A Finding Aid to the William Anthony Papers,
1956-2003
, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.anthwill
Creators:
Anthony, William, 1934-
Dates:
1956-2003
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1.5 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of contemporary painter and author William Anthony measure 1.5 linear feet and date from 1956 to 2003. Found within the papers are scattered biographical materials; correspondence files; exhibition files; original art work; files of reproductions of his art work; a file for his book A New Approach to Figure Drawing; clippings; photographs; a recorded lecture and announcements of Anthony's slide talks.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The papers of contemporary painter and author William Anthony measure 1.5 linear feet and date from 1956 to 2003. Found within the papers are scattered biographical materials; correspondence files; exhibition files; original art work; files of reproductions of his art work; a file for his book A New Approach to Figure Drawing; clippings; photographs; a recorded lecture and announcements of Anthony's slide talks. This material offers a comprehensive record of the works and exhibitions of this prolific painter.

Arrangement
Arrangement
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1976-2001 (Box 1; 2 folders; Reel 5875)
  • Series 2: Correspondence Files, 1961-2001 (Box 1; 16 folders; Reel 5875)
  • Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1961-2003 (Box 1, OV 3; 32 folders; Reel 5875)
  • Series 4: Art work, 1961-2003 (Box 1, OV 3; 6 folders; Reel 5875)
  • Series 5: Reproductions of Art Work Created in 1976-2003, undated (Box 1, 2; 25 folders; Reels 5875-5877)
  • Series 6: File for Book, A New Approach to Figure Drawing, 1965 (Box 2; 2 folders; Reel 5877)
  • Series 7: Clippings, 1956-2002, undated (Box 2; 2 folders; Reel 5877)
  • Series 8: Photographs, 1965-2000, undated (Box 2; 3 folders; Reel 5877)
  • Series 9: Recorded Lecture and Announcements of Slide Talks, 1985-1990, undated (Box 2; 1 folder; Reel 5877 and unfilmed)

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
American painter William Graham Anthony was born on September 25, 1934 in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. While majoring in history at Yale University, Anthony attended a few art courses, one of which was taught by Josef Albers. He also attended the Art Students' League in 1958 and 1961.
After graduating from Yale, he joined his family in California, where he attended the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1962, Anthony taught figure drawing at a commercial art school in San Francisco, where he developed a method of drawing that resulted in his book A New Approach to Figure Drawing. Two years later he moved to New York City.
From 1977 to 1978, Anthony made a series of drawings for magazine Andy Warhol's Interview, and published another book Bible Stories. In 1983, he married Norma Neuman, and continued to produce and exhibit his art work, including solo exhibitions in New York, California, and Europe. In 1988, the Jargon Society published an additional book, Bill Anthony's Greatest Hits. Anthony also teaches painting to senior citizens.

Administration
Alternative Forms Available
The collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 1094, 5875-5877 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Jean Fitzgerald in April 2004.
Author
Jean Fitzgerald
Provenance
The William Anthony papers were donated by Anthony from 2001 to 2003. In 1976, he lent miscellaneous photocopied material for microfilming. The loaned materials do not duplicate the later gifts except for single letters from Jasper Johns (1972), William King, Claes Oldenburg, Theodoros Stamos, and a book endorsement comment signed by Larry Rivers. [Note: Reel 1094 is not described in this finding aid.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The William Anthony papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
William Anthony papers, 1956-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
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Masheck, Joseph Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rosenblum, Robert Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ross, David A., 1949- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schwabsky, Barry Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carpenter, Charles Hope, 1916- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Johns, Jasper, 1930- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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