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Emil Milan Research Project records, circa 1940-2010

Emil Milan Research Project


Collection Information

Size: 0.7 Linear feet

Summary: Emil Milan Research Project records measure 0.7 linear feet and date from circa 1940-2010. Included is biographical material, correspondence, press clippings documenting landmark moments in Milan's career (a notable institutional moment involves the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery), photographs from Milan's time serving in World War II, rare catalogs and exhibition announcements, documentation related to his long teaching career at Peters Valley School of Craft in New Jersey, and interviews with associates of Milan. Also included is a small group of particle board templates for Milan's hallmark wood design shapes, salvaged from the floor of his studio.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Emil Milan Research Project was founded in 2008 by Barry Gordon, Norm Sartorius, and Phil Jurus to document the career and life of woodworker Emil Milan (1922-1985).


Donated in 2020 by Barry Gordon, Norm Sartorius, and Phil Jurus, founders of the Emil Milan Research Project.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.

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How to Cite This Collection

Emil Milan Research Project records, circa 1940-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.