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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Porter A. McCray papers, 1939-1989

Porter A. McCray papers, 1939-1989

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as 6 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1959-1982
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1

Scattered biographical files include eleven appointment books that date from 1963 to 1972, cirriculum vitaes, an invitation list for a dinner party given by Julius Fleischmann in Paris, a poem written by an unknown author for McCray's 70th birthday, a transcript of an interview conducted by McCray with Dr. Grace Morley, and an unsigned painting.
Description Container
Appointment Book, 1963
1
1
Appointment Book , 1964
1
2
Appointment Book, 1966
1
3
Appointment Book, 1967
1
4
Appointment Book, 1968
1
5
Appointment Book, 1969
1
6
Appointment Books, 2 Volumes, 1970
1
7
Appointment Books, 2 Volumes, 1971
1
8
Appointment Book, 1972
1
9
Curriculum Vitaes, 1976-1980
1
10
Invitation List for Julius Fleischmann Dinner Party in Paris, 1959
1
11
Poem for McCray's 70th Birthday, circa 1978
1
12
Transcript of Interview with Dr. Grace Morley Conducted by Porter McCray, 1982
1
13
Unsigned Painting, undated
1
14

Series 2: Correspondence , 1959-1986
0.5 Linear feet
Box 2

McCray's general correspondence files relate to numerous consulting and committee projects, and professional memberships. There are letters from Mrs. John Lockwood, Grace Morley, Kazuko Oshima, Hubert Humphrey, Donald Richie, and Tenzin Thetong, a representative of the Dalai Lama. A file for contributors to the Porter McCray fund contains letters to McCray from Helen Franc about monetary contributions made to McCray by an unofficial Porter McCray fan club. The bulk of McCray's correspondence is found in his consulting project files.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically.
Description Container
A, 1976-1977
1
15
The Arts of Asia Foundation, Regarding Gift to McCray, 1984
1
16
B, 1976-1984
1
17
Bartholomew, Richard, Lalit Kaza Akademi, 1981-1982
1
18
C, circa 1970s
1
19
Cables and Telegrams, 1976-1981
1
20
Cage, John, circa 1970s
1
21
Contributors to the Porter McCray Fund, 1976-1977
1
22
D, 1973-1980
1
23
E, 1969-1980
1
24
Field, Virginia , 1982
1
25
G-H, 1961-1984
1
26
Grant Recommendations, 1985
1
27
Handwritten Drafts of Letters, circa 1960s-1980s
1
28
K, 1978-1981
1
29
Kawamura, Kiyoshi, 1982
1
30
L, 1980
1
31
Letters of Congratulations , 1975
1
32
Letters of Introduction, 1979
1
33
Lockwood, Mrs. John, 1978-1982
1
34
M, 1949-1980
1
35
McClelland, Maurice , 1977-1983
1
36
Mokamel, Mohammed, 1973-1982
1
37
Morley, Grace, 1981-1982
1
38
N-O, 1980-1981
1
39
Oshima, Kazuko, 1977-1982
1
40
P, 1961-1986
1
41
Phelgyal, Ngawang, 1975-1977
1
42
R, 1959-1986
1
43
Rockefeller 3rd, John D., 1967
1
44
S, 1961-1984
1
45
Sample Letters , 1974-1980
1
46
Scholarship Recommendations , 1979-1984
1
47
Sorenson, Abel, Regarding United Nations Headquarters Book, 1980
1
48
T, 1979-1980
1
49
Tan, Margaret Leng, 1983
1
50
Thetong, Tenzin, 1982
1
51
To and From Unknown Correspondents, 1970s-1980s
1
52
Travel Orders, 1960-1961
1
53
V-W, 1961-1983
1
54
World of Islam Festival , 1976
1
55

Series 3: Writings and Notes , 1960-1983
1.5 Linear feet
Box 2-3

Found here are scattered writings by McCray and others, including a draft manuscript entitled "The First Oil War" by Nam June Paik. The series is mostly comprised of travel notes.
Description Container
"Qoyllur Rit'i: A Dance Pilgrimage in the High Andes" by Brock Cutting, 1981
2
1
Lecture at the Baltimore Museum of Art by McCray, 1960
2
2
Remarks at Shuji Terayama Memorial by McCray, 1983
2
3
Speech on Michael Robert Wright by Lord Sherfield, 1976
2
4
"The First Oil War (1941-1945)" by Nam June Paik, circa 1979
2
5
Manuscript on Theater by Unknown Author, circa 1980
2
6
Paper on Japanese Painting Techniques, by Unknown Author, circa 1982
2
7
Notes, General , circa 1960s
2
8
Notes, General Travel Information, 1972-1982
2
9
Notes, United States Addresses, 1971
2
10
Trip Notes
Afghanistan , 1970
2
11
Asia, 1964-1970
2
12-18
Athens, 1974
2
19
Berlin, 1972
2
20
Budapest , 1974
2
21
Burma, 1971
2
22
Cologne, 1974
2
23
Copenhagen, 1974
2
24
Czechoslovakia, 1971
2
25
Dacca, 1972
2
26
Denmark, 1971
2
27
East Pakistan, 1970
2
28
England , 1972-1974
2
29
Europe, 1974-1975
2
30
France, 1971-1974
2
31
Frankfurt, 1972
2
32
Germany, 1971
2
33
Hamburg, 1974
2
34
Hong Kong, 1970
2
35
Hong Kong, 1972-1973
2
36
Honolulu, 1972
2
37
Hyderabad, 1974
2
38
India, 1970
2
39
India, 1973
2
40
India , 1974
2
41
Indonesia, 1970
2
42
Iran , 1970-1973
2
43
Trip Notes
Italy, 1971-1974
3
1
Japan, 1970
3
2
Japan, 1973
3
3
Japan, 1974
3
4
Kassel, 1972
3
5
Korea , 1970
3
6
Lisbon, 1972
3
7
Los Angeles, 1973
3
8
Malaysia , 1970
3
9
Munich, 1972
3
10
Nepal , 1971-1972
3
11
Pakistan , 1973
3
12
Paris , 1974
3
13
Phillipines, 1971
3
14
Phillipines, 1974
3
15
Prague, 1974
3
16
Romania , 1975
3
17
Rome, 1972
3
18
Rome and Other Italian Cities, 1974
3
19
Sarawak, 1972
3
20
Seattle-Honolulu, 1974-1975
3
21
Singapore, 1970-1972
3
22
Spain , 1972
3
23
Sweden , 1972
3
24
Switzerland, 1971
3
25
Taiwan , 1970
3
26
Taiwan, 1973
3
27
Thailand , 1970-1971
3
28
Thailand , 1973-1974
3
29
Turkey, 1973
3
30
Venice, 1972
3
31
Vienna , 1974
3
32
West Pakistan, 1971
3
33

Series 4: Professional Files , 1936-1987
8.2 Linear feet
Box 3-11, OV 12-13

Professional files documenting McCray's work as an arts advisor, consultant, director, committee member, board member, and lecturer are located in this series. There are files for his work with the Asian Cultural Council, Asia Society, Byrd Hoffman Foundation, Cunningham Dance Foundation, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Indo-United States committees, International Council of Museums, Japan Society, Society of Architectural Historians, the JDR 3rd Fund, the Museum of Modern, UNESCO, and as an attaché at the United States Foreign Service.
File contents vary and may include administrative documents, annual reports, correspondence, meeting minutes, printed material, and project records. Of note in the Museum of Modern Art files is a letter of appreciation from Mark Rothko to McCray for his work organizing Rothko's exhibit in Paris.
Description Container
Aldenburgh Festival Association, circa 1982
3
34
American Association of Museums, Membership, 1977-1981
3
35
American Committee for South Asian Art, 1976-1979
3
36
American Federation of the Arts, 1978-1984
3
37
Archives of American Art, 1975-1983
3
38
Asian Cultural Council , 1981-1982
3
39
Asia Society, 1976-1986
3
40-44
Asia Society, Administrative , 1956-1966
3
45
Asia Society, Annual Report 1980-1981, 1981
4
1
Asia Society, Asia House Gallery Committee , 1971-1974
4
2
Asia Society, Country Councils , 1971-1973
4
3
Asia Society, Gallery Committee Minutes of Meetings, 1957-1961
4
4
Asia Society, Membership, 1964-1980
4
5
Aspen Institute at Baca, Colorado, 1981-1982
4
6
Aspen Institute at Baca, Colorado, Special Seminar Reading on Buddhism, 1980-1981
4
7
Breezewood Foundation , 1976-1982
4
8
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1982
4
9
Buddhists, 1984-1986
4
10
Business Committee on the Arts, 1976
4
11
Byrd Hoffman Foundation, 1975-1978
4
12-15
Byrd Hoffman Foundation, Administrative, 1976-1979
4
16-17
Byrd Hoffman Foundation, Correspondence, 1979-1986
4
18
Byrd Hoffman Foundation, Einstein on the Beach, Correspondence, 1979-1980
4
19
Byrd Hoffman Foundation, Einstein on the Beach, Publicity, 1973-1976
4
20-21
Byrd Hoffman Foundation, Printed Material , 1979-1986
4
22
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine , 1979-1984
4
23-24
5
1-4
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Play Manuscripts by Nell Morris and Janus Adams, 1979-1980
5
5
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Printed Materials, 1970s-1980s
5
6-8
Center for Cross-Cultural Communications, 1962-1963
5
9
Cintas Cuban Art Foundation, 1960-1980
5
10-11
Clarion Music Society, 1975-1983
5
12-13
College Art Association, 1980-1983
5
14
Concert Arts Society, Inc. , 1979-1980
5
15
Cooper Hewitt Museum, 1981-1983
5
16
The Coolidge Center, 1985
5
17
Cosmic Network, Inc. , 1979-1981
5
18
Council on Foundations, Economic Survey, 1976
5
19
Council on Foundations, Printed Materials, 1974-1976
5
20
CULCON, United States-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange, 1976-1980
5
21
Cunningham, Merce, circa 1979
5
22
Cunningham Dance Foundation , 1980s
5
23-24
Cunningham Dance Foundation, 1980s
6
1-2
Cunningham Dance Foundation, List of Donors, circa 1982
6
3
Denjong Padma Choeling Academy in Sikkim, 1980s
6
4
Disability and the Arts, Task Force, circa 1978
6
5-6
Drawing Center , 1979-1982
6
7
Drawing Society , 1981
6
8
Experimental Theater , 1975
6
9
The Foreign Service, Working Groups for Arts and Cultural Affairs , 1960-1961
6
10
Foundation for Cross-Cultural Understanding , circa 1981
6
11
Freer Gallery , 1981-1986
6
12-14
Freer Gallery, Printed Materials , 1980s
6
15
Gates, Allen , 1985-1986
6
16
Growtowski, Jerzy, 1978-1979
6
17
Harlin, Michael , 1976-1981
6
18
Historic Staunton Foundation , 1976-1979
6
19
Indo-United States Joint Museum Committee , 1975-1978
6
20-21
Indo-United States Subcommittee on Education and Culture , 1976-1982
6
22-23
Indo-United States Subcommittee on Education and Culture, 1976-1982
7
1-6
Indo-United States Subcommission on Education and Culture, Correspondence, 1980-1984
7
7-8
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1975-1980
7
9
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Council of Friends , 1975-1984
7
10
International Centre of Theatre Research , 1976-1980
7
11
International Council of Museums, 1973-1983
7
12-17
International Council of Museums, Asia , 1976-1980
7
18
International Council of Museums, Comite International des Musees d'Art Modern, 1975-1976
7
19
International Council of Museums, Foundation , 1965-1980
7
20
International Council of Museums, Foundation , 1965-1980
8
1
International Council of Museums, "Museums in South, Southeast, and East Asia" Survey Report, 1971-1974
8
2
International Theatre Institute , 1978-1980
8
3-4
Japan Foundation , 1978-1980
8
5
Japan Foundation, United States , 1981
8
6
Japan Society, 1976-1987
8
7-12
Japan Society, 75th Anniversary Committee, 1981-1983
8
13
Japan Society, Advisory Committee , 1981-1983
8
14
Japan Society, Japan House Gallery , 1977-1986
8
15-17
Japan Society, "Japan Today Final Report 1979", 1979
8
18
Japan Society, Performing Arts Committee , circa 1983-1986
8
19
Japan Society, Performing Arts Festival , 1981-1983
8
20
Japan Society, Press Releases, 1981-1982
8
21
Japan Socity, Printed Materials , 1976-1983
9
1-2
Japan Society, United States/Japan Intellectual Interchange Committee, 1969-1982
9
3
JDR 3rd Fund, 1968-1982
9
4-8
JDR 3rd Fund, Board of Trustees Meeting June 10, 1976, 1976
9
9
JDR 3rd Fund, Correspondence, 1970-1973
9
10
JDR 3rd Fund, Correspondence Related to Twelve Year Report, 1977
9
11
JDR 3rd Fund, Grants for Asian Cultural Activities 1964-1979, 1979
9
12-15
JDR 3rd Fund, To Read and Edit, 1977-1981
9
16-18
JDR 3rd Fund, Report Distribution List, circa 1977
9
19
Maguire, Abram "A.M.", 1981-1982
9
20
Metropolitan Museum of Art , 1966-1983
9
21
Mimbres Foundation , 1976-1979
9
22
Municipal Art Society , 1980s
9
23
Museum of Modern Art
General , 1946-1983
9
24-25
Museum of Modern Art
General , 1946-1983
10
1-3
Cumulative List of Exhibitions, circa 1960s
10
4
Draft of An Outline of Basic Procedures for the Program of Circulating Exhibitions , 1960-1961
10
5
Grant Proposal to the Ford Foundation , 1957
10
6
Grant Proposal to the Ford Foundation, Annotated Copy, 1957
10
7
International Council , 1956-1987
10
8-11
International Council, Honorary Membership , 1981-1983
10
12
International Council, Incorporation and Bylaws , 1956-1960
10
13
International Council, Speech by George F. Kennan, 1956
10
14
International Program Cumulative Lists, 1957-1960
10
15
Manhattan Warehouse Presentation on International Program , 1946-1954
10
16
Mark Rothko Exhibition in Paris (1962), 1962-1963
10
17
Presentation to the Ford Foundation , 1960
10
18
Presentation to the Old Dominion and Avalon Foundations, 1961
10
19
Rene d'Harnoncourt Report, circa 1970
10
20
Reports on the International Program, 1952-1961
10
21
Reports on the International Program, 1952-1961
10
22
Report on Manual Industries of Peru , circa 1980s
10
23
Music Archive of the Kirana Gharana, Proposal , circa 1970s
10
24
Naropa Institute , 1980-1981
10
25-26
Naropa Institute, Printed Materials , 1978-1982
10
27
New York Committee to Save Venice, 1976-1981
11
1
New York Public Library, Committee for the Dance Collection , 1981-1984
11
2
Nippon Club/Hakuhodo, Inc. , 1983
11
3
Oida, Yoshi , circa 1978
11
4
Orpheus Chamber Ensemble , 1976-1980
11
5
Paik, Nam June, Good Morning, Mr. Orwell, 1982-1983
11
6
PPP and Manuel Lutgenhorst , 1983-1985
11
7
Sackler Gallery , 1983-1986
11
8-9
Society of Architectural Historians, 1980-1984
11
10-11
Society of Architectural Historians, Dublin Tour June 19-27, 1959, 1959
11
12
Southern Asian Institute , circa 1980
11
13
Tibet, Organizations and Projects , 1975-1985
11
14
Tougaloo College, Permanent Art Collection , 1963-1965
11
15
TWITAS (Third World Institute of Theatre Arts Studies), circa 1983
11
16
UNESCO, 1975-1976
11
17
UNESCO, "Building Conservation in Nepal, A Handbook of Principals and Techniques", 1978
11
18
United Nations, Lumbini Project , 1980-1984
11
19
United States-China Arts Exchange , 1980-1982
11
20
United States/Japan Bicentennial , 1979-1980
11
21-22
United States State Department Informal Committee on International Programs on the Arts, 1961
11
23
War Department , 1936-1962
11
24
Western Wind Vocal Ensemble , 1981-1982
11
25
Whitney Museum , 1979-1983
11
26
Oversized Japan Society material from Box 8, Folders 7-12, circa 1970s
12
Oversized Museum of Modern Art, International Council material from Box 10, Folders 8-11, 1956-1987
12
Oversized Oida, Yoshi material from Box 11, Folder 4, circa 1970s
13

Series 5: Printed Materials , 1965-1989
0.5 Linear feet
Box 11, OV 14

Printed materials consist of city maps, clippings, magazines, a photocopied article about Alfred Barr, Drawing and Architecture exhibition catalog, and I Was Sitting on My Patio This Guy Appeared I Thought I Was Hallucinating signed by Robert Wilson. Oversized flyers and greeting cards are also in this series.
Description Container
Alfred Barr, Photocopy of Article, 1981
11
27
City Maps , circa 1970s
11
28
Clippings and Articles , 1969-1970
11
29
Clippings and Articles , 1989
11
30
Corporation for Public Broadcasting , 1983-1984
11
31
Drawing and Architecture, Catalog for Exhibition at Sophie Newcomb College, 1965
11
32
I Was Sitting on My Patio This Guy Appeared I Thought I Was Hallucinating by Robert Wilson , 1978
11
33
Magazines, Flyers, and Greeting Cards, 1969-1970s
11
34
Oversized Flyers and Greeting Cards from Box 11, Folder 34, 1970s
14

Series 6: Photographs , 1945-1980s
0.2 Linear feet
Box 11, OV 15

Two folders of photographs are of McCray in Paris in 1945, group photographs, and oversized black and white photographs of sculptures by an unknown artist.
Description Container
Personal, 1945-1980
11
35
Works of Art, Sculpture, circa 1970s
11
36
Oversized Photographs of Sculptures, circa 1970s
15

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