Forbes, W. Stanton
|Title: ||W. Stanton Forbes papers|
5.8 Linear feet
(15 document boxes)
|Coll. Number: ||ms940|
William Stanton Forbes (1912-1989), an Athens native, became interested in art and writing from a young age while studying under his aunt, the artist Lucy May Stanton. He pursued his interest in the arts and humanities by earning a Bachelor's in English from the University of Georgia and a Master's in English from Vanderbilt University. He then traveled to Italy in 1938-1939 to study fresco under Giovanni Colacicchi at the Royal Academies in Rome and Florence. In 1939, he designed and built “Still Waters,” three houses around a pond in Tallulah Falls, GA.
In 1940, he married Ellen Endicott, with whom he had two daughters: Lucy and Katherine. From 1942-1945, he served with the US Army, 602nd Engineers Camouflage Battalion, earning five campaign stars for the European Theatre. He was at Normandy after D-Day, North France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. The Battalion camouflage painted tanks, constructed road screens, concealed soldiers and vehicles in snow conditions, helped establish headquarters and bivouacs, and, in general, supplied camouflage material for men, equipment, and tactics.
From 1950-1953, he studied History of Art and Applied Art at Mexico City College under Justino Fernandez, Lola and German Cueto, and Enrique Climent. He received a Master's Degree in History of Art and Applied Art in 1954. He worked at the Huntington Hartford Foundation in Los Angeles to produce "Monologue," a folio of 25 etchings with poetic text that was exhibited at Mexican-North American Cultural Institute in Mexico City 1954.
After a divorce with his first wife, he married Jean Reti-Forbes in 1963, who died in 1972. In 1975, he wrote "Lucy M. Stanton, Artist," a biography of his aunt. He spent most of his adult life in the North Georgia mountains, writing and creating works of art. He also held annual exhibits of his paintings, prints, sculpture, weaving, pottery and furniture at his home in Athens, GA. He lived with his daughter, Lucy Shevenell, in Massachusetts for several years before then moving to a nearby nursing home where he died on September 12, 1989.
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains a variety of material related to W. Stanton Forbes, including his correspondence, artwork, and writing, as well as his collection of clippings, diaries, music compositions, official documents, house plans for "Still Waters," photographs, and other printed materials.
The correspondence consists of letters between 1924 and 2007. The primary writers are W. Stanton Forbes, Ellen E. Forbes, Lucy and Katherine Forbes, Frances Forbes Heyn, and Jean Reti-Forbes. While few letters remain from the 1920s and 1930s, the collection holds a significant amount of World War II letters between W. Stanton and his first wife, Ellen, covering 1942 to 1945 from W. Stanton's enlistment to his honorable discharge. The other large portion of the collection is the 1960s and 1970s, when W. Stanton wrote his daughters and sister almost every day.
The official documents consist mainly of legal documents, exhibition programs, passports, military discharge papers, wills, and memorial service programs. These are mostly for W. Stanton Forbes and his second wife, Jean Reti-Forbes.
The writings include W. Stanton Forbes' original music compositions, short stories, poetry, and longer prose. Includes both nonfiction and fiction, as well as his Mexico City College master thesis. A considerable number of illustrated stories are for his grandchildren, while another notable inclusion is a biography of his aunt artist Lucy Stanton. One larger work went through several revisions under the titles "Forgotten Swords," "Remembered Swords," "Name Your Own Ghosts," and "Ghosts."
The newspaper clippings consist of articles and announcements from local, regional, and national papers. These almost entirely focus on the professional work of W. Stanton Forbes and his loved ones, including his Mexico City College mentors, his relative Lucy Bates, his aunt Lucy M. Stanton, and Jean Reti-Forbes. Includes a number of obituaries.
The notebooks and diaries are four volumes filled with the creative and personal writings of W. Stanton Forbes and Jean Reti-Forbes. The guestbook appears to be from their residence Still Waters.
The printed materials are mostly exhibition programs and printed short stories and art series.
The art series consists of a copper plate, ink prints, watercolors, pencil sketches, and ink drawings. The focus of his art varies from still objects to architecture to animals. Highlights of this collection include Forbes tribal artwork, often used in conjunction with texts written by his second wife, Jean Reti-Forbes. Includes a number of illustrated stories for his grandchildren, such as "Bear Hunt" and "Parodies of Classic Children's Books and Animal Stories."
The photographs are of W. Stanton Forbes, his exhibitions, his loved ones, and Still Waters.
Materials are arranged in eight series: 1. Correspondence. 2. Official Documents. 3. Writings. 4. Newspaper Clippings. 5. Notebooks and Diaries. 6. Printed Material. 7. Art. 8. Photographs. With the exception of Correspondence, which has been arranged chronologically, the materials are arranged by record type.
W. Stanton Forbes papers, MS 940. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: W. Stanton Forbes collection, MS 2081 ; Helen Forbes Ross papers, MS 640 ; Walter T. Forbes papers, MS 39 ; Jean Reti-Forbes papers, MS 912 ; Lucy M. Stanton papers, MS 392 ; Lucy M. Stanton collections, MS 846 and MS 3486; Lillian Smith papers, MS 1283 and 1283a.