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Robert Chapman Turner papers, circa 1917-2005

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1930-2002
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 14

Biographical materials are scattered and include addresses, awards and certificates, gallery labels, gifts and donation records, and scattered sketches. Of note are records relating to Turner's application and service as a conscientious objector and his role in the CPS camps during World War II. A book entitled 50 Years of Building by Turner details the history of Turner's father's construction company.
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Addresses and Contacts, 1950s-1980s
1
1
Aptitude Testing, 1944
1
2
Awards and Certificates, 1930-2002
1
3-5
Biographical Sketches, Resumes, and Chronologies, circa 1950-1999
1
6-9
Conscientious Objector Service Records, 1942-1943
1
10
Gallery Labels, circa 1940s
1
11
Gifts and Donations to Museums and Institutions, 1999-2001
1
12
Guest Book, circa 1990
1
13
Legal Records, Traffic Accident, 1948
1
14
50 Years of Building by Turner: Turner Construction Company, 1952
1
15
Sketches and Doodles, circa 1970
1
16
Oversized Award, circa 1960
14
3

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1938-2005
1.8 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3

Robert Turner's general correspondence is with artists, friends, family, colleagues, institutions, and museums. Early letters are from the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Bertha Shaefer Gallery among others. Notable correspondents include Margaret Carney, Kenneth Ferguson, Ben Howard, Alice Parrott, Charles Redfern, Toshiko Takaezu, Frans Wildenhain, and Barry Zawachi. Additional letters regarding and with specific people, institutions, exhibitions, and projects can also be found in Series 5: Professional Files.
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Condolence Letters to Sue Turner, 2005
1
17
Regarding Job Search, circa 1938-1950
1
18
Carney, Margaret, 2000s
1
19
Howard, Ben, 1990s-2000s
1
20
Redfern, Charles, 1978-1981
1
21
Zawachi, Barry, 1999-2000
1
22
General, 1940s
1
23
General, 1950s
1
24-33
General, 1960s
2
1-3
General, 1970s
2
4-6
General, 1980s
2
7
General, 1990s
2
8-14
General, 2000s
2
15-20
General, 2000s
3
1-2

Series 3: Writings and Notes , 1950s-2000s
0.6 Linear feet
Box 3

Writings and notes are largely on art theory and the technical aspects of creating pottery, such as glazing and kiln notes detailing recipes for glazes. A notebook from the 1950s includes travel expenses and notes about Midwest and Great Lakes museums from Turner's early job search trip.
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Artist Statements and Reviews, 1990s
3
3
Lists, circa 1980
3
4
General, by Turner, 1980s-1990s
3
5
Notebooks, 1950s-2000s
3
6-8
Notes and Doodles, circa 1970s-2000s
3
9
Glazing and Kiln Notes, 1950s-1980s
3
10-11
by Others, 1990
3
12

Series 4: Teaching Files , 1957-2005
0.8 Linear feet
Box 3-4

Turner's teaching files contain material directly related to teaching classes and workshops. Grading information, lecture notes, a cassette tape likely containing a lecture from the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and syllabi may be found.
Files for institutions where Turner taught and gave workshops may also be found in Series 5 and are more general and are typically administrative.
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Grade Book, 1962
3
13
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, 1988-2000
includes one sound cassette
3
14-16
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1979-2005
3
17-21
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1979-2005
4
1-2
Penland School of Craft, 1971-2001
4
3-11
Syracuse University, circa 1975
4
12
University of Mississippi, 1984
4
13
University of Wisconsin, 1957
4
14

Series 5: Professional Files , 1950s-2005
5.5 Linear feet
Boxes 4-9

Professional files form the bulk of the collection and include records relating to the administration of Turner's teaching career, exhibitions, invitations to lecture, gallery affiliations, organizational affiliations, and projects. Files retain Turner's original order and folder titles. Files may include correspondence from, to, and about the named person or organization. Of note is Turner's research and study of Africa and traditional African pottery making; book project files which likely contains material from Robert Turner: Shaping Silence; A Life in Clay, by Marsha Miro and Tony Hepburn; records from Turner's long affiliation with the American Craft Council, International Academy of Ceramics, National Council on Education of the Ceramic Arts, and the York State Craftsmen (now the New York State Craftsmen); and Turner's art sales and exhibitions at the Dorothy Weiss Gallery, Exhibit A Gallery, The Fabric Workshop, Hand and the Spirit, Okun Gallery, Revolution Gallery, and Santa Fe Clay.
Files may contain correspondence, exhibition announcements and catalogs, writings and notes, personal business records such as sales records, and photographs. The Lectures and Talks files include one sound cassette.
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Africa, 1970s-1980s
4
15-17
Alfred University, 2000s
4
18
Appalachian Center for Crafts, 1993
4
19
American Craft Council, 1956-2000
4
20-26
Archie Bray Foundation, 1999-2002
4
27-29
Barra Foundation, 1995-1996
5
1
Bellas Artes, 1990s
5
2
Black Mountain College, Oral History Interview and Exhibition, 1990s
5
3-5
Book Project Files, 1985-2001
5
6-27
C. Duryea Smith III Fund, 1996-1998
6
1
Carney, Margaret, 2001
6
2
Criticisms and Reviews, 1990s-2001
6
3-4
Dallas Museum of Art, 1997
6
5
Dorothy Weiss Gallery, 1984-1991
6
6
Everson Museum of Art, 2001
6
7
Exhibit A Gallery, Alice Westphal, 1970-1990
6
8-13
Exhibitions, 1952-2005
6
14-24
The Fabric Workshop, 1980s-1990s
6
25-26
Galleries, General, 2000s
6
27
Gallery W.D.O., 2001
6
28
Greenberg Gallery, 1989-1993
7
1
Hawaii Craftsmen, 1980s
7
2
The Hand and the Spirit Gallery, 1998-2001
7
3-4
Helen Drutt Gallery, 1989-2001
7
5-7
International Academy of Ceramics (IAC), 1990-2002
7
8-9
Journals, 1997
7
10
King, Marcia, 1990s
7
11
Kodansha International, 2004
7
12
Lectures and Talks, 1970s-2005
Includes 1 sound cassette
7
13-30
Lincoln Contemporary Pots Collection, 1990s
8
1
MacArthur Foundation, 2000-2001
8
2
Milwaukee Art, Gerald Norland, 1985
8
3
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, 1997-2001
8
4-9
Northern Clay Center, 1999-2000
8
10-12
Oakwood Friends School, 1999
8
13
Okun Gallery, 1990s
8
14
Parry, Bill, 1998
8
15
The Peter Callas Studio, 1999
8
16
Price Lists, 1981-1997
8
17
Program Plans, 1980s
8
18
Publicity, 1960s-2000s
8
19
Revolution Gallery, 1980s-2001
8
20-25
Sales and Loan Records, 1959-2002
8
26-28
Santa Fe Clay, 1999-2000
9
1
Shaw Festival, 1998-2000
9
2-3
Sketches, of Pottery, circa 1980s-1990s
9
4
Sun Setter, 2003
9
5
Studio, Supplies, 2000s
9
6-7
Toledo Museum of Art, 1958
9
8
Voulkos, Peter, 1998
9
9
Westphal, Alice and Kenneth, 1984-1989
9
10-11
Wildenhain, Frans, 1970s
9
12
Workshops, 1980s-1990s
9
13-17
York State Craftsmen, Administrative Material, 1950s-1960s
9
18
York State Craftsmen, Correspondence, 1953-1966
9
19-22
York State Craftsmen, Committee Meeting Minutes, 1954-1966
9
23-25
York State Craftsmen, Writings, 1963-1974
9
26
York State Craftsmen, Printed Material, 1954-1966
9
27
York State Craftsmen, Pottery Orders, Sales, Price Lists, 1949-1977
9
28-29

Series 6: Subject Files , 1950s-2000
0.8 Linear feet
Box 10

Subject files are very general and are likely to contain clippings, brochures, exhibition catalogs, and photocopies relating to people and subjects of interest to Turner. Original folder titles have been maintained.
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American Southwest, 1990s
9
30
Art, 1960s-1990s
10
1-2
Chinese Tea Sets, 1994
10
3
Daley, William P., 1994
10
4
Dillingham, Rick, 1994
10
5
Ideas, 1990s
10
6-8
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1997
10
9
Martin, Agnes, circa 1990s
10
10
Music, circa 1960s
10
11
Pendle Hill, 1990s
10
12-14
People, 1990s
10
15
Price, Ken, 1992
10
16
Readings, 1950s-1970s
10
17-19
Shaner, David, 1999
10
20
Thoughts, Quotes, Writings, 1970s-2000
10
21-27

Series 7: Printed Material , 1939-2000s
1.5 Linear feet
Boxes 10-12, 14

The bulk of the printed materials relate to art and exhibitions. Materials from Black Mountain College include course offerings and informational brochures dating from Turner's time at the college; newer Black Mountain College items concern an oral history project. Also found are the items that hung along the walls and used to decorate the Alfred University Pottery Shop.
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from Black Mountain College, 1952, 1990s
10
28
Clippings, 1939-1990s
10
29-32
Clippings, 1950s-1990s
11
1-4
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1940s-2000s
11
5-21
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1940s-2000s
12
1-2
Items from Alfred University Pottery Shop Walls, 1990s
12
3
Reproductions of Works of Art, 1950s
12
4
Travel Brochures, 1990s
12
5
Oversized Clippings, 1950s-1990s
14
1

Series 8: Photographs , circa 1917-2000s
1.9 Linear feet
Boxes 12-14

Photographs depict Robert Turner, the Turner family, Sue Turner and their children, friends, and colleagues. Photos of Turner include portraits and snapshots and show Turner at work in pottery shops, demonstrating, and teaching classes. Photos of workshops show the building of and completed interiors of the Black Mountain College pottery workshop and Alfred University shop. Many of the photos of Turner's artwork were taken by John Wood.
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Robert Chapman Turner and Family, circa 1917-2000s
12
6-9
Robert Chapman Turner at Work and Teaching, 1940s-2000s
12
10-11
Ireland, Cresson Trip, 1939
12
12
Workshops and Kilns, 1949-1988
12
13-21
Exhibition Opening, Joseph Collection (St. Louis, Missouri), 1996
12
22
Exhibitions, 1970s-1980s
12
23-25
Photos by John Wood, of Robert Chapman Turner and his Artwork, 1956-1957
12
26-28
Photos of Works of Art, 1950s-2000s
12
29-40
Photos of Works of Art, 1950s-2000s
13
1-15
Slides, 1977-1990s
13
16-19
Oversized Photographs, 1950s-1980s
14
2

Make a Request

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