Guide to the Records of the Centennial Conference on the Arts

Collection Title: Records of the Centennial Conference on the Arts
Dates: 1950-1951
Identification: 0/12/2
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Centennial Conference on the Arts
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The series, spanning the years 1950 to 1951, fills one half-size box and includes records of the University's Committee for the Centennial Conference on the Arts.
Acquisition Information: The University Archives acquired these records on July 26, 1983 (Accession #83-182).
Processing Information: Kevin B. Leonard; December 8, 1983.
Separated Materials: About one linear inch of correspondence and related materials pertaining to the Centennial's John Evans Program and Academic Conference #2 have been interfiled into series 0/12/1.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Related Materials: Records of the Northwestern University Centennial Celebration, 1949-1952 (Series 0/12/1)Records of the Centennial Loan Exhibition of Modern Painting, 1950-1951 (Series 11/3/3/3)
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Northwestern's Centennial Conference on the Arts, entitled "The Arts in Modern Society" was held April 19 and 20, 1951, in conjunction with the University's Centennial Celebration. The Conference featured lectures and panel discussions with thirteen noted critics, authors, and representatives of the fields of literature, theatre, painting, architecture, commercial art, and philosophy. Jacques Barzun, the Conference's major lecturer, spoke on the topic "The Artist and Modern Society - Duel or Divorce?"

Scope and Content

The series, spanning the years 1950 to 1951, fills one half-size box and includes records of the University's Committee for the Centennial Conference on the Arts. The Chair of the Committee was Northwestern Professor of Art Thomas M. Folds. The records, mainly correspondence, document Conference planning and programming and, in particular, the solicitation of program participants. The correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, is arranged chronologically within two folders. One folder of conference reports and schedules and another of budget and expense materials are arranged at the end of the series.


Container List / Contents

  • Correspondence, 1950-March, 1951Box 1, Folder 1
  • Correspondence, April-May, 1951Box 1, Folder 2
  • Reports and Schedules, 1950-1951, n.d.Box 1, Folder 3
  • Budget and Expense Materials, n.d.Box 1, Folder 4