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titleReminiscences of Marjorie Merriweather Post: oral history, 1964.
repositoryColumbia University Libraries
descriptionFamily background, early life, Springfield, Illinois, Battle Creek, Michigan; education; father, C.W. Post; Post Cereal Co.; early travels.
Interviewed by John T. Mason, Jr.
extentTranscript: 34 leaves.
formatsTranscript Interview
record source
finding aidName index available in repository.
updated03/16/2023 10:29:55

titleDuveen Brothers Records, 1876-1981, bulk 1909-1964
repositoryThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
descriptionThe records provide an detailed view of the Duveen Brothers business activities in London, Paris, and New York. Although the archive extends from 1876-1981, the bulk of the material dates from Joseph Duveen's tenure as president of the firm, 1909-1939, and the period from 1939 to 1964 when Edward Fowles directed the firm (with Armand Lowengard until 1943). The mass of documents, such as cables and letters, invoices, and ledger and stock books, give a day-by-day account of art dealing, business strategy, and the individuals involved

NOTE Series I (ca. 112 linear feet) contains the firm's business records. Stock books indicate where objects were sent for repair, to whom objects were sent on approbation along with the date of sale and the price realized. Invoices include receipts, sales invoices sent to clients, lists of cablegrams and shipment of stock from each branch of the business

Series II (ca. 155 linear feet) consists of papers and correspondence which broadly cover the interaction between the Duveen Brothers firm and its clients, business associates, and the public. The correspondence describes art collecting trends among museums and individuals, the availability and purchase of art, art research and authentication, and the firm's general business practices. Eleven boxes of correspondence with Bernard Berenson detail his business relationship with the firm. Also included are records of lawsuits, correspondence between branches (some written in code), correspondence with museums, papers regarding galleries, Edward Fowles' papers, papers concerning exhibitions and loans, and papers regarding major art collectors and consultants. Some records of Kleinberger Galleries (apparently the papers of Harry G. Sperling, president) form a subseries within this series, and contain correspondence

Series III (c. 127 linear feet) includes some photographs, indices, negatives, and x-rays. This series represents the Duveen Brother's stock of images. Indices are available for the majority of the negatives in cold storage

("X Book" (Berenson transaction) is the only unique Duveen document not transferred to the GRI. It has not yet been photocopied. The "X Book" details, for a limited number (about 250) of Italian paintings in which Berenson had a financial interest, precise dates of purchase and sale, primarily in the years 1910-27. There is no index.) AAM

Watson Library Reference

Microfilm Cabinet
extentCa. 394 linear ft. 584 boxes, glass negative cabinets, and 18 flat file folders. 422 microfilm reels : positive ; 35mm
formatsPhotographs X rays Correspondence Financial Records Inventories
accessMicrofilm of the archive is available for use by qualified researchers. The originals are held at the Getty Institute in CA.
record source
finding aidUnpublished finding aid available in the repository (the Getty Research Library): folder level control. Online finding aid, Watson Online, Metropololitan Art Museum.
acquisition informationThe Metropolitan Museum of Art donated the Duveen archive to the Getty Research Library in 1996. Edward Fowles had donated the archive to the Metropolitan in 1968
updated11/12/2014 11:29:51

titlePost family papers, 1882-1973.
repositoryBentley Historical Library
descriptionBattle Creek, Michigan and Washington, D.C. family including C.W. (Charles William) Post, cereal manufacturer, and anti-union activist and founder of Post City, Texas; and his daughter Marjorie Merriweather Post, executive of General Foods Co., wife of U. S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, art collector, philanthropist, socialite, and Washington D.C. hostess. C.W. Post papers, largely concern labor-management relations, unionism, the Postum Company, currency reform, advertising, and matters of food and hygiene; Marjorie Merriweather Post papers document her social activities and travel, philanthropies art collections, and the maintenance and preservation of her homes and other possessions.

Battle Creek, Michigan and Washington, D.C. family.
extent56.5 linear ft. and 77 v.; Sound recordings. .75 linear ft.; Visual Materials 7 linear ft. and 2 outsizefolders.
formatsPhotoprints Sound Recording Cartes de visite
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record source
finding aidFinding aid in the library.
acquisition informationDonor: 6269.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:57

titleCrawford H. Greenewalt Personal papers, 1948-1992.
repositoryHagley Museum and Library
descriptionCrawford Greenewalt's personal papers are primarily focused on his retirement years and his avocational interests. His official business correspondence as president of Du Pont is contained in Hagley Museum and Library Accession 1814.

The papers document Greenewalt's political activities in the Republican National Committee and include exchanges with many of the leading political and business figures of the day. Greenewalt was a member of The Business Council and its predecessors and the chairman of its liason groups with the Interior and Defense Departments. Copies of Business Council minutes and correspondence documents the influence of this group on public policy during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. The files include a brief history of The Business Council. The file on Greenewalt's chairmanship of Radio Free Europe (1963-66) includes a recording of a broadcast interview with ex-president Eisenhower.

Greenewalt's most important corporate directorships were with the Boeing Company (1963-74) and the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company (1963-73). The Boeing files include copies of minutes and document the financing of the Boeing 747, publicity for the 727, 737 and 747, the abortive American supersonic transport program, and projects for STOL aircraft and hydrofoils.Of particular significance are the papers describing Greenewalt's work in photography and ornithology beginning in 1948. These materials trace his research interest in the hummingbird and bird flight and his trips to places like Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, the Antilles, New Guinea, and the Galapagos Islands in order to observe and photograph birds in their natural habitats. The papers also describe the writing and publication of his hummingbird book and Greenewalt's involvement with the American Museum of Natural History, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. The papers include Greenewalt's copies of minutes of committees of the American Philosophical Society, the Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents (including the establishment of SMITHSONIAN magazine) and the Carnegie Institution of Washington, particularly regarding its plans for a large telescope in the Southern Hemisphere.

Other files describe Greenewalt's work on the visiting committee at MIT (1965-87), which evaluated the school's academic programs. Similar files on his work with the University of Chicago, particularly its program on nuclear studies, include an essay on Arthur H. Compton and describe the 40th anniversary celebration of the first nuclear chain reaction. Greenewalt's involvement in local affairs include the Committee on Regional Development, which unsuccessfully sought to consolidate regional port authorities and airports, and the Greater Wilmington Development Council.
Miscellaneous items of interest include a study of the history of Du Pont's oval trademark, Greenewalt's opinions on the qualifications for Du Pont directors, studies of woodwinds, obesity in women, and Alzheimer's disease, dedication ceremonies for the Greenewalt Laboratory in Du Pont's Experimental Station, scrapbooks, honorary degrees, awards and speeches.

Biographical and Historical Notes:
Crawford H. Greenewalt was an executive with the Du Pont Company and president of the firm from 1948 to 1962. He joined the company in 1922 and served as a supervisor on the nylon project in the 1930s and during the war as technical liason on the Manhattan Project. He was an accomplished amateur photographer and ornithologist and author of a study of hummingbirds (1960). After his retirement from Du Pont, Greenewalt served on a number of corporate boards, business, political, scientific, civic and charitable organizations. Greenewalt played an important role in shaping American business and science policy in the Cold War decades.

Related materials in: Hagley Museum & Library, Accession 1814.
extent44 linear ft.
formatsPersonal Papers Business Papers Correspondence Writings
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record source
finding aidUnpublished finding aid available at the repository.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:57

titleA few notes on Hillwood : typescript, 1966 April
repositoryGeorge Washington University
descriptionThis businesswoman and philanthropist (1887-1973) describes the rooms in her Washington home
extent1 item (27 leaves)
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
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acquisition informationUnknown
updated11/12/2014 11:29:57

titleThe Archives of Hillwood Museum and Gardens house the personal papers of Marjorie Merriweather Post and the museum’s institutional records.
repositoryHillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
descriptionThe Archives of Hillwood Museum and Gardens house the personal papers of Marjorie Merriweather Post and the museum’s institutional records. Mrs. Post’s personal papers consist of an extensive collection of photographs, documentary artifacts, and printed materials.
extentContact repository for details
formatsAdministrative Records Personal Papers Photographs Printed Materials
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finding aidRepository will be updating catalog in January of 2009.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:57