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Royal Bailey Farnum records

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Series I. Subject files
The bulk of the records document the Farnum administration, 1929-1946, with emphasis on the development of the educational program and the Business Office, construction projects, the budget, the Executive Committee, faculty and staff, and the Museum particularly Director Alexander Dorner. The collection contains records from the Office of the Director, 1901-1929, including World War One records, the Jewelry and Textile Departments, the Library, and scholarships (1905-1938).

There are extensive records on educational planning especially for a year long series of faculty meetings exploring art education, 1944-1945. The documents include detailed reports on the faculty discussions. The files on the development of the College Street Building, 1935-1937, and the Auditorium, 1938-1941, provide extensive coverage of the construction process including correspondence with architects Philip D. Creer and F. Ellis Jackson.

The files contain extensive records on Farnum's work for and relationship with the Executive Committee as well as the Faculty. Documents include Evening School Reports, 1934-1943, Faculty radio talks, 1932-1933, personnel files, 1934-1946, World War Two correspondence with faculty and students, and Commencement records, 1931-1947. The appointment and dismissal of Museum Director Alexander Dorner, 1938-1941, is documented in detail.

The records document the period from 1905-1929 with particular emphasis on World War One. The records include comprehensive lists of RISD war volunteers, correspondence, letters from soldiers to Eliza Radeke, and vocational training records (1918-1923). The records include files for individual scholarships granted to RISD students.

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box 1, Folder 1 Advisory Committee Letters
1911-1920
Box 1, Folder 2 Advisory Committee-Reports to
1934-1935
Box 1, Folder 3 Auditorium-Assemblies
1943-1945
Box 1, Folder 4 Auditorium-Rentals
1941-1945
Box 1, Folder 5 Bequests File Location
1941
Box 1, Folder 6 Budget
1934-1937
Box 1, Folder 7 Budget
1942-1943
Box 1, Folder 8 Budget-Equipment and Supplies
1931-1935
Box 1, Folder 9 Budget-Faculty Requests
1932-1936
Box 1, Folder 10 Budget-Figures and Statistics
1934-1940
Box 1, Folder 11 Budget Statistics
1939-1940
Box 1, Folder 12 Buildings-Auditorium Contracts and Bids
1939-1941
Box 1, Folder 13 Buildings-Auditorium Building Comm. Minutes
1939-1941
Box 1, Folder 14 Buildings-New Building, Auditorium
1938-1941
Box 2, Folder 1 Buildings-Auditorium Dedication, Pageant
1938-1941
Box 2, Folder 2 Buildings-Carrington House
1936-1938
Box 2, Folder 3 Buildings-Jewelry Building Dedication
1919-1923
Box 2, Folder 4 Buildings-New Building, Aldrich
1931-1932
Box 2, Folder 5 Buildings-New Building, Financial
1935-1938
Box 2, Folder 6 Buildings-New Building, General
1933-1938
Box 2, Folder 7 Buildings-New Building, Jackson
1931-1935
Box 2, Folder 8 Buildings-New Building, Jackson
1936-1937
Box 2, Folder 9 Buildings-New Building, Proposed Equipment
1932-1937
Box 2, Folder 10 Buildings-New Building, Equipment Supplies
1935-1937
Box 2, Folder 11 Buildings-New Building, Cornerstone /Dedication
1936-1937
Box 3, Folder 1 Buildings and Grounds-Reports
1935-1941
Box 3, Folder 2 Commencement -Addresses, Speakers, Proposed Speakers
1931-1945
Box 3, Folder 3 Commencement
1940-1946
Box 3, Folder 4 Commencement
1946
Box 3, Folder 5 Commencement-Senior Tea
1946
Box 3, Folder 6 Commencement-Notes, Exhibition
1940-1945
Box 3, Folder 7 Commencement -Programs, Invitations, Diplomas, Certificates
1928-1947
Box 3, Folder 8 Commencement-Invitations
1941-1945
Box 3, Folder 9 Comptroller, Authorizations-Business Office
1938-1945
Box 3, Folder 10 Contact Bureau Reports-NYA
1934-1939
Box 3, Folder 11 Convocation Exercises
1944
Box 3, Folder 12 Corporation-Board of Trustees, Meeting Reports
1946
Box 3, Folder 13 Corporation-Board of Trustees: Report to the State
1934
Box 3, Folder 14 Corporation-Brd. of Trustees, Resolutions
1939-1941
Box 3, Folder 15 Corporation-By-laws
1937-1940
Box 3, Folder 16 Corporation-Educational Director, Annual Reports
1930-1935
Box 4, Folder 1 Corporation-Ex. Comm., Annual Reports
1936-1941
Box 4, Folder 2 Corporation-Ex. Comm., Quarterly Reports
1929-1937
Box 4, Folder 3 Corporation-Executive Comm., Meetings
1943-1945
Box 4, Folder 4 Corporation-Executive Comm., Meetings
1945-1946
Box 4, Folder 5 Corporation-Old Exec. Comm. Meetings: Dean Max Sullivan
1945-1946
Box 4, Folder 6 Corporation-Membership Drive
1938-1941
Box 4, Folder 7 Corporation-School, Library, and Museum Annual Reports
1931-1933
Box 4, Folder 8 Corporation-Trustees, Reports and Letters: Secretary G. Alder Blumer
1919-1931
Box 5, Folder 1 Corporation-Trustees Visiting Day
1930s
Box 5, Folder 2 Corporation-William H. Edwards
1932-1942
Box 5, Folder 3 Correspondence, B-W (incomplete)
1938-1946
Box 5, Folder 4 Correspondence-Confidential
1943-1945
Box 5, Folder 5 Department Heads
1945
Box 5, Folder 6 Educational Films (1)
1918-1930
Box 5, Folder 7 Educational Films (2)
1918-1930
Box 5, Folder 8 Equipment (old)
1930-1941
Box 5, Folder 9 Evening School Reports-William D. Fales, Supervisor
1934-1943
Box 5, Folder 10 Faculty
1945-1946
Box 5, Folder 11 Faculty Appointments
1908-1934
Box 5, Folder 12 Faculty Council Minutes
1929-1935
Box 5, Folder 13 Faculty Memos
1935-1942
Box 5, Folder 14 Faculty Questionnaire
1941
Box 6, Folder 1 Faculty Radio Talks
1932-1933
Box 6, Folder 2 Grading
1923
Box 6, Folder 3 History-General
1928-1939
Box 6, Folder 4 History-50th Anniversary
1928
Box 6, Folder 5 Jewelry Department
1918-1929
Box 6, Folder 6 Jewelry Department-Equipment
1920-1921
Box 6, Folder 7 Jewelry Department-Equipment
1920-1921
Box 6, Folder 8 Library-Acquisition Correspondence
1919-1923
Box 6, Folder 9 Library-Acquisition Correspondence
1924-1929
Box 6, Folder 10 Library Reports
1921-1931
Box 6, Folder 11 Library-Ruth V. Noble
1943-1945
Box 7, Folder 1 Museum-Alexander Dorner: Carnegie Grant
1941-1942
Box 7, Folder 2 Museum-Alexander Dorner: Military Intelligence Investigation
1941
Box 7, Folder 3 Museum-Alexander Dorner: Museum Committee Meeting
1941 May 6
Box 7, Folder 4 Museum-Alexander Dorner: My Experiences in the Hanover Museum
undated
Box 7, Folder 5 Museum-Alexander Dorner: President's Files
1937-1941
Box 7, Folder 6 Museum-Alexander Dorner: Private-School (1)
1937-1942
Box 7, Folder 7 Museum-Alexander Dorner: Private-School (2)
1937-1942
Box 7, Folder 8 Museum-Alexander Dorner: Trustees v. Museum Director
1941
Box 7, Folder 9 Museum-Alexander Dorner: "Why Have Art Museums?"
1941
Box 7, Folder 10 Museum-Applicants for Directorship
1937
Box 7, Folder 11 Museum-Assistant Director
1946
Box 7, Folder 12 Museum-Concerts, Museum Gallery
1936-1940
Box 7, Folder 13 Museum-Gordon Washburn
1942
Box 7, Folder 14 Museum-Purchases, Honore Daumier
1938
Box 7, Folder 15 Museum-RISD v. Gow; "The Terrace"
1939-1941
Box 7, Folder 16 Pageants-Artists' Ball; Romance of Jewels
19301934
Box 8, Folder 1 Pageants-Romance of Textiles
1933
Box 8, Folder 2 Pageants-Television Tales
1932
Box 8, Folder 3 Personnel-Applicants
1936-1946
Box 8, Folder 4 Personnel-Appointments
1938-1943
Box 8, Folder 5 Personnel-Employees, Letters to, Lists
1934-1945
Box 8, Folder 6 Personnel- Raemisch, Waldemar
1939-1940
Box 8, Folder 7 Personnel-Salary Information
1939-1946
Box 8, Folder 8 Personnel-Teaching Applicants
1936-1940
Box 8, Folder 9 Planning: Course List
1945
Box 8, Folder 10 Planning: Degree Data
1931-1943
Box 9, Folder 1 Planning: Faculty
1931-1945
Box 9, Folder 2 Post-War Planning-Faculty Discussions and Papers
1944 Jan - July
Box 9, Folder 3 Post-War Planning-Faculty Discussions and Papers
1944 July - 1945 May
Box 9, Folder 4 Post-War Planning-Faculty Discussions and Papers: "Art and Education," Graham Carey
1937
Box 9, Folder 5 Providence School Committee: Critic Teachers
1936
Box 9, Folder 6 Radeke, Eliza G.-Correspondence
1918-1931
Box 9, Folder 7 Rowe, L. Earle
1912-1937
Box 9, Folder 8 Scholarships-Benedict
1917-1933
Box 9, Folder 9 Scholarships-Correspondence
1918-1933
Box 9, Folder 10 Scholarships-Hoppin
1920-1924
Box 9, Folder 11 Scholarships-Palestine
1921-1925
Box 10, Folder 1 Scholarships-Prizes: Freehand Department
1915-1935
Box 10, Folder 2 Scholarships-Providence Art Club
1905-1933
Box 10, Folder 3 Scholarships-Women's Clubs, State Federation Of
1918-1938
Box 10, Folder 4 School Exhibition
1932
Box 10, Folder 5 Tercentenary Pageant Costumes
1937
Box 10, Folder 6 Textile Department
1912-1927
Box 10, Folder 7 Walt Disney
1937
Box 10, Folder 8 War-1st World War: Army Classes
1917-1918
Box 10, Folder 9 War-1st World War: Clippings-Providence Sunday Journal
1918
Box 10, Folder 10 War-1st World War: Correspondence (1)
1917-1918
Box 10, Folder 11 War-1st World War: Correspondence (2)
1917-1918
Box 10, Folder 12 War-1st World War: Men Represented by Gold Stars on Service Flag
circa 1919
Box 10, Folder 13 War-1st World War: RISD Veterans-Lists
1918
Box 11, Folder 1 War-1st World War: RISD War Records
1917-1918
Box 11, Folder 2 War-1st World War: Vocational Training (1)
1918-1923
Box 11, Folder 3 War-1st World War: Vocational Training (2)
1918-1923
Box 11, Folder 4 War-2nd World War: Admissions
1942
Box 11, Folder 5 War-2nd World War: Alumni, Students, Faculty in Military and Defense Work, Correspondence
1941-1945
Box 11, Folder 6 War-2nd World War: Civil Defense
1940-1943
Box 11, Folder 7 War-2nd World War: Civilian Aeronautics Administration, Mr. Haste-Coordinator
1940-1943
Box 11, Folder 8 War-2nd World War: Design-Isignias/Posters
1941-1945

Series II. Reports
The reports, prepared monthly during the academic year by Royal Bailey Farnum for presentation to the Executive Committee, provide a detailed narrative of Farnum's administration. In addition, the reports document his professional activities outside of RISD including trips to other states and Europe, conferences, speeches, and organizations.

Farnum describes the activities of faculty, staff, the Museum and students with particular emphasis on the development of new educational programs. He covers the development of the degree in teacher training in depth as well as the Freshman Foundation and the creation of the Business Office and Administrative manual. His remarks include discussions of current trends in art education, cooperative ventures with local industry and educational institutions, the impact of W.W.II on the School, and his philosophical musings on various subjects.

The reports may include enrollment and scholarship statistics, correspondence, and notes of Executive Committee deliberations.

Arranged chronologically by month.

Box 12, Folder 1
1930 Feb - May
Box 12, Folder 2
1930 July - 1931 June
Box 12, Folder 3
1931 July - 1932 June
Box 12, Folder 4
1932 July - 1933 June
Box 12, Folder 5
1933 July - 1934 June
Box 12, Folder 6
1934 July - 1935 June
Box 12, Folder 7
1935 July - 1936 June
Box 12, Folder 8
1936 July - 1937 June
Box 12, Folder 9
1937 July - 1938 June
Box 12, Folder 10
1938 July - 1939 June
Box 12, Folder 11
1939 July - 1940 June
Box 12, Folder 12
1940 July - 1941 June
Box 12, Folder 13
1941 July - 1942 June
Box 12, Folder 14
1942 July - 1943 June
Box 12, Folder 15
1943 Oct
Box 12, Folder 16 Index

Series III. Awards and Achievements

Box 13, Folder Rochester (NY) Art Club Membership
1919
Box 13, Folder Grand Army of the Republic Honorary Associate Membership
1925
Box 13, Folder Cleveland School of Art Honorary Degree
1929
Box 13, Folder American Geographical Society Fellow
1934
Box 13, Folder National Enrollment for Peace
1934
Box 13, Folder US Dept. of State, 7th International Congress of Design
1935
Box 13, Folder Eastern Arts Association Awards
1938-1949
Box 13, Folder Friedsam Award
1942
Box 13, Folder RI State Council of Defence, Certificate of Merit
1943
Box 13, Folder US Treasury Dept., War Savings Program
1943
Box 13, Folder Providence (RI) City Plan Commission Oath
1944
Box 13, Folder American Institute of Planners Membership
1946
Box 13, Folder Rhode Island State College Honorary Degree
1946
Box 13, Folder University of the State of New York, Education Dept.
1955
Box 13, Folder Scholastic Art Awards
1965
Box 13, Folder Massachusetts School of Art Alumni Association Tribute
circa 1946
Box 13, Folder Committee for Economic Development Resolution
194-?
Box 13, Folder RI State Council of Defence, Auxiliary Police
circa 1942

Series IV. Writings

Box 12, Folder 17 "Art and Its Relationships." The Harvard Educational Review (May 1937).
1937
Box 12, Folder 17 Biennial Survey of Education in the United States, 1928-1930. Chapter VIII. Art Education. U.S. Department of the Interior. Bureau of Education. Bulletin, 1931, No 20.
1931
Box 12, Folder 17 Art Education in the United States. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education. Bulletin, 1925, No. 38.
1926
Box 12, Folder 17 Munsell, A. H. Color Notation: An Illustrated System Defining All Colors and Their Relations by Measured Scales of Hue, Value, and Chroma. Introduction by Royal Bailey Farnum. Baltimore, Md.: Munsell Color Co., 1946.
1936
Box 12, Folder 17 "Decoration for the Rural School." Cornell Rural School Leaflet for Teachers 7 (April 1914).
1914
Box 12, Folder 17 Education: Art Education Number 60 (November 1939). (editor)
1939
Box 12, Folder 17 "Art and Praha." Everyday Art 6 (April1928).
1928
Box 12, Folder 17 "Handicrafts during War and Peace." Related Arts Service 2 (February 1944).
1944
Box 12, Folder 17 "How Pictures Talk in the Home." Journal of Home Economics 23 (October 1931).
1931
Box 12, Folder 17 "Minimum Essentials in Representation, Design, Handwork." The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bulletin of the Department of Education 8 (1926).
1926
Box 12, Folder 17 "My Beliefs in the Crafts." 1952.
1952
Box 12, Folder 17 "The Purpose of Art Education in American Education." Journal of the Michigan Schoolmaster's Club (1916).
1916
Box 12, Folder 17 "Results of a Questionnaire on Color in Art Education." Journal of the Optical Society of America 32 (December 1942).
1942
Box 12, Folder 17 "Some Findings in Art Education in the United States." Education (March 1932).
1932
Box 12, Folder 17 "The State Art Specialist." Related Arts Service 11 (February 1951).
1953
Box 12, Folder 17 "Strengthen the Art Factor in Industrial Arts." Shopcraft 2 (January 1949).
1929
Box 12, Folder 17 "Women's Dress as a Man Sees It." Clothes 2 (1924).
1924