Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Robbins, Warren M.
Warren M. Robbins Papers, 1923-2009
This accession consists of the personal papers of Warren M. Robbins, founder and director of the Museum of African Art which became a part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1979 and was later renamed the National Museum of African Art. The records document his early life growing up in Worchester, Massachusetts; his work in the Foreign Service; his work at the Museum of African and the National Museum of African Art; his lectures and interviews regarding African art; and his personal relationships with a variety of individuals including Saul Bellow, Maya Angelou, Chaim Gross, S. I. Hayakawa, Frances Humphrey Howard, Hubert H. Humphrey, and Raphael Soyer. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, publications, lectures, audiovisual materials, images, clippings, and other related materials. Some materials are in German and French.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Robbins, Warren M.
- Bellow, Saul
- Angelou, Maya
- Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991
- Hayakawa, S. I. (Samuel Ichiyé), 1906-1992
- Howard, Frances Humphrey
- Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978
- Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987
- Museum of African Art (U.S.)
- National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
- Smithsonian Institution
- United States. Foreign Service
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
- Black-and-white photographs
- Color photographs
- Color transparencies
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 13-136, Warren M. Robbins Papers