Finding Aid of the Mary Gregory Papers, 1965 - 1989, PC.1895


Finding Aid of the Mary Gregory Papers, 1965 - 1989, PC.1895


Mary Gregory (1914 - 2006) taught woodworking and crafts at Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.) from 1941-1947.
Although this collection includes a few writings and photographs relating to Black Mountain College, it primarily conisists of photographs and technical drawings dating from the period when Ms. Gregory had her own woodworking shop (1954-1988) and when she taught at Concord Academy, Concord, Massachusetts.

Descriptive Summary

Mary Gregory Papers
Call Number
Gregory, Mary, 1914-2006
1965 - 1989
Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina

Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.1895, Mary Gregory Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, NC, USA.

Collection Overview

Except for writings on Black Mountain College and four photographs relating to the college in the 1940s, this collection of photographs and technical drawings dates from the period when Ms. Gregory had her own woodworking shop (1954-1988) and when she taught at Concord Academy, Concord, Massachusetts. Among the photographs are examples of furniture, cabinetry, church furnishings, and carvings made by Ms. Gregory, and, from the closing two decades of her practice, houses and outbuildings designed by her. The writings and collection of photographs are stored in a fibredex box and are shelved in their proper place among the collections of private papers. The large technical drawings, which include her house designs and plans for interior woodwork, are housed in the map case containing double oversized materials from private papers.

The 52 photographs of interiors showing woodwork by Ms. Gregory have been gathered by similarity of detail and put into six folders. Proximity, however, does not always suggest relationship among these 52 photographs.

Arrangement Note

Three (3) series: Black Mountain College; Photographs; and Architecture Drawings and Plans

Biographical Note

Mary Gregory, a lifelong New Englander, was educated in Bennington College, from which she received a bachelor of arts degree in 1936. From 1936 to 1941 Ms. Gregory taught sculpture, painting, life drawing, shop, and scenery construction at Cambridge School, Kendal Green, Massachusetts. She joined the Black Mountain College faculty as an apprentice teacher in 1941, was instructor in crafts at the college in 1942/43, and instructor in woodworking from 1943-1944 to 1946-1947.

Contents of the Collection

1. Material relating to Black Mountain College

Scope and Content:

8 items in 2 subseries

Black Mountain College Special Issue, The Arts Journal (Asheville, NC), v.3, no.7, Apr. 1978
Black Mountain College: A Golden Seed by M. C. Richards, in Craft Horizons, pages 20-22, 70., June 1977
Black Mountain College: A Historical Collage, by Andrew S. Leinhoff, B.S. thesis, MIT, 1969
Black Mountain College and Work Program by John Evarts, Paris, . [Written for an English magazine, FORM, edited by Michael Weaver.] ., 1967
Student study
Farm house
T. Dreier tray for silverware
The Quiet House

2. Photographs

Mrs. Copley Amory, Jr., house, Lincoln, MA,1965
Eddy house, North Ridge, Sutton, VT,1975
Fowl house, dovecote, birdfeeder
Hutchinson house (curved stairs), Cambridge, MA,1979, 1989
Pierce barn/storage, Seal Harbor, ME,1982
Walcott house, Bessemer Hill, Dryden [Ithaca], NY,1982-1983
Shed raising
She's 80
Contact prints
Chairs and stools
Church furniture
Desks and writing tables
Music stands
Patio furniture
Tables, coffee
Tables, dining
Tables, occasional
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4: Walcott house, Bessemer Hill, Dryden [Ithaca], NY
Group 5
Group 6

3. Architecture Drawings and Plans (In Map Case)

Mrs. Copley Amory Jr. house at Lincoln, MA, 1965
Eddy house, North Ridge, Sutton, VT, 1975
Grossman house (interior woodwork), Conway, MA, 1984
Hunsaker house, Fox Ridge Farm, Lincoln, MA, 1972, 1986
Hutchinson house, Cambridge, MA, 1979, 1989
Leon mantle, 1980
Livermore house (interior woodwork), Lincoln, MA
Pierce barn/storage, Seal Harbor, ME, 1982
Sweet house (interior woodwork), Lexington, MA, 1981
Walcott house, Bessemer Hill, Dryden [Ithaca], NY, 1982, 1983
Walcott house (interior), Bessember Hill, Dryden [Ithaca], NY, 1982
Walcott house, Bessemer Hill, Dryden [Ithaca], NY, 1982
Walcott house, Old Field, Long Island, NY, 1977, 1978

Subject Headings

  • Gregory, Mary, 1914-
  • Concord Academy (Concord, Mass.)
  • Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
  • Architecture, Domestic--United States--20th century--Designs and plans.
  • Architecture--United States--Details.
  • Cabinetwork--United States--History--20th century.
  • Carving (Decorative arts)--United States.
  • Church furniture--United States.
  • Furniture--United States--History--20th century.
  • Photography of interiors.
  • Woodwork--United States--History--20th century.
  • Woodwork
  • Furniture
  • Church furniture
  • Carving (Decorative arts)
  • Architecture, Domestic
  • House construction
  • Acquisitions Information

    Gift, Miss Mary Gregory, Hingham, MA, 1999. 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, August, 1999
  • Encoded by Ashley Yandle, May, 2002
  • Updated to EAD 2002, Lee Todd, November, 2007