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Virginia Kingswood Booth Vogel Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1999-10

Collection Scope

SERIES I: Personal (1843-1971) The series consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings and publications featuring Mrs. Booth Vogel and her family. The Ralph Harman Booth subseries includes items related to appointment as American Minister to Denmark. The Virginia Booth Vogel subseries includes personal art work, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and five folders of clippings and correspondence related to her wedding in Denmark.

SERIES II: Gifts (1924-1984) includes correspondence, receipts, inventories, photographs, and clippings that relate to the Booth/Vogel art collections and patronage of museums.

SERIES III: Personal Art Collection (1905-1964). The RHB/MBB subseries consists primarily of inventories and correspondence regarding art works. The Virginia Booth Vogel subseries consists of art works sold.

The Gift and Personal Art Collection series are an excellent resource for researchers interested in the collections of art museums, as well as the provenance and value of the works of art included in the collection. Detailed records of purchases, donations and sales were kept and the materials are arranged in original order.

SERIES IV: Publications (1919-1924) includes copies of the Henry Wood Booth’s work, Selections from “Peregrinations and Cogitations of a Church Tramp,” volumes 1 and 2. This series also contains two small publications: The Gynocrats, by Henry Wood Booth and a guide book to Christ Church Cranbrook, written by Henry Scripps Booth and published by the Cranbrook Press.

SERIES V: Scrapbooks (1921-1989) contains three scrapbooks that Virginia Booth Vogel created with photographs and ephemera. This series also includes a scrapbook of travel postcards collected by John Lord Booth on his travels. There are additional scrapbooks in the Oversized series.

SERIES VI: Oversized (1904-1982) includes sketches drawn by Virginia Booth Vogel, oversize publications pertaining to the Booth and Vogel families, and scrapbooks.

SERIES VII: Realia (1920) consists of Virginia Booth Vogel’s collection of charm bracelets. The charms are catalogued as cultural properties.

Dates

  • 1990 - 1998

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.

History

Virginia Kingswood Booth Vogel was born on July 30, 1908 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, the only daughter of Ralph Harman Booth and Myrtle Mary Batterman Booth. Ralph Harman Booth was a cofounder of Booth Newspapers and a brother of George Gough Booth, founder of Cranbrook. Ralph Harman Booth was also the American Minister to Denmark in 1930, and served until his death in 1931. An art collector and patron, Booth was instrumental in the founding of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and served as the Institute's director as well as a member of its board of directors.

Virginia Booth graduated from Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1927. She married William Dickerman Vogel in Copenhagen in March of 1931. Their wedding was a grand affair, chronicled in newspapers around the world. Members of the Vogel wedding party included children of the Chilean and Norwegian ambassadors to Denmark, and the Danish king and queen sent orchids to the couple.

The Vogels lived in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts while William attended Harvard Business School and worked for Price Waterhouse. In 1940, they moved to Milwaukee, where Virginia entered into the civic and social affairs of the city. Her volunteering included work with the Junior League of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Blood Center. Virginia, who inherited a great many works of art from her father upon his death, was known as a consummate art lover and purchased and donated many fine and renowned works of art of her own. She was a benefactor of the Milwaukee Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Milwaukee Public Library, Harvard University, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C, and was awarded the Milwaukee Arts Center's Friends of Art award in 1959. In 1976, she gave more than $1 million for an endowed acquisition fund at the Milwaukee Art Center. Five years later, she established another endowed fund of more than $1 million at the Milwaukee Foundation for the museum's operations. She was a member of the museum board's advisory council from the 1960s through the 1980s. She was once quoted as saying, "I have three loves--my family, my friends and art."

Virginia and William Vogel had four children, Frederick III, Ralph, Grace and Virginia. William Vogel died in 1980. Virginia Vogel died in Milwaukee in March 1998.

Extent

17.9 Linear Feet (9 MS, 1 SB, 9 OS)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Virginia Kingswood Booth Vogel was the only daughter of Ralph Harman Booth and Myrtle Mary Batterman Booth. Ralph Harman Booth was a cofounder of Booth Newspapers and a brother of George Gough Booth, founder of Cranbrook. As President of the Detroit Museum of Art and of the Detroit Arts Commission, Booth was responsible for the creation of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and served as the Institute's director as well as a member of its board of directors. Virginia Booth married William Dickerman Vogel in 1931. In 1940, they moved to Milwaukee, where Virginia entered into the civic and social affairs of the city. Virginia, who inherited a great many works of art from her father upon his death, was known as a consummate art lover and purchased and donated many fine and renowned works of art of her own. She was a major benefactor of the Milwaukee Museum of Art, as well as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Milwaukee Public Library, Harvard University, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. She was once quoted as saying, "I have three loves--my family, my friends and art." The collection includes records related to Virginia’s work as an art donor and philanthropist, as well as biographical material, and records related to her parents' art collection and patronage of museums. The Gift and Personal Art Collection series are an excellent resource for researchers interested in the collections of art museums, as well as the provenance and value of the works of art included in the collection.

Arrangement

The collection consists of seven series: I. Personal (boxes 1-3) has the following subseries: Ralph Harman Booth, Mary Batterman Booth, Virginia Booth Vogel, William Dickerman Vogel, and the Booth Family and each is arranged alphabetically.

II. Gifts (boxes 4-8) is divided into two subseries: Ralph Harman Booth/Mary Batterman Booth, which is organized alphabetically by receiving institution. The Virginia Booth Vogel subseries, for the most part, maintains Mrs. Vogel’s original order arranged alphabetically by the artist’s last name or title of the work.

III. Personal Art Collection (boxes 8-9) is divided into the same two subseries: Ralph Harman Booth/Mary Batterman Booth is arranged alphabetically by subject and Virginia Booth Vogel is arranged alphabetically by artist’s last name.

IV. Publications (box 10) are arranged alphabetically.

V. Scrapbooks (boxes 11-13) are arranged alphabetically.

VI. Oversized (boxes 14-18) is arranged by size.

VII. Realia (box 19) are catalogued as cultural properties.

Additional Access

An index to the collection is available.

Acquisition

Donated to the Archives by Fred and Anne Vogel, 1999.

Related Materials

Ralph Harman Booth and Myrtle Mary Batterman Booth Family Papers (2018-03)

Transfers

Photographs were removed to Special Photograph collection. Negatives found with scrapbooks were removed to the negative collection (CEC 5736-CEC 5742).

Processing History

Processed by Krysta M. Stone, 2000. Updated in 2005 by Hubert Beaudert and Jill Griffiths. Updated in 2014 by Gina Tecos.
Title
Guide to the Virginia Kingswood Booth Vogel Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Krysta M. Stone
Date
2000
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Resource record created by Laura MacNewman.

Revision Statements

  • 2005: Updated by Hubert Beaudert and Jill Griffiths.
  • 2014: Revised by Gina Tecos.

Repository Details

Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository

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