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Collection Title: Worth Ryder Papers
Date (inclusive): 1927-1954
Collection Number: BANC MSS 94/19 c
Ryder, Worth Allen, 1884-1960
1.2 linear feet
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Abstract: Consists of lectures, exams, art project assignments and criticism written by Worth Ryder during his time at UC Berkeley as
a Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor and Professor Emeritus.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English, German
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[Identification of item], Worth Ryder Papers, BANC MSS 94/19 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Ryder, Worth Allen, 1884-1960 -- Archives.
University of California (1868-1952). Dept. of Art -- Faculty.
University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Art -- Faculty.
The Worth Ryder papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Virginia McCray (widow of James McCray, Prof. Emeritus of Art
at UCB) on December 6, 1993.
No additions are expected.
Papers of Worth Allen Ryder. University of California, Berkeley dept. of Art, Professor Emeritus. B.F.A. Art Students League,
N.Y., 1908; appointed Lecturer in Art at U.C. Berkeley in 1927; Associate Professor at U.C. Berkeley 1928-1939; appointed
Professorship at U.C. Berkeley in 1939; Professor Emeritus 1952.
Worth Allen Ryder was born in Kirkwood, Illinois on Nov. 10, 1884, and his family relocated to California soon after. His
childhood was spent in Berkeley, though he spent much of his youth in the wilderness, especially the high Sierra mountains.
He graduated from Berkeley High School in 1903 and entered UC Berkeley, where he studied for three years before turning to
art at the Art Students League in New York. While there, he worked as an usher at the Metropolitan Opera House, where he
saw performances by such celebrated figures as Enrico Caruso and Feodor Chaliapin and, by his own telling, enjoyed conversing
with Mark Twain about California and the West.
Ryder was remembered by his colleagues for his integrity and contributions in shaping the Art History department at UC Berkeley.
He died on February 17, 1960.
Scope and Content Note
Consists of lectures, exams, art project assignments and criticism written by Worth Ryder during his time at U.C. Berkeley
as a Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor and Professor Emeritus.
The lectures and notes date from roughly 1928-1954, and primarily relate to work from the courses Ryder taught. There are
also some sketches drawn by Ryder, possibly relating to coursework. The collection arrived both loose and in binders, sometimes
organized according to subject, which has been maintained at folder level. There are also project assignments for the art
composition classes Ryder taught as well as speeches and lectures from forums and non U.C. Berkeley-related events.