Ruth Duckworth papers

Collection ID:
Duckworth, Ruth, 1919-2009
Physical Description:
5.7 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of Chicago-based sculptor and ceramicist, Ruth Duckeworth measure 5.7 linear feet and date from 1938-2005. Included is biographical material, correspondence, photographs, artwork and printed material documenting Duckworth's career.
Biographical material includes daybooks and calendars. Correspondence is professional and includes letters from galleries about Duckworth's exhibitions and correspondence regarding commissions of public art. Photographs are of Duckworth and her sculptures. Artwork consists of sketchbooks, loose sketches and collages. Printed material includes clippings, magazines and brochures.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Ruth Duckworth (1919-2009) was a sculptor and ceramist in Chicago, Illinois.

Existence and Location of Copies
Biographical information, photographs, twelve silhouette cutouts, a scrapbook of clippings and loose printed material microfilmed on reel 1397 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2015 by Thea Berger, Ruth Duckworth's agent. A portion of this material was lent for microfilming 1977 by Ruth Duckworth. Additional contact sheet and negatives of Duckworth were donated in 2020 by photographer Cal Kowal.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
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.

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