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Margaret Casey Gates papers, 1934-1988

Gates, Margaret Casey, 1903-1989


Collection Information

Size: 1.0 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of Washington, D.C. painter Margaret Casey Gates date from 1934-1988, and measure 1.0 linear foot. Gates' papers document her work as a painter, her projects for the New Deal Federal Arts programs, the Phillips Memorial Gallery and its art school, where she attended school and later worked as secretary and where her husband Robert Franklin Gates was a teacher, and the Washington, D.C. arts scene. Found are scattered correspondence, seven sketchbooks by Gates and two sketchbooks of her divorced husband Robert Franklin Gates; miscellaneous notes and writings, a scrapbook, printed material, and photographs of Gates, her husband, friends, artwork, and views of the Virgin Islands.

Biographical/Historical Note

Margaret Casey Gates (1903-1989) was a painter from Washington, D.C. Gates studied art in the studio of Bertha Perry, and from 1924 to 1926 at the Corcoran Art School. She later studied under Henry Varnum Poor at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and with C. Law Watkins at the Phillips Memorial Gallery in 1931. There, she met her husband, painter Robert Franklin Gates. She spent some time (1933-1946) as a secretary for the Phillips Gallery Art School. In 1939, Margaret Gates won honorable mention in a national mural competition held by the Section of Fine Arts of the U. S. Public Buildings Administration and was subsequently commissioned by the Federal Works Agency to execute a mural for the Post office at Mebane, N.C During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Margaret Gates wrote articles on art for Washington, D. C. publications including the column "The People vs. Art" for American University's Right Angle, and for the magazine The Washington Spectator.


Donated 1994 by Margaret Casey Gates estate via Joyce Svedberg, executrix.

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