William E. Woolfenden papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.woolwill
Creators:
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995
Dates:
1938-1967
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.6 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Primarily photographs of works exhibited in Michigan Artist Craftsmen exhibits at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 1950-1956, and Designer Craftsmen U.S.A. 1953 for which Woolfenden was a juror. Many of the photographs have labels identifying the museum holding the work, the artists' name, and year exhibiting. Some printed material, notecards and other documentation relating to the 1953 Designer Craftsmen exhibit are also found, primarily relating to the Michigan artists represented and the Michigan regional exhibitions. Also found are miscellaneous photographs, including one of Woolfenden with fellow judge Sarkis Sarkesian holding winning covers for the 4th annual Yearbook of the Newspaper Guild of Detroit, one of Woolfenden at a typewriter labeled Yearbook Staff 1940, and one of Woolfenden holding a bowl with a group of women identified as Museum and Television Party, 1949; twenty-four clippings are of articles by and about Woolfenden, circa 1938-1956 and his obituary, 1995; three illustrated letters from Detroit artist Cyril Miles to Woolfenden (ca. 1967); and a letter from Morris Graves, 1964, reflecting on meeting Woolfenden with Una Johnson, and "those days in St. Paul... wouldn't it be great sport if the three of us were sometime asked to 'do it again'."

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Art administrator, museum director, art historian. Died 1995.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated July 1980 by William E. Woolfenden.

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

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, American Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Handicraft -- Exhibitions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arts administrators Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Sarkis, 1909-1977 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Miles, Cyril, 1918-1993 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Graves, Morris, 1910- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Detroit Institute of Arts Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Exhibition for Michigan Artist-Craftsmen Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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