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Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings papers, 1915-1977

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1942-1970
4 Folders
Box 1

Biographical materials consist of a key to the city of San Francisco presented by Mayor George Christopher, an award certificate from New York University, a photograph of a table from Robsjohn-Gibbings' personal art collection, and a ring design.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Award, San Francisco Key to the City, circa 1956-1964
1
1
Certificate, New York University, 1942
1
2
Personal Art Collection, circa 1940-1970
1
3
Ring Design, circa 1940-1970
1
4

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1940-1976
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence is primarily with Robsjohn-Gibbings' friends, business associates, and scholarly researchers discussing relationships, business commissions, and his professional work. Correspondents of note include illustrators and close friends Alan Dunn and Mary Petty, and classical art historian Gisela Richter.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Description Container Select
A-Z Miscellaneous, circa 1940-1976
1
5
AC and R Public Relations, 1972
1
6
Dunn, Alan and Mary Petty, circa 1960-1974
1
7
Pahlman, William, 1964-1965
1
8
Richter, Gisela M. A., 1963-1970
1
9
Scalamandré Silks, Inc., 1963-1966
1
10
Schwartz, George H., 1964-1970
1
11
Sotheby and Co., 1968-1969
1
12
Story, Ala, 1963-1965
1
13
Urban Furniture Company, Inc., 1964-1965
1
14-15
Weale, Mary Jo, 1967-1974
1
16

Series 3: Writings , circa 1930-1976
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1, BV 12

Writings by Robsjohn-Gibbings consist of 13 typescript essays, 2 copies of the draft The Cuckoo Sings, 2 drafts of Furniture of Classical Greece, and a notebook of collected inspirational quotations. One draft of Furniture of Classical Greece is a bound volume mockup layout for the forthcoming book. There is also a translation of a selection of Heinz Kahler's Hadrian und Seine Villa Bei Tivoli.
Materials are arranged by author and document type.
Description Container Select
Writings by Robsjohn-Gibbings
Draft, Cuckoo Sings, circa 1970-1976
1
17-18
Draft, Cuckoo Sings (copy), circa 1970-1976
1
19
Draft, Furniture of Classical Greece, 1963
Oversized material in BV 12.
1
20
Essay, "Art No. 1 Bore", circa 1940-1970
1
21
Essay, "Clutter, A Lost Art", circa 1940-1970
1
22
Essay, "Consoeurs of Architecture", circa 1940-1970
1
23
Essay, "Dear Olde Avante-Garde", circa 1940-1970
1
24
Essay, "For Great Ladies Only", circa 1940-1970
1
25
Essay, "Last of the Red-Hot Moderns", circa 1940-1970
1
26
Essay, "New Taste", circa 1940-1970
1
27
Essay, "No Taste: Today's New Recipe for Decorative Elegance", circa 1940-1970
1
28
Essay, "Timeless Design", circa 1940-1970
1
29
Essay, "Ungracious Living", circa 1940-1970
1
30
Essay, "Water, Water, Everywhere", circa 1940-1970
1
31
Essay, "You Can't Put Your Feet Up On a Mondrian", circa 1940-1970
1
32
Essay, "Comfort and Amenities", 1957
1
33
Notebook, Quotations, circa 1930-1976
1
34
Oversized Volume, Draft, Furniture of Classical Greece, 1963
Oversized material from Box 1, F20.
12
Writings by Others
Kahler, Heinz, Hadrian und Seine Villa Bei Tivoli, 1950
1
35

Series 4: Project Files , circa 1940-1976
4 Linear feet
Box 6-8, BV 13-16, OV 42-53, OV 55

Project files include photographs and portfolios of 28 commercial and residential commissions; photographs and original display sized watercolor renderings of interior designs and furniture produced by Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd.; photographs and portfolios of room and furniture designs for Widdicomb Furniture Company; and printed material and research related to the furniture designs for Saridis of Athens. The series also includes portfolios of residences photographed by Ezra Stoller Associates, and photographs and notes for a 25 year Interior Design retrospective exhibition. Many of the photographs found in this series were taken by architectural photographers Maynard Parker, Ezra Stoller, William Howland, and Richard Garrison.
Materials are arranged by project category.
Description Container Select
Exhibition, Interior Design 25 Year Retrospective, 1961
Oversized material housed in OV 42.
1
36
Furniture, circa 1960-1970
Oversized material housed in Box 6, F1 and BV 13.
1
37
Furniture, Custom Made, 1936-1950
1
38
Commercial, E.P. Nomikos Offices, 1976
1
39
Commercial, Grand Central Palace, Marble Room, circa 1952
1
40
Commercial, John Frederics, Inc., 1939
1
41
Commercial, Museum of Modern Art, 1937
1
42
Commercial, National Home Furnishings Show, 1952
1
43
Commercial, Nieman Marcus, 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 6, F2.
1
44
Commercial, Paul Flato Studio, 1939
Oversized material housed in Box 6, F3.
1
45
Commercial, River Club, 1938
Oversized material housed in Box 6, F4.
1
46
Residence, Apartment (first in New York City), circa 1930-1950
1
47
Residence, Annenberg House, 1940
1
48
Residence, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Davis, 1957
Oversized material housed in Box 6, F5-6.
1
49
Residence, Diamond House, 1950
1
50
Residence, Mrs. Byron C. Foy, 1943
Oversized material housed in Box 6, F7 and BV 14.
1
51
Residence, Mr. and Mrs. B.T. Gale, 1959
Oversized material housed in Box 6, F8-9.
1
52
Residence, Gamz House, 1960
1
53
Residence, Goulandris House, 1962
1
54
Residence, Mr. and Mrs. Bruno K. Graf, 1958
Oversized material housed in Box 7, F1.
1
55-56
Residence, Hudson House, 1939
2
1
Residence, Herbert Johnson, 1960
2
2
Residence, Kandell House, 1953
2
3
Residence, Blanche Knopf, 1952
Oversized material housed in Box 7, F2.
2
4
Residence, Mrs. Fernand Leval, 1947
Oversized material housed in Box 7, F3.
2
5
Residence, Maitland House, circa 1940-1970
2
6
Residence, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey S. Mudd, 1949
2
7
Residence, Parten House, 1941
Oversized material housed in Box 7, F4.
2
8
Residence, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Ruskin, 1958
Oversized material housed in Box 7, F5-6.
2
9
Residence, Simons House, 1962
2
10
Residence, Weber House, 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 7, F7.
2
11
Research, Hadrian's Villa, Article by Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1964
2
12
Research, Hadrian's Villa, Renderings and Photographs, circa 1950-1970
Oversized material housed in OV 42 and OV 55.
2
13
Research, Hadrian's Villa, Clippings, circa 1950-1970
2
14
Research, Hadrian's Villa, Postcards of Ruins, circa 1950-1970
2
15
Research, Hadrian's Villa, Postcards of Statuary, circa 1950-1970
2
16
Research, Hadrian's Villa, Photographs of Statuary, circa 1950-1970
2
17
Research, Hadrian's Villa, Miscellaneous Printed Material, circa 1950-1970
Oversized material housed in OV 42.
2
18
Research, Olynthus, Clippings, 1934-1966
2
19
Research, Olynthus, Photographs, circa 1950-1970
2
20
Ezra Stoller Associates, 1952
Oversized material housed in BV 15-16.
2
21
Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., circa 1940-1970
Oversized material housed in Box 8, F1 and OV 43-53.
2
22
Saridis, Brochures, 1972
2
23
Saridis, Catalogs, circa 1972
2
24
Saridis, Clippings, 1963-1964
2
25
Widdicomb Furnishings, Bureaus, circa 1950-1960
2
26
Widdicomb Furnishings, Chairs, circa 1950-1960
2
27
Widdicomb Furnishings, Tables, circa 1950-1960
2
28
Widdicomb Furnishings, Dining and Bedrooms, circa 1950-1960
2
29
Widdicomb Furnishings, Living Rooms, circa 1950-1960
2
30
Widdicomb Portfolios, #1-4, circa 1950-1960
Oversized material housed in Box 8, F2-5.
2
31
Widdicomb, Residential Interior Design, 1956
Oversized material housed in Box 8, F6.
2
32
Widdicomb, Catalogs, circa 1940-1960
2
33
Widdicomb, Miscellaneous Printed Material, circa 1950-1960
2
34
Oversized Photographs, Furniture, circa 1960-1970
Oversized material from Box 1, F37.
6
1
Oversized Photographs, Commercial, Nieman-Marcus, 1940
Oversized material from Box 1, F44.
6
2
Oversized Photographs, Commercial, Paul Flato Studio, 1939
Oversized material from Box 1, F45.
6
3
Oversized Photographs, Commercial, River Club, 1938
Oversized material from Box 1, F46.
6
4
Oversized Photographs and Portfolio, Residential, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Davis, 1957
Oversized material from Box 1, F49.
6
5-6
Oversized Photographs, Residence, Mrs. Byron C. Foy, 1943
Oversized material from Box 1, F51.
6
7
Oversized Photographs and Portfolio, Residence, Mr. and Mrs. B.T. Gale, 1959
Oversized material from Box 1, F52.
6
8-9
Oversized Photographs, Residence, Mr. and Mrs. Bruno K. Graf, 1958
Oversized material from Box 1, F55.
7
1
Oversized Photographs, Residence, Blanche Knopf, 1952
Oversized material from Box 2, F4.
7
2
Oversized Photographs, Residence, Mrs. Fernand Leval, 1947
Oversized material from Box 2, F5.
7
3
Oversized Photographs, Residence, Parten House, 1941
Oversized material from Box 2, F8.
7
4
Oversized Photographs and Portfolio, Residence, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Ruskin, 1958
Oversized material from Box 2, F9.
7
5-6
Oversized Photographs, Residence, Weber House, 1940
Oversized material from Box 2, F11.
7
7
Oversized Photographs, Robsjohn-Gibbings, Ltd., circa 1940-1970
Oversized material from Box 2, F22.
8
1
Oversized Photographs and Portfolios, Widdicomb, circa 1950s
Oversized material from Box 2, F31-32.
8
2-6
Oversized Photographs, Exhibition Retrospective and Research on Hadrian's Villa, circa 1960-1970
Oversized material from Box 1, F36 and Box 2, F13 and F18.
42
Oversized Renderings, Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., circa 1940-1970
Oversized material from Box 2, F22.
43
Oversized Renderings, Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., circa 1940-1970
44
Oversized Renderings, Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., circa 1940-1970
45
Oversized Renderings, Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., circa 1940-1970
46
Oversized Renderings, Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., circa 1940-1970
47
Oversized Renderings, Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., circa 1940-1970
48
Oversized Renderings, Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., circa 1940-1970
49
Oversized Renderings, Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., circa 1940-1970
50
Oversized Renderings, Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., circa 1940-1970
51
Oversized Renderings, Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., circa 1940-1970
52
Oversized Renderings, Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., circa 1940-1970
53
Oversized Renderings, Research on Hadrian's Villa, circa 1950-1970
Oversized material from Box 2, F13.
55
Oversized Volume, Photographs of Furniture, circa 1960-1970
Oversized material from Box 1, F37.
13
Oversized Volume, Residence, Mrs. Byron C. Foy, 1943
Oversized material from Box 1, F51.
14
Oversized Volume, Ezra Stoller Associates, 1952
Oversized material from Box 2, F21.
15
Oversized Volume, Ezra Stoller Associates, 1952
Oversized material from Box 2, F21.
16

Series 5: Printed Material , 1898-1977
1.9 Linear feet
Box 2-4, Box 9

Printed material includes Goodbye, Mr. Chippendale and Homes of the Brave by Robsjohn-Gibbings, 15 annotated books on Hadrian's Villa and decorative sculpture, catalogs, clippings, press releases, and miscellaneous printed material.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Books by Robsjohn-Gibbings
Good-Bye, Mr. Chippendale, 1944
2
35
Homes of the Brave, 1954
2
36
Books on Hadrian
Die Bildnisse des Antinous, by Christoph Clairmont, 1966
2
37
Emperor Hadrian, by Ferdinand Gregorovius, 1898
2
38
Hadrian, by Stewart Perowne, 1960
3
1
Hadrian, by Max Wegner, 1956
3
2
Hadrian: und Seine Villa Bei Tivoli, by Heinz Kähler, 1950
3
3
Hadrianic School, by Jocelyn Toynbee, 1934
3
4
Hadrian's Villa, by Pierre Gusman, 1904
3
5
Life and Principate of the Emperor Hadrian, A.D. 76-138, by Bernard Henderson, 1923
3
6
Magnificent Hadrian, by Sulamith ish-Kishor, 1935
3
7
Memoirs of Hadrian, by Marguerite Yourcenar, 1954
3
8
Rome and A Villa, by Eleanor Clark, 1952
3
9
Books on Design and Sculpture
Villa Adriana, by Salvatore Aurigemma, 1961
4
1
Decorative Thirties, by Martin Battersby, 1971
4
2
Furniture of the Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans, by G.M. Richter, 1966
4
3
Kama Kala, by Mulk Raj Anand, 1958
4
4
Catalogs, Auctions and Books, 1964
4
5
Clippings, 1940-1977
Oversized material housed in Box 9, F1.
4
6-10
Clippings, Greek, circa 1960-1970
4
11
Press Releases, 1961-1963
4
12
Program, Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce Dinner, 1964
4
13
Miscellaneous Printed Material, circa 1950-1970
4
14
Oversized Clippings, circa 1970-1977
Oversized material from Box 4, F10.
9
1

Series 6: Photographic Materials , 1915-1976
0.3 Linear feet
Box 4, Box 9, OV 54

Photographic materials are of Robsjohn-Gibbings; his friends, including collaborator and partner Carlton Pullin; his New York office and Athens apartment; and photo shoots for Life and Look magazines.
Materials are arranged by subject and item type.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1915-1976
Oversized material housed in Box 9, F2 and OV 54.
4
15-18
Transparencies of Robsjohn-Gibbings with Chairs, 1946
4
19
Photographs of Robsjohn-Gibbings with Friends, 1940-1970
4
20
Photographs of Robsjohn-Gibbings' Athens Apartment, circa 1960-1976
4
21
Photographs of Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd. Studio, 1948-1963
4
22
Photographs of Life Magazine Photo Shoot, Living Room, 1949
4
23
Photographs of Life Magazine Photo Shoot, Greece, 1961
4
24
Photographs of Look Magazine Photo Shoot, Bathroom, 1951
4
25
Oversized Photographs of Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1915-1976
Oversized material from Box 4, F15, F17-18.
9
2
Oversized Photograph of Robsjohn-Gibbings, circa 1940-1949
Oversized material from Box 4, F17.
54

Series 7: Scrapbooks , 1936-1970
5.9 Linear feet
Box 9-11, BV 17-41

Scrapbooks consist of 24 volumes documenting Robsjohn-Gibbings career from 1936 to 1963, 4 volumes of press coverage of his books, and 2 volumes documenting European art and historical interior design. Clippings comprise the bulk of the material found in these scrapbooks, though occasional letters, cards, photographs, and other ephemera are included. The 2 volumes documenting European art and historical interior design are all clippings from published materials.
Items have been arranged by topic.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook #1, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1936-1938
9
Scrapbook #2-3, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1939-1941
10
Scrapbook #4-5, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1941-1945
11
Scrapbook #6, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1946-1951
17
Scrapbook #7, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1946-1951
18
Scrapbook #8, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1946-1951
19
Scrapbook #9, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1946-1951
20
Scrapbook #10, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1946-1951
21
Scrapbook #11, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1950-1953
22
Scrapbook #12, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1950-1953
23
Scrapbook #13, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1950-1953
24
Scrapbook #14, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1950-1953
25
Scrapbook #15, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1950-1953
26
Scrapbook #16, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1953-1955
27
Scrapbook #17, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1953-1955
28
Scrapbook #18, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1953-1955
29
Scrapbook #19, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1953-1955
30
Scrapbook #20, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1953-1955
31
Scrapbook #21, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1957-1963
32
Scrapbook #22, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1957-1963
33
Scrapbook #23, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1957-1963
34
Scrapbook #24, Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1957-1963
35
Scrapbook #25, Clippings, Goodbye Mr. Chippendale, 1944
36
Scrapbook #26, Clippings, Homes of the Brave, 1954
37
Scrapbook #27, Clippings, Mona Lisa's Moustache, 1947-1949
38
Scrapbook #28, Clippings, Mona Lisa's Moustache, 1947-1949
39
Scrapbook #29, European Art and Iconography, 1953
40
Scrapbook #30, Historical Interior Design, circa 1930-1970
41

Series 8: Artwork , circa 1930-1976
0.5 Linear feet
Box 4-5, Box 9

Artwork consists of 4 sketchbooks containing several hundred classical Greek and Roman furniture designs rendered in graphite and watercolor by Robsjohn-Gibbings, and 1 sketch of Robsjohn-Gibbings' feet.
Materials are arranged by item type and subject.
Description Container Select
Sketch, Drawing of Feet, circa 1940-1970
4
27
Sketchbook, Original Designs for Furniture Based on Greek Models, circa 1940-1970
4
28-29
Sketchbook, Drawings of Greek and Roman Bronze Lamps, Handles, and Furniture, circa 1940-1970
4
30
Sketchbook, Drawings of Original Greek Furniture. Reconstructed, circa 1940-1970
5
1
Sketchbook, Portfolio, circa 1940-1976
9
3

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