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Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

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 MS 482



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 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

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:
Missing Title
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. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

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

notes
typescripts
photographs
clippings (information artifacts)
corrrespondence
Chillman, James H., Jr.
Chillman, Helen
Rice University. Department of Architecture
Moody, John Wyatt

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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 Correspondence 1956-1959
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

Box Folder
1 11 University of Pennsylvania, (NIL) 1913-1963
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

Box Folder
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

Box Folder
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
Box Folder
4 - ns2:type="simple" ns2:href="" render="italic">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
- ns2:type="simple" ns2:href="" render="italic">Pencil Points January 1942
- Yearbooks of the 26th and 30th annual architects exhibits, Philadelphia 1923, 1927
- ns2:type="simple" ns2:href="" render="italic">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.
- ns2:type="simple" ns2:href="" render="italic">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
Box Folder
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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