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Creators:
Bowditch, Nancy Douglas
Dates:
circa 1860-1985
Size:
6.2 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.bowdnanc
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of painter, author, and designer Nancy Douglas Bowditch and the George de Forest Brush family measure 6.2 linear feet and date from circa 1860 to 1985. The majority of the collection consists of Bowditch's correspondence with family and friends and her notes and writings, particularly concerning her biography of her father George de Forest Brush The Joyous Painter, and her unpublished biography of her husband painter William Robert Pearmain. Brush family material includes scattered correspondence of George de Forest Brush and other family members, notes, sketches, clippings, and the family home building files, five scrapbooks, including two on William Robert Pearmain, and numerous photographs of the Brush family, Bowditch, and William Robert Pearmain. There is also correspondence between William Robert Pearmain and his family and artwork by Pearmin.

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Creators:
Foster Brothers (Boston, Mass.)
Dates:
1875-1973
bulk 1893-1942
Size:
13 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.fostbrot
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The records of Boston picture frame company Foster Brothers measure 13 linear feet and date from 1875-1973 with the bulk of the material falling between 1893 and 1942. Correspondence, stock records, financial records, writings, miscellaneous business records, printed material, scrapbooks, and photographs document the history of this company that operated a factory, retail store, and wholesale and mail order businesses between 1893 and 1942. A small number of family papers are included, with items pre-dating and post-dating the business.

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Creators:
Day, Worden, 1916-1986
Dates:
circa 1935-1992
Size:
3.5 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.dayword
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of sculptor, painter and printmaker Worden Day (1916-1986) measure 3.5 linear feet and date from circa 1935-1992. The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, writings, printed material, scrapbooks, photographic material, sketchbooks, and audiovisual material. There is a 1.0 linear foot additon, circa 1951-1992, donated in 2020 containing further papers of Worden Day.

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Creators:
Rathbone, Perry Townsend, 1911-2000
Dates:
1929-1985
Size:
4.3 Linear feet (5 boxes, 1 OV)
Collection ID:
AAA.rathperr
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of museum director Perry Townsend Rathbone measure 4.3 linear feet and date from 1929 to 1985. The papers document Rathbone's career as museum director of the City Art Museum of St. Louis and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and his later work with Christie's New York office. Found within the papers are biographical materials, correspondence with friends and colleagues, writings, professional and project files, printed materials, and photographs, mostly of exhibitions.

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Creators:
National Museum of American Art. Office of Program Support
Dates:
1947-1981
Size:
146.04 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes) (280 document boxes) (1 5x8 box) (1 film box) (2 oversize folders)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 321
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

The records of the Office of Program Support, National Museum of American Art, 1965-1981, with related records from 1947, were received in the Archives from 1981 through 1994.

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Creators:
Cornell, Joseph
Dates:
1804-1986
bulk 1939-1972
Size:
24.9 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.cornjose
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) measure approximately 24.9 linear feet and date from 1804 to 1986 with the bulk of the material dating from 1939-1972. The collection documents the life, work, interests, and creative activities of the self-taught artist, who was best known for his shadow box constructions, assemblages, and collages. Papers include correspondence, diaries, source material, notes, writings, photographs, printed material, two- and three-dimensional ephemera, art works, and books, as well as a limited amount of legal and financial records, and some miscellaneous personal and family papers. The collection also includes the papers of his sister, Betty Cornell Benton, relating to the handling of Cornell's estate and the personal papers of his brother, Robert Cornell.

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Creators:
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991
Dates:
1920-2004
Size:
21.1 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.groschai
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of New York City sculptor and teacher Chaim Gross measure 21.1 linear feet and date from 1920-2004. The collection provides comprehensive documentation of Gross's career through biographical material, personal and professional correspondence with family, artists, writers, galleries, museums, educational institutions, and religious and philanthropic organizations, writings, personal business records, extensive printed and published material including motion picture film and video recordings of four documentaries, one hundred and fifteen sketchbooks spanning the bulk of Gross's career, and photographs of Gross, his family, many friends and colleagues from the art world, his studio, personal art collection, and works of art. An unprocessed addition of three sketchbooks was donated in 2020.

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Creators:
Henderson, William Penhallow, 1877-1943
Dates:
1876-1987
bulk 1876-1943
Size:
10.5 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.hendwill
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of Chicago and Santa Fe painter, muralist, architect, and furniture designer William Penhallow Henderson measure 10.5 linear feet and date from 1876 to 1987 (bulk dates 1876 to 1943). Found within the papers are scattered biographical material; correspondence with friends and colleagues; three diaries; personal business records; two files concerning the Santa Fe Painters and Sculptors and the Art in Embassies Program; architecture, furniture, and other design project files; exhibition files; notes and writings; artwork, including 64 sketchbooks by Henderson and others; miscellaneous printed material; and photographs of Henderson, his family and colleagues.

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Creators:
Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt, 1875-1942
Dates:
1851-1975
bulk 1888-1942
Size:
36.1 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.whitgert
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers measure approximately 36.1 linear feet and date from 1851 to 1975, with the bulk of the material dating from 1888 to 1942. The collection documents the life and work of the art patron and sculptor, especially her promotion of American art and artists, her philanthropy and war relief work, her commissions for memorial sculpture, and her creative writing. Papers include correspondence, journals, writings, project files, scrapbooks, photographs, artwork, printed material, two sound recordings, and miscellaneous personal papers.

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Creators:
Ostroff, Elaine
Dates:
1965 - 2009
Size:
16 Cubic feet (37 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1356
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Collection documents activist and educator Elaine Ostroff who advocated for improved access for people with disabilities in public places, co-founded the Adaptive Environments Center and who taught universal design in several institutions.

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