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Norman B. Weston Collection


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.

Title

Norman B. Weston Collection

Collection Number

PC.1870

Date(s)

1927 - 1985

Language

English

Physical Description
Genre/Physical Characteristic

Letters

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Photographs

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Pamphlets

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Articles

Physical Description
Items
76
Physical Description
Items
79.00
Abstract

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.

Physical Location

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

Physical Location

WRA:5A05

Creator

Weston, Norman Betts, 1913-2000

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 George Stevenson, April, 2002

Encoded by Ashley Yandle, May 18, 2002; additional encoding, May, 2010


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.


Gift, Norman B. Weston, Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Chapel Hill, NC, 1997


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


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.


Black Mountain College Research Project


Anni Albers Collection


Black Mountain College Records


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 State Archives of North Carolina.
  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.  Mr. and Mrs. Frederick R. Mangold Papers, PC.1520, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.
  5.  North Carolina Museum of Art, Black Mountain College Research Project, 1933-1973, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.

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.


  • 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
  • Must Assign Value.
  • 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.)

Physical Description
Items
3.00

Folder: 1  
Christmas Cards from Josef and Anni Albers

Scope and Content

23 Christmas Cards from Josef and Anni Albers representing reproductions of 21 works by Josef Albers (2 of the cards were used again in subsequent years). Many of them do not have titles. Others do: Overlapping, 1927; Sanctuary, 1942; XXXplusXXX=60 [ms title in pencil]; Homage to the Square; [name in series lacking, but original oil on masonite panel owned by Yale Univ. Art Gallery]; Home to the Square: Glow, 1966; [Homage to the Square: name in series lacking, but black center square on white, blue, and grey squares]; [Homage to the Square: n ame in series lacking, but squares in varieties of green]; White Line Square XV (Red) (used in two different years); Intaglio Solo X, 1953; Ascension, 1973; others without title. Post card, J.A. from Mexico to "Liebe Westons."

Folder: 2  
Rollins College Report

Scope and Content

 "Rollins College Report," reprint from  AAUP Bulletin, Nov. 1933;  "Rollins College vs. the AAUP" in  Rollins College Bulletin, Dec. 1933.

Folder: 3  
Letter, Fred Mangold, Gilbertsville, NY
Feb. 18, 1971

Scope and Content

Letter, Fred Mangold, Gilbertsville, NY, Feb. 18, 1971, to Norman and Nan Weston on the subject of Duberman and his history of Black Mountain College. (The Westons are sceptical; the Mangolds less so, but still somewhat sceptical.)

Folder: 4  
Josef Albers Exhibitions

27148  
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.
27149  
. At the Artists' Gallery, 33 West S Street, NY.
1938 Dec. 6-31

Folder: 5  
Photographs

27151  
, 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
27152  
, [Same location] John Evarts and John Applegate taking the sun on a blanket. [Porch roof?]
[1933]
27153  
, Bobbie Dreier (Mrs. Theodore) taking the sun on a blanket on the roof of Robert E. Lee Hall. [Porch roof?]
1933-4?
27154  
1937?, Aldous Huxley(?), John Rice, Nan Weston - on a picnic.
27155  
, Picnic, left to right: Nan Weston, John Evarts, John Rice, Aldous Huxley(?)
1937?
27156  
n.d., Frank Rice and Mitz Martin(?)
27157  
n.d., Josef Albers art class on porch at Robert E. Lee Hall-any year.
27158  
, Spring, John A. Rice and Davis Bailey, Black Mountain.
1935
27159  
, John Andrew Rice playing with dogs, clipped from an unidentified BMC publication.
1935-1938
27160  
n.d., John Andrew Rice sitting in chair in Robert E. Lee Hall, clipped from unidentified BMC publication.
27161  
, John Andrew Rice, pencil drawing, by Anne Chapin Weston(?), Welcome Home. All is forgiven
c. 1938
27162  
n.d., Frank Rice and others with a cut tree, clipped from unidentified BMC publication.

Folder: 6  
John Evarts Material

27164  
Lebenslauf, John Evarts.
27165  
Aus dem Musik-Programm anlasslich der Ausstellungeroffnung. Georg Muche - und Bauhauszeit. Berlin, .
18 September 1980

Folder: 7  
Josef and Anni Albers Material

27167  
1935. Reprint from Progressive Education, Art as Experience by Josef Albers.
October, 1935
27168  
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

Folder: 8  
Black Mountain College Publications

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
Items
3.00

27170  
Catalogs
1933-1942
27171  
1933/34
27172  
1934/35
27173  
1935/36
27174  
1936/37
27175  
1937/38
27176  
1938/39
27177  
1939/40
27178  
1941/42
27179  
Bulletins
27180  
No. 2
27181  
No. 5
27182  
No. 6
27183  
No. 7
27184  
Audit
Nov. 5, 1936
27185  
Lake Eden
27186  
Lake Eden Inn and Cottages
1939 Season
27187  
Lake Eden Inn and Cottages
1939 Season
27188  
Special Summer Music Courses in Voice and Piano, , at Lake Eden Inn (Music School, Black Mountain College)
1940
27189  
Miscellaneous publications
27190  
. Josef Albers. Announcing design for Black Mountain College seal and bookplate
1935 March
27191  
n.d. brochure, Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, North Carolina
Scope and Content

Showing views from main building, Robert E. Lee Hall, Lee Hall and swimming pool, a student's study, living room in faculty cottage, corner of a faculty study, furniture designed by a student for his study, etc.

27192  
Black Mountain College Work Camp
June 30-July 26, and July 28-August 23 [1941?]
27193  
Converting the Impossible into the Actual.
[1941?]

Folder: 9  
Black Mountain College Typed and Mimeographed Material

27195  
, Raleigh, N.C.The Secretary of the state of North Carolina has just granted a charter to Black Mountain College.
1933 Aug 24
27196  
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.
27197  
n.d., Black Mountain College by Dr. Erwin Straus
27198  
General Meeting: May 1938, W. R. Wunsch
1938 May
27199  
Dear Mr. Rice, I heard about the plans or considerations of sending away from here Mr. King during the vacation.
1938 Jan 28
27200  
There Ought to be a Law at Black Mountain Against...well, SOMETHING: ANYTHING
1938 Thanksgiving
Scope and Content

Mimeographed text to three songs sung Thanksgiving, 1938

27201  
n.d., Proposal for an Organic Democracy at Black Mountain College
Scope and Content

Two mimeographed pages purporting to come from a committee of more than twenty students.

27202  
Summer Vacation Addresses, .
1938
27203  
Summer Addresses, n.d.
27204  
Address by Josef Albers Given at the Black Mountain College Meeting Held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, January 9, 1940

Folder: 10  
Black Mountain College Printed Programs

27206  
4 Painters Albers, Dreier, Drewes, Kelpe
[1936?]
27207  
the danse macabre A Sociological Study
1938 May 14
27208  
The Black Mountain College Players present Candida a pleasant play by George Bernard Shaw
1938 May 28

Folder: 11  
Newspaper Clippings/Offprints

27210  
The Dayton Daily News
Nov. 10, 1934
27211  
New York Herald Tribune
Jan. 10, 1940
Scope and Content

Gropius and Breuer with model of proposed buildings for BMC.

27212  
1936. New York Times Cooperative Education: A Social Experiment in the Carolina Mountains
June 7, 1936
27213  
The Golden Door (Smithsonian Institution) [Exhibition]
May 20-Oct 20, 1976
27214  
Empty envelope with the note: "Interview with Mary Harris, of BMC Project, in file drawer under B."