David Smith sketchbook

Collection ID:
Smith, David, 1906-1965
Physical Description:
1 Item
reel microfilm

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
A sketchbook in black and white containing sketches and studies beginning in April, 1954 for the Willard Gallery. Sketches and studies are for the sculpture projects "Bicycle," "Ridge Runner," "Monday Woman," "Europa," "Tanktotem III," and "Tanktotem IV." Also included are notes on the sketches and some financial statements, one short letter from Smith's daughter Rebecca Smith, and three family photographs.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
David Smith (1906-1965) was a sculptor from Bolton Landing, N.Y. Began his career as a painter. Studied at Art Students League. Was one of the first sculptors to develop a uniquely American abstract style. Worked in monumental style, incorporating painted metal and welding techniques into his work. Smith died in an automobile accident in May 1965.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 2300 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Original returned to lender, Adam Mekler, after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1981 by Adam Mekler, a California gallery owner.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

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Repository Contact
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