Bernard Childs papers

Collection ID:
Childs, Bernard, 1910-1985
circa 1950-2017
Physical Description:
15.4 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Bernard Childs papers measure 15.4 linear feet and date from circa 1950-2017. Included are biographical material, correspondence, writings, subject files, a scrapbook, photographs, printed material, sketches, an audio recording, an interview, and an artifact documenting the career of painter and printmaker Bernard Childs.
Biographical material includes appointment books, day planners, address books and awards. Correspondence is with colleagues, friends, and museums regarding Childs' works of art, exhibitions, and works of art by others. A portion of the correspondence is posthumous and includes condolence letters to Judith regarding Bernard as well as correspondence between Judith and others regarding Bernard. Writings include journals, notebooks, and a typescript of a lecture given by Judith Childs about Bernard, November 1990.
Subject files pertain to artists, works of art, exhibitions, publications, teaching, travel and other activities. Photographs and slides are of Childs, his family, friends and his works of art. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, posters, rare books, and newspaper clippings regarding Childs and other artists. Artworks includes few sketches by Childs. Audio visual material includes an audio recording of a lecture given by Childs and a VHS videotape of a 1980 interview (with outtakes) of Bernard Childs' conducted by John Hass, Channel 5. One artifact includes a t-shirt with an image designed by Childs.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Bernard Childs (1910-1985) was a painter and printmaker in New York, New York.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 72 and 81 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material donated 1980-1982 by Bernard Childs and in 2004, and in 2015-2020 by Judith Childs, Bernard Childs' widow.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that they may own.
Terms of Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of audio visual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Scrapbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Childs, Judith Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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