Edward W. Rannells papers

Descriptive Summary

Title
Edward W. Rannells papers
Creator
Rannells, Edward W. (Warder), 1892-1972
Extent
1.75 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Art -- History
Art -- Exhibitions
Art -- Study and teaching
Art -- Kentucky.
Art -- History -- Outlines, syllabi, etc.
Humanities -- Study and teaching
Artists -- Kentucky.
Art teachers
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into five series by subject and chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Melissa Coulston
Preferred Citation
1982ua017 [identification of item], Edward W. Rannells papers, 1928-1971, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
University of Kentucky professor of art and Head of the Department of Art from 1929-1966, Edward W. Rannells was largely responsible for the development of an extensive program in the humanities and was a dedicated advocate of art education. Edward Warder Rannells was born on November 12, 1892, in Osceola, Missouri, to John Warder and Sarah Cartmell Rannells. His family moved to Idaho, and Rannells attended secondary school in various places in Idaho, Ohio, and Missouri. After several years as an accountant in Oregon and Ohio and serving in as sergeant-major with the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I from 1917-1918, Rannells completed a bachelor of arts degree at Ohio State University in 1926. Rannells also completed a master of arts in education at the University of Chicago in 1942. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky in January 1929, Rannells served as Instructor of Art at Ohio State University and as Associate Dean of the Art School at the Art Institute of Chicago. During his tenure at the University of Kentucky, Rannells was closely involved with four Public Works of Art Project/Works Progress Administration-funded murals and paintings in Kentucky, organizing art exhibitions locally and at the national level. He was a very vocal advocate for arts appreciation within the Lexington community. Although he wrote and spoke extensively on the topic of art education and other topics of pedagogy, Rannells was personally more interested in the creation of art and the study of art history. He was committed to the idea that arts education should be pursued in a complementary combination of art creation and art history and the faculty and curriculum of the Department of Art reflected that conviction. Rannells was also active in several professional associations, including the National Education Association, the Arts Association, the National Committee on Art Education, and the Kentucky Association of Art Education. Rannells retired from the University of Kentucky in 1966, but remained closely associated with the Department of Art and the University until his death on June 26, 1972. He was married to the artist Doris Wilson and was father to three daughters.
Sources: "Rannells, Edward Warder," University Archives Faculty/Staff Biograhpical Files, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Oral history interview with Edward Warder Rannells, 1965 June 2, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-edward-warder-rannells-12246
Scope and Content
The Edward Warder Rannells papers (dated 1928-1971, undated; 1.75 cubic feet; 5 boxes) comprise correspondence, collected works, and newspaper clippings that document the work of Rannells as an art educator and Head of the University of Kentucky Art Department; his work to organize art exhibitions at the University of Kentucky and elsewhere; and his activities with professional organizations at regional and national levels. The majority of the collection comprises records relating to Rannells' professional work as an educator and art historian, including course materials, essays on various topics in art history and the humanities in general; and essays regarding the study and teaching of the humanities in both higher education and secondary schools. Other materials document his activities as a scholar within the local Lexington community, where he gave presentations to various groups, published articles in Lexington newspapers, gave radio talks with University of Kentucky colleagues and others on various topics in art history, and wrote topical essays for Guignol Theatre production programs. There is also correspondence written to and by Rannells that is mainly concerned with either inquiries about Kentucky art and artists or art exhibition planning and publicity at the University of Kentucky and other venues. The collection only includes a few documents that describe or illustrate Rannells' personal life or administrative duties at the University of Kentucky beyond exhibition planning. A black-wand-white photographs of Rannells may be found in box 4, folder 27.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not be assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1931-1958

Art and artist inquiries, 1937-1950

Art in Kentucky, 1937-1967

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Inquiries on Kentucky portraits, 1938-1942

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Kentucky paintings, 1948-1950

  • Box 1, folder 3
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The Study of Architecture as Art, 1949

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Exhibitions, 1931-1958

Exhibitions at the University of Kentucky, 1931-1934

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Municipal Art Committee, national exhibitions of American Art, 1936-1939

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Art exhibitions at the University of Kentucky and elsewhere, 1939-1947

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Exhibition of the Seagram Collection of Kentucky Artists, 1950-1951

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Southeastern College Art Conference, 1958

  • Box 1, folder 9
Includes correspondence between Clifford Amyx and Clinton Adams and various art lenders and attendees of the Southeastern College Art Conference. Edward Rannells was on sabbatical at the time.
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Community activities, 1931-1968

Newspaper clippings, 1931-1933

Articles written by and about Rannells, 1931-1932

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Miscellaneous, 1931-1933

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Community talks, 1946-1968

Stained Glass Windows in Churches and Cathedrals, presented to St. John's Episcopal Church, Versailles, 1946 Jan. 6

  • Box 1, folder 12
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The Classic Assumption, talk for the Lexington Torch Club (AH), 1958

  • Box 1, folder 13
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Hors d'Oeuvres, morning talk for the Medical Auxiliary (Doctors' Wives) (Talks), 1963

  • Box 1, folder 14
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Religious Art Today, prepared for a Protestant church group (Talks), 1964

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Rembrandt and the Jews, for a presentation at the Jewish Temple in Lexington, KY (Art Ed), 1967

  • Box 1, folder 16
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The River and the Bridge: Creative sources of renewal, 1968

  • Box 1, folder 17
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Guignol program notes, 1942-1950

Art in Philadelphia, for the Guignol production of "The Philadelphia Story", 1941 Oct.

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Murder and Art, for the Guignol production of "Ladies in Retirement", 1941 Dec.

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Art and Boola Boola, for the Guignol production of "Ah, Wilderness" (Humanities), 1942 March

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Guignol program for "The Man Who Came to Dinner", Edward Rannells as Sheridan Whiteside, 1942 April

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Repressions into Art, for the Guignol production of "Claudia" (Humanities), 1942 Nov.

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Whodunits in Art, for the Guignol production of "Arsenic and Old Lace", 1943 Jan.

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Good Neighbors and Art, for the Guignol production of "My Sister Eileen", 1943 April

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Art of the Spirit, for the Guignol production of "Blithe Spirit" (Humanities), 1945 Nov.

  • Box 2, folder 8
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Dominence and Donations, for the Guignol production of "Double Door", 1946 Feb.

  • Box 2, folder 9
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Bronzes and Brahmins, for the Guignol production of "The Late George Apley" (Humanities), 1946 Nov.

  • Box 2, folder 10
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Art and Intensity: from Frisco to Oslo, for the Guignol production of "I Remember Mama" (Humanities), 1947 Feb.

  • Box 2, folder 11
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Pygmalion before G.B.S., for the Guignol production of "Pygmalion" (Humanities), 1948 Nov.

  • Box 2, folder 12
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The Modern Theatre and Art, for the Guignol production of "Winterset" (Humanities), 1949 March

  • Box 2, folder 13
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Art and the Net of Doom, for the Guignol production of "Medea" (Humanities), 1950 Feb.

  • Box 2, folder 14
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Is there a Connoisseur in the House?, for the Guignol production of "Two Blind Mice", 1950 April

  • Box 2, folder 15
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Radio talks, 1931-1942

Common Sense About Art, numbers 1-5, 1931 Sept.-Nov.

  • Box 2, folder 16
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Great Paintings in America, no. 8 "Babette" by Eugene Speicher, 1932 Nov. 17

  • Box 2, folder 17
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Paintings in Recent Exhibitions, 1933 May 29

  • Box 2, folder 18
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The Seeing Eye, 1934 Dec. 18

  • Box 2, folder 19
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Cozy Corners and Brown Stone Fronts, 1936 Jan. 29

  • Box 2, folder 20
Talk given with Anne W. Callihan.
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Art at the University of Kentucky, 1938 Jan. 21

  • Box 2, folder 21
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Kentucky's Early Art, 1942 Sept.

  • Box 2, folder 22
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Radio talk on American art, undated

  • Box 2, folder 23
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Radio talk on the origins of American art, undated

  • Box 2, folder 24
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Radio talk with Anne Callihan on 1850's American interiors, undated

  • Box 2, folder 25
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Radio talk with Mr. Barron on Henry Hobson Richardson, undated

  • Box 2, folder 26
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Professional Activities, 1934-1965

Professional service, 1934-1965

Proposals for a statement of policy for the Midwestern College Art Conference, 1944 Oct. 24

  • Box 2, folder 27
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Redevelopment of Visual Perception, notes, 1944 April 14

  • Box 2, folder 28
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Book review of Creative and Mental Growth by Viktor Lowenfeld, 1947

  • Box 2, folder 29
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Memorandum on the "Humanities" in Art Education, 1964

  • Box 2, folder 30
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K.A.E.A. notes on plans for the fall meeting, 1964

  • Box 2, folder 31
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Standards in Learning, K.A.E.A. conference (Art Ed.), 1964

  • Box 2, folder 32
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Kentucky Art Education Association Committee Report (Art Ed.), 1965

  • Box 2, folder 33
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Proposals for the humanities in high school, 1965

  • Box 2, folder 34
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Newspaper clippings, K.E.A., 1934

  • Box 2, folder 35
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Professional association presentations, 1941-1965

In Defense of Drawing, presented to the N.E.A. meeting, 1941 June 30

  • Box 2, folder 36
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Conference on Art Education, 1941 Oct.

  • Box 2, folder 37
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Symposium: The Baroque in Music and Art, 1943 Jan.

  • Box 2, folder 38
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Old Architecture in Central Kentucky, presented to the Illinois Society of Architects, 1943 June 22

  • Box 2, folder 39
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Aesthetic Expression and Learning, presented to the Kentucky Psychological Association, 1945 April 28

  • Box 2, folder 40
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The Airs and Graces, presented to the national convention of Phi Beta (Talks), 1946

  • Box 2, folder 41
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On Training the Emotions through Art, presented to the Art Department of the N.E.A., 1946 July 01

  • Box 2, folder 42
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Art and the Humanities, presented to a regional meeting of the College Art Association (Humanities), 1948

  • Box 2, folder 43
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On the Relation of History and Studio Courses in Art, notes for a Midwestern College Art Conference, 1949 Nov.

  • Box 2, folder 44
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Art and Humanism in Western Culture, presented to a humanities session of the Foreign Language Conference (Humanities), 1950

  • Box 2, folder 45
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Notes on the Humanities in General Education, 1952 Nov.

  • Box 2, folder 46
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Art as Perceptual Learning, notes for a panel of public school art teachers at the Western Arts Convention (Art Ed.), 1958

  • Box 3, folder 1
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Artist and Society, presented to the Western Arts Association Convention (Talks, Art Ed.), 1958

  • Box 3, folder 2
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Renaissance Survivals in Modern Painting, for the Southeastern Renaissance Conference (AH), 1959

  • Box 3, folder 3
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Re-evaluation of the Culture in the Light of Aesthetic Awareness, presented at the N.A.E.A. Convention (Talks), 1959 March 12

  • Box 3, folder 4
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Thoughts on the High School Art Program, presented to the Western Arts Association Convention (Art Ed.), 1962

  • Box 3, folder 5
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The Humanities in College, presented at the N.A.E.A. Convention (Humanities), 1965

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Published works, 1944-1961

Assorted published works, 1945-1961

  • Box 3, folder 7
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Extrinsic and Intrinsic Values in Painting, 1944-1945

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Aesthetic Expression and Learning (Art Ed.), 1947

  • Box 3, folder 9
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Three papers for Contemporary Arts and Society, 1950

  • Box 3, folder 10
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Teaching and UK-related activities, 1928-1971

Course-related writings, 1943-1958

Suggested bibliography, 1943

  • Box 3, folder 11
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Contemporary Art, notes for a Humanities course, 1948

  • Box 3, folder 12
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Memorandum on sculpture, for a seminar in art (Pedagogical), 1949

  • Box 3, folder 13
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Art in the Secondary School, summary of the course (Pedagogical), 1950

  • Box 3, folder 14
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Introduction to the Humanities through the Study of Art, 1950

  • Box 3, folder 15
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Notes on and talks related to Art 157: Art in the Secondary School, 1950-1966

  • Box 3, folder 16
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Last words, from the Art-Humanities syllabus (Humanities), 1950

  • Box 3, folder 17
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Memorandum for final class day, Forms of Art (Pedagogical), 1958

  • Box 3, folder 18
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Art in the Elementary School: note on written assignment (Pedagogical), 1958

  • Box 3, folder 19
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Syllabus and notes for Art 155: Art in the Elementary School, 1958

  • Box 3, folder 20
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Course outline for Art: Forms of Art (Pedagogical), 1959

  • Box 4, folder 1
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Course outline and notes for Humanities: Art (Pedagogical), 1961

  • Box 4, folder 2
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Seminar in Art, Art 509 (Pedagogical), 1962

  • Box 4, folder 3
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Style in the Visual Arts, paper for a sociology seminar (AH), 1962

  • Box 4, folder 4
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Art History Survey: Primitive to Medieval Art (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 4, folder 5
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Introductory notes for a course in criticism (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 4, folder 6
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Science and Art, note for a humanities course (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 4, folder 7
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Assorted writing, 1940-1971

The Philosophy of Education and its Relevance to Art in the Schools (Art Ed.), 1940s

  • Box 4, folder 8
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Basic Concepts in Art, 1941 Feb.

  • Box 4, folder 9
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The Northern Baroque in Art, 1943

  • Box 4, folder 10
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Form and Content in a Painting by Picasso and The Christmas Story in Art, 1945

  • Box 4, folder 11
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Emotions and Art Education (Art Ed.), 1948

  • Box 4, folder 12
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The Study of Architecture as Art (Art Ed.), 1949

  • Box 4, folder 13
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Education vs. Training (Art Ed.), 1951

  • Box 4, folder 14
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Concepts of Form and Space in Art (Pedagogical), 1952

  • Box 4, folder 15
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A Critique of Drawing by Seeing (Art Ed.), 1952

  • Box 4, folder 16
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Memorandum on Criteria for Judging Works of Art, 1953

  • Box 4, folder 17
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Note on the Visual Environment (Pedagogical), 1953

  • Box 4, folder 18
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The Visual Environment (Talks), 1953 Feb.-March

  • Box 4, folder 19
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The Value of Art, 1953

  • Box 4, folder 20
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Excerpts from a critique of a paper on art education (Art Ed.), 1958

  • Box 4, folder 21
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Experience and Expression, 1958

  • Box 4, folder 22
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The Creative Process as a Learning Process (Art Ed.), 1964

  • Box 4, folder 23
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Drawing is Learning (Art Ed.), 1965

  • Box 4, folder 24
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The Humanities: A word of explanation (Pedagogical), 1965

  • Box 4, folder 25
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Impression and Expression: A note on learning from experience (Art Ed.), 1965

  • Box 4, folder 26
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Note to Dean White, photograph, and original indexes for collected works, 1965

  • Box 4, folder 27
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Minimal Art is Minimal, 1968

  • Box 4, folder 28
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Art and Technology, includes a letter from Molly Rannells, 1969

  • Box 4, folder 29
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Initial notes: Try and Find It, Never Mind It, 1971

  • Box 4, folder 30
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Decoration les Objets d'Art, undated

  • Box 4, folder 31
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Further Notes on Form in Art (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 4, folder 32
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Ideas in Contemporary Architecture (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 4, folder 33
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Interior Decoration: Popular notion of it as compared to the day school courses, undated

  • Box 4, folder 34
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Man: the Moon, undated

  • Box 4, folder 35
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Max Beckmann: The Iconography of Triptychs, undated

  • Box 4, folder 36
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Memorandum on Art in College (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 4, folder 37
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Memorandum on the Fine Arts (with Alexander Capurso), undated

  • Box 4, folder 38
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Note on Aesthetic Requiredness (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 4, folder 39
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Note on Criticism and Criteria (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 4, folder 40
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Note on the Problem of Style (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 4, folder 41
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Note on the Study of Architecture (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 4, folder 42
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Notes: Expression in Childhood and Adolescence (Art Ed.), undated

  • Box 4, folder 43
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Notes on American Architecture 1860-1876, undated

  • Box 4, folder 44
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Notes on the Relation of Art and Society (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 4, folder 45
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Notes: Psychology for Art Education, Summary (Art Ed.), undated

  • Box 4, folder 46
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On Requiredness in Art (Art Ed.), undated

  • Box 4, folder 47
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Perception and the Experience of Art (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 4, folder 48
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A Preliminary Definition of Form in Art (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 4, folder 49
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Training the Eye to See (Art Ed), undated

  • Box 4, folder 50
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Presentations to student groups, 1928-1964

Untitled talk given at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, 1928

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Look Around You! Note for high school students, 1936

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Art in the Humanities, for the Humanities Club (Humanities), 1949

  • Box 5, folder 3
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A Comparison of the Imaginary Worlds of Truman Capote and Paul Klee, souvenir of a talk for a meeting of the English and Philosophy Clubs (Talks), 1950

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Who is a Humanist? For the students of the Art Academy, 1950

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Facets of Modern Painting, a talk for the University Women's Club (AH), 1952

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Coffee Chat on Modern Painting, informal talk for general college students (Talks), 1955

  • Box 5, folder 7
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The Humanities in Liberal Education, for the Humanities Division, University of Kentucky (Humanities), 1955

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Statement to the Research Club (Talks), 1955

  • Box 5, folder 9
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Notes on Renaissance Philosophy and Art, from notes for a meeting of the Philosophy Club (Talks), 1958

  • Box 5, folder 10
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The Ballet, talk for Tau Sigma dance group (Talks), 1959

  • Box 5, folder 11
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Decadence in Hellenistic Art, paper for the Humanities Club at the University of Kentucky (AH), 1961

  • Box 5, folder 12
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An Art Teacher's Swan Song, talk for a group of public school art teachers (Talks & Art Ed.), 1962

  • Box 5, folder 13
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Space in Painting, talk for a students art club (AH), 1963

  • Box 5, folder 14
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Notes: Talk for "Orientation" group of engineering students (Talks), 1964

  • Box 5, folder 15
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Matriculation Talk, undated

  • Box 5, folder 16
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The Artist as Humanist, to those about to graduate from an art school (Humanities), undated

  • Box 5, folder 17
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The Historical Problem in Art Studies, notes for a talk to an orientation class (Pedagogical), undated

  • Box 5, folder 18
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Press related to UK, 1931-1960

Newspaper clippings: UK art exhibitions and reviews of student works, 1931-1932, 1965

  • Box 5, folder 19
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University of Kentucky Bulletin: Eight Paintings by American Artists, 1933

  • Box 5, folder 20
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Press releases written by Edward W. Rannells, 1959-1960

  • Box 5, folder 21
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General Facts about the Fine Arts Building, undated

  • Box 5, folder 22
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Kentucky in Literature, by Grant C. Knight, University of Kentucky, undated

  • Box 5, folder 23
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Newspaper clippings: articles written by and referencing Anne Callihan, undated

  • Box 5, folder 24
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Radio talk by Anne Callihan and Mr. Barron: American Art of the 1890s, undated

  • Box 5, folder 25
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What College Women Can Do in the Arts pamphlet, undated

  • Box 5, folder 26
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UK exhibition-related writings, 1945-1965

Notes: Annual Exhibition of First-Year Drawing and Design, 1945

  • Box 5, folder 27
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Criteria for Judging Exhibitions, explanation given to sponsors of a regional show (Humanities), 1953

  • Box 5, folder 28
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Foreward to 100 Paintings by Raymond Barnhart (Humanities), 1955

  • Box 5, folder 29
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Catalog note for Ulfert Wilke Exhibition (Humanities), 1957

  • Box 5, folder 30
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Frederick Thursz Exhibition, from notes for a gallery talk (Humanities), 1958

  • Box 5, folder 31
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Mary Spencer Nay and Clifford Amyx (Humanities), 1960

  • Box 5, folder 32
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Note on the Wilke and Letham Exhibition (Humanities), 1962 April

  • Box 5, folder 33
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Amyx and Barnhart Exhibition at the University (Humanities), 1963

  • Box 5, folder 34
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Preface for "Graphics '63" Drawing Exhibition (Humanities), 1963

  • Box 5, folder 35
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"Graphics '65" - Prints and Drawings from Paris at the University of Kentucky Art Gallery (Humanities), 1965

  • Box 5, folder 36
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