MC 00056 Guide to the Jehu Dewitt Paulson Papers, 1922-1972, 2011

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.
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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.
[Box 1, Folder 1] Personal (Correspondence, Certificates)
[Box 1, Folder 2] Art History Notebook: Introduction and Overview of Ancient - 15th Century Art
[Box 1, Folder 3] Art History Notebook: Egyptian and Assyrian Art
[Box 1, Folder 4] Art History Notebook: Greek Art
[Box 1, Folder 5] Art History Notebook: Italian (Roman) Art
[Box 1, Folder 6] Art History Notebook: Italian (Medieval Mosaics)
[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: Italian Art
[Box 1, Folder 12] Art History Notebook: Netherlands
[Box 1, Folder 13] Art History Notebook: Italian Art
[Box 1, Folder 14] Art History Notebook: Italian Art
[Box 1, Folder 15] Art History Notebook: Overview of 16th-19th Century Art
[Box 1, Folder 16] Art History Notebook: Italian Art
[Box 1, Folder 17] Art History Notebook: Flemish, Dutch Art
[Box 1, Folder 18] Art History Notebook: Dutch Art
[Box 1, Folder 19] Art History Notebook: German Art
[Box 1, Folder 20] Art History Notebook: French Art
[Box 1, Folder 21] Art History Notebook: French Art
[Box 1, Folder 22] Art History Notebook: Spanish Art
[Box 1, Folder 23] Art History Notebook: English Art
[Box 1, Folder 24] Art History Notebook: American Art
[Box 1, Folder 25] Photograph of Paulson (Housed in Photograph Collection, People, Faculty, Box 9)
[Box 1, Folder 26] Photograph of Paulson, his wife, and son, George (Housed in Photograph Collection, People, Faculty, Box 9)
[Box 1, Folder 27] Certificate to Practice Architecture in North Carolina, 1941
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.
Report of trip North (MC 56 Series 2.1)
(1 folder)
[Box 1, Folder 28] Report of trip North in regards to the development of fine arts courses for North Carolina State College
Materials Used in Courses Taught (MC 56 Series 2.2)
(8 folders)
[Box 1, Folder 29] Color Change Chart
[Box 1, Folder 30] "Design of What?"
[Box 1, Folder 31] Notes and Textbook Outlines for Courses
[Box 1, Folder 32] Architecture 100: Pencil Sketching
[Box 2, Folder 1] Architecture 106: Decorative Drawing
[Box 2, Folder 2] Anatomy Drawings
[Box 2, Folder 3] The University Prints, Boston
[Box 2, Folder 4] Prints and Tracings
[Box 2, Folder 15] Holladay Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Holladay 1921 - 1950)
Building Images (MC 56 Series 2.3)
(43 folders)
[Box 2, Folder 5] Bagwell, Berry, and Becton (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Residence Halls)
[Box 2, Folder 6] Barns (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Barns)
[Box 2, Folder 7] Barns (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Barns)
[Box 2, Folder 8] Brooks Hall, sketch
[Box 2, Folder 9] Brooks Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Hill (Now Brooks) Exterior, Hill Library)
[Box 2, Folder 10] Chancellor's Residence, sketch
[Box 2, Folder 11] Chancellor's Residence (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Chancellor's Residence)
[Box 2, Folder 12] Daniels Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Daniels)
[Box 2, Folder 13] Holladay Hall, plate design
[Box 2, Folder 17] Holladay Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Holladay 1889 - 1920)
[Box 2, Folder 14] Holladay Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Holladay 1921 - 1950)
[Box 2, Folder 16] Holladay Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Holladay 1921 - 1950)
[Box 2, Folder 18] Leazar Hall, sketch
[Box 2, Folder 19] Leazar Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Leazar
[Box 2, Folder 20] Memorial Tower, sketch
[Box 2, Folder 21] Memorial Tower, watercolor, 10" X 13"
[Box 2, Folder 22] Nineteen Eleven Building, sketch
[Box 2, Folder 23] Owen Hall, plate design
[Box 2, Folder 24] Page Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Page)
[Box 2, Folder 25] Page Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Page)
[Box 2, Folder 26] Patterson Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Patterson)
[Box 2, Folder 27] Peele Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Peele)
[Box 2, Folder 28] Peele Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Peele)
[Box 2, Folder 29] Peele, Pullen, and Tompkins Halls, sketch, 11" X 15"
[Box 2, Folder 30] Polk Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Polk)
[Box 2, Folder 31] Power House, sketch
[Box 2, Folder 32] Power House (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Power House)
[Box 2, Folder 33] Primrose Hall, sketches and plate design
[Box 2, Folder 34] Primrose Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Primrose)
[Box 2, Folder 35] Pullen Hall
[Box 2, Folder 36] Pullen Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Pullen)
[Box 2, Folder 37] Reynolds Coliseum, William Neal
[Box 2, Folder 38] Ricks Hall, sketch
[Box 2, Folder 39] Ricks Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Ricks)
[Box 2, Folder 40] Ricks Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Ricks)
[Box 2, Folder 41] Thompson Hall, sketch
[Box 2, Folder 42] Thompson Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Thompson)
[Box 2, Folder 43] Thompson Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Thompson)
[Box 2, Folder 44] Tompkins Hall (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Tompkins)
[Box 2, Folder 45] Watauga Hall, plate design
[Box 2, Folder 46] Zoology (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Zoology)
[Box 2, Folder 47] Zoology (Housed in Photograph Collection, Buildings, Zoology)
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.
[Box 2, Folder 48] Architecture
[Box 2, Folder 49] Bridge Building
[Box 2, Folder 50] Ceramics
[Box 2, Folder 51] Costumes, period
[Box 2, Folder 52] Furniture, modern and period
[Box 2, Folder 53] Groups, figures
[Box 2, Folder 54] Interiors, modern
[Box 2, Folder 55] Interiors, period
[Box 2, Folder 56] Landscapes
[Box 2, Folder 57] Lettering
[Box 2, Folder 58] Men
[Box 2, Folder 59] Mountains
[Box 2, Folder 60] Mural Paintings
[Box 2, Folder 61] Ornament
[Box 2, Folder 62] Outdoors
[Box 2, Folder 63] Paintings, American
[Box 2, Folder 64] Paintings, English
[Box 2, Folder 65] Paintings, Flemish, Dutch, German
[Box 2, Folder 66] Paintings, Italian
[Box 2, Folder 67] Paintings, Spanish, French
[Box 2, Folder 68] Sculpture
[Box 2, Folder 69] Ships, Boats, Marine Scenes
[Box 3, Folder 1] Textiles, Decorative Designs
[Box 3, Folder 2] Women
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.
Research (MC 00056 Series 4.1)
(20 folders)
[Box 3, Folder 3] Research in Progress
[Box 3, Folder 4] Correspondence Regarding Identification of Paintings (1933 - 1934)
[Box 3, Folder 5] Adoration of the Kings, Botticelli
[Box 3, Folder 6] "La Belle Ferroniere," Da Vinci (an essay by Paulson)
[Box 3, Folder 7] "Leonardo da Vinci: His Madonna with the Lamb"
[Box 3, Folder 8] People Makers: A Fantasy of Evolution, by Jehu D. Paulson and Patricia McManus, unpublished manuscript, Chapters 1 - 3, with miniature illustrations
[Box 3, Folder 9] People Makers, Chapters 4 - 6
[Box 3, Folder 10] People Makers, Chapters 7 - 9
[Box 3, Folder 11] People Makers, Chapters 10 - 12
[Box 3, Folder 12] People Makers, Chapters 13 - 15
[Box 3, Folder 13] People Makers, Chapters 16 - 18
[Box 3, Folder 14] People Makers, Chapters 19 - 20
[Box 3, Folder 15] 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 16] The Forms of the Elementary Atoms and the Periodic Law, 1955
[Box 3, Folder 17] The Forms of the Elementary Atoms and the Periodic Law, 1956
[Box 3, Folder 18] Appreciation of Painting (Textbook), unpublished manuscript
[Box 3, Folder 19] Appreciation of Painting (?), Information about artists and paintings
[Box 3, Folder 20] Appreciation of Painting (?), Plates for book
[Box 3, Folder 21] Appreciation of Painting (?), Plates for book
[Box 3, Folder 22] Appreciation of Painting (?), Plates for book
[Box 5, Folder 2] Graphic Demonstration of the Measurement of Emission Spectra of the Helium Atom, 1954
Writings (MC 00056 Series 4.2)
(10 folders)
[Legal Box 4, Folder 1] Escape from Atlantis (earlier version), pp. 1-45
[Legal Box 4, Folder 2] Escape from Atlantis (earlier version), pp. 46-90
[Legal Box 4, Folder 4] Research, Writings, and Inventions
[Legal Box 4, Folder 3] Escape from Atlantis (earlier version), pp. 91-135
[Legal Box 4, Folder 4] Escape from Atlantis (earlier version), pp. 136-182
[Legal Box 4, Folder 5] Escape from Atlantis (later version), pp. 1-50
[Legal Box 4, Folder 6] Escape from Atlantis (later version), pp. 51-100
[Legal Box 4, Folder 7] Escape from Atlantis (later version), pp. 101-150
[Legal Box 4, Folder 8] Escape from Atlantis (later version), pp. 151-199
[Legal Box 4, Folder 9] "Simple Measured Perspective"
[Legal Box 4, Folder 10] Notes for Future Writings
Inventions (MC 00056 Series 4.3)
(5 folders)
[Legal Box 4, Folder 11] Elevated Storage Tower, 1959-1961
[Legal Box 4, Folder 12] Container, 1961
[Legal Box 4, Folder 13] Stool, 1962
[Legal Box 4, Folder 14] Improved Internal Combustion Rotary Motor, 1972
[Legal Box 4, Folder 15] Trypent Star Structural Form, n.d.
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".
[Legal Box 4, Folder 16] Watercolors
[Legal Box 4, Folder 17] Plate Designs
[Legal Box 4, Folder 18] Lettering
[Legal Box 4, Folder 19] Booklet about North Carolina, signed by Governor W. Kerr Scott
[Legal Box 4, Folder 20] Maps and Architectural Drawings
[Legal Box 4, Folder 21] Logo Designs
[Legal Box 4, Folder 22] Drawings and Sketches
[Legal Box 5, Folder 1] Drawing and Sketches: various atoms and elements, 1955 and undated
[Legal Box 4, Folder 23] Photographic Color Slides
[Flat Folder 1] Paintings
[Flat Folder 2] Paintings
[Flat Box 1] Paintings
[Flat Box 2] Paintings
[Flat Box 3] Paintings
[Flat Box 4] Paintings
[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] Paintings and Drawings
[Box 5, Folder 3] Photographs: various types of atoms and elements, undated
[Box 5, Folder 4] Remembrances, 2011 (Accession 2012.0125)

Creator

Paulson, Jehu Dewitt, 1893-1972

Quantity

11.6 Linear feet 5 boxes, 15 flat folders, 4 flat boxes

General Physical Description note

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

Location

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Language

English

Acquisitions Information

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

Processed by: Edith Woodcock;machine-readable finding aid created by: Linda Sellars; updated by Aaron Cusick; updated by Judy Allen Dodson, July 2010, Vivian Phinizy, May 2012

Scope and Content Note

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.

Biographical 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

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