A Finding Aid to the Joseph White Papers, circa 1870-2010, bulk 1971-2008, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.whitjose
Creators:
White, Joseph
Dates:
circa 1870-2010
bulk 1971-2008
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1.7 Linear feet
1.61 Gigabytes
Repository:
The papers of Washington, DC, based painter Joseph White measure 1.7 linear feet and 1.61 GB and date from circa 1870 to 2010, with the bulk of the material from 1971 to 2008. White's career as an artist is documented through scattered biographical material, correspondence with family and friends, poetry, plays, exhibition catalogs, news clippings, source material, photographs and digital photographs of White, family, friends, and artwork.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of Washington, DC, based painter Joseph White measure 1.7 linear feet and 1.61 GB and date from circa 1870 to 2010, with the bulk of the material from 1971 to 2008. White's career as an artist is documented through scattered biographical material, correspondence with family and friends, poetry, plays, exhibition catalogs, news clippings, source material, photographs and digital photographs of White, family, friends, and artwork.
Biographical material consists of documentation on White's band, Twisted Teenage Plot, as well as resumes documenting his career as a painter. Correspondence includes five letters sent to White from various people, a few postcards from White to his wife, Renee Butler, postcards to his brother, Lito White, and postcards to White from fellow artist and bandmate, Michael Clark. Writings include plays and poetry in manuscript and typescript form. Several of these writings are illustrated. Printed material consists of catalogs and announcements for exhibitions of artwork by White, as well as newspaper and magazine articles about his career. Photographs include family portraits from the late 1800s and photographs from White's childhood. Also found are handmade books of digital prints of his paintings and watercolors. Source photographs for White's paintings depict people, places, and objects. Many of these photographs include grid lines and masked-out details.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 5 series:
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1973-2004 (Box 1; 2 folders)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1971-1999 (Box 1; 4 folders)
  • Series 3: Writings, circa 1970s-1990s (Boxes 1, 3; 0.7 linear feet)
  • Series 4: Printed Material, 1944-2006 (Box 1; 6 folders)
  • Series 5: Photographs, circa 1870-2010 (Boxes 1-3; 0.8 linear feet, ER01-ER04; 1.61 GB)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Joseph White (1938- ) is a painter in Washington, DC. White works with a grid system and photographs to create his paintings. In 1963 he received a B.A. from the San Francisco State University. He then moved to New York City where he exhibited abstract paintings at the 1964 and 1967 Whitney Biennials. In 1976 he moved to Washington, D.C., and focused on representational painting. He has frequently exhibited his works in Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY, and is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Art, among others.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2011. Born-digital materials were processed by Kirsi Ritosalmi-Kisner in 2019 with funding provided by Smithsonian Collection Care and Preservation Fund.
Author
Erin Kinhart
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Joseph White in 2010.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Joseph White papers, circa 1870-2010, bulk 1971-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use
The Joseph White papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Resumes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Typescripts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manuscripts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clark, Michael, 1946- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Butler, Renee Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
White, Lito Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
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