Archives of American Art

Janet deCoux letters to Mary and Matha Bates Swiss

Collection ID:
Swiss, Mary Bates, 1925-1998
Swiss, Martha Bates
deCoux, Janet, 1904-1999
circa 1944-1988
Physical Description:
0.4 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Approximately 130 letters from sculptor Janet deCoux to her studio assistant Mary Bates Swiss and to Swiss's daughter Martha Bates Swiss. deCoux writes about her works in progress, her emotional state of mind, relationships, philosophy of life, and travels. Also included are two photographs of deCoux's sculpture of William Penn in progress in her studio in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania with Martha Swiss and deCoux's poodle, Gigi, 1964.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Mary Bates Swiss (1925-1998) was sculptor Janet deCoux's studio assistant. Swiss and deCoux studied together at the Cranbook Academy of Art.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2016 by Martha Swiss, Mary Bates Swiss's daughter and Janet deCoux's goddaughter.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Penn, William, 1644-1718 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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