Robert W. White papers, 1889-2003, bulk circa 1920s-2003

A Finding Aid to the Robert W. White Papers, 1889-2003, bulk 1915-2003, in the Archives of American Art, by Joy Weiner

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Biographical Information

Robert Winthrop White (1921-2002) lived and worked in St. James, New York and was primarily known as a sculptor and educator.

He was the son of the architect, Lawrence Grant White (1887-1956) and Bessie Chanler White. Stanford White (1853-1906), Robert's grandfather, was one of the founding partners in the prominent New York City architectural firm, McKim, White, and Mead.

As a youth, Robert White traveled to Munich, Germany to study woodcarving, sculpture, and painting. In 1935, he entered Portsmouth Priory School in Rhode Island. From 1938-1942, he was enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design, where his mentors were Walter Raemisch in sculpture and John Howard Benson in calligraphy. In World War II, White served as chief boatswain's mate in the United States Coast Guard and later worked in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). At the end of the war, White continued his training in sculpture and painting. In 1947, Robert White married Clare Nicolas, daughter of the painter and stained glass master, Joep Nicolas and the sculptor, Suzanne Nicolas.

Robert White, influenced by the classical techniques of the Renaissance artists, worked in various media, such as bronze, stone, plaster, terra-cotta, and wood. His subjects included portrait, figure, and life studies; animals; and dancers. Robert White also was an illustrator. He illustrated works by Laura Spencer Pope, William Styron, and others. White also illustrated two collections of his own poems, Casques and Dust and Palace: The Story of A Friendship that were privately published before his death in 2002.

Robert White held teaching positions at several universities and schools, including the Suffolk Museum of Art, the Parsons School of Design, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. From 1967-1987, White was an associate professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

White exhibited his work in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, including Artists Choice Museum, Artist's Gallery, Benson Gallery, Boston Athenaeum, Gallery North, Hartwick College Museum, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Patricia Fleischmann Gallery, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende, State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the Suffolk Museum and Carriage House, among others. Robert White was represented by the Davis Gallery, Graham Gallery, and Graham Modern in New York City.

Robert White's private and public commissions included works for the American Battle Monuments Commission, Amyas Ames, Theodore Cremer, John Marquand, Peabody Museum, State University of New York, William Styron, and Xerox Corporation. His work can be viewed in the collections of the Boston Athenaeum, Brooklyn Museum, Civici Musei 3 Gallerie di Storia e Arte, Heckscher Museum, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Robert White was the recipient of the Laurel Gallery's "New Talent" exhibition prize, 1948; American Academy's Rome Prize, 1952-1954; and the Proctor Memorial Prize at the National Academy of Design, 1962, 1982. He was also awarded grants from the Tiffany Foundation, 1950 and the Fairfield Foundation, 1968. From 1952-1955, White was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, where he also served as an artist-in-residence from 1969-1970. Robert White was a member of the American Academy in Rome, the Augustus Saint Gaudens Memorial, Century Association, and the National Academy of Design.

Robert White continued to work on the family estate in St. James, New York until his death in 2002.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of New York sculptor Robert White measure 8.4 linear feet and date from 1889-2003, with the bulk of the material from 1915-2003. The collection documents White's varied career as a sculptor, educator, painter, and illustrator through biographical material; extensive correspondence; project files; personal business records; notes and writings; sketchbooks and sketches by Robert White and others; printed material; audiovisual material; artifacts; and photographs.

Scattered biographical materials include a curriculum vitae, documentation relating to White's service in the U.S. Coast Guard, a certificate of appreciation, and a memorial card for White's daughter, Natalie Laura White.

Correspondence contains primarily incoming letters from family and friends, and from clients, galleries, museums, arts organizations, students, and university administrators. Spanning over a seventy year period, family and friends correspondence centers on daily activities, events, and work. There is extensive correspondence from Robert White's parents, Lawrence Grant White and Bessie Chanler White and from Claire Nicolas White and her family. Other correspondents include Gil Franklin, Walker Hancock, Jim Harrison, Susan Hobbes, Willard R. Huntington, Ben LaFarge, Ward Lamb, Suzannah Lessard, Peter Matthiessen, Walker O'Cain, Mark and Katja Oxman, Frank C. Platt, Laura Spencer Pope, Paul and Ellen Resika, Paul Russotto, Sidney Simon, and William Styron, among others.

General correspondence mostly concerns White's commissions, teaching appointments, and his activities in professional organizations. Also included are letters from family members, friends, and colleagues. Frequent correspondents include: the American Academy in Rome, Amyas Ames, the Augustus Saint Gaudens Memorial, Century Association, Theodore Cremer, Davis Galleries, Patricia Fleischmann, Hugh Fosburgh, Rebekah Harkness Kean, David Garrard Lowe, National Academy of Design, Parsons School of Design, S. Dillon Ripley, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Steuben Glass, and the Suffolk Museum and Carriage House.

Project files contain materials on Robert White's exhibitions and his commissioned projects. Materials include letters, lists of artwork, notes, price lists, receipts, exhibition schedules, contracts, and loan agreements. Files document White's exhibits at the Davis Galleries, Elaine Benson Gallery, Graham Gallery, Graham Modern, Heckscher Museum, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Included are extensive files on White's commissions for the American Battle Monuments Commission, Peabody Museum, and Steuben Glass.

Personal business records include files on Robert White's association with the Augustus Saint Gaudens Memorial and the National Academy of Design; his teaching appointments at the Parsons School of Design, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; and his dealings with foundries. There are scattered files on the Whites' St. James, New York property and residence.

Notes and writings contain Robert White's diaries, artist's statements, notebooks, essays on art, lectures, and scattered notes. Also found are writings by Clare White and others.

Sketchbooks and loose sketches contain preliminary studies by Robert White and scattered sketches by others. Printed material houses newspaper clippings and periodicals; exhibition announcements, catalogs, brochures, and posters; press releases and newsletters; and miscellaneous printed material.

Artifacts include two printing blocks: a portrait sculpture of Stephanie White and a landscape image. Audiovisual material consists of an audio CD-disc of a classroom lecture by Robert White at an unidentified venue.

Photographs house images of Robert White; his studio; and snapshots of family and friends, many unidentified. Also included are photographs and slides of artwork.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged into ten series:

Subjects and Names

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

  • American Academy in Rome
  • American Battle Monuments Commission
  • Ames, Amyas
  • Century Association (New York, N.Y.)
  • Cremer, Theodore
  • Davis Galleries
  • Fleischmann, Patricia
  • Fosburgh, Hugh, 1916-
  • Franklin, Gilbert, 1919-
  • Graham Gallery
  • Graham Modern (Gallery)
  • Hancock, Walker Kirtland, 1901-
  • Harrison, Jim
  • Heckscher Museum
  • Hobbs, Susan, 1945-
  • Huntington, Willard R.
  • Kean, Rebekah Harkness
  • La Farge, Bancel, 1865-1938
  • Lamb, Ward
  • Lessard, Suzannah
  • Lowe, David, 1933-
  • Matthiessen, Peter
  • National Academy of Design (U.S.)
  • O'Cain, Walker
  • Oxman, Katja
  • Oxman, Mark
  • Parsons School of Design--Faculty
  • Parsons School of Design.
  • Peabody Museum
  • Platt, Frank C. (Frank Cheney), 1932-
  • Pope, Laura Spencer
  • Resika, Ellen
  • Resika, Paul
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon, 1913-2001
  • Russotto, Paul
  • Simon, Sidney, 1917-1997
  • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture--School--Faculty
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook--Faculty
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Steuben Glass, Inc.
  • Styron, William, 1925-
  • Suffolk Museum
  • United States--Coast Guard
  • White, Bessie Chanler
  • White, Claire Nicolas, 1925-
  • White, Lawrence Grant
  • Artists' studios--Photographs
  • Diaries
  • Drawings
  • Educators--New York (State)--New York
  • Essays
  • Illustrators--New York (State)--New York
  • Lectures
  • Notebooks
  • Painters--New York (State)--New York
  • Photographs
  • Sculptors--New York (State)
  • Sculpture--Study and teaching
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sketches
  • Sound recordings

Provenance

The Robert W. White Papers were donated in 2003 by Claire Nicolas White, widow of Robert White.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was fully processed by Joy Weiner in August 2008.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of the original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Ownership & Literary Rights

Authorization to quote, publish or reproduce requires written permission from: Claire Nicolas White, 574 Moriches Road, St. James, New York 11780.

How to Cite this Collection

Robert W. White papers, 1889-2003 (bulk 1915-2003). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1939-2002
(Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)

This series includes a certificate of honorable dismissal from the School of St. Gregory in Portsmouth, Rhode Island; documentation relating to White's services for the Offices of Strategic Services; the Veterans' Administration letter for White's eligibility under the G.I. Bill; a memorial card for Natalie Laura White; and copies of Robert White's curriculum vitae.

This series is arranged in chronological order. Biographical material can be found in Series 5: Notes and Writings and in Series 7: Printed Material.

Box Folder
1 1 Certificate of Honorable Dismissal, the School of St. Gregory, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 1939
1 2 Transfer Documentation Relating to Robert W. White's Strategic Services Duty, 1945
1 3 Veterans' Administration, Robert W. White's Eligibility for G.I. Bill, 1946
1 4 Other Biographical Information, 1947-2002
1 5 Certificate of Appreciation for Service, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1983
1 6 Memorial Card for Natalie Laura White (1957-1975), 1975
1 7 Curriculum Vitae, undated

Series 2: Correspondence, 1923-2002
(Boxes 1-4; 3.8 linear feet)

This series includes mostly incoming correspondence, drafts of letters, greeting cards, and postcards. Several letters and envelopes are illustrated. Many letters have attachments such as receipts, invoices, exhibition announcements, printed material, and photographs.

Correspondence is also found in Series 3: Project Files, Series 4: Personal Business Records, and Series 5: Notes and Writings.

Files are arranged chronologically; undated letters are filed at the end of the subseries. A number of letters are in Dutch, French, German, and Italian.

The correspondence series is arranged into 2 subseries:

2.1: Family and Friends, 1923-1955

This subseries includes letters, postcards, and greeting cards from family, friends, colleagues, and students. Correspondence provides a detailed account of the routine activities and work of family and friends; letters include references to artists, writers, and other prominent individuals, such as Bernard Berenson, Aldous Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, Carl Milles, and Walter Raemish.

Frequent correspondents include: Gil Franklin, Walker Hancock, Jim Harrison, Susan Hobbes, Bruce Hooten, Willard R. Huntington, Ben LeFarge, Ward Lamb, Suzannah Lessard, John Marquand, Peter Matthiessen, Walker O'Cain, Mark and Katja Oxman, Laura Spencer Pope, Paul and Ellen Resika, Paul Russotto, Sidney Simon, and William Styron. Files also include letters relating to White's activities as an artist and teacher.

Box Folder
1 8 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1923-1929
1 9-10 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1930s
(2 folders)
1 11-12 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1930s-1940s
(2 folders)
1 13 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1933-1935
1 14 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1935-1938
(2 folders)
1 15 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1937
1 16 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1938
1 17-18 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1939
(2 folders)
1 19 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1940s
1 20-23 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1940
(4 folders)
1 24-25 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1941
(2 folders)
1 26 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1942-1945
1 27-30 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1942
(4 folders)
1 31 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1943-1944
1 32-34 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1945
(3 folders)
1 35 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1946
1 36-40 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1946
(5 folders)
1 41-43 Family and Friends Correspondence (Claire Nicolas White), 1946
(3 folders)
1 44 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1947-1948
1 45-46 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1947
(2 folders)
1 47 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1948
1 48 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1950-1952
1 49-51 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1950-1951
1 50-52 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1952
(3 folders)
1 53-57 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1953
(5 folders)
1 58-63 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1954
(6 folders)
1 64-70 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1955
(7 folders)
Box Folder
2 1-5 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1956
(5 folders)
2 6 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1957-1958
2 7 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1957
2 8 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1958
2 9 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1960
2 10 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1961
2 11 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1962
2 12 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1963
2 13 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1964-1965
2 14 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1967
2 15 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1969
2 16-18 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1970s
(3 folders)
2 19 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1970
2 20 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1971
2 21-22 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1972
(2 folders)
2 23 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1973
(2 folders)
2 24-25 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1974
(2 folders)
2 26-27 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1975
(2 folders)
2 28-30 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1976
(3 folders)
2 31-33 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1977
(3 folders)
2 34-35 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1978
(2 folders)
2 36-37 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1979
(2 folders)
2 38-39 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1980s
(2 folders)
2 40-41 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1980
(2 folders)
2 42-43 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1981
(2 folders)
2 44-45 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1982
(2 folders)
2 46-47 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1983
(2 folders)
2 48 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1984-1988
2 49-51 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1984
(3 folders)
2 52 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1985-1986
2 53-55 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1985
(3 folders)
2 56-57 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1986
(2 folders)
Box Folder
3 1-3 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1987
(3 folders)
3 4-11 Family and Friends Correspondence (Valentin Tatransky), 1987-2002
(8 folders)
3 12-15 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1988
(4 folders)
3 16 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1988-1989
3 17-19 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1989
(3 folders)
3 20-21 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1989-1990
(2 folders)
3 22-23 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1990
(2 folders)
3 24-25 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1990
(2 folders)
3 26 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1991
3 27-28 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1992
(2 folders)
3 29-30 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1993
(2 folders)
3 31-32 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1994
(2 folders)
3 33 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1995
3 34 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1995-1996
3 35-37 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1996
(3 folders)
3 38 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1997
3 39 Family and Friends Correspondence, 1998-1999
3 40-41 Family and Friends Correspondence, circa 1999-2001
(2 folders)
3 42 Family and Friends Correspondence, 2000-2002
3 43-44 Family and Friends Correspondence, undated
(2 folders)
3 45-48 Family and Friends Correspondence, Loose Envelopes, 1938-1986
(4 folders)

2.2: General Correspondence, 1950-2002

This subseries includes correspondence with clients, museums, galleries, and publishers. Interspersed among the files are letters from family, friends, and students. Attachments to letters include loan agreements, purchase orders, receipts, and printed material. Letters to Robert White discuss his work, exhibitions, commissioned projects, and teaching positions.

Among the correspondents are Amyas Ames, Stan Brodsky, Theodore Cremer, Patricia Fleischman, Willard R. Huntingdon, Rebekah Harkness Kean, David Garrard Lowe, Richard McDermott Miller, Walker O'Cain, Mark Oxman, and Richard Wilbur. Also included are letters from the American Academy in Rome, Brooklyn Museum, Century Association, Contemporary Realist Gallery, Davis Gallery, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, Harkness Ballet, National Academy of Design, State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Steuben Glass. Also found is a draft of Robert White's letter to Jacques Lipchitz.

Box Folder
3 49 General Correspondence, 1950-1952
3 50 General Correspondence, 1953
3 51 General Correspondence, 1954
3 52 General Correspondence, 1955
3 53-55 General Correspondence, 1956
(3 folders)
3 56 General Correspondence (Steuben Glass), 1957
Box Folder
4 1 General Correspondence, circa 1957
4 2-5 General Correspondence, 1957
(4 folders)
4 6-9 General Correspondence, 1958
(4 folders)
4 10 General Correspondence, 1959
4 11 General Correspondence, 1960
4 12 General Correspondence, 1961-1962
4 13 General Correspondence, 1963-1964
4 14 General Correspondence, 1965-1966
4 15 General Correspondence, 1967
4 16-17 General Correspondence, 1969
(2 folders)
4 18 General Correspondence, circa 1969-1971
4 19-21 General Correspondence, 1970
(3 folders)
4 22 General Correspondence, 1971
4 23-24 General Correspondence, 1972
(2 folders)
4 25 General Correspondence, 1973
4 26 General Correspondence, 1974
4 27 General Correspondence, 1975
4 28 General Correspondence, 1976
4 29 General Correspondence, 1977-1978
4 30 General Correspondence, 1979
4 31 General Correspondence, circa 1980s
4 32 General Correspondence, 1980
4 33 General Correspondence, 1981
4 34 General Correspondence, 1982
4 35-36 General Correspondence, 1983
(2 folders)
4 37-38 General Correspondence, 1984
(2 folders)
4 39 General Correspondence, 1985
4 40 General Correspondence, 1986
4 41 General Correspondence, 1987
4 42 General Correspondence, circa 1988
4 43 General Correspondence, 1988
4 44 General Correspondence, 1989
4 45 General Correspondence, circa 1990s
4 46 General Correspondence, 1990
4 47 General Correspondence, 1991
4 48 General Correspondence, 1992
4 49 General Correspondence, 1993
4 50 General Correspondence, 1994
4 51 General Correspondence, 1995
4 52 General Correspondence, 1996
4 53 General Correspondence, 1997-1998
4 54 General Correspondence, 1999
4 55 General Correspondence, 2000
4 56 General Correspondence, 2001
4 57 General Correspondence, 2002
4 58 General Correspondence, undated
4 59 General Correspondence, Loose Envelopes, 1950-1979

Series 3: Project Files, 1952-2003
(Boxes 4-5, OV 10; 1.2 linear feet)

Project files contain a majority of Robert W. White's solo and group exhibitions and his public and private commissions.

This subseries is arranged as two subseries:

3.1: Exhibitions, 1952-2003

Files document some of Robert White's exhibitions; there are extensive files on his shows at Davis Galleries, Graham Gallery, Graham Modern, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Materials include correspondence; loan agreements, commissions, lists of artwork, sales, notes, and receipts; press releases; artwork; and photographs, including negatives, slides, and a transparency of exhibition installations.

Also found are Robert White's annotated lists of artwork, receipts, guest lists for an unidentified exhibition, and a miscellaneous exhibition list.

Files are arranged chronologically by year of exhibition. Exhibitions are also referred to in Series 2: Correspondence, Series 4: Personal Business Records, Series 5: Notes and Writings, Series 7: Printed Material, and Series 10: Photographs.

Files are arranged chronologically by year of exhibition. Exhibitions are also referred to in Series 2: Correspondence, Series 4: Personal Business Records, Series 5: Notes and Writings, Series 7: Printed Material, and Series 10: Photographs.

Box Folder
4 Davis Galleries
4 60-67 Letters to Robert White, Primarily Related to the Sale of Artwork, 1957-1968
(8 folders)
4 68 Notes, 1960, undated
4 69 Lists of Artwork Sold, undated
4 70 List of Drawings, 1962
4 Heckscher Museum
4 71 Letters to Robert White, 1962-1983
4 72 Receipts for Artwork, 1966-1983
4 73 Various Receipts, 1979-1986, undated
4 74 Loan Agreements, 1983
4 75 Notes, undated
4 State University of New York at Stony Brook
4 76 Correspondence, 1964, 1987
4 77 Loan Agreements Relating to Exhibitions at the Fine Arts Center, 1987-1991
4 78 Loan Agreements Relating to Faculty Art Exhibitions, 1991-1994
4 79 Press Release on Faculty Art Exhibition (September 1994), 1994
4 80 Truckman Order Receipts Relating to Faculty Art Exhibitions, 1984-1997
4 81 Lists of Artwork, 1963, undated
4 82 Exhibition Brochure, 1971
4 83 Transparencies of Visitors to Exhibition, undated
4 Elaine Benson Gallery
4 84 Correspondence, 1971, 1979
4 85 Contract Form, 1971
4 86 Exhibition Schedule, 1979
4 87 Memorandum regarding Announcements, Posters, and Exhibition Schedule, 1979
4 88 Miscellaneous Receipts and Notes, 1972-1985
4 Graham Gallery
4 89-92 Correspondence, 1971-1979
(4 folders)
4 93 Commission of Medallion for the New School of Social Research, 1973
4 94 Statement of Commission Agreement with Robert White, undated
4 95 Memoranda Relating to Insurance Value for Various Sculptures, 1975
4 96 Schedule of Exhibitions for 1978-1979, undated
4 97 Various Receipts and Notes, 1978-2001, undated
4 98 Miscellaneous Label, undated
4 99-101 Installation Photographs includes Negatives, 1992-2001, undated
(3 folders)
4 Graham Modern
4 102 Letters to Robert White, Primarily relating to Sale of Artwork, 1980-1990, undated
4 103 Sales, 1986-1987
4 104 Lists of Artwork, circa 1986-1987
4 105 Price List for Bronze and Terra Cotta Figures (1959-1986), circa 1986
4 106 Client List, 1987, undated
4 107 Inventory of Photographs and Slides of Artwork, 1990
4 108 Release Forms, 1993
4 109 Miscellaneous Receipts, 1986-1992
4 110 Layout of Wall Stands and Floor Plan, circa 1986-1987
Box Folder
5 Suffolk Museum and Carriage House
5 1 Loan Agreement, 1973
5 2 List of Robert White Artwork for Artists of Suffolk County Exhibit (October 23-November 11, 1983), 1983
5 Gallery North
5 3 Agreement, Contract, and Receipts, 1974-1996
5 4 Art Consignments, 2001-2003
5 5 Price Lists, undated
5 Boston Athenaeum
5 6 Correspondence, 1976
5 7 Lists of Artwork included in Exhibition, circa 1976-1977
5 8 Invitation List, circa 1976-1977
5 9 Photographs of Exhibition Space, circa 1976-1977
5 Hartwick College
5 10 Correspondence, 1976-1977
5 11 Lists of Artwork (1952-1975), circa 1977
5 12 Price List, circa 1977
5 13 Copy of Sketch of Exhibition Space and Slides, circa 1977
5 14 Artists Choice Museum, Loan Agreements, 1979-1984
5 15 Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, 1980-1982
5 16 Pratt Institute, 1980
5 17 C.W. Post, Long Island University, 1981-1982
5 18 Contemporary Realist Gallery, Consignment Memo, 1993
5 19 Century Association, undated
5 Lists
5 20 Lists of Artwork including Sale Prices, undated
5 21 Lists of Receipts, 1978-1988
5 22 Lists of Sculpture and Bases with Measurements and Prices, undated
5 23 List of Artwork for Unidentified Exhibition, undated
5 24 Guest Lists for Unidentified Exhibitions, undated
5 25 Miscellaneous Invitation List, undated

3.2: Commissions, 1922-1997

The subseries documents several commissioned projects, including St. Anthony of Padua at East Northport, New York; The Verrill Medal for the Peabody Museum; Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Melville for the Long Island Hall of Fame; and General George Pershing Memorial for the American Battles Monuments Commission. Also found are files for White's work for Steuben Glass and the artist's unexecuted design proposal for the John F. Kennedy Memorial at the Massachusetts State Capitol.

Folders contain correspondence, notes, agreements, invoices, printed material, clippings, photographs, and a transparency.

Files are arranged in chronological order by year of exhibition. Commissions are also referred to in Series 2: Correspondence, Series 4: Personal Business Records, Series 5: Notes and Writings, Series 7: Printed Material, and Series 10: Photographs.

Files are arranged in chronological order by year of exhibition. Commissions are also referred to in Series 2: Correspondence, Series 4: Personal Business Records, Series 5: Notes and Writings, Series 7: Printed Material, and Series 10: Photographs.

Box Folder
5 26 Steuben Glass, 1957-1972
5 St. Anthony of Padua
5 27-28 Correspondence, 1958-1959
(2 folders)
29 Agreement between the Modern Art Foundry and Robert White, 1959
5 30 John Oeschlin, Inc., Invoice, 1958
5 31 St. Michael's Church, 1959-1966, undated
5 32 The Botolph Group, Inc., 1960-1961
5 The Verrill Medal, Peabody Museum
5 33-35 Correspondence, 1960-1966, undated
(3 folders)
5 36 Notes, Purchase Order, and Check Statement, 1960, undated
5 37 Metallic Art Company, Acknowledgment of Order, 1966
5 John F. Kennedy Memorial (Unexecuted)
5 38-39 Correspondence, 1960-1966
(2 folders)
5 40 Robert White's Notes on His Proposed Submission, undated
5 41 Miscellaneous Note, undated
5 42 Various Sketch Designs, circa 1986
5 43 Lists of Semi-Finalists, circa 1987
5 44-45 Various Printed Material, 1984-1988, undated
(2 folders)
5 46-47 Photographs, circa 1961-1986
(2 folders)
5 48 Harkness House for Ballet Arts, 1964-1966, undated
5 49 Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Melville,, 1972
5 50 Monument to Bishop Cranmer, St. James Episcopal Church, 1973
5 General George Pershing Memorial
5 51 Correspondence, 1980-1982
5 52 Agreement between Robert White and the American Battle Monuments Commission (copy; unsigned), undated
5 53 Contract Order with Modern Art Foundry, 1982
5 54 Cut Plan, undated
5 55 Notes relating to Payment and Payment Vouchers include Snapshots of Model and Base, undated
5 56 Fact Sheet, 1983
5 57 Miscellaneous Transmittal Letters and Receipt, 1979-1980
5 58 Clippings, 1981
5 59 Copies of Reference Photographs of General George Pershing (1917-1919), undated
5 60 Plan and Elevation for the General George Pershing Memorial, 1979
(See OV 10)
5 61 Various Printed Material, 1922, 1977
5 62 Sketch of Plan for the General George Pershing Memorial area, undated
5 Portrait of John Swearingen, University of South Carolina
5 63 Correspondence, 1993, undated
5 64 Expenditure Voucher, 1987
5 65 Notes, 1987
5 66 Clipping, 1987
5 67 Invoice for Replacement for Portrait, 1992
5 68 Head of Dr. Ackerman, Washington University, 1994, undated
5 69 Bronze Fountain and Bull for Frank and Patricia Huntington, 1997, undated
Box
10 Oversized Plan and Elevation for the General George Pershing Memorial, 1979

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1889, 1946-2003
(Boxes 5-6; 1.3 linear feet)

Personal business records include materials pertaining to Robert White's involvement on the Executive Committee of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial and at National Academy of Design; his teaching appointments at the Parsons School of Design and the State University of New York at Stony Brook; and his dealings with foundries, mainly the Modern Art Foundry and the stone engraver, John Stevens Shop. Also included are scattered files on the Whites' family residence amd property in St. James, New York; price lists for artwork; loan agreements to museums from Robert and Claire White's personal art collection; and printouts listing White's sales, exhibitions, sketchbooks, and sculptures, reliefs, drawings, portraits, commercial commissions, and student work.

Files contain: correspondence and memoranda; lists and notes; and business-related materials, such as deeds, invoices, receipts, sales of artwork, agreements, elevation plans and surveys, and miscellaneous legal and tax records.

This series is arranged in chronological order. Personal Business Records can be found in Series 2: Correspondence, Series 3: Project Files, and Series 5: Notes and Writings. work (1942-1993).

The files are arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder
5 Professional Associations
5 70-99 The Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial, 1963-1986
(30 folders)
5 100-107 National Academy of Design, 1980-1992
(8 folders)
5 108 Other Professional Associations, 1992, undated
5 Teaching Appointments
5 109-112 Parsons School of Design, 1957-1981, undated
(4 folders)
5 113-117 State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1971-1986
(5 folders)
5 118-119 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1973, 1990, undated
(2 folders)
5 120 Harbor Country Day School, Art Lecture Series, 1973, 1990, undated
5 Foundries and Engraver Files
5 121-127 Modern Art Foundry, 1957-1992
(7 folders)
5 128 Joel Meisner and Co., Inc., 1980-1984
5 129-131 John Stevens Shop, 1961-1963, 1980
(3 folders)
5 St. James, New York Residence and Property
5 132 Architectural Rendering of Alteration of Tank for Stanford White (May 3, 1889), 1889 (See 0V 10)
(Oversized material housed in OV 10)
5 133 Tax Levy (1945-1946), 1945
5 134 Elevation Plan by Willard R. Huntington for St. James, New York Residence and Property?, 1953 (See OV 10)
(Oversized material housed in OV 10)
5 135 Indenture and Lease to Robert White, 1953-1954
5 136 Invoices and Receipts to Lawrence Grant White, 1954-1956
5 137 Mortgage to Robert White, 1955
5 138 Certificate of Insurance to Robert White and Lawrence Grant White, 1955
5 139 Survey Map of Moriches Road, St. James, 1955
5 140 Deeds for Parcels of Land, 1965
5 141 Notebook of Receipts and Deficits includes Loose Pages of Notes, 1946-1948
(1 vol.)
5 142 Statements of Bills Paid by Lawrence Grant White for Robert White, 1953-1954
5 143-144 Various Receipts, 1953-1992, undated
(2 folders)
5 145 Ledger of Expenses and Earnings includes Scattered Receipts and Notes, 1956-1998
(1 vol.)
Box Folder
6 1 Ledger of Receipts and Deficits includes List of Various Sculptures with Dimensions and Approximate Price List, 1999-2003, undated
(1 vol.)
6 2 Prices for Artwork Sold, 1957-1960, undated
6 3 Cost of Supplies, undated
6 4 Miscellaneous Notes Pertaining to Artwork, 1965, undated
6 5 Various Invoices, 1987-1996
6 6 Loan Agreements to Museums from Robert and Clare White's Personal Art Collection, 1959-1971, 1988
6 7 Record of Sales (1946); Catalogs (1949-2001); and Sketchbooks (1950s-1980s, undated), 2003
6 8 Record of Reproductions of Robert White's Sculptures, Reliefs, Drawings, Portraits, Commercial Commissions, and Student Work (1942-1993), 2003
6 9 Loose Addresses of Business Contacts, undated
6 Other Personal Business Files
6 10 1040 Tax Filing (Draft) and 1099 Documentation, 1955-1964
6 11 Last Will and Testament and First Codicil of Lawrence Smith Butler, 1956
6 12 Building Regulation Form, Head-of-the-Harbor Village, Smithtown, New York, 1965
6 13 Memorandum re 1986 Distributions of Interest Income, Springbriar Mortgage, 1987
6 14 Notice of Probate for the Estate of Sheila D. Emmet, 1996
6 15 Memorandum Agreement to Sell Thomas Dewing Portrait of Ella Emmet, 1997
6 16 Letter Agreement with the New York Foundation for the Arts, 2001
6 17 Loose Envelopes, 1945-1983
Box
OV 10 Oversized Architectural Rendering of Alteration of Tank for the St. James, New York Residence and Property for Stanford White (May 3, 1889), 1889
OV 10 Oversized Elevation Plan by Willard R. Huntington for the St. James, New York Residence and Property? (May 5, 1953), 1953

Series 5: Notes and Writings, 1915, circa 1946-2002
(Boxes 6-7; 0.6 linear feet)

Notes and writings include Robert White's diaries, artist's statements, notebooks, essays, and lectures. Included are writings by others, mostly reviews of White's work and some writings by Clare White.

Eleven pocket diaries record White's activities at home, his travels in Europe and Mexico, exhibition openings, and social engagements with family, colleagues, and friends. Notebooks contain: White's drafts of letters, artist's statements, proposals, poems, essays, talks, notes on artwork sold and expenses, a list of the artwork completed for the years 1939-1946, and loose addresses. Two items of interest are Robert White's letter to William Styron discussing the writer's novel, Sophie's Choice and his memorial to his friend and colleague, Fairfield Porter. Found within the notebooks and diaries are sketches by the artist.

Notes and writings can be also found in Series 4: Personal Business Records.

Files are arranged in chronological order.

Files are arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder
6 Diaries
6 18 1983-1984 (2 volumes)
(2 vols.)
6 19 1986
(1 vol.)
6 20 1987 (2 volumes)
(2 vols.)
6 21 1988-1989 (2 volumes)
(2 vols.)
6 22 1990-1991 (2 volumes)
(2 vols.)
6 23 1992-1993 (2 volumes)
(2 vols.)
6 24-25 Artist's Statements, 1993, undated
(2 folders)
6 Notebooks
6 26 Circa 1946
(1 vol.)
6 27 Circa 1948, undated
(1 vol.)
6 28 Circa 1975-1978
(1 vol.)
6 29-30 Circa 1980s
(2 folders)
6 31 Circa 1986-2000
(1 vol.)
6 32 1990, undated
(1 vol.)
6 33-34 Circa late 1990s-2000
(2 folders)
6 35 Circa 1991, undated
(1 vol.)
6 36 Circa 1993-1996
(1 vol.)
6 37 1993, undated
(1 vol.)
6 38 Circa 1996, undated
(1 vol.)
6 39 Circa 1999, undated
(1 vol.)
6 Essays by Robert White
6 40 "The Casting of the Shaw Monument,," circa 1980s
6 41 "On Plaster Originals,," circa 1980s
6 42 "The Future of Art,," circa 1982, undated
6 43 "The Shining of the Sherman,," circa 1986
6 44 "Taste and Tolerance,," 1992
6 45 "The Artistic Political Interface,," undated
6 Lectures by Robert White
6 46 Lecture at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, circa 1980s
(1 sound disc: CD)
6 47 Preliminary Outline of Proposed Experimental Course in Architectural Ornament, circa 1980s
6 48-51 Classroom Lectures, circa 1980s
(4 folders)
6 52 "On the American Realist Painting and Drawing,," undated
(4 folders)
6 53 "On the Teaching Philosophy at the National Academy of Design,," undated
6 54 Notes for a Lecture, undated
6 55 Commencement Speech by Robert White at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1977
6 56-57 Various Notes by Robert White, undated
(2 folders)
6 58 Lists of Artwork, 1965, undated
(2 folders)
6 59-60 Writings by Robert White, 1980, undated
(2 folders)
6 61-62 Poems by Robert White, circa 1990s-2000
(2 folders)
6 Writings By Others
6 63 You May Stay, Elisha, Being A Short Play in Praise of the Beauty of Miss Clare Nicolas,, circa 1946
6 64-65 Writings by Colleagues, Critics, and Friends on Robert White, 1963-2002, undated
(2 folders)
6 66 Art Letter by Valentin Tatransky, 1980
6 67 Catalog Review for Robert W. White Retrospective by Paul Werner, 1988
6 68 Various Poems by Others, 1915, undated

Series 6: Sketchbooks and Sketches, circa 1965-1972
(Boxes 7, 9; 0.3 linear feet)

This series primarily includes Robert White's preliminary studies, in ink, pencil, charcoal, and watercolor of portraits and full-length figures; dancers; animals and armature; and angels and mythological figures. Sketchbooks were titled by the artist. There are also scattered sketches by others.

Sketches are also found in Series 1: Correspondence, Series 3: Project Files, and Series 4: Personal Business Records.

The files are arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder
7 Sketchbooks
7 1 "Fencers, Dances (Rebekah Harkness), and Young Girl,," circa 1965, undated
(1 vol.)
7 2 "Dancers,," circa 1965, undated
(1 vol.)
7 3 "Cavalcade, Horseman, Dancer, and Life Studies Nudes,," circa 1972, undated
(1 vol.)
7 4 "Dancers and Terra Cotta Portraits of Diggle Helman and Stephanie White,," undated
(1 vol.)
7 5 "Animals and Armature,," undated
(1 vol.)
7 6 "Apollo, Hercules, and Arimanthean Boar,," undated
(1 vol.)
7 7 "Male and Female Nudes,," undated
(See Box 9)
7 8 "Female Nudes, Angel, and Horses,," undated
(See Box 9)
7 9 Various Sketches, undated
(1 vol.)
7 10 Sketch and Elevation of St. James, New York Residence by Robert White, undated
7 11 Miscellaneous Sketches by Robert White, undated
7 12 Miscellaneous Sketches by Others, undated
Box
9 Oversized Sketchbook, "Life Drawings and Female Nudes," undated
(1 vol.; oversized material from Box 7, Folder 7)
9 Oversized Sketchbook, "Female Nudes, Angel, and Horses,," undated
(1 vol.; oversized material from Box 7; Folder 8)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1937-2003
(Box 7, 9; 0.5 linear feet)

This series houses newspaper clippings, reviews,and periodicals; exhibition announcements, catalogs, brochures, and posters; press releases; newsletters; reproductions of artwork; and miscellaneous printed material. Clippings and reviews document Robert White's exhibitions, beginning with his first show at the Stony Brook Museum in 1947. Included are reproductions of White's illustrations for periodicals. Also found are posters of Robert White's exhibitions at the Benson Gallery and the Graham Gallery.

Other printed material can be found in Series 2: Correspondence, Series 3: Project Files, Series 4: Personal Business Records, and Series 5: Notes and Writings.

The series is arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder
7 Clippings on Robert White's Work
7 13 1945-1955
7 14 1957-1959
7 15 1962-1969
7 16 1970-1979
7 17 1980-1987
7 18 1988-1989
7 19 1990-1994
7 20 1996-2003
7 21 Undated
7 22 Clippings Related to the Admiral Farragut,, 1986, undated
7 23 Clippings Relating to Family and Friends, 1947-1964, 2002
7 24-25 Periodicals, 1950-1970
(2 folders)
7 26 Reviews of Robert White's Artwork, 1950-1986, undated
7 27 Reviews on Artwork by Other Artists, 1985, 1993, undated
7 28-30 Exhibition Announcements, 1950-1994, undated
(3 folders)
7 31-44 Exhibition Catalogs, 1948, 1961-2003
(14 folders)
7 45-46 Exhibition Brochures, circa 1947-1983, undated
(2 folders)
7 47 Exhibition Posters, Robert White's Exhibition at the Graham Gallery and the Benson Gallery Summer Exhibition, circa 1970-1971
(See Box 9)
7 48 Press Releases and Newsletters, 1976-1988, undated
7 49-53 Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1940-1994, undated
(See Also Box 9)
Box
9 Oversized Exhibition Posters, Robert White's Exhibition at the Graham Gallery and the Benson Gallery Summer Exhibition, circa 1970-1971
(Oversized material from Box 7, Folder 47)
9 Oversized Miscellaneous Printed Material, Blueprint for Clipper Ship Sea Witch (1933), undated
(See Box 9)

Series 8: Audiovisual Material, 1973
(Box 7; 1 folder)

The series contains one item, an audio CD-Disc of Robert White's classroom lecture.

The files are arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder
7 54 Audio CD-Disc of Robert White Classroom Lecture (unidentified venue), Parts 1 and 2, 1973

Series 9: Artifacts, 1973
(Boxes 7; 0.1 linear feet)

This series contains a few objects found among Robert White's papers: printing blocks feature an image of White's portrait sculpture of his daughter, Stephanie White and a landscape view; and a patch of fabric with an unidentified insignia.

The files are arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder
7 55 Printing Block, Image of Robert White's Sculpture of Stephanie White, circa 1965
7 56 Printing Block, Image of a Landscape, undated
7 57 Insignia Patch, undated
(19 folders)

Series 10: Photographs, circa 1940s-2001
(Box 8; 0.5 linear feet)

This series includes photographs and snapshots of Robert White, White's studio space, Claire Nicolas White, various family members and friends. Most of the individuals in the personal photographs are unidentified. There are interior and exterior shots of the Whites' residence in St. James, New York. Files also include negatives and a transparency of White's artwork.

Included are slides of the casting and finishing of Robert White's General George Pershing Memorial and artwork used by the artist for reference purposes.

Other photographs and slides can be found in Series 2: Correspondence and Series 3: Project Files.

Photographs are arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder
8 Photographs of Robert White, Family Members, and Friends
8 1 Robert White, circa 1960s-1970s
8 2-3 Robert White in His Studio, circa 1960-1987
(2 folders)
8 4 Claire Nicolas White?, circa 1940s-1960s
8 5 Claire Nicolas White with her Family in Rome, Italy, circa 1955
8 6 Various Family Members and Friends, circa 1970s-1982, undated
8 7 Miscellaneous Personal Photographs, undated
8 Robert White's Residence, Moriches Road, St. James, New York
8 8-12 Exterior Views, 1995-1998, undated
(5 folders)
8 13-15 Interior Views, 1995-2001, undated
(3 folders)
8 16-34 Photographs of Artwork, 1950s-1992, undated
(19 folders)
8 35-39 Photographs of Exhibition Installations, 1969-1976, undated
(5 folders)
8 40 Negatives of Various Sculptures, undated
(5 folders)
8 41 Tranparency of the Taylor Head, , undated
8 Slides
8 42 General George Pershing Memorial Casting and Finishing, 1989
(Slide File 1)
8 43 Pershing Memorial Casting, 1989
(Slide File 2)
8 44 Pershing Memorial Casting and Miscellaneous Slides of Artwork, 1989, undated
(Slide File 3)