A Finding Aid to the Buffie Johnson Papers, circa 1920-2010, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.johnbuff
Creators:
Johnson, Buffie
Dates:
circa 1920-2010
Languages:
English
Collection is in English
Physical Description:
3.4 Linear Feet
Repository:
The papers of New York-based painter Buffie Johnson measure 3.4 linear feet and date from circa 1920-2010. While the collection is primarily composed of printed materials that document her career and exhibition history, a small amount of biographical material, correspondence, writings, exhibition and project files, and photographic material provide more in depth documentation of her personal and professional life.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of New York-based painter Buffie Johnson measure 3.4 linear feet and date from circa 1920-2010. While the collection is primarily composed of printed materials that document her career and exhibition history, a small amount of biographical material, correspondence, writings, exhibition and project files, and photographic material provide more in depth documentation of her personal and professional life.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as six series
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1940-2007 (3 folders; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1950-2009 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 3: Writings, circa 1960-1995 (3 folders; Box 1)
  • Series 4: Exhibition and Project Files, circa 1959-1995 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 5: Printed Material, circa 1920-2010 (2.5 linear feet; Box 1-4, OV 5)
  • Series 6: Photographic Material, 1920-2006 (0.5 linear feet; Box 3-4)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Buffie Johnson (1912-2006) was a painter in New York. Born in New York City, Johnson studied art at the University of California, Los Angeles, and then traveled to Europe to study painting with Francis Picabia and Stanley William Hayter. Her first exhibition was in Paris in 1938, after which she showed extensively for more than sixty years in the United States and Europe. In 1959, Johnson was commissioned to paint an abstract mural for the Astor Theatre in New York. She was also known for imaginative restorations of her two Upper East Side homes, and for her friendships with prominent American writers and artists.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Hilary Price in 2017.
Author
Hilary Price
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to Archives of American Art in 1972 and 1980 by Buffie Johnson and in 2016 by Johnson's daughter, Jenny Johnson Sykes.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Buffie Johnson papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by Johnson have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Jenny Johnson Sykes donated a portion of the collection and retains copyright for that which she may own.
Preferred Citation
Buffie Johnson papers, circa 1920-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Also found in the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Buffie Johnson conducted by Paul Cummings in 1977 and Barbara Shikler in 1982.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Repository Contact
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