A Finding Aid to the Elsie Driggs Papers, 1924-1979, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.drigelsi
Creators:
Driggs, Elsie, 1898-1992
Dates:
1924-1979
Languages:
English
The collection is in English
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
Repository:
The scattered papers of New York City painter Elsie Driggs date from 1924 to 1979 and measure 0.2 linear feet. Included are correspondence, writings by Driggs, personal business records, printed materials, and portrait and family photographs.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The scattered papers of New York City painter Elsie Driggs date from 1924 to 1979 and measure 0.2 linear feet. Included are correspondence, writings by Driggs, personal business records, printed materials, and portrait and family photographs.
Correspondence includes letters from the Baltimore Museum of Art, Adelyn Breeskin, Alexander Brook, Edward Bruce, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, dealer Charles Daniel, Heckscher Museum, Montclair Art Museum, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Newark Musuem, Cynthia Sanford, Francis Steegmuller, Maurice Stern, Jenny Strauss, Walker Art Center, Wichita State University, and Yale University Art Gallery.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 5 series.
  • Series 1: Correspondence, 1924-1979 (3 folders; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Writings and Notes, circa 1960 (2 folders; Box 1)
  • Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1964-1979 (1 folder; Box 1)
  • Series 4: Printed Material, 1964-1978 (1 folder; Box 1)
  • Series 5: Photographs, 1925-1961 (4 folders; Box 1)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Elsie Driggs (1898-1992) was a New York City Precisionist painter, curator, and art critic.
Born in Connecticut, Elsie Driggs attended the Art Students League in New York City. She traveled through Italy where she found inspiration from the works of Piero Della Francesca. After settling in New York City, she became active in the Precisionist movement, which reacted to skyscrapers and other modern building projects. Later in her career, she painted watercolors under the federal Public Works of Art project. Driggs was married to fellow artist Lee Gatch.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
A portion of this collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reel D160 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
Portions of the papers were microfilmed upon receipt. In 2013, the collection was processed and a finding aid created by Jayna Josefson with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Author
Jayna M. Josefson
Sponsor
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Elsie Driggs donated her papers to the Archives of American Art in several accretions between 1963 and 1980.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use
The Elsie Driggs 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
Elsie Driggs papers, 1924-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
The Archives of American Art holds an oral history interview with Elsie Driggs conducted by Francine Tyler October 30-December 5, 1985.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, 1896-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brook, Alexander, 1898-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Daniel, Charles, 1878-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Steegmuller, Francis, 1906-1994 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sanford, Cynthia Holthusen Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Washington, D.C. 20001
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