Guide to the Philip Gould Papers
RG 10.13

Summary Information

Sarah Lawrence College Archives
Gould, Philip
Philip Gould Papers
RG 10.13
Date [inclusive]
undated, 1967-1993
1.0 linear feet 2 Document Boxes
Language of Materials note
The collection contains documents in Chinese and Correspondence in French. The Chinese documents are interspersed throughout the collection, while French language materials are only found in the Correspondence.

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Biographical Note

Dr. Philip Gould was born in New York City on October 17, 1922. After graduating high school, Dr. Gould earned a bachelor’s degree at New York University in Art History, and then went on to earn a Doctorate in Art History from the University of Paris in 1953. He worked as an instructor of Art History at Columbia University from 1954 to 1958, after which time he travelled to France in order to perform research funded by a Fulbright Research Grant. In 1959, Professor Gould joined Sarah Lawrence College and contributed widely to the college throughout his 34 years as an Art History professor, specializing in Asian Art. Dr. Gould has lectured at many educational institutions in New York, including Fordham University, Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design. He has traveled and lectured in Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia and worked as a visiting professor at the University of Taiwan in Taipei and at Teachers College in Beijing. Professor Gould was awarded the distinguished title of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 1993.

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Scope and Contents note

The Philip Gould Papers contains Dr. Gould’s personal and professional correspondence, his collection of address and contact information, and materials pertaining to his professional activities on the Sarah Lawrence campus and around the world. The correspondence included in the collection spans over three decades, with dates ranging from 1967 to 1993. Many of the “event” folders are related to Dr. Gould’s strong interest in Asian, and particularly Chinese art. The organization of the majority of the collection into events reflects Dr. Gould’s original organization.

The “Events-Exhibition of Chinese Painting” folder contains documents pertaining to two separate exhibits at the college. The first took place in 1971 in the former White Room in Westlands. The second exhibit of Chinese painting took place in 1974. The photographs that were originally located in the “Events-Exhibition of Chinese Painting” folder have been removed and replaced with photocopies. The original photographs can be found in the archives’ Photographs Collection. The materials in the“Events-Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics” folder pertain to an exhibition in the Sarah Lawrence Art Gallery in November and December of 1976. The exhibition featured provincial and folk ceramics from China. Professor Gould organized all of these events, assembling and coordinating the collections to be shown on campus. He also played an active role in the creation staffing of the Art Gallery on campus, as evidenced by the contents of the “Events-Sarah Lawrence College Art Gallery” folder.

The “Events-Lecture Tour” folders contain documents relating to Dr. Gould’s lecture series in 1976, during which he taught in both Taiwan and China while on sabbatical from Sarah Lawrence. Many of the folders in the collection contain Chinese language documents, particularly those relating to Dr.Gould’s time in Asia. Charling Fagan, director of the Sarah Lawrence College Library, assisted the archivists in translating these documents.

The "Miscellaneous" folder includes, among other documents, a flyer for a C.C. Wang exhibit as well as an exhibit of Beauford Delaney's works. C.C. Wang, according to Dr. Gould, visited Sarah Lawrence College in the early 1980s on the invitation of Dr. Gould. Beauford Delaney was a significant African-American artist with whom Dr. Gould was friendly.

The "Photographs" folder consists of images of Beauford Delaney, two unidentified men, and several images of artwork that may have been considered for various exhibitions.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

For images of the 1971 Exhibition of Chinese Painting, see the Photograph Collection; for more information on Philip Gould, see Philip Gould’s Faculty File; for more information on the Art Gallery, see the Art Gallery Records, the Charles DeCarlo Papers, and the Alice Ilchman Papers.

Separated Materials note

The photographs that were originally located in the "Events-Exhibition of Chinese Painting" folder have been replaced by photocopies and moved to the Photograph Collection - Events - Exhibits - Exhibition of Modern Chinese Painting. The broadside announcing a lecture by Gould in Paris around 1959 is housed in the map case due to its size.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Sarah Lawrence College. Gallery.


  • Correspondence
  • Photographs


  • Art--History

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Collection Inventory

Inventory titles and locations
Title BoxFolder

 Gould, Philip Addresses and Contacts n.d. 


Asian Culture in the Media n.d., 1968-1973 


Biographical n.d., 1980-1992 


Correspondence n.d. 


Correspondence July 1964-February 1974 


Correspondence March 1974-November 1974 


Correspondence November 1974-December 1975 


Correspondence n.d., February 1976-June 1976 


Correspondence n.d., October 1976-December 1979 


Correspondence n.d., January 1980-December 1984 


Correspondence December 1986-May 1993 


Events-Chinese Month-Addresses and Contacts n.d. 


Events-Chinese Month-Correspondence n.d., 1969-1971 


Events-Chinese Month-Financial Transactions 1970-1973 


Events-Chiniese Month-Personal Notes n.d. 


Events-Chinese Month-Programs and Schedules n.d., 1969-1974 


Events-Chinese Month-Publicity 1970-1973 


Events-Exhibition Chinese Ceramics n.d., 1976 


Events-Exhibition Chinese Painting n.d.,1971-1974 


Events-Lectures in New York n.d., 2001 


Events-Lecture Tour-Addresses and Contacts n.d., circa 1976 


Events-Lecture Tour-Correspondence n.d., 1974-1976 


Events-Lecture Tour-Financial Transactions n.d., 1976 


Events-Lecture Tour-Personal Notes n.d. 


Events-Lecture Tour-Publicity n.d., 1976 


Events-Lecture Tour-Tourism n.d., 1976 


Events-Sarah Lawrence College Art Gallery n.d., 1974-1981 


List of Art Collections n.d. 


Miscellaneous n.d. 


Nadia Gould-Biographical n.d. 

Title Box

Photographs n.d. 


Student Papers 1987 


Administrative records are closed for 20 years from the date of creation. Partially restricted or restricted folders are labeled as such and are usually restricted for 75 years from the date of creation or death of the individual(s) mentioned. The Archives reserves the right to deny photocopying. See Archivist for further information.

Title Map-case

Oversized-Broadside for Lecture by Gould in Paris circa 1959 

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