Archives of American Art

David Fredenthal papers

Collection ID:
Fredenthal, David, 1914-1958
Physical Description:
1.8 Linear feet
(on 7 microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, writings, sketches, photographs, biographical material, business papers, and printed materials.
Scope and Contents
REEL D22: 3 letters, 8 sketches and 2 poems by Fredenthal; a clipping; and 6 photographs of Fredenthal and his work. Two of the letters are to Sarah Medow, the other is a typed letter of congratulations to Fredenthal.
Scope and Contents
REELS 877-878: Personal documents; 2 books illustrated by Fredenthal, OF MEN AND BATTLE and SURPRISE, 1944; and 2 scrapbooks containing clippings, photographs of Fredenthal and his work, his illustrations for the book, TOBACCO ROAD, 2 poems, exhibition catalogs, magazine articles with his illustrations in LIFE and VOGUE, and letters of commendation from several army officials including Douglas MacArthur.
Scope and Contents
REELS 2005-2006: Correspondence with Edward Chavez, Charles Culver, Lamar Dodd, Olin Dows, Edith Halpert, John Hersey, Lawrence Kupferman, Edward B. Rowan, Zoltan Sepeshy, and Forbes Watson; papers relating to his Federal Art Project work, his years as a war correspondent, reactions to attacks on modern art as "Communist," and artists' rights' writings; business papers; financial records and correspondence; printed material; biographical material; and reproductions.
Scope and Contents
REEL 2030: Photographs of Fredenthal, his work, and friends and family.
Scope and Contents
REEL 2804: Two original color sketches prepared by Fredenthal for Fortune magazine.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter, illustrator; Detroit, Mich. and New York, N.Y.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels D22, 877-878, 2005-2006, 2030, and 2804 availble at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reels 877-878: Originals returned to lender, Ruth Ann Fredenthal, after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reels 877-878, lent, and reels 2005-2006, and 2030 donated by Ruth Ann Fredenthal, Fredenthal's daughter. Material on reel D22 donated by Mrs. Irwin Meyer, whose relation to Fredenthal is unknown, and material on reel 2804 donated by Fortune magazine.

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.

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