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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Personal and Family, 1891-1972

Series II: Academic and Professional records, 1913-1972

Series III: Manuscripts and Typescripts, 1934-1972

Series IV: Photographs, Books, and printed materials, 1909-1972

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the James H. Chillman, Jr. papers, 1891-1972



Collection Summary

Creator: Moody, John Wyatt
Title: James H. Chillman, Jr. papers
Dates: 1891-1972
Abstract: Correspondence, typescripts, printed material, news clippings, photographs, books, memorabilia, dating 1891 to 1972 and covering family and professional life of James Chillman, Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Fine Arts at the Rice Institute and the first director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Many of the transcripts of his radio show "Art is Fun" are in the collection along with a thorough photographic history of his family and career. A large number of news articles are featured concerning his life and career as leading member of Houston's burgeoning academic and art communities.
Identification: MS 482
Quantity: 2.5 lin. ft. (5 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Sketch

James H. Chillman was the first director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and one of the first faculty members of the Rice Institute, now known as Rice University. In the 1950's Chillman aired a very popular radio show called "Art is Fun" which discussed art relating to Houston, popular currents, and new art, all aimed at getting the Houston community interested in art. He was the first director of the Museum of Fine Arts until the early ’50s, and he also was Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Fine Arts (part of the Department of Architecture) at Rice from the formative years into the early ’70s. He worked half time as the director and half time on the faculty at Rice. He died in 1972 after 55 years of service to the Rice community.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, typescripts, printed material, news clippings, photographs, books, memorabilia, dating 1891 to 1972 and covering family and professional life of James Chillman, a faculty member at the Rice Institute and the first director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Many of the transcripts of his radio show "Art is Fun" are in the collection along with a thorough photographic history of his family and career. A large number of news articles are featured concerning his life and career as leading member of Houston's burgeoning academic and art communities.

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Arrangement

This material has been arranged in the following four series:
Series I: Personal and Family, 1891-1972
Series II: Academic and Professional records, 1913-1972
Series III: Manuscripts and Typescripts, 1934-1972
Series IV: Photographs, Books, and printed materials, 1909-1972

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from the Chillman Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Chillman, James H., Jr.
Chillman, Helen
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University. Department of Architecture - history.
Formats
Correspondence
Notes
Typescripts
Photographs
Newsclippings

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James H. Chillman, Jr. papers, 1891-1972, MS 482, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

The collection was a gift of Helen Chillman, 1973.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Personal and Family, 1891-1972

box folder
1 1 Documents, 1891-1953
2 Correspondence, 1909-1953
3 Helen Chillman Papers, ca. 1945
4 Correspondence and documents re: Dawes Chillman, 1950-1957
5 Correspondence re: Samuel Gray, 1947-1995
6 Correspondence, 1947-1954
7 Correspondence1956-1959
8 Correspondence re: Estate of Dorothy D. Chillman, 1968-1969
9 Correspondence and miscellaneous documents, 1950-1971
10 Correspondence to family after J. Chillman's death, 1972

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Series II: Academic and Professional records, 1913-1972

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1 11 University of Pennsylvania, 1913-1963 (NIL)
12 American Academy in Rome; Photos ca. 1920's
13 American Academy in Rome; notes ca. 1922
14 American Academy in Rome; Miscellaneous 1923-1925
15 "The Casino in of the Semicircular Collonades at Hadrian's Villa, " by J.H. Chillman
16 Rice career memorabilia, 1937-1962
17 Rice related correspondence and notices, 1951-1972
18 Rice related correspondence, 1952-1972
19 Rice University: Watkin Memorial Purchases, 1952-1965
20 Bureau of University Travel, 1937-1947
21 Newspaper articles and clippings, 1917-1972
22 Houston Philosophical Society, 1920
23 Texas Medical Center, 1948-1970
24 American Institute of Architects, 1954-1971
25 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 1961
26 Kiwanis Club, 1962-1969
27 Junior Service League of Longview, 1967-1971
28 Women's Institute, 1969-1970

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Series III: Manuscripts and Typescripts, 1934-1972

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2 1 Lecture and speech notes, 1934, 1939, n.d.
2 Lecture notes, exams, etc., 1964-1972
3 Lecture notes, ca. 1965
4 Lecture notes, ca. 1968-1969
5 Typescript and manuscript of a lecture, n.d.
6-7 "Art is Fun," manuscript and typescript notes, 1949-1957
6-7 Draft of articles, n.d.
6-7 Manuscript on Frederick Remington, 1947
6-7 Typescripts, drawings, photos, ca. 1920's
6-7 Notebooks of drawings and sketches, n.d.

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Series IV: Photographs, Books, and printed materials, 1909-1972

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3 - Family album photographs, ca. 1915-1920
- Photos: Rice, Europe, etc., 1920-1960
- Framed brass medals: Society of Beaux Arts, 1913-1914
- Painting "Texas Pines", n.d. Funeral Register, 1972
- Certificates (rolled and boxed), Stella Della Soledarieta Italiana, 1958
- Northeast 50th reunion yearbook, 1959
- Who's Who in Northeast, 1909
- Northeast class record, 1909
- University of Pennsylvania class record, 1913
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4 - River Oaks by Ron Diddle, 1929
- Rice University Certificate of Merit, 1962
- American Student Competitions, 1912-1913
- Large rolled photo of Northeast 50th Reunion, 1959
- Pencil Points, January 1942
- Yearbooks of the 26th and 30th annual architects exhibits, Philadelphia, 1923, 1927
- 100 Drawings by Diego Rivera, 1949
- "The Casino of the Semicircular Collonades at Hadrian's Villa," by James Chillman (three copies)
- Stucco Reliefs of the of the First and Second Centuries Still Extant in Rome, n.d.
- River Oaks: Eighteenth Year, 1941
- Blaffer Room Clambake Medal of Honor, 1963
- Certificate from American Academy in Rome, 1922
- Certificate of Fellowship AIA, 1950
- Kiwanis plaque for 50 years of service, 1969
- Documents re: River Oaks estate, 1924-1973
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5 - Drawing of a "Restoration of the so called Gedicula Tiburtine Vila of The Emperor Hadrian," by Chillman (4 feet, 11 in. wide by 15 in. , 1921)

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