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M-359: R. H. Dick Collection

Repository: St. Louis Mercantile Library Special Collections

Title: M-359: R. H. Dick Collection

Date [inclusive]: 1972-2012

Extent: 16 linear feet (8 record boxes, 3 flat boxes)

Location note: Curator's Office (flat boxes) and Depository (Offsite). 

Language: English

Abstract: The R.H. Dick Collection consists of photographs, sketches, personal correspondence with artists and galleries, gallery brochures and ephemera, personal writings and notes on the artwork of Robert H. Dick. The Collection covers Dick's artwork and sculptures as well as other artists who inspired Dick and his work.

Biographical note: R. H. Dick is a native of Missouri, born in Kansas City. He holds a bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in American History from Central Missouri State University. Graduate work was completed in French History and Economics at the University of Missouri at Columbia. He has done additional work at Harvard, Yale, Columbia (New York), and at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. As an artist working in both oil on canvas and in bronze he has been the recipient of numerous awards, and has had several successful one-man exhibitions. He co-authored the book, An American Art Colony: The Art and Artist of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri 1930-1940, which won the Missouri Governor's Award in 2005. He lives in St. Louis Missouri.

Scope and Content note: The R.H. Dick Collection consists of photographs, sketches, personal correspondence with artists and galleries, gallery brochures and ephemera, personal writings and notes on the artwork of Robert H. Dick. The Collection covers Dick's artwork and sculptures as well as other artists who inspired Dick and his work.

The photographs are of Dick's work and the making of his artwork and sculptures, and his travels to the Southwest. The correspondence writings are with galleries where Dick displayed and sold his work as well as correspondence with other artists. Personal writings about Dick himself, and of his work. Also included is an extensive collection of ephemera of gallery brochures where Dick's works were displayed as well as artists who inspired Dick.

Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research. 

Conditions Governing Use note: Some of the material in this collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition and the judgment of Library staff. Library staff members reserve the right to deny reproduction services for any reason at any time.

Copyright Information: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Fee Services: Fees associated with staff research time, cost recovery in reproductions processing time and materials, and licensing may apply.

Preferred Citation note: The preferred citation for this collection is "From the collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at UM - St. Louis."

Collection Inventory: 

Box 1 

Sacajawea or Birdwoman's Dream Bronze 
Photos 
Records relating to the making of the Bronze 
Ephemera 
Funding 
Artist's notes 
Bronze sculpture making 

Box 2

Portfolio of Sacajawea or Birdwoman's Dream Bronze 
Photos 
Records relating to the making of the bronze 
Ephemera 

Box 3 

Portfolio binder 
Dick's works, photos, gallery brochures 
Museum for Missouri Artists- idea and planning 
Materials related to Dick's book, An American Art Colony: The Art and Artists of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, 1930-1940. 
Author's notes 
Photos 
Correspondence 
Taos photos and correspondence 

Box 4 

Materials relating to Dick's bronze sculptures 
Materials relating to Dick's works of art 
Dick's personal writings and notes 
Dick's screenplays 
Materials related to Dick's screenplays 
Andrea's Mirror 
Miscellaneous photos 

Box 5 

Correspondence with galleries, institutions, and other artists 
Holiday Cards sketched by Dick 

Box 6 

Show and gallery brochures 
Other artist's ephemera 
Newsletters from various organizations related to the art community 

Box 7 

Photos and slides 
Taos 
Dick's works of art 

Box 8 

Photos, slides, and negatives 
Taos 
Dick's works of art 
Wanda Valdez 
Miscellaneous photos 

Box 9 (flat box) 

Dick's sketches 

Box 10 (flat box) 

Dick's sketches 

Box 11 (flat box) 

Dick's sketches