A Finding Aid to the Burgoyne Diller Collection of Printed Material,
, in the Archives of American Art

Collection ID:
Diller, Burgoyne, 1906-1965
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
Burgoyne Diller's collection of printed material measures 0.2 linear feet and dates from 1932 to 1961. The collection primarily documents Diller's career through printed material consisting of clippings and exhibition announcements and catalogs. There is also one letter from the James Gallery dated 1959.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The collection measures 0.2 linear feet, dates from 1932-1961, and includes one letter, clippings, and exhibition announcements and catalogs that concern the development of Burgoyne Diller's unique artistic style.

The collection is arranged as 2 series:
  • Series 1: Letters, 1959 (Box 1; 1 folder)
  • Series 2: Printed Material, 1932-1961 (Box 1; 11 folders)

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Born in New York City in 1906, Burgoyne Diller was brought up in Michigan. He returned to New York in 1926 and studied at the Art Students League from 1928 to 1932. With Hans Hofmann, Diller made his first geometrical paintings in the 1930s, embracing the rigid formulas of Piet Mondrian's "pure plastic art," which included the use of horizontal and vertical lines as well as primary colors. Diller became director of the Mural Division of the New York City Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project in 1935, and remained in government service until 1941. In 1945, he became associate professor of art at Brooklyn College. Burgoyne Diller died in 1965.

Processing Information
The collection was processed by Jean Fitzgerald in October 2002.
Jean Fitzgerald
The collection was donated in 1982 by Morris Dorsky, chairman of the Brooklyn College Art Department. Diller taught at Brooklyn College from 1946-1963. Presumably the materials were compiled either by Diller, or by someone in the Art Department.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
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.
Preferred Citation
Burgoyne Diller collection of printed material, 1932-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Material
Burgoyne Diller papers, 1924-1968.

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Repository Contact
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