Charles C. Adams papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.adamchar
Creators:
Adams, Charles C. (Charles Christopher), 1873-1955
Dates:
1931-1948
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1.2 Linear feet
(partially microfilmed on 4 reels)
0.5 Linear feet
Addition
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Records kept by Adams while Director of the New York State Museum in Albany, mainly relating to his efforts to build the museum's collections. Included are correspondence, notes, printed materials and photographs.
Scope and Contents
REELS 110-112: Included are files on: the WPA art program, American Artists Congress, and other political art organizations; the Edward Lamson Henry collection, including Elizabeth McCausland's galley sheets of her manuscript on Henry, photos of paintings, comments on her manuscript, and correspondence about other Henry paintings; the sons of John James Audubon, Victor and John Woodhouse; the acquisition of the Thomas Halliday Folk Art Collection, purchased for the Museum by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller; Berenice Abbott's photograph projects, including correspondence with Abbott; the formation of the American Art Research Council; war emergency plans; Anna Hyatt Huntington's gift of her sculpture to the museum, and letters from Lewis Hine, Ralph Pearson, Harry Stone, Albert Duveen, Hermon MacNeil and others.
Scope and Contents
REEL 1817 (fr. 279-282, 1097-1098) AND SCANNED: Three photographs of Indian painter Albert Martinez Castador (Albert Looking Elk), showing him painting, and on a horse; and one of Joseph Henry Sharp painting in his studio, ca. 1912. Photographers unknown.
Scope and Contents
REEL 1817 One copy print of a photo of Edward Lansom Henry, previously microfilmed under Photos of Artists II, and since been scanned and returned to the Adams collections.
Scope and Contents
UNMICROFILMED: Publications relating to the WPA, including: Federal Art Centers of New York; Murals for the Community; Art as a Function of Government: A Survey; The WPA Federal Art Project: A Summary of Activities and Accomplishments; Index of American Design; Five-Boro Directory, Art Teaching Division; Art in Democracy; Index of Research Projects: Volume I; and Federal Sponsored Community Art Centers. Also included are a letter from Samuel H. Friedman to Adams regarding a request for some pamphlets; a press release, December 30, 1938 from the WPA Federal Art Project; and a clipping of an article by Emily Genauer regarding the WPA, August 6, 1938.
Scope and Contents
ADDITION: Original photographs of Adams, including two taken by Berenice Abbott, 1940s, and eight by Dorian (Dorothy) Keyha, 1949; and files, clippings and correspondence, some of it to Adams' daughter, Harriet, related to Abbott.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Museum director, scientist (ecology). Director of the New York State Museum from 1926-1943.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 110-112 and 1817 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Charles Adams' daughter Harriet Dyer Adams, 1971 and 1998. The 3 photographs on reel 1817, formerly microfilmed with AAA's Photographs of Artists Collection II, were scanned in 2004 and returned to the papers.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Folk art -- New York (State) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photography -- New York (State) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Blatas, Arbit Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Audubon, John Woodhouse, 1812-1862 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Audubon, Victor Gifford, 1809-1860 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Castador, Albert Martinez -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sharp, Joseph Henry, 1859-1953 -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Halliday, Thomas Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Keyha, Dorian Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Duveen, Albert Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Henry, Edward Lamson, 1841-1919 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McCausland, Elizabeth, 1899-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
MacNeil, Hermon Atkins, 1866-1947 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pearson, Ralph M., 1883-1958 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stone, Harry Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Art Research Council Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New York State Museum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Works Progress Administration Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Federal Art Project (N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Artists' Congress Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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