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Jesse D. Green Black Mountain College Collection


Jesse D. Green (b. 1928) attended Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, N.C. between 1946 and 1948. Green completed his undergraduate work in Reed College, Portland, Oregon, where he earned a B.A. degree in June 1951. He formed a representative collection of 105 items ranging from 1940 to 1980 relating to Black Mountain College or published by the college. This collection is comprised of letters, brochures, articles, and assorted college publications.

Title

Jesse D. Green Black Mountain College Collection

Collection Number

PC.1871

Date(s)

1940-1980

Abstract

Jesse D. Green (b. 1928) attended Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, N.C. between 1946 and 1948. Green completed his undergraduate work in Reed College, Portland, Oregon, where he earned a B.A. degree in June 1951. He formed a representative collection of 105 items ranging from 1940 to 1980 relating to Black Mountain College or published by the college.

This collection is comprised of letters, brochures, articles, and assorted college publications.

Physical Location

WRA:5A01

Creator

Jesse D. Green

Repository

Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina


Gift


Jesse D. Green (b. 1928) is the son of Jesse Dawes Green and Arleva Cooper Green. He attended high school in Stanley, Wisconsin, and completed is studies [grades 11-14] at the University of Chicago.

In the fall of 1946, Green entered Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, N.C., where he continued his studies until August 1948. Green completed his undergraduate work in Reed College, Portland, Oregon, where he earned a B.A. degree in June 1951. He formed a representative collection of 105 items ranging from 1940 to 1980 relating to Black Mountain College or published by the college. Of these materials, 80 of them duplicated materials already in the North Carolina State Archives, and on this account were sent by his direc­tion to the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center at Asheville, N.C. The remaining 25 items of printed matter and photocopies items were retained by the State Archives.


Jesse D. Green, Evanston, IL, 1995


Items retained by the Archives as constituent parts of the collection are as follows:

(1) Copies of two 1967 letters. One is from Prof. William Wasserstrom (1922-1985) of Syracuse University to Prof. Martin Duberman (1930- ) of Princeton University concerning their independently conceived histories of Black Mountain College, and having attached to it a copy of Duberman's newspaper notice of his projected history. The other is a five-page letter from Jesse D. Green to Prof. Wasserstrom responding to Wasserstrom's ques­tionnaire (not present in the collection) about the college. The folder also includes a sheet with xerographic copies of seven Black Mountain College­related photographs owned by Green.

(2) Josef Albers (1886-1976) Exhibition, 1949. A quadrifold brochure, printed grey ink on black glossy paper, announcing two simultaneous exhibitions of paintings by Albers at two New York galleries, Jan. 24 - Feb. 24, 1949-fifteen paintings in black, grey, and white dating from 1931 through 1946 at the Egan Gallery, and seventeen paintings titled "Variants" dating from 1947 to 1948 at Sidney Janis Gallery.

(3) Albert William Levi (1911-1988) (rector at Black Mountain College in the 1940s). Six articles written by Levi and.reprinted from Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, v.24, no.3 Journal of Aesthetic Education, v.8, no. 4, and v.10, nos. 1,.3, and 4; Journal of General Education, v.28, no.4; and Critical Inquiry, v.3, no.1), and one monograph, "Nature and Art" published by the Graduate School of Tulane University (1980).

(4) Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951). The first five pages of an incom­plete typescript of text for a lecture on the subject of creator and creation given by Schoenberg at the University of Chicago in 1945 or 1946.

(5) Black Mountain College Articles. Reprint of a newspaper article published in the January 10, 1940, issue of the New York Herald Tribune, and an article by Martin Duberman, "Black Mountain 1934-1956: Reflections on the Pioneer Living/Learning Community" (Change, the Magazine of Higher Learning, v.4, no.8 (Summer, 1972), pages 30-46).

(6) Black Mountain College Publications, etc."The Meaning of Art", by Josef Albers (delivered at the college, May 6, 1940); "The Dead Letter and the Living Word", by Erwin Straus (delivered at the college, December, 1940); "The Community Work Program" (n.d.); "This is Not a Community Bulle­tin", January 1, 1947; "Rough Analysis of Income and Expense in Terms of Enrollment", by T. R., 5/6/47; "Murals, 'Inspiration' and 'Learning' by Jean Charlot, 1944, on pylons of New Studies Building" (picture postcard).

(7) Black Mountain Colleg 'Review, vol. l, no .l (June 1951).

(8) Miscellanea. Two 5 x 7 in. prints of unidentified abstract paintings, numbered in ink on the back, I and II. Pendle Hill Bulletin No.139 (February 1958).

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  • Albers, Josef
  • Albert William Levi, 1911-1988
  • Straus, Erwin W. (Erwin Walter), 1891-1975
  • Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951
  • Wasserstrom, William 1922-1985
  • Green, Jesse D., b. 1928
  • Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
  • Black Mountain (N.C.)