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

A Finding Aid to the Robert W. White Papers, 1889-2003, bulk circa 1920s-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. White was primarily known as a sculptor and educator.

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

As a youth, Robert White studied woodcarving, sculpture, and painting in Munich, Germany. From 1938-1942, Robert White 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 in the United States Coast Guard and later worked in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). In 1947, Robert White married Claire Nicolas, daughter of the painter and stained glass master, Joep Nicolas and the sculptor, Suzanne Nicolas.

Though Robert White was best-known for his sculptures, he was also a painter and illustrator. White was variously represented by Davis Gallery, Graham Gallery, and Graham Modern in New York City. His work was exhibited in galleries, public, and university museums in the United States and abroad: Artists Choice Museum, Benson Gallery, Hartwick College Museum, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende, and the Suffolk Museum and Carriage House. Robert White worked on a number of private and public commissions, including the American Battle Monuments Commission, Amyas Ames, the State University of New York, and William Styron, among others.

Robert White was on the faculty of several universities and schools including 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.

Robert White's work can be viewed in the collections of the Boston Athenaeum, Civici Musei 3 Gallerie di Storia e Arte, Heckscher Museum, and the Rhode Island School of Design. In the course of his career, White was the recipient of many awards and prizes: the Laurel Gallery's "New Talent" exhibition prize in 1948, the Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome, 1952-1954, and the National Academy of Design's Proctor Memorial Prize in 1962 and 1982. 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 in the Augustus Saint Gaudens Memorial, the 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 and educator Robert White measure 8.4 linear feet and date from 1889-2003, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1920s-2003. Extensive correspondence chronicles Robert White's relationships with family and friends, and his professional activities spanning over a seventy year period. The collection also includes biographical material, project files, personal business records, notes and writings, artwork, printed material, artifacts, and photographs.

Biographical materials include a curriculum vita, documentation relating to White's service in the U.S. Coast Guard, and a memorial card for White's daughter, Natalie Laura White.

Correspondence contains mostly incoming letters from family and friends, and from clients, galleries, museums, arts organizations, university administrators, and students. Letters from Robert White's parents, Lawrence Grant White and Bessie Chanler White, and from Claire Nicolas White and her family provide a detailed portrait of the White family and their extended circle of friends, artists, writers, and other prominent individuals in the arts. Other personal correspondence reflects White's long term friendships with Jim Harrison, Peter Matthiessen, and William Styron. Many of White's friends were also connected to the artist through professional ties and their letters can be found in family and friends correspondence, and in general correspondence: correspondents include Gil Franklin, Walker Hancock, Willard R. Huntington, Ben La Farge, Ward Lamb, Walker O' Cain, Mark and Katja Oxman, Frank C. Platt, Paul and Ellen Resika, Paul Russotto, and Sidney Simon.

General correspondence mainly centers on Robert White's exhibitions, commissioned projects, and his teaching positions. Included are letters from Amyas Ames, Theodore Cremer, Davis Galleries, Patricia Fleischman, Hugh Fosburgh, Rebekah Harkness Kean, David Garrard Lowe, Parsons School of Design, Laura Spencer Pope, S. Dillon Ripley, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Steuben Glass, and the Suffolk Museum and Carriage House. Robert White had a long term affiliation with several professional associations and there are letters from professional associations: American Academy in Rome, the Augustus Saint Gaudens Memorial, Century Association, National Academy of Design.

Project files mostly concern Robert White's exhibitions and his commissioned work. Exhibition materials relate to White's business dealings with galleries and museums, particularly with Davis Galleries, Graham Gallery, and Graham Modern. There are substantive files on several of White's public and private commissions: American Battle Monuments Commission, Peabody Museum, and Steuben Glass.

Personal business records are scattered in content. Files contain materials relating to Robert White's participation in professional associations. Also found are files concerning his teaching appointments and business transactions with foundries, particularly the casting done by Modern Foundry for some of White's commissioned sculptures.

Notes and writings by Robert White include diaries, artist's statements, notebooks, essays on art, and notes. Notebooks contain Robert White's notes or drafts of his classroom lectures.

Sketchbooks include White's studies for his drawings. Printed material contains newspaper clippings and periodicals; exhibition announcements, catalogs, brochures, and posters, press releases and newsletters; and miscellaneous printed material. Clippings provide an overview of Robert White's activities as an artist.

Photographs house portrait shots of Robert White, White in his studio, and photographs of his artwork. Also found are photographs of Claire Nicolas White.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged into 9 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following index terms. People, families and organizations are listed under "Subjects" when they are the topic of collection contents and under "Names" when they are creators or contributors.

Subjects:

  • Parsons School of Design--Faculty
  • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture--School--Faculty
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook--Faculty
  • United States--Coast Guard

Subjects-Topical:

  • Artists' studios--Photographs
  • Educators--New York (State)--New York
  • Illustrators--New York (State)--New York
  • Painters--New York (State)--New York
  • Sculptors--New York (State)
  • Sculpture--Study and teaching

Types of Materials:

  • Diaries
  • Drawings
  • Essays
  • Lectures
  • Notebooks
  • Photographs
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sketches
  • Sound recordings

Names:

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

Provenance

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

Separated and Related Materials

The Archives holds the Artists' Gallery records, 1936-1966 and the Russell Lynes papers, 1935-1986 that include photographs of Robert White. The images are available in digital format on the Archives of American Art website.

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 circa 1920s-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)

Scattered biographical materials include a certificate of honorable dismissal from the School of St. Gregory in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, documentation relating to Robert White's service in World War II, and a curriculum vita, and other biographical information.

This series is arranged in chronological order. Additional 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 Vita, undated

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

This series contains mostly incoming correspondence, drafts of letters, greeting cards, and postcards. Found are illustrated letters and envelopes. A number of 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.

2.1: Family and Friends, 1923-1955

This subseries includes letters, postcards, and greeting cards from family, friends, colleagues, and students. Some of the earlier letters from Robert White's parents and family members chronicle White's schooling and his other activities as a youth. Correspondents discuss their activities, travels, and work; letters include many references to Robert White's work-related projects.

Correspondence reflects the White family's extended circle of friends and acquaintances, many of them artists, critics, and writers, including Bernard Berenson, Aldous Huxley, Carl Milles, and Walter Raemisch.

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
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 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 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 contains correspondence from clients, museums, galleries, and publishers; there are a number of letters from university administrators and from White's students asking for recommendations. Professional-related correspondence concerns scheduling exhibitions, commissioned projects, and teaching assignments. Attached to many letters are 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: Stan Brodsky, Brooklyn Museum, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, Harkness Ballet, Susan Hobbes, Richard McDermott Miller. Two items of interest are Robert White's letter to Jacques Lipschitz and a postcard from Richard Wilbur to White.

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, 1922-2003
(Boxes 4-5, OV 10; 1.2 linear feet)

This series contain files relating to many of Robert White's exhibitions and public and private commissions.

This subseries is arranged as two subseries:

3.1: Exhibitions, 1952-2003

Files include some of Robert White's solo and group exhibitions. Materials include correspondence; loan agreements, commissions, lists of artwork, sales, notes, and receipts; press releases; artwork; and photographs of artwork.

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.

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, 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" (1983 October 23-November 11), 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 Annotated Lists of Sculptures, 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 provides partial documentation of Robert White's commissioned works. There are extensive files for Robert White's unexecuted design proposal for the John F. Kennedy Memorial at the Massachusetts State Capitol. Files contain a variety of materials: correspondence, notes, agreements, invoices, printed material, clippings, and 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 Roman Catholic Church, Rockville Center Diocese
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 Peabody Museum
5 33-35 Correspondence, 1960-1966, undated
(3 folders)
5 36 Notes, Purchase Order, and Check Statement, 1960, undated
5 37 Medallic 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 Long Island Hall of Fame, 1972
5 50 St. James Episcopal Church, 1973
5 American Battle Monuments Commission
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, 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
(Oversized material housed in OV 10)
5 61 Various Printed Material, 1922, 1977
5 62 Sketch of Plan for the General George Pershing Memorial area, undated
5 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 Washington University, 1994, undated
5 69 Bronze Fountain and Bull for Frank and Patricia Huntington, 1997, undated

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1889, 1945-2003
(Boxes 5-6, OV 10; 1.3 linear feet)

The series consists of files relating to Robert White's affiliation with professional organizations, teaching appointments, his transactions with foundries, and scattered business and legal records. Also included is an architectural rendering for the White property in St. James, New York by Stanford White done in 1889.

Within the files can be found correspondence and memoranda; lists and notes; and business-related materials, such as deeds, invoices, receipts, sales, agreements, elevation plans and surveys, and scattered legal and tax records. Also, interspersed among the ledgers are receipts, notes, and a price list.

Additional personal business records can be found in Series 2: Correspondence, Series 3: Project Files, and Series 5: Notes and Writings.

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, 1889
(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
(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 with 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 including 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

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

This series primarily contains notes and writings by Robert White. Included are eleven pocket diaries chronicling White's activities at home, travels, exhibition openings, and social engagements. Fourteen notebooks contain Robert White's notes for his lectures; found within the notebooks are: drafts of letters, artist's statements, essays, some of these versions were incorporated into his classroom lectures, notes on sales of artwork, expenses, and list of the work completed for the years 1939-1936. Two items of interest are Robert White's letter to William Styron critiquing the author's novel, Sophie's Choice and White's memorial to his friend and colleague, Fairfield Porter. Interspersed among the diaries and notebooks are sketches by the artist.

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

Files are arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder
6 Diaries
6 18 1983-1984
(2 vols.)
6 19 1986
(1 vol.)
6 20 1987
(2 vols.)
6 21 1988-1989
(2 vols.)
6 22 1990-1991
(2 vols.)
6 23 1992-1993
(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; 2 vols.)
6 31 Circa 1986-2000
(1 vol.)
6 32 1990, undated
(1 vol.)
6 33-34 Circa late 1990s-2000
(2 folders; 2 vols.)
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 Robert White Classroom Lecture, Parts 1 and 2, (unidentifed venue), 1973
(1 sound disc: CD)
6 47 Lecture at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, circa 1980s
6 48 Preliminary Outline of Proposed Experimental Course in Architectural Ornament, circa 1980s
6 49-52 Classroom Lectures, circa 1980s
(4 folders)
6 53 "On the American Realist Painting and Drawing," undated
6 54 "On the Teaching Philosophy at the National Academy of Design," undated
6 55 Notes for a Lecture, undated
6 56 Commencement Speech by Robert White at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1977
6 57-58 Various Notes by Robert White, undated
(2 folders)
6 59 Lists of Artwork, 1965, undated
6 60-61 Writings by Robert White, 1980, undated
(2 folders)
6 62-63 Poems by Robert White, circa 1990s-2000
(2 folders)
6 Writings By Others
6 64 You May Stay, Elisha, Being A Short Play in Praise of the Beauty of Miss Clare Nicolas, circa 1946
6 65-66 Writings by Colleagues, Critics, and Friends on Robert White, 1963-2002, undated
(2 folders)
6 67 Art Letter by Valentin Tatransky, 1980
6 68 Catalog Review for Robert W. White Retrospective by Paul Werner, 1988
6 69 Various Poems by Others, 1915, undated

Series 6: Sketchbooks, 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 Robert White and 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
(1 vol.; oversized material in Box 9)
7 8 "Female Nudes, Angel, and Horses," undated
(1 vol; oversized material in 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 Sketchbook of "Male and Female Nudes" undated
(1 vol.; oversized material from Box 7, Folder 7)
9 Sketchbook, "Female Nudes, Angel, and Horses," undated
(1 vol.; oversized material from Box 7; Folder 8)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1933-2003
(Boxes 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 Monument, 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
(Oversized material housed in Box 9)
7 48 Press Releases and Newsletters, 1976-1988, undated
7 49-53 Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1933-1994, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 9)
Box
9 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 Miscellaneous Printed Material, Blueprint for Clipper Ship Sea Witch, 1933
(Oversized item from Box 7, Folder 49)

Series 8: Artifacts, circa 1965
(Box 7; 0.1 linear feet)

This series contains a few objects found among Robert White's papers.

The files are arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder
7 54 Printing Block, Image of Robert White's Sculpture of Stephanie White, circa 1965
7 55 Printing Block, Image of a Landscape, undated
7 56 Insignia Patch (unidentified), undated

Series 9: 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.

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,
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)