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Roberta Blair Collection


Roberta Blair attended Black Mountain College during the first Summer Art Institute which was held July 16-September 15, 1944. Black Mountain College was an experimental school located in Black Mountain, N.C. Established in 1933 by John A. Rice and others, the purpose of the college was to educate the whole person, with an emphasis on the role of the arts and creative thinking.The letters and accompanying photographs and slides which make up this collection reflect Roberta Blair's experiences during that period.

Title

Roberta Blair Collection

Collection Number

PC.1586

Date(s)

1944

Language

English

Physical Description
Genre/Physical Characteristic

Letters

Physical Description
Items
27
Genre/Physical Characteristic

including 6 letters, 8 color slides, 5 black and white photographs, 4 printed photographs, 4 8x10 black and white photographs

Physical Description
Items
27.00
Abstract

Roberta Blair attended Black Mountain College during the first Summer Art Institute which was held July 16-September 15, 1944. Black Mountain College was an experimental school located in Black Mountain, N.C. Established in 1933 by John A. Rice and others, the purpose of the college was to educate the whole person, with an emphasis on the role of the arts and creative thinking.

The letters and accompanying photographs and slides which make up this collection reflect Roberta Blair's experiences during that period.

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Western Regional Archives.

Creator

Blair, Roberta

Repository

Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by Cathy Jackson, September, 1975

Encoded by Ashley Yandle, May 30, 2002; additional encoding, May, 2010


Roberta Blair attended Black Mountain College during the first Summer Art Institute, July 16 - September 15, 1944. Black Mountain College was an experimental school located in Black Mountain, N.C. Established in 1933 by John A. Rice and others, the purpose of the college was to educate the whole person, with an emphasis on the role of the arts and creative thinking. Summer institutes in music and art were held in alternate years from 1943-1948. Classes were taught by an assortment of innovative faculty and lecturers most often invited by Josef Albers.


[Identification of item], PC.1586, Roberta Blair Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, NC, USA.


Gift of Miss Roberta Blair, Vineland, New Jersey, September 15, 1975; accessioned September 15, 1975. Addition, gift of Roberta Blair on March 22, 1976; 4 items (8 x 10 black and white photographs); accessioned March 25, 1976. During March-April, 2012, these records were moved from the State Archives building in Raleigh to the Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov.

  1.  List of Black Mountain College collections at the Western Regional Archives.
  2.  Black Mountain College Records, 1933-1956, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C. (These records have been described in the online Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS). See link above.)
  3.  Martin Duberman Collection, 1933-1980, PC 1678, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.
  4.  North Carolina Museum of Art, Black Mountain College Research Project, 1933-1973, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.

Six letters to her mother describe some of Roberta Blair's daily activities, her life with other girls staying at a cottage not far from the main campus, the mountain scenery and climate, and her impressions of professors and cultural activities at Black Mountain College. The accompanying photographs and slides include pictures of Josef Albers, Jose de Creeft, Jean Charlot, other instructors and students, and some of the campus buildings.


  • Albers, Josef
  • Blair, Roberta
  • Breitenbach, Josef, 1896-1984
  • Charlot, Jean, 1898-1979
  • De Creeft, Jose, 1884-1982
  • Blair, Roberta
  • Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
  • Art--Study and teaching--United States--History--20th century
  • College buildings--North Carolina
  • College students--North Carolina--Social life and customs--20th century
  • Universities and colleges--North Carolina--Curricula
  • Women art students
  • Women college students--North Carolina
  • Summer Sessions
  • Universities and colleges
  • Art Centers
  • Art in Education
  • Art Teachers
  • Sculptors
  • College students
  • Intellectual life
  • Physical education and training
  • College buildings
  • School grounds
  • Educators
  • Black Mountains (N.C.)--Description and travel