter, R.O., Jurupa Estates residence, 1969
14 5696 International Pipe & Ceramics Corporation (Interpace), Los Angeles, Calif.
14 5696 Agendas and minutes of meetings, 1964-1971
14 5696 Annual reports, 1962-1970
14 5696 Coco Palms Mural, Kauai, Hawaii, 1968-1971, undated
14 5696 Contract and position description, 1968, undated
Box Reel
15 5696 Correspondence
15 5696 Adleta Show Case & Fixture Manufacturing Company, 1965
15 5696 Betts, John F., 1963-1972
15 5696 Bowler, C.N., Jr., 1964-1967
15 5696 Choo, Yoon, 1971
15 5696 Filsinger, E. Phil, 1958-1971
15 5696 Folks, Eugene, F., 1964-1967
15 5696 Goodrich, Hobert R., 1961-1967
15 5696 Hirsh, Allan M., Jr., (see also Series 2, Hirsh, Mr. & Mrs. Allan M., Jr., 1965-1971), 1963-1967
15 5696 House, Elliot M., 1965-1967, undated
15 5696 Kennison, Hugh F., 1963-1973, undated
15 5696 Lawton, Richard C., 1963-1965
15 5696 Loder, Marc, 1966-1967
15 5696 Maloof, Sam, 1966
15 5696 McComas, Owen L., 1963-1966
15 5696 Miscellaneous, 1961-1973
(2 folders)
15 5696 Moffitt, David S., 1963-1966
15 5696 Pulling, Richard K., 1971
15 5696 Seton, Louis H., 1963-1966
15 5696 Stanton, Sheridan G., 1964-1971
15 5696 Swanson, Harold V., 1964-1966
15 5696 Wagner, Jack L., 1964-1966
15 5696 Whitmore, C. F., 1965-1966
15 5696 Job costs and billing statements, 1966-1974, undated
15 5696 Miscellaneous background material, 1965-1969, undated
15 5696-5697 Notes and drawings, 1959, 1962-1973, undated
15 5697 Photographs (see Series 12), 1963-1965, undated
15 5697 Johnson, Robert, residence, Escondido, Calif., 1966-1969
15 5697 Keenan, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas B., residence and stables, Claremont, Calif., 1968-1969
15 5697 Kosa, Emil J., residence, 1968
15 5697 Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia, Calif., 1968-1971
15 5697 Los Feliz Inn, Los Angeles, Calif., 1975
15 5697 Loyola University of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif., 1963-1966, undated
15 5697 Lubbock National Bank, Lubbock, Tex.
15 5697 Charles E. Maedgen, Jr. Memorial Surgical Waiting Room, Methodist Hospital, Lubbock, Tex., 1973-1974
15 5697 Main Branch
15 5697 Contract and proposal, 1970-1974
15 5697 Correspondence, 1965-1978
(2 folders)
15 5697 Custom Business Interiors (Cal Margulies), 1966-1972
15 5697 Drawings, photographs, and promotional material, 1965-1967, undated
15 5697 Exterior renovations,
15 5697 Job costs and billing statements, 1966-1974
15 5697 Notes, 1965-1972, undated
15 5697 Third floor additions, 1971-1972, undated
15 5697 Southwest Lubbock National Bank, Lubbock, Tex., 1977-1978, undated
15 5697 Malone Ranch, Riverside County, Calif., 1961-1966, undated
15 5697 Masi, Mr. & Mrs. Sebastian, residence, Cucamonga, Calif., 1964-1966, undated
15 5697 Medallion Restaurant, Los Angeles, Calif., 1973, undated
15 5697 Mercantile National Bank, Dallas, Tex., 1958, 1964-1965
15 5697 Merit Development Company, San Francisco, Calif., 1964
15 5697 Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, Calif., 1966-1968
15 5697 National Paint and Coatings Association, 1975
Box Reel
16 5697 National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., 1962-1971, undated
16 5697 Contract and job specifications, 1964
16 5697 Correspondence, 1963-1971, undated
16 5697 General, 1964-1970
16 5697 Maginnis and Walsh and Kennedy, Boston, Mass., 1963-1974, undated
(2 folders)
16 5697 Ravenna Mosaic Company, St. Louis, Mo., 1965-1971
16 5697 Drawings, notes, and research material, 1962-1968, undated
16 5697 Job costs and billing statements, 1964-1969
16 5697 Photographs (see Series 12), 1967-1969, undated
16 5697 "Native Diver" memorial, Hollywood Park, Inglewood, Calif., 1968-1970, undated
16 5697 Notre Dame mural ("Word of Life"), University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., 1962-1968, 1987-1988, undated
16 5697 Padelford, Mrs. Louise, residence, Claremont, Calif., 1966-1967, undated
16 5697 Perino's Restaurant, Los Angeles, Calif. (see also Series 6, Pierce National Life Insurance Company, 1966-1969, undated), 1967
16 5697 Perpetual Savings and Loan Association, Beverly Hills, Calif., 1966
16 5697 Person, Roy, residence, 1974, undated
16 5697 Philibosian, Mrs. Sirpuhe, residence
16 5697-5698 Correspondence, 1965-1969
16 5698 Job Costs, "Desert" house, 1965-1966, undated
16 5698 Job Costs, "Persian" house, 1965
16 5698 Notes, drawings, and miscellaneous material, 1965-1967, undated
16 5698 Pierce National Life Insurance Company, Los Angeles, Calif. (see also Series 6, Perino's Restaurant, Los Angeles, Calif., 1967)
16 5698 Bids, 1967-1968, undated
16 5698 Correspondence, 1966-1969
16 5698 Job costs, 1966-1969, undated
16 5698 Notes, drawings, and miscellaneous material, 1966-1968, undated
16 5698 Pomona, City of, Mall and redevelopment project
16 5698 Clippings (see Series 12, same heading), 1936-1992, undated
16 5698 Contracts and proposals, 1959-1965
16 5698 Correspondence, Alvin, Joe, 1960-1963, undated
16 5698 Correspondence, General, 1956-1971
(2 folders)
16 5698 Correspondence, Sharp, Frederick W., 1959-1971
16 5698 Job costs and billing statements, 1959-1965
16 5698 Miscellaneous background material, 1958-1976, undated
(3 folders)
16 5698 Notes and drawings, 1960-1966, undated
16 5698 Parking lot and landscaping, 1960-1962
16 5698 Photographs (see also Series 13)
16 5698 Pomona First Federal Savings and Loan Association, Pomona, Calif.
16 5698 Claremont Architectural Commission, minutes of meetings, 1968-1969
16 5698 Contracts and proposals, 1968-1979
16 5698 Correspondence, Berry Construction Company, Ontario, Calif., 1968-1969
16 5698 Correspondence, General, 1965-1979
16 5698 Correspondence, Lee, Joseph P., 1967-1969
16 5698 Drawings and sketches, undated
16 5698 Job costs and billing statements, 1965-1969, 1976
16 5698 Miscellaneous background material, 1968-1969, undated
16 5699 Porter Ranch entry, Macco Realty Company, Newport Beach, Calif., 1964-1966
16 5699 Rainier, F.E. ("Buzz") and Barbara, residence, Carmel, Calif., 1969-1971
16 5699 Richard Hardin & Associates, proposal, Austin, Tex., 1971
16 5699 Roberts, Dr. & Mrs. Ernest R., residence, 1967
16 5699 Ruddick, Mrs. Harold M.., residence, 1965-1966
Box Reel
17 5699 St. Joseph's Church, Upland, Calif., 1979-1980, undated
17 5699 St. Paul Civic Center, I. A. O'Shaughnessey Plaza fountain, St. Paul, Minn., 1973
17 5699 San Antonio Plaza fountain, San Antonio, Texas, 1966-1967
17 5699 San Jacinto Savings Association, Houston, Texas,
17 5699 Correspondence, 1964-1967
(2 folders)
17 5699 Job costs and billing statements, 1964-1966
17 5699 Notes and miscellaneous background material, 1964-1965, undated
17 5699 Photographs (see Series 12, same heading), circa 1966
17 5699 San Jose Mercury News (San Jose Air Terminal mural), 1976-1977
17 5699 Santa Rosa Savings & Loan Association, Santa Rosa, Calif.
17 5699 Contracts, 1967-1968
17 5699 Correspondence, 1967-1972
(2 folders)
17 5699 Field inspection reports, 1968
17 5699 Job costs and billing statements, 1967-1969
17 5699 Notes, drawings, and miscellaneous background material, 1957, 1967-1969, undated
17 5699 Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, Los Angeles, Calif., 1964-1970
17 5699 Scripps College, Claremont, Calif.,
17 5699 Architectural contract for Humanities Building, 1967-1968, undated
17 5699 President's Suite, 1967, 1971, undated
17 5699 Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, San Francisco, Calif., 1969-1971, undated
17 5699 Southern California Edison Company, Los Angeles, Calif., 1971-1973, undated
17 5699 Southern California Savings and Loan Association, Beverly Hills, Calif.
17 5699 Bruner Pacific (marble), 1968-1969
17 5699 Buckeye Realty and Management Corp., 1968-1969, undated
17 5699 Carpets, furniture, and lighting, 1969-1970, undated
17 5699 Columbia Showcase and Cabinet Company, 1969
17 5699 Pinton Freres (tapestries), 1968-1969
17 5699-5670 Requests to bid, 1969
17 5670 Resolution, 1970
17 5670 Wilshire & Doheny branch office, 1968-1970, undated
17 5670 Stone, Ralph, addition to residence, Santa Rosa, Calif., 1970-1971, undated
17 5670 Sunset Magazine
17 5670 Christmas card painting (see also Series 11, Sunset Magazine, Christmas card text, 1973), 1973
17 5670 Dining room mural, Menlo Park, Calif., 1973
17 5670 Travis Savings and Loan Association, San Antonio, Tex.
17 5670 Correspondence, 1965-1975, undated
(2 folders)
17 5670 Design sketches, architectural drawings, and photographs, 1966-1968, undated
17 5670 Job costs, 1966-1969, undated
17 5670 Notes and research material, 1966-1970, undated
17 5670 Travis sculpture, 1965
17 5670 Truman's Restaurant and Drive In, Los Angeles, Calif., 1964-1971, undated
(2 folders)
17 5670 United Air Lines calendars, 1963-1967
17 5670 Upland Woods housing complex, Upland, Calif., 1977, undated
17 5670 Warner Brown Hospital, El Dorado, Ark., circa 1975
17 5670 Washington Cathedral/Mount Saint Alban, Washington, D.C., 1966-1967
17 5670 Webb School of California, Claremont, Calif.
17 5670 Change orders and credit memos, 1965-1967, undated
17 5670 Contracts and proposals, 1965-1966
Box Reel
18 5670 Correspondence, Bayne, Peter F., 1965-1968
18 5670 Correspondence, General, 1965-1978
18 5670 Correspondence, Hooper, Frederick R., 1965-1973
18 5670 Job costs and billing statements, 1965-1967, undated
18 5670 Liens and work releases, 1966
18 5670 Miscellaneous background material, 1965-1975, undated
18 5670 Notes and drawings, 1965-1966, undated

Series 7: Teaching and Workshop Files, 1932-1982, undated
(box 18; 0.5 linear ft.)

The material in this series primarily reflects Sheets's teaching activities in an academic setting and his role as an instructor through specialized art workshops. Although Sheets was a professor for many years at Scripps College, few of his academic records from that institution can be found in this collection.

The series is organized into two subseries:

7.1: Teaching Positions and Seminars, 1932-1982, undated

The files in 7.1 predominantly reflect short term teaching/lectures given at various Western universities or colleges.

Box Reel
18 5700 Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa, Calif., 1974-1979, undated
18 5700 Miscellaneous teaching positions, 1948-1952
18 5700 Southern Oregon College, Ashland, Ore., 1974-1979, undated
18 5700 Scripps College, Claremont, Calif.
18 5700 Correspondence, 1932-1933, 1964-1982
18 5700 Lectures and notes, 1946-1950, undated
18 5700-5701 Miscellaneous related material, 1941, 1963-1986, undated
18 5701 Scripps College Bulletin, 1938, 1966, 1977-1987
18 5701 Vision and Art, KVCR TV series, "A Mural for Spring," May 21-23, 1968

7.2: Workshops, 1952, 1964-1982, undated

The files in 7.2 document Sheets's extensive teaching experience as a painting instructor, as evidenced through the numerous workshops he led in the Western United States and Mexico, as well as throughout the world. Researchers will find it useful to also peruse Series 8: Painting trips, 1959-1980, undated for related personal painting trips that often followed Sheets's workshops.

For additional information about the New Mexico Watercolor Society in Albuquerque, New Mexico, see also Series 10 (Jury files), Oct. 10-11, 1975 "Watercolor Southwest," Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Museum of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, N. Mex.

Box Reel
18 5701 Alaska Artists' Guild, University of Alaska Drawing/Painting Lab, Anchorage, Alaska, Aug. 16-22, 1982
18 5701 Beverly Hills Art League, Roxbury Recreational Center, Beverly Hills, Calif., Mar. 11, 1971 and Sept. 4, 1973
18 5701 City of Fremont, Department of Recreation & Leisure Services, Fremont, Calif., Oct. 24-26, 1980
18 5701 Fresno Arts Center, Fresno, Calif., Apr. 4-6, 1975
18 5701 Hewitt Painting Workshops
18 5701 Taxco, Mexico, Aug. 16-28, 1964
18 5701 Greek Islands and Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 7-26, 1965
18 5701 San Miguel Allende, Mexico, July 31-Aug. 12, 1966
18 5701 HAtami, Kyoto, and the Inland Sea, Japan, Oct. 8-29, 1967
18 5701 Taxco, Mexico Aug. 4-16, 1968
18 5701 Connemara and Dublin, Ireland, July 9-25, 1969
18 5701 Guadalajara, Morelia, and Pátzcuaro, Mexico, Aug. 2-15, 1970
18 5701 Greece and Yugoslavia, Sept. 21-Oct. 11, 1971
18 5701 Tahiti and New Zealand (see also Series 8, Tahiti, New Zealand, and Fiji, Feb. 24-Apr. 1973), Feb. 24-Mar. 17, 1973
18 5701 Gualala and San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 11, 1974
18 5701 Yucatan, Mexico and Guatemala, Nov. 3-17, 1974,
18 5701 China (canceled), Aug. 29-Sept. 18, 1975
18 5701 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Nov. 8-20, 1975
18 5701 Moorea and Papeete, Tahiti, May 7-23, 1976
18 5701 Gualala, Calif., Oct. 6-15, 1977
18 5701 Hawaii, Nov. 1977
18 5701 Portugal and Provence, France, Apr. 18-May 2, 1978
18 5701 Ajijic, Mexico, Mar. 11-31, 1979
18 5701 China, June 17-July 9, 1980
18 5701 Invitations, declined, 1952, 1966-1981
18 5701 Jade Fon Workshops, Asilomar, Calif., July 7-16, 1976
18 5701 Jade Fon Workshops, Asilomar, Calif., June 28-July 8, 1977
18 5701 Letters of appreciation from workshop participants, 1971-1978, undated
18 5701 Mid-Southern Watercolorists, Little Rock, Ark., May 21-26, 1979
18 5701 New Mexico Watercolor Society, Albuquerque, N. Mex.
18 5701 June 14-18, 1971
18 5701 Oct. 2-7, 1972
18 5701 Feb. 11-16, 1975
18 5701 Oct. 22-28, 1978
18 5701 Oct. 19-23, 1981
18 5701 Oklahoma Watercolor Society, Midwest City, Okla.
18 5701 Canceled, Oct. 21-27, 1973
18 5701 Mar. 4-9, 1975
18 5701 Painting Holidays, New York, N.Y. and Tulsa, Okla., Sept. 24-Oct. 7, 1970
18 5701 Pleasanton Art League, Pleasanton, Calif., Apr. 23-25, 1976
18 5701 Potomac Valley Watercolorists, Alexandria, Va., Sept. 27-29, 1978
18 5701 San Antonio Watercolor Group, San Antonio, Tex.
18 5701 Apr. 17-21, 1975
18 5701 Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 1980
18 5701 San Diego Watercolor Society, San Diego, Calif.
18 5701 Demonstration, June 9, 1973
18 5701 Dec. 6-9, 1978
18 5701 Demonstration, Aug. 23, 1979
18 5701 Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, Santa Clara, Calif.
18 5701 Oct. 14-16, 1973
18 5701 Apr. 2-4, 1976
18 5701 Southwestern Watercolor Society
18 5701 Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 24-28, 1969
18 5701 Oklahoma City, Okla., May 5-10, 1972
18 5701 Houston, Tex., Sept. 26-30, 1972
18 5701 Houston, Tex. Mar. 11-16, 1975
18 5701 Tulare County Art League, Visalia, Calif., Oct. 3-5, 1975
18 5701 Utah Watercolor Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, Mar. 1977
18 5701 Women Painters of the West, Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 11, 1976

Series 8: Painting Trips, 1959-1980, undated
(box 18; 15 folders)

The files document the predominantly personal trips made by Sheets which were devoted to furthering his painting career. Of particular interest to researchers and scholars will be the folders that deal with his trips under the aegis of the Department of State as an American Specialist. Sheets served as an artist/representative in the USIS department's international cultural exchange program. His trip to the USSR at time when US-USSR relations were beginning to enter into a less tense period gave him a unique opportunity to explore similarities and differences between the arts communities in both nations. His experiences in Russia can be further explored in 11.3: Lectures and speeches, 1937-1980, undated

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject and then ordered chronologically.

Box Reel
18 5701 African Art in Context tour, Feb. 1-24, 1979
18 5701 American Specialist grantee, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, USIS, Department of State
18 5701 Turkey, Jan.-March 1960
18 5701 U.S.S.R., Nov.-Dec. 1961
18 5701 California Savings and Loan League European tour, May 10-June 7, 1964
18 5701 China tour (canceled), Mar.-Apr. 1972
18 5701 Hawaii, Sept. 8-18, 1979
18 5701 Japan, India, and Southeast Asia, Sept.-Dec. 1967
18 5701 Morelia, Mexico, Dec. 1973-Jan. 1974
18 5701 New York, Pennsylvania, and California, Nov. 5-12, 1979
18 5701 Patzcuaro, Mexico, Nov. 9-19, 1980
18 5701 Tahiti and Moorea
18 5701 Apr. 25-May 5, 1977
18 5702 June 10-July 1, 1978
18 5702 June 2-30, 1979
18 5702 Aug. 15-Sept. 5, 1980
18 5702 Tahiti, New Zealand, and Fiji (see also 7.2, Hewitt Painting Workshops, Tahiti and New Zealand, Feb. 24-Mar. 17, 1973), Feb. 24-Apr.3, 1973

Series 9: Exhibition Files, 1932-1937, 1951-1988, undated
(box 19; 0.75 linear ft.)

The files in this series are organized into four major subseries.

9.1: Exhibitions Featuring Artwork by Sheets, 1951-1988, undated

This subseries details the many group and solo art exhibitions in which Sheets participated throughout his career as a painter. The material includes correspondence, notes, brochures, and related background material. Date spans within each exhibition file may precede and postdate the actual dates of the event. This series will be of particular interest to researchers and scholars as there is no other location in the collection where one can find as complete a listing of the many exhibitions that featured work by Sheets.

Material is arranged chronologically by year, and then subsequently by the month and date of the exhibition.

Box Reel
19 5702 Desert Gallery of Kathal Wales, Tucson, Ariz. (Jan. 14-27, 1951), 1951, 1973
19 5702 "The Air Force in Aerospace Exhibition," Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colo. (Mar. 10-Apr. 27, 1962), 1961-1968
19 5702 San Marino Public Library, San Marino, Calif. (Sept. 24-Oct. 26, 1962), 1962, undated
19 5702 National Charity League benefit, Upland, Calif. (Oct. 5, 1962), 1962, undated
19 5702 "Festival of Fine Arts," Hillcrest Congregational Church, Whittier, Calif. (Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 1964), 1964, undated
19 5702 "Millard Sheets: Recent Watercolours," Arthur Tooth & Sons, Ltd., London, England, (June 9-27, 1964), 1962-1964, undated
19 5702 "Art in Action," Soroptimist Club of Heraldsburg, Heraldsburg, Calif. (Oct. 3-4, 1964), 1964
19 5702 "Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture," Bohemian Club, San Francisco, Calif. (May 1-22, 1965), 1965
19 5702 Pomona Valley Art Association Gallery, Pomona, Calif. (June, 1965), 1965
19 5702 "All California Festival of the Arts," Laguna Beach Art Association, Laguna Beach, Calif., (Aug., 1965), 1965
19 5702 "Paintings in Retrospect," Pomona Public Library, Pomona, Calif. (Oct.-Nov., 1965), 1965
19 5702 Riverside Mission Inn, Riverside, Calif. (Nov.-Dec., 1965), 1965
19 5702 "Contemporary Religious Art Show," Pomona Public Library, Pomona, Calif. (Nov. 1965-Jan. 1966), 1965-1966
19 5702 "International Exhibit of Twentieth Century Watercolors," Southern California Savings and Loan Association, Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Jan. 3-28, 1966), 1965-1966, undated
19 5702 "Festival of Fine Arts," Hillcrest Congregational Church, Whittier, Calif. (Feb. 25-28, 1966), 1966
19 5702 Choate School, Wallingford, Conn. (May, 1966), 1966
19 5702 "Fifth Annual Art Show," Women of St. Alban's Church, Los Angeles, Calif. (May 13-19, 1966), 1966
19 5702 Whittier Art Association Galleries, Whittier, Calif. (Sept. 27-Oct. 27), 1966
19 5702 The Gallery, Palm Springs, Calif. (Sept., 1966), 1966
19 5702 Beverly Hills Womens' Club, Beverly Hills, Calif. (Oct. 3-25, 1966), 1966
19 5702 Bohemian Club, San Francisco, Calif. (Oct. 17-Nov. 15, 1966), 1966, undated
19 5702 West Coast Watercolor Society show, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, Calif. (Nov. 10-Dec. 23, 1966), 1966
19 5702 Visual Arts Project, Projects to Advance Creativity in Education, San Bernardino, Calif. (Jan.-?, 1977), 1966-1967, undated
19 5702 Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles, Calif. (May, 1967), 1967
19 5702 Dallas North Galleries, Dallas, Texas (Jan., 1968), 1967-1968, undated
19 5702 "Southern California Artists All-Star Exhibition," Arrowhead Allied Arts Council, San Bernardino, Calif. (July, 1968), 1967-1968
19 5702 1969
19 5702 "Treasure Chest of Art," Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Association and the Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif. (Mar. 22-29, 1969), 1969
19 5702 Moreno Valley Allied Arts Center, Sunnymead, Calif. (Apr. 20-?, 1969), 1969
19 5702 "100 Paintings From The 20th Century," Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, N.J. (Sept. 7-28, 1969), 1969
19 5702 West Coast Watercolor Society show, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Wash. (Mar.?-Apr. 4, 1971), 1971
19 5702 Kay Bonfoey Gallery, Tucson, Ariz. (Apr. 1-30, 1971), 1971
19 5702 West Coast Watercolor Society, Bodega Gallery, Bodega, Calif. (Aug., 1971), 1971-1973
19 5702 "Sixth Annual Watercolor Competitive," Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, Calif. (Sept. 11, 1971), 1970-1991
19 5702 Kay Bonfoey Studio and Gallery, Tucson, Ariz. (Apr., 1972),
19 5702 "Artistas Plasticos Regiomontanos Asociados," National Commercial Bank of Monterrey, Monterey, Mexico (Dec. 16-18, 1972), 1972, undated
19 5702 "California Water Color Society Collection," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Calif. (May 1-27, 1973), 1973
19 5702 Academy Galleries, National Academy of Design, New York, N.Y. (Sept. 27-Oct. 12, 1974), 1974-1977
19 5702 Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Tex. (Apr. 28-May 26, 1974), 1973-1975, undated
19 5702 West Texas Museum, Lubbock, Tex., 1974, undated (July, 1974)
19 5702 Traveling exhibition, National Watercolor Society, St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, Calif. and Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs, Calif. (Nov. 1975-? 1976), 1975
19 5702 "Millard Sheets," Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, Calif. (Mar. 27-Apr. 29, 1976), 1975-1976, undated
19 5702 Art Gallery, California State University, Fullerton, Calif. (Apr. 23-May 30, 1976), 1976
19 5702 "Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Calif. (Sept. 3-Nov. 21, 1976), 1976-1977
19 5702 "Watercolor: Eighteen Artists," Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Ill. (Dec. 11, 1976-Jan. 22, 1977)(see also 9.1, Exhibitions Quincy Art Association....Feb. 6-27, 1977), 1976-1977
19 5702 Quincy Art Association, Quincy Art Center Gallery, Quincy, Ill. (Feb. 6-27, 1977)(see 9.1, Watercolor: Eighteen Artists..., Dec. 11, 1976-Jan. 22, 1977), 1976-1977
19 5702 "Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era," The National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (May 20-Sept. 11, 1977)(see 9.1, Painting and Sculpture in California.... Sept. 3-Nov. 21, 1976), 1976
19 5702 "Southern California 100," Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, Calif. (Sept. 21-Oct. 30, 1977), 1977
19 5702 Watercolor West show, Art Center Gallery, Rancho Sante Fe, Calif. (Oct., 1977), 1977
19 5702 Edward-Dean Museum of Decorative Arts, Cherry Valley, Calif. (Apr.2-30, 1978), 1978
19 5702 Tenth annual Watercolor West show, Riverside Art Center, Riverside, Calif. (Apr., 1978)(see 9.1, Fine Arts Institute of the San Bernadino County Museum....July 4-Aug. 28, 1978), 1978
19 5702 Watercolor West members' show, Brand Library, Glendale, Calif. (June 2-27, 1978) (see 9.1, Fine Arts Institute of the San Bernadino County Museum....July 4-Aug. 28, 1978), 1978
19 5702 Fine Arts Institute of the San Bernardino County Museum, San Bernardino, Calif. (July 4-Aug. 28, 1978), 1978
19 5702 "Fifty Years of the Southern California School of Watercolor," Fresno Arts Center, Fresno, Calif. (Nov., 1978), 1978
19 5702 "Invitational Watercolor Exhibit," Edward-Dean Museum of Decorative Arts, Cherry Valley, Calif. (Oct. 7-Nov. 18, 1979), 1979
19 5702 Palm Desert Museum, Palm Springs, Calif. (May 1-June 1 and Sept. 23-Oct. 19, 1980), 1980
19 5702 "Water Color: San Diego," Founders Gallery, University of San Diego, San Diego, Calif. (Jan.25-Feb. 26, 1981), 1981
19 5702 "Little-Known Treasures From The Permanent Collection," Muskegon Museum of Art (formerly Hackley Art Gallery), Muskegon, Mich. (July 8-Sept. 5, 1981), 1981
19 5702 "Millard Sheets: Sunsets, Seascapes, and the Southwest," Santa Fé East Galleries, Santa Fe, N. Mex. (July 17-Aug.30, 1981), 1980-1981
19 5702 Artique Ltd. Fine Art Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska (Aug. 11-13, 1982) (see 7.2, Alaska Artists' Guild, Anchorage, Alaska, Aug. 16-22, 1982), 1982
19 5702 "Fourth Annual Watercolor Exhibition," A. Huney Gallery, San Diego, Calif. (Feb. 12-13, 1983), 1983
19 5702 "Claremont Artists, 1930s-1980s," Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, Calif. (Oct. 5-23, 1987), 1987
19 5702 "Art At Scripps: The Early Years," Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, Calif. (Jan. 23-Feb. 28, 1988), 1988

9.2: Exhibitions Organized by Sheets/ Featuring Items from His Personal Art Collection, 1964-1969

This subseries consists of correspondence, notes, and related background material that documents the exhibitions organized by Millard Sheets for public and private groups, and corporations.

Box Reel
19 5702 "Woman-Image and Symbol," Otis Art Institute Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif. (Mar. 27-May 17, 1964), 1964
19 5702 Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona, Calif. (Aug., 1964), 1964
19 5702 Southern California Savings and Loan Association, Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jan. 5-29, 1965), 1964
19 5702 "Bronzes Past and Present," Mount San Antonio College Art Gallery, Walnut, Calif. (Oct., 1965), 1965
19 5702 "The Artist In Industry Collects," Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, Calif. (Mar. 23-May 8, 1966), 1965-1966
19 5702 "Japan-Art In Action," Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona, Calif. (Sept. 13-29, 1968), 1968
19 5702 "Before Cortes: Sculpture of Middle America," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y. (Sept. 30, 1970-Jan. 3, 1971), 1969

9.3: Galleries, 1932-1937, 1960-1981, undated

This subseries contains Millard Sheets's files for the galleries that represented him as one of their artists. Materials include inventory sheets, correspondence, exhibition announcements, sales records, paintings rental agreement forms, and miscellaneous background information.

The files are arranged alphabetically by name of gallery. Within each folder, material is arranged chronologically.

Box Reel
19 5702 Circle Gallery, Chicago, Ill., 1973-1977, undated
19 5702 Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles, Calif., circa 1937-1977, undated
19 5702 Consignments and inventory control sheets, 1963-1975
19 5702 Correspondence, 1965-1976, undated
19 5702 Exhibition catalogs and announcements, 1932-1976, undated
19 5702 Miscellaneous material, 1960, 1971, undated
19 5702 Sales records, 1967-1977, undated
19 5702 Gallery 8, 1976-1978
19 5702 Kennedy Galleries, New York, N.Y., 1980-1981
19 5702 Rental Gallery of the Scripps Fine Arts Foundation, Claremont, Calif., 1964-1966
19 5702 Sea Urchin Gallery, Gualala, Calif., 1964

9.4: Miscellaneous Related Material, 1952-1981, undated

This subseries consists of correspondence, brochures, announcements, notes, and inventory sheets. Researchers and scholars will find information on Sheet's personal art collection of particular interest.

The files are arranged alphabetically by subject. Within each folder material is arranged chronologically.

Box Reel
19 5702 Barse Miller retrospective, 1973
19 5702 Inventory notes on Sheet's personal art collection, 1964-1978
19 5703 Invitations to exhibitions, declined, 1964-1980
19 5703 "One World of Art," grant proposal, 1952

Series 10: Jury Files, 1941-1982
(boxes 19-20; 42 folders)

This series deals firstly with the exhibitions which Sheets juried. Span dates for each exhibition may include material that precedes and postdates the actual exhibition date. The second part of the series includes miscellaneous correspondence with Sheets from individuals, professional groups, or galleries, requesting his service as an exhibition judge. Only invitations to jury which were refused are included in this folder.

Files for exhibitions which Sheets juried are arranged chronologically by year and then ordered within each year by month. Material in the second group of files is arranged chronologically.

Box Reel
19 5703 "Drawings, U.S.A.," Saint Paul Gallery and School of Art, St. Paul, Minn. (Oct. 25-26, 1961), 1961-1962
19 5703 "Twenty-sixth Annual Exhibit," Boise Art Association, Boise, Idaho (Oct. 28-30, 1961), 1961
19 5703 "Sixteenth Annual Exhibition," Texas Watercolor Society, San Antonio, Tex. (Mar. 14-Apr. 4, 1965), 1964-1965
19 5703 Society of Western Artists, San Francisco, Calif. (Apr., 1965), 1965
19 5703 "Fourth Annual Art Show," Women of St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, Calif. (May 13, 1965), 1965
19 5703 Hollywood Turf Club, Inglewood, Calif. (June 20-30, 1965), 1965
19 5703 "Second Annual Outdoor Art Show," Santa Rosa Art Guild, Santa Rosa, Calif. (Sept. 2-5, 1965), 1965
19 5703 Ventura County Art competition, Ventura County Forum of the Arts, Ventura, Calif. (Mar. 10, 1966), 1965-1966
19 5703 "Watercolor, U.S.A.," Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Mo. (Apr. 22-23, 1966), 1966
19 5703 Student exhibition, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa (Apr. 24-26, 1966), 1966
19 5703 "Hundredth Anniversary Exhibition," American Watercolor Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y. (Oct. 18, 1966), 1966
19 5703 "Bal Masque Classique," Damas de Caridad, Fullerton, Calif. (circa Feb., 1967), 1967
19 5703 "Seventh Union League Art Show," Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, Ill. (Feb. 3-11, 1967), 1967
19 5703 Alumni scholarship competition, MGM Studios, Hollywood, Calif. (Mar. 28-30, 1968), 1968
19 5703 "Annual Eight State Art Tour," Idaho Art Association, Idaho Commission on the Arts, and Federation of Rocky Mountain States, Boise, Idaho (June, 1968), 1968
19 5703 "Art Festival in the City of Beverly Hills," Beverly Hills Art League, Beverly Hills, Calif. (Sept. 19-20, 1970), 1970
19 5703 "Thirteenth Annual Puget Sound Area Exhibition," Charles and Emma Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Wash. (Apr. 29-May 30, 1971), 1971
19 5703 "Sixth Annual Watercolor Competitive," Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, Calif. (Sept. 11, 1971), 1970-1971
19 5703 "Eleventh Annual La Mirada Fiesta de Artes," La Mirada Fiesta de Artes Association, La Mirada, Calif. (Apr. 29, 1972), 1971-1972
19 5703 Riverside Cultural Arts Council and the Press-Enterprise Co., Riverside City College Art Gallery, Riverside, Calif. (May, 1972), 1972
19 5703 Fourteenth Annual Eight State Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, State Fair of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Aug. 25-26, 1972), 1972
19 5703 Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall, Los Angeles, Calif. (Oct. 31, 1972), 1972
19 5703 "1973 Art Show," California State Exposition and Fair, Sacramento, Calif. (July 14-15, 1973), 1973
19 5703 "Inland Exposition IX," San Bernardino Art Association, Orange Show Gallery, San Bernardino, Calif. (Sept. 30, 1973), 1973
19 5703 National Foundation for the Arts Selection Panel, City of Inglewood Sculpture Commission, Inglewood, Calif. (Dec., 1973), 1973-1974
19 5703 "Silver Anniversary Exhibition," Texas Watercolor Society, San Antonio, Tex. (Jan. 15-16, 1974), 1973-1974
19 5703 "Twelfth Annual Exhibition," San Diego Watercolor Society, Triforium Galleries, San Diego, Calif. (June 3, 1975), 1975
19 5703 "Fourth Annual Festival," Malibu Chamber of Commerce, Malibu, Calif. (July 27, 1975), 1975
19 5703 "Watercolor Southwest," Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Museum of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Oct. 10-11, 1975), 1975-1976, undated
19 5703 "National Watercolor Competition," National Society of Arts and Letters, San Antonio, Tex. (May 28-30, 1976), 1976
Box Reel
20 5703 "Golden State Exhibition," San Diego Watercolor Society, Central Federal Tower-Plaza Gallery, San Diego, Calif. (June, 1976), 1976
20 5703 "1976 Orange County Fair Fine Arts Competition," Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa, Calif. (June 29, 1976), 1976
20 5703 Mid-Southern Watercolorists Exhibition, Little Rock, Ark. (Jan. 20, 1977), 1976-1977
20 5703 "National Exhibition 1977," San Diego Watercolor Society, Central Federal Tower-Plaza Gallery, San Diego, Calif. (June 20, 1977), 1977
20 5703 "Pasadena Festival of the Arts," Pasadena Arts Council, Ambassador College, Pasadena, Calif. (July 10, 1977), 1977
20 5703 "Fall Open Show," New Mexico Watercolor Society, Albuquerque Federal Bank, Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Oct. 28, 1978), 1978
20 5703 Hawaii Water Color and Serigraph Society, Honolulu, Hi. (Nov. 28, 1978), 1978-1979
20 5703 Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, Calif. (April 18, 1979), 1979
20 5703 "1979 National Show," San Diego Watercolor Society, Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church Hall, San Diego, Calif. (May 15, 1979), 1978-1979
20 5703 Spring show, Watercolor Society of Oregon, Open Gallery, Eugene, Ore. (Mar. 29, 1980), 1979-1980
20 5703 "Traditional Artists 15th Annual Exhibition," Fine Arts Institute of the San Bernardino County Museum Association, San Bernardino, Calif. (Nov. 5, 1980), 1980
20 5703 Annual show, Watercolor West, Redlands?, Calif. (Jan. 27, 1981), 1978-1980
20 5703 Annual show, Alaska Watercolor Society, The Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska (Aug. 1982) (see Series 7.2, Alaska Artists' Guild, Anchorage, Alaska, Aug. 16-22, 1982
20 5703 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1948-1981
20 5703 Clippings (see Series 12, Clippings, Jury Publicity, 1941)

Series 11: Writings, 1936-1988, undated
(boxes 20-22; 2.5 linear ft.)

The files include drafts, notes, miscellaneous correspondence and background material. The series documents the significant time that Sheets devoted to expressing himself through literary forms. Sheets published articles for various magazines throughout his career. Of particular interest to researchers and scholars will be the articles by Sheets in 11.1 that describe his wartime experiences in India as a staff artist and war correspondent during World War II.

This series is organized into three major subseries by type of material.

11.1: Books and Articles, 1936-1988, undated

This subseries includes drafts, notes, correspondence, and related background material that resulted in published articles or books by or about Millard Sheets. The folders authored by Sheets are arranged alphabetically by title of work. The folders authored by other about sheets are arranged alphabetically by name of the author.

Within this subseries individual folders are arranged chronologically.

Box Reel
20 5703 Books and Articles by Sheets
20 5703 Arthur Millier award text, 1973
20 5703 "An Artist Looks at the Music Center," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 30, 1964
20 5703 "The Attack on Bamboo Hill," Life, June 5, 1944
20 5703 "The Creative Process," The Rangefinder (see also 11.3, Drafts and Related Background Material, Aug. 20, 1967), circa 1968
20 5703 "The Designer in Industry," Interpace Technical Journal (see also Series 6, International Pipe & Ceramics Corp...., Correspondence, Whitmore, C.F., 1965-1966), Sept. 15, 1966
20 5703 Foreword, unpublished manuscript by Janice Lovoos, circa 1965
20 5703 Foreword, unpublished manuscript by Helen B. Dooley, 1965-1968
20 5703 "Lucien Labaudt," letters to the Editor, Life, Jan. 3, 1944
20 5703 "Mexico and the United States," undated
20 5703 "Millard Sheets Writes From India," circa 1944
20 5703 "On the Importance of Being A Good Person," July 31, 1947
20 5703 "To Betty With Love," undated
20 5703 Transcript of Sheets's description of his wartime assignment in India and Burma, undated
20 5703 Your Drawing is a Measure of Your Mind, published by Millard Sheets, Gualala, Calif., 1983
20 5703 Untitled, 1936
20 5703 Untitled, undated
20 5703 Untitled article for Sunset Magazine, 1973
20 5703 Books and Articles by Others
20 5703 Askew, Raul, "Mercantile Bank Sets New High in Blending Design with Work," Dallas Morning News (Feb. 23, 1958)
20 5703 Berney, Charlotte, "Millard Sheets: Artist for the World," Antiques & Fine Arts (Oct. 1987)
20 5703 Duggan, Shirle, "Artist Haven," Los Angeles Examiner (Mar. 26, 1950)
20 5703 King, Alma S., ed., "A One-Man Renaissance," Santa Fé East (Winter 1987/Spring 1988)
20 5703 Lovoos, Janice and Edmund F. Penney, Millard Sheets: One-Man Renaissance (1984), 1981
20 5703 MacMasters, Dan, "A Spurt of Creative Action in the Art of Ceramics," Los Angeles Times Home Magazine (July 25, 1965)
20 5703 Magnan, George A., "Painting Watercolor with Millard Sheets," Today's Art (Feb. 13, 1973), 1972-1973
20 5703 Meyer, Susan E. and Norman Kent, Watercolorists at Work (1973), 1970-1978
20 5703 Millier, Arthur, "The Lindbergh of American Art," Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine (Mar. 6, 1938)
20 5703 -------, Arthur, biographical sketch on Sheets, Famous Americans, second series, Charles Webb & Co., 1941
20 5703 Nelson, Betty J., Sheets's Monumental Mosaics in California (master's thesis), San Jose University (Dec. 1985)
20 5703 Paterno, Susan, "Muralist Brings Home Some Truths About Art," The Register (Oct. 13, 1983)
20 5703 Richardson, A.T., untitled memoir, illustrated by Sheets (1969?), 1969-1970
20 5703 Ritchie, Ward, Nigger of the Narcissus, Limited Editions Book Club edition (1965), 1962-1978, undated
20 5703 Ross, Kenneth, "Eloquent Dean of California Watercolorists," Los Angeles Times (Apr. 11, 1976)
20 5703 Schluna, Vera, "Millard Sheets," Designers West (Sept. 1966)
20 5703 Sheets, Mary Baskerville, A West African Journal, illustrated and published by Millard Sheets, Gualala, Calif., 1980-1981
20 5703-5704 Whitaker, Frederic, "Millard Sheets: Story of a Giant," American Artist (Dec. 1964), 1964-1971
20 5704 -------, "Watercolor in California," American Artist (May 1968), 1968-1969

11.2: Eulogies, 1965-1980, undated

This subseries consists of eulogies written by Sheets about personal friends and colleagues.

The material is arranged alphabetically by name and then ordered chronologically within each folder.

Box Reel
20 5704 Ames, Arthur, Apr. 26, 1975
20 5704 Burgi, Kaspar, undated
20 5704 Childs, Kenneth D., Jr., Nov. 15, 1976
20 5704 Dentzel, Carl, Nov. 9, 1980
20 5704 Padelford, Louise, Sept. 8, 1979
20 5704 Stewart, Albert, Sept. 23, 1965

11.3: Lectures and Speeches, 1937-1980, undated

This subseries consists of speeches and lectures written and delivered by Sheets before various public and private organizations.

The files are grouped by type of material and then ordered chronologically within each folder.

Box Reel
20 5704 Drafts and related background material, 1939-1956
(43 folders)
Box Reel
21 5704-5705 Drafts and related background material, 1957-1972
(21 folders)
Box Reel
22 5705 Drafts and related background material, 1973-1980, undated
(9 folders)
22 5706 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1937-1980, undated
(5 folders)
22 5706 Television and radio appearances, 1953-1968, undated
(2 folders)

Series 12: Printed Matter, 1936-1992, undated
(boxes 22-25; 20 folders)

This series include clippings, catalogs, brochures, magazines, and reprinted material collected by Sheets and his family.

This series is arranged by alphabetically by subject and then ordered chronologically within each folder.

Box Reel
22 5706 Capitol Mall Project, Redevelopment Agency of the City of Sacramento, 1963-1973, undated
(2 folders)
22 5706 Clippings, Art, 1969, 1981-1986, undated
22 5706 Clippings, California (unfilmed), 1975-1985
22 5706 Clippings, Family activities, 1983-1984
22 5706 Clippings, Horses (unfilmed; see also 3.1., 1939, 1978, undated), 1958-1963, undated
22 5706 Clippings, Jury publicity, 1941
22 5706 Clippings, Maloof, Sam (unfilmed), 1985, undated
22 5706 Clippings, McNaughton, Elizabeth Baskerville (unfilmed; sister-in-law), 1958-1962, 1982, undated
22 5706 Clippings, Sheets, Millard (unfilmed; see also 9.1), 1936-1992, undated
22 5706 Clippings, Miscellaneous subjects, (unfilmed) 1960-1985, undated
22 5706 Exhibition catalogs and announcements, 1956-1988, undated
(4 folders; unfilmed)
Box Reel
23 5706 Historical Foundation Center of America, Henderson, Nev., undated (unfilmed)
23 5706 Home Savings and Loan Association, Tiburon branch, Tiburon, Calif. (unfilmed), 1973-1976, undated
23 5706 Magazines featuring artwork by Sheets (unfilmed), 1944-1946, 1970-1987, undated
23 5706 Miscellaneous catalogs, flyers, and brochures, 1962-1981, undated
(unfilmed; 2 folders)
23 5706 Pomona, City of, Mall and Redevelopment Project, Pomona, Calif. (unfilmed; see also Series 6 and Series 13), 1959-1968, undated
23 5706 Reprints (unfilmed), 1965-1971

Series 13: Photographs, 1934-1983, undated
(box 23; 16 folders)

The files in this series predominantly reflect photo documentation of Sheets's artwork and design projects. Also found are photographs of his racing and breeding horses and personal publicity photographs.

The series is arranged alphabetically by subject and then ordered chronologically within each folder.

Box Reel
23 5706 Artwork, 1967, 1974, undated
23 5706 Horses (see also 3.1.), 1934-1975, undated
23 5707 International Pipe & Ceramics Corporation (Interpace), Los Angeles, Calif., 1958-1974, undated
23 5707 Los Feliz Plant, Los Feliz, Calif., 1963-1964
23 5707 Miscellaneous photographs, 1965, undated
23 5707 Parsipanny office, Parsipanny, N.J., undated
23 5707 Japanese House, Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona, Calif., 1956
23 5707 Miscellaneous subjects, undated
23 5707 National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., 1967-1969, undated
(2 folders)
23 5707 Negatives (unfilmed), 1955-1965, undated
23 5707 Office building, Claremont, Calif., circa 1968
23 5707 Pomona, City of, Mall and Redevelopment Project, Pomona, Calif., 1963-1964
23 5707 San Jacinto Savings Association, Houston, Tex., circa 1966
23 5707 Sheets, Millard, 1939, 1967-1983, undated
23 5707 Sutter Furniture Manufacturing Co., San Francisco, Calif., undated
23 5707 Van Dyver Witt Furniture Manufacturing Co., (Miller Desk), undated

Series 14: Artwork, circa 1929, undated
(box 23; 2 folders)

This series consists mainly of original drawings created by Sheets's wife, Mary Baskerville Sheets, and a small group of sketches made by Sheets.

The series is grouped alphabetically by artist and then ordered chronologically within each folder.

Box Reel
23 5707 Sheets, Mary Baskerville, circa 1929, undated
23 5707 Sheets, Millard, undated