Barbara Swan letters to Rosalind and Edwin Miller

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.swanbarb
Creators:
Swan, Barbara, 1922-
Dates:
1961-1991
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.8 Linear feet
(microfilmed on 1 reel)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Swan, writing to her friends Rosalind and Edwin Miller, discusses her husband Alan Fink's positions as an art dealer and owner of the Alpha Gallery in Boston, mentioning artists Milton Avery, Gregory Gillespie, Don Gustin, Ellsworth Kelly, Boris Mirski, and Andy Stevovich. She writes also about her son Aaron's art career and daughter Joanna's career as assistant to Alan, her health problems dealing with lupus, family vacations and activities with Swan's mother and aunt, Peter and Edith Milton, and Bernard and Ninion Chaet, her numerous trips to New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for various art openings; and her friendship with poet Anne Sexton.
Scope and Contents
Other topics include her painting career, including illustrating Sexton's versions of Grimm's fairytales, portraits of various friends and commissions, exhibitions, painting style, and inspirations for her bottle and quarry reflection paintings.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Swan, a painter, draftsman, and lithographer from Boston, Mass., was friends of Rosalind Miller, a professor of psychiatric social work at Columbia University, and Edwin Miller, a Walt Whitman scholar and biographer of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Millers are collectors of American textiles.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 4882 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1992 by Rosalind Miller.

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
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Women artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Miller, Edwin Haviland Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Miller, Rosalind S., 1923- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chaet, Bernard Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fink, Aaron, 1955- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fink, Alan, 1925- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fink, Joanna Elizabeth, 1958- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gustin, Dan Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Milton, Peter, 1930- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sexton, Anne Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stevovich, Andrew, 1948- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alpha Gallery (Boston, Mass.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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