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titleOral history interview with Cyril Stanley Smith, 1992 Mar. 18-Apr. 1
repositoryArchives of American Art
An interview of Cyril Stanley Smith conducted 1992 Mar. 18-Apr. 1, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Smith speaks of his childhood in Birmingham, England; early immersion in analysis of materials; education at Cambridge University; research at Yale University; his work as chief metallurgist on the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos, N.M., where the atomic bomb was developed, his colleagues there, including Enrico Fermi, Hans Bethe, and J. Robert Oppenheimer; the development of the interdisciplinary research center at the University of Chicago; his position at MIT, where he has been Institute Professor since 1961; and research in the connections between fabrication and aesthetics of art forms and technology.

Cyril Stanley Smith (1903-1992) was a metallurgist from Cambridge, Mass. Smith received a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1926 and taught there from 1961 until his retirement in 1969. His title of Institute Professor Emeritus of Metallurgy and the History of Metallurgy, one rarely conferred and only on those whose work goes beyond traditional disciplines, reflects the high esteem in which he was held. Smith has had great influence on contemporary metalsmiths, experts in ceramics, and students of Japanese art, among others.

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
extentSound recording: 2 sound cassettes
formatsSound Recording Oral History
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acquisition informationThese interviews are part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
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titleUna Hanbury papers, 1910-1994 (bulk 1966-1990)
repositoryArchives of American Art
descriptionPersonal and business records, project files, estate papers, photographs, video recordings, and printed material relating to Hanbury's career as a portrait sculptor.

Personal papers, 1926-1970, consist of correspondence with family and friends, memorabilia, public speaking files, pencil drawings by Hanbury and a silkscreen by her grandson, Colin Poole. Business records, 1965-1991, include correspondence with galleries, museums, and foundries, also ledgers, and price lists. Project files, 1963-1989, (arranged alphabetically by title/commission) contain photographs of sitters, letters, casting records, and related printed matter. Estate records, 1990-1994, include correspondence, inventories, appraisals, price lists, and a contract with Saunders Sculpture International. Printed matter, 1926-1990, consists of Hanbury's published writings, exhibition catalogs, announcements, invitations, articles about Hanbury and her work, obituary and memorial service brochure. Photographs, ca. 1910-1985, are of Hanbury as a child and young girl, and include a view of a sculpture class at the Royal Academy, 1925, as well as later photographs of Hanbury, 1964-1985, at special events, with horses, and in her studio, and photographs of her work.

ADDITION: Files on galleries, including the Munson Gallery and the Robertson Gallery; files on portrait sitters Richard Neutra, S. Dillon Ripley, Robert Oppenheimer, Georgia O’Keeffe, and others, containing letters, printed material, and photographs; photographs of Hanbury and her works of art; a videotape of a demonstration by the artist; appraisal information, and inventory and price lists; exhibition announcements; newspaper clippings; and miscellany

Bio / His Notes:
Sculptor; Washington, D.C. and Santa Fe, N.M.; b. 1904; d. 1990 [Birthdate also cited as 1909, although daughter confirmed 1904 birthdate.] Studied at both London's Polytechnic School of Art and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London. She is best known for bronze portrait busts of distinguished individuals such as Rachel Carson, Buckminster Fuller, Georgia O'Keeffe, among others others
extent 3.75 linear ft.
formatsBusiness Papers Personal Papers Legal Papers Photographs Ephemera
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acquisition informationDonated 1999 and 2006 by Jillian Poole, Hanbury's daughter.
updated11/13/2012 13:55:10

titleGyorgy Kepes papers, 1825-1989 (bulk 1909-1989)
repositoryArchives of American Art
descriptionBiographical material, correspondence, financial records, notes, writings, interview transcripts, exhibition files, a file for book "Art on a Public Scale", a file for the Times Square Project, art work, printed material, photographs, and audio-visual material reflect Kepes' career as a painter, muralist, designer, filmmaker, educator at the New Bauhaus (Chicago School of Design) and at M.I.T., and as founder of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies.

REEL 1211: Ninety-eight letters to Kepes, 1946-1974, are from colleagues including Josef Albers, Marcel Breuer, Alexander Calder, Charles Eames, Buckminster Fuller, Naum Gabo, Walter Gropius, Robert Motherwell, Pier Luigi Nervi, and Hans Richter. One letter each was received from Ansel Adams, Alexander Archipenko, Al Capp, Alduous Huxley, Le Corbusier, Margaret Mead, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Oppenheimer, Herbert Read, and David Smith.

REELS 5303-5321: Biographical material, 1940-1980, includes biographical sketches, diplomas, membership certificates, and award medals and certificates. General correspondence, 1936-1986, is between Kepes and colleagues including Josef Albers, Rudolf Arnheim, Marcel Breuer, Alexander Calder, Henry Dreyfuss, Walter Gropius, S. W. Hayter, Jean Helion, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, George Rickey, and various colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Correspondence files, 1946-1976, contain letters and printed material concerning six arts organizations, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

Financial records, 1963-1974, consist of a record of personal checks and miscellaneous receipts. Notes, 1940-1974, include lists of art work, mailing lists, minutes of meetings, lecture notes, notes concerning exhibitions and publications, and miscellaneous notes. Writings consist of typescripts of lectures, grant proposals, and essays by Kepes and others. Interview transcripts are of the Urban Forum Seminar with John Cage, James T. Farrell, and Andreas Feininger, by Kepes, 1954, and of an interview of Kepes for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1968.

Exhibition files, 1963-1968, contain correspondence, writings, printed material, and photographs concerning the "Light as a Creative Medium" exhibition and the Triennale di Milano. A book file, 1970-1974, contains correspondence, notes, and writings connected with "Art on a Public Scale". The Times Square Project file, 1972-1974, contains correspondence, notes, writings, printed material, and photographs. Art work, 1924-1985, includes 2 sketchbooks, 450 annotated sketches by Kepes and others, caricatures for "The Emperor's New Clothes", and posters. Printed material, 1825-1989, includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs for Kepes, his wife Juliet, and others, press releases, lecture announcements, prospectuses, calendars of events, programs, brochures, booklets, books, reproductions of art work, blueprints, and miscellaneous printed material.
Photographs, 1909-1988, are of Kepes, his family, students, studio, exhibition installations, art work, and the work of others. Photographs of colleagues include Harry Bertoia, Alexander Calder, Serge Chermayeff, Max Ernst, Buckminster Fuller, Marshall McLuhan, Margaret Mead, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Otto Piene, Herbert Read, Jonas Salk, and Saul Steinberg. One lantern slide shows Picasso creating a design with a light. There are photographs of the works of old masters, cityscapes, architectural details, and mechanical devices, used as teaching tools, and photographic prints of x-rays and photomicrographs showing experiments with light and other natural phenomena. A reel of microfilm from the British Museum contains the notes of J. M. W. Turner.

Audio-visual material, 1953-1972, consists of reel-to-reel audio tapes of interviews, lectures, and symposia, and motion picture film of interviews, art-related programs, and student projects, many of which were transferred to VHS. There are also 4 undated stencils of numerical and elliptical forms. A few oversize documents have not been microfilmed.

Language Note: A typescript is in Braille.
A letter and a clipping are in Dutch.
Nineteen letters, six typescripts, three clippings, and six exhibition catalogs are in French.
Several letters and printed items are in German.
Several letters, a manuscript, and printed items are in Hungarian.
Several letters and printed material are: In Italian.
Ten letters are in Russian.
Several letters, and printed items are in Spanish.

Bio / His Notes:
Painter, muralist, designer, filmmaker, educator; Cambridge, Mass. Born 1906. Died Dec. 29, 2001. Born in Selyp, Hungary, Kepes studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, working with Moholy-Nagy in Berlin and London before joining him at the New Bauhaus (later the Chicago Institute of Design) in 1937. From1946-1980 he was professor of visual design at MIT, as well as director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies from 1967-1974.
extent25.0 linear ft. (microfilmed on 20 reels) reels 1211 and 5303-5321
accessMicrofilmed portion must be consulted on microfilm. Use of unmicrofilmed portion requires an appointment. Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from: Julie Kepes Stone, 46 Parker Street, Watertown, Mass. 02172, or Imre Kepes, 11 Arnold Road, West Pelham, Mass. 01002-9757.
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acquisition information Material on reel 1211 was lent for microfilming 1974 by Gyorgy Kepes. He donated material on reels 5303-5321 1974-1993. Location of Original: Reel 1211: Originals returned to Gyorgy Kepes after microfilming.
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titlePortrait d'Oppenheimer [Image fixe] : [photographie] / [Henri Cartier-Bresson], 1958.
repositoryThe Bibliothèque nationale de France
descriptionone photograph and negative
extent1 photogr. pos. : d'après négatif ; 36 x 24 cm
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