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Wilbur D. Peat Research Papers


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Wilbur D. Peat Research Papers, 1878-1958 | Indianapolis Museum of Art Archives

By Jennifer Whitlock

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Collection Overview

Title: Wilbur D. Peat Research Papers, 1878-1958Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1935-1958

ID: M/002

Primary Creator: Peat, Wilbur David (1898-1966)

Extent: 7.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into five series: Research files, Writings, Notes for lectures, Reference files, and Photographs and Negatives.

Subjects: Architecture, Domestic -- Indiana, Art--Indiana--Indianapolis--Exhibitions, Painters - Indiana, Painting--Indiana--Indianapolis--Exhibitions, Peat, Wilbur David (1896-1966)

Forms of Material: brochures, clippings (information artifacts), correspondence, exhibition catalogs, memorandums, negatives (photographic), notes, photographic prints, photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Wilbur D. Peat Research Papers contain materials related to Peat’s articles, books, lectures, and classes predominantly from the years 1935-1958. The collection includes notes and index cards on Indiana artists and collectors, article clippings, bibliographies, exhibition catalogs, photographs of artworks, and correspondence with art collectors, curators and artists’ families.  The materials contain extensive notes relating to a number of Peat’s books including Pioneer Painters of Indiana, Indiana Houses of the Nineteenth Century, Chinese Ceramics of the Sung Dynasty, and Portraits and Painters of the Governors of Indiana, 1800-1943.

A portion of this collection, relating to Pioneer Painters of Indiana, has been digitized in partnership with IUPUI University Library made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library. You can access the digital collection here: http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/digitalscholarship/collections/WilburPeat

Collection Historical Note

Born November 8, 1898 in China to missionary parents. Became director of the John Herron Art Museum in 1929 and served for 36 years until 1965. Peat oversaw the opening of the new Herron School of Art in 1929. He passed away December 14, 1966.

Subject/Index Terms

Architecture, Domestic -- Indiana
Painters - Indiana
Peat, Wilbur David (1896-1966)

Administrative Information

Repository: Indianapolis Museum of Art Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 7.0 linear feet: 20 boxes of documents, prints, and negatives.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.  Please contact the Archivist for more information.

Related Materials:

John Herron Art Institute, Wilbur David Peat, Dewey Albinson, A. S. Baylinson, Wenona Day Bell, Thomas Hart Benton, George Biddle, et al. 1929. Wilbur D. Peat correspondence. Smithsonian Institute Archives of American Art. http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/wilbur-d-peat-correspondence-8509

Owner index for Peat's Indiana houses of the nineteenth century. 1900. Indiana Historical Society.

Peat, Wilbur David. 1965. Correspondence. Indiana Historical Society Library.  http://opac.indianahistory.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?v2=1&ti=1,1&CallBrowse=1&PID=I8TNBrxpssHoV3a_Udolr_EIzKcuC

Peat, Wilbur David. 1962. Indiana houses of the nineteenth century collection, ca. 1920-1963. Indiana Historical Society Library.  http://www.indianahistory.org/our-collections/collection-guides/indiana-houses-of-the-nineteenth-century.pdf

Peat, Wilbur David. 1893. Pioneer painters of Indiana collection.  Indiana Historical Society. http://www.indianahistory.org/our-collections/collection-guides/pioneer-painters-of-indiana-collection-1893-1957.pdf

Peat, Wilbur David, and Richard Keith Doud. 1964. Oral history interview with Wilbur D. Peat. Smithsonian Institute Archives of American Art.  http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-wilbur-d-peat-11812

Peat, Wilbur David, and William Mathewson Milliken. 1933. Wilbur D. Peat papers. Smithsonian Institute Archvies of American Art. http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/wilbur-d-peat-papers-9845

Peat, Wilbur David. n.d. Wilbur David Peat: vertical file. Indianapolis Museum of Art Stout Reference Library.

Related Publications:

John Herron Art Institute, and Wilbur David Peat. 1940. Chinese ceramics of the Sung dynasty. Indianapolis: John Herron Art Museum.

Peat, Wilbur David. 1962. Indiana houses of the nineteenth century. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society.

Peat, Wilbur D. 1964. Nineteenth century domestic architecture of Allen County, Indiana. Fort Wayne, In: Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County.

Peat, Wilbur David. 1954. Pioneer painters of Indiana. [Indianapolis]: Art Association of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Peat, Wilbur David. 1944. Portraits and painters of the governors of Indiana, 1800-1943. Indianapolis: Indiana historical Society.

Preferred Citation: [Title of item], [Date],  [Container information], Wilbur D. Peat Research Papers (M002), IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN.

Other URL: http://www.imamuseum.org/sites/default/files/attachments/archives-M002.pdf

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Research files],
[Series II.: Writings],
[Series III.: Notes for lectures],
[Series IV.: Reference files],
[Series V.: Photographs and Negatives],

Series III.: Notes for lecturesAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 118: "Art in the American Home (The importance of art and the value of sound artistic judgement)"Add to your cart.
Folder 119: "Art Treasures Clinic: cleaning and restoring works of art" John Herron Art Institute, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 120: "The Arts as Vocation," vocational guidance course, auspices of Kiwanis Club, Connersville, IN, April 9, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 121: "The Question of Tastes and Styles," John Herron Art Institute, November 8, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 122: "Childs Art Appreciation", for P.T.A.Add to your cart.
Folder 123: "Chinese Art Lecture Notes", February 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 124: "Chinese Painting"Add to your cart.
Folder 125: "Early Indiana Painters"Add to your cart.
Folder 126: "Establishing the Worth-While Values in Art"Add to your cart.
Folder 127: "Etchings by Rembrandt" Sunday Talk, John Herron Art Institute, March 8, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 128: "The Hill Towns of Italy of Yesterday and Today" Sunday Talk, John Herron Art InstituteAdd to your cart.
Folder 129: "Indiana Artist"Add to your cart.
Folder 130: "Indiana Artists Exhibtion," transcript of WFBM radio talk, March 11, 1936Add to your cart.
Announcer: Bill Brown
Folder 131: "Language of Art - Line, Form, Color, Composition"Add to your cart.
Folder 132: "Looking at Things," DePauw University, February 19, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 133: "Madonna in Art"Add to your cart.
Folder 134: "Memorials" [includes newspaper clippings]Add to your cart.
Folder 135: "Modern Art - A Puzzle for Modern Museums"Add to your cart.
Folder 136: "Modernism vs. Old Traditions: Pictures Shown in Pairs"Add to your cart.
Folder 137: "Music and Painting," Arthur Jordan Conservatory, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 138: "Our Lost Limners," Portfolio Club, Indianapolis, INAdd to your cart.
Folder 139: "Pictorial Composition for Photographers", October 25, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 140: "Realism in American Painting" Sunday Talk, John Herron Art InstituteAdd to your cart.
Folder 141: "Signatures on Paintings - Expertizing and Faking, etc."Add to your cart.
Folder 142: "Trends in Religious Art"Add to your cart.
Folder 143: "What Constitutes a Fine Print (Photography)?"Add to your cart.
Folder 144: [Untitled]Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Research files],
[Series II.: Writings],
[Series III.: Notes for lectures],
[Series IV.: Reference files],
[Series V.: Photographs and Negatives],

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