Archives of American Art

A Finding Aid to the Joyce Scott Papers, 1914-2019, bulk 1970s-2000s, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.scotjoyc
Creators:
Scott, Joyce J., 1948-
Dates:
1914-2019
bulk 1970s-2000s
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
9.1 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of African American sculptor, jewelry maker, quilter, and performance artist Joyce J. Scott measure 9.1 linear feet and date from 1948 to 2019, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1970s to the 2000s, and individual materials from 1914 to 1915, and from 1932. The collection consists of biographical material; correspondence; writings; professional files, including exhibition and project files, born-digital materials, and gallery records; printed material; photographic material, including photo albums; artwork; and audiovisual material, including recordings of performances and lectures.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of African American sculptor, jewelry maker, quilter, and performance artist Joyce J. Scott measure 9.1 linear feet and date from 1948 to 2019, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1970s to the 2000s and individual materials from 1914 to 1915, and from 1932. The collection consists of biographical material; correspondence; writings; professional files, including exhibition and project files, born-digital materials, and gallery records; printed material; photographic material, including photo albums; artwork; and audiovisual material, including recordings of performances and lectures.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged as eight series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1948-1977, 1989-2015 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1972-2014 (Box 1; 0.5 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Writings, circa 1970-circa 2000s, undated (Box 1-2; 0.3 linear feet)
  • Series 4: Professional Files, 1970s-circa 2013 (Box 2, OV 10; 0.9 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Printed Material, 1914-1915, 1932, 1953-2018 (Box 3-5, OV 10; 2.5 linear feet)
  • Series 6: Photographic Material, 1971-2019 (Box 5; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 7: Artwork, 1987-1989, 1998-2006, undated (Box 5; 0.1 linear feet)
  • Series 8: Audiovisual Material, 1983-2006, undated (Boxes 5-9; 4.2 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Joyce J. Scott (1948- ) is an African American sculptor, jewelry maker, quilter, and performance artist in Baltimore, Maryland. She is best known for her use of off-loom bead weaving techniques to depict the complexities of race, gender, and class. Born in 1948, Scott is the daughter of quilter and folk artist Elizabeth Talford Scott, from whom she learned quilting. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Master of Fine Art from the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. In 2016, Scott was named a MacArthur Fellow, and she was named the Smithsonian Visionary Artist in 2019. Her work is held in permanent collections across the country, including at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Administration
Author
Rayna Andrews
Sponsor
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2019 by Joyce J. Scott as part of the Archives' African American Collecting Initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Processing Information
The collection was minimally processed and a finding aid prepared by Rayna Andrews in 2021 with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Preferred Citation
Joyce J. Scott papers, 1914-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Joyce J. Scott, 2009 July 22 conducted by Robert Silberman.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Performances (creative events) Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- Maryland -- Baltimore Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American artists Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Performance artists -- Maryland -- Baltimore Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quiltmakers -- Maryland -- Baltimore Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jewelers -- Maryland -- Baltimore Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Video recordings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American quiltmakers Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women performance artists Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photograph albums Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women sculptors Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women jewelers Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scott, Elizabeth Talford, 1916-2011 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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