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Mary Gregory Papers


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.

Title

Mary Gregory Papers

Collection Number

PC.1895

Date(s)

1965 - 1989

Language

English

Physical Description
Genre/Physical Characteristic

Articles

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Photographs

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Drawing

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Notes

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Manuscripts

Physical Description
Items
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Abstract

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.

Physical Location

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

Physical Location

WRA:5A01

Creator

Gregory, Mary, 1914-2006

Repository

Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina


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


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, August, 1999

Encoded by Ashley Yandle, May, 2002

Updated to EAD 2002, Lee Todd, November, 2007


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.


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


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.


Black Mountain College Records


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us.


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.


  • 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

8 items in 2 subseries

26831  
Writings

26832  
Black Mountain College Special Issue, The Arts Journal (Asheville, NC), v.3, no.7
Apr. 1978
26833  
Black Mountain College: A Golden Seed by M. C. Richards, in Craft Horizons, pages 20-22, 70.
June 1977
26834  
Black Mountain College: A Historical Collage, by Andrew S. Leinhoff, B.S. thesis, MIT
1969
26835  
Black Mountain College and Work Program by John Evarts, Paris, . [Written for an English magazine, FORM, edited by Michael Weaver.] .
1967

26836  
Photographs

Scope and Content

4 black and white photographs

26837  
Student study
26838  
Farm house
26839  
T. Dreier tray for silverware
26840  
The Quiet House

26841  
Architecture

26842  
Mrs. Copley Amory, Jr., house, Lincoln, MA
1965
26843  
Eddy house, North Ridge, Sutton, VT
1975
26844  
Fowl house, dovecote, birdfeeder
26845  
Hutchinson house (curved stairs), Cambridge, MA
1979, 1989
26846  
Pierce barn/storage, Seal Harbor, ME
1982
26847  
Walcott house, Bessemer Hill, Dryden [Ithaca], NY
1982-1983
26848  
Shed
26849  
Shed raising
26850  
She's 80
26851  
Unidentified

26852  
Furniture

26853  
Contact prints
26854  
Beds
26855  
Chairs and stools
26856  
Chests
26857  
Church furniture
26858  
Desks and writing tables
26859  
Music stands
26860  
Patio furniture
26861  
Tables, coffee
26862  
Tables, dining
26863  
Tables, occasional
26864  
Miscellaneous

26865  
Interiors

Scope and Content

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.

26866  
Group 1
26867  
Group 2
26868  
Group 3
26869  
Group 4: Walcott house, Bessemer Hill, Dryden [Ithaca], NY
26870  
Group 5
26871  
Group 6

26872  
Mrs. Copley Amory Jr. house at Lincoln, MA
1965

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
19 items (16 original pencil drawings; 3 line prints)

Scope and Content

Elevations, floor plans, schedules, cabinetry, and site plats.

26873  
Eddy house, North Ridge, Sutton, VT
1975

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
18 original pencil drawings (one with added color)

Scope and Content

Elevations, floor plans, specifications, cabinetry, fireplaces, and schedules for dwelling house and outbuildings.

26874  
Grossman house (interior woodwork), Conway, MA
1984

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
1 original pencil drawing

Scope and Content

Floor plans and interior elevations suggesting alterations to be made in the house.

26875  
Hunsaker house, Fox Ridge Farm, Lincoln, MA
1972, 1986

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
7 items (5 original pencil drawings; 2 blue line prints)

Scope and Content

Floor plans and specifications for a heifer shed and for alterations to the cottage, and a site plat.

26876  
Hutchinson house, Cambridge, MA
1979, 1989

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
17 items (15 original pencil drawings-8 of them partially inked: 1 blue line print; 1 typed sheet of specifications)

Scope and Content

Elevations, floor plans, and specifications for alterations to the dwelling house and creation of a curved patio stair.

26877  
Leon mantle
1980

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
1 original pencil drawing

Scope and Content

Elevation, plan and sections for a living room mantle for Mr. and Mrs. Fernando S. Leon, Ann Arbor, MI.

26878  
Livermore house (interior woodwork), Lincoln, MA

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
10 items (7 original pencil drawings; 3 blue line prints)

Scope and Content

Chiefly drawing for cabinetry and fireplace treatment (including mantle); blue line prints are elevation and floor plans.

26879  
Pierce barn/storage, Seal Harbor, ME
1982

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
1 original pencil drawing

Scope and Content

Elevation and floor plan.

26880  
Sweet house (interior woodwork), Lexington, MA
1981

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
2 original pencil drawings

Scope and Content

Floor plans and elevations for cabinetry.

26881  
Walcott house, Bessemer Hill, Dryden [Ithaca], NY
1982, 1983

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
20 original pencil drawings (16 of them partially inked)

Scope and Content

Drafts and re-drafts of elevations, floor plans, and specifications.

26882  
Walcott house (interior), Bessember Hill, Dryden [Ithaca], NY
1982

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
5 original pencil drawings

Scope and Content

Elevations and plans for cabinetry, bannister, and newel post.

26883  
Walcott house, Bessemer Hill, Dryden [Ithaca], NY
1982

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
11 items (4 original pencil drawings; 1 negative ozalid transparency; 3 black line prints; 1 USGS quadrangle sheet entitled, Ithaca East, New York; 1 blue line print, 1 MS height readings on ruled yellow tablet paper).

26884  
Walcott house, Old Field, Long Island, NY
1977, 1978

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
9 items (8 original pencil drawings; 1 sheet of notes in ink)

Scope and Content

Elevations, floor plans, details, and interior woodwork elevations.