Inverarity, Robert Bruce, b. 1909 d. 1999
Active in Calif.
Collection size: 12.7 linear ft.
Collection Summary: The papers of artist, photographer, museum director, anthropologist, and writer Robert Bruce Inverarity are dated circa 1840s-1997 and measure 12.7 linear feet. Biographical information, correspondence, writings and notes, subject files, art work, scrapbooks, sound recordings, printed material and photographs. These document Inverarity's work as Director of the Federal Art Project in Seattle and Director of the Art and Craft Project for the State of Washington, as well as his own work as an artist, photographer, museum director, anthropologist, and writer. Nineteenth century material consists of a Japanese print, printed material, and photographs.
Biographical/Historical Note: Robert Bruce Inverarity (1909-1999) was a painter, sculptor, illustrator, lithographer, etcher, lecturer, museum director, author, puppeteer, and state director of the Federal Art Project from Seattle, Wash. and La Jolla, Calif. Studied at the University of Washington, Fremont University, and with Kazue Yamagishi and Mark Tobey. Exhibited in one-man shows and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Canada. Was director of the Museum of International Folk Art (1949-1954), the Adirondack Museum (1954-1965), and the Philadelphia Maritime Museum (1969-1976). He is the author/illustrator of "Blockprinting and Stencilling," and a "Manual of Puppetry."
Robert Bruce Inverarity donated his papers to the Archives in several installments between 1965 and 1993. Additional papers were received from his estate in 1999. He also loaned a small number of additional drawings and sketches for microfilming which were returned to him. A few of these drawings were included with the papers he subsequently donated to the Archives of American Art.
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Also in the Archives
- Oral history interview with Robert Bruce Inverarity, 1975 Mar. 4
- Oral history interviews with Robert Bruce Inverarity, 1964 Oct. 29-Nov. 4