Archives of American Art

Beth and James Arient papers

Collection ID:
Arient, Beth, 1946-
Arient, James, 1946-
Physical Description:
1 Microfilm reel
147 items on 1 partial microfilm reel

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The microfilmed Beth and James Arient papers contain 23 letters from self-taught painter Howard Finster and Pauline Finster to the Arients (1979-1987); and photographs of folk artists, some with the Arients, and their work (1980-1988). Among the artists photographed are Elijah Pierce, Mary Borkowski, Jesse Howard, Joe "The Welder" Janosik, Eunice McCloskey, Dow Pugh, Howard Finster, Minnie Black, Nellie Mae Rowe, Lanier Meaders, B.C. Craig, William Dawson, Carl McKenzie, Denzil Goodpaster, S.L. Jones, Carlton Garrett, Frank Pickle, Sam Doyle, David Butler, Luster Willis, "Daddy Boy" Williams, Kid Mertz, Dilmus Hall, James "Son" Thomas, Derek Webster, Raymond Coins, James Harold Jennings, Sarah Mary Taylor, Mary T. Smith, and Clyde "Jungle Boy" Jones.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Beth Arient (1946- ) and James "Jim" Arient (1946- ) are folk art collectors in Naperville, Illinois.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 4189 available at all Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals returned to the lenders, Beth and James Arient, after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1988 by the Arients.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Related Materials
The Archives of American Art also holds the oral history interview with James and Beth Arient, 1988 April 27-29.

More Information
Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
A list of the photographs is available on microfilm.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Folk art -- Collectors and collecting Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Collectors -- Illinois -- Chicago Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Finster, Howard, 1916-2001 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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