Note: The Black Mountain College collections have moved to the new Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.
See the Online Finding Aids pages for more information about other finding aids at the State Archives of North Carolina. A digital collection of selected Black Mountain College materials is also available through the North Carolina Digital Collections.
Black Mountain College Records, 1933-1956.
75 cu. ft. Records maintained by the rector, the secretary of the corporation, the registrar, and the treasurer of the college. Major groups of records are Minutes (faculty meetings and meetings of the Board of Fellows) and Attendant Papers (primarily correspondence of the secretary of the corporation); General Files; Faculty Files; Treasurer's Files; Student Files (restricted); and Photographs. Photocopies of some college records found in the Charles Olson Papers at the University of Connecticut are also available. These records have been described on the online Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS).
North Carolina Museum of Art, Black Mountain College Research Project, 1933-1973.
53.4 cu. ft. Material gathered by the museum as part of a project to document thoroughly the visual arts at Black Mountain College. The project was later expanded to include music, dance, and the literary arts. Includes administrative files, research files, questionnaires and interviews of former students and faculty members, student notes, class papers, architectural plans, college publications, programs, articles, books, photographs, negatives, slides, and other materials. Some of the interviews and other materials are currently restricted.
Albers, Anni, Collection, 1937-1976 [PC.1197]
33 items. Artist and professor at Black Mountain College. Primarily books, articles, and typed speeches by Mrs. Albers; exhibition and book notices; and articles about her.
Ashby, Sylvia Girsh, Collection, 1946-1950 [PC.1784]
16 items. Student at Black Mountain College during the years 1946/47 and 1947/48. Includes photographs, brochures and other memorabilia relating to the college.
Black Mountain College Miscellaneous Collection, 1943 - 1945, 1975 - 2007 [PC.1580]
Ca. 70 items. Primarily printed items including community bulletins, music programs, obituaries of Dr. Erwin W. Straus, articles and a booklet on the college, a thesis on arts administration there (1978), catalog and posters for exhibits about the college (1978), and exhibit catalogs and other information on works by former students Kenneth Noland (1983), Ronald Robertson, Knute Stiles, and Jonathan Williams, and faculty members Charles E. Bell and Willem de Kooning (ca.1984). Also photographs of Charles Olson and family; a memoir by Leo Krikorian about the Beats in San Francisco, 1953-1960, who included a number of former members of the Black Mountain college community (n.d.); a memoir by Alma Stone Williams concerning the Summer Music Institute of 1944 at Black Mountain College, including descriptions of race relations, music classes and relations between various members of the college community; and materials relating to the incorporation and activities of the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center in Black Mountain, N.C.
Blair, Roberta, Collection, 1944 [PC.1586]
23 items. Letters from Blair, student at the first Summer Art Institute at Black Mountain College, describing professors, students, and activities. Also includes photographs.
Dreier, Theodore and Barbara Loines, Black Mountain College Collection (Dreier BMC Collection), 1925 - 1988 [PC.1956]
81 boxes, 27 cubic feet. The Dreiers were among the founders of BMC and remained there until 1949, during which time Ted Dreier taught and served variously as administrator, fund-raiser, treasurer, rector, and served continuously on the Board of Fellows, responsible for the finances of the college and hiring and firing of faculty. The Dreier Black Mountain College Collection represents a variety of papers created by or collected by Theodore and Barbara Loines Dreier during their sixteen years at Black Mountain College (1933-1949), and for several years prior to and following their tenure at the college. This collection contains papers and correspondence and other materials relating to Ted and Barbara Dreier, their extensive connections and network of family and friends; and it also documents the educational, administrative, and fund raising activities associated with Dreier's various positions within the college. Other than correspondence, the collection includes clippings, programs, and articles; class notes and papers; files on individuals with Black Mountain College connections and various topics such as music and art; manuscripts, mostly those of Ted Dreier; the personal professional files of Dreier as treasurer, Board of Fellows, faculty member; notes; official correspondence; college publications, and miscellaneous files, and special items such as Ted Dreier's scrapbook; Barbara Dreier's course notes; printed materials, from the college and those written about the college; a Gropius-Breuer portfolio; photographs and negatives of family at BMC, and various students and faculty. The bulk of the material dates from 1933 to 1949, though there are some papers dating from the time before and after the Dreier's marriage in 1928; some correspondence and materials dated during Ted Dreier's tenure as an assistant professor of physics at Rollins College (1930-1933); and there is some material, including correspondence during the period of post-Black Mountain College, as late as 1988, from individuals previously associated with the college.
Duberman, Martin, Collection, 1933-1980 [PC.1678]
15 cu. ft. Correspondence, interviews, college publications, programs, photographs, articles, and other materials used by Duberman in writing Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community (New York: Dutton, 1972). Some interviews and other materials are currently restricted. Also includes various drafts of Duberman's book.
Dwight, Peggy, Papers, 1933-1976 [PC.1715]
Ca. 30 items. Printed materials, articles, etc. concerning Black Mountain College. Also includes three letters from Josef Albers to Peggy Dwight.
Forbes, Stephen H., Papers, 1937-1959, 1967 [PC.1885]
158 items. Primarily correspondence of Forbes with faculty and others connected with the college. Forbes was a student there from 1935 to 1942 and a benefactor of the college. Also included are a discussion by Gropius and Breuer of their drawings for the new campus, some class notes and exams, notes on meetings, a survey on the subject of physical labor, and a brief journal of a visit to the college in 1949.
Foreman, Clark H., Papers, 1942-1944 [PC.1545]
12 items. Professor of political science at Black Mountain College. Includes correspondence with W. R. Wunsch and Theodore Dreier, and a "Summary of the Discussion Regarding Admission of Negro Students," n.d.
Gregory, Mary, Papers, 1965-1989 [PC.1895]
377 items. Photographs, architectural drawings and plans showing the furniture, cabinetry, church furnishings, carvings, and also houses and outbuildings designed by Mary Gregory, who taught crafts and woodworking at Black Mountain College from 1941-1947. Four undated photographs, three published articles, and a copy of a thesis by Andrew S. Leinhoff (1969) relate to the college, but the rest of the material dates from the period when she had her own wood-working shop (1954-1988) and taught at Concord Academy, Concord, Massachusetts.
Jackson, T. R., Collection, 1951-1952 [PC.1581]
2 items. A printed poem by Carroll Warner Williams and a play program, both from Black Mountain College.
Kremen, Irwin, Exhibition Catalogs, 1978-1992 [PC.1824]
22 items. Primarily catalogs of exhibits of paintings by Kremen, a former student at Black Mountain College.
Krenek, Ernest, Letters, 1939 [PC.1546]
4 items. Letters to composer Krenek from John Evarts, professor of music at Black Mountain College, concerning events at the college.
Lane, Mervin, Manuscripts, 1987-1989 [PC.1790]
4 cu. ft. Literature professor at Santa Barbara City College and former student at Black Mountain College. Primarily consists of correspondence with an extensive list of contributors and non-contributors, including many comments about experiences at the college, and drafts of the manuscript of Black Mountain College: Sprouted Seeds, An Anthology of Personal Accounts, edited by Lane (University of Tennessee Press, ca. 1990)
Mangold, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Rogers, Papers, 1933-1988 [PC.1520]
Ca. 886 items. Professor of Romance languages and registrar at Black Mountain College, 1934-1942. Correspondence about the college is mainly for the years 1934-1938. Also included are his notes for a literature class; college publicity and publications (1933-1946); student prose and poetry; a report by Rector W. R. Wunsch, speech by Joseph Albers, and reminiscence by John Evarts; report on the dismissal of J. A. Rice and others by Rollins College in 1933; and miscellaneous material.
Page, Don, Collection, 1936 - 1942 [PC.1924]
Donald Page (1917- ) was born and brought up in Denver, Colorado. He entered Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, N.C. in September, 1936, where he studied art under Josef Albers and weaving and textile design under Anni Albers. After his graduation in May, 1941, Page returned for postgraduate studies at Black Mountain College in the fall of 1941, and the spring of 1942. This collection of materials is made up of textiles, drawings, and studies done by Don Page under both Josef and Anni Albers at Black Mountain College during the period from 1936 to 1942.
Riley, Sue Spayth, Papers, 1937 - 1942 [PC.1922]
Sue Spayth (subsequently Sue Spayth Riley) was a student at Black Mountain College until 1940. Her papers contain manuscripts, typescripts, photographs, and printed items, such as letters, essays, theater programs relating to her work and study, primarily at Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, North Carolina) during the years 1937-1940. Correspondence in this collection continues until 1942. It includes letters from college friends (principally Phyllis S. Josephs and Robert M. Sunley), and also relates to work done for The Biological Bulletin at Woods Hole, Mass.
Sly, Allen, Papers, 1936?, 1972-1973 [PC.1538]
9 items. Undated essays by Sly, a member of the music faculty at Black Mountain College, on music there, and tape recordings of his recollections. Also includes a dissertation by Anna M. Hines on music at the college.
Weston, Norman B., Collection, 1927-1985 [PC.1870]
76 items. Includes photographs and printed matter collected by Mr. and Mrs. Weston while they were students at Black Mountain College, 1933-1938. Other materials relate to Josef and Anni Albers during their post-Black Mountain College period.
Wood, Horace McGuire, Papers, 1933-1972 [PC.1517]
Ca. 375 items. Professor, business manager, and director of work program at Black Mountain College, 1942-1945. Includes correspondence with other faculty members, material on the community work program, and miscellaneous reports, minutes, photographs, and publications by and about the college. Other material relates to Wood's career as a designer and builder of small homes, including 72 house plans (1939-1965). Most of the collection has been microfilmed as MfP. 132.
"Black Mountain College: A Thumbnail Sketch," 15 minutes; "Jonathan Williams: By Eye By Ear," 13 minutes, VHS, by Monty Diamond for South Carolina Educational Television, ca. 1989. [V.T.1]
Danse Macabre, music by John Evarts for a ballet by Xanti Schawinsky. [Box 9, Reel Number 52]
1938. The music "Danse Macabre" was composed in 1938 by Evarts when he was instructor of music at Black Mountain College. "Danse Macabre" was first performed at Black Mountain College on May 14, 1938. This is a recording of a performance of “Danse Macabre” as broadcast by "Sender Freies Berlin" on May 3, 1976.
Black Mountain College Publications
The State Archives of North Carolina is the primary repository of materials relating to Black Mountain College, including the official college records and over twenty other collections of varying sizes relating to the college. Many of these collections include materials published by the college but, until now, there has been no comprehensive listing of all of the Black Mountain College publications available at the State Archives of North Carolina. The purpose of this project is to provide such a cross-collections list and to create a virtual collection of BMC publications to allow researchers and the general public to enjoy these unique and interesting materials. Currently this digital collection only includes materials from one Black Mountain College collection, the Black Mountain College Research Project, but we hope to add more materials from other collections soon.
Black Mountain College Papers: Miscellaneous publications, 1945-1954; Black Mountain Review,
2 reels, 35mm. negative and positive microfilm. Filmed by Archives and History from original records in the possession of the North Carolina Collection, UNC – Chapel Hill.
Black Mountain College: Histories and descriptions: Archives finding aid, minutes and attendant
papers, faculty files, treasurer’s reports, 1933-1950s. [X.11.3-X.11.21]
19 reels, 35mm. negative microfilm. Microfilmed from original records in Archives custody.
Black Mountain College: Photographs. [X.11.22]
1 reel, 35mm. negative and positive microfilm. Microfilmed from original records in Archives custody.
Black Mountain College: Scrapbook, 1934-1946. [X.11.23]
1 reel, 35mm. negative microfilm. Filmed by Archives and Records from original in the possession of Camp Rockmont, c/o George Pickering, Black Mountain, NC.
Lyonel Feininger Letters and Drawings, 1887-1903, 1946, 1956. [MfP. 41]
Microfilm (75 feet). Letters and postcards to Frank Kortheuer, New York, from Feininger, American artist, cartoonist, and visiting lecturer at Black Mountain College. Most of the letters are written from Berlin, where Feininger was an art student and illustrator, and the later ones especially discuss his life and work there. Many are illustrated with drawings and sketches. Other material includes manuscript drawings, published drawings, photographs, and articles, one by his son Lux comparing his art work and his father's (1956). Originals are in the Mint Museum, Charlotte, N.C.
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