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Joshua Charles Taylor papers, 1931-1982

Taylor, Joshua C. (Joshua Charles),, 1917-1981

Museum director, Art historian


Collection Information

Size: Reels 2228-2232: 4.0 linear ft.

Unmicrofilmed: 16.6 linear ft.

Summary: Correspondence; biographical material; journals; a diary; sketchbooks and sketches; a scrapbook; writings; drawings; photographs; slides; research material; clippings; printed material; and miscellany.

REELS 2228-2232: Resumes, military service records and other biographical material; correspondence, 1935-1971; a diary with brief daily entries, January 1-March 6, 1931; journals, 1951, 1956-1957, 1960, 1965, 1972-1975, and 1977-1978; drawings by Taylor including costume and set designs, illustrations for THE TEMPEST, Act I, and sketches of Africa, 1936-1939, and 1944; and photographs of Taylor and others.

UNMICROFILMED: Curriculum vitae; letters of appointment; honorable discharge certificate; notes, manuscripts, and typescripts for forewords, publications and lectures; 11 letters and 3 cards; journals with infrequent entries, 1967, 1969, 1978-1981; 12 sketchbooks; ca. 250 loose sketches; prints by Taylor, and others; a scrapbook containing programs, photographs, and clippings concerning puppet shows, musical reviews, symphony concerts, and plays, 1933, 1935-1941; photographs, negatives, slides and transparencies of art and architecture; correspondence with graduate students; students' papers; card files, bibliographies, and other research material; and papers concerning the University of Chicago, including minutes of meetings, class lists, memos, and course outlines.

Biographical/Historical Note

Museum director, art historian; Washington, D.C. Taylor was born in Oregon and received his B.A. from Reed College in 1939. He taught theater and served in World War II before completing his M.F.A. and Ph.D. in Art History at Princeton. For more than twenty years he was professor of art history and humanities at the University of Chicago. In 1970 he became the director of the National Museum of American Art (then the National Collection of Fine Arts) a position he held until his death in 1981.


Material on reels 2228-2232 and 14 ft. of unmicrofilmed material donated 1981 by Mrs. Stanley Johnson and Mrs. William Wuorinen, sisters of Joshua C. Taylor. Two ft. of additional material was transferred from the National Museum of American Art, 1982-1984.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 2228-2232 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Joshua Charles Taylor papers, 1931-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.