Harriet Dyer Adams papers relating to David Smith

Collection ID:
Adams, Harriet Dyer
ca. 1950-1951
Physical Description:
23 Items

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Six letters and postcards from David Smith to Adams, Mar.-Dec. 1951; photographs, including 4 of Smith and his sculpture taken by Adams at Smith's studio at Bolton Landing, N.Y. during the summer of 1950 and several of his sculpture and exhibit installation at the Junior Art Gallery, Louisville (Ky.) Public Library, 1951. Also included is an announcement for a Smith exhibition from the Willard Gallery in New York, ca. 1951. The letters and postcards relate to upcoming exhibitions, financial problems, teaching positions and other topics.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Adams (b. 1900), and art historian and gallery director, Louisville, Ky., was acquainted with the sculptor David Smith. In Jan. 1951, the Louisville Public Library's Junior Art Gallery, where she served as director, hosted a traveling exhibition from the Museum of Modern Art, "Carvers-Modelers-Welders" which included a piece by Smith. Adams augmented the Louisville stop with sketches and studies loaned by Smith, whom she had visited the previous summer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1997-1998 by Harriet Dyer Adams.

Using the Collection
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Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smith, David, 1906-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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