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William Penhallow Henderson papers, 1876-1987, bulk 1876-1943

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 13 series primarily according to type of material; materials within series are arranged chronologically.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1897-1984
14 Folders
Boxes 1, 12

Biographical material primarily consists of miscellaneous membership documents, legal records, address books, and biographical accounts.
Description Container Select
Address Books, 1909-1922, undated
1
1-4
Biographical Accounts, 1937-1984, undated
1
5
Mailing Lists, 1928-1931, undated
1
6
Marriage Certificate, 1905
1
7
Membership Certificate and Award Certificates, 1897-1938
Oversized certificate housed in Box 12, Folder 1.
1
8
Camouflage Service Records, 1917-1918
1
9-10
Architect Licenses, 1928-1935
1
11
Will of Samuel H. Richardson, 1902
1
12
Locks of Hair, 1911, undated
1
13
Oversized Membership Certificate for the American Art Society, 1897
12
1

Series 2: File on William Oliver Henderson , 1876-1906
12 Folders
Box 1

This series contains letters, certificates, writings, artwork, printed material, and photographs that document the life of Henderson's father, William Oliver Henderson. Included are 28 photographs of the 1898 Omaha Exposition, and several views of early frontier towns.
Description Container Select
Marriage Certificate, Membership Certificates, and Letters, 1876-1906, undated
1
14
Diary Page, Writings, and Artwork, 1879, undated
1
15
Clippings, 1877-1905, undated
1
16
Reproductions of Artwork by Others, undated
1
17
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1877-1890
1
18
Photographs of Family and Friends, undated
1
19
Photographs of Frontier Town, undated
1
20
Photographs of Miscellaneous Houses, undated
1
21-22
Travel Photographs, undated
1
23-24
Photographs of the Omaha Exposition, 1898
1
25

Series 3: Correspondence , 1883-1987
1.9 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Correspondence consists of letters exchanged with family, friends, and colleagues. Correspondence dated after Henderson's death is primarily from his daughter, Alice, to various institutions concerning exhibitions of her father's work. There are several letters each from artists Gustave Baumann, Joseph Birren, Ernest L. Blumenschein, Maynard Dixon, Frank P. Fairbanks, E. W. Gollings, John W. Norton, Earl Reed, Jr., Joseph Lindon Smith, Maurice Sterne, Lorado Taft, and Carl Werntz, architects John Duncan Forsyth, John Gaw Meem, and William Gray Purcell, authors Peggy Pond Church, Erna Fergusson, Esther Forbes, and Carl Sandberg, and actors Tyrone Power and Roland Young. There is also a letter containing schematic drawings of architectural plans by Henderson's son-in-law, Bill Mauldin.
Description Container Select
Correspondence, 1883-October 1918, undated
1
26-73
Correspondence, November 1918-1987
2
1-82

Series 4: Diaries , 1902-1940
4 Folders
Box 3

Two illustrated diaries, 1902-1903, describe Henderson's daily activities while studying art in Europe. Henderson writes about daily activities and his art studies, including meetings with Walter Gay, frequent outings to galleries and museums with Emily Sargent, and travels with fellow art student Alden Twachtman, son of John Henry Twachtman. A third diary, 1940, describes daily activities in Santa Fe.
Description Container Select
Diaries (2 volumes), 1902-1903
3
1
Loose Drawings, Receipts, Photographs, and Printed Material from Diary, 1902
3
2
Loose Letters, Photographs, and Printed Material from Diary, 1903
3
3
Diary, 1940
3
4

Series 5: Personal Business Records , 1887-1984
40 Folders
Box 3

Personal business records document Henderson's various personal and art business interests and contain deeds, sales records for artwork by Henderson, blankets created by Navajo Indians, and for books written by his wife Alice Corbin Henderson. Also found are lists of artwork, price lists, an inventory of photographs, and miscellaneous receipts.
Description Container Select
Deeds, 1917-1940
3
5-6
Consignment and Sales Records with Albert Roullier, 1912-1917
3
7
Consignment and Sales Records with Arthur H. Hahlo & Co., 1915-1916
3
8
Consignment and Sales Records with Canyon Road Art Gallery, 1968-1978
3
9
Consignment and Sales Records with the Peters Corporation, 1978-1981
3
10
Miscellaneous Records of Sales of Artwork, 1898-1984
3
11-12
Records of Artwork Given as Gifts, 1972-1973
3
13
Lists of Artwork, 1910-1982, undated
3
14-29
Lists of Exhibitions and Artwork, 1945
3
30
Miscellaneous Price Lists, 1917-1981, undated
3
31-39
Inventory of Photographs, 1982
3
40
Price Lists and Sales Records for Navajo Blankets, 1931-1934
3
41
Travel Receipts, 1910-1911
3
42
Book Order Receipts for Alice Corbin Henderson, 1948
3
43
Miscellaneous Receipts, 1887-1969
3
44

Series 6: Subject Files , 1921-1975
2 Folders
Box 3

Subject files contain letters, notes, and printed material concerning the Santa Fe Painters and Sculptors, and the Art in Embassies Program.
Description Container Select
Santa Fe Painters and Sculptors Letters, Notes, and Printed Material, 1921-1933
3
45
Art in Embassies Program Notes, 1975
3
46

Series 7: Architecture and Furniture Files , 1926-1983
1 Linear foot
Boxes 3-4, 12, OV 14

Architecture and Furniture files contain notes, drawings, photographs, price lists, receipts, and printed material that reflect Henderson's work as an architect and document his work as a furniture designer.
Description Container Select
Miscellaneous Notes on Architecture, undated
3
47-49
Architecture/Construction Notebook, 1926
3
50
Designs for Carving, undated
3
51-52
Tracings Used in Carving, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 14.
3
53-54
Miscellaneous Designs, undated
3
55-61
Notes and Designs of Bancos and Banquitos, undated
4
1
Notes and Designs of Beds and Daybeds, undated
4
2
Notes and Designs of Bookcases, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 1.
4
3
Notes and Designs of Book Shelves, undated
4
4
Notes and Designs of Cases, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 1.
4
5
Notes and Designs of Chairs, undated
4
6
Notes and Designs of Corbels, undated
4
7
Notes and Designs of Desks, undated
4
8
Notes and Designs of Doors, undated
4
9
Notes and Designs of Dressing Tables, undated
4
10
Notes and Designs of Fireplaces, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 1.
4
11
Notes and Designs of Frames, 1929, undated
4
12
Notes and Designs of Gates, undated
4
13
Notes and Designs of Low-Boys, undated
4
14
Notes and Designs of Lounges and Couches, undated
4
15
Notes and Designs of Panels and Altars, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 1.
4
16
Notes and Designs of Radiator Grills (Wood), undated
4
17
Notes and Designs of Screens and Spindles, undated
4
18
Notes and Designs of Signs, undated
4
19
Notes and Designs of Shrines, undated
4
20
Notes and Designs of Tables, undated
4
21-22
Notes and Designs of Trasteros, undated
4
23
Notes and Designs of Windows, undated
4
24
Notes and Designs of Wooden Light Fixtures, undated
4
25
Notes and Designs of Wardrobes, undated
4
26
Photographs of Bancos and Banquitos, undated
4
27
Photographs of Beds, undated
4
28
Photographs of Chairs, undated
4
29
Photographs of Chests, undated
4
30
Photographs of Couches, undated
4
31
Photographs of Desks, undated
4
32
Photographs of Doors, undated
4
33
Photographs of Dressers, undated
4
34
Photographs of Fireplaces, undated
4
35
Photographs of Shelves, undated
4
36
Photographs of Tables, undated
4
37
Photographs of Trasteros, undated
4
38
Photographs of Miscellaneous Furniture, undated
4
39
Photographs of Residential Interiors, undated
4
40
Album of Photographs of Miscellaneous Furniture and Residential Interiors, undated
4
41
Notes: "Old Inventory", undated
4
42
Notes on Photographs of Furniture, 1931-1983
4
43
Recipes for Paint, Cement, Etc., 1938, undated
4
44
Notes on Geometry, undated
4
45
Notes on Color, undated
4
46-48
Miscellaneous Notes, 1929-1938, undated
4
49-50
Typescripts on Furniture and Gardens, undated
4
51-52
Price Lists for Furniture, 1931, undated
4
53-54
Miscellaneous Receipts for Furniture, 1932-1935, undated
4
55
Miscellaneous Printed Material on Furniture, undated
4
56
Oversized Notes and Designs of Bookcases, undated
12
1
Oversized Notes and Designs of Cases, undated
12
1
Oversized Notes and Designs of Fireplaces, undated
12
1
Oversized Notes and Designs of Panels and Altars, undated
12
1
Oversized Tracings Used in Carving, undated
OV 14

Series 8: Project Files , 1916-1942
40 Folders
Boxes 4-5, 12, OV 14

Project files contain a variety of material including correspondence, notes and writings, drawings, receipts, photographs, and printed material pertaining to specific projects undertaken by Henderson. The fact that these files include a play, architectural projects and a mural illustrates the wide range of Henderson's talents.
Description Container Select
Play, Daughter of Heaven
Photographs of Dress Rehearsal, 1916
4
57-60
Printed Material, 1916
4
61
Diamond V Club, Polvadero, California
Photographs of Site, [1920s]
Oversized material housed in OV 14.
4
62-63
Tracing of Blueprint, 1920s
4
64
Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Correspondence, 1927-1942, undated
4
65
Notebook "Specifications for Sandpainting Hogan,", circa 1927-circa 1942
4
66
Inventory of Henderson Furniture at the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art, circa 1927-circa 1942
4
67
Miscellaneous Notes, 1937, undated
4
68
Miscellaneous Writings, circa 1927-circa 1942
4
69
Photographs of a Traditional Hogan, circa 1927-circa 1942
4
70
Photographs of the Model, circa 1927-circa 1942
4
71
Photographs of Construction, circa 1927-circa 1942
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 3.
4
72-73
Photographs, circa 1927-circa 1942
4
74
Photographs of Completed Museum Exterior, circa 1927-circa 1942
5
1-4
Photographs of Completed Museum Interior, circa 1927-circa 1942
5
5
Photographs of Sandpaintings, circa 1927-circa 1942
5
6
Negatives, circa 1927-circa 1942
5
7-8
Brochure, 1937
5
9
Buildings "Los Gallos" and "La Posta"
Correspondence, 1929-1930, undated
5
10-12
Drawings and Photographs of "La Posta,", undated
5
13
Federal Court Building Murals, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Correspondence, 1935-1936
5
14-17
Notes and Writings, 1938, undated
5
18
Receipts, 1934-1937
5
19
Drawings and Photographs, undated
5
20
Oversized Photographs of the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art, undated
12
2
Oversized Album of Photographs of Construction of the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art, undated
12
3
Oversized Tracing of Blueprint for the Diamond V Club, [1920s]
OV 14

Series 9: Exhibition Files , 1927-1964
25 Folders
Box 5

Exhibition files contain correspondence, financial records, notes and writings, photographs, and printed material documenting exhibitions of Henderson's work. See also Printed Materials and Photographs for additional exhibition-related documentation.
Description Container Select
Ferargil Galleries, New York, New York
Correspondence, 1927-1928
5
21-26
Price Lists, Writings, and Exhibition Catalog, 1927-1928
5
27
Retrospective Exhibition, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe
Notes, 1963, undated
5
28-29
Address List, undated
5
30
Typescripts, 1963, undated
5
31-33
Price Lists, 1963
5
34
Receipts, 1963-1964
5
35-37
Photographs, undated
5
38
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1963
5
39-40
Solo Exhibition, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico
Correspondence, 1963-1964
5
41
Notes, 1964
5
42
Financial Records, 1964
5
43
Exhibition Announcement and Catalogs, 1964
5
44
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1964
5
45

Series 10: Notes and Writings , 1901-1985
1 Linear foot
Boxes 5-6, OV 14

Notes and writings include notebooks, loose notes, and typescripts on miscellaneous art-related topics, and travel by Henderson, his wife Alice Corbin Henderson, and by others.
Description Container Select
Notebook on Etching, undated
5
46
Notebooks of Geometric Calculations, undated
5
47
Notebooks by Alice Corbin Henderson, 1934-1947, undated
5
48-50
Notes on the Smart Shop, undated
5
51
Notes on the Studio and the Shop, undated
5
52
Notes on Pigments, undated
5
53
Color Charts for Sand Paintings, undated
5
54
Notes on Inspirational Quotations, undated
5
55
Notes on Père Marquette, 1909
5
56
Travel Notes, 1910-1911
5
57
Notes from Play Alice in Wonderland, 1915
5
58
Notes on Mat and Frame Sizes, 1917-1971
5
59
Notes on Reference Publications, 1919-1936, undated
5
60-61
Notes on the Santa Fe Country Club Murals, 1922, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 14.
5
62
Notes on Henderson's Death, 1943
5
63
Notes on Certificates for Henderson Works, 1971-1978
5
64
List of Lenders to Exhibition at National Collection of Fine Arts, 1978
5
65
Miscellaneous Notes, 1931-1977, undated
5
66-71
Miscellaneous Notes, 1931-1977, undated
6
1-5
Poems by Henderson, 1905-1910, undated
6
6-8
Typescript for Exhibition Catalog, 1913
6
9
Miscellaneous Typescripts, 1914, undated
6
10
Writings by Others, 1901-1985, undated
Manuscript on Travels by Alice Corbin Henderson, undated
6
11
Manuscript "Col. Mallory" by Alice Corbin Henderson, undated
6
12
Typescript "Notes for Your Use in Selecting Indian Paintings" by Alice Corbin Henderson, undated
6
13
Miscellaneous Typescripts from a Composition Course at the University of Chicago by Alice Corbin Henderson, 1901
6
14
Typescript "The Development of Modern Indian painting" by Alice Corbin Henderson, 1933
6
15
Typescript "From Another Age", undated
6
16
Typescript Biography of William Penhallow Henderson by David Bell, undated
6
17-19
Typescript on Henderson by Carl Sandberg, 1921
6
20
Manuscript for the Canyon Road Art Gallery Exhibition by Alice Henderson Rossin, 1968
6
21
Typescript "Federal Support for the Visual Arts in the State of New Mexico: 1933-1943" by William H. Spurlock, 1973
6
22
Typescript on Henderson by Carolyn Roberts, 1985
6
23
Miscellaneous Typescripts, undated
6
24
Oversized Wall Plans for the Santa Fe Country Club Murals, undated
OV 14

Series 11: Artwork , 1886-1929
1.9 Linear feet
Boxes 6-8, OV 14

Artwork primarily consists of sketchbooks by Henderson. There are also unbound sketches by Henderson, a travel sketchbook by his wife Alice Corbin Henderson, artwork by others, and oversized Japanese prints. The albums of sketches were assembled by Henderson's daughter, Alice Henderson Rossin.
Description Container Select
Sketchbooks, 1886-1903, undated
6
25-41
Sketchbooks, 1903-1920s
7
1-22
Album of Miscellaneous Sketches, undated
7
23-27
Album of Sketches of New Mexico, 1916, undated
7
28-31
Album of Sketches of New Mexico, 1916-1929
8
1-4
Studies for Murals, undated
8
5
Miscellaneous Sketches, 1902-1919, undated
8
6-9
Artwork by Others, 1910-1911, undated
Sketchbook by Alice Corbin Henderson, 1910-1911
8
10
Block Print Cover for Book on Frank Brangwyn, undated
8
11
Japanese Prints, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 14.
8
12
Oversized Japanese Prints, undated
OV 14

Series 12: Printed Material , 1891-1988
1.7 Linear feet
Boxes 8-9

Printed material primarily consists of loose clippings, a scrapbook of clippings, and exhibition announcements and catalogs. There are also press releases, programs, and brochures and booklets on miscellaneous topics.
Description Container Select
Clippings, 1891-1988, undated
8
13-71
Scrapbook of Clippings, 1913-1915
8
72
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1904-1913
8
73-78
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1914-1987
9
1-24
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Others, 1927-1931
9
25
Album of Reproductions of Artwork by Henderson, undated
9
26
Reproductions of Artwork by Others, undated
9
27-30
Press Releases, 1963-1978
9
31
Programs, 1906-1916
9
32
Brochures, undated
9
33
Booklets, 1927, undated
9
34
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1927-1940, undated
9
35
Picture Postcards, undated
9
36

Series 13: Photographs , 1887-1985
1.6 Linear feet
Boxes 9-11, 13

Photographs are of Henderson, his family, and friends including American Indians Elias Suazo and Klah, stunt riders, an expedition by horseback through the mountains, and Henderson's trip to a mine. Photographs of Henderson's architectural projects, include his own homes in Lake Bluff, Illinois, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Henderson also was the architect of the White Residence, McComb Garden, Railroad Ticket Office, and the Otis Residence, all in Santa Fe. There are also photographs of exhibitions and of artwork by Henderson and others. The albums of photographs of artwork were assembled by Henderson's daughter, Alice Henderson Rossin. Additional photographs may be found in the Project Files and Furniture Files.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Henderson, 1887-1840
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 1.
9
37-40
Photographs of Family Members, 1920s
9
41
Photographs of Miscellaneous Friends, 1919-1937
9
42-46
Photographs of the House in Lake Bluff, Illinois, 1912
9
47
Photographs of Henderson's Studio in Santa Fe, 1919-1922
9
48
Photographs of Henderson's House "Hen-Cor" in Santa Fe, 1924-1934
9
49
Photographs of Trip to Mine, 1939
9
50
Photographs of the White Residence, 1924-1929
9
51-58
Photographs of the McComb Garden, 1926
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 2.
10
1-3
Photographs of the Railroad Ticket Office, Santa Fe, 1926-1927
10
4-7
Photographs of the Otis Residence, 1930
10
8
Photographs of Rodin's House, Paris, France, undated
10
9
Photographs of Miscellaneous Architecture, 1916, undated
10
10
Photographs of an Exhibition at Art Institute of Chicago, undated
10
11
Photographs of an Exhibition at Fonda Gallery, Santa Fe, 1933
10
12
Photographs of an Exhibition at New York Architectural League, 1938
10
13
Photographs of the Opening of Exhibition "Master Colorist of Santa Fe" at Phoenix Art Museum, 1984
10
14-15
Photographs of the Opening of Exhibition "Master Colorist of Santa Fe" at Museum of Western Art, Denver, 1985
10
16-18
Albums of Photographs of Artwork, 1963, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 3.
10
19-22
Photographs of Miscellaneous Artwork by Henderson, 1970-1981, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 4.
11
1-16
Photographs of Set and Costume Designs for Alice in Wonderland, 1915
11
17
Photographs of Henderson's Murals Commissioned by Frank Lloyd Wright for Midway Gardens, Chicago, 1915
11
18
Photographs of a Santa Fe Billboard Design, 1916
11
19
Photographs of Miscellaneous Architectural Drawings and Models by Henderson, undated
11
20
Photographs of Artwork by Others, undated
11
21
Photographs of Artwork by American Indians, undated
11
22
Oversized Photograph of Henderson with his Hockey Team, 1892
13
1
Oversized Photograph of Henderson with an Unidentified American Indian, 1940
13
1
Oversized Photographs of the McComb Garden, 1926
13
2
Oversized Album of Photographs of Artwork by Henderson, undated
13
3
Oversized Photographs of Miscellaneous Artwork by Henderson, undated
13
4

Make a Request

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