Gertrude Bass Warner papers, 1879-1954  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Warner, Gertrude Bass, 1863-1951
Gertrude Bass Warner papers
1879-1954 (inclusive)
11.0 linear feet, (19 containers)
Collection Number
UA 022
Collection includes personal papers, professional papers, business records, and photographs relating to the life and career of Gertrude Bass Warner (1863-1951), the founder and director emeritus of the University of Oregon Fine Art Museum.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
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Fax: 541-346-3485
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Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Gertrude Bass Warner Papers, which span the years 1879-1954, consist of papers, business records, photographs, and an unpublished manuscript all relating to her interest in Asian culture and her work promoting international understanding through art. The collection documents her family history, her involvement with organizations devoted to improving international relations with Asia, her major accomplishments, and her work at the University of Oregon. The bulk of the collection pertains to the founding of the University of Oregon Fine Art Museum and the 20 years she spent as its director. The Collection is organized into four series: personal papers, international activities, professional papers, and museum of fine art records.

The Personal Papers series is arranged into six subseries: family papers, major accomplishments, personal associations, personal correspondence, travel, and personal finances. This collection does not contain many documents relating to the years 1904-1909 when she lived in China with her second husband Murray Warner but does document her later travels to Asia for the museum. Researchers will be particularly interested in photographs and letters from Warner’s travels, written family histories, documentation of honors she received, and personal records of her financial gifts to the University of Oregon.

The International Activities series is arranged into two subseries: Asian art colleagues and activities & associations. The subseries activities & associations is arranged into four sub-subseries: associations, University of Oregon activities, professor exchanges, and collected pamphlets & newspaper clippings. Correspondence with colleagues and associations are organized alphabetically. Researchers will find correspondence with western authorities on Asian art, artists, and fellow art collectors highlighting the interest in and means of collecting Asian art in the first half of the 20th Century. Also of interest is the variety of activities that she became involved in at the University of Oregon to support students and stimulate their interest in Asian Culture.

The Professional Papers series is arranged into three subseries: speeches & presentations, writings, and professional associations. Of particular interest is a copy of her unpublished manuscript “When West Meets East” which was intended to be a social etiquette book for American travelers in Japan.

The Museum of Fine Art Records series is arranged into seven subseries: museum of fine art building, museum correspondence, museum acquisitions, museum library, library accessions, employee records, and general business records. This series contains detailed financial records for the museum from the initial fundraising until Warner’s death in 1951. Employee correspondence outlines much of the day-to-day operations at the museum and provides additional documentation for notable events and visitors.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Gertrude Bass Warner was born May 14, 1863 in Chicago, Illinois to prosperous parents. Warner was educated at fashionable schools in Philadelphia and in Paris. In 1888 she married Dr. George F. Fiske of Chicago and bore three children: Sam, George, and Clara, who died as an infant in 1893. The couple divorced, George staying with his father while Gertrude raised Sam.

At the turn of the century, Asia experienced much political and military turmoil and was forcibly influenced by European cultures. In 1904 Gertrude accompanied her journalist brother, John Foster Bass, to Japan during the Russo-Japanese war. The following year John sent her to Shanghai for safety, recommending an acquaintance with his friend Maj. Murray Warner (1869-1920). Gertrude and Murray were married in 1905 and took up residence in Shanghai until 1909.

Mrs. Warner continued her travels, exploring China, Japan, Korea and Cambodia while based in Shanghai. She was an appreciative witness to many religious and cultural traditions that were destroyed in later wars. She experienced political unrest and military conflicts that complicated her travels. She photographed as she traveled, purchased images and collected artifacts, books and photographs.

Following Murray’s death in 1920, Gertrude moved to Eugene to live near her son who was a professor of law at the University of Oregon. For the next thirty-one years, Gertrude Bass Warner worked to build a campus museum that would house the extensive collection of Asian art she brought back from her travels. In addition, Ms. Warner helped establish one of the first Asian studies departments at the University of Oregon. Assisted by Maude Kerns and Mabel Klockars Garner, Warner continued her collecting trips and managed the museum through the Great Depression and political battles on campus.

Mrs. Warner was an active supporter of the United Nations and a member of many organizations related to Asian studies and art. She was indefatigable in support of multiculturalism. Gertrude Bass Warner died in 1951 at the family home in Peterborough, NH.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gertrude Bass Warner papers, UA 022, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Personal PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Family Papers
Box Folder
1 1
Family History
Handwritten ‘Family History’ of Gertrude Bass Warner
History of Chicago and the Foster family by Mary Dargan (typed)
“The Warners and their Name” publication 2x
The Blue Book – social register, correspondence
John Herbert Foster eulogy book
March 8, 1796 - May 1874
Genealogist correspondence
Gertrude Bass Warner Who's Who
1 2
Clara Foster Bass (Gertrude Bass Warner’s Mother)
Correspondence with Clara and her caregivers – Adele Breaux and Lillie Tallon
Papers about Clara Foster Bass estate
1 3
George Foster Fiske (Gertrude Bass Warner’s first husband)
Wedding announcement %udb1888%ude
1 4
Murray Warner (Gertrude Bass Warner’s second husband)
Letter from Gertrude Bass Warner thanking the students of the Journalism Department
“Murray Warner” book
“Memoir on Murray Warner, M.I.T., ‘92” paper by Leonard Metcalf
Obituary clipped from newspaper
“Murray Warner Memorial” pamphlet by Captain Phillips H. Mallory
1 5
Murray Warner-Papers, Notebooks, etc.
Personal and Business Correspondence
Small pocket notebook/address book
Notes and ledger sheets
Written statements of theft of Objects by Mr. Hull, John F. Bass signed as witness to the acts and in one case “unwilling” assistant
Large notebook “Minute Book, From The Foreign Emporium, Shanghai (Murray Warner is listed as attending some meetings)
September 17th 1900
Pamphlet on a bill to extend extradition laws to China
Book “Analysis Tables for Chemical Students” by R.L. Taylor (1916 gift to Murray)
Letters to “Father and Mother” Warner
1903, 1908
Murray Warner Photographs
Photographs of Rocky Mountain Views (Sam and Murray) and of Murray in group shots
Oversized photo portfolio with a portrait of Murray
1 6
Murray Warner –Career and Military Service
Business Cards
Camp Dix Pictorial Review Vol. I, No. 8 – Camp Dix, N.J.
August 20, 1918
Specifications for Inspection of Material for use in the Construction of Machinery for the U.S. Navy
Certificate of appointment to be a Second Lieutenant, American Company in the Shanghai Volunteer Corps
June, 1900
Certificate of appointment to be a Major in the Quartermaster Section in the Officers’ Reserve Corps of the Army of the United States
Death announcement for Murray by the Headquarters Ninth Corps Area, San Francisco
Veterans benefits for Gertrude Bass Warner correspondence
Photocopy of a photograph and business card for Woo Fee Yu an employee of Murray’s in China
Murray Warner – Career and Military Service Photographs (PHXXX)
Photographs of construction projects and coworkers
Box Folder
19 1
Blueprints of Camp Dix, New Jersey
1 7
Sam Bass Warner (Gertrude Bass Warner’s son & attorney)
Newspaper clippings
Official Register of Harvard University
Harvard Class Day (Sam Bass Warner)
Third Annual Debate between Phillips Academy and The Phillips Exeter Academy (Sam Bass Warner)
Sam Bass Warner Jr. wedding invitation and guest list
Journal of the American Judicature Society: to promote the Efficient Administration of Justice includes an article written by Sam Bass Warner
“Creating a plan for Criminal Court Statistics” by Sam Bass Warner
“Consumer Surplus” by Sam Bass Warner
Document naming Sam as Gertrude Bass Warner’s attorney
Sam Bass Warner Photographs (PHXXX)
Photographs of Sam including pictures of him in China with his mother
Box Folder
1 8
Sam Bass Warner-Correspondence
Mix of personal and business correspondence
1 9
Sam Bass Warner – Correspondence
Mix of personal and business correspondence
1 10
George F. Fiske Jr. (Gertrude Bass Warner’s son)
Correspondence with George and Luella (George Jr’s wife)
2 1
John F Bass (Gertrude Bass Warner’s brother)
Newspaper clippings (including obituaries), correspondence
John F. Bass Photograph
Box Folder
2 2
Robert P. Bass (Gertrude Bass Warner’s brother and former governor of New Hampshire)
Personal correspondence
Also correspondence from Elizabeth Bass (IOU $1000) and William Bass
Newspaper clipping of the marriage of Robert’s daughter Joanne Bass
Robert P. Bass Photographs
Photographs of Robert Bass’s Children
2 3
Peterborough School
Booklet, MCMXVII (1917) records school’s first year, summer school attended by Perkins B. Bass as a child
2 4
Perkins B. Bass (Gertrude Bass Warner’s nephew and accountant)
Personal and financial correspondence
2 5
Perkins B. Bass
Personal and financial correspondence
2 6
Bass, Perkins B.
Personal and financial correspondence
2 7
Perkins B. Bass
Personal and financial correspondence
2 8
Bass, Perkins B.
Personal and financial correspondence
2 9
James K. Bass (Gertrude Bass Warner’s Cousin)
Personal Correspondence
General Family Photographs
General family photographs including two glass plate negatives and two hardbound portfolios containing professional portraits
Subseries B: Personal Memberships
Box Folder
2 10
Personal Associations
Membership card for the Pro-America, National Organization of Republican Women
2 11
The Church of Christian Science
Bylaws, donation slips, correspondence
2 12
Colonial Dames of America
Application for Membership (contains genealogical information for Gertrude Bass Warner)
List of Officers/Board of Managers for Oregon branch%udb1929-1930%ude
Circular letter of the Historian%udb1927-1928%ude
Bulletin about the National Headquarters being established in Georgetown, Maryland
Subseries C: Personal Correspondence
Box Folder
3 1
Gertrude Bass Warner Personal Correspondence
Correspondence with friends and acquaintances in America and Asia includes:
Letter from the National Museum in Washington D.C. thanking her for the donation of oriental art to their museum
Letter from a Salem High School student asking for help designing an oriental themed year book
Letter describing traveling conditions in China during the civil war that broke out November 5, 1924
3 2
Gertrude Bass Warner Personal Correspondence
Correspondence with friends and acquaintances in America and Asia includes:
Cornelia and Walter M. Pierce
Dr. F.L. Hawks Pott of St John’s College, Shanghai, China
Letter to Mrs. Richard J. Davis about object BGW bought for her in China and a little of her experience there
Invitations to social events
3 3
Address Book & Business Cards
An address book of Gertrude Bass Warner’s marked with a return address for San Francisco or Paris
Collected business cards from individuals and businesses in China, Japan, and the United States
Red wallet embossed with the initial GERTRUDE BASS WARNER: Calling cards from China
Subseries D: Travel
Box Folder
3 4
Travel documents
Ship menus, schedules, advertisements, pamphlets
Travel Photographs
Photographs of China and Japan
3 5
Letters of Introduction
Letters written on Gertrude Bass Warner’s behalf to introduce her to foreign dignitaries and institutions as the director of the University of Oregon’s Fine Art Museum
19 2
Two issues of the South China Morning Post – Hong Kong, Saturday January 20, 1923 no. 4,960 vol.21 and an incomplete Tuesday January 9, 1923
January, 1923
Subseries E: Personal Finances
Box Folder
3 6
Personal Finances
Correspondence, largely from the State of Oregon Board of Higher Education, about Gertrude Bass Warner financial donations to the University as well as other miscellaneous personal business correspondence
Checkbook from the Chartered Bank of India Australia & China, Shanghai
The Northern Trust Company Bank, Chicago (booklet, includes a letter of introduction which gives her credit at all the international banks listed)
Receipts for personal purchases including 1928 receipts for lantern slides bought in Japan which would become part of the collection that she later gave to the University
3 7
First National Bank, Eugene, Oregon
Receipts and correspondence
3 8
Harry C Edmunds-Financial Agent
Financial correspondence with references to George Jr. and Dr. Harada
3 9
Charity donations
Thank you letters for donations to various charities including a 1921 letter of thanks for a donation of photographs of the Panama-Pacific Exposition at San Francisco made to The Smithsonian Institution National Museum
3 10
Student Scholarships and loans
Correspondence from or about students receiving financial aid from Gertrude Bass Warner
4 1
Insurance documents and correspondence with storage and trucking companies about personal items
4 2
Income Tax Correspondence
Personal income tax forms and correspondence
4 3
Income tax exemption lists
4 4
Account Statements for the Perkins Bass Estate
4 5
Account Statements for the Perkins Bass Estate
4 6
Account Statements for the Perkins Bass Estate

Series II:  International ActivitiesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Asian Art Colleagues
Box Folder
5 1
Clarke, Ruth Johnson
Certificate of Disinfection or of non-infection on Shipment from China
Batavia Sea & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd./The Grimes-Mackay Co.
Chinese Bill for Packing
List of articles purchased by R. J. Clarke for Gertrude Bass Warner
March 1923
“The Gold Treasure of the Emperor Chien L’ung” description by Dr. Berthold Laufer, Curator of Oriental Art, Field Museum, Chicago and explanation of how it came to belong to Mrs. Eric Clarke and a photograph of the collection
Correspondence and offers of objects for sale
5 2
Ferguson, John C.
Correspondence and Receipts for purchases made on Gertrude Bass Warner’s behalf
The University of Chicago Press corr. about publishing his manuscript “Chinese Paintings” – Gertrude Bass Warner personally provides the money ($3500) to them to cover the cost of printing with colored plates for the illustrations
Newspaper clipping of a Washington D.C. conference attended by JCF, calling him “advisor to the President of China / Chinese delegation”
“After Forty Years” by John C. Ferguson
Summary of the University of Nanking’s 40th Anniversary with quotes from JCF
5 3
Ferguson, John C.
Correspondence and receipts for purchases made on Gertrude Bass Warner’s behalf
Deed of Gift and of Bailment as well as a List of Articles for John C. Ferguson’s gift of the Chinese art he had collected in his lifetime to the University of Nanking, which he had been loosely connected with founding
News clipping “Dr. and Mrs. Ferguson’s Golden Wedding”, The Peiping
Death announcement for his wife Marry Elizabeth Wilson
The University of Chicago Press- government order to melt down book printing plates not currently being printed – J.C. Ferguson’s “Chinese Paintings” plates owned by Gertrude Bass Warner so she is asked if she wants them returned, she requests that they be destroyed
5 4
Keith, Elizabeth and Keith, Jessie (Letters)
News clippings “ Modern Artist Visits Eugene, Miss Elizabeth Keith to Show Work at Museum”
Elizabeth and Jessie Keith Photographs
1937 Photographs of Gertrude Bass Warner with Elizabeth and Jessie Keith in the museum gallery standing next to some of Elizabeth’s prints and a %udb1938%ude photograph on folding boards (29 inches long) of a dragon painting Elizabeth wanted to sell
5 5
Noble, Harold J.
Correspondence and book lists from Harold and Frances Nobel
5 6
General Normann Munthe
Correspondence, notes, expense lists, and invoices for objects obtained by Gen. Munthe and shipped to Gertrude Bass Warner in Eugene
5 7
Otsuka, Yoshi
Subseries B: Activities and Associations
Box Folder
5 8
Academy of Political Science
Correspondence and publications
5 9
American Council, Institute of Pacific Relations
Correspondence, publications, and invoices
5 10
America-Japan Student Conference
Second America-Japan Student Conference in Portland Oregon-Conference subject list, itinerary, and letter arranging a visit to Eugene for the Japanese students specifically to see the Murray Warner Collection at the Museum of Fine Art
5 11
Chinese Associations
Chinese play bill
Correspondence, publications, and invoices from The China Society, Associated Boards for Christian Colleges in China, China Institute in America, and the Chinese Art Council
5 12
Far Eastern Cultural Center
Correspondence with Sogo Matsumoto, director of the Far Eastern Cultural Center
Correspondence from Friends of Far Eastern Art
Correspondence from the Far Eastern Studies Committee at the University of Oregon
5 13
International Student Associations
Correspondence with University of Oregon International Student Associations
5 14
Japanese Associations
Correspondence with the Asiatic Society of Japan, Japan Society of Portland, Japan Institute Inc., Japan Manchoukuo Cultural Committee, National Committee on American Japanese Relations, and Woman’s Christian College of Japan
5 15
Japanese Consulate, Portland
Correspondence and invitations%udb1929-1939%ude
5 16
Japanese Red Cross
Membership certificate
5 17
League of Nations Associations
Correspondence, receipts for donations
5 18
Meiji Japan Society
Correspondence with Genchi Kato, Secretary of the Meiji Japan Society
6 1
National Economic League: National Council for Prevention of War
6 2
Nippon Society of Portland
Membership cards, invitations, and correspondence
6 3
Society for International Cultural Relations: Kousai Bonka Shinkokai
Note: This is the society that sent Dr Harada to Eugene
6 4
University of Washington, Bureau of International Relations
Correspondence to the Members of the Northwest Region of the Institute of Pacific Relations
6 5
Yenching University
“Yenching Benefactor of China” booklet
Correspondence, publications, and receipts
Subseries C: University of Oregon Activities
Box Folder
6 6
Takako Nakajima – Japanese Exchange Student
Correspondence and Scholarship Statements
6 7
Murray Warner Essay Contest
Lists of entries and/or winners
1931-1933, 1935, 1936
Posters advertising the contest
New Clippings about the Murray Warner Essay Contest
Commencement Day pamphlet listing contest winners for that year
Brochure for a student tour of the Orient
6 8
Murray Warner Essay Contest-Correspondence
6 9
The International House at the University of Oregon
Correspondence, receipts for contributions, meeting minutes of the International Club Association
International House correspondence and lists
International House Photographs
Two photographs of the International House residents
Subseries D: Professor Exchanges
Box Folder
6 10
George Verne Blue, Professor
Letter to Gertrude Bass Warner
“What I Mean By Culture” leaflets by Dr. George V. Blue
Newspaper clippings about his trip to Japan and a debate about cultural difference
6 11
Barker, Burt B
Correspondence relating to the museum and library
References to Dr. Jiro Harada and Barn and Baroness Dan’s visit
Thanks to S. Aoki for donation of books through Barker
Exchange professorship proposal with Japan and an account of how exchange was brought about
6 12
Harada, Jiro
Correspondence with Gertrude Bass Warner and others
Minutes from meetings of the Committee on Entertainment of Mr. Jiro Harada
Draft of an article for the Christian Science Monitor written by Dr. Harada
Postcards of the Imperial Household Museum in Tokyo, Japan, and a pamphlet on the publications offered by them
6 13
Harada, Jiro
Correspondence with museum staff and Burt Brown Barker (Vice President Emeritus), Mr. Wallace S. Baldinger (Associate Professor of Art History), and others
Program for a visit to the University of Oregon from Dr. Harada, Mr. Jiro Arimitsu, and Mr. Kinji Fujikawa (Members of the cultural property promotion commission of the Japanese Government)
Subseries E: Collected pamphlets and newspaper clippings
Box Folder
6 14
Collected Pamphlets and Newspaper Clipping
Newspaper Clippings of profiling Chinese with ties to the U.S.
6 15
Untranslated Material
Letters and documents written in Asian characters with no English date or name
Foldout Poster illustrating a map of “Oomi Miitera” complex

Series III:  Professional PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Speeches & Presentations
Box Folder
7 1
Speeches and Presentations
Address on “Friendly Relations”
Speech at the opening of the Murray Warner Collection of the Museum of Fine Art
June 10th, 1933
Presentation of Mrs. Burt Brown Barker to the A.A.U.W. when she read a paper on “Chinese Tomb Figures” at the Museum Library
January 13th, 1937
Subseries B: Writings
Box Folder
7 2
“When West Meets East”, unpublished manuscript by Gertrude Bass Warner
7 3
Notes by Mrs. Warner
Handwritten notes on Chinese and Japanese Culture
Letter to Gertrude Bass Warner from Rhoda C. Chase about illustrating her book and clippings demonstrating the “Ben Day” process
Subseries C: Achievements
Box Folder
7 4
Museum Directorship
Copper printing plate for Gertrude Bass Warner’s business card
Correspondence relating to being given the rank of Professor
7 5
Third Biennial Conference of the Institute of Pacific Relations in Kyoto
Invitation to the conference
Correspondence about the conference
Newspaper clipping and letter from the School of Journalism
Third Biennial Conference of the Institute of Pacific Relations Photographs
2 large photographs of conference members including Gertrude Bass Warner
7 6
Honorary Masters Degree in Art
Diploma for Gertrude Bass Warner “Master of Arts in Public Service” degree
Letter to Mrs. Perkins Bass from Gertrude Bass Warner telling her about receiving the honorary Masters of Fine Arts in Public Service
Commencement Week Program and Invitation %udb/J06/07-10, 1929%ude
June 7-10, 1929
Honorary Masters Degree in Art Photographs
Photograph of GBW in graduation gown with President Hall and others
Subseries D: Professional Associations
Box Folder
7 7
Professional Associations
Correspondence with the American Council of Learned Societies including a “list of persons engaged in the prosecution of Chinese Studies in America, or Americans similarly engaged abroad”
League of Nations, International Institute of Intellectual Co-Operation
7 8
American Association of University Women
Correspondence, membership cards, invoices, and publications
Material relating to an Oriental Art study group held at the museum for the organization’s members
7 9
American Federation of Arts
Correspondence, bills, membership cards, publications, and 1932 convention program
Request from the Pan American Union for art bulletins & pamphlets to be sent to the Argentine Republic
7 10
Invitations to and correspondence about various conferences

Series IV:  Museum of Fine Art RecordsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Museum of Fine Arts Building
Box Folder
8 1
Historical Material
Letter of congratulations from the University of Washington
List of museums, people, and companies to which invitations were sent
Invitation to attend the formal opening and dedication of the Murray Warner Collection of Art
Letter asking The Spectator Publishing Company for copies of all articles related to the museum to be collected and sent to Gertrude Bass Warner
Radio Speech, Museum Library, Radio station KOAK
Speech given by Mrs. Lucy Perkins for the A.A.U.W.
Oct. 25, 1935
List of all contributors to the museum building fund
Minutes from a Meeting of the University Building Committee
“ Chinese Arts Create Friendship: Numerous Arts Donated by Former Shanghai Resident, Mrs. Warner Promotes Chino-American Understanding
To the Honorable Board of Regents of the University of Oregon (pg.17 references the Warner Prize and Oriental Relations)
Invitation to the Dedication of the Museum of Art
Newspaper clippings reporting special exhibitions at the museum
8 2
Gerlinger, Mrs. George T. (Irene) First Female Regent of the University
Correspondence about fundraising for the museum
Pledge card and magazine ads from the fundraising campaign
Pamphlet titled “Recent Movement in the Establishment of Fine Arts Courses in Colleges and Universities by Irene Gerlinger-A Thesis, presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of the University of Oregon, in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts, May 1930”
May, 1930
Correspondence with Georgianna Gerlinger
8 3
1925 Portland Exposition and Bazaar
Program, list of items donated by Gertrude Bass Warner and a thank you letter from Irene Gerlinger for the donated objects
8 4
Lawrence, Ellis F. – Chief Architect
Correspondence includes references to museum building plans
Blueprints and newspaper clippings of proposed design
8 5
Investigation of Museums
3 copies of “Mrs. Warner’s & Miss Klockar’s Investigation of Museums Summer 1931” followed by an additional report titled “Mrs. Warner’s Recommendations for Changes in Oregon Museum of Fine Arts…” and transcripts of interviews
8 6
Museum of Art, Building Plan
Correspondence regarding the planning and process of making changes and improvements to the Museum of Art building
Some correspondence between Gertrude Bass Warner and museum/library staff including detailed dated reports of museum happenings,
8 7
Museum of Art, Building Plan
Consultation reports from Professor of Physics, Will V. Norris
Plan of Japanese Room, blueprint of the museum lobby removing revolving door to new position,
Subseries B: Museum Correspondence
Box Folder
8 8
Campbell, Prince Lucien-President of UO 1902-1925
University Memorial pamphlet for PLC
Letter to Mrs. William D. Campbell informing her of Gertrude Bass Warner’s death in 1951
Design sketches for the placket dedicating the courtyard to PLC
Correspondence with Susan Church Campbell, Adelaide and E.M. Campbell Church
Memorial pamphlets for PLC
‘On Accepting the Sydney Bell Portrait of President Campbell’ by Henry McKinney
8 9
Hall, Arnold Bennett (President, U of O) (Correspondence)
Museum and Personal Correspondence
Hall, Arnold Bennett Photographs
Photo of Mr. & Mrs. Hall and Mr. & Mrs. Burt Brown Barker
8 10
Hall, Arnold Bennett (President, U of O) (Correspondence)
Correspondence about the alterations and improvements to the museum building that Gertrude Bass Warner wanted made before the building was opened to the public
8 11
Boyer, C.V. Interim President of UO 1932-1933, President 1934-1938
Personal and museum correspondence with Gertrude Bass Warner
Reference to Mr. Harada, Miss. Nakajima, Gertrude Bass Warner getting the rank of professor, and Jessie M. Keith
Boyer, C.V. Photographs
Photographs of Dr. C.V. Boyer, Several photos of clay bust of him
8 12
Erb, D.E., President 1938-1943
Museum business and personal correspondence
“In Memoriam: Donald Milton Erb” (1900-1943) President, University of Oregon 1938-1943
8 13
Hollis, Orlando John, Interim President 1944-1945
Tribute banquet program
Museum correspondence
9 1
Kerns, M.I.,UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts
9 2
Maude Kerns Will
Will and Codicil to her will
Correspondence regarding the establishment of the Maude Kerns Distinguished Professorship in Oriental Art in the School of Architecture and Allied Art at the University of Oregon and how to use the other bequeaths
9 3
Newburn, Harry K. – President 1945-1953
Correspondence with Mabel K. Garner, about museum business and donations made by Gertrude Bass Warner
9 4
Onthank, Karl W.
Personal and university correspondence relating to committee work, shared interests, arrangements for visiting lecturers, and copies of letters sent to Chinese and Japanese consuls promoting the University of Oregon and good international relations. References to furniture bought for the International House
Letter of thanks to Gertrude Bass Warner for financial gifts to the University
Letter giving her the title if Director of the Oregon Museum of Fine Arts
9 5
Museum Correspondence
Correspondence from museum patrons, community members, and university students and staff regarding the Museum of Fine Art.
9 6
School of Architecture & Allied Arts, UO
Mission Statement
Select correspondence with department staff
9 7
Art Class, UO
Summary of classes that made use of the museum
The College Art Association listing of lectures
Correspondence from UO professors arranging for classes to visit the museum
9 8
Oriental Art Classes
Oriental Art Class Program
Oriental Art Group Program
List of class members
Program of events for the visit of Dr. Inazo Nitobe
Printed Catalog of the Eleventh Exhibition of Nagao Museum Tokyo
Brochures for classes or lecturers on oriental art and culture
9 9
Art Institute of Chicago
Correspondence, order for frames, and subscription to publications
9 10
de Young Museum, San Francisco, California
Article copied by hand by Emily B P about the establishment of the museum as part of the Golden Gate Park Commission
9 11
Field Museum, Chicago/Freer Gallery of Art, Wash. D.C.
Correspondence with Dr. Berthold Laufer at the Field Museum and John E. Lodge, curator, at the Freer Gallery
1931-1932, 1940
Mrs. Warner’s and Miss Klockar’s Interview with Mr. J.E. Lodge, Freer Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 22, 1931
Blueprint sketch of the doors at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
Photographs from the Field Museum of Natural History depicting objects in their collection
Photographs of the Freer Gallery of Art’s building, galleries, display cases, and select objects
9 12
Museums: Metropolitan, Boston, San Paulo Washington, Yale
Invitations to events, news clippings, correspondence, and interviews
Booklet listing the publications issued by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
19 3
Museums: American Museum of Natural History, New York City
Description of pottery manufacturing in China from the American Museum of Natural History, New York City
9 13
Museums: Portland, Seattle, San Francisco
Paper on the Exhibit of Japanese Art in the Palace of Fine Arts at the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island – San Francisco – California
9 14
Rhode Island School of Design
9 15
Rockford College
Correspondence asking for advice from Gertrude Bass Warner in planning a new museum building in Rockford
9 16
Roullier, Albert Art Galleries, 414 South Michigan Blvd, Chicago Ill
Correspondence about prints and framing orders for the museum
9 17
Vose Galleries
Collection of booklets advertising art exhibits at the Vose Galleries in Boston (Established in 1841, the business is still in operation. Many of the booklets have pictures of the art work, biographical notes on the painters, historical information about the gallery itself, and handwritten notes by Robert C. Vose.)
Subseries C: Museum Acquisitions
Box Folder
10 1
Contribution offers to the museum
Offers of art objects for sale or donation to the museum and responses
10 2
Chinese History
Correspondence about a collection of Chinese paintings being offered to the University of Oregon and a newspaper clipping from a 1930 exhibition of that collection in Eugene
10 3
Nikko Temples
Prints of the designs from Nikko Temples offered for sale
10 4
Correspondence with art dealers
List of Museum property
Miscellaneous lists from the museum documenting the acquisition, movement, and use of objects within the collection
Sample museum information cards
Correspondence regarding the gift of a Japanese gill-net from the Department of Fish Culture in Portland
Correspondence with Robert J. Otto, the local photographer hired to take photographs of museum pieces
Photographs documenting museum pieces
10 5
Yamanaka’s – Boston: Letters, Bills, & List.
Correspondence, invoices
10 6
Yamanaka’s – N.Y. Letters, Bills, & List
Correspondence, orders, receipts (The store is closed by government regulation on Dec. 7, 1942 after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, is allowed to reopen in June of that year, but in 1943 the Alien Property Custodian of the United States of America begins liquidating the Yamanaka’s entire Far Eastern Art Collection, advertising first to museums then private collectors and businesses)
Torn card with an illustration of a boat bearing the Yamanaka name
Photographs of a framed print depicting Yu Huang, the Jade Emperor with explanatory note
10 7
Museum Shipping Records
Bills of landing for shipments
US Customs Documents
Customs House Correspondence
Bills for Overland transportation from port of landing to Eugene
10 8
Museum Shipping Records
Bills of landing for shipments
US Customs Documents
Customs House Correspondence
Bills for Overland transportation from port of landing to Eugene
10 9
Museum Shipping Records
Bills of landing for shipments
US Customs Documents
Customs House Correspondence
Bills for Overland transportation from port of landing to Eugene
10 10
Museum Shipping Records
Bills of landing for shipments
US Customs Documents
Customs House Correspondence
Bills for Overland transportation from port of landing to Eugene
10 11
Union Insurance Society of Canton Peking Branch
Insurance for shipments from Asia to Oregon via the American Express Company
10 12
Union Insurance Society of Canton
Insurance for shipments from Asia to Oregon via the American Express Company
10 13
Yokohama Fire and Marine Insurance Co, Yokohama, Japan
Insurance document for a shipment from Japan to Portland via Yamanaka & Co.
10 14
Starr Slide Collection
Correspondence between Gertrude Bass Warner, Lucy Hills Starr, L. S. Cressman (Head of the Department of Anthropology) and Earl Pallett (UO Executive Secretary) negotiating the acquisition of Dr. Fredrick Starr’s slide and photographic collection for the museum
Correspondence arranging the storage of the rest of Lucy Hills Starr’s collection at the University of Oregon after Miss Starr became too ill to live at home and was moved to a nursing facility.
Subseries D: Musuem Library
Box Folder
11 1
Museum Library Historical Material
Letter from Gertrude Bass Warner presenting a case of books purchased by her in Japan to the University
Transcript of a radio speech given on air about the museum library
Lists of periodicals and books received by the library
Copy of The Call Number: Voice of the University of Oregon Library Staff Association bulletin
June 20, 1944
11 2
Museum Library Correspondence
Correspondence from library patrons, community members, and university students and staff regarding the museum library
11 3
Douglass, Matthew Hale – University Librarian
11 4
Museum Library Circulation Reports
Monthly circulation reports for the museum library tracking the number of students coming to the library, the number of books used, any special events or meetings held in the library, and the number of new books acquired.
Miscellaneous records including reserve request forms for classes, book exchanges with the main library, library reports, and missing book lists
11 5
Library Dedication
Projected Program for the Dedication of the Gertrude Bass Warner Memorial Library
Transcript of the speech given by Maude Kerns at the dedication of the Gertrude Bass Warner Memorial Reference Library, the Program for the dedication ceremony, and guest lists.
misc. correspondence about the library dedication and the collection in general%udb1956-1959%ude
11 6
Correspondence about library acquisitions and gifts, Gertrude Bass Warner Memorial Library statement of policy, inventories, and remodeling the building from Dr. W.S. Baldinger, museum director; O. Meredith Wilson, UO president; J.O. Lindstrom, UO business Manager; and H. Abbott Lawrence, Lawrence, Tucker & Wallmann, Architects
11 7
3 Ledger Books:
Oriental library checkout list from
Library register
Monthly record of library guests
Register listing students using the Oriental collection
Subseries E: Library Accessions
Box Folder
11 8
Library Accessions – Orders & Invoices A-B
Library Accession folder contain book and periodical orders, invoices, and correspondence with publishers alphabetized by the publishing company or individual’s name
Arden Gallery, The Arthur H. Clare Company, Mr. Roy H. Akagi, Atlas Publishing and Distributing Co., The Argonaut, Bunkado & Co., The Bodley Book Shop, The Bookshop For Boys and Girls, Boston Book and Art Shop, Binfords & Mort Publishers, P. Brooks, E.J. Brill Booksellers, Lillian C. Blood, Maude Frances Barnes, Yamamato Bunkado, G.E. Albert, Nathaniel Anderson, R. Bensabutt Inc., Philip R. Brooks, Bureau of Foreign Trade, American Association of Museums, H. Ahrens & Company, Ernest Benn Ltd., Thornton Butterworth Ltd.,
List of purchases and periodicals recommended by Wallace S. Baldinger for the Warner Reference Library of Oriental Art
Box Folder
11 9
Brentano’s N.Y. Bills and Letters
11 10
Brentano’s N.Y. Bills and Letters
Folded photograph and explanation of a Chinese painting of a Giraffe picture badly creased from folding
11 11
Brentano’s N.Y. Bills and Letters
12 1
Brentano’s Chicago and Washington D.C. Bills and Letters
12 2
Chinese Magazines
Subscription orders/bills and correspondence from various companies including The Chinese Culture Study Group of America, The China Journal, The China Weekly Review, The China Quarterly, T’ien Hsia Monthly, China Institute in America membership, and The Consulate of Japan in Portland, Oregon
12 3
Library Accessions-Orders & Invoices C-F
Charles P. Everitt, The Christian Literature Society of Korea, China Booksellers Ltd., Commercial Press, College Art Association, Dauber & Pine Bookshops, Dawson’s Book Shop, Miss Denton, Doubleday Doran & Co., The Far Eastern Review, The Far Eastern Trading Co., The French Bookstore, K. Fujii, Francis Edwards Ltd., Foreign Policy Association, Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, Eugene Register-Guard, Current History, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Martin J. Desmoni
12 4
F.W. Faxon Company
invoices receipts and correspondence%udb1933-1951%ude
12 5
Library Accessions-Orders & Invoices G-J
Gump’s, The House of Jade, S. Hacker: Art Book Imports, W. Heffer & Sons Ltd., Houghton Mifflin Company, Harvard Cooperative Society Inc., Harvard University Press, Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum, Japanese-American Courier, The Japan Chronicle, Japan Society, The Japan Magazine Co., The Japan Advertiser, The Johns Hopkins Press, Honolulu Academy of Arts, J.K. Gill Company, Edward Goldston Ltd., Harper Robinson and Co., Dard Hunter, Japan Overseas Travel Magazine, Japanese Government Railways Board of Tourist Industry, Fong Inn’s Limited, Samuel J. Hume Inc., Frederick W. Gookin, Eldon Griffin,
12 6
Library Accessions-Orders & Invoices K-O
Kelly & Walsh Ltd., Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai Quarterly, Kroch’s Bookstore, Kitazawa Bookstore, McGraw-Hill Book Co., N.Y.K. Line, The Leader, W.H. Lowdermilk & Company, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Old Hickory Bookshop, Los Angeles University of International Relations, The Oriental Institute, The Macmillan Company, Dr. John R. Mez, Martinus Nijhoff’s Boekhandel en Uitgeversm, Mrs. W. A. Noble, Mr. Alfred L. Lomax, The Magazine Antiques, Mr. Stanley Charles Nott, New Oriental Society of America, N.V., Mr. Fred Lockley, Mrs. Ruth Webb Lee, Old Oregon,
12 7
Orientalia’s 47 West 47th st, New York N.Y.
Correspondence, book orders, invoices
12 8
Library Accessions-Orders & Invoices P-Z
The Philippine Journal of Science, Peking Book Store, P.D. and Ione Perkins Publishers, Joshua B. Powers Inc., Shotaro Sato, S. Takahashi, Paul Theobald, The Teikoku Kogeikwai (The Imperial Applied Arts Association of Japan), Royal Asiatic Society, Tanaka Heiando, University of California Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, University of Toronto Press, Women’s Educational and Industrial Union, E. Weyhe Booksellers, The H.W. Wilson Company, Yoshikawa Book Store, The Yellow Hall, Yamanaka & Company, J.L. Thompson & Co, Philippine Education, Rosengren’s Books, The Woolston Book Co. Ltd., G.E. Stechert & Co., U.S. Government Printing Office, and Hayford Peirce & Royall Tyler, Charles Scribner’s Sons, Frederick A. Stokes Company, Kurt L. Schwartz, Shelton-Turnbull-Fuller Company Printers and Publishers
12 9
Library Shipping Records
12 10
Correspondence and receipts for translation work
Subseries F: Employee Correspondence
Box Folder
12 11
Mabel Klockars Garner
Correspondence with Mabel K Garner, Gertrude Bass Warner’s secretary and cataloguer at the museum, includes references to Mr. Harada detailing much of his activity at UO, Julian Lamar’s portrait of Gertrude Bass Warner, Elizabeth and Jessie Keith, and the daily operations at the museum.
13 1
Mabel K. Garner %udb1936%ude
13 2
Mabel K. Garner
13 3
Mabel K. Garner %udb1938%ude
13 4
Mabel K. Garner 1939
13 5
Mabel K. Garner%udb1940-1951%ude
14 1
Perkins, Lucy – Museum Curator
Museum and Personal Correspondence with Gertrude Bass Warner
Daily reports of museum happenings
March 29, 1932-July 1, 1932
Newspaper clipping of visit from U. of Washington to the International House and Art Museum
Postcard pictures from The Miyako Hotel, Kyoto Japan
Transcript of Lecture by Mrs. Lucy Perkins for A.A.U.W. Preceding main address by Jiro Harada – Gallery, Museum of Art
October 25, 1935
14 2
Curtis, Earle D. – Museum Guard
Correspondence detailing day to day activities in the museum
14 3
Kyle, J.L.-Museum Guard
Correspondence and watchman reports
Letter and news clipping about a failed robbery from the Administration Building
Correspondence with Earl Pallett, Executive Secretary of UO, explaining arrangements made for the guard dog to remain with the Kyle family as their personal pet
Photograph of Mr. Kyle and the guard dog “Fritz” that GBW purchased for the museum (still a puppy in the picture)
14 4
Muller, August– Museum Guard
14 5
Newsom, Frances S. – Museum Librarian
14 6
Reynolds, Marjorie – Museum Librarian
14 7
Robinson, Rose – Museum Librarian
14 8
Willian, Margaret – Museum Librarian
14 9
Yoder, Miriam – Museum Librarian
14 10
Temporary Museum Employee Correspondence
Correspondence with short term or temporary employees Emily Potter, Jane Fair, Cosgrove La Barre, Katherine Johnson, Paulette Beall, and Earl Derbin
Subseries G: General Business Records
Box Folder
15 1
Oregon State System of Higher Education General Correspondence
15 2
Business Manager, Paul Ager
Business correspondence including references to the Murray Warner essay contest, museum staff, work on the museum building, budgets, letters of thanks for payments made by Gertrude Bass Warner to various accounts and funds for the museum and other University activities, and Gertrude Bass Warner’s safety and budget concerns for the museum
Letter to Mr. Ager in which Gertrude Bass Warner lists the large number of additional costs that installing the art collection in the new museum building will incur writing that “Unless some of the money for the installation is provided for by the University, the installing will, of necessity, go very slowly because funds will not be available to provide for these things. You can see this can you not, Mr. Ager? You can see that it would not be fair to me or my family for me to impoverish me and them.”
April 1st, 1932
15 3
Business Manager, J. O. Lindstrom
Business correspondence including references to scholarships for Takako Nakajima and Virgil Klockars, Jiro Harada, the Murray Warner essay contest, museum staff, museum case fund, letters of thanks for payments made by Gertrude Bass Warner to various accounts and funds for the museum and other University activities, and Gertrude Bass Warner’s safety and budget concerns for the museum
15 4
Chancellor William J. Kerr Oregon State System of Higher Education
Correspondence including museum budgets, staffing, improvements to the building, acquisitions, etc and a few personal letters sent after his term as Chancellor was over in June of 1935.
November 1932 - January 1936
15 5
Chancellor Frederick M. Hunter Oregon State System of Higher Education
Frederick M. Hunter
July 1935-September 1939
15 6
Comptroller’s Office – L.H. Johnson
Receipts for money paid to the university by Gertrude Bass Warner (gifts and expenses)
Forwarded letter from Mr. S. Ichoh, Advisor, Bureau of Fisheries, Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Japanese Gov. Tokyo, giving Gertrude Bass Warner two Japanese gill-nets for the museum
Notice of items paid by the university on behalf of the museum (freight, express, postage, and customs expenses for shipping objects from the Orient to Eugene)
Reference to rent/contributions paid to the International House
Estimates for alterations/improvements to the museum building asked for by Gertrude Bass Warner
Columbia University Scholarship Fund for Mabel Klockars to study at Columbia for a semester
An attempt was made to break into the vault in the Administration Building where museum pieces were being kept along with the money from student fee collections
Sept. 1931
15 7
Pallett, Earl M., Executive Secretary, University of Oregon
Museum business correspondence referencing the State Board of Higher Education decisions, annual budgets, negotiations with Gertrude Bass Warner as to her personal contributions to the museum fund vs. the university’s contributions, construction and maintenance work on the museum building, staffing issues, arrangements for groups visiting the museum, security concerns (particularly the shrubs and manholes around the museum building that Gertrude Bass Warner thought offered too many potential hiding places for would-be thieves), and the financing of prizes for the Murray Warner Essay Contest
15 8
General Museum Receipts
July 1925-June 1931
Receipts for museum equipment, furniture, building supplies, and office supplies from the era before construction was finished on the museum building when the collection was kept in the Women’s Building (now Gerlinger Hall).
15 9
Museum Budget
July 1931-June 1932
Museum Budget folder contain budget reports and monthly account statements for all the museum and library funds. The time frame corresponds to the university’s July-June fiscal year.
15 10
Museum Expenditures
July 1937-June 1932
Museum Expenditures folder contain Requisition For Services Rendered forms (monthly payroll sheets), Telephone Statements, Interdepartmental Requisitions, correspondence with the U.O. Physical Plant about repairs needed in the museum building, and general receipts for museum equipment, office supplies, and furniture.
15 11
Museum Budget
July 1932-June 1933
15 12
Museum Expenditures
July 1932-June 1933
15 13
Museum Budget
July 1933-June 1934
15 14
Museum Expenditures
July 1933-June 1934
16 1
Museum Budget
July 1934-June 1935
16 2
Museum Expenditures
July 1934-June 1935
16 3
Museum Budget%udb/J07/1935-/J06/1936%ude
July 1935-June 1936
16 4
Museum Expenditures
July 1935- June 1936
16 5
Museum Equipment Inventory
Museum Equipment Inventory folder contain annual inventory reports for all supplies and equipment in use at the museum including purchase and release of property information. Complete records were not kept until 1940.
16 6
Museum Budget
July 1936-June 1937
16 7
Museum Expenditures
July 1936-June 1937
16 8
Museum Budget
July 1937-June 1938
16 9
Museum Expenditures
July 1937-June 1938
16 10
Museum Equipment Inventory
16 11
Museum Budget
July 1938-June 1939
16 12
Museum Expenditures
July 1938-June 1939
16 13
Museum Equipment Inventory
16 14
Museum Budget
July 1939-June 1940
16 15
Museum Expenditures
July 1939-June 1940
16 17
Museum Equipment Inventory
17 1
Museum Budget
July 1940-June 1941
17 2
Museum Expenditures
July 1940-June 1941
17 3
Museum Equipment Inventory
17 4
Museum Budget
July 1941-June 1942
17 5
Museum Expenditures
July 1941-June 1942
17 6
Museum Equipment Inventory
17 7
Museum Budget
July 1942-June 1943
17 8
Museum Expenditures
July 1942-June 1943
17 9
Museum Equipment Inventory
17 10
Museum Budget
July 1943-June 1944
17 11
Museum Expenditures
July 1943-June 1944
17 12
Museum Equipment Inventory
17 13
Museum Budget
July 1944-June 1945
17 14
Museum Expenditures
July 1944-June 1945
17 15
Museum Equipment Inventory
17 16
Museum Budget
July 1945-June 1946
17 17
Museum Expenditures
July1945-June 1946
17 18
Museum Equipment Inventory
17 19
Museum Budget
July 1946-June 1947
17 20
Museum Expenditures
July 1946-June 1947
17 21
Museum Equipment Inventory
18 1
Museum Budget
July 1947-June 1948
18 2
Museum Expenditures
July 1947-June 1948
18 3
Museum Equipment Inventory
18 4
Museum Budget
July 1948-1949
18 5
Museum Expenditures
July 1948-June 1949
18 6
Museum Equipment Inventory
18 7
Museum Budget
July 1949-June 1950
18 8
Museum Expenditures
July 1949-June 1950
18 9
Museum Equipment Inventory
18 10
Museum Budget
July 1950-June 1951
18 11
Museum Expenditures
July 1950-June 1951
18 12
Museum Equipment Inventory
18 13
Museum Budget
July 19510June 1952
18 14
Museum Expenditures
July 1951-June 1952
18 15
Museum Equipment Inventory
18 16
Museum Budget
July 1952-June 1953
18 17
Museum Expenditures
July 1952-June 1953
18 18
Museum Equipment Inventory
18 19
Museum Budget
July 1953-June 1954
18 20
Museum Expenditures
July 1953-June 1954

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Art museum directors--Oregon--Eugene
  • Art museums--Acquisitions
  • Art museums--Collection management
  • Art, Asian
  • Art--Collectors and collecting
  • College art museums--Oregon--Eugene
  • Museum buildings
  • Personal Names :
  • Warner, Gertrude Bass, 1863-1951
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Oregon. Museum of Art.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence