Jehu Dewitt Paulson Papers 1922-1972, 2011

Creator
Paulson, Jehu Dewitt, 1893-1972
Size
11.6 linear feet (5 boxes, 15 flat folders, 4 flat boxes)
Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.

Call number
MC 00056

This collection documents Jehu Dewitt Paulson's career as an artist and educator and contains drawings, paintings, prints, plates, photographs and illustrations for published and unpublished manuscripts. The Personal files include Paulson's application for a Guggenheim Fellowship (1934), photographs of Paulson and his family, certificates of memberships to various societies and fraternities, a curriculum vitae, and notes from his college years. The North Carolina State College series includes class notes, a partial history of the Department of Architecture, course materials and notes on the appreciation of paintings. The Building Images subseries contains photographs, pencil sketches and plates of various campus buildings, including Memorial Tower, Primrose Hall, and Pullen Hall. Files of picture clippings on varied subjects (architecture, bridge building, interiors, landscaping, murals, paintings and sculpture, etc.) comprise another series. The Writings, Research and Inventions series contains identifications of paintings (by painter and subject), correspondence regarding the identification process, and published writings, including The Exterior Form of the Solitary Atom (1952), and unpublished manuscripts ("Appreciation of Painting," "Escape from Atlantis," and "People Makers, a Fantasy of Evolution"). Among the inventions are plans for an elevated storage tower and for an improved internal combustion rotary motor. Also included in this series are subject files of picture clippings on varied subjects (architecture, bridge building, interiors, landscaping, murals, paintings and sculpture, etc.). The Paintings, Sketches, Drawings, and Designs series comprise a good representation of Paulson's original artwork. This series also contains drawings and related papers on The Forms of the Elementary Atoms and The Periodic Law. The Photographic series contains undated photos of various atoms and elements. The Family Papers series contains a printed book on family history.

Jehu Dewitt Paulson (1893-1972), an artist and educator, served on the faculty of the Department of Architecture at North Carolina State College from 1925 to 1961.

Biographical/historical note

December 20, 1893
Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa (At some point in his childhood he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he attended public school.)
1911 - 1913
Attended Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania
1913 - 1914
Completed Business Course at Meadville Commercial College, Meadville, Pennsylvania
1914 - 1915
Attended Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut
1915 - 1918
Employed as a stenographer and statistical draftsman for the Winchester Repeating Arms Co.
1918
Became a statistical draftsman for the Ordnance Department of the U.S. War Department
1918 - 1919
Served in the U.S. Army with Infantry in France as a private, first class
1919 - 1921
Employed as a statistician with the U.S. Rubber Company
1921 - 1924
Employed as clerk at Witlock's Book Store, New Haven, Connecticut while in school
1920 - 1924
Attended Yale School of Fine Arts, New Haven, Connecticut; Earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in mural decorating and painting (1924)
1924 - 1925
Employed as a commercial artist for Witlock's Book Store, New Haven, Connecticut
1925 - 1960
Employed by North Carolina State College, Raleigh, North Carolina as a professor of architecture and drawing. During his tenure he often did artwork for the college, including the NCS emblem on the floor at the entrance of Reynolds Coliseum. He retired in 1961.
1941
Certified to practice architecture in North Carolina
1943
Initiated into Sigma Chi Fraternity at North Carolina State College
1946
Designed set of six North Carolina State College commemorative plates which were sold by the Alumni Association
February 13, 1972
Died in Raleigh, North Carolina; Survived by his son George W. Paulson, daughter Mrs. Pat McManus, and six grandchildren

Scope/content

This collection documents Jehu Dewitt Paulson's career as an artist and educator and contains drawings, paintings, prints, plates, photographs and illustrations for published and unpublished manuscripts. The Personal files include Paulson's application for a Guggenheim Fellowship (1934), photographs of Paulson and his family, certificates of memberships to various societies and fraternities, a curriculum vitae, and notes from his college years. The North Carolina State College series includes class notes, a partial history of the Department of architecture, course materials and notes on the appreciation of paintings. The Building Images subseries contains photographs, pencil sketches and plates of various campus buildings, including Memorial Tower, Primrose Hall, and Pullen Hall. Files of picture clippings on varied subjects (architecture, bridge building, interiors, landscaping, murals, paintings and sculpture, etc.) comprise another series. The Writings, Research and Inventions series contains identifications of paintings (by painter and subject), correspondence regarding the identification process, and published writings, including The Exterior Form of the Solitary Atom (1952), and unpublished manuscripts ("Appreciation of Painting," "Escape from Atlantis," and "People Makers, a Fantasy of Evolution"). Among the inventions are plans for an elevated storage tower and for an improved internal combustion rotary motor. The Paintings, Sketches, Drawings, and Designs series comprise a good representation of Paulson's original artwork. For Howard M. Ellis's drawings from Paulson's Elements of Design Class (1926-1927), see North Carolina State University Library Manuscript Collection 175. This series also contains drawings and related papers on The Forms of the Elementary Atoms and The Periodic Law. The Photographs series contains undated photos of various atoms and elements. The Family Papers series contains a printed book on family history.

Physical description

5 boxes, 15 flat folders, 4 flat boxes, 1 halfbox

Arrangement

The collection is divided into seven series: Personal Papers; North Carolina State College Papers; Picture Clippings; Research, Writings, and Inventions; Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, and Designs; Photographs; and Family Papers.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jehu Dewitt Paulson Papers, MC 00056, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. James Devlin, February 24, 1972; Gift of Mrs. Stanley Ballenger, April 21 and 28, 1972; Gift of Donald J. Mack Jr., 2009; Gift of Dr. George Paulson, 2012 (Accession 2012.0125)

Processing information

Processed by Edith Woodcock, 1997; Encoded by Linda Sellars, 2005; Updated by Aaron Cusick, 2009 November; Updated by Judy Allen Dodson, 2010 July

Personal Papers
Size: 0.5 linear feet

This series consists of various personal photographs, certificates, and correspondence, including a statement answering to charges of insubordination at North Carolina State. This series also contains Paulson's art history notebook compiled from lectures at Yale School of Fine Arts.

27 folders

Personal (Correspondence, Certificates)
Box 1, Folder 1
Art History Notebook: Introduction and Overview of Ancient - 15th Century Art
Box 1, Folder 2
Art History Notebook: Egyptian and Assyrian Art
Box 1, Folder 3
Art History Notebook: Greek Art
Box 1, Folder 4
Art History Notebook: Italian (Roman) Art
Box 1, Folder 5
Art History Notebook: Italian (Medieval Mosaics)
Box 1, Folder 6
Art History Notebook: Italian Art
Box 1, Folder 7
Art History Notebook: Italian Art
Box 1, Folder 8
Art History Notebook: Italian Art
Box 1, Folder 9
Art History Notebook: Italian Art
Box 1, Folder 10
Art History Notebook: Italian Art
Box 1, Folder 11
Art History Notebook: Netherlands
Box 1, Folder 12
Art History Notebook: Italian Art
Box 1, Folder 13
Art History Notebook: Italian Art
Box 1, Folder 14
Art History Notebook: Overview of 16th-19th Century Art
Box 1, Folder 15
Art History Notebook: Italian Art
Box 1, Folder 16
Art History Notebook: Flemish, Dutch Art
Box 1, Folder 17
Art History Notebook: Dutch Art
Box 1, Folder 18
Art History Notebook: German Art
Box 1, Folder 19
Art History Notebook: French Art
Box 1, Folder 20
Art History Notebook: French Art
Box 1, Folder 21
Art History Notebook: Spanish Art
Box 1, Folder 22
Art History Notebook: English Art
Box 1, Folder 23
Art History Notebook: American Art
Box 1, Folder 24
Photograph of Paulson (Housed in Photograph Collection, People, Faculty, Box 9)
Box 1, Folder 25
Photograph of Paulson, his wife, and son, George (Housed in Photograph Collection, People, Faculty, Box 9)
Box 1, Folder 26
Certificate to Practice Architecture in North Carolina, 1941
Box 1, Folder 27
North Carolina State College

The material in this series relates directly to North Carolina State College. It includes a report of Paulson's trip through several northern states in connection with the development of fine arts courses for North Carolina State. Also housed in this series are lecture notes, textbook outlines, and worksheets used in courses taught by Paulson. Finally the series contains a series of sketches and photographs of North Carolina State campus buildings. Some of these drawings were used for the set of commemorative plates sold by the North Carolina State University Alumni Association in 1946.

71 folders

Report of trip North

1 folder

Report of trip North in regards to the development of fine arts courses for North Carolina State College
Box 1, Folder 28
Materials Used in Courses Taught

8 folders

Color Change Chart
Box 1, Folder 29
"Design of What?"
Box 1, Folder 30
Notes and Textbook Outlines for Courses
Box 1, Folder 31
Architecture 100: Pencil Sketching
Box 1, Folder 32
Architecture 106: Decorative Drawing
Box 2, Folder 1
Anatomy Drawings
Box 2, Folder 2
The University Prints, Boston
Box 2, Folder 3
Prints and Tracings
Box 2, Folder 4
Holladay Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Holladay 1921 - 1950)
Box 2, Folder 15
Building Images

43 folders

Bagwell, Berry, and Becton (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Residence Halls)
Box 2, Folder 5
Barns (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Barns)
Box 2, Folder 6
Barns (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Barns)
Box 2, Folder 7
Brooks Hall, sketch
Box 2, Folder 8
Brooks Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Hill (Now Brooks) Exterior, Hill Library)
Box 2, Folder 9
Chancellor's Residence, sketch
Box 2, Folder 10
Chancellor's Residence (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Chancellor's Residence)
Box 2, Folder 11
Daniels Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Daniels)
Box 2, Folder 12
Holladay Hall, plate design
Box 2, Folder 13
Holladay Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Holladay 1889 - 1920)
Box 2, Folder 17
Holladay Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Holladay 1921 - 1950)
Box 2, Folder 14
Holladay Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Holladay 1921 - 1950)
Box 2, Folder 16
Leazar Hall, sketch
Box 2, Folder 18
Leazar Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Leazar
Box 2, Folder 19
Memorial Tower, sketch
Box 2, Folder 20
Memorial Tower, watercolor, 10" X 13"
Box 2, Folder 21
Nineteen Eleven Building, sketch
Box 2, Folder 22
Owen Hall, plate design
Box 2, Folder 23
Page Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Page)
Box 2, Folder 24
Page Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Page)
Box 2, Folder 25
Patterson Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Patterson)
Box 2, Folder 26
Peele Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Peele)
Box 2, Folder 27
Peele Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Peele)
Box 2, Folder 28
Peele, Pullen, and Tompkins Halls, sketch, 11" X 15"
Box 2, Folder 29
Polk Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Polk)
Box 2, Folder 30
Power House, sketch
Box 2, Folder 31
Power House (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Power House)
Box 2, Folder 32
Primrose Hall, sketches and plate design
Box 2, Folder 33
Primrose Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Primrose)
Box 2, Folder 34
Pullen Hall
Box 2, Folder 35
Pullen Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Pullen)
Box 2, Folder 36
Reynolds Coliseum, William Neal
Box 2, Folder 37
Ricks Hall, sketch
Box 2, Folder 38
Ricks Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Ricks)
Box 2, Folder 39
Ricks Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Ricks)
Box 2, Folder 40
Thompson Hall, sketch
Box 2, Folder 41
Thompson Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Thompson)
Box 2, Folder 42
Thompson Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Thompson)
Box 2, Folder 43
Tompkins Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Tompkins)
Box 2, Folder 44
Watauga Hall, plate design
Box 2, Folder 45
Zoology (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Zoology)
Box 2, Folder 46
Zoology (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Zoology)
Box 2, Folder 47
Picture Clippings

This series consists of pictures clipped from print media. The files are arranged alphabetically by subject. Some of these subjects are: costumes, furniture, interiors, landscapes, lettering, men, paintings, sculpture, and women. Whether Paulson used these files as references for his teaching or his creative work is unclear.

24 folders

Architecture
Box 2, Folder 48
Bridge Building
Box 2, Folder 49
Ceramics
Box 2, Folder 50
Costumes, period
Box 2, Folder 51
Furniture, modern and period
Box 2, Folder 52
Groups, figures
Box 2, Folder 53
Interiors, modern
Box 2, Folder 54
Interiors, period
Box 2, Folder 55
Landscapes
Box 2, Folder 56
Lettering
Box 2, Folder 57
Men
Box 2, Folder 58
Mountains
Box 2, Folder 59
Mural Paintings
Box 2, Folder 60
Ornament
Box 2, Folder 61
Outdoors
Box 2, Folder 62
Paintings, American
Box 2, Folder 63
Paintings, English
Box 2, Folder 64
Paintings, Flemish, Dutch, German
Box 2, Folder 65
Paintings, Italian
Box 2, Folder 66
Paintings, Spanish, French
Box 2, Folder 67
Sculpture
Box 2, Folder 68
Ships, Boats, Marine Scenes
Box 2, Folder 69
Textiles, Decorative Designs
Box 3, Folder 1
Women
Box 3, Folder 2
Research, Writings, and Inventions

The research files deal largely with research involving the identification of some well-known paintings. In particular he believed that Adoration of the Kings, usually attributed to Botticelli, was really painted by Leonardo da Vinci. His writings consist of manuscripts covering the areas of art, science, and fiction. Included are The Forms of the Elementary Atoms and the Periodic Law and The Exterior Form of the Solitary Atom with its accompanying plastic electron orbital models of the elementary atoms. This series also contains correspondence, paperwork, and patent applications for Paulson's inventions. These inventions were: an elevated storage tower, a container, a stool, an improved internal combustion rotary motor, and a trypent star structural form.

43 folders

Research

20 folders

Research in Progress
Box 3, Folder 3
Correspondence Regarding Identification of Paintings (1933 - 1934)
Box 3, Folder 4
Adoration of the Kings, Botticelli
Box 3, Folder 5
"La Belle Ferroniere," Da Vinci (an essay by Paulson)
Box 3, Folder 6
"Leonardo da Vinci: His Madonna with the Lamb"
Box 3, Folder 7
People Makers: A Fantasy of Evolution, by Jehu D. Paulson and Patricia McManus, unpublished manuscript, Chapters 1 - 3, with miniature illustrations
Box 3, Folder 8
People Makers, Chapters 4 - 6
Box 3, Folder 9
People Makers, Chapters 7 - 9
Box 3, Folder 10
People Makers, Chapters 10 - 12
Box 3, Folder 11
People Makers, Chapters 13 - 15
Box 3, Folder 12
People Makers, Chapters 16 - 18
Box 3, Folder 13
People Makers, Chapters 19 - 20
Box 3, Folder 14
The Exterior Form of the Solitary Atom, 1952 (for 14 pen and ink illustrations, 15" X 19", see flat file; for plastic electron orbital models of the elementary atoms, see museum items)
Box 3, Folder 15
The Forms of the Elementary Atoms and the Periodic Law, 1955
Box 3, Folder 16
The Forms of the Elementary Atoms and the Periodic Law, 1956
Box 3, Folder 17
Appreciation of Painting (Textbook), unpublished manuscript
Box 3, Folder 18
Appreciation of Painting (?), Information about artists and paintings
Box 3, Folder 19
Appreciation of Painting (?), Plates for book
Box 3, Folder 20
Appreciation of Painting (?), Plates for book
Box 3, Folder 21
Appreciation of Painting (?), Plates for book
Box 3, Folder 22
Graphic Demonstration of the Measurement of Emission Spectra of the Helium Atom 1954
Box 5, Folder 2
Writings

10 folders

Escape from Atlantis (earlier version), pp. 1-45
Legal box 4, Folder 1
Escape from Atlantis (earlier version), pp. 46-90
Legal box 4, Folder 2
Research, Writings, and Inventions
Legal box 4, Folder 4
Escape from Atlantis (earlier version), pp. 91-135
Legal box 4, Folder 3
Escape from Atlantis (earlier version), pp. 136-182
Legal box 4, Folder 4
Escape from Atlantis (later version), pp. 1-50
Legal box 4, Folder 5
Escape from Atlantis (later version), pp. 51-100
Legal box 4, Folder 6
Escape from Atlantis (later version), pp. 101-150
Legal box 4, Folder 7
Escape from Atlantis (later version), pp. 151-199
Legal box 4, Folder 8
"Simple Measured Perspective"
Legal box 4, Folder 9
Notes for Future Writings
Legal box 4, Folder 10
Inventions

5 folders

Elevated Storage Tower 1959-1961
Legal box 4, Folder 11
Container 1961
Legal box 4, Folder 12
Stool 1962
Legal box 4, Folder 13
Improved Internal Combustion Rotary Motor, 1972
Legal box 4, Folder 14
Trypent Star Structural Form, n.d.
Legal box 4, Folder 15
Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, and Designs

Examples of Paulson's original artwork make up this series. The media used include oil, watercolor, pencil, and pen and ink. The works vary in size and subject matter. The full size paintings used to illustrate his book The People Makers are located in this series. Of particular note in this series is a booklet about North Carolina signed by Governor Scott.

Oversized materials include paintings, drawings of male and female models; sea scenes; various buildings (including Joel Lane House); religious themes; outdoors themes; work winning First Medal in USA competition at Beaux Arts Institute of Design New York City; drawing of William Neal Reynolds Coliseum "preliminary to construction; NCSU plate design; bird's eye campus view; Cleopatra; "Adoration of Magi" by Sandro Botticelli; a Greek theme drawing; 14 lessons on "perspective"; heads with wings; NC Board of Architecture certification of Paulson, 1941; drawings of perspectives of furniture; Burlington nuclear reactor, 1950-51; drawings on Tryon Palace, 1949 including "Proposed Restoration of"; blueprint on chair designed for Hall of Representatives NC State Capital, 1950; "Speculative Study of the Exterior Form of the Solitary Atom".

8 folders

Watercolors
Legal box 4, Folder 16
Plate Designs
Legal box 4, Folder 17
Lettering
Legal box 4, Folder 18
Booklet about North Carolina, signed by Governor W. Kerr Scott
Legal box 4, Folder 19
Maps and Architectural Drawings
Legal box 4, Folder 20
Logo Designs
Legal box 4, Folder 21
Drawings and Sketches
Legal box 4, Folder 22
Drawing and Sketches: various atoms and elements 1955 and undated
Legal box 5, Folder 1
Photographic Color Slides
Legal box 4, Folder 23
Paintings
Flat folder 1
Paintings
Flat folder 2
Paintings
Flat box 1
Paintings
Flat box 2
Paintings
Flat box 3
Paintings
Flat box 4
Paintings and Drawings
Flat folder 3
Paintings and Drawings
Flat folder 4
Paintings and Drawings
Flat folder 5
Paintings and Drawings
Flat folder 6
Paintings and Drawings
Flat folder 7
Paintings and Drawings
Flat folder 8
Paintings and Drawings
Flat folder 9
Paintings and Drawings
Flat folder 10
Paintings and Drawings
Flat folder 11
Paintings and Drawings
Flat folder 12
Paintings and Drawings
Flat folder 13
Paintings and Drawings
Flat folder 14
Paintings and Drawings
Flat folder 15
Photographs
Box 5, Folder 1
Photographs: various types of atoms and elements undated
Box 5, Folder 3
Family Papers 2011
Remembrances 2011
Box 5, Folder 4

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jehu Dewitt Paulson Papers, MC 00056, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.