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Margaret Casey Gates papers, 1934-1988

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 6 series. Each series is arranged chronologically.

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Series 1: Correspondence , 1934-1986
(Box 1; 12 folders)

Correspondence consists of scattered letters concerning art-related activities including letters from the Federal Works Agency enclosing a contract for the post office mural in Mebane, North Carolina. There are also one or two letters from Betty Jean Clark, Arthur G. Dove, D. R. Fitzpatrick, Alice Garrett, John Gernand, Karl Knaths, John L. Lewis, a Brazilian artist named Portinari, Julian Lee Rayford, Alfred Stieglitz, and Prentiss Taylor.
Description Container Select
Correspondence, undated
1
1
Correspondence, 1934
1
2
Correspondence, 1935
1
3
Correspondence, 1936
1
4
Correspondence, 1938-1939
1
5
Correspondence, 1940
(2 folders)
1
6-7
Correspondence, 1941-1945
1
8
Correspondence, 1946
1
9
Correspondence, 1947-1948
1
10
Correspondence, 1952-1985
1
11
Correspondence, 1986
1
12

Series 2: Artwork , 1935-1965
(Box 1; 12 folders)

Seven sketchbooks by Margaret Casey Gates are of landscapes from travels in Colorado, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Virgin Islands. Sketchbook #2 contains drawings of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and of Robert Franklin Gates, Mitchell Jamieson, and Prentiss Taylor asleep on a ship. There are two sketchbooks by Robert Franklin Gates of figural and abstract studies. There is also a caricature of Robert Franklin Gates by Karl Knaths.
Description Container Select
Sketchbook 1 by Margaret Casey Gates, undated
1
13
Sketchbook 2 by Margaret Casey Gates, 1935-1940
(2 folders)
1
14-15
Sketchbook 3 by Margaret Casey Gates, 1938-1948
1
16
Sketchbook 4 by Margaret Casey Gates, 1939
1
17
Sketchbook 5 by Margaret Casey Gates, 1939
1
18
Sketchbook 6 by Margaret Casey Gates, 1946-1947
1
19
Sketchbook 7 by Margaret Casey Gates, 1949-1965
(2 folders)
1
20-21
Sketchbook by Robert Franklin Gates, undated
1
22
Sketchbook by Robert Franklin Gates, 1950-1953
1
23
Caricature Drawing of Robert Franklin Gates by Karl Knaths, undated
1
24

Series 3: Notes and Writings , 1939-1984
(Box 1; 7 folders)

Notes and writings primarily consist of descriptive accounts of Gates's experiences at the Phillips Gallery, at the Colorado Springs Art Center, and of her travels to the Virgin Islands in the 1930s. Some of the writings are also illustrated.
Description Container Select
List of Groceries and Household Items, 1939
1
25
Notes about Early Days at the Phillips Gallery, 1947
1
26
Typescript Describing Margaret Casey Gates's Approach to Painting, undated
1
27
Typescript "The Future of Evolution,", undated
1
28
Manuscript "The Amateur Traveler at St. Thomas, or Facts and Fancies About the Virgin Islands,", 1936
1
29
Typescript about Colorado Springs Art Center, 1936
1
30
Writings by Others, "Dedication of Woodcarving for the Lewinsville Retirement Residence,", 1984
1
31

Series 4: Scrapbook , 1938-1961
(Box 1; 3 folders)

The scrapbook contains an award certificate, letters concerning various topics including Pepsi-Cola's annual art competition and Federal Works Agency projects, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, brochures for the Phillips Gallery Art School and for the McLean Art Club, and a photograph of the mural at the Mebane, North Carolina post office.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook, 1938-1961
(3 folders)
1
32-34

Series 5: Printed Material , 1935-1988
(Box 1; 20 folders)

Printed material consists of clippings including copies of the rare magazines The Washington Spectator and the American University publication Right Angle, announcements and catalogs for exhibitions of Gates's work, and miscellaneous booklets and brochures. There is also printed material concerning the Armory Show including a copy of the booklet The Story of the Armory Show by Walt Kuhn.
Description Container Select
Clippings, undated
1
35
Clippings, 1936-1949
1
36
Clippings, 1952
1
37
Clippings, 1955-1966
1
38
Clippings, 1968-1979
1
39
Clippings, 1982-1985
1
40
Clippings, 1986-1987
1
41
Clippings, 1988
1
42
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1935-1939
1
43
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1943-1945
1
44
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1946
1
45
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1947-1949
1
46
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1953-1981
1
47
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Robert Franklin Gates and for Sarah Baker, 1976-1980, undated
1
48
Printed Material Concerning the Armory Show, 1938-1988
1
49
Booklet American Paintings - Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1947
1
50
Brochures for the Phillips Gallery Art School, 1943-1945
1
51
Travel Brochures for Key West and the Virgin Islands, undated
1
52
Picture Postcards, undated
1
53
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1946-1988
1
54

Series 6: Photographs , 1934-1976
(Box 1; 19 folders)

Photographs are of Margaret Casey Gates, Robert Franklin Gates, friends including Prentiss Taylor, Gates' home, and artwork. There are also photographs of various views of the Virgin Islands in the 1930s including aerial photographs of St. Thomas, and photographs by Prentiss Taylor.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Margaret Casey Gates, 1934, undated
1
55
Photographs of Robert Franklin Gates, 1934, undated
1
56
Photographs of Margaret and Robert Gates, 1951, undated
(3 folders)
1
57-59
Photographs of Margaret and Robert Gates with Friends in the Virgin Islands, 1936, undated
1
60
Photographs of Miscellaneous Friends, 1973, undated
1
61
Photographs of the Virgin Islands by Prentiss Taylor, undated
1
62
Photographs of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, undated
1
63
Miscellaneous Photographs of the Virgin Islands, undated
(4 folders)
1
64-67
Photographs of McLean, Virginia, Residence, undated
1
68
Photographs of the Washington, D. C. Area, 1937, undated
1
69
Photographs of Miscellaneous Locations, 1949, undated
1
70
Photographs of Artwork by Margaret Casey Gates, 1976, undated
(2 folders)
1
71-72
Miscellaneous Photographs, undated
1
73

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