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Robert Franklin Gates papers, 1910-1988, bulk 1928-1988

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 7 series. Each series is arranged chronologically:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1928-1975
(Box 1, OV 4; 34 folders)

Biographical material includes resumes, biographical accounts, award certificates, and Navy Department employment records which include letters, writings, floor plan drawings, and photographs concerning Gates's designs for three-dimensional photo-surfaced topography models during World War II. Also included are records of employment through a State Department Specialists Grant, address lists, teaching notes, writings about Gates, and a guest book signed by colleagues celebrating Gate's forty years at American University.
Description Container Select
Student Pilot Permit, 1928
1
1
Resumes and Biographical Accounts, 1957-1967, undated
1
2
Award Certificates, 1933-1975
(2 folders)
1
3-4
Navy Department Employment Records, 1942-1951
(20 folders; oversized items housed in OV 4)
1
5-24
State Department Specialists Grant Employment Records, 1966-1967
(3 folders)
1
25-27
Address Lists, 1956, undated
(2 folders)
1
28-29
Teaching Notes, undated
1
30
Writings about Robert Gates, 1962, undated
(2 folders)
1
31-32
Guest Book for Roberts Gates "Gala,", 1975
1
33
Nine Oversize Drawings of Floor Plans for the Photo-Surfaced Model Project from the Navy Department Employment Records, 1945
(removed from Box 1, F 5-24)
OV 4

Series 2: Letters , 1930-1988
(Box 1; 25 folders)

Letters are from the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Works Agency regarding commissions, and from various museums and galleries discussing exhibitions and other art-related activities. There are one or two letters each from colleagues Alice Acheson, Adelyn Breeskin, Charles Burchfield, Alida Conover, John Gernand, Duncan Phillips, Henry Varnum Poor, and Prentiss Taylor. Some letters are Christmas cards decorated with original block prints.
Description Container Select
Letters from Correspondents with Unknown Surnames, undated
1
34
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "A-G,", undated
1
35
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "H-Z,", undated
1
36
Letters, 1930-1935
1
37
Letters, 1936-1938
1
38
Letters, 1939
1
39
Letters, 1940
1
40
Letters, 1941
1
41
Letters, 1942-1946
1
42
Letters, 1947
1
43
Letters, 1948
1
44
Letters, 1949
1
45
Letters, 1950-1951
1
46
Letters, 1952
1
47
Letters, 1953
1
48
Letters, 1954
1
49
Letters, 1955-1959
1
50
Letters, 1960
1
51
Letters, 1961-1969
1
52
Letters, 1970-1971
1
53
Letters, 1973-1975
1
54
Letters, 1977-1978
1
55
Letters, 1979
1
56
Letters, 1980
1
57
Letters, 1981-1988
1
58

Series 3: Business Records , 1961-1982
(Box 1; 5 folders)

This series consists primarily of business transactions with the Jack Rasmussen Gallery in Washington, D.C. Also included are miscellaneous sales records and pay stubs from American University.
Description Container Select
Records Concerning the Jack Rasmussen Gallery, 1975-1982
(3 folders)
1
59-61
Miscellaneous Sales Records, 1963-1980
1
62
Pay Stubs from American University, 1961-1966
1
63

Series 4: Artwork , circa 1962
(Box 1; 6 folders)

Artwork consists of scattered drawings by Gates, including images of Bauhaus style houses. There are also block prints by Joe Goethe and D. Neufeld.
Description Container Select
Drawings by Robert Gates, circa 1962
1
64
Drawings by an Unidentified Artist, undated
1
65
Block Prints by Joe Goethe, undated
(3 folders)
1
66-68
Block Print by D. Neufeld, undated
1
69

Series 5: Scrapbooks , 1932-1939
(Box 1, 2; 4 folders)

Two scrapbooks contain clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and scattered letters documenting the beginning of Gates's career. One scrapbook has been disbound.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook 1, 1932-1933
1
70
Scrapbook 2, 1933-1939
(3 folders)
2
1-3

Series 6: Printed Material , 1916-1988
(Box 2; 48 folders)

Printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, prospectuses for art exhibitions, press releases, calendars of events, booklets about color and lenses, brochures for art schools and books, and an unannotated calendar containing a reproduction of one of Gates's paintings.
Description Container Select
Clippings, undated
2
4
Clippings, 1916-1932
2
5
Clippings, 1933-1934
2
6
Clippings, 1935
2
7
Clippings, 1936
(2 folders)
2
8-9
Clippings, 1937-1939
2
10
Clippings, 1940-1942
2
11
Clippings, 1946-1947
2
12
Clippings, 1948-1949
2
13
Clippings, 1950-1953
2
14
Clippings, 1954
2
15
Clippings, 1955-1959
2
16
Clippings, 1960-1969
2
17
Clippings, 1977-1978
2
18
Clippings, 1980-1988
2
19
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, undated
2
20
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1932-1933
2
21
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1934
2
22
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1935
2
23
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1936
2
24
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1937
2
25
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1938
2
26
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1939
2
27
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1940
2
28
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1941
2
29
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1942
2
30
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1943-1944
2
31
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1946-1947
2
32
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1948
2
33
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1949
2
34
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1950-1952
2
35
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1953
2
36
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1954
2
37
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1955-1959
2
38
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1960-1962
2
39
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1975-1978
2
40
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1980-1988
2
41
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Others, 1931-1940
2
42
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Others, 1947-1982
2
43
Prospectuses for Art Exhibitions, 1939-1940
2
44
Press Releases, 1941-1960, undated
2
45
Calendars of Events, 1948-1953
2
46
Booklets Concerning Color, undated
2
47
Booklet Concerning Lenses, 1944
2
48
Brochures for Schools, 1941-1944
2
49
Brochure for Books, 1952
2
50
Unannotated Calendar Containing a Reproduction of a Painting by Robert Gates, 1969
2
51

Series 7: Photographs , circa 1910-1982
(Boxes 2-3, OV 4; 20 folders)

Photographs are of Robert Gates, various family members, models, artwork, and exhibition installations. There are also two photograph albums and miscellaneous photographs documenting a 1936 voyage to the Virgin Islands commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Department that include images of Gates and colleagues including Mitchell Jamieson, the ship Doris Hamlin, the crew, markets, a cock fight, miscellaneous buildings, town squares, and the countryside of the Virgin Islands.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Robert Gates, circa 1910-1982
(2 folders; oversized items housed in OV 4)
2
52
Photographs of Robert Gates, circa 1910-1982
2
53
Photographs by Sam Tamashiro of Robert Gates Conducting Class, undated
(2 folders)
2
54-55
Photographs of Family Members, 1934-1967, undated
(oversized items housed in OV 4)
2
56
Photographs by Prentiss Taylor of Robert Gates and Margaret Casey Gates in Charleston, South Carolina, 1934
2
57
Album 1 of Photographs of Voyage to the Virgin Islands, 1936
3 (pam)
1
Album 2 of Photographs of Voyage to the Virgin Islands, 1936
3 (pam)
2
Photographs of Voyage to the Virgin Islands, 1936
3 (pam)
3
Photographs of Voyage to the Virgin Islands, 1936
3 (pam)
4
Photographs of Voyage to the Virgin Islands, 1936
3 (pam)
5
Photographs of Voyage to the Virgin Islands, 1936
3 (pam)
6
Photographs of Voyage to the Virgin Islands, 1936
3 (pam)
7
Photographs of Nude Models, undated
(2 folders)
3 (pam)
8-9
Photographs of Artwork by Robert Gates, 1939-1972, undated
(oversized items housed in OV 4)
3 (pam)
10
Photographs of Artwork by Others, undated
3 (pam)
11
Photographs of Exhibition Installations, 1940, undated
3 (pam)
12
Miscellaneous Photographs, undated
3 (pam)
13
Three Oversize Photographs of Robert Gates, undated
(separated from Box 2, F52-53)
OV 4
Oversize Photograph of a Member of Robert Gates' Family, undated
(separated from Box 2, F54-55)
OV 4
Oversize Photograph of Post Office Mural, Bethesda, Maryland, 1939
(separated from Box 3, F10)
OV 4

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