Stewart Ross James papers

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1940-1960, undated

Location Note

HGO-01-001-E-A-13 - Library & Archives Flat Files

GUSN

GUSN-310549

Description

The collection includes photographs, watercolor renderings, drawings, blueprints, and ephemera.

Details

Descriptive Terms

lamps (lighting devices)
sofas
chairs (furniture forms)
benches (furniture)
tables (support furniture)
desks
rooms
interior design
photographs
watercolors (paintings)
drawings (visual works)
blueprints (reprographic copies)
ephemera

Physical Description

approx. 180 items (11 folders) and 3 original portfolios

Finding Aid Info

An electronic finding aid is available through Historic New England’s Collections Access Portal. A paper finding aid is available in the Library & Archives.

Collection Code

CC013

Collection Name

Stewart Ross James papers

Date of Acquisition

2015

Reference Code

CC013

Abstract

The collection is composed by a large group of photographs, watercolor renderings, drawings, blueprints and ephemera documenting the work of the designer Stewart Ross James between the 1940s and the 1960s.

Acquisition Type

Gift

Credit Line

Donation by Andrew Spindler-Roesle in 2015, given in memory of Alexander Roesle.

Places

Birmingham (Jefferson county, Alabama)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Gambier (Knox county, Ohio)
Hartford (Hartford county, Connecticut)
New York City (New York state)
Princeton University (Mercer county, New Jersey) [university]
Toronto (Toronto Metropolitan Area, Ontario, Canada)
Winchester (Cheshire county, New Hampshire)

Record Details

Originator

James, Stewart Ross, 1912-1997 (Designer)

Material Type

photographs
watercolors (paintings)
drawings (visual works)
blueprints (reprographic copies)
ephemera

Other People

James, Stewart Ross, 1912-1997
Rummler, Alfred
Andrews, Alfred

Other Organizations

R. B. O'Connor & W. H. Kilham, Jr
Hansen Lamp Company
Alco Art, Inc
Westcort

Restrictions

This collection is available for research.

Restrictions

There are no physical restrictions on this collection. There are no technical restrictions on this collection.

Description Level

Collection

Location Note

HGO-01-001-E-A-13 - Library & Archives Flat Files

Language Note

Materials are entirely in English.

Preferred Citation

Item identification. Box #, folder #. Stewart Ross James papers (CC013). Historic New England, Library & Archives.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by May Driss, July 2015.

Rules and Conventions

This finding aid is DACS-compliant.

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

Stewart Ross James was born October 15, 1912 in Toronto, Canada. He came to the United States in 1926 and lived during his high school years in Birmingham, Alabama. As he noted in his high school yearbook, his ambition in life was "to be a success in the field of Interior Decoration." By 1940, James was living in New York and working as an interior designer at 101 Park Avenue, Room 1405. He moved to Winchester, New Hampshire, where he continued his work as a designer. He collaborated with the New York architectural firm of O'Connor and Kilham on projects for Kenyon College in Ohio, in 1954 and for the Phoenix Insurance Company (1949) and the Trinity College, both in Hartford, Connecticut and for the Firestone Library in Princeton University (1949, 1953). He worked for the Cunard Line designing the interiors of its Boston office in 1952. He also designed lamps for the Hansen Lamp Company of New York in 1957. He worked for Alfred Andrews, Alco Art, Inc., Alfred Rummler, Inc., and Westcort.

Sources


Mihm, S. (2000, April). Resources, references and the back story behind the story. The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved from http://partners.nytimes.com/library/magazine/specials/20000416mag-brightestfootnotes.html

Arrangement

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by subject, such as sofas and chairs.