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Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 13-136

Robbins, Warren M.

Warren M. Robbins Papers, 1923-2009

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Robbins, Warren M.
Title: Warren M. Robbins Papers
Dates: 1923-2009
Quantity: 5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 13-136
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

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 Worcester, Massachusetts; his work in the Foreign Service; his work at the Museum of African Art 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.

Descriptive Entry

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.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 13-136, Warren M. Robbins Papers

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Container List

Box 1

Biographical

Birth certificate, September 4, 1923

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Classical High School - 1941, 2001-2004

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Classical High School - 50th reunion - Class of 1941, 1991

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University of New Hampshire - Academic record, 1941-1942

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University of New Hampshire - Yearbook, 1945

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University of New Hampshire - 50th reunion - Classes of 1945 and 1946, 1995

Box 1 of 5

American Dependents High Schools of Germany - Erinnerungen, 1950

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American Dependents High Schools of Germany - Erinnerungen, 1951

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Lebanon Valley College, 1975

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Passports, 1950-1998

Box 1 of 5

Identification cards, 1949-1997

Box 1 of 5

Family

Correspondence and clippings, 1935- 1948, 1977-1982

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Correspondence

The Aspen Institute, 1981-1995

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The Barnes Foundation, 1983, 1991-1993

Box 1 of 5

Saul Bellow, 1977-1998

Box 1 of 5

Caring Institute, 1991-1996

Box 1 of 5

Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1997

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Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 1979-1987

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General, 1958-1998, 2001-2002, 2009

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Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, 1980-1987

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Museum of African Art, 1966-1975

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Charles O. Perry, 1988

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Jesse O. Tanner, 1977-1980

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Letters to the Editor, 1961-1999

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Cards, 1978-1979

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Chronological Files

January to June 1993 (2 folders)

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Box 2

July to December 1993

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January to June 1994 (2 folders)

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July to December 1994 (2 folders)

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1995

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January to July 1996

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July 1996 to February 1997

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February to December 1997

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1998

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1999 (2 folders)

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2000

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2001

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January to April 2002

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April to October 2002

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2003

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2004

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Box 3

Europe

Correspondence - 1951

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Correspondence - 1952

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Correspondence - 1953

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Correspondence - 1954

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Correspondence - 1955

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Correspondence - 1956

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Correspondence - 1957-1963

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Correspondence - France, 1967-1991

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Correspondence - Italy, 1981-1990

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State Department, 1961-1962

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Foreign Service, 1950-1960, 1996, 1998 (2 folders)

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United States Information Agency, 1949-1962 (4 folders)

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Germany, 1949-1962 (3 folders)

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Box 4

Germany - Personal, 1955-1960

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Germany - Teaching, 1949-1950

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Germany - Publication - Erziehung, 1952-1952

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Publications - General, 1952-1955

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McCarthyism in Austrian papers, 1953-1954

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Washington, D.C. - Work to be done, 1958-1960

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Lectures

Brochures and announcements, 1986-1991

Box 4 of 5

Awards and Honors

University of New Hampshire - Honorary degree, 1979

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Certificate of Public Service - Advisory Council of the Bureau of African Affairs, October 15, 1970

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Subjects

Sale of the Frederick Douglass townhouses, 1989

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Cameroon - Afo-A-Kom, 1973-1974, 1980, 1983

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Friends of the Frederick Douglas Museum, 1991

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Duke Ellington School of the Arts - African Gallery, 1985-1991

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Duke Ellington School of the Arts - Pan African Day, 1989

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Duke Ellington School of the Arts - Sculpture garden, 1985-1989

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General, 1982-1995

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Clippings, 1953-1996

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Images

Warren Robbins - Individual portraits, 1974, 2004

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Warren Robbins - Early life

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Maya Angelou

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Leonard Baskin

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Saul Bellow, 1982-1983

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Wilbur J. Cohen

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R. Buckminster Fuller

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Chaim Gross, 1983

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Francoise Gilot

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S. I. Hayakawa, 1979, 1982

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Frances Humphrey Howard

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Hubert H. Humphrey

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Lady Bird Johnson

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Lyndon B. Johnson, 1967

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Mary McFadden

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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Raphael Soyer, 1983

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Europe and the Foreign Service, 1950-1963 (2 folders)

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Museum of African Art, 1964-1981

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Frederick Douglass Museum

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Smithsonian, 1981

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University of Michigan Outstanding Achievement Award, 1994

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Capitol Hill house, 1989, 1992, 1997, 2004

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General, 1983-2004

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Box 5

Audiovisual

Hawaii - Lecture, 1994 (VHS tape)

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Frostburg State University - 109th commencement, morning ceremony, December 19, 1996 (VHS tape)

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In Black America, 1984 (audiocassette)

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Sierra Leone (audiocassette)

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African Art festival - Tape 3, 1989 (audiocassette)

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National Museum of African Art opening at Quadrangle, September 15, 1987 (audiocassette)

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Interview with Bill Rubin about Picasso (audiocassette)

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Discussion of Picasso and Braque exhibition (audiocassette)

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Museum of African Art - Dinner, July 25, 1978 (audiotape)

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African art discussion with Mr. Adeyemi and Mr. Chindongo (audiotape)

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Warren Robbins interview with Steve Allison (side 1) and Funny Girl, You are a Woman, etc. (Side 2) (audiotape)

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Warren Robbins speech for Grant Hillaber farewell party, 1963 (audiotape)

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Radio Smithsonian - Art of Africa, program no. 527, 26:30 minutes (audiotape)

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Window on Washington - Anne Blair interview with Warren Robbins, 27:30 minutes, March 24, 1972 (audiotape)

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Warren Robbins (audiotape)

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