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Rockwell Kent papers, [circa 1840]-1993, bulk 1935-1961

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Series 5: Miscellaneous Material , 1859-1969, undated
(Reels 5254, 5741)

This series contains biographical data, legal documents, memorabilia, etc., documenting the life and career of Rockwell Kent. Also, ephemera of unknown origin and relationship are included.
Biographical data includes membership cards and related membership material from various professional and political organizations; engagement calendars from October 1928 to December 1930; and certificates of initiation and recognition from Joselyn Memorial Museum of Art, Knox College, and Columbia University. Legal documents include Kent's 1924 U.S. passport, and a draft of "Last Will and Testament of Rockwell Kent," dated March 20, 1928.
Artifacts consist of textile samples, dinnerware, a scarf, and wine cooler designed by Kent or featuring patterns based on his paintings and illustrations. These items are grouped by material type.
A boxed album of three 33 1/3 rpm long playing records with libretto of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes, for which Kent created costumes and set designs, was received from the estate of his widow, Sally Kent Gorton, in 2001.
This series has been partially scanned. Artifacts and audiovisual materials have not been scanned.
Description Container Select
Biographical Data, 1921, 1943, undated
5254
15-80
Legal Documents, 1908, 1924-1928
5254
81-101
Memorabilia, circa 1902-1942
5254
102-183
Artifacts - Fabric samples, Saison "Happily-Married" Fabrics [Bloomcraft, Inc., New York], 1950
5 pieces: "Pine Tree" (green); "Pine Tree" (cream); "Waves of Grain" (brown); "Deer Season" (green); "Deer Season" (orange)
5254
unfilmed
Artifacts - Fabric samples, "Waverly Prints,", undated
2 pieces: trees, mountains, and figures in historical costume (tan); trees, mountains, and figures in historical costume (green)
5254
unfilmed
Artifacts - Moby Dick silk scarf, printed for the American Artists Group, New York, 1940s
38 in. ?? 38 in., two shades of brown with white (worn and rehemmed in places)
5254
unfilmed
Artifacts - Ceramics - Vernon Kilns dinnerware
6 pieces Moby Dick pattern: 10 in. plate, 7 in. plate, cup with saucer, demitasse cup with saucer; 9 pieces Salamina pattern: 10 in. plate, 8 in plate, 6 in. plate, egg cup, bowl, cup with saucer, demitasse cup with saucer; 9 pieces Our America pattern: 10 in. plate, 9 in. plate, 8 in. plate, 7 in. plate, 6 in. plate, sauce dish, bowl, demitasse cup with saucer
5254
unfilmed
Artifacts - Ceramics - Rubber stamp with ceramic handle and base
stamp image includes the words "Air Mail" and drawing of a bird flying over water and mountains; ceramic handle in the form of a bird perched on a tree stump
5254
unfilmed
Metal - wine cooler produced by Chase Brass & Copper Co., Incorporated, Waterbury, Conn., 1934
chrome-plated bucket, 9 1/4 in. tall, 8 1/4 in. circumference at top, with reproduction of Kent's woodcut Bacchus
5254
unfilmed
Miscellaneous
"Facsimile Letter from John Brown to the Rev. Luther Humphery, 19th November 1859"
5254
185-191
"Phrenological Character of Mrs. C. A. Holgate [grandmother?] Given at Fowler & Wells' Phrenological Cabinet, June 5, 1867, by Nelson Sizer, Practical Phrenologist"
5254
192-203
Petty cash book of George Rockwell Kent, [father of Rockwell Kent], undated
5254
204-234
"Notes on Roofing" by Rockwell Kent, circa 1912
5254
235-237
Technical Information, 1934-1952, undated
(notes and instructions for preparation of grounds and pigments)
5254
238-261
Notes on Art, undated
(from various sources, in unknown hand; includes bibliographic citations)
5254
262-315
Lists of Supplies and Provisions for Expeditions, undated
5254
316-323
Map of Unidentified Place Drawn by Rockwell Kent, undated
5254
324-326
Music Manuscripts and Lyrics (in unidentified language(s)), undated
5254
327-342
Architectural Drawing (oversize), Residence for Mr. & Mrs. Rockwell Kent, AuSable Forks, New York, Jeremiah Oosterbaan, Architect, 1969
5254
343-347
Motion Picture Film of [Kent in Greenland], transferred to videotape, undated
unfilmed
Sound Recordings of Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten
(oversized boxed album of three 33 1/3 rpm long playing records)
unfilmed
Libretto from Sound Recordings of Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten (SKG Estate 2000.1)
unfilmed

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