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Edgar A. Albin Papers

Correspondence, newspaper columns, and other materials, 1921-1986

Manuscript Collection 623



INFORMATION ABOUT EDGAR A. ALBIN

Edgar A. Albin was professor of Art at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, from 1947 to 1962.  Born December 17, 1908 at Columbus, Kansas, he attended the University of Tulsa, receiving a BA in Art and Education in 1936 and then an MA from the State University of Iowa in Art History and Painting in 1946.

From 1931 to 1939, Albin taught in the Tulsa Public School System, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Later, he was instructor and Associate Professor of Art from 1939 to 1947 at the University of Tulsa, where he created the Art History program.  From 1947 to 1962, Albin was Professor of Art at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and chairman of the Humanities program from 1958 to 1962.  He taught the history of art, integrated general education courses, and art criticism in addition to setting up and supervising the art slide and film library.  Albin joined the faculty of Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, in 1962 and served as chairman of the Art Department until his retirement in 1974.

In addition to his academic work, Edgar A. Albin wrote a weekly arts column from 1965 to 1986 for the Springfield Leader and Press.  He also wrote numerous letters to the editor from 1972 to 1983, some of which he signed in his own name others with the pseudonym, "Ezra Kornscrabble".  He also lectured at various universities, institutions, and conventions.

Awarded a research grant for 1954 to 1955 under the Fulbright-Hayes Act, Albin, accompanied by his family, traveled throughout India visiting historic  art and architectural monuments and interviewing contemporary artists.  He was chosen by the State Department to assist in conducting a seminar on American institutions and culture in Bangalore, India, in May, 1955.  Other awards include the Drury College Excellence Award (1979) and the  Missouri Arts Award (1987).


INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

The papers include correspondence, Albin's newspaper column and some drafts for the column, other newspaper articles by Albin, materials concerning his Fulbright tour in India, and photographs.

Edgar A. Albin of Springfield, Missouri, donated his papers to Special Collections on December 11, 1986.

Processed by Norma Ortiz-Karp, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in May 1989.


CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
 7 linear feet (17 boxes)

Series 1. Correspondence.  Boxes 1-5.

  Subseries 1. General correspondence.
  Subseries 2. Letters to the editor.

Series 2. Newspaper Column.  Boxes 5-9.

Series 3. Articles and Related Materials.  Boxes 10-14.

  Subseries 1. Articles.
  Subseries 2. University-related articles.
  Subseries 3. Lectures and related materials.

Series 4. India and other papers.  Boxes 15-16.

Series 5. Photographs.  Boxes 16-17.


Series 1.  Correspondence (Boxes 1-5)

This series contains correspondence concerning Albin's academic and literary career as well as personal correspondence.  In addition, there are letters written to the editor of the Springfield Leader and Press in Springfield, Missouri, from 1972 to 1985.

Subseries 1.  Professional and personal correspondence.

Significant correspondents include Dale Bumpers, Bill Clinton, Donald Harington, E. Fay Jones, Eleanor King, and Vance Randolph.

Box 1

 1. Apr 1, 1941-July 20, 1953.
 2. Nov 16, 1953-Aug 11, 1954.
 3. Aug 18, 1954-Oct 13, 1954.
 4. Oct 14, 1954-Nov 23, 1954.
 5. Nov 24, 1954-Jan 9, 1955.
 6. Jan 11, 1955-Feb 15, 1955.
 7. Feb 16, 1955-Apr 16, 1955.
 8. Apr 25, 1955-May 31, 1955.
 9. June 4, 1955-Nov 28, 1955.
 10. Jan 6, 1956-Dec 27, 1957.
 11. Jan 13, 1958-June 23, 1958.
 12. July 4, 1958-Jan 23, 1959.
 13. Mar 5, 1959-Nov 3, 1959.
 14. Feb 6, 1960-Oct 26, 1960.
 15. Nov 9, 1960-Jan 14, 1961.

Box 2

 1. Jan 23, 1961-Oct 21, 1961.
 2. Nov 22, 1961-Feb 27, 1962.
 3. Mar 1, 1962-Oct 9, 1962.
 4. Oct 24, 1962-Dec 5, 1966.
 5. Jan 19, 1967-Dec 11, 1967.
 6. Mar 15, 1968-Oct 29, 1969.
 7. Feb 24, 1970-Mar 24, 1971.
 8. Apr 2, 1971-Dec 8, 1971.
 9. Dec 13, 1971-July 10, 1972.
 10. July 14, 1972-Aug 16, 1973.
 11. Sept 13, 1973-Mar 21, 1974.
 12. Apr 15, 1974-June 14, 1975.
 13. June 16, 1975-Sept 30, 1975.
 14. Oct 10, 1975-July 22, 1976.
 15. Aug 20, 1976-June 29, 1977.

Box 3

 1. Aug 8, 1977-Dec 21, 1977.
 2. Jan 9, 1978-May 9, 1978
 3. May 17, 1978-Nov 7, 1978.
 4. Nov 20, 1978-Sept 4, 1979.
 5. Sept 10, 1979-Dec 17, 1979.
 6. Jan 20, 1980-Aug 4, 1980.
 7. Aug 10, 1980-Jan 20, 1981.
 8. Mar 11, 1981-July 9, 1981.
 9. July 24, 1981-Dec 29, 1981.
 10. Jan 3, 1982-Dec 16, 1982.
 11. Mar 4, 1983-Aug, 1983.
 12. Sept 8, 1983-May 16, 1984.
 13. June 26, 1984-May 3, 1985.
 14. May 12, 1985-Dec 23, 1986.
 15-16. n.d. letters, and letter from Harry S. Truman to E.A. Albin, father of Edgar A. Albin, 1944.


Subseries 2.  Letters to the editor.

Box 4   Ezra Kornscrabble letters.

 1. Mar 12, 1972-Dec 14, 1972.
 2. Jan 17, 1973-Nov 28, 1973.
 3. Jan 13, 1974-Aug 18, 1974.
 4. Sept 8, 1974-Nov 18, 1975.
 5. Jan 4, 1976-Aug 7, 1977.
 6. Sept 11, 1982-May 28, 1983.
 7. Drafts:  Dec 10, 1972-Oct 30, 1982.
 8-9. n.d.

Box 5   Edgar A. Albin letters.

 1. July 3, 1976-Oct. 20, 1983.
 2. Apr 22, 1984-Aug 29, 1985.


Series 2.  Newspaper Column (Boxes 5-9)

This series contains Albin's newspaper column, "The Arts," and some drafts for the column.  "The Arts" was a weekly column that appeared from 1965 until Albin's retirement in the summer of 1986.  Also included are some other articles by and about Albin, and the arts.

Box 5 (cont.)  Newspaper column.

 3. Mar 23, 1969-July 20, 1969.
 4. Sept 7, 1969-Dec 14, 1969.
 5. Jan 18, 1970-Sept 20, 1970.
 6. Oct 11, 1970-Dec 6, 1970.
 7. Jan 10, 1971-June 6, 1971.
 8. June 10, 1971-Dec 12, 1971.
 9. Jan 9, 1972-July 2, 1972.
 10. July 9, 1972-Dec 17, 1972.

Box 6   Newspaper column.

 1. Jan 21, 1973-Sept 2, 1973.
 2. Sept 16, 1973-Dec 9, 1973.
 3. Jan 6, 1974-June 14, 1974.
 4. June 23, 1974-Dec 15, 1974.
 5. Jan 5, 1975-July 27, 1975.
 6. Aug 31, 1975-Dec 14, 1975.
 7. Jan 4, 1976-June 26, 1976.
 8. July 18, 1976-Dec 19, 1976.

Box 7  Newspaper column.

 1. Jan 9, 1977-Apr 24, 1977.
 2. May 1, 1977-Dec 25, 1977.
 3. Jan 1, 1978-June 4, 1978.
 4. June 11, 1978-Dec 17, 1978.
 5. Jan 6, 1979-Apr 8, 1979.
 6. Apr 15, 1979-Dec 23, 1979.
 7. Jan 10, 1980-July 13, 1980.
 8. July 20, 1980-Dec 28, 1980.

Box 8  Newspaper column.

 1. Jan 15, 1981-Aug 30, 1981.
 2. Sept 6, 1981-Dec 27, 1981.
 3. Jan 3, 1982-May 23, 1982.
 4. June 10, 1982-Dec 26, 1982.
 5. Jan 2, 1983-July 7, 1983.
 6. July 10, 1983-Dec 25, 1983.
 7. Jan 1, 1984-July 29, 1984.
 8. Aug 5, 1984-Dec 30, 1984.

Box 9  Newspaper column.

 1. Jan 6, 1985-June 13, 1985.
 2. June 16, 1985-Nov 24, 1985.
 3. Dec 1985-Mar 23, 1986.
 4. Other writings, Mar, 24, 1962-Oct 24, 1979.
 5. Other writings, July  20, 1980-May 30, 1985.


Series 3. Articles and Related Materials (Boxes 10-14)

The series contains general interest and University-related topics.  Articles announcing or reviewing Albin's art lectures are also enclosed.  Some folders contain supplementary materials including rewrites, related articles, correspondence, and photographs.  The folder titles were assigned by Albin and are arranged in alphabetical order.

Subseries 1.  Articles.

This subseries reflects Albin's eclectic interests.  Included are articles from local newspapers about local personalities and artists as well as aesthetics and the environment.

Box 10

 1. Annabel Adams story, July 1, 1962.
 2. Bible City, etc., ca. 1978.
 3. Dr. Ralph Bunche, Dec 12, 1971.
 4. Albert Howard Carter, ca. 1960.
 5. Christ of the Ozarks, ca. 1969-1978.
 6. Con "artists," Nov 28, 1976.
 7. Creeping ugliness, Dec 3, 1961.
 8. Norman De Marco story, June 11, 1961.
 9. David Durst story, Jan 1, 1961.
 10. Eureka Springs article, Sept, 1980.
 11. Fassnight Park, May 28, 1978.
 12. Folklore, collected sayings, place names, and articles, 1977-1978.

Box 11

 1. Rod Frew story, May 10, 1962 and Feb 24, 1964.
 2. Ft. Smith Symphony story, Apr 29, 1962.
 3. Josephine Graham story, Apr 22, 1962.
 4. Grandma's devil lives, July 15, 1979.
 5. Joe Hildebrand affair, 1960-1976.
 6. John M. Howard story, July 8, 1962.
 7. Jackass painting, Jan 11, 1963.
 8. Harold J. Keller story, Feb 19, 1961.
 9. Lothar Krueger story, apr 23, 1961.
 10. Don Marr story, Mar 11, 1962.
 11. Nettleship lab story, July 15, 1962.
 12. Old Timers, Oct 2, 1981.

Box 12

 1. Park Central Mall story, n.d.
 2. Vance Randolph story, 1980.
 3. Razorback whiskey, Oct 14, 1961.
 4. Robert A. Rorex story, Oct 15, 1961.
 5. Thorncrown chapel-Fay Jones, Apr 19, 1981.
 6. Trees and annexation, Oct 27, 1960.
 7. Howard J. Whitlatch story, Apr 5, 1961.
 

Subseries 2.  University-related articles.

This subseries contains university, school-related articles, and materials concerning the University of Arkansas, (U. of A.), Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU), and other educational institutions.
 

Box 13

 1. U. of A., Architecture story, July 17, 1960.
 2. U. of A., Alumni bulletin story, ca. 1960.
 3. U. of A., College Bowl pep rally, Nov 5, 1960.
 4. U. of A., Commercial Art story, May 11, 1961.
 5. U. of A., Ellis sex lecture controversy, 1962.
 6. U. of A., Honors Day, 1978.
 7. U. of A., "Non-educational" tempest, ca. 1962.
 8. U. of A., Viola da gamba story, ca. 1962.
 9. U. of A., The New Year's Eve Nichol's parties, Nov. 19, 1986.
 10. U. of A., Application for leave of absence, Feb 26, 1963.
 11. U. of A., Act 10, 1959-1962.

Box 14

 1-3. U. of A., Act 10, 1959-1962.
 4. SMSU, Clippings and appointment papers, 1962-1976.
 5. SMSU, Commencement address, programs, and photographs, Dec 21, 1973.
 6. Texas Lutheran College lectures, Nov 16-17, 1982.
 7. Hastings College lectures, Apr 16-18, 1982.
 8. Western Michigan University lecture, spring, 1962.
 9. Drury award, Oct 16, 1979.
 10. Governor's School, Arkansas, 1980.
 11. Arkansas Valley Cultural Enrichment program, Aug 19-22, 1968.
 

Subseries 3.  Art lectures and related materials.

This subseries contains articles concerning Albin's guest  lectures at various universities.  He often lectured on the integration of the arts and the art and architecture of India.  Included are programs for some of the lectures and lists of lectures delivered at SMSU.

Box 14 (cont'd)

 12. Nov 5, 1957-May 26, 1968.
 13. May 10, 1975-Mar 31, 1979.
 14. n.d.
 15. Programs, 1958-1967.
 16. Lists, 1975-1978.
 17. Miscellaneous, 1929, 1973-1981.


Series 4.  India (Boxes 15-16)

This series contains materials pertaining to the Fulbright travel grant received by Albin for 1954 to 1955 in India.  During his Fulbright years, he traveled extensively, visiting archeological sites, museums, and institutes.  He recorded his impressions and experiences in detailed newsletters which he sent periodically to the Art Department at the University of Arkansas.  Albin later organized these in book form.

Box 15

 1. General information, ca. 1954.
 2. Delhi Fulbright conference, 1954-1955.
 3-4. Bangalore symposium, 1955.
 5-6. Rough draft of the book.
 7. Second draft of the book.
 8. India bibliography.
 9. Dhan Raj Bhagat material.
 10. Dick Albin's impressions of India (Dick Albin is the son of Edgar Albin), 1954-1955.
 11-12. Programs and catalogues, 1946-1955.
 13. Resumes and curriculum vitae of various Indian artists, ca. 1954-1956.

Box 16

 1-3. Souvenirs, brochures, and invitations, 1954-1955.
 4. Miscellaneous, ca. 1955.
 5-6. Receipts and vouchers, 1954-1956.
 7-9. Clippings from Indian newspapers, ca. 1955.


Series 5.  Photographs (Box 17)

Box 17

 Photographs 1-2: Publicity photographs of Edgar A. Albin, ca. 1978.
 Photograph 3: University of Tulsa photograph of Edgar A. Albin and group, ca. 1929.
 Photographs 4-7: School-related photographs, 1921, 1930, 1931.
 Photographs 8-16: Photographs of stage sets designed by Edgar A. Albin, ca. 1931.
 Photographs  17-23: Photographs of the Fayetteville square and of John Williams, Fay Jones, and Murray Smart from the school of Architecture, University of Arkansas, n.d.
 Photographs 24-31: Photographs of the Fayetteville square, houses, and faculty and students from the School of Architecture, University of Arkansas, n.d.
 Photographs 32-37: Photographs, miscellaneous, 1943 and n.d.
 Photographs 38-55: Photographs of Albin family in traditional Indian dress, ca. 1954.
 Photographs 56-61: Photographs of sculptures from the collection of and by D.P. Roy Chowdhury, Indian sculptor, 1925-1954.
 Photographs 62-70: Photographs of sculptures by Indian sculptors, 1938-1953.
 Photographs 71-86: Photographs of sculptures, and one photograph of an Indian man, 1952, 1953, n.d.



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