16 boxes and oversized materials.
Arranged in 6 series: 1. Skylark Farm, 1966-1992? 2.?Living by Design? and?Cheek and the Arts,? 1945-1989? 3.?Designing for the Arts,? 1984-1991? 4. Personal Files, 1934-1992? 5. Awards and Degrees, 1931-1993? 6. Trips, 1952-1980.
This collection documents a small portion of the dynamic life of Leslie Cheek, Jr., the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts? second and longest-tenured Director (1948-1968). One series includes material from his early career and activities before the VMFA, as well as his tenure at the museum, and through his active retirement. Two series document the publication of two photobiographies about Cheek,?Living by Design? and?Designing for the Arts.? Another series is comprised of materials about Skylark Farm, the house and tree farm located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, owned, designed and furnished by the Cheeks between 1967 and 1977 when it was donated to Washington & Lee University. Other series document the Cheeks? personal world travels in the 1950s-1980s, some of Cheek?s many awards, and finally, a number of framed architectural drawings done by Cheek while he was still in school in the 1930s.
The collection?s inclusive dates are 1931-1993, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1960s-1980s. The collection is comprised of correspondence, plans, photographs, financial records, interviews, book drafts, exhibition records, travel itineraries, and other ephemeral material.
This collection is open for research. A limited number of files are restricted because they contain personal information or protected museum information. Access to restricted materials may be granted only with the written permission of the VMFA Director and/or Archivist.
Finding aids to personal papers and special collections are available in the repository.