Wood and Adelaide Lawson Gaylor papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.gaylwood
Creators:
Gaylor, Wood, 1883-1957
Gaylor, Adelaide Lawson, 1889-1986
Artists Coordination Committee (New York, N.Y.)
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
Dates:
1866-[circa 1986]
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2.56 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Biographical material, correspondence, journals, notebooks, address books, business records, writings, sketchbooks, exhibition announcements and catalogs, clippings, photographs, and subject files relating to the artistic careers of Wood Gaylor and Adelaide Lawson, to Gaylor's work as a fashion pattern desiger, and, more broadly, to the New York art scene from the 1913 Armory Show through the 1930s.
Scope and Contents
Included are reminiscences and biographical documents; letters and postcards, some illustrated, from family, friends, artists, galleries, museums, and art organizations; letters of condolence to Adelaide upon Gaylor's death and letters to her concerning his work; original holiday and greeting cards to the Gaylors; a page from Wood's 1952 journal recording names of people attending Kenneth Hayes Miller's funeral and journals kept by Adelaide recording books read, plays attended, travels, and other activities, 1906, 1910 and 1915; a notebook kept by Gaylor regarding his work organizing the 1924 Women's Club exhibition in Jacksonville, Florida, listing artists (among them Pop Hart, Marsden Hartley, Picasso, and Kuniyoshi), titles, and prices of works shipped; business records, including receipts for Gaylor's work consigned or sold to the Downtown Gallery, 1929-1934, tax returns, and other business records, 1922-1979; writings by Wood, including speeches, lectures, and articles on American art and commercial patterns, scripts for New York radio station programs, 1932 and 1949, including a discussion with Salons of America members Alexander Brook, Robert Laurent, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, David H. Morrison, and Peggy Bacon, 1932; writings by others, including 19 poems by Lillian Byrnes, the introduction to the Hamiliton Easter Field Memorial Exhibition catalog by Elsa Rogo, and an organizational memo for the Modern Artists of America with annotations by Wood; four sketchbooks by Wood, 1916, 1923, and undated, and four by Adelaide, 1920-1922 and undated, done while traveling through Europe; and loose sketches by Wood and Adelaide.
Scope and Contents
Also included are exhibition catalogs and announcements of Wood and Adelaide's group and one-person shows, among them the Wanamaker Gallery of Modern Decorative Art, Friends of the Young Artists, 1915, Thumb Box Gallery, 1916, the MacDowell Club, 1918, the Dialis at the Civic Club Gallery, 1922, the Colony Club, 1922, Gallery 134 W. 4th, 1925, Downtown Gallery, 1930 and 1932, First Municipal Art Exhibition, Rockefeller Center, 1934, Kew Gardens Art Center, 1951, and the initial exhibition of the Museum of Art of Ogunquit, 1953; catalogs and announcements for other New York artists at Mrs. H. P. Whitney's Studio, 1917, Hamilton Easter Field Memorial Show at the American Art Galleries, 1922, Rockwell Kent at the M. Knoedler & Co., 1919, Walt Kuhn at the Grand Central Art Galleries, 1927, The Wanamaker Regional Art Exhibition, 1934, Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Municipal Art Galleries, 1939, Kenneth Hayes Miller Commemoration Exhibit at the Art Students League 1949, a hand lettered announcement for the sale of George Overbury "Pop" Hart's watercolors by the Junior Art Patrons of America, undated, and catalogs from exhibitions held at the Gaylor's Barn; newspaper and magazine clippings, mostly photocopies, 1910-1979; a book, "The Technique of Oil Paintings and other Essays" by Hamilton Easter Field, 1913, and issues of the Pagan, 1918 and the Quill, 1918, containing drawings by Wood; photographs, circa 1887-1977, of Wood, Adelaide, family, homes, friends, travel, exhibitions, works of art and works of art by others, including a photograph of Wood by Emil Ganso, of Adelaide in an art class, possibly at the Art Students League, of Adelaide's art classes at the Gaylor Barn, of Jules Pascin, Hermine L. David-Pascin, Gustaw Gwozdecki, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Katherine Schmidt-Shubert, Robert Laurent, Frank and Alice Osborn and David H. Morrison, the Armory Show, the Carnegie Institute International in Pittsburgh, and the construction and installation of the Hamilton Easter Field Art Foundation Collection at the Museum of Art, Ogunquit, Maine; subject files containing, correspondence, business records, writings, printed material, and photographs, on: Samuel Hawk, 1877; Penguin Club, 1917-1919; Wood's trusteeship of the Jules Pascin Estate, 1930-1956; Salons of America, 1923-1953 (including a group photo of Fiorella La Guardia, Holger Cahill, Robert Laurent, David H. Morrison, and Wood from the 1935 exhibition opening at Rockefeller Center); Hamilton Easter Field Art Foundation, 1930-1966; New York City Municipal Art Committee, 1934-1937; Armory Show 50th Anniversary Exhibition, 1962-1963; and the New York Society of Women Artists, 1928-1976. The collection also contains biographical documents and correspondence of and relating to the Gaylor's daughter, Isabel Dale Gaylor.
Scope and Contents
Correspondents include Josephine Baker, Robert J. Coady, Evelyn Cutler, Margaret Di Silver, John and Betty Dos Passos, Hugo Gellert of the Artists Coordination Committee, Edith Halpert, Isabella Howland, Stefan Hirsch, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Robert Laurent, John Howard Lawson, Jonas Lie, Gus Mager, Alice Newton, William Schack, Henry Strater, and Dr. Martin G. Vorhaus among others.
Scope and Contents
One postcard July 1916, sent from Charleston, South Carolina, from Jules Pascin To Samuel Wood Gaylor.
Scope and Contents
A circa 100 page typescript of a record of reminiscences on Gaylor's early art career. This is one of 4 parts dictated by Gaylor in 1953. This recording was used as the basis for Jean Lipman's article "Wood Gaylor: Diary of the Carefree Years," published in Art In America, December 1963.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter and lithographer Samuel Wood Gaylor (1883-1957) was born in Stamford, Connecticut and studied at the National Academy of Design, New York, under Walt Kuhn. He exhibited at the Armory Show, the Penguin Club, and the Downtown Gallery and participated in many art organizations including the Kit-Kat Club, the Penguin Club, Modern Artists of America, American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Engravers. He served on the board for the Salons of America, the Hamilton Easter Field Art Foundation, the New York City Municipal Art Committee, and the Museum of Art, Ogunquit, Maine.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels D9 (fr. 829-830) and D160, frames 242-390 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reel D9 was donated in 1958 by T. J. McCormick. Material on reel D160 was donated in 1964 by Adelaide Lawson Gaylor. The remainder was donated in 1986 by the Gaylors' sons, Wynn L. and Randall Gaylor. 16 items, mostly cards and letters to Gaylor were donated in 2008 by Christine Oaklander in honor of Dr. William Innes Homer, Art Historian and Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware. Oaklander purchased the letters from Wyn Gaylor. An additional 21 documents, mostly cards and letters to Gaylor, were donated in 2015 by Wynn Gaylor.

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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Bacon, Peggy, 1895-1987 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brook, Alexander, 1898-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
David, Hermine, 1886-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Field, Hamilton Easter Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ganso, Emil, 1895-1941 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gwozdecki, Gustaw Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hart, George Overbury, 1868-1933 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Morrison, David H. (David Herron), 1885-1934 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Osborn, Frank C., b. 1887 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pascin, Jules, 1885-1930 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schmidt, Katherine, 1898-1978 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Frost, A. B. (Arthur Burdett), 1851-1928 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Frost, John, 1890-1937 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gellert, Hugo, 1892-1985 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hirsch, Stefan, 1899-1964 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Howland, Isabella, 1895-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Laurent, Robert, 1890-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lawson, John Howard, 1894- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lie, Jonas, 1880-1940 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mager, Gus, 1878- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newton, Alice Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Strater, Henry, 1896- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schack, William, b. 1898 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Coady, Robert J., 1881-1921 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Frueh, Alfred Joseph, 1880-1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Association of American Painters and Sculptors (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Friends of the Young Artists Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hamilton Easter Field Art Foundation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Municipal Art Committee (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New York Society of Women Artists Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Penguin Club (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Salons of America, Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Thumb Box Gallery (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wanamaker Gallery of Modern Decorative Art Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Armory Show (1913: New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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