James Edward Davis papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.davijame
Creators:
Davis, Jim, 1901-1974
Dates:
1917-1969
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
3.4 Linear feet
(on 7 microfilm reels)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence; photographs; drawings; sketches and designs; typescripts; exhibition announcements and clippings.
Scope and Contents
REELS 430-433: Correspondence; ca. 1000 photographs of Davis's paintings, plastic mobiles, motion studies; 13 notebooks containing photos and notes on his films, visual design, plastics, Frank Lloyd Wright and other subjects; exhibition announcements; and clippings. Correspondents include Rosalind Kossoff (Director AF Films and FilmImages), John Marin, Frank Lloyd Wright, Len Lye, Sibyl and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Norman De Marco, Alfred Stieglitz, Wynant Vanderpool, Edward Steichen, and others.
Scope and Contents
REEL N712: Sketches, designs, and working papers relating to Davis's plastic constructions, mobiles, and abstract art films; photos of works; a file on Davis's exhibition at Princeton, 1963; statements on his work; and typescripts, "Notes on Frank Lloyd Wright," and "Notes on John Marin."
Scope and Contents
REEL N738: Selection of drawings, 1919-1950, with explanatory notes by Davis.
Scope and Contents
REEL N68-86A: Sixteen letters from John Marin, 1940-1947.
Scope and Contents
UNMICROFILMED: Slides and miscellany.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter, photographer, filmmaker; Princeton, New Jersey. Davis's specialty was abstract art. He studied with Andre Lhote in Paris.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels N738, N712, N68-86A and 430-433 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reels N172, N68-86A, N738: Originals returned to James E. Davis after microfilming.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reels N172, N68-86A, N738 lent 1967-1968 for microfilming by James E. Davis. Material on reels 430-433 donated 1969 by Davis and Rosalind Kossoff, Davis's agent.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, Abstract Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mobiles (Sculpture) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographers Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
De Marco, Norman Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kossoff, Rosalind Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lye, Len, 1901-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marin, John, 1870-1953 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Moholy-Nagy, László, 1895-1946 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, 1905- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vanderpool, Wynant D. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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