A Finding Aid to the Agnes Mills Papers, 1948-1999, bulk 1974-1993, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.millagne
Creators:
Mills, Agnes, 1915-2008
Dates:
1948-1999
bulk 1974-1993
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
1.1 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of painter, printmaker and sculptor Agnes Mills measure 1.1 linear feet and date from 1948 to 1999, with the bulk of the material from 1974 to 1993. Her enduring interest in dance theatre is demonstrated in the papers. Reminiscences of her time in the WPA, artist statements, sketchbooks, and a bound compilation of publicity, biographical notes, and images of artwork provide an overview of her professional accomplishments. The collection also includes curricula vitae; correspondence; writings by and about the artist; price lists and inventories; articles, news clippings, press releases and exhibition announcements; original artwork; and photographs of both the artist and her work.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of painter, printmaker and sculptor Agnes Mills measure 1.1 linear feet and date from 1948 to 1999, with the bulk of the material from 1974 to 1993. Her enduring interest in dance theatre is demonstrated in the papers. Reminiscences of her time in the WPA, artist statements, sketchbooks, and a bound compilation of publicity, biographical notes, and images of artwork provide an overview of her professional accomplishments. The collection also includes curricula vitae; correspondence; writings by and about Mills; price lists and inventories; articles, news clippings, press releases and exhibition announcements; original artwork; and photographs of Mills and her work.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 8 series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1982-1990 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1974-1999 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Writings, circa 1980s-1990 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
  • Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1981-1993 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Printed Material, 1948-1993 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 6: Artwork, circa 1950s-1990s (Box 1, OV2; 0.2 linear feef)
  • Series 7: Sketchbooks, circa 1974-circa 1993 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
  • Series 8: Photographs, circa 1948-1993 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Agnes Mills (1915-2008) was a painter, printmaker and sculptor who specialized in dance subjects. She worked in the Long Island/New York City area for most of her career, eventually moving to Florida.
Mills was a graduate of Pratt Institute and Cooper Union Art School and worked for the WPA artist project early in her career. For 25 years she served as resident artist for the Alwin Nikolais Dance Company, and several other dance companies hired her to sketch their rehearsals.

Administration
Processing Information
This collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared in 2014 by Rachel Salzmann. The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase information about and access to more of our collections.
Minimal processing included arrangement to the series and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder titles, but not arranged further. Folders within boxes were not numbered. The collection was rehoused in archival containers and folders, but not all staples and clips were removed.
Author
Rachel Salzmann
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by the artist's daughter, Margret Mills-Thysen, on October 17, 2013.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Agnes Mills papers, 1948-1999, bulk 1974-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
The Agnes Mills papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. They may be used for research, study, and scholarship. Authorization to publish or reproduce works of art requires written permission from Margret Mills-Thysen, 337 Neva Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original material requires an appointment.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Printmakers -- Florida Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Printmakers -- New York (State) Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Dance Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Florida Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- New York (State) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- Florida Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists -- Florida Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Works Progress Administration Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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