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American Artists Group records, 1934-1965

Creator:
American Artists Group  Search this
Subject:
Grant, Gordon  Search this
Smith, Bissell Phelps  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Pajaud, William E.  Search this
Bakós, Józef  Search this
Hopper, Edward  Search this
Helik, Peter  Search this
Prentiss, Tina  Search this
Gaige, Richard  Search this
Sawyer, Helen  Search this
Rogers, John  Search this
Dwight, Mabel  Search this
Walker, Maynard  Search this
Lahey, Richard  Search this
Barker, Ken  Search this
Dubois, Yvonne Pène  Search this
Detwiller, Fred  Search this
Sternberg, Harry  Search this
Bohrod, Aaron  Search this
Pellew, John C.  Search this
Bolton, Clarence  Search this
Reynard, Grant T.  Search this
Botke, Cornelius  Search this
Santo, Patsy  Search this
Neville, Vera  Search this
Schreiber, Georges  Search this
Newcombe, Warren  Search this
Markham, Kyra  Search this
Klitgaard, Georgina  Search this
Eby, Kerr  Search this
Neufeld, Woldemar  Search this
Mays, Maxwell  Search this
Soderberg, Ynve Edward  Search this
Anderson, C. W. (Clarence William),  Search this
Golden, Samuel  Search this
Wiggins, Guy C. (Guy Carleton)  Search this
Ross, Sanford  Search this
Shevis, William  Search this
Johnstone, Ralph Wilbur  Search this
Babcock, R. Fayerweather  Search this
Poray, Stan  Search this
Wengenroth, Stow  Search this
Petroff, Gilmer  Search this
Kotula, Jo  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim  Search this
Sample, Paul Starrett  Search this
Cosgrave, John O'Hara  Search this
Harmon, Jim  Search this
Ulreich, Nura Woodson  Search this
Kleiber, Hans  Search this
Nesbitt, Alexander  Search this
Shane, Fred  Search this
Luneau, Omer Joachim  Search this
Ruzicka, Rudolph  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente  Search this
Komroff, Manuel  Search this
Rönnebeck, Arnold H.  Search this
Morris, Dudley  Search this
Lenski, Lois  Search this
Sharp, John  Search this
Gordon, Witold  Search this
Bemelmans, Ludwig  Search this
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Kloss, Gene  Search this
Pike, John  Search this
Whorf, John  Search this
Kent, Norman  Search this
Hunt, Peter  Search this
Kuehne, Max  Search this
Plummer, Virginia  Search this
Duvoisin, Roger  Search this
Ganso, Emil  Search this
Cook, Howard Norton  Search this
Rosenberg, James N. (James Naumburg)  Search this
Woodward, Stanley Wingate  Search this
Botke, Jessie Arms  Search this
Grant, Vernon  Search this
Hatfield, Dalzell  Search this
Jacobs, Elmer  Search this
Pescheret, Leon Rene  Search this
Woiceske, Ronau William  Search this
Lederer, Wolfgang  Search this
Kent, Rockwell  Search this
Naegele, Thomas  Search this
Roland, Conrad  Search this
Wickey, Harry  Search this
Sinclair, Gerrit Van W.  Search this
Funk, Tom  Search this
Freeman, Don  Search this
Karasz, Ilonka  Search this
Rose, Ruth Starr  Search this
Latham, Barbara  Search this
Vorst, Joseph Paul  Search this
Slotnick, Mortimer H.  Search this
Landon, Edward August  Search this
Shokler, Harry  Search this
Kronengold, Adolph  Search this
Ahgupuk, George Aden  Search this
Davis, Gladys Rockmore  Search this
Enright, Walter J. (Walter Joseph),  Search this
Wheelock, Warren  Search this
Golinkin, Joseph W. (Joseph Webster),  Search this
Sheets, Millard Owen  Search this
Luce, C. A.  Search this
Nicolett, Frank L.  Search this
King, Nettie  Search this
Landacre, Paul  Search this
Pennoyer, A. Sheldon (Albert Sheldon),  Search this
Pitz, Henry Clarence  Search this
Loeffler, Gisella  Search this
Prestopino, Gregorio  Search this
Paull, Grace  Search this
Rees, Rosalie  Search this
Denison, Harold  Search this
Shepler, Dwight  Search this
Rosenthal, Doris Patty  Search this
Dows, Olin  Search this
Nordmark, Olle  Search this
Kroll, Leon  Search this
Schaldach, William Joseph  Search this
Fitzpatrick, Daniel Robert  Search this
Nason, Thomas W. (Thomas Willoughby)  Search this
Bailey, Merrill A.  Search this
Nichols, Dale  Search this
Warneke, Heinz (Heinrich)  Search this
Laughlin, Margaret  Search this
Kantor, Martha Ryther  Search this
Bye, Ranulph  Search this
Nichols, Hobart  Search this
Huntley, Victoria Ebbels Hutson  Search this
Lewicki, James  Search this
Ruellan, Andrée  Search this
Avery, Ralph Hillyer  Search this
Buff, Conrad  Search this
Sheeler, Charles  Search this
Shelton, Alphonse Joseph  Search this
Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel)  Search this
Boyd, Fiske  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Wiggins, Myra Albert  Search this
Thieme, Anthony  Search this
Newton, Edith Whittlesey  Search this
Behncke, Nile Jurgen  Search this
Wilson, Edward Arthur  Search this
Type:
Christmas cards
Topic:
Greeting cards industry  Search this
Art  Search this
Greeting cards  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6979
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209108
AAA_collcode_amerartg
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209108

Oral history interview with Albert Christ-Janer, 1964 March 21

Interviewee:
Christ-Janer, Albert, 1910-1973  Search this
Interviewer:
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994  Search this
Subject:
Wood, Grant  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Printmakers  Search this
Authors  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Educators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11774
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213756
AAA_collcode_christ64
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213756

Oral history interview with Charles H. Sawyer, 1964

Interviewee:
Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-2005  Search this
Interviewer:
Ehrlich, Heyward  Search this
Subject:
Waters, Herbert  Search this
Woodworth, Hail  Search this
Gibbs, Howard M. (Howard Manning)  Search this
Levine, Jack  Search this
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Taylor, Francis Henry  Search this
Knaths, Karl  Search this
Zerbe, Karl  Search this
Cook, Howard Norton  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12173
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213819
AAA_collcode_sawyer64
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213819

Harry Wickey papers, 1918-1973

Creator:
Wickey, Harry, 1892-1968  Search this
Subject:
Dehn, Adolf Arthur  Search this
Robinson, Boardman  Search this
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Kent, Rockwell  Search this
Sloan, John French  Search this
Street, Frank  Search this
Pach, Walter  Search this
Arms, John Taylor  Search this
Miller, Kenneth Hayes  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Myers, Jerome  Search this
Sternberg, Harry  Search this
Grosz, George  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Prints
Topic:
Landscape prints  Search this
Lithographers  Search this
Etchers  Search this
Prints  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7445
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209603
AAA_collcode_wickharr
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209603

Whitney Museum of American Art artists' files and records, 1914-1966

Creator:
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Henri, Robert  Search this
Stella, Joseph  Search this
Cadmus, Paul  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Kuhn, Walt  Search this
Gatch, Lee  Search this
Harnett, William Michael  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Smith, David  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Karfiol, Bernard  Search this
Baziotes, William  Search this
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel)  Search this
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest)  Search this
Graves, Morris  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Sheeler, Charles  Search this
Rimmer, William  Search this
Twachtman, John Henry  Search this
Reder, Bernard  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Burlin, Paul  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Hopper, Edward  Search this
Gross, Chaim  Search this
Gorky, Arshile  Search this
Inness, George  Search this
Bellows, George  Search this
Grosz, George  Search this
Motherwell, Robert Burns  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil  Search this
Marin, John  Search this
Bloom, Hyman  Search this
Cassatt, Mary  Search this
Walkowitz, Abraham  Search this
Dickinson, Edwin Walter  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim  Search this
MacIver, Loren  Search this
Wyant, A. H. (Alexander Helwig)  Search this
Pène Du Bois, Guy  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
De Creeft, José  Search this
Evergood, Philip Howard  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel  Search this
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Rivers, Larry  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Sloan, John French  Search this
Glackens, William J. (William James)  Search this
Mount, William Sidney  Search this
Young, Mahonri Mackintosh  Search this
Ryder, Albert Pinkham  Search this
Lawson, Ernest  Search this
Lachaise, Gaston  Search this
Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice)  Search this
Whitney Studio Club  Search this
Whitney Studio Galleries  Search this
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Artists  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6584
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215886
AAA_collcode_whitmuse
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215886

Elizabeth S. Navas papers, 1939-1963

Creator:
Navas, Elizabeth S., 1885-1979  Search this
Subject:
Poor, Anne  Search this
Demuth, Charles  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Heliker, John Edward  Search this
Kuhn, Walt  Search this
Sparhawk-Jones, Elizabeth  Search this
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Bouché, Louis George  Search this
Poor, Henry Varnum  Search this
Sheeler, Charles  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest)  Search this
Morris, George L. K. (George Lovett Kingsland)  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Murdock, Louise Caldwell  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Hopper, Edward  Search this
Murdock, Roland P.  Search this
Burlin, Paul  Search this
Eakins, Thomas  Search this
Bacon, Peggy  Search this
Moyer, Roy  Search this
Kinigstein, Jonah  Search this
Callahan, Kenneth L.  Search this
Grosz, George  Search this
Oscar, Charles  Search this
Smith, Houghton Cranford  Search this
Morris, Carl A.  Search this
Gleitsmann, Raphael  Search this
Homer, Winslow  Search this
Zerbe, Karl  Search this
Brice, William  Search this
Penney, James  Search this
Kirsch, Frederick D. (Frederick Dwight),  Search this
Watkins, Franklin Chenault  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim  Search this
Marin, John  Search this
Dehn, Adolf Arthur  Search this
Pène Du Bois, Guy  Search this
James, Alexander  Search this
Lechay, James  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
De Creeft, José  Search this
Lachaise, Gaston  Search this
Cowles, Russell  Search this
Ryder, Albert Pinkham  Search this
Copley, John Singleton  Search this
Sloan, John French  Search this
Glackens, William J. (William James)  Search this
Mattson, Henry E (Henry Elis)  Search this
Williamson, Clara McDonald  Search this
Dove, Arthur Garfield  Search this
Dehner, Walt  Search this
Wichita Art Museum  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Art  Search this
Artists  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art patrons  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8075
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210246
AAA_collcode_navaeliz
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210246

Wilbur D. Peat correspondence, 1929-1936

Creator:
John Herron Art Institute  Search this
Subject:
Sheets, Nan  Search this
Borst, George H.  Search this
Evans, Virginia Bargar  Search this
Keller, Henry G.  Search this
Kuehne, Max  Search this
Waugh, Frederick Judd  Search this
Dougherty, Paul  Search this
Carian, Varaldo J.  Search this
Singer, Clyde J.  Search this
Borie, Adolphe  Search this
Simkhovitch, Simka  Search this
Redfield, Edward Willis  Search this
Grabach, John R.  Search this
Mattson, Henry E (Henry Elis)  Search this
Clear, Charles Val  Search this
Glackens, William J. (William James)  Search this
Seyffert, Leopold  Search this
Fiene, Ernest  Search this
McFee, Henry Lee  Search this
Blumenschein, Ernest Leonard  Search this
Speicher, Eugene Edward  Search this
Bell, Wenona Day  Search this
Albinson, Dewey  Search this
Ryder, Chauncey F.  Search this
Plaschke, Paul Albert  Search this
Mulhaupt, Frederick J.  Search this
Eakins, Susan Hannah Macdowell  Search this
Moffett, Ross E.  Search this
La Chance, Georges  Search this
Philipp, Robert  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Kroll, Leon  Search this
Fitzpatrick, Kelly (John Kelly)  Search this
Hunger, Bernard A.  Search this
Brook, Alexander  Search this
Tromka, Abram  Search this
Nayland, Watson  Search this
Carroll, John  Search this
Wiltz, Arnold  Search this
Lucioni, Luigi  Search this
Cohen, Max B.  Search this
Savage, Eugene  Search this
Smith, Judson Dejonge  Search this
Farnsworth, Jerry  Search this
Hopper, Edward  Search this
Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest)  Search this
King, Fanny Mahon  Search this
Wrenn, Harold Holmes  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
Rosen, Charles  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Brackman, Robert  Search this
Biddle, George  Search this
Greener, Charles T. (Charles Theodore),  Search this
Baylinson, A. S.  Search this
Cirino, Antonio  Search this
Speight, Francis  Search this
Brecher, Samuel  Search this
Peat, Wilbur David  Search this
Folinsbee, John Fulton  Search this
Wilcox, Lois  Search this
Garber, Daniel  Search this
Gilder, Robert F. (Robert Fletcher),  Search this
Higgins, Eugene  Search this
Reed, Doel  Search this
Millet, Clarence  Search this
Wood, Grant  Search this
Gruppe, Charles Paul  Search this
Davey, Randall  Search this
Myers, Jerome  Search this
Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis)  Search this
Verner, Elizabeth Quale O'Neill  Search this
Sterne, Maurice  Search this
Rush, Olive  Search this
Fabrick, Anton Piers  Search this
Sepeshy, Zoltan L. (Zoltan Leslie)  Search this
Carpenter, E. F.  Search this
Perrine, Van Dearing  Search this
Warren, Ferdinand E.  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Cikovsky, Nicolai  Search this
Eddy, Henry S. (Henry Stephens),  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold)  Search this
Dickinson, Edwin Walter  Search this
Newcombe, Warren  Search this
Klitgaard, Georgina  Search this
Phillips, Marjorie  Search this
Sewall, Edward  Search this
Peirce, Waldo  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim  Search this
Hofmeier, Miriam McKinnie  Search this
Gailor, Charlotte  Search this
Blume, Peter  Search this
Bohm, C. Curry  Search this
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Type:
Museum records
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8509
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210686
AAA_collcode_johnherr
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210686

Martyl Langsdorf papers, 1918-1977

Creator:
Martyl, 1917-2013  Search this
Subject:
Hawthorne, Charles Webster  Search this
Sequieros  Search this
Henle, Fritz  Search this
Rowan, Edward Beatty  Search this
Blanch, Arnold  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Martyl  Search this
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Dehn, Adolf Arthur  Search this
Robinson, Boardman  Search this
Janson, H. W. (Horst Woldemar),  Search this
Lee, Doris  Search this
Holty, Carl  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
ACA Galleries  Search this
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center  Search this
University of Chicago. Renaissance Society  Search this
United States. Public Buildings Administration. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Feingarten Galleries  Search this
Kovlar Gallery (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
St. Genevieve School of Art  Search this
University of Chicago.Oriental Institute  Search this
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9115
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211309
AAA_collcode_martyl
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211309

Maynard Walker Gallery records, 1847-1973

Creator:
Maynard Walker Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Henri, Robert  Search this
Hewes, Madeline  Search this
Cushing, Lily Emmet  Search this
Kuhn, Walt  Search this
Wood, Grant  Search this
Walker, Maynard  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Chumley, John  Search this
Clemens, Paul Lewis  Search this
Wolfe, Tom  Search this
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Dickinson, Preston  Search this
Lee, Doris  Search this
McBride, Henry  Search this
American British Art Center  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Topic:
Art directors  Search this
Art  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Artists  Search this
Art, Regional  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9262
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211457
AAA_collcode_maynwalk
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211457

Margaret D. Engle letters from artists, 1937-1943

Creator:
Engle, Margaret D.  Search this
Subject:
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Wood, Grant  Search this
Dehn, Adolf Arthur  Search this
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Type:
Illustrated letters
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7014
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209147
AAA_collcode_englmarg
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209147

Norman Bassett papers, 1936-1954

Creator:
Bassett, Norman, 1891-  Search this
Subject:
Curry, John Steuart  Search this
Kent, Rockwell  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8321
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210493
AAA_collcode_bassnorm
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210493

John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers

Creator:
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946  Search this
Names:
Curry, Kathleen, 1899-  Search this
Extent:
10.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Video recordings
Photographs
Sketches
Interviews
Date:
1848-1999
Summary:
The papers of painter, muralist, and illustrator John Steuart Curry, and Curry family papers, measure 10.1 linear feet and date from 1848 to 1999. Papers document his career and family history through certificates, correspondence, photographs, clippings, contracts, receipts, inventories, writings, notes, and other materials. The papers contain particularly rich documentation of Curry's period as artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin, from 1936 to 1946. Mural projects in Kansas, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin are also documented.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of painter, muralist, and illustrator John Steuart Curry, and Curry family papers, measure 10.1 linear feet and date from 1848 to 1999. Papers document his career and family history through certificates, correspondence, photographs, clippings, contracts, receipts, inventories, writings, notes, and other materials. The papers contain particularly rich documentation of Curry's period as artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin, from 1936 to 1946. Mural projects in Kansas, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin are also documented.

Biographical Materials include chronologies, biographical narratives, genealogical notes, certificates and awards, and other ephemera related to Curry and his family. Family Correspondence includes the earliest records created by Curry himself, including letters home from art school and from the East Coast during his early career.

Correspondence and Project files document mural projects, appearances, gallery relationships, and other activities from the early 1930s until his death in 1946 with correspondence, photographs, clippings, contracts, writings, and other miscellany. Subject files include pictorial reference and research files created by Curry for subjects depicted in his murals and paintings. Curry's writings include essays, lectures, interviews, and notes related to his technical and philosophical approach to art, as well as notes from his various travels, and essays by others about Curry. Personal Business Records contain records of artwork, business transactions, and personal finances.

Print Materials include print copies of published artwork by Curry, including magazine illustrations from Curry's early career. Extensive clippings, exhibition catalogs, and a scrapbook created by Curry as a youth are also found. Photographs depict Curry throughout his life in formal portraits, candid snapshots, and publicity photographs, with a significant number of photographs depicting Curry creating and posing with his artwork. The Artwork series contains a few sketches by Curry and seven canvases used for testing art materials. Additional sketches are found in Subject Files and scrapbooks.

Estate Papers contain materials dated after Curry's death in 1946 and mainly document the activities of Kathleen Curry in managing her husband's estate from 1946 until her death in 2001. Estate papers contain writings about Curry, correspondence, inventories of artwork, and alphabetical files documenting sales, exhibitions, and other projects.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into ten series:

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1911-1993 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Family Correspondence, 1916-1946 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Correspondence and Project Files, 1928-1946 (Boxes 1-3, OV 11; 2.3 linear feet)

Series 4: Subject Files, 1848-1946 (Boxes 3-4, OV 11-12; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 5: Notes and Writings, circa 1911-1946 (Box 4; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1916-1952 (Box 4, OV 13; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Print Materials, 1918-1985 (Boxes 4-5, 10; OV 12-13; 1.6 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1900-1998 (Boxes 5-6, OV 14; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 9: Artwork, 1941, undated (Box 7, OV 12, 14, 15; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 10: Estate Papers, circa 1946-1999 (Boxes 7-9 and rolled document; 2.3 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Painter, muralist, and illustrator John Steuart Curry is considered one of the three important painters of the American Regionalist movement, along with Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri and Grant Wood of Iowa. Curry was born in north-eastern Kansas in 1897, and grew up on his family's farm. Curry left high school to attend the Kansas City Art Institute briefly, and then studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1916 with Edward J. Timmons and John Norton. Curry later spent a year in Paris studying with Basil Schoukhaieff in 1926 and 1927.

Curry began his career as a freelance illustrator in Leonia, New Jersey, under the influence of Harvey Dunn. Curry's illustrations were widely published in illustrated magazines such as Boy's Life, Country Gentleman, and Saturday Evening Post in the early 1920s. He married Clara Derrick in 1923 and lived in Greenwich Village, and then Westport, Connecticut, from 1924 to 1936. Derrick died in 1932, and in 1934 Curry married Kathleen Gould.

Curry's career shifted from illustration to painting during the 1920s and 1930s, bolstered by success in exhibitions and sales. Exhibits included the National Academy of Design (1924), the Corcoran Gallery (1927-1928), a solo exhibition at the Whitney Studio Club (1930), and the Carnegie International Exhibition (1933). Early sales include Baptism in Kansas, purchased by the Whitney in 1930, and Spring Shower, purchased by the Metropolitan Museum in 1932. Curry taught at Cooper Union (1932-1934) and the Art Student's League (1932-1934), and painted his first murals in Westport under the Federal Art Project in 1934.

In 1936, he was appointed artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture as part of a rural art program developed by rural sociologist John Burton. The purpose of his residency was to serve as an educational resource for rural people of the state. Curry stayed in this position until his death in 1946, carrying out the program's mission through lectures and visits with dozens of art and civic groups around the state, and by making himself available to rural artists through correspondence and guidance in his studio. He also helped to organize annual rural art exhibitions for UW's Farm and Home Week beginning in 1940. In return for his work, he was given a salary and a studio on campus and the freedom to execute his own work as he chose.

Under the Federal Art Program's Section of Painting and Sculpture, Curry completed two murals in the Justice Department building in Washington in 1936, Westward Migration and Justice Defeating Mob Violence, and two murals in the Department of the Interior building in 1938, The Homestead and The Oklahoma Land Rush. A design that was rejected by the government for the Justice building, a mural entitled Freeing of the Slaves, was later executed at the University of Wisconsin in their law library. From 1938 to 1940, Curry worked on murals for the state house rotunda in Topeka, Kansas admist a stormy, public controversy over his dramatic depiction of Kansas history. The legislature effectively blocked Curry's completion of the project through a formal resolution not to remove marble that was blocking areas that were part of Curry's design. Infuriated, Curry left the unfinished murals unsigned, and later derided the state frequently for the treatment he received. The Kansas State legislature issued a formal apology and appreciation of the completed murals in the 1990s.

Despite the lack of appreciation of his home state, Curry did receive recognition elsewhere during his lifetime as an artist of national importance. He continued to paint and exhibit in the art centers of the East Coast. In 1941, he won the Gold Medal Award at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts exhibition, and in the 1942 Artists For Victory exhibition, he won the top prize for Wisconsin Landscape. Curry's book illustrations were in high demand, and he contributed to books such as My Friend Flicka, editions of Lincoln's and Emerson's writings, and Wisconsin writer August Derleth's The Wisconsin. A biography of Curry written by Laurence Schmeckebier was published in 1942.

Curry died in 1946 of heart failure. A retrospective that had been planned for the living artist opened less than a month after his death at the Milwaukee Art Institute. His wife, Kathleen Curry, maintained his estate until her death, in 2001, at the age of 102. Additional retrospective exhibitions were held at Syracuse University in 1956 and in the Kansas State Capitol in 1970. In 1998, the exhibition "John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West" was organized at the University of Wisconsin and traveled to the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art holds an oral history interview with Kathleen Curry regarding John Steuart Curry conducted in 1990 and 1992.
Separated Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reels 164-168 and 4574-4576) including 98 sketchbooks, 1919-1942; a ledger, 1938-1946, of expenses with four loose letters to John Steuart Curry in Italian and Spanish; a notebook, 1932-1938, titled "Account and records of works, etc."; a journal, undated, of drafts of poems, and approximately 50 sketches. Loaned materials were returned to the lender some of which were subsequently donated to the Worcester Museum of Art in Worcester, Massachusetts. This material is not described in the collection container inventory.

John Steuart Curry memorabilia received with the Kathleen Curry's donation in 1979 (baby cup, baby dress, overalls, medals, paint box, watercolor box, 2 photographs) were transferred to the Spencer Museum of Art in 1985.
Provenance:
John Steuart Curry's widow, Kathleen Curry, lent materials on reels 164-168 for microfilming in 1971. In 1979, she subsequently donated portions of the material lent, along with additional items, some of which were transferred to Spencer Museum of Art. In 1972, Mildred Curry Fike, John Steuart Curry's sister, gave material and R. Eugene Curry, a brother, donated more material in 1975 and 1993. Ellen Schuster, John Steuart Curry's daughter, donated the home movies in 1973 and Daniel Schuster, John Steuart Curry's son-in-law, gave additional papers in 1991 in 1992, 1995, and 1999. In 1992, 1999 and 2000, additions were received from Kathleen Curry that may contain material previously filmed as a loan on reels 164-168.
Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Access to undigitized portions requires an appointment.
Rights:
The John Steuart Curry 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.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Video recordings
Photographs
Sketches
Interviews
Citation:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1900-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.currjohn
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Miscellaneous D-E

Collection Creator:
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1928, 1939-1945
Scope and Contents note:
(Dayton Art Institute, James Daugherty)
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Access to undigitized portions requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The John Steuart Curry 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.
Collection Citation:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1900-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers / Series 3: Correspondence and Project Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-currjohn-ref100

Dance Players, Inc.

Collection Creator:
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1941-1942
Scope and Contents note:
(Eugene Loring, Winthrop B. Palmer; concerning decorations for a ballet of Carl Sandburg's "The Prairie")
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Access to undigitized portions requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The John Steuart Curry 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.
Collection Citation:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1900-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers / Series 3: Correspondence and Project Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-currjohn-ref102

Davis, Vachel

Collection Creator:
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946  Search this
Extent:
(2 folders)
Container:
Box 2, Folder 12-13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940-1945
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Access to undigitized portions requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The John Steuart Curry 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.
Collection Citation:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1900-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers / Series 3: Correspondence and Project Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-currjohn-ref104
Additional Online Media:

Dodd, Lamar

Collection Creator:
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1939-1945
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Access to undigitized portions requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The John Steuart Curry 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.
Collection Citation:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1900-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers / Series 3: Correspondence and Project Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-currjohn-ref105

Educational Policies Commission

Collection Creator:
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1941
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Access to undigitized portions requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The John Steuart Curry 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.
Collection Citation:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1900-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers / Series 3: Correspondence and Project Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-currjohn-ref106

Encyclopedia Brittanica

Collection Creator:
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1943-1946
Scope and Contents note:
(also contains receipts)
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Access to undigitized portions requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The John Steuart Curry 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.
Collection Citation:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1900-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers / Series 3: Correspondence and Project Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-currjohn-ref107

Esquire Magazine

Collection Creator:
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1938-1943
Scope and Contents note:
(Eric Lundgren and Arnold Gingrich)
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Access to undigitized portions requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The John Steuart Curry 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.
Collection Citation:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1900-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers / Series 3: Correspondence and Project Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-currjohn-ref109

Miscellaneous F

Collection Creator:
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1937-1946
Scope and Contents note:
(Hulda Reiter Fischer)
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Access to undigitized portions requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The John Steuart Curry 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.
Collection Citation:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1900-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers
John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers / Series 3: Correspondence and Project Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-currjohn-ref111

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