Robert Sperry papers, 1951-2002

A Finding Aid to the Robert Sperry Papers, 1951-2002, in the Archives of American Art, by Erin Corley

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Biographical Information

Robert Sperry was born in Bushnell, Illinois, in 1927. He grew up on his family's farm in Druid, Saskatchewan, Canada, and in 1945 was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he first developed an interest in art. After serving in the military, he returned home and completed his B.A. at the University of Saskatchewan in 1950 and a B.F.A. at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1953. While working on his B.A. he met and married Edyth MacDonald and they had one child, Van, in 1950. He spent one summer as Artist in Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, in Helena, Montana, and then moved his family to Seattle so that he could complete his M.F.A. at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1955 he stayed at the University and became a professor, teaching ceramics until retiring in 1982. During this time, Sperry widely exhibited his clay vessels in both group and solo exhibitions and was active in the American Craft Council.

When not teaching, Robert Sperry pursued his interest in photography and filmmaking and, in 1963, traveled to Japan to make "Village Potters of Onda," a project that included a documentary film and a collection of black and white photographs. Sperry continued experimenting with film and, in 1967, created a fictional film entitled, "Profiles Cast Long Shadows," which was shown at film festivals throughout the United States. After abandoning another film project in 1970 while going through a divorce, he returned to ceramics as his focus. During the 1970s Sperry developed his techniques, modifying glazes and moving away from the vessel shape. In 1976 Sperry married Patti Warashina, fellow ceramicist and professor at the University of Washington. He began producing murals, which led to several public commissions such as a mural for the IBM Field Engineering Educational Center in Atlanta, created in 1983. Robert Sperry: A Retrospective, was exhibited in 1985-1986 at the Bellevue Art Museum, however, Sperry would continue producing and exhibiting new work, and giving lectures and workshops for thirteen more years, until his death in 1998.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of ceramicist Robert Sperry measure 11 linear feet and date from 1951-2002. The collection documents Sperry's career as an artist and teacher through biographical information, correspondence, exhibition files, gallery files, material on projects and workshops, writings, a scrapbook, financial files, printed material, photographs, films, and artwork.

Biographical files contain items outlining Sperry's career including resumes, teaching evaluations, awards, and interviews. Correspondence includes general correspondence with family, friends, colleagues, schools, galleries, art organizations, and publications as well as named files for those with whom Sperry exchanged a significant amount of correspondence over a long period of time. The Exhibition Files contain materials on group and solo exhibitions Robert Sperry participated in, while Gallery Files hold material, such as correspondence and contracts, related to the galleries which exhibited Sperry's work primarily after 1979. The Project and Workshop Files in Series 5 contain material related to public commissions he completed and workshops he gave during the 1980s and 1990s.

Writings encompass writings by Sperry and others. Sperry's writings vary greatly and include drafts of articles, a family history, poetry, notes and a screenplay, while writings by others are primarily essays on art. Within this series Sperry's event calendars are also found. Sperry compiled a scrapbook which spans 1955 to 1964 and includes correspondence and printed material about exhibitions and newspaper clippings which feature his artwork. He and his wife, Patti Warashina, also compiled Financial Records primarily of their business and living expenses from 1976 to 1984 and earnings as artists and professors at the University of Washington.

The largest series in this collection, Printed Material, provides information largely on Sperry's career through press clippings, exhibition announcements, catalogs, and publications, and also includes other materials on ceramics in general. The Photographs series contains both photos and negatives from Sperry's trip to Japan to film "Village Potters of Onda" as well as photographs of his artwork and his family. Also found in this collection are a few sketches and drawings by Sperry and one drawing by Patti Warashina. Motion Picture Films consist of both VHS, which includes two documentaries on Sperry, and numerous reel-to-reel films which include footage for Sperry's films "Village Potters of Onda" and "Profiles Cast Long Shadows" as well as other experimental studies.

Arrangement and Series Description

The Robert Sperry papers are arranged as thirteen series, according to type of material. Each series is arranged either in rough chronological or alphabetical order.

Subjects and Names

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

Subjects:

  • University of Washington -- Faculty

Subjects-Topical:

  • Filmmakers
  • Ceramicists -- Washington (State)
  • Ceramics. -- Study and teaching
  • Potters -- Japan

Types of Materials:

  • Works of art
  • Photographs
  • Drawings
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sketches
  • Motion pictures (visual works)
  • Interviews
  • Transcripts
  • Videotapes

Names:

  • Warashina, Patti, 1940-
  • Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America

Provenance

The Robert Sperry papers were donated by Sperry's wife Patti Warashina in 2003 and 2004.

Separated and Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Patti Warashina papers, circa 1900-1991. An online finding aid is available.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed by Erin E. Corley in 2004 as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Art in America.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

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

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Robert Sperry papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

Robert Sperry papers, 1951-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Files, 1954-circa 2000, undated
(Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

This series includes artist statements, curriculum vitae and resumes, as well as a complete biography listing all of Sperry's professional achievements. It also contains files on awards Robert Sperry received which typically include correspondence, brochures, and other related materials concerning the awards. There are two files on interviews, including a transcript for an interview conducted by the Archives of American Art for the Northwest Oral History Project and two audio cassettes of a radio interview. Also found are teaching evaluations, Patti Warashina's resume, and other miscellaneous materials. The series is arranged alphabetically by type of material, with miscellaneous materials at the end.

Box
1 Artist Statements, undated
1 Award, Bellevue Film Festival, 1967
1 Award, International Academy of Ceramics Membership, 1983-1986, undated
1 Award, National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grant, 1984-1988
1 Award, American Crafts Council Honorary Fellow, 1987
1 Biography, circa 2000
1 Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography, 1956-1989
1 Interview, Audio Cassette, "Private Talks with Public Artists," 1988
1 Interview, Transcript, Archives of American Art, 1983-1984
1 Memorial Announcement, 1998
1 Patti Warashina Short Resume, circa 1998
1 Selected Resumes, 1954, 1991-1999
1 Teaching Evaluations, 1957-1961
1 "Who's Who in American Art," undated
1 Miscellaneous, 1954-1988, undated

Series 2: Correspondence Files, 1951-2000, undated
(Boxes 1-2; 0.9 linear feet)

This series contains both personal and professional correspondence. However, some correspondence related to Robert Sperry's professional career is also located within series 3, 4, and 5.

The Correspondence Files are organized into two subseries:

2.1: General Correspondence, 1951-2000, undated

General Correspondence primarily consists of letters from family, friends, artists, and colleagues, including numerous cards and postcards. Also within are professional correspondence from galleries, schools, art associations, and art publications. An item of note is a letter to Sperry from artist Morris Graves, written June 14, 1967. Files are arranged chronologically by year.

Box
1 General Correspondence, 1951-2000, undated
(22 folders)

2.2: Named Files, 1955-1999, undated

Named Files are arranged alphabetically by the correspondent's name and contain letters, cards and postcards to Sperry. Included are files on individuals, primarily family, friends, and colleagues, with whom Sperry exchanged a significant amount of correspondence over a long period of time. Also found are files on museums, schools, art organizations, and publications. Most notable are several handmade birthday and anniversary cards given to Sperry by his wife, Patti Warashina.

Box
1 A. Kaup & Associates, 1983-1985
1 Alfred Auerbach Associates, 1962, undated
1 American Craft Council, 1959-1975, 1993-1997
1 Art in Form, 1982-1983
1 Art Resource Technology, 1986, 1992
1 Baross Films, 1979, undated
1 Bauer, Fred, 1964, 1991, undated
1 Bauer, Gretchen, 1983, 1987, undated
1 Bauer, Lisa, 1984-1990
Box
2 Beigler, Myron (Mike) and Dolly, 1987, undated
2 Biskeborn, Susan, 1990
2 Caruso, Nino, 1965-1966, 1975-1992, 1996
2 Ceramics: Art and Perception, 1991, undated
2 Ceramics Monthly, 1976-1986
2 Cleveland Museum of Art, 1965-1966
2 Chasanoff, Allan, 1980-1982
2 Dobson, Dwight and Nancy, 1986-1996
2 Earnest, Aileen Ryan, 1986-1987
2 Efron, Jean, 1988-1993, undated
2 Everson Museum of Art, 1962-1965, 1988
2 Fisher, Robert, 1992-1993, undated
2 Gibson, Marge and Bob, 1984, 1993, undated
2 Griffith, Malcolm, 1986-1989, 1998, undated
2 Guggenheim, Shelly and Judy Mannes, 1985-1989, undated
2 Harlow, Margaret, 1993, 1995
2 Harrington, LaMar, 1979-1984, 1994, 1996
2 Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1979, 1989
2 Jacobs, Daniel, 1981-1982, 1987-1991
2 Kehl, Richey, 1973, 1998, undated
2 Kleinsmith, Gene, 1984-1987
2 Kolva, Jim, and Pat Sullivan, 1994
2 Kurath, Martha S. (Jody), 1981, 1987-1997, undated
2 Larsen, Jack, 1982, 1990-1993, undated
2 Mahler Fine Arts Consulting, Inc., 1999
2 Mannheimer, Joan, 1981-1987
2 Marquis, Pamela, 1986-1987
2 Metapsychology, 1987
2 McDowell, Scott, 1977, undated
2 Museum of Contemporary Crafts, 1962, 1964-1966, undated
2 Nelson, Glenn C., 1964, 1981-1982
2 Newton, Dorothy (Dot), 1984-1997, undated
2 Nordness, Lee, 1977, 1988-1994
2 Oregon Ceramic Studio, 1961-1965
2 Peterson, Susan, 1980-1997
2 Poole, Kristin M., 1991
2 PONCHO, 1991
2 Publicity Letters, 1985
2 Recommendation Letters for Students, 1973-1994, undated
(2 folders)
2 Schwartz, Judith, 1981-1985, 1989
2 Seattle Art Museum, 1974-1991, 1996
2 Seattle Arts Commission, 1981-1986
2 Sinker, John, Jr. 1993, undated
2 Smith, Paul J. 1987, 1990, undated
2 Smithsonian Institution, 1962-1964, undated
2 Sperry, Kathy and Chris Walton, 1990-1993, undated
2 Sperry, Van and Family, 1986, 1990, 1996, undated
2 Staggs, Virginia (Jinks), 1984, 1990-1996, undated
2 St. Martin's College, Olympia, Washington, 1960-1962
2 University of British Columbia, 1962-1964
2 University of Washington, 1955-1989
2 U.S. Department of State, 1965-1966
2 Warashina, Patti, 1976-1997, undated
(2 folders)
2 Wilson, Ian and Bette, 1981-1997, undated
2 Wing Luke Memorial Museum, 1975-1979
2 Zakin, Richard, 1982-1993, undated

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1963-1999, undated
(Boxes 2-3; 1.2 linear feet)

Exhibition Files contain material on the group and solo exhibitions in which Robert Sperry participated. Files typically include correspondence, expense lists and receipts, notes, and printed materials, including brochures, announcements, and press clippings. Most notable is the material on Robert Sperry: A Retrospective, held in 1985 at the Bellevue Art Museum. Files are arranged chronologically by year of exhibition.

Box
2 The Village Potters of Onda (1964-1966), 1963-1966, 1986
2 American Studio Pottery (1966), 1966-1967
2 Burien Art Festival (1966), 1966
2 "Form and Quality" (1966, 1967), 1965-1967
2 Distinguished Contemporary Potters Invitational Show (1975), 1975
2 Functional Ceramics (1977), 1977
2 Robert Sperry at Nagatani Gallery, 1977
2 Function: Non-Function (1979), 1979
2 Robert Sperry at Erica Williams/Anne Johnson Gallery (1979-1980), 1979, undated
2 Crafts Northwest Circa 1980, 1979-1980
2 Contemporary Ceramics: Response to Wedgewood (1980), 1980
2 American Crats (1980), 1979-1980
2 Ceramic Sculpture Invitational at Whatcom Museum of History & Art (1980), 1980
2 The Washington Year: A Contemporary View (1981), 1980-1981
2 Wichita Art Association Decorative Arts Retrospective (1981), 1980-1981
2 "Ceramic Traditions" (1981-1983), 1981-1983
2 Robert Sperry at Erica Williams/Anne Johnson Gallery (1981), 1981-1982
2 "American Clay II" (1982), 1982
2 Pacific Currents/Ceramics 1982, 1982
2 Variations in Clay (1982), 1982
2 Robert Sperry at Gordon Woodside/John Braseth Galleries (1983), 1983
2 Potter's Choice (1983), 1982-1983
2 "Regional Crafts: A Contemporary Perspective" (1983-1984), 1983
2 Clay: 1984, 1983-1984
2 Platters and Related Forms (1984), 1984
2 Ceramic Sculpture Invitational (1984), 1984, undated
2 Skeet Shoot (1984), 1984
2 Potters & Prints (1984-1985), 1984-1985
2 Robert Sperry: A Retrospective (1985-1986), 1983-1986
(3 folders)
2 10/40 Anniversary Celebration at the Bellevue Art Museum (1986), 1985-1986
2 Pacific Northwest Art Expo (1986), 1986
2 Northwest Impressions: Works on Paper (1986), 1986
2 West Coast Clay (1986), 1986
2 Outside Japan (1986), 1986-1987
2 Drawn to the Surface: Artists in Clay and Glass (1987), 1987
2 "Now & Then" (1987), 1987
2 Robert Sperry: Ceramics, Paperworks, Drawings (1987), 1986-1987
Box
3 FOCUS: Seattle (1987), 1986-1987
3 "Ceramics in Architecture: Drawings, Sketches, and Models" (1987), 1986-1987
3 Canton Art Institute Ceramic Invitational (1987), 1985-1987
3 Northwest Clay (1987), 1987-1988
3 Marylhurst College, 1987-1988
3 Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical (1987-1988), 1985-1988
3 Clay Revisions: Plate, Cup, Vase (1987-1989), 1986-1989
(2 folders)
3 "A Fine Place to Work: The Legacy of the Archie Bray Foundation" (1988), 1988
3 Black and White (1988), 1988
3 Architectural Art: Affirming the Design Relationship (1988), 1987-1988
3 Robert Sperry at Whatcom Museum of History & Art (1988), 1987-1989
3 "School of Art: Students and Teachers at the University of Washington, 1975-1988" (1988), 1988
3 Contemporary Survey: A Visible Presence in the Northwest (1988), 1987-1988
3 Northwest Ceramics, Today (1988-1989), 1986-1989
3 Washington Crafts: Then & Now (1989), 1988-1989
3 Northwest Designer Craftsmen, 1989
3 "Mirror Images: Reflections in Clay" (1989), 1989
3 Surface and Form (1989), 1989
3 The Spectacle of Chaos (1989), 1989
3 Bumbershoot: Decade of Abstraction 1979-1989, 1989
3 Media Gallery (1989), 1988-1989
3 Clay AZ Art XV (1989), 1988-1989
3 Clay Now (1989), 1988-1989
3 Michigan Ceramics '89, 1988-1989
3 Art Works for AIDS (1990), 1990-1991
3 100 Years of Washington Art: New Perspectives (1990), 1990
3 Robert Sperry at Janet Hudson Gallery (1990), 1990
3 Black & White: An Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics (1990), 1989-1990
3 "13th Annual Clay Exhibition" at Millersville University (1990), 1989-1990
3 NCECA Conference 1991, 1990-1991
3 "Beyond Serving" (1991), 1990-1991
3 Minor Works by Major Artists (1991), 1990-1991
3 Artists at Work (1991), 1990-1991
3 Archie Bray Foundation Benefit Exhibition (1991), 1991
3 Robert Sperry at Helen Drutt Gallery (1991), 1991
3 Swidler Gallery (1991), 1991
3 The Artful Charger (1991), 1989-1991
3 Walls: Large-Scale Ceramic Sculpture Eight Variations (1991), 1990-1991
3 Masterworks: Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Now (1991), 1991
3 Seattle Art Tour (1992), 1992
3 Black & White Ceramics II (1992), 1990-1992
3 Corporate Art West (1992), 1992
3 National Ceramic Invitational (1992), 1991-1992
3 Twist Platter Exhibition (1992), 1992
3 Revolving Techniques (1992), 1991-1992
3 1992 Ceramics Invitational at Sunbird Gallery, 1991-1993
3 "Studio Potter's Twentieth Anniversary Collection" (1992), 1991-1992
3 Schneider-Bluhm-Loeb Gallery Show, 1992-1993, undated
3 Robert Sperry at the National Academy of Sciences (1993), 1991-1994
3 Pacific Rim Japan (1993), 1993
3 Green Meadow Invitational Pottery Show (1993), 1992-1993
3 North by Northwest (1993), 1993
3 Artfair Seattle 1993, 1993
3 Year of the American Craft (1993), 1992-1993
3 "Clay 1993: A National Survey," 1993
3 Contemporary American Ceramics (1993), 1992-1993
3 Robert Sperry: New Works (1993), 1992-1993
3 Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition (1993), 1993
3 Architectural Clay (1993), 1992-1993
3 Living Treasures (1993), 1992-1993, undated
3 The Legacy of the Archie Bray Foundation (1993), 1993
(2 folders)
3 Art Works for AIDS '93, 1992-1993
3 "Arts and Crafts of the Pacific Northwest" (1994), 1994
3 "30 Ceramic Sculptors Exhibition" (1994), 1994
3 James Renwick Alliance Tour to Seattle (1994), 1994
3 Contemporary Crafts and the Saxe Collection (1994), 1991-1994
3 Potters & Prints (1994), 1994
3 "Influence and Introspection: Pacific NW Ceramics" (1995), 1995
3 "Heart of the Arts" (1995), 1994
3 Art Works for AIDS (1995), 1994-1995
3 "Clay: a Continuing Tradition" (1996), 1996
3 The Estate of Robert Sperry: Ceramics and Prints (1999), 1999
3 Miscellaneous, 1964-1966, 1975-1999, undated
(5 folders)

Series 4: Gallery Files, 1962-2000, undated
(Boxes 3-4; 0.8 linear feet)

This series contains files for galleries which exhibited and sold works by Robert Sperry, and may include exhibition announcements and invitations, brochures, correspondence with Sperry, contracts, invoices, and consignment lists and agreements. However, materials relating to certain exhibitions will be found in the Exhibition files in Series 3. The bulk of the material is dated after 1979 with the exception of the Henry Gallery, America House, and the Contemporary Crafts Gallery. Materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by gallery name.

Box
3 Albertson-Peterson Gallery, Inc., 1984-1993, undated
3 America House, 1960-1966, undated
3 American Craft Museum, 1981-1997, undated
3 Annex Gallery, 1987, undated
3 Art South, 1986, 1992
3 Bellevue Art Museum, 1979-1986, 1991, 1998, undated
3 Bentley-Tomlinson Gallery, 1992-1995, undated
3 Contemporary Crafts Gallery, 1967, 1975-1986, undated
Box
4 Cross Creek Gallery, 1986-1987, undated
4 Dorothy Weiss Gallery, 1985-2000
4 Elaine Potter Gallery, 1984-1986, undated
4 Elements Gallery/Eddy Beasley Associates, 1982-1992, undated
4 Erica Williams/Anne Johnson Gallery, 1979-1982, 1992, undated
4 Esther Saks Gallery, 1984-1991, undated
(2 folders)
4 Following Sea, 1975-1980, undated
4 Gordon Woodside/John Braseth Galleries, 1983-1984
4 Great American Gallery (Gillette-Frutchey), 1982-1985, undated
4 Helen Drutt Gallery, 1981, 1991-1993, undated
4 Henry Gallery, University of Washington, 1961-1971, 1979-1995, undated
4 Hokin Gallery, 1990-1991, undated
4 Impressions Gallery, 1979-1981, undated
4 Joanne Rapp Gallery/The Hand and the Spirit, 1983-1994, undated
(3 folders)
4 Kavesh Gallery, 1991, 1994-1995
4 Maple Hill Gallery, 1986, undated
4 Maveety Gallery (Lawrence Gallery), 1984-1993, undated
(2 folders)
4 Netsky Gallery, 1982-1986, undated
4 Robert Kidd Gallery, 1981-1992, 1998, undated
(2 folders)
4 Southwest Craft Center, 1985-1987, undated
4 Sylvia Ullman's American Crafts, 1975-1979, 1988, undated
4 Wita Gardiner Gallery, 1987-1988

Series 5: Project and Workshop Files, 1967-1996, undated
(Box 4; 0.4 linear feet)

Files in this series typically contain correspondence, expense lists, receipts, itineraries, notes, and printed material related to sculpture projects and workshops that Robert Sperry completed primarily during the 1980s and 1990s. Project files include public commissions, notably the King County Administration Building Mural Project, IBM Wall Project, and the SAFECO sculpture. Files are arranged chronologically by year.

Box
4 "Profiles Cast Long Shadows" Film Project, 1967, undated
4 Anderson Ranch Arts Foundation Workshop, 1979-1981
4 University of Iowa Workshop, 1980
4 "Ceramics 80" Workshop, 1980, 1982
4 Georgia State University Workshop, 1981
4 National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts 1982 Panel Member, 1981-1982
4 Washington State Arts Commission Art in Public Places Program, 1981-1985
(2 folders)
4 Fraser Valley Potters Guild Workshop, 1982-1983
4 IBM Wall Project, 1983-1985
4 King County Administration Building Mural Project, 1983-1986
4 Florida Craftsmen Conference Workshop, 1986-1987
4 National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts Conference '88: "East Meets West," 1987-1988
4 "Clay Revisions: Plate, Cup, Vase Clay Conference '89," 1988-1989
4 Kaplan Mural Commission, 1988-1989
4 SAFECO Sculpture Project, 1988-1991, undated
(3 folders)
4 Kerns Art Center Workshop, 1989
4 Emily Carr College of Art & Design Lecture, 1989-1990
4 Hewlett-Packard Commission, 1990
4 Saint Louis Galleria Mural Project, 1990-1991
(2 folders)
4 Peoples State Bank Project, 1991, undated
4 "Functional Pottery: Past, Present, Future" Symposium, 1991-1992
4 National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts Conference '94: "Gumbo Ceramique," 1993-1994
4 "Focus on Fire" Workshop, 1994
4 Phoenix College Workshop, 1994-1996
4 "Fahrenheit 96: Solid.Liquid.Solid" Symposium, 1996
4 Miscellaneous, 1988-1989, 1996, undated

Series 6: Writings, 1966-1990, undated
(Box 5; 0.5 linear feet)

This series houses writings by Robert Sperry and others, as well as Sperry's calendars. Writings by Sperry contain drafts for two articles published in art magazines. Also of interest is a family history he wrote which includes memories of his childhood on his family's farm, as well as many scanned photographs. This series also includes the screenplay, treatment and shooting script, and notes for "The Room" a film which Sperry never completed. Also found are many personal writings such as a brief journal, poetry, and miscellaneous notes. Writings by Others contain essays on art topics. Also included are various drafts of the catalog for the 1985 Robert Sperry retrospective. This sub-series is arranged alphabetically by author's last name.

The Writings are organized into three subseries:

6.1: Writings by Sperry, 1966-1990

Box
5 Article, "Abstractions in Black and White," Ceramics Monthly, 1989-1990
5 Article, The Studio Potter, 1985-1986
5 Family History, "Growing Up on the Prairies," undated
5 Journal, 1976-1978, 1982, 1990, undated
(2 folders)
5 Notes, "The Room," undated
5 Notes, Miscellaneous, 1976, 1986, undated
5 Poetry, 1966-1973, undated
(2 folders)
5 Screenplay, "The Room," undated
5 Treatment and Shooting Script, "The Room," undated

6.2: Writings by Others, 1986, undated

Box
5 Author Unknown, "The McCloud Gold Medal for Peter Voulkos," 1986
5 Author Unknown, "Patti Warashina's Little Worlds," undated
5 Author Unknown, "Robert Sperry," undated
5 Ball, F. Carlton, "Biographical Notes," undated
5 Kangas, Matthew, Catalog for "Robert Sperry: A Retrospective," 1986
(2 folders)
5 Krogstad, Karl, "Idiot Savant," undated
5 Romberg, Jim, undated "An Ancient Rerun,"

6.3: Calendars, 1976-1984

Box
5 Calendars, 1976-1984
(3 folders)

Series 7: Scrapbook, 1955-1964
(Box 5; 8 folders)

This series contains one scrapbook which includes materials that Robert Sperry gathered between 1955 and 1964. The items are primarily related to exhibitions and newspaper articles featuring Sperry's artwork and include exhibition announcements and correspondence, photographs, and numerous press clippings.

Box
5 Scrapbook, 1955-1964
(8 folders)

Series 8: Financial Records, 1961-1995, undated
(Boxes 5-6; 1.0 linear foot)

This series consists mainly of files for living and business expenses for Robert Sperry and his wife Patti Warashina from 1976 to 1984. Files include bills, receipts, and handwritten lists of expenses. Also found are files for records of earnings from the University of Washington, various lectures, and pottery sales. Other financial records include income tax returns, stocks, and the Myrtle Sperry Estate. Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject with miscellaneous items at the end.

Box
5 Art Model Expenses, 1978-1979
5 Auto Expenses, 1982
5 Books and Photograph Expenses, 1976-1984
(9 folders)
5 Entertaining and Gift Expenses, 1976-1984
(4 folders)
5 Household Expenses, 1982
5 Income Tax Returns, 1982
5 Karl Krogstad Payments, 1980-1982
5 Lecture Expenses and Earnings, 1976-1979
(4 folders)
Box
6 Lecture Expenses and Earnings, 1980-1984
(5 folders)
6 Myrtle Sperry Estate, 1983
6 Patti's Trip to Japan, Expenses, 1978
6 Personal Purchases, 1982
6 Pottery Expenses, 1976-1984
(12 folders)
6 Pottery Sales, 1976-1984
6 Shop Tool Expenses, 1978, 1980-1983
6 Stocks and IRA, 1984
6 Trip to England and Italy, Expenses, 1979
6 University of Washington Wages, 1961, 1976-1984, 1986
(2 folders)
6 Miscellaneous, 1963-1995, undated

Series 9: Miscellaneous Subject Files, 1975-1998, undated
(Box 6; 0.2 linear feet)

This series contains materials on a variety of topics and include all correspondence, printed material, notes, and other related documents. Files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box
6 Dolphin Defenders Membership, undated
6 Donation of Papers to the Archives of American Art, 1995, 1998
6 Estate of Myrtle Sperry, 1983
6 Estate of Zoe E. Sperry, 1978
6 Exhibition Juror, Craft Art South 1981, 1981
6 Exhibition Juror, "Vessels in Celebration," 1994-1996
6 Glaze Recipes and Notes, 1975, undated
6 "Globalization and Modern Art" Cover Design, 1994
6 Krogstad Studios Movie Investment, 1980-1985, undated
6 Multiple Myeloma, 1996-1997, undated
6 Patti Warashina's Japan Trip, 1978
6 Request for Travel Funds, 1979
6 Teaching Committee Reports, undated

Series 10: Printed Material, 1955-2002, undated
(Boxes 6-10; 3.4 linear feet)

This series includes printed material and publications which mention Robert Sperry and his artwork as well as materials on events in the arts. There are numerous newspaper and magazine clippings on Sperry, his exhibitions and workshops, and other miscellaneous articles and images that he found interesting. Files of clippings about Sperry contain many reviews of his work. Also within this series are exhibition announcements and catalogs for Sperry and other artists, brochures for galleries and events, calendars of events, gallery guides, and newsletters. The series contains many art publications and a few non-art publications which mention Sperry and show his work, and books primarily on ceramics. This series is arranged alphabetically by type of material with miscellaneous items at the end.

Box
6 Book, 2020 Vision: Health in the 21st Century, 1996
6 Book, Art in Seattle's Public Places, 1992
6 Book, Ceramics: A Potter's Handbook by Glenn C. Nelson, 1971
6 Book, The Craftsman's World, 1959
6 Book, Dimensions of Design, 1958
Box
7 Book, The First World Congress of Craftsmen, 1965
7 Book, Jet Dreams: Art of the Fifties in the Northwest, 1995
7 Book, Research in the Crafts, 1961
7 Brochures, Miscellaneous, 1987-1988, 1992-1993, undated
7 Brochures, United Tile, undated
7 Brochures, Workshops, 1963-1965, 1975-1994, undated
7 Calendars of Events, 1966, 1987-1993, undated
7 Catalogs, Ceramic Supplies, undated
7 Catalogs, PONCHO Auction, 1985, 1991
7 Catalogs, Workshops, 1968, 1978, 1986-1987
7 Clippings, Biographical, 1956-1998, undated
7 Clippings, Humorous, 1992-1993, 1997, undated
7 Clippings, Images, 1979, 1985-1988, undated
7 Clippings, Workshops and Exhibition Articles, 1955-1999, undated
(6 folders)
7 Clippings, Miscellaneous, 1958-1996, undated
(7 folders)
7 Exhibition Announcements, Robert Sperry, 1956-1969, 1976-2000, undated
(3 folders)
7 Exhibition Announcements, Other Artists, 1957-2001, undated
(3 folders)
7 Exhibition Catalogs, Robert Sperry, 1956-1961, undated
(3 folders)
Box
8 Exhibition Catalogs, Robert Sperry, 1962-1968, 1977-1997, 2002
(20 folders)
8 Exhibition Catalogs, Other Artists, 1961-1966, 1982-1996, undated
(3 folders)
Box
9 Gallery Guides, 1986-1987, 1993-1999
9 Newsletters, The Arts, 1983-1985
9 Newsletters, Miscellaneous, 1957, 1961-1998
(2 folders)
9 Other, Arthur Efron, "Technology and the Future of Art," undated
9 Other, International Academy of Ceramics Bulletin, 1984, 1985, 1987
9 Other, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation List of Fellowship Recipients, 1991-1992
9 Other, Matthew Kangas Published Writings, 1981-1982, undated
9 Publications, American Ceramics, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1993
(2 folders)
9 Publications, American Craft, 1980-1987, 1990-1994
(6 folders)
9 Publications, Argus, 1981
9 Publications, ARTFORUM, 1964
9 Publications, Art Gallery International, 1989
9 Publications, Art in America, 1979-1980
9 Publications, Arts Line, 1984
9 Publications, Ceramic Art, 1966
9 Publications, Ceramics: Art and Perception, 1994
9 Publications, Ceramics Monthly, 1980-1987, 1990, 1993
(3 folders)
9 Publications, Craft Horizons, 1955, 1960, 1962-1964
(4 folders)
9 Publications, Creative Crafts, 1961
9 Publications, Design Quarterly, 1958
9 Publications, Miscellaneous (Non-Art), 1982, 1987, 1990
9 Publications, NCECA Journal, 1982-1983, 1987-1989
(2 folders)
Box
10 Publications, New Art Examiner, 1987
10 Publications, The Studio Potter, 1985
10 Publications, Sunset, 1963
10 Publications, Surface, 1990
10 Publications, Vanguard, 1982
10 Reports, "Art in the Embassies Program Progress," undated
10 Reports, University of Washington Fortieth Biennial Report, 1967-1969
10 Tool Instruction Manuals, undated
10 Miscellaneous, 1961-1966, 1986, undated

Series 11: Photographs, 1963, undated
(Box 10; 0.2 linear feet)

This series contains photographs, negatives, and slides, mainly from Robert Sperry's stay in Japan in 1963 while making the film "Village Potters of Onda." Also found are photographs and negatives of Sperry, his family (first wife Edyth and son Van), and artwork by him and other artists. The slides include photos taken by Sperry in 1976 at Grayland State Park, Washington, and Palm Gardens, Florida, and in 1979 at an unidentified political event. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject with negatives and slides filed separate from photographs.

Box
10 Artwork by Sperry, undated
10 Hiroshima Visit, 1963
10 Japan, 1963
10 Japanese Potters, 1963
10 Miscellaneous, undated
10 Other Artists, undated
10 Sperry and Family, undated
10 Sperry in the Studio, undated
10 Unidentified, undated
10 Negatives, Henry Gallery Exhibition Pottery, undated
10 Negatives, Hiroshima Visit, 1963
10 Negatives, Japan, 1963
10 Negatives, Nature, undated
10 Negatives, Sperry and Family, undated
10 Negatives, Sperry in the Studio, undated
10 Negatives, Student Artwork, undated
10 Negatives, Unidentified, undated
10 Negatives, "Yanagihara," circa 1963
10 Slides, 1976, 1979, undated

Series 12: Sketches and Drawings, 1984, undated
(Box 10; 2 folders)

This series contains sketches and drawings by Robert Sperry which do not appear to be related to his ceramic works. Also found is one small pen drawing by his wife, Patti Warashina.

Box
10 Sketches and Drawings by Robert Sperry, undated
10 Drawing by Patti Warashina, 1984

Series 13: Motion Picture Films, circa 1963-1998, undated
(Boxes 10-11; 1.5 linear feet)

This series contains VHS, which feature two documentaries on Sperry at work in his studio, and reel-to-reel motion picture film of various sizes. The reel-to-reel film includes footage for Sperry's award winning films "Village Potters of Onda" and "Profiles Cast Long Shadows" as well as other short and experimental studies such as the animated film "Henry." Titles given to the films in this series are based on the titles and descriptions written on each reel. Materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

Box
10 VHS, "Attitudes: Goal Setting for Achievement," 1988
10 VHS, "Bob Sperry in the Studio" (Edited), 1987
10 VHS, "Bob Sperry in the Studio" (Uncut), 1987
10 VHS, "Highlights - 2nd Quarter 1991" SAFECO Promotional Video," 1991
10 VHS, "Robert Sperry: A Northwest Master," 1998
10 VHS, "Views & Visions in the Pacific Northwest: The Making of an Exhibition," 1990
10 "Orig. Stills - Band - Fire," undated
10 Unlabeled, undated
10 "Van - Motorbike," undated
Box
11 "A & B Exp. #100," undated
11 "A & B Printer Head, 'Breakfast'," undated
(2 reels)
11 "Animated Drawing Experiments - Steve," undated
11 "Art 129 Rep. & Var.," undated
11 "Art 129 - Visual Ideas - Clay," 1966
11 "Belly Dancer," undated
11 "Caterpillar," undated
11 "Celantano Painting," undated
11 "Color Printing Exper. ABC," undated
(3 reels)
11 "Experimental Color Print," undated
11 "Familiar Thickets," undated
(1 large reel, 1 small reel)
11 "Family," undated
11 "Food Color," undated
11 "Hamada," undated
11 "Henry Print 1 Tail," undated
11 "Later Henry," undated
11 "Mickey Guston 'Profiles' Segment," undated
11 "Misc. Zip Print," undated
11 "Neg. Outs 'Profiles'," undated
11 "Op. Track," undated
11 "Original - Amus. Park Rides," undated
11 "Original Cello-tak," undated
11 "Original Driving - Freeway," undated
11 "Original Footage for Design," 1966
11 "Original Footage - No Work Print - 'Breakfast'," undated
11 "Original Outs 'Profiles' Amusement Park Skull," undated
11 "Original Outs 'Profiles' Rape," undated
11 "Original - Skull Waves at Deception Pass," undated
11 "Prostitute Scene - 'Profiles'," undated
11 "Room," undated
11 "Sound Track Tail 'Hey There Voyager'," undated
11 Unlabeled, 1965
11 "Village Potters of Onda," circa 1963