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Edgar A. Albin Papers, 1921-1986

MC 623

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: (479) 575-8443
specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Zachary Morgan, 2017

Materials are in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Albin, Edgar A., 1908-
Title
Edgar A. Albin Papers
Inclusive Dates
1921-1986
Identification
MC 623
Extent
7 linear feet (17 boxes)
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Edgar A. Albin Papers was donated to the Special Collections Department by Edgar A. Albin of Springfield, Missouri on December 11, 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Norma Ortiz-Karp, May 1989.

Preferred Form of Citation

Edgar A. Albin Papers (MC 623), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Favetteville.

Biographical Note

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).

Scope and Content Note

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.

Related Materials

Records relating to the Edgar A. Albin Papers include:

Edgan A. Albin Slides of India, 1954, Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Arrangement of the Papers

Material is arranged by format and described in five series:

  1. Correspondence
    1. General correspondence
    2. Letters to the editor
  2. Newspaper Column
  3. Articles and Related Materials
    1. Articles
    2. University-related articles
    3. Lectures and related materials
  4. India and other papers
  5. Photographs

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

series I: Correspondence,

1972-1985

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,

1953-1986

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

box 1
series I: 1 box 1 folder 1

Correspondence, Apr 1, 1941-July 20, 1953

series I: 1 box 1 folder 2

Correspondence, Nov 16, 1953-Aug 11, 1954

series I: 1 box 1 folder 3

Correspondence, Aug 18, 1954-Oct 13, 1954

series I: 1 box 1 folder 4

Correspondence, Oct 14, 1954-Nov 23, 1954

series I: 1 box 1 folder 5

Correspondence, Nov 24, 1954-Jan 9, 1955

series I: 1 box 1 folder 6

Correspondence, Jan 11, 1955-Feb 15, 1955

series I: 1 box 1 folder 7

Correspondence, Feb 16, 1955-Apr 16, 1955

series I: 1 box 1 folder 8

Correspondence, Apr 25, 1955-May 31, 1955

series I: 1 box 1 folder 9

Correspondence, June 4, 1955-Nov 28, 1955

series I: 1 box 1 folder 10

Correspondence, Jan 6, 1956-Dec 27, 1957

series I: 1 box 1 folder 11

Correspondence, Jan 13, 1958-June 23, 1958

series I: 1 box 1 folder 12

Correspondence, July 4, 1958-Jan 23, 1959

series I: 1 box 1 folder 13

Correspondence, Mar 5, 1959-Nov 3, 1959

series I: 1 box 1 folder 14

Correspondence, Feb 6, 1960-Oct 26, 1960

series I: 1 box 1 folder 15

Correspondence, Nov 9, 1960-Jan 14, 1961

box 2
series I: 1 box 2 folder 1

Correspondence, Jan 23, 1961-Oct 21, 1961

series I: 1 box 2 folder 2

Correspondence, Nov 22, 1961-Feb 27, 1962

series I: 1 box 2 folder 3

Correspondence, Mar 1, 1962-Oct 9, 1962

series I: 1 box 2 folder 4

Correspondence, Oct 24, 1962-Dec 5, 1966

series I: 1 box 2 folder 5

Correspondence, Jan 19, 1967-Dec 11, 1967

series I: 1 box 2 folder 6

Correspondence, Mar 15, 1968-Oct 29, 1969

series I: 1 box 2 folder 7

Correspondence, Feb 24, 1970-Mar 24, 1971

series I: 1 box 2 folder 8

Correspondence, Apr 2, 1971-Dec 8, 1971

series I: 1 box 2 folder 9

Correspondence, Dec 13, 1971-July 10, 1972

series I: 1 box 2 folder 10

Correspondence, July 14, 1972-Aug 16, 1973

series I: 1 box 2 folder 11

Correspondence, Sept 13, 1973-Mar 21, 1974

series I: 1 box 2 folder 12

Correspondence, Apr 15, 1974-June 14, 1975

series I: 1 box 2 folder 13

Correspondence, June 16, 1975-Sept 30, 1975

series I: 1 box 2 folder 14

Correspondence, Oct 10, 1975-July 22, 1976

series I: 1 box 2 folder 15

Correspondence, Aug 20, 1976-June 29, 1977

box 3
series I: 1 box 3 folder 1

Correspondence, Aug 8, 1977-Dec 21, 1977

series I: 1 box 3 folder 2

Correspondence, Jan 9, 1978-May 9, 1978

series I: 1 box 3 folder 3

Correspondence, May 17, 1978-Nov 7, 1978

series I: 1 box 3 folder 4

Correspondence, Nov 20, 1978-Sept 4, 1979

series I: 1 box 3 folder 5

Correspondence, Sept 10, 1979-Dec 17, 1979

series I: 1 box 3 folder 6

Correspondence, Jan 20, 1980-Aug 4, 1980

series I: 1 box 3 folder 7

Correspondence, Aug 10, 1980-Jan 20, 1981

series I: 1 box 3 folder 8

Correspondence, Mar 11, 1981-July 9, 1981

series I: 1 box 3 folder 9

Correspondence, July 24, 1981-Dec 29, 1981

series I: 1 box 3 folder 10

Correspondence, Jan 3, 1982-Dec 16, 1982

series I: 1 box 3 folder 11

Correspondence, Mar 4, 1983-Aug, 1983

series I: 1 box 3 folder 12

Correspondence, Sept 8, 1983-May 16, 1984

series I: 1 box 3 folder 13

Correspondence, June 26, 1984-May 3, 1985

series I: 1 box 3 folder 14

Correspondence, May 12, 1985-Dec 23, 1986

series I: 1 box 3 folder 15-16

letters, and letter from Harry S. Truman to E.A. Albin, father of Edgar A. Albin, , n.d., 1944

subseries 2: Letters to the Editor

box 4
series I: 2 box 4 folder 1

Ezra Kornscrabble letters, Mar 12, 1972-Dec 14, 1972

series I: 2 box 4 folder 2

Ezra Kornscrabble letters, Jan 17, 1973-Nov 28, 1973

series I: 2 box 4 folder 3

Ezra Kornscrabble letters, Jan 13, 1974-Aug 18, 1974

series I: 2 box 4 folder 4

Ezra Kornscrabble letters, Sept 8, 1974-Nov 18, 1975

series I: 2 box 4 folder 5

Ezra Kornscrabble letters, Jan 4, 1976-Aug 7, 1977

series I: 2 box 4 folder 6

Ezra Kornscrabble letters, Sept 11, 1982-May 28, 1983

series I: 2 box 4 folder 7

Ezra Kornscrabble letters, Drafts: Dec 10, 1972-Oct 30, 1982

series I: 2 box 4 folder 8-9

Ezra Kornscrabble letters, n.d.

box 5
series I: 2 box 5 folder 1

Edgar A. Albin letters, July 3, 1976-Oct. 20, 1983

series I: 2 box 5 folder 2

Edgar A. Albin letters, Apr 22, 1984-Aug 29, 1985

series II: Newspaper Column,

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

series II box 5 folder 3

Newspaper column, Mar 23, 1969-July 20, 1969

series II box 5 folder 4

Newspaper column, Sept 7, 1969-Dec 14, 1969

series II box 5 folder 5

Newspaper column, Jan 18, 1970-Sept 20, 1970

series II box 5 folder 6

Newspaper column, Oct 11, 1970-Dec 6, 1970

series II box 5 folder 7

Newspaper column, Jan 10, 1971-June 6, 1971

series II box 5 folder 8

Newspaper column, June 10, 1971-Dec 12, 1971

series II box 5 folder 9

Newspaper column, Jan 9, 1972-July 2, 1972

series II box 5 folder 10

Newspaper column, July 9, 1972-Dec 17, 1972

box 6

series II box 6 folder 1

Newspaper column, Jan 21, 1973-Sept 2, 1973

series II box 6 folder 2

Newspaper column, Sept 16, 1973-Dec 9, 1973

series II box 6 folder 3

Newspaper column, Jan 6, 1974-June 14, 1974

series II box 6 folder 4

Newspaper column, June 23, 1974-Dec 15, 1974

series II box 6 folder 5

Newspaper column, Jan 5, 1975-July 27, 1975

series II box 6 folder 6

Newspaper column, Aug 31, 1975-Dec 14, 1975

series II box 6 folder 7

Newspaper column, Jan 4, 1976-June 26, 1976

series II box 6 folder 8

Newspaper column, July 18, 1976-Dec 19, 1976

box 7

series II box 7 folder 1

Newspaper column, Jan 9, 1977-Apr 24, 1977

series II box 7 folder 2

Newspaper column, May 1, 1977-Dec 25, 1977

series II box 7 folder 3

Newspaper column, Jan 1, 1978-June 4, 1978

series II box 7 folder 4

Newspaper column, June 11, 1978-Dec 17, 1978

series II box 7 folder 5

Newspaper column, Jan 6, 1979-Apr 8, 1979

series II box 7 folder 6

Newspaper column, Apr 15, 1979-Dec 23, 1979

series II box 7 folder 7

Newspaper column, Jan 10, 1980-July 13, 1980

series II box 7 folder 8

Newspaper column, July 20, 1980-Dec 28, 1980

box 8

series II box 8 folder 1

Newspaper column, Jan 15, 1981-Aug 30, 1981

series II box 8 folder 2

Newspaper column, Sept 6, 1981-Dec 27, 1981

series II box 8 folder 3

Newspaper column, Jan 3, 1982-May 23, 1982

series II box 8 folder 4

Newspaper column, June 10, 1982-Dec 26, 1982

series II box 8 folder 5

Newspaper column, Jan 2, 1983-July 7, 1983

series II box 8 folder 6

Newspaper column, July 10, 1983-Dec 25, 1983

series II box 8 folder 7

Newspaper column, Jan 1, 1984-July 29, 1984

series II box 8 folder 8

Newspaper column, Aug 5, 1984-Dec 30, 1984

box 9

series II box 9 folder 1

Newspaper column, Jan 6, 1985-June 13, 1985

series II box 9 folder 2

Newspaper column, June 16, 1985-Nov 24, 1985

series II box 9 folder 3

Newspaper column, Dec 1985-Mar 23, 1986

series II box 9 folder 4

Other writings, Mar, 24, 1962-Oct 24, 1979

series II box 9 folder 5

Other writings, July 20, 1980-May 30, 1985

series III: Aricles and Related Materials

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
series III: 1 box 10 folder 1

Annabel Adams story, July 1, 1962

series III: 1 box 10 folder 2

Bible City, etc., ca. 1978

series III: 1 box 10 folder 3

Dr. Ralph Bunche, December 12, 1971

series III: 1 box 10 folder 4

Albert Howard Carter, ca. 1960

series III: 1 box 10 folder 5

Christ of the Ozarks, ca. 1969-1978

series III: 1 box 10 folder 6

Con "artists", November 28, 1976

series III: 1 box 10 folder 7

Creeping ugliness, December 3, 1961

series III: 1 box 10 folder 8

Norman De Marco story, June 11, 1961

series III: 1 box 10 folder 9

David Durst story, January 1, 1961

series III: 1 box 10 folder 10

Eureka Springs article, Sept, 1980

series III: 1 box 10 folder 11

Fassnight Park, May 28,1978

series III: 1 box 10 folder 12

Folklore, collected sayings, place names, and articles, 1977-1978

box 11
series III: 1 box 11 folder 1

Rod Frew story, May 10, 1962 and Feb 24, 1964

series III: 1 box 11 folder 2

Ft. Smith Symphony story, April 29, 1962

series III: 1 box 11 folder 3

Josephine Graham story, Apr 22,1962

series III: 1 box 11 folder 4

Grandma's devil lives, July 15,1979

series III: 1 box 11 folder 5

Joe Hildebrand affair, 1960-1976

series III: 1 box 11 folder 6

John M. Howard story, July 8, 1962

series III: 1 box 11 folder 7

Jackass painting, January 11, 1963

series III: 1 box 11 folder 8

Harold J. Keller story, February 19, 1961

series III: 1 box 11 folder 9

Lothar Krueger story, April 23, 1961

series III: 1 box 11 folder 10

Don Marr story, March 11, 1962

series III: 1 box 11 folder 11

Nettleship lab story, July 15, 1962

series III: 1 box 11 folder 12

Old Timers, October 2, 1981

box 12
series III: 1 box 12 folder 1

Park Central Mall story, n.d.

series III: 1 box 12 folder 2

Vance Randolph story, 1980

series III: 1 box 12 folder 3

Razorback whiskey, October 14, 1961

series III: 1 box 12 folder 4

Robert A. Rorex story, October 15, 1961

series III: 1 box 12 folder 5

Thorncrown chapel-Fay Jones, April 19, 1981

series III: 1 box 12 folder 6

Trees and annexation, October 27, 1960

series III: 1 box 12 folder 7

Howard J. Whitlatch story, April 5, 1961

subseries 2: Letters to the editor,

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
series III: 2 box 13 folder 1

U. of A., Architecture story, July 17, 1960

series III: 2 box 13 folder 2

U. of A., Alumni bulletin story, ca. 1960

series III: 2 box 13 folder 3

U. of A., College Bowl pep rally, November 5, 1960

series III: 2 box 13 folder 4

U. of A., Commercial Art story, May 11, 1961

series III: 2 box 13 folder 5

U. of A., Ellis sex lecture controversy, 1962

series III: 2 box 13 folder 6

U. of A., Honors Day, 1978

series III: 2 box 13 folder 7

U. of A., "Non-educational" tempest, ca. 1962

series III: 2 box 13 folder 8

U. of A., Viola da gamba story, ca. 1962

series III: 2 box 13 folder 9

U. of A., The New Year's Eve Nichol's parties, November 19, 1986

series III: 2 box 13 folder 10

U. of A., Application for leave of absence, February 26, 1963

series III: 2 box 13 folder 11

U. of A., Act 10, 1959-1962

box 14
series III: 2 box 14 folder 1-3

U. of A., Act 10, 1959-1962

series III: 2 box 14 folder 4

SMSU, Clippings and appointment papers, 1962-1976

series III: 2 box 14 folder 5

SMSU, Commencement address, programs, and photographs, December 21, 1973

series III: 2 box 14 folder 6

Texas Lutheran College lectures, Nov 16-17, 1982

series III: 2 box 14 folder 7

Hastings College lectures, Apr 16-18, 1982

series III: 2 box 14 folder 8

Western Michigan University lecture, spring, 1962

series III: 2 box 14 folder 9

Drury award, October 16, 1979

series III: 2 box 14 folder 10

Governor's School, Arkansas, 1980

series III: 2 box 14 folder 11

Arkansas Valley Cultural Enrichment program, Aug 19-22, 1968

series IV: Articles and Related Materials,

subseries 1: 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
series IV: 1 box 14 folder 12

Art lectures and related materials., Nov 5, 1957-May 26, 1968

series IV: 1 box 14 folder 13

Art lectures and related materials., May 10, 1975-Mar 31, 1979

series IV: 1 box 14 folder 14

Art lectures and related materials., n.d.

series IV: 1 box 14 folder 15

Programs, 1958-1967

series IV: 1 box 14 folder 16

Lists, 1975-1978

series IV: 1 box 14 folder 17

Miscellaneous, 1929, 1973-1981

series V: India,

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

series V box 15 folder 1

General information, ca. 1954

series V box 15 folder 2

Delhi Fulbright conference, 1954-1955

series V box 15 folder 3-4

Bangalore symposium, 1955

series V box 15 folder 5-6

Rough draft of the book, n.d.

series V box 15 folder 7

Second draft of the book, n.d.

series V box 15 folder 8

India bibliography, n.d.

series V box 15 folder 9

Dhan Raj Bhagat material, n.d.

series V box 15 folder 10

Dick Albin's impressions of India (Dick Albin is the son of Edgar Albin), 1954-1955

series V box 15 folder 11-12

Programs and catalogues, 1946-1955

series V box 15 folder 13

Resumes and curriculum vitae of various Indian artists, ca. 1954-1956

box 16

series V box 16 folder 1-3

Souvenirs, brochures, and invitations, 1954-1955

series V box 16 folder 4

Miscellaneous, ca. 1955

series V box 16 folder 5-6

Receipts and vouchers, 1954-1956

series V box 16 folder 7-9

Clippings from Indian newspapers, ca. 1955

series VI: Photographs,

box 17

series VI box 17 folder 1-2

Publicity photographs of Edgar A. Albin, ca. 1978

series VI box 17 folder 3

University of Tulsa photograph of Edgar A. Albin and group, ca. 1929

series VI box 17 folder 4-7

School-related photographs, 1921, 1930, 1931

series VI box 17 folder 8-16

Photographs of stage sets designed by Edgar A. Albin, ca. 1931

series VI box 17 folder 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.

series VI box 17 folder 24-31

Photographs of the Fayetteville square, houses, and faculty and students from the School of Architecture, University of Arkansas, n.d.

series VI box 17 folder 32-37

Photographs, miscellaneous, 1943 and n.d.

series VI box 17 folder 38-55

Photographs of Albin family in traditional Indian dress, ca. 1954

series VI box 17 folder 56-61

Photographs of sculptures from the collection of and by D.P. Roy Chowdhury, Indian sculptor, 1925-1954

series VI box 17 folder 62-70

Photographs of sculptures by Indian sculptors, 1938-1953

series VI box 17 folder 71-86

Photographs of sculptures, and one photograph of an Indian man, 1952, 1953, n.d.

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