James A. McGrath papers, 1941-2015  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
McGrath, James A
Title
James A. McGrath papers
Dates
1941-2015 (inclusive)
Quantity
47.3 cubic feet including 2 sound tape reels and 7 videocassettes (52 boxes)
Collection Number
4547
Summary
Papers of an American arts educator, painter, sculptor and poet related to his career as a visual artist and arts educator
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Some material stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

American arts educator, painter, sculptor, poet. Born in Tacoma in 1928, McGrath studied at Central Washington State College and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1950. He received an MA degree from the University of New Mexico in 1973. He taught in Richland, Washington public schools, 1952-55, in American schools in Germany, 1955-58, the served as Director of Arts for American Schools in Europe, 1958-62. When the Institute of American Indian Arts opened in Santa Fe in 1962, McGrath returned to the U.S. to teach design, painting, and poetry there. He served as the Institute's Director of Arts, 1966-1972 and Director of Special Projects, 1972-73. From 1973 until 1982 he was the Arts and Humanities Coordinator for U.S. Dept. of Defense Schools in Southeast Asia. After one year as teacher and arts curriculum developer at a community school on the Hopi Indian Reservation, he went back to Asia as Arts, Humanities and Intercultural Studies Coordinator for the DoD Dependents Schools in Southwest Asia. In late 1985 he returned to Santa Fe to re-enter the American arts scene. He again served the Institute of American Indian Art as dean of the college, 1988-89, and as Museum Director, 1989-1990. Beginning in 1989 McGrath served as consultant with the New Mexico Arts Division and New Mexico State Dept. of Education to develop teaching training in the arts. He continued his consultant work in New Mexico and abroad, including Korea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the Congo.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, exhibit programs, publications, biographical statements, student and teaching materials, grant proposals, art work, vitas, academic transcripts, journals, awards, and certificates related to McGrath's life and career as a visual artist and teacher.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights retained. Contact repository for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 4547-001: James A. McGrath papers, 1973-1995Return to Top

1.17 cubic feet (3 boxes)

Scope and Content: Incoming letters, exhibit programs, biographical statements, broadsides, photographic materials, publications, and similar papers related to his career as a visual artist and arts educator, mainly in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: Donated by James A. McGrath, 7/25/1995.

Accession No. 4547-002: James A. McGrath papers, circa 1949-1996Return to Top

9.25 cubic feet including 5 videocassettes (10 boxes)

Scope and Content: Teaching materials, grant proposals, incoming letters, publications, videotapes, and similar materials related to his career as a visual artist and as an art teacher in Richland, Washington, in the American Southwest, and overseas.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: Donated by James A. McGrath, 2/1/1997.

Accession No. 4547-003: James A. McGrath papers, circa 1941-1962Return to Top

16.67 cubic feet (15 boxes)

Scope and Content: Student and teaching materials, art work, incoming letters, ephemera, and other materials of this artist and art teacher.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: Donated by James A. McGrath, 4/24/1997.

Accession No. 4547-004: James A. McGrath papers, 1941-2003 (bulk 1952-1999)Return to Top

13.13 cubic feet including 2 sound tape reels and 4 VHS videocassettes (15 boxes)

Scope and Content: Incoming letters, business correspondence, vitas, publicity materials, teaching materials and other series related to his career as a visual artist and arts educator. Correspondents include members of the UW arts faculty and McGrath's students: William Wiley, Robert Hudson, James Scoggin, William Allan, and William Witherup.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Acquisition Info: Donated by James McGrath, 10/13/2003.

Accession No. 4547-005: James A. McGrath papers, 2000-2009Return to Top

0.21 cubic feet (1 box)

Scope and Content: Correspondence with William Witherup, Mary Randlett, and Westend Press (New Mexico)

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: Donated by James McGrath, 8/20/2009.

Accession No. 4547-006: James A. McGrath papers, 1945-2015Return to Top

6.87 cubic feet (8 boxes)

Scope and Content: Correspondence with Mary Randlett, Chief Wilson Charley, Elizabeth Rosenthal, Paulette Beall, Jennifer Carrasco, William Witherup, Annie Osburn, Eleanor Brah-Khan, Stewart Udall, Jim Swiggin, Phil Gibbons, Michael Lucas, Betty Taira, and Dieudonne Moukala Moussossoth. Documents related to McGrath's employment positions with The Hopi School, Institute of American Indian Arts, NM Art Division, Department of Defence, United States Information Agency, Artist in Residence, Lore of the Land, and Ponce de Leon Retirement Center. Manuscripts, drafts, and other materials related to "Loloma", "In a Class by Himself", "Valentines and Forgeries/Mirrors and Dragons", "Speaking with Magpies", "The Sun is a Wandering Hunter", "Edo-Senke Journey", "The Rape of Cantata", "Dreaming Invisible Voices", "The Edgelessness of Light", PBS film project with Arizona State University, and Masters degree. Exhibit guides, catalogs, and announcements both featuring McGrath and designed by McGrath. Newspaper and magazine articles written by or about McGrath. Original artwork and posters by McGrath, documents relating to various workshops coordinated by McGrath, teaching curriculum materials, resumes for various positions, academic transcripts, grant proposals and reports, journal, materials related to Phillip McCracken, awards and certificates, submitted and accepted publications.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights retained. Contact Special Collections for details.

Acquisition Info: Donated by James A. McGrath, 2015-10-22 ; 2015-11-25

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Accession
1 4547-006
Correspondence with Mary Randlett
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Exhibit guides and catalogs
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Curriculum materials pertaining to teaching career
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Poetry and notes for "Loloma"
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Resumes for various positions
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Academic transcripts
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Articles written about James McGrath
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Correspondence with Chief Wilson Charley
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Correspondence with Paulette Beall
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Event programs and announcements
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Posters
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Correspondence with Elizabeth Rosenthal
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Correspondence with Jennifer Carrasco
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Grant reports
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Documents related to employment with the Hopi School
1951-2012
1 4547-006
Documents related to employment at the Institute of American Indian Arts
1951-2012
2 4547-006
Documents related to employment with NM Art Division
1958-2013
2 4547-006
Correspondence with Jennifer Carrasco
1958-2013
2 4547-006
Materials related to Philip McCracken
1958-2013
2 4547-006
Teaching materials
1958-2013
2 4547-006
Grant proposals and reports
1958-2013
2 4547-006
Correspondence with students from Columbia High School
1958-2013
2 4547-006
Correspondence with Mary Randlett
1958-2013
2 4547-006
Interview transcripts
1958-2013
2 4547-006
Documents pertaining to Jonah Raskim book "In a Class by Himself"
1958-2013
2 4547-006
Documents related to workshops and conferences run by James McGrath
1958-2013
2 4547-006
Journal
1958-2013
2 4547-006
Various Awards
1958-2013
3 4547-006
Business correspondence
1945-2012
3 4547-006
Documents related to employment with Department of Defence
1945-2012
3 4547-006
Documents related to employment with the Institute of American Indian Arts
1945-2012
3 4547-006
Documents related to employment with United States Information Agency
1945-2012
3 4547-006
Documents related to position as Artist in Residence
1945-2012
3 4547-006
Documents related to workshops and conferences run by James McGrath
1945-2012
3 4547-006
Masters degree papers
1945-2012
3 4547-006
Resumes for various positions
1945-2012
4 4547-006
Manuscript for "The Sun is a Wandering Hunter"
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Poetry for "Edo-Senke Journey"
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Poetry for "The Rape of Cantata"
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Exhibit Guides featuring McGrath
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Exhibit guides designed by McGrath
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Documents related to time at Ponce de Leon Retirement Center
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Correspondence with William Witherup
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Correspondence with Annie Osburn
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Submitted and accepted publications
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Correspondence with Mary Randlett
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Correspondence with Paulette Beall
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Newspaper/Magazine articles written by McGrath
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Newspaper/Magazine articles featuring McGrath
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Certificates and Awards
1948-2015
4 4547-006
Materials related to involvement with "Lore of the Land"
1948-2015
5 4547-006
Film reels related to Masters degree
1971-2007
5 4547-006
Documents related to PBS film project with Arizona State University
1971-2007
5 4547-006
Manuscript and Draft for "Dreaming Invisible Voices"
1971-2007
5 4547-006
Draft and Correspondence related to "The Edgelessness of Light"
1971-2007
5 4547-006
Manuscript for "Seaking with magpies"
1971-2007
5 4547-006
Floppy disks related to "Speaking with Magpies"
1971-2007
5 4547-006
Artwork for "Speaking with Magpies"
1971-2007
5 4547-006
VHS tapes
1971-2007
5 4547-006
Grant applications and reports
1971-2007
6 4547-006
Correspondence with Elizabeth Rosenthal
1950-2006
6 4547-006
Correspondence with Dieudonne Moukala Moussossoth
1950-2006
6 4547-006
Posters
1950-2006
6 4547-006
Original calligraphy
1950-2006
6 4547-006
Academic transcripts
1950-2006
7 4547-006
Correspondence with Jim Swiggin
1953-2014
7 4547-006
Resumes for various positions
1953-2014
7 4547-006
Manuscript for "Valentines and Forgeries/Mirrors and Dragons"
1953-2014
7 4547-006
Correspondence with Phil Gibbons
1953-2014
7 4547-006
Newspaper clippings
1953-2014
7 4547-006
Correspondence with Eleanor Brah-Khan
1953-2014
7 4547-006
Correspondence with Mary Randlett
1953-2014
7 4547-006
Correspondence with Stewart Udall
1953-2014
7 4547-006
Documents related to various workshops
1953-2014
7 4547-006
Exhibit guides and announcements
1953-2014
8 4547-006
Correspondence (Paulette Beall)
1979-1980
8 4547-006
Correspondence (Phil Gibbon)
1948-1998
8 4547-006
Correspondence (Elizabeth Rosenthal)
1973
8 4547-006
Correspondence (Betty Taira)
Undated
8 4547-006
Correspondence (Michael Lucas)
2000-2010
8 4547-006
Notebook for Historical Geological Society
1945
8 4547-006
Correspondence and News
Undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Art teachers--New Mexico--Archives
  • Art, American--Study and teaching
  • Personal Names :
  • Allan, William, 1936-
  • Hudson, Robert
  • McGrath, James A.--Archives
  • McGrath, James A.--Archives
  • Randlett, Mary, 1924---Correspondence
  • Scoggin, James
  • Wiley, William T., 1937-
  • Witherup, William
  • Corporate Names :
  • Institute of American Indian Arts
  • United States. Department of Defense. Dependents Schools
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business correspondence
  • Instructional and educational works
  • Personal correspondence
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Dusanne, Zoe,  -1977 (creator)
    • McCracken, Philip (creator)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)