Finding Aid of the Norman B. Weston Collection, 1927 - 1985, PC.1870


Finding Aid of the Norman B. Weston Collection, 1927 - 1985, PC.1870


Norman Betts Weston (1913-2000) and Anne Howard Chapin (1913-1992) were students at Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, North Carolina) from 1933-1938 and were married in January, 1935. The majority of the collection is made up of photographs and printed matter collected by Mr. and Mrs. Weston while students at Black Mountain, however a significant element in the collection relates to Josef and Anni Albers during their post-Black Mountain College period.

Descriptive Summary

Norman B. Weston Collection
Call Number
Weston, Norman Betts, 1913-2000
1927 - 1985
79.00 items
Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.1870, Norman B. Weston Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, NC, USA.

Collection Overview

The bulk of this material is made up of photographs and printed matter collected by Mr. and Mrs. Weston while students at Black Mountain College (BMC). A significant element in the collection relates to Josef and Anni Albers during their post-Black Mountain College period. The collection also includes information about John Evarts, photographs of John A. Rice and other BMC teachers, and various original college publications.

Biographical and Historical No

In 1933 John Andrew Rice and a small group of faculty at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, resigned during a controversy over educational methods employed at the college. The dissidents under Rice then agreed to found a college of their own with an organizational and educational plan that embodied the principles of progressive education and that raised study of the fine arts to the full curricular status. In casting about for facilities suitable as a physical plant for their college, they hit upon property belonging to the Young Men's Christian Association at Black Mountain, North Carolina. Here they founded Black Mountain College in the fall of 1933. Among the Rollins College students who followed their teachers into the new college were Norman Betts Weston (1913-2000) and Anne Howard Chapin (1913-1992). Mr. Weston and Miss Chapin were married in January, 1935. Miss Chapin had been a student at Rollins College from 1930 until 1933, and Mr. Weston during the school year of 1932-1933. Both were at Black Mountain College from 1933 until 1938, the period that saw the original faculty at Black Mountain College strengthened by the addition of European educators forced by war from their campuses in Europe.

Contents of the Collection

1. Collection, 1927 - 1985

Christmas Cards from Josef and Anni Albers
Folder 1
Rollins College Report
Folder 2
Letter, Fred Mangold, Gilbertsville, NY,Feb. 18, 1971
Folder 3
Josef Albers Exhibitions
Folder 4
n.d., At New Art Circle, J.B. Neumann, director, 509 Madison Ave., NY, March 9-30. Invitation card; Listing of works in oil and works in glass exhibited at the New Art Circle.
At the Artists' Gallery, 33 West S Street, NY., 1938 Dec. 6-31
Folder 5
Roof, backside of Robert E. Lee Hall: Alice Lee Swan (left) and an unidentified female figure in right and male figure in between. Taking the sun. [Porch roof?], 1933
[Same location] John Evarts and John Applegate taking the sun on a blanket. [Porch roof?], [1933]
Bobbie Dreier (Mrs. Theodore) taking the sun on a blanket on the roof of Robert E. Lee Hall. [Porch roof?], 1933-4?
1937?, Aldous Huxley(?), John Rice, Nan Weston - on a picnic.
Picnic, left to right: Nan Weston, John Evarts, John Rice, Aldous Huxley(?), 1937?
n.d., Frank Rice and Mitz Martin(?)
n.d., Josef Albers art class on porch at Robert E. Lee Hall-any year.
Spring, John A. Rice and Davis Bailey, Black Mountain., 1935
John Andrew Rice playing with dogs, clipped from an unidentified BMC publication., 1935-1938
n.d., John Andrew Rice sitting in chair in Robert E. Lee Hall, clipped from unidentified BMC publication.
John Andrew Rice, pencil drawing, by Anne Chapin Weston(?), Welcome Home. All is forgiven, c. 1938
n.d., Frank Rice and others with a cut tree, clipped from unidentified BMC publication.
John Evarts Material
Folder 6
Lebenslauf, John Evarts.
Aus dem Musik-Programm anlasslich der Ausstellungeroffnung. Georg Muche - und Bauhauszeit. Berlin., 18 September 1980
Josef and Anni Albers Material
Folder 7
1935. Reprint from Progressive Education, Art as Experience by Josef Albers., October, 1935
Article from House and Garden, by Nicholas Fox Weber, Weaving Wonders: One of the last great Bauhaus teachers, Anni Albers has brought color and texture to the Modern Movement, July, 1985
Black Mountain College Publications
Folder 8
Catalogs, 1933-1942
No. 2
No. 5
No. 6
No. 7
Audit, Nov. 5, 1936
Lake Eden
Lake Eden Inn and Cottages, 1939 Season
Lake Eden Inn and Cottages, 1939 Season
Special Summer Music Courses in Voice and Piano at Lake Eden Inn (Music School, Black Mountain College), 1940
Miscellaneous publications
Josef Albers. Announcing design for Black Mountain College seal and bookplate, 1935 March
n.d. brochure, Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, North Carolina
Black Mountain College Work Camp, June 30-July 26, and July 28-August 23 [1941?]
Converting the Impossible into the Actual, [1941?]
Black Mountain College Typed and Mimeographed Material
Folder 9
Raleigh, N.C.The Secretary of the state of North Carolina has just granted a charter to Black Mountain College., 1933 Aug 24
n.d., Black Mountain College, Railroad Station, Black Mountain, N.C.; Post Office, Blue Ridge, N.C. Because of delays in printing a catalogue, the following preliminary announcement is being sent out.
n.d., Black Mountain College by Dr. Erwin Straus
General Meeting: May 1938, W. R. Wunsch, 1938 May
Dear Mr. Rice, I heard about the plans or considerations of sending away from here Mr. King during the vacation., 1938 Jan 28
There Ought to be a Law at Black Mountain Against...well, SOMETHING: ANYTHING, 1938 Thanksgiving
n.d., Proposal for an Organic Democracy at Black Mountain College
Summer Vacation Addresses, 1938
Summer Addresses, n.d.
Address by Josef Albers Given at the Black Mountain College Meeting Held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, January 9, 1940
Black Mountain College Printed Programs,
Folder 10
4 Painters Albers, Dreier, Drewes, Kelpe, [1936?]
the danse macabre A Sociological Study, 1938 May 14
The Black Mountain College Players present Candida a pleasant play by George Bernard Shaw, 1938 May 28
Newspaper Clippings/Offprints
Folder 11
The Dayton Daily News, Nov. 10, 1934
New York Herald Tribune, Jan. 10, 1940
1936. New York Times Cooperative Education: A Social Experiment in the Carolina Mountains, June 7, 1936
The Golden Door (Smithsonian Institution) [Exhibition], May 20-Oct 20, 1976
Empty envelope with the note: "Interview with Mary Harris, of BMC Project, in file drawer under B."

Subject Headings

  • Albers, Anni
  • Albers, Josef
  • Duberman, Martin B.
  • Evarts, John
  • Mangold, Frederick R., 1907-1971
  • Rice, John Andrew, b. 1888
  • Weston, Anne Howard Chapin, 1913-1992
  • Weston, Norman Betts, 1913-2000
  • Weston, Anne Howard Chapin, 1913-1992
  • Albers, Anni
  • Albers, Josef
  • Duberman, Martin
  • Evarts, John
  • Rice, John Andrew, 1888-
  • Mangold, Frederick R.
  • Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
  • Rollins College (Winter Park, Fla.)
  • Education, Humanistic
  • Universities and colleges--North Carolina--History
  • Universities and colleges
  • Education, Humanistic
  • Christmas cards
  • College teachers
  • Black Mountain (N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Gift, Norman B. Weston, Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Chapel Hill, NC, 1997. During March-April, 2012, these records were moved from the State Archives building in Raleigh to the Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by George Stevenson, April, 2002
  • Encoded by Ashley Yandle, May 18, 2002; additional encoding, May, 2010