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

Accession 20-144

Robbins, Warren M.

Warren M. Robbins Papers, 1945-2015

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Robbins, Warren M.
Title: Warren M. Robbins Papers
Dates: 1945-2015
Quantity: 1.69 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 16x20 box)
Collection: Accession 20-144
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of materials created and maintained by Warren M. Robbins, founder and director of the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA). The materials cover a wide range of his life, including his time as an education officer at the American Embassy in Vienna, Austria; his work at the American Consulate General in Stuttgart, Germany; his work at the American Embassy in Bonn, Germany; the activities of the Center for Cross Cultural Communications (later the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communications); and the work of the Museum of African Art (precursor to NMAfA). Of note are the records related to the Frederick Douglass house and the materials related to Robbins' conflict with the Smithsonian after his termination. Some materials date to after the death of Robbins in 2008. For more biographical information on Robbins please see Accession 11-001: Warren M. Robbins Papers, circa 1927-2009. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, brochures, scrapbooks, picture postcards, journals, a book, invitations, meeting minutes, conference records, images, clippings, ephemera, and a locket.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of materials created and maintained by Warren M. Robbins, founder and director of the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA). The materials cover a wide range of his life, including his time as an education officer at the American Embassy in Vienna, Austria; his work at the American Consulate General in Stuttgart, Germany; his work at the American Embassy in Bonn, Germany; the activities of the Center for Cross Cultural Communications (later the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communications); and the work of the Museum of African Art (precursor to NMAfA). Of note are the records related to the Frederick Douglass house and the materials related to Robbins' conflict with the Smithsonian after his termination. Some materials date to after the death of Robbins in 2008. For more biographical information on Robbins please see Accession 11-001: Warren M. Robbins Papers, circa 1927-2009. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, brochures, scrapbooks, picture postcards, journals, a book, invitations, meeting minutes, conference records, images, clippings, ephemera, and a locket.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 20-144, Warren M. Robbins Papers

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Container List

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Correspondence - Civil Air Patrol, 1945

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Correspondence, 1948

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Correspondence, 1957

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Correspondence, 1961

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Correspondence, 1962

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Correspondence, 1963

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Correspondence, 1964

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Correspondence - John H. Johnson, Johnson Publishing Co., 1965, 1973

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Correspondence, 1967

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Correspondence, 1970

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Correspondence - Kenneth Berggren, 1971

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Correspondence, 1971

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Correspondence, 1972

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Correspondence - Peter Magrath, 1978-1993

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Correspondence, 1980

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Correspondence, 1981

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Correspondence, 1982

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Correspondence, 1983

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Correspondence, 1984

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Correspondence, 1985

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Correspondence - Cameroon, 1986-1987

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Correspondence and notes - Sale of the Frederick Douglass house, 1988-1989

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Correspondence - Belgium, 1990-1993

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Correspondence, 1990

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Correspondence, 1995

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Correspondence, 1997

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Correspondence - President Bill Clinton, 1998

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Correspondence, 2005

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Correspondence - Condolences on the passing of Warren M. Robbins, 2008

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Correspondence, undated

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Civilian Air Patrol card - Warren M. Robbins

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Journal - Erziehung, 1952-1953 (2 folders)

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Journal - Kontinente, 1953-1955

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Bienal de Sao Paulo - Austria, December 1953-January 1954

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Scrapbook - Gabriele Munter, 1960

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Chronology - Center for Cross-Cultural Communications/Douglas Institute/Museum of African Art, 1962-1992

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List - Principle exhibitions organized by the Museum of African Art, 1962-1982

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Paintings, Prints, and Drawings by Twenty Modern European Artists, from the collection of Warren M. Robbins - Howard University, November 20-December 19, 1962 - Includes brochure and images

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Frederick Douglass house - A Street, 1962-1965

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Frederick Douglass - Biographical materials, 1963-1968, 1991

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Frederick Douglass stamp dedication, February 14, 1967

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Presidential Inauguration scrapbook, 1965

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Brochure - Ben Shahn on Human Rights, 1968

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European trip, 1972

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Museum of African Art - Board meeting minutes, 1978-1979

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Warren M. Robbins - Government investigation (30499.1), 1978-1953 (2 folders)

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Brandeis University Library - Learned Research Journal - Bookplate in honor of Warren M. Robbins, 1979

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Interview with Francoise Gilot, November 1980

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Conference program - "Museums and Social Responsibility," sponsored by the Cooperstown Graduate Association and the National Museum of American History, November 18-19, 1988

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Smithsonian Case - Gary Howard Simpson, 1992-1997

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Loan of exhibition to International Arts & Artists, Inc., 2005-2006, 2011

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Book - Man for All Reasons: Letters of a Visionary, compiled with commentary by Roulhac Toledano, 2014

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Objects deaccessioned - May 2013-June 2015

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Object - Locket

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Images - General

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Biography - Opening paragraphs

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Public addresses, speeches, and remarks, 1960, 1990, 1999

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Awards and honors, 1986

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Invitations, 1965

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Notes, 1988

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Clippings, 1982-2000

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R. Buckminster Fuller, 1951-1960 (2 folders)

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Certificate - Tree parent - Judiciary Square Lawn, November 18, 1980

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