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Harold Weston papers, 1894-1978, bulk, 1912-1972

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 11 series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers:

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Series 1: Biographical Information , 1896-1974
(Box 1, 38; 0.4 linear feet)

Biographical materials consist of biograpical sketches, resumes; school records and ephemera from Exeter Academy and Harvard University, membership cards, passports and travel papers, materials relating to Weston's memorial service and wedding. Also found are documents relating to Faith Weston and a short biography of Weston written by Faith in 1969.
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Biographical Notes, 1965 November
1
1
Biographical Sketches and Resumes, 1940-1974
(2 folders)
1
2-3
Educational Materials, 1900-1916
(See also Box 38)
1
4
Exeter Academy Yearbook, 1911
1
5
Faith Weston Materials, 1950s
1
6
Harold Weston, by Faith Weston, 1969 April
1
7
Harvard Activities, 1912-1916
(See also Box 38)
1
8
Harvard Scholarships, 1914-1916
1
9
Lock of Weston's Hair, 1896-1897
1
10
Membership Cards, circa 1950s
1
11
Memorial Service Materials, 1972
(4 folders)
1
12-15
Passports and Travel Papers, 1926-1966
1
16
Posthumus Materials, after 1972
1
17
Questionaire, 1963
1
18
Wedding Wishes, 1923 May 12
1
19
Oversized Harvard Diploma, 1916
(From Box 1, Folder 4)
38
Oversized Yearbook Materials, 1916
(From Box 1, Folder 8)
38

Series 2: Correspondence , 1894-1975
(Box 1-3, 38; 2.5 linear feet)

Harold Weston's correspondence spans from his school days until his death in 1972. Topics discussed in the correspondence concerns his education at Exeter Academy and Harvard University; his travels in the Middle East during World War I; his convalescence in France in the mid-1920s; travels in the Adirondacks; his family; exhibitions, among many other topics. Of particular interest are his letters to family members during World War I wherein he describes in detail his travels to sites throughout the Middle East. Also found are scattered letters written by Faith Weston to her family; postcards sent from Europe during the Westons' travels in the 1920s and the 1950s; condolence letters; and holiday cards, including those designed by Harold Weston.
Correspondents include Harold's parents Mary and S. Burns; siblings Carl and Esther; members of the Faith and the Borton family; children Barbara, Bruce, and Haroldine; and friends such as Theodore Sizer and Duncan Phillips.
Correspondence is arranged in rough chronological order. Harold Weston's correspondence relating to his participation in associations and organizations is found in Series 4.
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Correspondence, 1894
1
20
Correspondence, circa 1900
1
21
Correspondence, 1906
1
22
Correspondence, 1907
1
23
Correspondence, circa 1910s
1
24
Correspondence, 1910
1
25
Correspondence, 1911
1
26
Correspondence, 1913
1
27
Correspondence, 1914
1
28
Correspondence, 1915
1
29
Correspondence, 1916
(2 folders)
1
30-31
Correspondence, 1917
(2 folders)
1
32-33
Correspondence, 1918
1
34
Correspondence, 1919
1
35
Correspondence, circa 1920s
1
36
Correspondence, 1920
1
37
Correspondence, 1922
1
38
Correspondence, 1923
1
39
Correspondence, 1923
2
1
Correspondence, 1924
(3 folders)
2
2-4
Correspondence, 1925
(4 folders)
2
5-8
Correspondence, 1926
(2 folders)
2
9-10
Correspondence, 1927
(3 folders)
2
11-13
Correspondence, 1928
(2 folders)
2
14-15
Correspondence, 1929
2
16
Correspondence, circa 1930s
2
17
Correspondence, 1930
2
18
Correspondence, 1931
2
19
Correspondence, 1932
2
20
Correspondence, 1933
2
21
Correspondence, 1934
(2 folders)
2
22-23
Correspondence, 1935
2
24
Correspondence, 1936
(2 folders)
2
25-26
Correspondence, 1937
(2 folders)
2
27-28
Correspondence, 1938
(2 folders)
3
1-2
Correspondence, 1939
3
3
Correspondence, circa 1940s
3
4
Correspondence, 1940
3
5
Correspondence, 1941
3
6
Correspondence, 1942
3
7
Correspondence, 1943
3
8
Correspondence, 1944
3
9
Correspondence, 1945
3
10
Correspondence, 1946
3
11
Correspondence, 1947
3
12
Correspondence, 1948
3
13
Correspondence, 1949
3
14
Correspondence, circa 1950s
3
15
Correspondence, 1950
3
16
Correspondence, 1951
3
17
Correspondence, 1952
3
18
Correspondence, 1953
3
19
Correspondence, 1954
3
20
Correspondence, 1955
3
21
Correspondence, 1956
3
22
Correspondence, 1957
3
23
Correspondence, 1958
3
24
Correspondence, 1959
3
25
Correspondence, circa 1960s
3
26
Correspondence, 1960
3
27
Correspondence, 1961
3
28
Correspondence, 1962
3
29
Correspondence, 1963
3
30
Correspondence, 1964
3
31
Correspondence, 1965
3
32
Correspondence, 1966
3
33
Correspondence, 1967
3
34
Correspondence, 1968
3
35
Correspondence, 1969
3
36
Correspondence, 1970
(See also Box 38)
3
37
Correspondence, 1971
3
38
Correspondence, 1972
3
39
Correspondence, 1975
3
40
Condolences, 1972-1973
3
41
Weston Family Holiday Cards, 1918-1969
3
42
Holiday Cards from Others, 1920s-1960s
3
43
Fragments, 1920s
3
44
Harold Weston's Postcards from France, 1927-1928
3
45
Faith Weston's European Postcards, 1957
3
46
Oversized Correspondence , 1970
(From Box 3, Folder 37)
38

Series 3: Personal Business and Financial records , 1912-1977
(Box 4; 0.4 linear feet)

Scattered records relating to Harold Weston's career include art receipts and expenses; art awards; consignment and loan information; delivery receipts; exhibition agreements; hand-drawn gallery and exhibition plans; framing invoices; insurance records; legal informating relating to Weston's affiliation Boyer Gallery; pricelists and inventories of works of art; and records of sales. Other materials include gift acknowledgements; a copy of Harold Weston's application for the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation from 1933; his will; materials regarding Weston's involvement with the Overseas Museum Project; an inventory of materials donated to Syracuse University; and cancelled stock.
Galleries represented in this series are those at which Weston held exibitions, sold, or lent works of art, including Boyer Galleries, Corcoran Gallery, the Gallery in Paoli, Montross Gallery, the Phillips Collection, and Studio House Galleries.
Files are arranged in alphabetical order.
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Art Receipts and Expenses, 1938-1949
4
1
Awards and Prizes Information, 1938
4
2
Consignment Receipts, 1937
4
3
Delivery Receipts and Inventories, 1964-1965
4
4
Donations to Syracuse University, Inventory, 1966 April
4
5
Exhibition Agreements, 1956-1967
4
6
Exhibition and Gallery Plans, 1934-1950
4
7
List of Exhibitions, circa 1939
4
8
Financial Notes, circa 1919
4
9
Framing Invoices, 1940s
4
10
Gift Acknowledgements, 1961-1973
4
11
Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Application, 1933
4
12
Insurance Records, 1968-1972
4
13
Invitation Lists, circa 1950
4
14
Invoices, 1933-1968
4
15
Legal Information, Boyer Galleries, 1949
4
16
Loan Agreements, 1936, circa 1960
4
17
Miscellaneous Bills and Receipts, circa 1940-1960
4
18
Montross Exhibition, 1930
4
19
Museum and Gallery List, circa 1940s
4
20
Overseas Museum Project, 1957
4
21
Pricelists and Inventories, 1920s-1977
(4 folders)
4
22-25
Records of Sales, 1927
4
26
Stock, Cancelled, 1912, 1976
4
27
Will, 1966
4
28
Works of Art, Sent to Warehouse, 1975
4
29
Works of Art, at Boyer Galleries, circa 1940s
4
30

Series 4: Associations and Organizations , 1916-1972
(Box 4-10, 37-38; 6.5 linear feet)

This series contains all materials relating to the numerous associations and organizations within which Harold Weston was a member or involved.
The Associations and Organizations series is arranged as 10 subseries:
  • 4.1: Adirondack Trail Improvement Society, 1960s-1969
  • 4.2: Committee to Defend America, 1940-1942
  • 4.3: Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, 1940-1968
  • 4.4: Food for Freedom, 1943-1949
  • 4.5: International Association of the Plastic Arts/International Art Association, 1954-1972
  • 4.6: National Council on the Arts and Government, 1954-1972
  • 4.7: National Endowment for the Arts, 1961-1972
  • 4.8: New York State Council on the Arts, 1957-1971
  • 4.9: Reconstruction Service Committee, circa 1940s-1942
  • 4.10: Young Men's Christian Association, Baghdad records, 1916-1919
4.1: Adirondack Trail Improvement Society records, 1960s-1969
(Box 4; 2 folders)
Scattered documents include some correspondence with Harold Weston, who served as Chairman of the Adirondack Trail Improvement Society and printed materials. Stationery displays a logo for the society designed by Weston.
Description Container
Correspondence, circa 1960s
4
31
Printed Materials, 1969
4
32
4.2: Committee to Defend America records, 1940-1942
(Box 4; 0.4 linear feet)
Harold Weston served as Chairman of the Keene and Essex County chapters of the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies (CDA.) The CDA promoted the idea that America should support Britain financially in order to avoid entering the war. Records found in this subseries include correspondence between the National Committee of the CDA, Harold Weston, and others; clippings; financial records; meeting minutes and records; newsletters and bulletins; notes; a petition; printed materials; typescripts of statements and speeches given to promote the CDA, some of which have notes by Weston; suggestions from the National Committee for local chairmen; and miscellany.
Description Container
Correspondence, 1940-1942
(5 folders)
4
33-37
Clippings, 1940-1941
4
38
Essay Contest, circa 1940s
4
39
Financial Records, 1940-1941
4
40
Lists, circa 1940s
4
41
Meetings Information, 1941
4
42
Newsletters and Bulletins, 1941-1942
4
43
Notes, circa 1940s
4
44
Petition, circa 1940s
4
45
Printed Materials, circa 1940s
4
46
Statements and Speeches, circa 1940s
4
47
Stationery, circa 1940s
4
48
Suggestions for Local Chairmen, circa 1940
4
49
4.3: Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors records, 1940-1968
(Box 4-5; 0.3 linear feet)
Harold Weston served as president for the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors in the 1950s and remained a member into the 1960s. Filed here are audio recordings and other documentation of "An Evening with Louise Nevelson," February 28th, 1967; clippings and other printed materials; scattered correspondence; membership and meetings information; materials relating to the Museum Gift Plan; and documents relating to the history of the association. Also found are Weston's notes taken during a discussion on sculptors by sculptors in 1954. Sculptors present during the discussion include: Caparn, Harkavy, Kekakis, Model, Nevelson, Simkhovitch, Stillman, Vargis, Weschler, and Wingate.
Description Container
"An Evening with Louise Nevelson," File and Audio Recordings, 1967 February 28
(3 folders)
4
50-52
Clippings, 1954-1955
4
53
Correspondence, 1966-1971
4
54
Meeting Information, 1954-1971
4
55
Membership Information, 1940-1968
4
56
Museum Gift Plan, 1954-1967
5
1
"Notes on Discussion of Sculpture Today by Sculptors,", 1954 February 27
5
2
Organizational History, 1940-1967
5
3
Printed Materials, 1942-1968
(4 folders)
5
4-7
4.4: Food for Freedom records, 1943-1949
(Box 5; 11 folders)
Harold Weston organized Food for Freedom in 1943 for providing American aid to refugees in Europe and Asia. He served as Executive Director. Scattered documentation of the organization include clippings and other printed materials; correspondence; financial records from the early 1950s; a copy of a sermon delivered by Reverend A. Powell Davies from All Souls' Church in Washington, D.C. on November 10, 1946 entitled "Lest the Living Forget"; notes; organizational history; materials for a proposed book by Weston concerning Food for Freedom; and records of speeches given by Weston.
Description Container
Articles and Clippings, 1940s
5
8
Correspondence, 1944-1949
5
9
Financial Records, 1950-1953
5
10
"Lest the Living Forget,", 1946
5
11
National Consumers Food Conference Materials, 1943 October 27-28
5
12
Notes, circa 1949
5
13
Organizational History, circa 1947
5
14
Press Releases, 1946
5
15
Printed Materials, 1943-1949
5
16
Proposed Book, 1940s
5
17
Weston's Speech Records, 1946
5
18
4.5: International Association of the Plastic Arts/International Art Association records, 1954-1972
(Box 5-7, 37; 2 linear feet)
Weston served as President of the U.S. Committee of the International Association of the Plastic Arts/International Art Association (IAPA)from 1961-1967. Records include a copy of Arts and Artists signed by IAPA delegates; articles and clippings; reports; correspondence; holiday cards from IAPA delegates - many of which are handmade or original works of art; financial documents; membership and meeting information; notes; organizational history; photographs of IAPA delegates and works of art displayed during the 1963 conference held in New York City, and other documents of the conference; and records from the World Academy of Arts and Sciences connected with the IAPA.
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Art and Artists -- Signed by IAPA Delegates, 1963
5
19
Articles and Clippings, 1954-1966
(2 folders)
5
20-21
Concerning Memorials to Weston, 1972
5
22
Correspondence, 1956-1972
(7 folders)
5
23-29
Holiday Cards, 1960-1970
(2 folders)
5
30-31
"Decisions", 1971 October 29
5
32
Financial Information, 1963-1969
5
33
"IAPA Reel,", 1963
(See also Box 37)
5
34
Interview with Harold Weston, 1965
5
35
Membership and Staff Information, 1960-1969
(2 folders)
6
1-2
Meetings Information, 1960-1970
(8 folders)
6
3-10
Materials in French, Concerning Meetings, circa 1969
6
11
Notes, circa 1960s
6
12
Organizational History, 1963-1970
(2 folders)
6
13-14
Photographs, 1960-1963
6
15
Press Kit, 1963 October 6-12
6
16
Printed Materials, 1955-1971
(5 folders)
6
17-21
Printed Materials, 1955-1971
(2 folders)
7
1-2
Printed Materials, Not IAPA, 1960s
(2 folders)
7
3-4
Questionaire and Responses, circa 1966
(2 folders)
7
5-6
Reports and Proposals, 1961-1970
7
7
Schedule for Delegates and Observers, circa 1963
7
8
World Academy of Arts and Sciences Materials, 1963-1970
7
9-11
"IAPA Reel" Recording, 1963
(From Box 5, Folder 34)
37
4.6: National Council on the Arts and Government records, 1954-1972
(Box 7-10, 37; 2.5 linear feet)
Harold Weston was a founder of the National Council on the Arts and Government and served as Vice President and President. The group helped to pass legislation forming the National Endowment for the Arts. Found here are annual reports; a ceremonial letter and pen signed by Mayor Robert F. Wagner; clippings; extensive congressional information regarding bills, committees, and testimony; correspondence and memoranda; financial and legal information; grant proposals; lists; membership and meetings information; notes; organizational history; Patron of the Arts Committees information; petitions; a press kit; printed materials; programs information; reports; resolutions; speeches by Weston; and writings.
Description Container
Annual Reports, 1957-1969
(2 folders)
7
12-13
Annual Reports, Proofs, 1957-1969
7
14
Ceremonial Letter and Pen, 1962
7
15
Clippings, 1957-1970
(7 folders)
7
16-22
Congressional Information, 1956-1970
(9 folders)
8
1-9
Congressional Testimony Given by Weston, 1960-1967
8
10
Correspondence and Memoranda, 1956-1972
(7 folders)
8
11-17
Correspondence and Memoranda, 1956-1972
(4 folders)
9
1-4
Financial and Legal Information, 1963-1968
9
5
Grant Proposal, circa 1962
9
6
Interviews with Weston Concerning NCAG, 1956-1965
9
7
Invitation and Guest List, circa 1960s
9
8
Membership Information, 1962-1965
9
9
Meetings Information, 1950-1970
(2 folders)
9
10-11
Notes and Drafts, circa 1960s
(3 folders)
9
12-14
Organizational History, 1954-1968
(2 folders)
9
15-16
Patron of the Arts Committees, 1962
9
17
Petitions, 1956
9
18
Press Kit, 1966
9
19
Printed Materials, 1960s
(4 folders)
9
20-23
Printed Materials, Not NCAG, 1958-1965
9
24
Proposed Bill, 1960 May
9
25
Program Plans, 1966-1968
9
26
Recordings, 1957, 1965
(See also Box 37)
9
27
Reports, 1960s-1965
9
28-29
Resolutions, 1957-1960
9
30
Speeches and Reports by Weston, 1960s
9
31
Tributes to Members, 1965
9
32
"Who Pays the Piper," by Weston, circa 1960
9
33
Writings, 1961-1968
(2 folders)
10
1-2
Recordings, from 10th Anniversary Dinner, 1965
(From Box 9, Folder 27)
37
4.7: National Endowment for the Arts records, 1961-1972
(Box 10; 0.3 linear feet)
Scattered materials include clippings; congressional documents about bills, committees, and members; correspondence; drafts; financial materials; organizational history; and printed materials from the NEA and other organizations of interest. Information relating to programs funded by the National Endowment for the Arts is filed under Programs Information and contains materials from 1967-1972. Due to it's close affiliation between the National Council on the Arts and Government, some materials from the National Endowment for the Arts may be in the previous series.
Description Container
Clippings, 1968-1972
10
3
Congressional Information, 1965-1968
10
4
Correspondence, 1966-1969
10
5
Drafts and Proposals, 1960s
10
6
Financial Information, 1969-1970
10
7
Notes, circa 1960s
10
8
Organizational History, 1967-1972
10
9
Printed Material, 1966-1969
10
10
Printed Material, Not NEA, circa 1960s
10
11
Programs Information, 1967-1972
(2 folders)
10
12-13
4.8: New York State Council for the Arts records, 1960s-1969
(Box 10; 2 folders)
Harold Weston helped to establish the New York State Council for the Arts through his involment in the National Council on the Arts and Government. Materials found include clippings, records from the Committee to Beautify New York City, correspondence, meeting records, organizational history, and printed materials.
Description Container
Clippings, 1965
10
14
Committee to Beautify New York City records, 1966-1969
(3 folders)
10
15-17
Correspondence, 1966-1970
10
18
Meetings Information, 1970
10
19
Organizational History, 1957-1970
10
20
Printed Material, 1967-1971
10
21
4.9: Reconstruction Service Committee records, circa 1940s-1942
(Box 10; 5 folders)
Harold Weston served on the Reconstruction Service Committee, established to assist projected rebuilding efforts in Europe. Scattered records include a clipping, correspondence detailing problems the RSC faced in the naming of their group and finding leadership and sponsorship, memoranda, notes, and a proposal for the Civilian Rehabiliation Corps.
Description Container
Clipping, circa 1942
10
22
Correspondence, 1942
10
23
Memoranda, circa 1942
10
24
Notes, circa 1940s
10
25
Proposal for the Civilian Rehabilitation Corps, 1942
10
26
4.10: Young Men's Christian Association, Baghdad records, 1916-1919
(Box 10, 38; 0.2 linear feet)
Weston served with the YMCA, Baghdad in World War I and volunteered with the Baghdad Art Club. Records are from both the YMCA and the Baghdad Art Club and consist of exhibition announcements and catalogs, clippings, correspondence and memoranda between Weston and YMCA volunteers and others, YMCA holiday cards designed by Weston, financial materials, organizational history, a letter of introduction for Harold Weston written in Farsi and a hand-drawn map of rural areas outside Baghdad, YMCA announcements and newsletters, notes, photographs of the Baghdad Art Club exhibition of 1918 and a photo the YMCA Baghdad staff from 1917, YMCA printed materials, and a "University Plan" intended as an educational program for use in Mesopotamia.
Description Container
Baghdad Art Club Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, circa 1918
10
27
Clippings, Concerning Exhibitions, circa 1917
10
28
Correspondence and Memoranda, 1916-1919
(2 folders)
10
29-30
Holiday Cards, Designed by Weston, 1917-1919
10
31
Financial Information, 1919
10
32
Organizational History, Baghdad Art Club, 1919
10
33
Letter of Introduction in Farsi and Map of Persia, 1919
10
34
Newsletters and Announcements, 1919
10
35
Notes, circa 1918
10
36
Photographs, 1917-1918
(See also Box 38)
10
37
Printed Materials, 1917-1919
(3 folders)
10
38-40
Rules of the YMCA, 1918
10
41
"University Plan,", 1918
10
42
Oversized Photographs, 1917
(From Box 10, Folder 37)
38

Series 5: Commissions and Project Files , 1935-1965
(Box 10-12, 38, OV 39; 1.4 linear feet)

Files that document Weston's Building the United Nations and the Treasury Relief Project sponsored "Procurement Building Murals" are found within the Commissions and Project files series.
The Commissions and Project Files series is arranged into 2 subseries:
  • 5.1: Building the United Nations records, 1949-1965
  • 5.2: Procurement Building Murals records, 1935-1964
5.1: Building the United Nations, 1949-1965
(Box 10-11, 38; 1 linear foot)
Harold Weston began his painting of the building of the United Nations buildings in New York City in 1949. Found are all materials relating to the painting within the Harold Weston papers including clippings; a list of members belonging to the Committee for the Gift to the United Nations of Harold Weston's Painting Building the United Nations; correspondence, much of which relates to fundraising for the donation of the paintings; financial and fundraising materials; an interview with Weston by Mary Ellen Thomson concerning the paintings; legal documents; photographs including installations, black and white, color and matted photos of the works, and research and reference photos; proposals and estimates for donation; and a proposal for "Voices of Destiny," a U.N. documentary.
Description Container
Clippings, 1950-1957
10
43
Committee for the Gift to the United Nations of Harold Weston's Painting Building the United Nations members, 1954 January
10
44
Correspondence, 1949-1965
(3 folders)
10
45-47
Correspondence, 1949-1965
(3 folders)
11
1-3
Financial Information, 1953-1954
11
4
Fundraising Materials, 1956
11
5
Insurance Policies, 1952-1956
11
6
Interview with Weston by Mary Ellen Thomson, circa 1950
11
7
Legal Documents, 1952
11
8
Photographs, Installations, circa 1955
11
9
Photographs of Works of Art, Black and White, circa 1952
(See also Box 38; 4 folders)
11
10-13
Photographs of Works of Art, Color and Matted, circa 1951
(7 folders)
11
14-20
Photographs, Research and Reference, circa 1949
11
21
Propsals and Estimates, circa 1950s
11
22
"Voices of Destiny," Proposal, 1952
11
23
Oversized Photos of Works of Art, 1952
(From Box 11, Folder 10)
38
5.2: Procurement Building Murals, 1935-1964
(Box 11-12, OV 39; 0.4 linear feet)
Harold Weston's murals for the Procurement Building at 7th St SW and D ST SW in Washington, D.C. were completed under the Treasury Relief Art Project of the federal Works Progress Administration. Found here are clippings, correspondence concerning Weston's affiliation with the Treasury Relief Art Project, a description and other interpretive materials about the murals written and compiled by Weston, exhibtion catalogs and other printed materials, notes about the execution and restoration of the works, photographs and negatives, proposals and plans, preliminary sketches, and Harold Weston's time cards for the art project.
Description Container
Clippings, 1930s-1940s
11
24
Correspondence, 1935-1938
11
25
Description of Murals by Weston, circa 1958
11
26
Exhibition Catalogs, 1936-1937
11
27
Map of the United States, circa 1939
11
28
Notes, circa 1940s
11
29
Notes, Restoration, 1964
11
30
Notes, Paint and Materials Used, 1936
11
31
Photographs of Murals, circa 1940
(5 folders)
11
32-36
Photographs of Murals, Matted, circa 1936-1938
11
37-38
Photographs of Murals, Matted, circa 1936-1938
(2 folders)
12
1-2
Photographs of Murals, Negatives, 1938
12
3
Photographs of Murals, Research, 1930s
(3 folders)
12
4-6
Press Release, 1938 June 1
12
7
Proposals and Plans, circa 1936
12
8
Sketches, circa 1936
(See also OV 39)
12
9
Treasury Department Bulletin, 1935 May-June
12
10
Time Reports, 1936-1938
12
11
Oversized Sketches, circa 1936
(From Box 12, Folder 9)
OV 39

Series 6: Freedom in the Wilds records , late 1960s-1976
(Box 12-13; 1.8 linear feet)

Found are all materials relating to Harold Weston's book Freedom in the Wilds (1971), written by Weston as an autobiographical account of his experiences as a painter in the Adirondacks. Records include legal and financial papers, an appeal for financial contributions, correspondence concerning the book, handwritten and typescript drafts including those that are annotated and a precursor to the book entitled "Saga of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve," lists, copy editing notes, photographs and negatives, printed materials, proofs, and published copies of the book.
Description Container Select
Agreement, 1971
12
12
Appeal for Contributions, 1970-1971
12
13
Bills and Invoices, 1971
12
14
Contributions, circa 1970
12
15
Correspondence, 1970-1973
(4 folders)
12
16-19
Correspondence, Thanks, 1971-1972
12
20
Correspondence, Faith Weston, 1971-1976
12
21
Drafts, Annotated, circa 1970
12
22
Drafts, Deleted Chapters, 1971
(2 folders)
12
23-24
Drafts, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,", 1971
12
25
Drafts, General, 1971
(5 folders)
12
26-30
Drafts, Fragments, circa 1971
12
31
Financial Materials, circa 1970s
12
32
Illustration Printing Information, circa 1971
12
33
Legal Agreements, 1971-1972
13
1
Library Lists, circa 1972
13
2
Lists, Photographs Needed, circa 1972
13
3
Manuscript Draft, circa late 1960s
(2 folders)
13
4-5
Notes, Copy Editor, circa 1971
13
6
Notes, Layout, 1970
13
7
Notes, Lists, circa 1970
13
8
Order Forms, circa 1972
13
9
Photographs, Works of Art, circa 1970
13
10
Photographs, Reproduced in Book, circa 1970
(2 folders)
13
11-12
Photographs, Negatives, circa 1970
13
13
Press Releases, 1971
13
14
Printed Material, 1972-1977
13
15
Printing Information, 1971
13
16
Promotional Materials, circa 1971
13
17
Proofs, circa 1971
(4 folders)
13
18-21
Proofs, "Cut Galley,", 1972 June 21
13
22
Proofs, "Master Proof,", circa 1972
13
23
Proofs, No Corrections, 1971
13
24
Proofs, With Illustration, circa 1971
13
25
Reviews, 1972
13
26
"Saga of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve" Draft, circa late 1960s
(2 folders)
13
27-28
Tax and Royalty Information, 1971
13
29
Text Corrections, 1972
13
30
Hardback, 1971
13
31
Paperback, 1971 October 1
13
32

Series 7: Writings and Notes , 1912-1975
(Box 13-14; 0.6 linear feet)

Writings are by Harold Weston, family members, and others. Writings by Weston include a thesis on painting and art from 1915, writings about his travels in the Middle East, articles concerning art and short stories, poems written while in school and to Helen Babbott, academic papers and notes, notes, diary notes, annotated picture postcards from a trip to Europe in 1957, and remarks made my Weston at an annniversary dinner for the Philadelphia Ethical Society.
Writings by others are by Duncan Phillips, Paul Rosenfeld, Barbara Weston, and Faith Weston. Barbara Weston's "How I Became What I Am" discusses her parents' relationship and her time spent with them. Faith Weston's writings include poetry and notes, and a day diary written while in Europe in 1957. Also found are memorials to Harold Weston, notes labeled "Leaves from a Scrapbook" probably by Weston, general lists, and lists of works of art.
Description Container Select
By Harold Weston
"Landscape Painting and Italian Art,", 1915
13
33
By Harold Weston
"The Campaign in Mesopotamia,", circa 1918
14
1
"Six Summer Argonauts--Their Log,", circa 1920s
14
2
"Persian Caravan Sketches,", 1921
14
3
"Functioning of Color,", circa 1930s
14
4
"Paul Looks at Paintings,", circa 1930s
14
5
"Going Home,", circa 1940
14
6
"A Painter Speaks,", 1938
14
7
"Cast They Bread Upon the Waters,", 1953-1955
14
8
"Proposed Federal Advisory Commission on the Arts,", 1956 March 12
14
9
"Voice of the American Artist,", 1958 March 12
14
10
"Nathaniel Dirk,", circa 1960
(Probably by Weston)
14
11
By Others
"The Rose Arbour", by Unknown, circa 1914
14
12
"#77--Drama in One Act", by Cecil, 1919
14
13
"Harold Weston's Adventure", by Paul Rosenfeld, 1930
14
14
"The Artist Sees Differently", by Duncan Phillips, 1932
14
15
"Illustration, Why Taboo?", Phillips Gallery, circa 1932
14
16
"How I Became What I Am", by Barbara Weston, 1944
14
17
"News Osterreich", by Unknown, 1960 October 5
14
18
Poetry by Weston, to Helen Babbott, 1921
14
19
Poetry by Weston, with Corrections, circa 1921
(2 folders)
14
20-21
Poetry by Faith Weston, circa 1920s
14
22
Academic Papers and Notes, 1912-1916
(2 folders)
14
23-24
Annotated Postcards, circa 1950s
14
25
Philadelphia Ethical Society Anniversary Speech by Weston, 1955 April 24
14
26
Speech Notes, Illustrated Talks on Persia, 1920
14
27
Speech Notes, Drafts, 1933-1969
14
28
Speech Notes, General, 1950s-1960s
14
29
Notes, Diary by Harold Weston, circa 1912-1917
14
30
Notes, Day Diary by Faith Weston, 1957
14
31
Notes, Concerning Middle East and World War I, 1917
14
32
Notes, From Europe, circa 1957
14
33
Notes, General, circa 1920s-1960s
(2 folders)
14
34-35
Notes, Faith Weston, circa 1975
14
36
Memorials to Weston, 1941-1954
14
37
"Leaves from a Scrapbook,", 1941-1954
14
38
Lists, circa 1940s
14
39
Lists, Works of Art, circa 1920s-1950s
(2 folders)
14
40-41

Series 8: Artworks and Artifacts , circa 1917-1967
(Box 14, 21; 0.6 linear feet)

Artwork by Harold Weston include a bookplate, one etching, sketches and watercolors, including several of Baghdad during World War I, and two woodcuts, including a 1924 holiday card. There are also copperplates of "Shroud" and Building the United Nations, which were used in the Harvard Alumni Bulletin, as well as unidentified sketches by others.
Description Container Select
Bookplate, 1948
14
42
Copperplate, "Shroud,", circa 1950s
(See also Box 21)
14
43
Copperplate, "Building of the United Nations,", circa 1957
(See also Box 21)
14
44
Etching, circa 1960s
14
45
Illustrated Invitation, circa 1917
14
46
Sketches, Baghdad in World War I, circa 1918
14
47
Sketches, Bedowin, circa 1918
14
48
Sketches, General, circa 1920s-1950s
(3 folders)
14
49-51
Sketches, Watercolor, circa 1920s-1950s
(2 folders)
14
52-53
Woodcut, Baghdad, [1966]
14
54
Woodcut, Holiday Card, 1924
14
55
Sketches and Etching, not by Weston, 1924-1967
14
56
Oversized Copperplates, circa 1950s
(From Box 14, Folder 43-44)
21

Series 9: Printed Material , circa 1900-1978
(Box 15-18, 38; 2.5 linear feet)

Printed materials include art related publications and magazines, news clippings on many topics, exhibition announcements and catalogs, guides and maps from the Middle East, Harvard and Haverford School publications, materials concerning the production of Henry IV at Harvard for which Weston designed the sets, invitations and programs, materials depicting illustrations by Weston, and others, and a Royal Air Force guide to describing aerial photographs from 1918 entitled Notes on Aerial Photogrpahy, Part II.
Description Container Select
Admission Tickets, 1950
14
57
Art Related Publications, circa 1950s
14
58
Associations Materials, Various, circa 1950s-1960s
14
59
Blank Postcards, circa 1920s-1950s
(2 folders)
14
60-61
Calendars, 1960s
(See also Box 38)
14
62
Clippings
Exhibitions, 1920s-1970s
14
63
French Publications, circa 1922
14
64
Government Affiliations, 1950s-1960s
14
65
Henry IV, 1916
14
66
The Nation, 1947
14
67
The New Republic, 1920-1921
14
68
Clippings
Travels, 1916-1920
(3 folders)
15
1-3
Studies for Sculpture, circa 1920s
15
4
World Magazine, 1921
15
5
General, About Weston, 1920-1972
(6 folders)
15
6-11
General, Weston's Art, 1920s-1950s
15
12
General, Art Related, 1950s-1960s
15
13
General, Not About Weston, 1940s-1970s
(2 folders)
15
14-15
Exhibition Announcements, 1922-1976
(2 folders)
15
16-17
Exhibition Catalogs, 1922-1976
(8 folders)
15
18-25
Exhibition Catalogs, 1922-1976
(7 folders)
16
1-7
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, Miscellaneous, 1920s-1960s
(4 folders)
16
8-11
Exhibition Reviews, circa 1925-1935
16
12
Foreign Publications about Weston, 1930-1933
16
13
Gallery Tags, 1925-1958
16
14
Guide Maps of the Middle East, circa 1900-1919
16
15
Harvard Alumni Materials, 1952-1971
16
16
Harvard Lampoon Issues, 1911-1916
16
17-20
Harvard Lampoon, 1876-1951--75th Anniversary, circa 1951
16
21
Haverford School Quarterly, 1972
16
22
Henry IV, Programs, 1916
16
23
Henry IV, Weston's Copy with Notes, circa 1916
16
24
Invitations and Programs, 1955-1969
16
25
Invitations for Weston's Talks, 1920-circa 1935
16
26
Illustrated by Weston, 1914-1918
16
27
Magazines, Articles on Weston, 1930-1939
17
1
Miscellaneous, Art Related, 1942-1966
17
2
Pamphlets, 1950s-1966
17
3
Phillips Memorial Gallery Publications, 1930-1931
17
4
Press Releases, 1950s
17
5
Reproductions of Works of Art by Weston, 1920s-1970s
(2 folders)
17
6-7
Reproductions of Works of Art Not by Weston, 1920s-1960s
(3 folders)
17
8-10
School Seals, circa 1908-1916
17
11
Asia: The American Magazine on the Orient, 1920 October
17
12
Color Mediums, circa 1910s
17
13
Harold Weston, by Ben Wolf, 1978
17
14
Iraq--Photographic Slides, by Oliver F. Butler, circa 1919
17
15
Language of Design, by C. Law Watkins, 1946
17
16
Magazine of Art, 1939 January
17
17
National Geographic, 1921
17
18
New Forces in American Art, circa 1938
17
19
Notes on Aerial Photography, Part II, 1918
17
20
Painters and Sculptors and Modern Activity, 1942
17
21
Problems of Authenticity in American Art, 1942
17
22
Oversized Calendars, 1960s
(From Box 14, Folder 62)
38

Series 10: Scrapbooks , circa 1963-1977
(Box 17-18; 0.5 linear feet)

Two scrapbooks were compiled by Faith Weston about Harold. The first contains materials mostly from the IAPA conference in 1963 which includes a photograph of and best wishes from President John F. Kennedy for the success of the IAPA conference. The second scrapbook consists primarily of clippings about Harold Weston's career as a painter. It was created in 1977 and contains materials dating from 1917 to 1977.
Materials have been removed from their binders but kept in original order.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook 1
Front Cover, circa 1963
17
23
Loose Documents Tucked into Scrapbook, circa 1963
17
24
Pages 1-4, circa 1963
17
25
Pages 5-8, circa 1963
17
26
Pages 9-12, circa 1963
17
27
Pages 13-16, circa 1963
17
28
Pages 17-20, circa 1963
17
29
Pages 21-24, circa 1963
17
30
Pages 25-28, circa 1963
17
31
Pages 29-32, circa 1963
17
32
Pages 33-36, circa 1963
17
33
Binder Covers, circa 1963
17
34
Scrapbook 2
Introduction Notes by Faith Weston, 1977 November 18
18
1
Volume 1--1917-1927, 1977
18
2
Volume 2--1927-1931, 1977
18
3
Volume 3--1931-1934, 1977
18
4
Volume 4--1934-1938, 1977
18
5
Volume 5--1938-1952, 1977
18
6
Volume 6--1977 July 5, 1977
(2 folders)
18
7-8
Volume 7--Added Inserts, 1977
18
9
Volume 8--Added Inserts, 1977
18
10

Series 11: Photographs , circa 1900-1975
(Box 18-20, 22-36, 38; 4.8 linear feet)

This series includes Harold Weston's personal photographs, photographs of works of art, travel photos, and negatives. Personal photographs are of Weston, his family and friends, exhibitions, and his studio. Images of Weston's studio were taken by Faith in 1975 and depict the space as he left it before his death. Also found is a portrait of Weston's artist friend, Dorothy Paris. Travel photgraphs are of France, the Adirondacks, and cities throughout the Middle East including locations in present day Iraq, Iran, India. Photographs of works of art include Weston's paintings and sculpture as well as works of art not by Weston but owned by the family or displayed in their home in France.
Also found are 122 glass plate negatives of works of art painted by Weston in France between 1926-1930. Although Faith Weston supplied a list of works included in each box, it is unlikely that the order was maintained over the years. There are approximately one hundred lantern slides of scenes and people throughout the Middle East, most likely used by Weston in lectures, speeches, and talks.
Another set of glass plate negatives belonged to S.B. Weston, Harold's father, and are Adirondack scenes. Most of the plates are outdoor images although there is one photo of Harold Weston and his brother Carl as children. Although most of the slides are unlabeled, whenever possible an attempt has been made to identify them on the slide sleeve.
All glass plates and lantern slides have been removed from their original cases, but the cases have been saved in in Boxes 19 and 22. An attempt has been made to identify each of the lantern slides and these are grouped together by city or "scenes" such as agriculture or caravaning.
Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers. All original glass plate negative sleeves are in Box 23 and have been assigned numbers corresponding to their glass plate negative. Sleeves are noted '#B' and glass plates are noted '#A'.
Glass plate negatives have been digitized.
Description Container Select
of the Artist, circa 1916-1952
18
11
of Weston's Studio, 1975 March 6
18
12
of Weston, Family and Friends, 1919-circa 1940s
18
13
of Weston and Friends, circa 1918
18
14
of Weston and Others, 1938, 1965
18
15
of Dorothy Paris, circa 1920s
18
16
"Summer, 1919,", 1919
18
17
Exibitions, General, circa 1947-1970s
18
18
Installations at St. Lawrence University, 1970 March 3
18
19
Harold Weston's Snow Shoes, 1940 December
18
20
Adirondacks, circa 1920
18
21
YMCA Camp Photo [?], circa 1919
18
22
France, Spain, and North Africa, circa 1926
(4 folders)
18
23-26
India, circa 1919
18
27
Hamadan, Iran, circa 1917-1919
18
28
Baghdad, Crowds and People, circa 1917-1919
18
29
Iraq and "Persia", circa 1917-1919
(See also Box 38; 4 folders)
18
30-33
Baghdad, Scenes, circa 1917-1919
(7 folders)
18
34-39
List of Middle East Photographs, circa 1919
18
40
Works of Art
Self-Portraits, circa 1922-1930s
18
41
Portrait of Faith Weston, 1923
18
42
Portraits of Unidentified Figures, circa 1920s-1940s
(5 folders)
18
43-47
Landscapes Scenes, circa 1920s-1960s
(4 folders)
18
48-51
Works of Art
Landscapes Scenes, circa 1922-1960s
20
1-2
Paintings, circa 1960s-1970s
20
3
Sculpture, 1924
20
4
Sculpture, Now Destroyed, circa 1923
20
5
Sculpture, Terracotta, circa 1920s
20
6
Stone Series, circa 1971
20
7
General, circa 1920s-1960s
(3 folders)
20
8-10
By Others, Owned by Weston, circa 1920s-1930s
20
11
Negatives, circa 1950s-1960s
(2 folders)
20
12-13
By Others, circa 1920s-1950
20
14
Works of Art
Faith Weston's List of Works in Glass Plate Negative Boxes, circa 1970s
23
1
Sleeves for Glass Plate Negatives, Miscellaneous Works of Art, circa 1920s
[Corresponding glass plate negatives housed in Boxes 24-25]
23
2
Sleeve for Glass Plate Negatives, 1920 Christmas Greeting, 1920
[Corresponding glass plate negative housed in Box 24]
23
3
Sleeve for Glass Plate Negatives, Baghdad, Portrait of H. Weston, circa 1918
[Corresponding glass plate negative housed in Box 24]
23
4
Sleeve for Glass Plate Negatives, S. Burns Weston, circa 1900
[Corresponding glass plate negatives housed in Box 26]
23
5
Glass Plate Negatives of Works of Art, circa 1925
Included are
  • Box 1, Slides 86-87, 91, 93, 96, 98, 123, 125, 128-129
  • Box 2, Slides 30, 32, 34, 35-37, 38, 76, 121
  • Box 3, Slides 75, 81, 95, 118, 124, 127, 130
  • Box 4, Slides 25, 42-43, 46, 51, 61, 67, 69, 72, 77-78, 84, 92
  • Box 5, Slides 21, 23-24, 26, 27-29, 73, 119, 172
  • Box 6, Slides 40-41, 44-45, 62, 64, 70, 74, 79-80, 90, 97
  • Box 7, Slides 39, 48-50, 52, 60, 63, 82, 85, 88, 94, 122, 133
  • Box 8, Slides 19, 20-22, 131
  • Miscellaneous Works of Art
  • 1920 Holiday Greeting
24
Glass Plate Negatives of Works of Art and Portrait, circa 1918-1925
Included are
  • Box 9, Slides 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-15
  • Box 10, Slides 16-18, 47, 53-55, 56-58
  • Box 11, Slides 100-101, 103-104, 105-107, 109
  • Portrait of Harold Weston, Soldier, circa 1918
  • Miscellaneous Works of Art
25
Glass Plate Negatives of Baghdad and by S. Burns Weston, circa 1900-circa 1918
Included are
  • Baghdad Art Club, Paintings and Drawings
  • Baghdad Scenes
  • Middle East Scenes
  • Icy Brook
  • Gill Brook
  • People
  • St. Hubert's Inn
  • Unidentified Outdoors
  • Upper Chapel Brook
26
Lantern Slides, Middle East
Baghdad Scenes, circa 1920
(2 folders)
27
1-2
Baghdad Art Club, circa 1920
27
3
Lantern Slides, Middle East
Portraits and Group Photos in Middle East, circa 1920
(3 folders)
28
1-3
Lantern Slides, Middle East
Works of Art, Westons and Inidentified, circa 1920
29
1
Agricultural Scenes, circa 1920
(2 folders)
29
2-3
Lantern Slides, Middle East
Miscellaneous Photos, circa 1920
30
1
Esfahan Scenes, circa 1920
(2 folders)
30
2-3
Lantern Slides, Middle East
Esfahan Scenes, circa 1920
31
1
Kurdistan Scenes, circa 1920
(2 folders)
31
2-3
Lantern Slides, Middle East
Shiraz Scenes, circa 1920
32
1
Persepolis Scenes, circa 1920
32
2
Hamadan Scenes, circa 1920
32
3
Lantern Slides, Middle East
Caravaning Scenes, circa 1920
33
1
Ruins and Ancient Sites, circa 1920
(2 folders)
33
2-3
Lantern Slides, Middle East
Basrah and Caspian Region Scenes, circa 1920
34
1
Teheran and British Army Scenes, circa 1920
34
2
Miscellaneous Scenes, circa 1920
34
3
Lantern Slides, Middle East
Naqsh-e-Rustam and Yezdikhast Scenes, circa 1920
35
1
Tigris River Scenes, circa 1920
35
2
Miscellaneous City Scenes, circa 1920
35
3
Lantern Slides, Middle East
Miscellaneous Scenes, circa 1920
36
1-3
Oversized Photo of Persepolis Ruins, circa 1920
(From Box 18, Folder 30)
38
Lantern Slides Cases
19
Glass Plate Negative Boxes
22

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