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William J. and Jane Brown papers, circa 1940-2014

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as seven series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1948-2011
0.6 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 9

This series consists of awards for Bill and Jane Brown, including the prestigious North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts awarded to Bill in 1991, business cards, annotated calendars, consignment paperwork for Bill's artwork, material from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, resumes, sketches, and a couple of student documents. Letters from friends and colleagues of Bill supporting his nomination for the North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts are also found in this series.
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Award, Glass Art Society Honorary Life Member, 1974
1
1
Award, North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts, 1991
1
2
Award, North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts, Ceremony, 1991
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Recording is from the University of North Carolina Center for Public TV.
1
3
Award, North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts, Ceremony Preparations and Programs, 1991
1
4-5
Award, North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts, Congratulation and Nomination Letters, 1990-1991
1
6-8
Award, North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts, Publicity, 1991
1
9
Business Cards for William J. Brown, Sr., undated
1
10
Calendar, 1985
1
11
Consignment Form for Bill Brown's Artwork, 1992
1
12
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Bill Brown Scholarship Fund, 1985-1994
1
13
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Legal Agreement, 1977
1
14
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Production Seminar Group Photo, 1976
The picture appears to be a digital print of the original photograph.
1
15
Resumes for Bill Brown, 1984-1986
1
16
Sketches by Bill Brown, circa 1980-circa 1985
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 2.
1
17
Student Documents for Bill Brown, 1948, undated
1
18
Oversized Award, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts , 1983
9
1
Oversized Award, National Craft Council and State of North Carolina , 1979, 2011
9
2
Oversized Sketches by Bill from Box 1, Folder 17, circa 1980
9
2

Series 2: Correspondence , 1949-2014
1.8 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3, 9

Correspondence is with artists, former students, instructors, and local residents and typically relates to Penland activities. Personal correspondence includes colorfully, illustrated cards and letters from Paulus Berensohn, as well as, letters with Robert Ebendorf, Theodore Hallman, Lucy Morgan, Toshiko Takaezu, and sympathy cards to Jane after Bill's death.
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Chronological, undated
1
19
Chronological, 1949-1979
1
20-23
Chronological, 1980-1983
1
24-29
Chronological, 1984-1991
Includes letter from Penland to Bill regarding payment after his dismissal in folder 2.
2
1-3
Personal, 1954-2014
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 3.
2
4-18
Professional, 1961-2012
Includes correspondence with Philis Alvic and various correspondents regarding the Bill Brown Glass Studio dedication.
2
19-22
Oversized Personal Correspondence from Box 2, 1968
9
3

Series 3: Interviews , 1968-1991
0.4 Linear feet
Box 3

A majority of the interviews are sound and video recordings of Bill, Jane, Lucy Morgan, and "Flossie" Perisho regarding Penland and their personal histories. A transcript, including drafts, of "A Conversation with Bill Brown" with Marvin Lipofsky is also in this series.
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Bill and Jane Brown Interviewed by Chris Felver, 1986
3 videocassettes (vhs)
Duplicates
Includes a clip from the North Carolina Awards Ceremony from 1991.
3
1
Bill and Jane Brown with Toshiko Takaezu Discussing Penland History, 1991
1 videocassettes (vhs)
3
2
"A Conversation with Bill Brown" with Marvin Lipofsky, 1979
Includes an annotated draft and two copies of a final transcript.
3
3
Jane Brown Interviewed by Philip Alvic, July 18, 1993
2 sound cassettes
Includes release forms and note from Alvic.
3
4
Jane Brown Talking About Memories in Studio, undated
1 videocassettes (vhs)
3
5
Lucy Morgan, 1968, 1970
6 sound cassettes
Includes notes; duplicates
2 sound tape reels
duplicates
3
6
"Flossie" Perisho (Sister of Bonnie Ford), circa 1972
1 sound cassette
3
7

Series 4: Writings and Notes , circa 1950-2005
0.2 Linear feet
Box 3

Found in this series are a few writings by Bill Brown including a student paper titled "Industrial Design," his philosophy of directing Penland, and a draft for an article on mankind. Two notebooks contain a mixture of daily logs, sketches, and miscellaneous notes. Notes are on inventions by Bill, the ideas of John Ehle, the history of metals, poems, and other topics by Bill and Jane. Other writings include a manuscript for an article in Penland Line about Bill after his death and a manuscript titled "The Craftsman: His Expanding Educational Needs" by Harold J. Brennan.
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Bill Brown, "Industrial Design" Student Paper, circa 1950
3
8
Bill Brown, Philosophy of Directing Penland, Dictated by Bill and Written by Jane, 1984
3
9
Bill Brown, Draft on Mankind for Arts Journal, 1983
3
10
Bill and Jane Brown, Notebooks, 1985-1986
Includes two notebooks.
3
11
Bill and Jane Brown, Notes, 1970-2005
3
13-18
About Bill Brown, Penland Line Article About Bill, Manuscript, 1992
3
19
Others, "The Craftsman: His Expanding Educational Needs" by Harold J. Brennan, 1959
3
20

Series 5: Penland School of Crafts Administrative Records , 1954-1995
1.1 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4, 9

The administrative records for Penland contain material for Penland's 50th birthday celebration that includes plans, a video recording of the performance "A Quest" by Dan Bailey, photographs, and a scrapbook. The board of trustees files contain correspondence regarding funding and activities, meeting minutes, and letters of support for Bill when the board dismissed him as director of Penland in 1983. Files for the residents program and the special 2-week session include an autograph book, exhibition material, Bill Brown's memorial fund, scrapbooks, and questionnaires with responses from participants about the programs. Other files are of artwork, Bill Brown's glass studio dedication ceremony schedule, a photocopy of Penland's certificate of incorporation, financial material, grant proposals written by Bill and Jane, and maps.
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50th Birthday Celebration of Penland, Photographs, 1979
3
21
50th Birthday Celebration of Penland, Plans, 1979
3
22
50th Birthday Celebration of Penland, Scrapbook of Ceremony, 1979
3
23
50th Birthday Celebration of Penland, "A Quest" by Dan Bailey Films, 1979
1 videocassettes (vhs)
3
24
Artwork, 1968, 1994
Includes artwork by Francis Merritt and an artist's proof of drawing of Penland grounds by W.P. Jennerjahn.
9
2
Bill Brown Glass Studio Dedication Ceremony Schedule, 1995
3
25
Board of Trustees, Correspondence and Notes, 1966-1983
3
26
Board of Trustees, Correspondence and Notes, 1979-1983
4
1-2
Board of Trustees, Correspondence Regarding Funding, 1983
4
3
Board of Trustees, Dismissal of Bill Brown, Letters of Support, 1983-1988
4
4-5
Board of Trustees, Meeting Minutes, 1962-1985
4
6
Certificate of Incorporation, undated
Certificate is a photocopy of the original 1929 document and includes only the first two pages.
4
7
Exhibition, Penland Overlook Exhibition, 1992-1995
4
8
Financial Materials and Reports, 1954-1982
4
9-16
Financial Materials, Grants, 1979-1980
4
17
Grant Proposals, 1970-1992
4
18-19
Maps, circa 1970s
4
20
Residents Program, Exhibition, 1981
2 sound cassettes
4
21
Residents Program, Exhibition Statements and Resumes, circa 1990
4
22-23
Residents Program, Memorial Fund for Bill Brown, 1992
4
24
Residents Program, Questionnaires, 1981-1983
4
25-26
Residents Program, Scrapbooks, circa 1979
4
27-28
Special 2-Week Session, Autograph Book of Participants, 1971
4
29
Special 2-Week Session, Questionnaire, 1971
4
30

Series 6: Printed Materials and Documentaries , 1942-2005
1.8 Linear feet
Boxes 4-6, 9; ER01

Found here are books, booklets, four video recordings of documentaries about crafts, a digitized music recording, exhibition catalogs and announcements, flyers, pamphlets, periodicals, postcards, posters, and stickers and patches with Penland's logo designed by Bill Brown. Almost all publications relate to Penland or are annotated by Jane Brown.
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Books, 1969-1979
Includes "The Penland Book of Practical Kites," "The Craftsman's Cookbook," and a few other books signed to Bill and Jane.
4
31-32
Booklets, 1942-1998
Includes the Penland publications Vegetable Dyeing by Emma Conley, The Story of the Penland Weavers by Bonnie Willis Ford, Penland program catalogs, and program for the Glass Art Society's conference at Penland.
5
1-4
Clippings, 1949-1998
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 2.
5
5-12
Documentaries, 1991
4 videocassettes (vhs)
Includes "A Penland Summer," "Patterns of Rural Art" and "Old Crafts and New Horizons" by Allen Eaton, and "Penland School of Handicraft" by Thor Behrens.
5
13-14
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1954-1997
Many of the catalogs are signed to Bill and Jane.
5
15-16
Flyers, circa 1983-1993
5
17
"Jane and Ireland at Penland" (1979), Digitized Audio Recording, 2017
0.32 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER01
Pamplets, circa 1953-2004
Includes pamplets from Haystack and Penland.
5
19
Periodicals, Penland Line, 1991-1997
Includes articles on Bill and his glass studio.
5
20
Periodicals, 1966-1998
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 2.
6
1-8
Postcards, circa 2005
6
9
Posters, 1971-1980
6
10
Stickers and Patches with Penland Logo Designed by Bill Brown, 1962-1979
6
11
Oversized Clippings from Box 5, 1968
9
2
Oversized Periodicals from Box 6, 1983
9
2

Series 7: Photographic Materials and Moving Images , circa 1940-2011
2 Linear feet
Boxes 6-10, RD 11

Photographs of Bill and Jane Brown include portraits and candid photographs of Jane, the Browns together and with family and friends. Photographs of Bill include portraits, his early life at Cranbrook and in the Army, at Penland, and a scrapbook titled "Bill and Friends." Penland photographs are of faculty and students, Penland grounds, Lucy Morgan, and Bonnie Ford. One of the two photo albums of Penland events include photographs of Joan Mondale visiting Penland in "Event 77." Other material consists of slide shows of artists and artwork, works of art from the Brown's craft collection, and works of art by Bill and others. Copies of historical photographs originating in the 1930s-1940s show Penland's early classrooms, buildings, and students, as well as Lucy Morgan's mobile log cabin. Three video recordings appear to be a history of Penland recorded by Chris Felver.
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Bill and Jane Brown, circa 1960-1992
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 1.
6
12
Bill and Jane Brown, Family and Friends, circa 1965-1992
6
13-14
Bill Brown, Early Photographs, circa 1949-1962
6
15-16
Bill Brown, Portraits, circa 1940-1960s
6
17
Bill Brown, Penland, circa 1970s
6
18
Bill Brown, "Bill and Friends" Scrapbook, 1991
6
19
Penland, Faculty and Students, 1954-1980s
Includes photographs of faculty members' children, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn during a visit to Penland, a class taught by Tom Cox, and the "National Endowment Snow Job" project. Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folders 4-6 and Box 10, Folders 2-3.
6
20-27
Penland, Faculty and Students, 1970s
7
1-3
Penland, Faculty and Students - Lucy Morgan and Director's House, circa 1970s
7
4
Penland, Faculty and Students - Bonnie Willis Ford, 1965-circa 1978
7
5
Penland, Faculty and Students - Group Photo, 75th Anniversary, 2004
Oversized group photos housed in RD 11.
7
6
Penland, Grounds, circa 1960-circa 1990
Includes photographs of the construction of the glass studio, Penland buildings, and landscapes. Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 4.
7
7-9
Penland, History - "Penland Offline" by Chris Felver, 1986-1987
3 videocassettes (vhs)
Duplicates
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 5.
8
1
Penland, Photo Album - "Penland 1965", 1965
8
2
Penland, Slide Shows - Notes, 1995
8
3
Penland, Slide Shows #1, 1981
8
4
Penland, Slide Shows #6, circa 1980s
8
5
Penland, Slide Shows #7, circa 1980s
8
6
Works of Art, Bill and Jane Brown's Craft Collection, 1984-2011
8
7
Works of Art, circa 1953-circa 1980
Includes artwork by Bill Brown. Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 6.
8
8-9
Oversized Penland, Faculty and Students from Box 6, 1954-1980s
9
4-6
Oversized Photo Album - "Event 77", 1977
9
7
Oversized Bill and Jane Brown from Box 6, Folder 12, circa 1960-1992
10
1
Oversized Penland, Faculty and Students, 1970s-1980s
10
2-3
Oversized Penland, Grounds from Box 7, Folders 7-9, 1969-1980s
10
4
Oversized Penland, History from Box 8, Folder 1, circa 1980s
Photographs are copies of historic photographs of Penland taken in 1930s-1940s.
10
5
Oversized Works of Art, 1983
10
6
Oversized Penland, Faculty and Students - Group Photos, circa 1970-1980s
Includes five panoramic group photographs.
RD 11

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