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

Accession 15-057

Robbins, Warren M.

Warren M. Robbins Papers, 1941-2010

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Robbins, Warren M.
Title: Warren M. Robbins Papers
Dates: 1941-2010
Quantity: 3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 15-057
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of the papers of Warren M. Robbins, founder and director emeritus of the Museum of African Art, later the National Museum of African Art. These papers document Robbins' work with museums, lectures, grant proposals, art acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, the Center for Cross-Cultural Communication, fund raising, his family, and other related materials. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, grant proposals, images, brochures, newsletters, presentations, diplomas, and clippings.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of the papers of Warren M. Robbins, founder and director emeritus of the Museum of African Art, later the National Museum of African Art. These papers document Robbins' work with museums, lectures, grant proposals, art acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, the Center for Cross-Cultural Communication, fund raising, his family, and other related materials. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, grant proposals, images, brochures, newsletters, presentations, diplomas, and clippings.

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Access Restriction

"Family and Friends" materials (Boxes 1-2) restricted for 5 years from date of transfer, until Jan-01-2021; Transferring office; 09/13/2010 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.

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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-057, Warren M. Robbins Papers

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Container List

Box 1

Warren Robbins - History

Classical High School, Worcester, Massachusetts - Diploma - Warren Robbins, June 25, 1941

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University of New Hampshire - Diploma - Warren Robbins, June 10, 1945

Box 1 of 3

University of Michigan - Diploma - Warren Robbins, February 5, 1949

Box 1 of 3

University of New Hampshire, 1998

Box 1 of 3

Between Laughter and Indignation: Man Without a Doubt, The letters of Warren Robbins, 2010

Box 1 of 3

Germany - Images, 1950s

Box 1 of 3

Personal images, 1970s-1990s

Box 1 of 3

Family and Friends

Norman Robbins, 1967-1996

Box 1 of 3

Ronald Siff, 1974, 1980, 1992-1996

Box 1 of 3

Charlotte and Harry Siff and family, 1957-1991

Box 1 of 3

Correspondence - Worcester friends, 1981-1982, 1986

Box 1 of 3

Evelyn Sessler, 1955, 1970-1989

Box 1 of 3

Correspondence - Robbins family, 1962-1995

Box 1 of 3

Lisa/Tasha Robbins (niece), 1987, 1992

Box 1 of 3

Shikes family, 1995-1996

Box 1 of 3

Childhood family years, 1999

Box 1 of 3

Sharfman family, 1963-1988 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Robbins family history, 1963-1981

Box 1 of 3

Mike Wallace and family, 1957-2000 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Correspondence - Friends and family, 1950-1955 (Folders 1-2 of 6)

Box 1 of 3

Box 2

Correspondence - Friends and family, 1950-1955 (Folders 3-6 of 6)

Box 2 of 3

Wanda M. Zybaczinski, 1964-1981

Box 2 of 3

Correspondence

University of Minnesota, 1981

Box 2 of 3

Ford's Theatre - Hewitt, Frankie, 1998

Box 2 of 3

Capital Children's Museum, 1986

Box 2 of 3

Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 1987

Box 2 of 3

England, 1991-1993

Box 2 of 3

American University, 1986-1996

Box 2 of 3

American University - Gallery project, 1992

Box 2 of 3

American Research Center in Egypt, 1989-1990

Box 2 of 3

France, 1992-1993

Box 2 of 3

American Antiquarian Society, 1995

Box 2 of 3

General, 1980, 1993, 1995

Box 2 of 3

Gallaudet University, 1991, 2004

Box 2 of 3

International Society for General Semantics, 2003-2004

Box 2 of 3

American Association of Museums, 1988, 1993-1994

Box 2 of 3

Banneker High School - Library, 1988

Box 2 of 3

Howard University, 1990-1994

Box 2 of 3

Icarus Journal - Rosen Publishing Group, 1993-1994

Box 2 of 3

Gettysburg College, 1993-1994

Box 2 of 3

George Washington University, 1999-2002

Box 2 of 3

Cinebar, 1994-1996

Box 2 of 3

Wilcomb E. Washburn, 1994

Box 2 of 3

Maya Angelou, 2000

Box 2 of 3

Lewis H. Weinstein, 1958-1965, 1986

Box 2 of 3

Presentations

University of Michigan, September 2001

Box 2 of 3

Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies, University of Maryland, 1989

Box 2 of 3

University of Texas, Austin, 1983

Box 2 of 3

Washington Art Associates, 1997

Box 2 of 3

University of California, Irvine, 1994

Box 2 of 3

Rowan University - Lecture, 2003-2004

Box 2 of 3

Subject Files

Mt. Vernon College, 1995-1997

Box 2 of 3

Morgan State University - The James Lewis Museum of Art, 2002

Box 2 of 3

Oceanic Afrique Noire (George and Gail Feher), 1995-2001

Box 2 of 3

Phillips Collection, 1986-2002

Box 2 of 3

People-to-People Program, 1962-1964, 2003

Box 2 of 3

Posner Wallace Foundation, 1981-2001

Box 2 of 3

Potomac Review, 2003

Box 2 of 3

Princeton University, 1971

Box 2 of 3

Corneille Project - Leah Poller, 1992, 2003

Box 2 of 3

Who's Who Among African Americans

Box 2 of 3

Randolph-Macon Woman's College, 1995-1996, 2003

Box 2 of 3

Sarah Lawrence College, 1990-1993

Box 2 of 3

State University of New York at Stonybrook - Ruth Bottingheimer, 1992-1995

Box 2 of 3

State University of New York at Stonybrook - E. Ann Kaplan, 1993

Box 2 of 3

UCLA - African Studies, 1989-1993

Box 2 of 3

Delaware State University, 1998-2001

Box 2 of 3

Embassy of Cameroon, 2002

Box 2 of 3

Trip to Paris, January 1980

Box 2 of 3

Frederick Douglas - Homes - Anacostia

Box 2 of 3

Frederick Douglas house - Miscellaneous, 1963-1967

Box 2 of 3

Frederick Douglas - Clippings, 1963-1966

Box 2 of 3

Frederick Douglas house - Correspondence

Box 2 of 3

Frederick Douglas house - National Historical Landmark information

Box 2 of 3

19th Century Afro-American paintings, 1985

Box 2 of 3

Box 3

Henry O. Tanner project, 1967-1985

Box 3 of 3

Senghor Memorial Program, 2001-2002

Box 3 of 3

Center for Cross-Cultural Communication - General

Center for Cross-Cultural Communication (CCCC) - Reactivation, 1979-1980, 1986

Box 3 of 3

History, Mission, Purpose, 1977, 1989

Box 3 of 3

Activities, 1990-1995

Box 3 of 3

Organizational profile, 1991

Box 3 of 3

History - Rewrite, 1994

Box 3 of 3

Center for Cross Cultural Communication - Special Projects

Black colleges, 1987-1993

Box 3 of 3

Black colleges - National Endowment for the Humanities grant proposal, 1994-1995

Box 3 of 3

Books - African legacy

Box 3 of 3

Three main projects, 1992-1993

Box 3 of 3

Native American project - Lynn Allen, 1997

Box 3 of 3

Cinebar - Darlene Wood Shaw and Sherri Staples, 1995-1996

Box 3 of 3

Video project - Cinebar, 1994, 1999

Box 3 of 3

Weaving project - Louise Meyer, 1994-1996

Box 3 of 3

Lynn Allen Photography, 1996-1997

Box 3 of 3

Video projects - Darlene Wood Shaw and Charlie Rose, 1993-1994

Box 3 of 3

Traditional African textiles, 1998

Box 3 of 3

Cafritz Foundation, 1988-1993

Box 3 of 3

Getty - Archives, 1993-1994

Box 3 of 3

Martin Marietta Corporation Foundation, 1994

Box 3 of 3

Center for Cross Cultural Communication - Grant Proposals

Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1993-1994

Box 3 of 3

Sasakawa Peace Foundation, 1994

Box 3 of 3

Silverstein Family Foundation, 1994

Box 3 of 3

D.C. Community Humanities Council, 1988-1993

Box 3 of 3

Center for Cross Cultural Communication - Fundraising

The Ford Foundation, 1991-1992

Box 3 of 3

Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1993-1994

Box 3 of 3

Citibank, 1991

Box 3 of 3

Development letter

Box 3 of 3

IBM donation proposal, 1996

Box 3 of 3

Brochure/Packet (membership), 1992-1994

Box 3 of 3

Amadou Hampate Ba, 1976

Box 3 of 3

Frank Foit (Kenyan sculptor), 1945-1969 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 3

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), 1993, 2002

Box 3 of 3

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), 2002

Box 3 of 3

NEH - Frostburg State University - Peer panel, 1994-1996

Box 3 of 3

Black colleges grant - Curator correspondence, Spring 1994

Box 3 of 3

Documentation of collections of Center for Cross Cultural Communication - NEH, 1995-1996

Box 3 of 3

Funding Sources - NEH, 2002

Box 3 of 3

District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) - Comprehensive arts development grant application, 1988

Box 3 of 3

Letters of intent, 1988

Box 3 of 3

Museum of African Art (MAA)

Original prospectus, 1963

Box 3 of 3