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George Henry Mills Collection

Creator:
Mills, George H., 1895-1975  Search this
Names:
United States. Navy. Naval Airship Program  Search this
Mills, George H., 1895-1975  Search this
Extent:
13.39 Cubic feet (24 legal document boxes; 7 flatboxes)
14.95 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Publications
Maps
Photographs
Correspondence
Date:
circa 1920s-1950s
bulk 1930-1949
Summary:
The George Henry Mills Collection was donated to the National Air and Space Museum in 1994 by Mills' daughter, Mrs. Georgia Mills Head.
Scope and Contents:
The George Henry Mills Collection consists of 14.59 cubic feet (14.47 linear feet) of material collected from his naval career, 1918-1948. A large part of the collection is made up of records of Mills' service during World War II as the commander of the Atlantic Fleet's airship formations. The collection also includes records of his service as an official Navy observer aboard the German rigid airships Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg. Of particular interest are records of the period before and immediately after the entry of the United States into World War II: the pre-war build-up of the Navy's LTA program, the "Neutrality Patrols" as the Navy fought an undeclared war against Germany, and of the harrowing early days of the Battle of the North Atlantic as German U-boats roamed the eastern coast of the United States. Mills maintained an extensive correspondence with many of the leading figures of LTA: Charles E. Rosendahl, Garland Fulton, and Scott E. Peck --their letters provide a unique picture of the Navy LTA program during its most active and successful period.

The collection also includes numerous technical reports on aspects of LTA flight, training material, photographs, clippings and articles on LTA.
Arrangement note:
The George H. Mills Collection is arranged in the following series:

Series I: Naval career of George H. Mills

Series II: Correspondence

Series III: General LTA Papers

Series IV: General Naval Papers

Series V: Publications, Articles, Clippings

Series VI: Lectures, Speeches, Papers

Series VII: Miscellaneous Papers

Series VIII: Photographs

Series IX: Scrapbooks; Oversized Material
Biographical/Historical note:
George Henry Mills (1895-1975), Naval officer and airship aviator, was a member of the U.S. Navy's inner circle of advocates of lighter than air (LTA) flight. Mills was born on August 5, 1895 in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, the son of John Craton Mills and Nora Poole Mills. He attended Bingham Military School in Asheville, North Carolina, and entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1914. Mills graduated from the Academy in June, 1918 and served in various fleet and shore assignments (a chronology of Mills' naval service will be found in the notes to Series I on page 2). He married Leonore Wickersham of Corning, NY in 1923; their daughter, Georgia Lee Mills, was born in 1928.

Mills was assigned to LTA training at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1931. He completed his training in 1932 and served in the Navy's LTA fleet through the 1930's. Mills flew as an observer on board the Graf Zeppelin in 1934 and on the Hindenburg in 1936. In 1935, Mills survived the crash of the USS Macon off the California coast. Mills returned to Lakehurst, serving there in various assignments; he was made commanding officer of NAS Lakehurst in January, 1940.

At Lakehurst, Mills organized blimp patrols as part of the Navy's Neutrality Patrol and helped coordinate the Navy's rapid buildup of the LTA program. When Airship Patrol Group One was formed in January 1942, Mills was named commanding officer; in December 1942 he commanded Airship Wing Thirty. In July 1943, Mills was assigned as the commander of Fleet Airships, Atlantic - the chief of the Navy's LTA forces in the Atlantic Theater. George Mills was promoted to the rank of Commodore in November 1943.

In 1945, Mills returned to sea as the captain of the troopship USS Hermitage. Before retirement from the Navy in 1949, Mills served as the chief of the Naval Airship Training and Experimentation Command (CNATE) at NAS Lakehurst.

After leaving the Navy, Mills settled in North Carolina and worked for the Equitable Life Insurance Company, and later for the National Securities and Research Corporation. Mills served one term in the North Carolina State Legislature from 1950 to 1952. George H. Mills died on October 24, 1975, the same day as his longtime LTA colleague and friend, Garland Fulton, whose papers are also part of the collections of the National Air and Space Archives. They were buried on the same day in Arlington National Cemetery.
Chronology:
Chronology of George H. Mills' Naval Service

1914 -- June 14 - Entered U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

1918 -- June 6 - Graduated from the Academy, Class of 1919; commissioned Ensign, USN September 21 - Service aboard USS New Mexico. Promoted to Lieutenant (JG)(Temporary)

1920 -- June 1 - Promotion to Lieutenant (JG)

1922 -- First LTA flight as gunnery spotter on captive balloon on USS New Mexico June 3 - Promotion to Lieutenant

1923 -- September 25 - Assigned as personal aide to RADM George W. Williams, Commandant, Sixth Naval District, Charleston, SC June 20 - Assigned as divisions communication officer on staff of VADM Henry A. Wiley, Battleship Division, Battle Fleet

1929 -- June 5 -Assistant gunnery officer and senior watch officer, USS Pensacola

1924 -- August 5 - Served as aide and flag secretary to RADM Williams as Commander Destroyer Squadrons, Scouting Fleet. Served on USS Concord, USS Dobbin, USS Whitney

1925 -- September - Continued as aide when RADM Williams was relieved by RADM Noble E. Irwin

1931 -- June 1 - Ordered to NAS Lakehurst for LTA instruction. Training flights on free and captive balloons and on airships Los Angeles (ZR-3), Akron (ZRS-4), J-3, J-4, K-1 and ZMC-2

1932 -- June 16 - Finished LTA training; designated naval aviator, lighter-than-air, # 3925

1927 -- June 30 - Officer-in-charge, naval recruiting for North and South Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina

1933 -- September 1 - Promotion to Lieutenant Commander

1934 -- May 14 - Ordered on temporary duty as naval observer on the Graf Zeppelin. Made three round trips aboard the Graf Zeppelin between Friedrichshafen and cities in South America August 9 - Ordered to NAS Lakehurst as Operations Officer October 14 - Ordered to NAS Sunnyvale (later NAS Moffett Field) as tactical officer, pilot and navigational watch on USS Macon (ZRS-4)

1935 -- February 12 - USS Macon crashes off Point Sur, California. Mills is rescued after three hours in the water April 15 - Ordered to NAS Lakehurst as operations and mooring officer

1936 -- November 4 - Ordered to Newport News for fitting out USS Yorktown August - Naval observer aboard Hindenburg on round trip flights between Lakehurst and Frankfort, Germany

1937 -- September 30 – Assigned as gunnery officer, USS Yorktown September 12 – October 2 - Training in chemical warfare at Gas Warfare School, Edgewood Arsenal, MD

1939 -- July 1 - Promotion to Commander June – Assigned as executive officer, NAS Lakehurst

1940 -- January 15 - Appointed commanding officer, NAS Lakehurst

1941 -- July - Temporary duty, Airship Board, Washington

1942 -- December 1 - Appointed Commander, Fleet Airship Wing Thirty June 17 - Promotion to Captain January 2 - Appointed Commander, Airship Patrol Group One

1943 -- November 5 - Promotion to Commodore July 1 - Appointed Commander, Fleet Airships, Atlantic

1945 -- July 23 - Awarded Legion of Merit July 10 - Appointed captain, USS Hermitage (AP-54). Reverts to rank of captain

1946 -- August 5 - Appointed commander, NAS Moffett Field

1947 -- September 26 - Appointed chief, Naval Airship Training and Experimentation Command (CNATE)

1949 -- June 30 - Retirement from U.S. Navy

Abbreviations

ADM -- Admiral

ASW -- Anti-submarine warfare

ATC -- Air Transport Command

BuAer -- Bureau of Aeronautics (US Navy)

CDR -- Commander

CNATE -- Naval Airship Training and Experimentation Command

Cong -- Congress

GHM -- George Henry Mills

LTA -- Lighter than air flight

MAD -- Magnetic anomaly detector (often found as magnetic airborne detector)

NACA -- National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics

NAS -- Naval Air Station

NATS -- Naval Air Transport Service

ND -- No date

RADM -- Rear admiral

RN -- Royal Navy

Sess -- Session

VADM -- Vice Admiral

WPA -- Works Project Authority

ZNP -- Patrol airship

ZP -- Airship squadron
Provenance:
Georgia M. Head, Gift, 1994, 1994-0022, NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at http://airandspace.si.edu/permissions
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Airships  Search this
Antisubmarine aircraft  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Publications
Maps
Photographs
Correspondence
Citation:
George Henry Mills Collection, Acc. 1994-0022, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1994.0022
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George Henry Mills Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1994-0022
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Exhibition Records, c. 1988-2012

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of Exhibits Central  Search this
Subject:
Dorn, Ellen  Search this
Gassett, Anne R  Search this
Robinson, Betsy Burstein  Search this
Waite, Seth  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Smithsonian International Gallery  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Arts and Industries Building Office of Exhibitions  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Exhibits Central Special Exhibitions Division  Search this
Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches (Exhibition) (2006: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
America's Smithsonian (Traveling exhibition) (1995-1998)  Search this
American Heroes of the Olympic Spirit (Exhibition) (2008: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music (Exhibition) (2007-2008: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Artists at Work (Exhibition) (2011: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors: Photographs by Gertrude Käsebier (Exhibition) (2011: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Camelot at Dawn: Jacqueline and John Kennedy in Georgetown, May 1954 (Exhibition) (2003-2004: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Celebrating Scotland's Crafts (Exhibition) (2003: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate (Exhibition) (2003: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Cherokee Nation: A Portrait of a People (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Chinese Script from Oracle Bones to Computer Bytes (Exhibition) (2004: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Clash of Empires: The British, French and Indian Wars, 1754-1763 (Exhibition) (2006-2007: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Classically Greek: Coins and Bank Notes from Antiquity to Today (Exhibition) (2008: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Close Up in Black: African American Film Posters (Exhibition) (2005: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Colombia at the Smithsonian: Colombian Presence in the Collections of the Smithsonian Institution (Exhibition) (2006-2007: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Contemporary Argentinean Art (Exhibition) (2010-2011: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Corridos Sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilization (Exhibition) (2010-2011: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Dreams and Reality: Korean American Contemporary Art Celebrating 100 Years of Korean Immigration to America (Exhibition) (2003: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Driven: A National Juried Exhibit for Young Artists with Disabilities, Age 16-25 (2007: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Eight Wonders from the Salvador Dali Museum (Exhibition) (2004: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
El Rio: Culture and Environment in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin (Exhibition) (2003: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon: Vietnamese America Since 1975 (Exhibition) (2007: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Eyes on the World: Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest (Exhibition) (2008-2009: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz (Exhibition) (2011-2012: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like? (Exhibition) (2001-2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Genome: The Secret of How Life Works (Exhibition) (2003: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Golden Threads: A Tapestry of Sephardic Experience (Exhibition) (1992: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Heart and Hands: Musical Instrument Makers of America (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
History Through Deaf Eyes (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
In Stabiano: Exploring the Ancient Seaside Villas of the Roman Elite (Exhibition) (2004: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
In the Russian Tradition: A Historic Collection of 20th-Century Russian Paintings (Exhibition) (2004-2005: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Exhibition) (2003: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
International Joyce (Exhibition) (2005: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings (Exhibition) (2009: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Jim Henson's Fantastic World (Exhibition) (2008: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Journeys of the Spirit (Exhibition) (2003: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Juke Joint (Exhibition) (2003: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Kaho'olawe: Rebirth of a Sacred Hawaiian Island (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Latin Jazz: La Combinacion Perfecta (Exhibition) (2002-2003: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Legendary Coins and Currency (Exhibition) (2005-2008: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Let Your Motto Be RESISTANCE: African American Portraits (Exhibition) (2007-2008: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Lola Alvarez Bravo (Exhibition) (2007: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Made in Northern Ireland: A Dynamic of Change (Exhibition) (2007: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Main Event: The Ali/Foreman Extravaganza Through the Lens of Howard L. Bingham (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
MathAlive (Exhibition) (2012: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Mexican Treasures of the Smithsonian (Exhibition) (2007-2008: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Miracles Under the Waves: Photographic Art of Akiyoshi Ito (Exhibition) (2005: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Momentum: A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25 (2011-2012: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
My Story . . . Gordon Snidow Retrospective Exhibition (2003: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Myth, Mortals, and Immortality: Works from Museo Soumaya de Mexico (Exhibition) (2003: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
New York, September 11 by Magnum Photographers (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Exhibition) (2009: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
On Gold Mountain: A Chinese American Experience (Exhibition) (2001: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Our Priceless Heritage: Snapshots in Time From America's Public Lands (Exhibition) (2006: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Panamanian Passages (Exhibition) (2010: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Photo du Jour: David Hume Kennerly's Picture-a-Day Journey Through the First Year of the Millennium (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Porcelains from the Collections of the Correale Museum of Sorento, Italy (Exhibition) (2005: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Posters from the Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO) of Puerto Rico, 1949-1989 (Exhibition) (2008-2009: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Read My Pins: The Madeline Albright Collection (Exhibition) (2010: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits (Exhibition) (2005-2006: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Revealing Culture (Exhibition) (2010: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968 (Exhibition) (2008-2009: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Santos: Substance and Soul (Exhibition) (2000-2001: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Singgalot: Ties that Bind - From Colonial Subjects and 'National' to Citizens, A Century of Filipino (Exhibition) (2006: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Southern Identity: Contemporary Argentine Art (Exhibition) (2010-2011: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Spiritual Visions: The Religious Images of Borikň, Puerto Rico (Proposed exhibition)  Search this
Stamps of Approval (Exhibition) (2011: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The AIDS Memorial Quilt - The Names Project Foundation (Exhibition) (2012: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Beatles: Backstage and Behind the Scenes (Exhibition) (2004-2005: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Brain: The World Inside Your Head (Exhibition) (2001-2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Egypt Story: Photographs by Fred J. Maroon (Exhibition) (1993: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Healer Within (Exhibition) (2003: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Healing Power of Art: Works of Art by Haitian Children after the Earthquake (Exhibition) (2010-2011: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Invisible Industry: Journey Down the Upper Mississippi (Exhibition) (2003: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Lost World of James Smithson (Exhibition) (2007-2008: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World (Exhibition) (2012: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Silk Road Ensemble: Portraits and Places (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Third Worldwide Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature of the World Federation of Miniatures (Exhibition) (2004: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Welsh Table (Exhibition) (2009: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Theatre in Revolution: Russian Avant-Garde Stage Design, 1913-1935 (Proposed exhibition)  Search this
Time Magazine: Person of the Year at 75 (Exhibition) (2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Walter Inglis Anderson: Everything I See is New and Strange (Exhibition) (2003-2004: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Within the Emperor's Garden, the Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion (Exhibition) (2007: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America (Exhibition) (2010: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Worthy of the Nation: Planning America's Capital (Exhibition) (2007-2008: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
11 cu. ft. (11 record storage boxes)
Type:
Books
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Clippings
Exhibition catalogs
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Picture postcards
Compact discs
Digital versatile discs
Digital images
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Architectural drawings
Floor plans
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Date:
1988
1988-2012
c 1988-2012
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 13-079
See more items in:
Exhibition Records 1948-2016 [Smithsonian Exhibits]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_361545

Negative Log Book Number 7, (75-001 to 75-16353)

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services  Search this
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1975
Topic:
Photography--History  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB07]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_367104
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Negative Log Book Number 8, (76-1 to 76-19384)

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services  Search this
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1976
Topic:
Photography--History  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB08]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_367105
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Correspondence, 1992-2000

Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Curatorial Office  Search this
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1992
1992-2000
Topic:
Art dealers  Search this
Art museum curators  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Graphic arts  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Museums  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 01-099
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2016; Transferring office; 3/26/2001 memorandum, Alers to Angelasto; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Correspondence 1977-2014 [Smithsonian American Art Museum Curatorial Office]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_250875

Central Administrative Records, FY 1983-FY 1987

Creator:
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Administrative Office  Search this
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1983
1983-1987
FY 1983-FY 1987
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Museums--Administration  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 92-140
See more items in:
Central Administrative Records 1963-2000 [National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Administrative Office]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_254267

Exhibition Records, 1975-1979

Creator:
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Office of Exhibitions  Search this
Subject:
Kenin, Richard  Search this
Return to Albion: Americans in England 1776-1940 (Exhibition) (1979: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Brochures
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1975
1975-1979
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 87-156
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 30 years, until Jan-01-2010; Transferring office; 3/3/1999 memorandum, Lee to Cox and Kelly; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Exhibition Records circa 1966-1999 [National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Office of Exhibitions]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_255062

Curatorial Records, 1976-1999 and undated

Creator:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Department of Public Programs/Curatorial Division  Search this
Subject:
Gettings, Frank  Search this
Art Deco Posters from the Library of Congress (Exhibition) (1980: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Picasso Linocuts from the Museum's Collection (Exhibition) (1991: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Picasso's Etchings: Selections from the Museum's Collection (Exhibition) (1975: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Raphael Soyer: Sixty-five Years of Printmaking (Exhibition) (1982: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Robert Rauschenberg: Stoned Moon Series (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
WORKS: Different Drummers (Exhibition) (1988: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Type:
Brochures
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Picture postcards
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
1976-1999
1976-1999 and undated
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Art museum curators  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 03-043
See more items in:
Curatorial Records 1975-2017 [Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Programs/Curatorial Department]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_246868

Records, 1964-1990, with related material from 1937

Creator:
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Office of the Director  Search this
Uniform title:
Time  Search this
Subject:
Brown, John Nicholas 1900-1979  Search this
Brady, Mathew B. approximately 1823-1896  Search this
Fern, Alan Maxwell 1930-  Search this
Mellon, Andrew W (Andrew William) 1855-1937  Search this
Nagel, Charles 1899-1992  Search this
Sadik, Marvin S  Search this
Saint-Mémin, Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de 1770-1852  Search this
Mellon, Paul  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Portrait in Motion Series  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Living Self-Portrait Series  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Catalog of American Portraits  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Charles Willson Peale Papers  Search this
Frederick Hill Meserve Collection  Search this
Time, inc  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Patent Office Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
National Portrait Gallery Commission (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
38 cu. ft. (38 record storage boxes)
Type:
Floor plans
Collection descriptions
Exhibition catalogs
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Illustrations
Manuscripts
Color transparencies
Date:
1937
1937-1990
1964-1990, with related material from 1937
Topic:
Museums--Administration  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000426
Restrictions & Rights:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Read Files 1976-1986 [National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Office of the Director]
Subject Files 1958-2008 [National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Office of the Director]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_216993

Willard Warren Cummings papers

Creator:
Cummings, Willard Warren, 1915-1975  Search this
Names:
Colby College  Search this
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Warner Brother's Company  Search this
Extent:
19.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Date:
1911-1997
bulk 1930-1975
Summary:
The papers of painter and co-founder of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Willard Warren Cummings measure 19.3 linear feet and date from 1911 to 1997 with the bulk of the papers dating from 1930 to 1975. The collection documents Cummings's career as an artist through biographical material, correspondence, writings, printed materials, scrapbooks, artwork, and photographic material.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter and co-founder of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Willard Warren Cummings measure 19.3 linear feet and date from 1911 to 1997 with the bulk of the papers dating from 1930 to 1975. The collection documents Cummings's career as an artist through biographical material, correspondence, writings, printed materials, scrapbooks, artwork, and photographic material.

Biographical material includes an interview transcript, material for a mural commissioned by Warner Brothers Company, and records documenting Cummings's memorial. Personal and professional correspondence with family, friends and colleagues, and clients. Writings are by Cummings, his wife Mildred, and others, and includes a 1928 diary from his time in Paris. Printed material and six scrapbooks document Cummings's career, activities at Colby College, and the work of other artists. Artwork includes student work, six sketchbooks, and a substantial number of drawings. Photographs, slides, and negatives depict Cummings, his family, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, works of art, and images from military service in the War Art Unit.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as seven series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1930-1997 (Boxes 1, 18, OVs 20-22; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1911-1975 (Boxes 2-13, OVs 20, 23; 12.0 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1928-1974 (Box 14; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Materials, 1928-1996 (Boxes 14-16, 18; 1.9 linear feet)

Series 5: Scrapbooks, circa 1930-circa 1960 (Boxes 16, 19, OV 33, BV 35; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 6: Artwork, 1929-circa 1965 (Boxes 16, 18, OVs 24-32; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographic Materials, circa 1930-circa 1970 (Boxes 16-18, OV 34; 2.0 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Willard Warren Cummings (1915-1975) was a painter and co-founder of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine.

Cummings was born to Willard H. and Helen Cummings in Old Town, Maine. He studied at the Académie Julian in Paris, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Yale University, and was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Colby College in 1960. Cummings was notable for his portraits of military generals, politicians including Margaret Chase Smith and Adlai Stevenson, actors such as Bette Davis, and other notable figures.

Cummings joined the U.S. Army in 1941. He organized a mural project for soldiers, painted portraits for the War Department, and served as an artist-correspondent with the War Art Unit in the Aleutian Islands. Cummings met artists Sidney Simon, Henry Varnum Poor, and Charles Cutler while assigned to the unit. After completing their military service, Cummings, Simon, Poor, and Cutler founded the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Additionally, Cummings played an important part of organizing Soldier Art, an exhibition of the National Army Arts Contest winners.

Cummings was married to Mildred "Milly" Cummings with whom he had a daughter, Daphne, and son, William. Cummings died in 1975 in Skowhegan, Maine.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture records, 1945-2013, and an oral history interview of Willard Cummings conducted by Paul Cummings on March 20, 1973 for the Archives of American Art.
Provenance:
The Willard Warren Cummings papers were acquired from Willard H. and Willard W. Cummings from 1974 to 1976.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Painters -- Maine -- Skowhegan  Search this
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Citation:
Willard Warren Cummings papers, 1911-1997, bulk 1930-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cummwill
See more items in:
Willard Warren Cummings papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cummwill

Works of Art, Student Work

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Willard Warren, 1915-1975  Search this
Container:
Box 18, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1934
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Willard Warren Cummings papers, 1911-1997, bulk 1930-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Willard Warren Cummings papers
Willard Warren Cummings papers / Series 7: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummwill-ref105

Works of Art by Cummings

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Willard Warren, 1915-1975  Search this
Container:
Box 17, Folder 9-15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-circa 1960s
Scope and Contents:
Includes photographs of portraits, a few photographs of Cummings painting, and a photograph of cellist Pablo Casals.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Willard Warren Cummings papers, 1911-1997, bulk 1930-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Willard Warren Cummings papers
Willard Warren Cummings papers / Series 7: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummwill-ref95

Works of Art, Drawings of Building Interiors

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Willard Warren, 1915-1975  Search this
Container:
Box 17, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1965
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Willard Warren Cummings papers, 1911-1997, bulk 1930-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Willard Warren Cummings papers
Willard Warren Cummings papers / Series 7: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummwill-ref96

Works of Art, General

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Willard Warren, 1915-1975  Search this
Container:
Box 17, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950s
Scope and Contents:
Includes photographs of a mural and portraits that may be by Cummings.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Willard Warren Cummings papers, 1911-1997, bulk 1930-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Willard Warren Cummings papers
Willard Warren Cummings papers / Series 7: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummwill-ref97

Works of Art by Others

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Willard Warren, 1915-1975  Search this
Container:
Box 17, Folder 18-21
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-circa 1960s
Scope and Contents:
Includes works by Ethel Edwards, Ben Shahn, Rico Lebrun, and others. Two glass slides are also included.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Willard Warren Cummings papers, 1911-1997, bulk 1930-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Willard Warren Cummings papers
Willard Warren Cummings papers / Series 7: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummwill-ref98

Alphaeus P. Cole papers, 1885-1988

Creator:
Cole, Alphaeus Philemon, 1876-1988  Search this
Subject:
Ertz, Edward Frederick  Search this
Bransom, Paul  Search this
Tolman, Ruel Pardee  Search this
Murphy, Hermann Dudley  Search this
Strode, Hudson  Search this
Higgins, Eugene  Search this
Coolidge, Calvin  Search this
Cole, Timothy  Search this
Rio, Anita  Search this
Drake, Alexander  Search this
Curran, Charles C. (Charles Courtney),  Search this
Buffalo Bill  Search this
Borglum, Solon Hannibal  Search this
Angel, John  Search this
Laurens, Jean-Paul  Search this
Low, Will Hicok  Search this
Pennell, Joseph  Search this
Ryder, Chauncey F.  Search this
Crane, Bruce  Search this
Benjamin-Constant  Search this
Young, Mahonri Sharp  Search this
Steichen, Edward  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Diaries
Works of art
Photographs
Prints
Drawings
Topic:
Portrait painters  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5723
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208561
AAA_collcode_colealph
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208561

Russell Lynes papers, 1930-1986

Creator:
Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991  Search this
Subject:
Prestopino, Gregorio  Search this
Wheeler, Monroe  Search this
Shaw, Elizabeth Roberts  Search this
Suttman, Paul  Search this
Rubin, William  Search this
D'Amico, Victor  Search this
Gillespie, Gregory  Search this
Lieberman, William Slattery  Search this
Rasmussen, Waldo  Search this
Moe, Henry Allen  Search this
Thomson, Virgil  Search this
Levy, Julien  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont  Search this
Parkinson, Elizabeth Bliss  Search this
Crawford, Ralston  Search this
Crane, Louise  Search this
Stone, Emily  Search this
Karpel, Bernard  Search this
Prestopino, Gregorio  Search this
Akermark, Margareta  Search this
Lynes, Russell  Search this
McAndrew, John  Search this
Perlin, Bernard  Search this
Thompson, Mary Sands  Search this
Bouché, Louis George  Search this
Emanuel, Herzl  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu  Search this
White, Robert  Search this
Hitchcock, Henry-Russell  Search this
Lindley, Frances  Search this
Berman, Eugene  Search this
Fitzgerald, Joan  Search this
Szarkowski, John  Search this
Warshaw, Howard  Search this
Drexler, Arthur  Search this
Willard, Marian  Search this
Potter, Clarkson N.  Search this
Amberg, George  Search this
Wescott, Glenway  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold)  Search this
Miller, Dorothy Canning  Search this
Porter, Allan  Search this
Ernst, Jimmy  Search this
Ayrton, Michael  Search this
Ferber, Herbert  Search this
Van Dyke, Willard  Search this
Hadzi, Dimitri  Search this
Koch, Richard H.  Search this
Osborn, Elodie C.  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
American Academy in Rome  Search this
Olana  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Artists  Search this
Art critics  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6059
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208765
AAA_collcode_lyneruss
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208765

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers, 1851-1975, bulk 1888-1942

Creator:
Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt, 1875-1942  Search this
Subject:
De Meyer, Adolf  Search this
Strelecki, Jean de  Search this
Miller, Flora Whitney  Search this
Watson, Forbes  Search this
Whitney, Harry Payne  Search this
Cushing, Howard Gardiner  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Whitney Studio Club  Search this
Greenwich House (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
American Ambulance Field Hospital (Juilly, France)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sketches
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Lithographs
Blueprints
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Art patrons  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7107
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209241
AAA_collcode_whitgert
Theme:
Diaries
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209241
Additional Online Media:

Lucien and Marcelle Labaudt papers, 1896-1987

Creator:
Labaudt, Lucien Adolphe, 1880-1943  Search this
Labaudt, Marcelle, 1892-1987  Search this
Subject:
Moya del Pino, J. (José)  Search this
Ozenfant, Marthe  Search this
Oldfield, Otis  Search this
Gerstle, Wilhelm  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail  Search this
Matisse, Henri  Search this
Sotomayor, Antonio  Search this
LÔeger, Fernand  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser  Search this
Pflueger, Timothy Ludwig  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Ozenfant, Amédée  Search this
Biberman, Edward  Search this
Kuhn, Walt  Search this
Ford, C.  Search this
Ferier, André  Search this
Kent, Adaline Dutton  Search this
London, Charmian  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
San Francisco Women Artists  Search this
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
California School of Design  Search this
Lucien Labaudt Art Gallery  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Journals (accounts)
Travel diaries
Photographs
Topic:
Costume  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Costume designers  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Mural painters  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Painters  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7257
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209407
AAA_collcode_labaluci
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209407

John Haberle papers, 1882-1985, (bulk 1882-1931)

Creator:
Haberle, John, 1856-1933  Search this
Subject:
Clairin, Georges Jules-Victor  Search this
Benjamin-Constant  Search this
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor  Search this
Gérôme, Jean Léon  Search this
Munkacsy, Mihaly  Search this
Rochegrosse, Georges  Search this
Type:
Works of art
Photographs
Topic:
Artists' studios  Search this
Painters  Search this
Still-life painting  Search this
Trompe l'oeil painting  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7628
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209791
AAA_collcode_habejohn
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209791

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