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Marguerite Wildenhain papers, 1930-1982

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1943
(Box 1; 1 folder)

A folder of biographical material from 1943 consists of four biographical sketches.
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Biographical Material, 1943
1
1

Series 2: Correspondence , 1940-1981
(Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Correspondence is with patrons, students, and colleagues including Eugene Anderson, T. S. Eliot, and Gerhard Marcks. One letter, Mar. 3, 1980, from Marcks contains a photograph of Wildenhain and other German potters. Sixty-six letters are in German.
Correspondence is arranged chronologically.
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Correspondence, undated
1
2
Correspondence, 1940-1959
1
3
Correspondence, 1960-1961
1
4
Correspondence, 1962
1
5
Correspondence, 1963
1
6
Correspondence, 1964
1
7
Correspondence, 1965
(2 folders)
1
8-9
Correspondence, 1966
(2 folders)
1
10-11
Correspondence, 1967
(5 folders)
1
12-16
Correspondence, 1968
1
17
Correspondence, 1970-1971
1
18
Correspondence, 1972-1973
1
19
Correspondence, 1974
(2 folders)
1
20-21
Correspondence, 1975
(2 folders)
1
22-23
Correspondence, 1976
(3 folders)
1
24-26
Correspondence, 1977
1
27
Correspondence, 1978
(2 folders)
1
28-29
Correspondence, 1979
1
30
Correspondence, 1980
1
31
Correspondence, 1981
1
32

Series 3: Writings , circa 1940-1980
(Box 1-2; 1.0 linear foot)

Writings includes notes and lists of museum exhibition and lecture sites, collectors, and students. Also found are essays and lectures by Wildenhain as well as typescripts for her books Pottery: Form and Expression, The Invisible Core, and ...That We Look and See: An Admirer Looks at the Indian. There are also two short essays by others about Marguerite and Frans Wildenhain.
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Miscellaneous Lists, undated, 1952-1980
1
33
Miscellaneous Notes, undated
1
34
"Development of the Pond Farm Pottery and School,", undated
1
35
"Pond Farm Pottery in Guerneville, California,", undated
1
36
"Introduction to Movie on Pond Farm,", undated
1
37
Lecture, "Design and its Relation to Techniques,", undated
1
38
"First Report of the Educational Committee of the Designer-Craftmen of California on Education in the Arts and Crafts,", undated
1
39
Lecture, "The Pursuit of Excellence in Art Education,", undated
1
40
"Elements of Design,", undated
1
41
"?For it is a Continuous Process,", undated
1
42
"To Leonora,", undated
1
43
Lecture, "Philosophy of a Potter,", undated
1
44
"Pottery,", undated
1
45
"Thoughts on Pricing and Selling Pottery,", undated
1
46
Lecture, "History of Pottery-Making,", 1940
1
47
[A School of Art Teaching Ceramics], 1940
1
48
"Pottery as a Craft in the Machine Age,", 1947
1
49
[To Learn a Craft], 1949
1
50
Lecture, "Ceramic Design or the Relation of Craftsman to Industry,", 1950
1
51
Lecture, "Craft and Industry,", 1950
1
52
"Pottery as a Creative Craft,", 1950
1
53
Lecture, "Hand Made Pottery in the Machine Age,", 1951
1
54
Lecture, "The Potter in the New World,", 1952
1
55
Lecture, "Open Letter to Bernhard Leach,", 1953
1
56
Lecture, "what Makes a Potter Good,", 1953
1
57
"Color in Ceramics,", 1954
1
58
Lecture, "Form and Technique,", 1955
1
59
Lecture, [Interaction between Client and Craftsman], 1956
1
60
"Design and its Relation to Techniques,", 1957
1
61
Lecture, "Socio-economic Outlook for the Craftsman Today,", 1957
1
62
Lecture, "Art Education in Our Time,", 1958
1
63
Lecture, "External Pressures on Creativity,", 1958
1
64
Lecture, "Nature as a Source of Inspiration,", 1960
1
65
"Production and Integrity,", 1960
1
66
Lecture, "Shaping the Clay,", 1962
1
67
Lecture: "Vision in Art,", 1963
1
68
"Creative Freedom and Integrity,", 1965
1
69
Drafts of Book Pottery: Form and Expression, 1957
(7 folders)
1
70-76
Drafts of Book The Invisible Core, 1965-1972
(3 folders)
1
77-79
Drafts of Book The Invisible Core, 1965-1972
(8 folders)
2
1-8
Drafts of Book ?That We Look and See: An Admirer Looks at the Indian, 1975-1979
(4 folders)
2
9-12
Writings by Others regarding Marguerite and Frans Wildenhain, undated
2
13

Series 4: Artwork , circa 1961-1969, 1975
(Box 2, OV 5; 4 folders)

Artwork consists of designs for pottery, a floorplan, and a diagram of a kick wheel. Also found are a folder of drawings which include a 1975 note by Marguerite Wildenhain which reads, "25 drawings that have, more or less, inspired me for pots, tiles or sculptures."
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Designs for Pottery, undated
2
14
Drawings of Floorplan and Kickwheel, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 5)
2
15
Drawings, 1961-1969, 1975
2
16
Oversize Drawings of Floorplan and Kickwheel, undated
(Oversized material from Box 2, folder 15)
OV 5

Series 5: Scrapbooks , 1934-1963
(Box 2; 3 folders)

One scrapbook contains clippings, exhibition announcements, and a photograph of art work.
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Scrapbooks, 1934-1963
(3 folders; disbound)
2
17-19

Series 6: Printed Material , circa 1932-1982
(Box 2, OV 5; 0.2 linear feet)

Printed material includes numerous clippings documenting Wildenhain's career, exhibition announcements and catalogs, a press release, brochures concerning Wildenhain and pottery classes, and books, including ...That We Look and See: An Admirer Looks at the Indians by Wildenhain.
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Clippings, undated
2
20
Clippings, 1932
2
21
Clippings, 1940-1949
2
22
Clippings, 1953-1959
2
23
Clippings, 1960-1968
2
24
Clippings, 1971-1977
2
25
Clippings, 1981
2
26
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, undated
2
27
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1968-1982
2
28
Press Release, 1955
2
29
Brochures regarding Marguerite Wildenhain, 1951-1971
2
30
Brochures regarding Pottery Classes and Seminars, 1953-1965
2
31
Miscellaneous Brochures, 1952-1978
2
32
Book, Kleine Bauhaus-Fibel by Hans Wingler, 1974
2
33
Book, ?That We Look and See: An Admirer Looks at the Indian by Wildenhhain, 1979
2
34
Miscellaneous, undated
2
35

Series 7: Photographs , 1930-1976
(Box 2-3, OV 4; 1.2 linear feet)

Photographs are of Marguerite and Frans Wildenhain, Marguerite Wildenhain in her home and studio at Pond Farm, art works, and exhibition installations. Also found is a family photograph album which includes photographs from France, Germany, and Holland.
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Marguerite Wildenhain, 1940-1973
(Oversized material housed in Box 4)
2
36
Family Album, 1933-1935
2
37
Marguerite and Frans Wildenhain, 1930-1938
2
38
Slides, Marguerite and Frans Wildenhain, undated
2
39
Marguerite Wildenhain conducting her Pond Farm Workshop, 1980
3
1
Pond Farm, undated
3
2
Slides, Pond Farm and Workshop, 1942-1960
3
3
Slides, Wildenhain Demonstrating Pot-throwing, undated
3
4
Art Work Produced in Germany 1926-1933, undated
3
5
Album, Art Works (Disbound), undated
3
6
Album, Art Works (Disbound), undated
3
7
Album, Art Works (Disbound), undated
3
8
Art Works Executed 1952-1972 [photos by David Stone], undated
(10 folders)
3
9-18
Art Works Marked with Plate Numbers, undated
3
19
Art Works, undated
(7 folders)
3
20-26
Slides of Art Works, 1965-1969
(3 folders)
3
27-29
Art Work, T.S. Eliot Vase "Murder in the Cathedral", 1951
3
30
Art Works, 1962
3
31
Slides, Miscellaneous Art Work, 1965-1969
3
32
Slides, Works in the Smithsonian Collection, undated, 1976
3
33
Slides, Works from Collection of Carol McFarlan, Petaluma, Cal., 1976
3
34
Exhibition Installation, College of Education, Great Falls, Montana, 1948
3
35
Exhibition Installation, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1954
3
36
Exhibition Installation, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1962
3
37
Miscellaneous Exhibition Installations, undated
3
38
Oversize Photographs of Marguerite Wildenhain, 1940-1973
(Oversized material from Box 2, Folder 36)
OV 4

Series 8: Audio-Visual Recordings , 1954, circa 1965
(Box 3, FC 6-7; 0.2 linear feet)

The audio-visual material consists of 16 mm film reels entitled "From a Lump of Clay" (called "Pond Farm" on the duplicate VHS videocassette), showing Wildenhain at work, and "Scripps College," showing a lecture by Wildenhain. Both films have been transferred onto one VHS videocassette.
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"Scripps College Lecture", 1954
1 videocassettes (vhs)
duplicate
1 film reel
color, silent; original film can label reads "Lecture: Scripps College; Movie taken in +/- 1945 or so at Scripps College when I gave my first seminar. The S.C. Bulletin printed my 1st lecture there."
16 mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film can numbered FC 6
3
39
"From a Lump of Clay", circa 1965
1 film reel
color, silent
16 mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film can numbered FC 7. Duplicate of film found on videocassette with duplicate of "Scripps College Lecture"
3
39
2 Motion Picture Film Reels from Box 3, folder 39
FC 6-7

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