Archives of American Art

Edward H. La Farge papers

Collection ID:
LaFarge, Edward H. (Edward Hooper), 1901-1981
Physical Description:
1 Linear foot
ca. 600 items (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers mostly regarding La Farge's teaching career at Rhode Island School of Design.
Scope and Contents
UNMICROFILMED: Resumes and applications, 1937-1962; correspondence, undated and 1928-1971, with letters from Gordon Bailey Washburn, John Davis Hatch, and others; 3 photographs, undated and 1958, of La Farge and others; ca. 200 slides and photographs, undated and 1969-1971, of his students' work; 2 small sketchbooks, undated, containing watercolor drawings, pencil drawings and pastel drawings; other artwork, including collage, ink and pencil drawings, and two woodblock prints, one signed "Phelps" and the other signed "Cardenas"; and five profusely illustrated notebooks and illustrated loose notes dating from his years as an art student.
Scope and Contents
Also included are writings on art and on his family; teaching files, primarily containing lecture notes, undated; a film strip of student's work; a file on La Farge's activities with the Junior Recreation Center, including equipment lists, budgets, etc., 1943-1945; and printed materials, mostly regarding the RISD (newsletters, exhibition catalogs and reports by the school president, etc.).
Scope and Contents
REEL 2707: An unpublished photographic essay by John McWilliams on La Farge and his freshman three-dimensional design class at the RISD in the early 1970's. Also included is a letter from David B. Manzella, to La Farge, 1974; and a newspaper clipping about La Farge, 1965.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Art instructor. La Farge was an art instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design from ca. 1944-1974.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 2707 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reel 2707: Originals returned to Mrs. Edward H. La Farge after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reel 2707 lent for microfilming 1982 by Anne W. La Farge, wife of Edward H. La Farge; unmicrofilmed material donated 1982 by La Farge.

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.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Study and teaching -- Rhode Island Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art teachers Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washburn, Gordon B. (Gordon Bailey), 1904-1983 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hatch, John Davis Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rhode Island School of Design Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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