Letters to Robert Marshall Shepherd
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Letters to Robert Marshall Shepherd

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Shepherd, Robert Marshall
Title: Letters to Robert Marshall Shepherd
Dates: 1948-1969
Quantity: 50.0 letters, 3 postcards
Quantity: Extent: 50 letters, 3 postcards
Identification: ahc.MSS677F

Biographical/Historical Note

As a young man Robert Marshall Shepherd moved to New York to establish a career in clothing design and merchandising. He became acquainted with Mary Hambidge while recuperating from a World War II wound in Nashville, Tennessee. The friendship between Shepherd and Hambidge spanned from the late 1940s to her death in 1973. In the mid-1990s, Shepherd retired to his birth state of Kentucky, where he met Philis Alvic, an artist, Appalachian scholar, weaver and writer. During the course of several personal interviews conducted by Alvic, Shepherd shared that Mary Hambidge had been very influential in his life. The relationship is recounted in Weavers of the Southern Highlands, by Philis Alvic.

Scope and Content Note

The letters and postcards were written by Mary Hambidge to Robert Shepherd between 1948 and 1969 and reflect her interests and concerns: the effects of modernization on man and nature and the South; notions of truth and beauty; writings about Western and Eastern philosophy and religion; and dynamic symmetry. While the letters provide minimal insight into Shepherd’s life, they do address his relationship with Hannah, his wife, and work-related concerns.


Materials are arranged chronologically in one folder.

Index Terms

Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (Rabun Gap, Ga.)
Hambidge, Mary, 1885-1973
Shepherd, Robert Marshall

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Letters to Robert Marshall Shepherd, MSS 677F, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Philis Alvic, 2001 (2001.022)

Description Control

The collection was processed in 2007.


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.