Lord Castle Stewart papers

Lord Castle Stewart papers

Collection Overview

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives.
Castle Stewart, Arthur Stuart, Earl, 1889-1961.
Lord Castle Stewart papers
Call Number:
1945-1960 (bulk 1950-1957)
1.1 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
Historical Abstract:
Lord Castle Stewart (LCS), born in 1889, married Solomon R. Guggenheim's daughter, Eleanor Guggenheim, in 1920. LCS served as a member of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Advisory Committee and also as chief foundation trustee (head of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Board of Trustees) in 1949.
Scope and Content Abstract:
The Lord Castle Stewart correspondence contains Lord Castle Stewart's correspondence, both outgoing and incoming, ranging from 1945-1960. The correspondence pertains to issues related to building and naming the new Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; museum leadership; and the Guggenheim International Awards.
Collection is primarily in English.
Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Restricted documents are closed to outside researchers. Contact the Director of Library and Archives for further information.
Publication Rights:
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Manager of the Library and Archives.
Preferred Citation:
Lord Castle Stewart papers. M0015. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives. New York, NY.
Guggenheim International Awards.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.
Guggenheim, Harry F., 1890-1970.
Rebay, Hilla, 1890-1967.
Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff in August 2011.

Historical Note

Lord Castle Stewart (LCS), born in 1889, was a direct descendent of the royal house of Scotland. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge, and served in Parliament in the early 1930s. In December 1920, LCS married Solomon R. Guggenheim's (SRG) daughter, Eleanor Guggenheim, and together they had four sons. LCS went on to become a member of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's Advisory Committee and in 1949, after SRG's death, became the Chief Foundation Trustee (head of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Board of Trustees). LCS turned over full control of the Foundation and the museum construction project to Harry F. Guggenheim in 1952.

Scope and Content Note

The Lord Castle Stewart correspondence spans the years 1945-1960 (bulk 1950-1954) and contains correspondence, both outgoing and incoming, between Lord Castle Stewart and Hilla Rebay, Harry F. Guggenheim (HFG), Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW), Albert E. Thiele, Clinton Hunt and James Johnson Sweeney (JJS). Items of interest attached to the correspondence include newspaper clippings, magazine clippings, memoranda, and press releases. The correspondence primarily pertains to: naming of JJS as new Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum director; establishment of the Guggenheim International Awards and corresponding Paris dinner; the Dockum project; building of the new museum; naming of the new museum; leadership of the museum; damage to the museum model; and the Bauer Trust. Highlights of the collection include correspondence containing the museum's bylaws and charter, located in the folder "Visit to New York," and a statement made by HFG on the death of FLW, located in the HFG folder.

Folder List

5251-2General: Correspondence (2 folders) (1 restricted) 1950-1954
5253General 1951
5254Brancusi, Constantin (Estate of Katherine Dreier) 1952
5255Correspondence 1952
5256Kandinksy, Vassily and Albert Gleizes (restricted) 1952
5257List 1951
5258Marc, Franz 1951
5259Paintings (restricted) 1949-1951
52510Vantongerloo, Georges 1950
50451Castle-Stewart, Eleanor: Correspondence 1951
52511Dockum Project: Correspondence 1948-1953
50452Estate of Solomon R. Guggenheim: Legal 1950
52512Hilla Rebay (#61): Published Checklist 1949
52513Paintings from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (The Arts Council of Great Britain) 1957
52514Traveling: List 1951
15-16, 3Guggenheim, Harry F. (3 folders) (1 restricted) 1950-1959
Guggenheim International Award
50454Correspondence 1955-1956
52517Paris Dinner 1956
52518-19Hilla Rebay Gift (2 folders) (restricted) 1950-1953
20-23, 5Hunt, Clinton N.: Correspondence (5 folders) (3 restricted) 1950-1958
52524General (restricted) 1951, 1953
52525Art Gallery of Toronto (restricted) 1953-1954
52526Art Institute of Chicago (restricted) 1954
1, 6Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2 folders) (restricted) 1951-1952
5262Musee National d'Art Moderne (restricted) 1951-1952
New Museum
3-5, 7Building: Correspondence (4 folders) 1945-1960
5266Proposed Model: Correspondence (restricted) 1945-1950
Nierendorf Estate
5267Appraisal: Correspondence 1951
5268Hofer, Carl (Begegnung) 1948
50458Inventory 1951
9-12, 1-2, 9Rebay, Hilla: Correspondence (7 folders) 1950-1954
5273Resignation as President of the Foundation 1957
5274Rudolf Bauer Trust (restricted) 1953-1954
5275Sweeney, James Johnson: Brancusi, Constantin: Correspondence 1956
5276Telegrams 1950-1953
5277Thiele, Albert E.: Correspondence (restricted) 1949-1957
5278Visit to New York: Speech, Bylaws and Correspondence 1950