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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I : Meetings, 1982-1993

Series II: Craig Francis Cullinan Visiting Chair in Fine Arts, Architecture and Urban Planning program, 1984-1995

Series III: Brown Family Sculpture Gift, 1978-1984

Series IV: General Correspondence, 1925-1997

Series V: Slides, Photographs, and Lectures, 1988

Series VI: Rice Institute for the Arts, 1968-1976

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the William “Bill” Camfield papers, 1925-1997 MS 495



creator Camfield, William A.
Title: William “Bill” Camfield papers
Dates: Bulk, 1982-1990
Dates: 1925-1997
Abstract: The papers of art historian William Camfield include correspondence concerning Rice University Cullinan Visiting Professors, gift of Mrs. George R. Brown for sculpture for Rice University Campus, photographs and slides, newspaper clippings and brochures of Rice exhibits and sculpture. Also included is material concerning the Rice Institute for the Arts. There are also tapes of lectures by Robert Irwin, Cullinan Lecturer.
Identification: MS 495
Quantity: 2.5 cubic ft.(5 boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

William “Bill” Camfield came to Rice University in 1969 as an Associate Professor of Art History. Prior to coming to Rice, he taught at the University of St. Thomas (1964-69) and came to Rice when Dominique and John deMenil left the sponsorship at St. Thomas and proposed moving those activities to Rice University.

He served as acting chairman of the Rice University Art Department in 1970-72 and again in 1999-2001. He became a full professor in 1977 and became the Joseph and Joanna Nazro Mullen Professor of Art History in 1980. He taught courses on European and American art and art history, Cubism, Dada and Surrealism. He has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, American Philosophical Society and ACLS.

Dr. Camfield originated the internship course that sends a number of Rice students to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston each semester. As a surprise at his retirement, the William A. Camfield Fellowship was announced. It will provide support to allow one Rice undergraduate per year to spend two semesters in a working internship at the museum.

He has published books on Frank Freed, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia and numerous articles. He received his B.A. in Art History in 1957 from Princeton University, and his MA (1961) and Ph.D. (1964) from Yale University.

Dr. Camfield retired from his teaching position at Rice in 2002.

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Scope and Contents

The William Camfield papers include correspondence concerning Visiting Professors from the Craig Francis Cullinan Visiting Chair in Fine Arts, Architecture and Urban Planning program, a gift of Mrs. George R. Brown for sculpture for Rice University Campus, photographs and slides, newspaper clippings and brochures of Rice exhibits and sculpture. Correspondents include Mrs.Geogre R. Brown, Robert Irwin, Michael Heizer, Ellsworth Kelly, David Parsons, William McVey, John Angel, Isamu Noguchi, and others. Also included are material concerning the Rice Institute for the Arts and tapes of lectures by Robert Irwin, Cullinan Lecturer.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from the William “Bill” Camfield papers, 1925-1997, MS 495, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Angel, John, 1881-1960
Brown, Alice Pratt
Camfield, William A.
Heizer, Michael
Irwin, Robert, 1928-
Kelly, Ellsworth
McVey, William M.
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988
Parsons, David G.
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University. Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts.
Genres
clippings (information artifacts)
corrrespondence
lecture notes
photographs
slides (photographs)

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Related Material

See also Information Files for Camfield, William and for Art and Art History Department.

See also (Department of) Fine Arts Record Group.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William “Bill” Camfield Papers, MS 495, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Provenance

This collection was received from Dr. William Camfield after his retirement, 2002-2003.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I : Meetings, 1982-1993

Box Folder
1 1 Documents/Meetings 1982-1993

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Series II: Craig Francis Cullinan Visiting Chair in Fine Arts, Architecture and Urban Planning program, 1984-1995

Subseries A: Cullinan Visiting Professors; 1984-1991:
Box Folder
1 2 Frampton [Kenneth] 1984-1985
3 Jackson [John B.] 1985-1986
4 Kostoff [Spiro] 1986-1987
5 Irwin [Robert] 1987-1988
6 Rowe [Colin] 1989-1990
7 Steinberg [Leo] 1990-1991
8 Steinberg – Correspondence 1990-1992
9 Koolhaas [Rem] 1991-1992
Subseries B: General Correspondence, 1986-1995
Box Folder
1 10 Irwin [Robert]; Correspondence 1986
11 Irwin [Robert]; Correspondence 1987
12 Irwin [Robert]; Correspondence 1988
13 Irwin [Robert]; Photographs of scrim exhibit
14 Paul Hester – Proof sheets: photos of Irwin installation
Box Folder
2 1 Irwin – Adcock texts; correspondence 1990-1996
2 Irwin – Adcock texts; correspondence 1991
3 Irwin – Adcock texts; correspondence 1993
4 Irwin – Adcock texts; correspondence 1995

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Series III: Brown Family Sculpture Gift, 1978-1984

Box Folder
2 5 Mrs. Brown/Heizer Sculpture; correspondence 1982-1984
6 Miscellaneous Correspondence [Heizer files] 1982-1984
7 Proposal [for choice of Michael Heizer as sculptor for Brown Family’s gift to Rice] March 13, 1984
8 Heizer [Michael]; correspondence 1983-1984
9 Heizer [Michael]; correspondence 1985-1988
Box Folder
3 1 Pelli [Cesar]; correspondence 1983
2 Christo [Javacheff[; correspondence 1983-1984
3 di Suvero [Mark]; correspondence 1983-1984
4 Kelly [Ellsworth]; correspondence 1983-1984
5 Noguchi [Isamu]; correspondence 1983-1984
6 Snelson [Kenneth]; correspondence 1983
7 Parsons [David]; correspondence 1978-1984
8 Notes, Lists, Etc. [pertaining to Brown sculpture] 1982-1983

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Series IV: General Correspondence, 1925-1997

Box Folder
3 9 Gillis [Pres. Malcolm] – Portraitists; correspondence 1993
10 Institute for the Arts, Rice [University]; correspondence 1969-1977
11 Willy’s Statue/John Angel; correspondence 1925-1963
12 Parsons [David]; correspondence 1942-1982
13 McVey [William] – Sculpture Project; correspondence 1983-1984
14 Milles [Carl] Sculpture at Rice; undated notes n.d.
15 Dorothy Hood/Fondren Library Rice; correspondence 1991-1997
16 Brick Row Book Shop, Private French Collection; correspondence 1971

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Series V: Slides, Photographs, and Lectures, 1988

Box Folder
4 1 Slides of Robert Irwin scrim exhibit; March 1988
2 Robert Irwin – Scrim Exhibit, 1988; photograph negatives (Paul Hester, photographer)
3 Subseries A: Cullinan Lectures – Robert Irwin, tapes of lectures, October 1987 & March 1988 October 1987 & March 1988
October 21, 1987 (2 original cassette tapes, and digitized version on 4 cd's, created 2007)
"Myth and Terms" March 7, 1988 (original cassette tapes 1 & 2, and digitized version on 2 cd's, created 2007)
"Myth and Terms" March 7, 1988 (original cassette tape labeled "incomplete - ran out of tape; gap" and cassette labeled "Reel 1 - March 9", and digitized versions on 3 cd's, created 2007)
"Modern Art - A Radical History" March 14, 1988 (3 original cassette tapes, and digitized versions on 3 cd's, created 2007)
March 21, 1988 (4 cassette tapes, unplayable, unable to digitize)
March 28, 1988 (2 original cassette tapes, and digitized version on 3 cd's, created 2007)

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Series VI: Rice Institute for the Arts, 1968-1976

Box Folder
5 1 Flyers – Announcements 1969-1976
2 Clippings 1969-1974
3 Moser Scrapbook 1968-1970

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