Adam A. Sanders papers, 1914-1961

Sanders, Adam A., b. 1889
Sculptor, Writer
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 0.4 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 2 reels)

Collection Summary: Writings, photographs, sketches, printed material, and letters. REEL 98: Autobiographical sketch; exhibition catalogs; clippings about Sanders; pencil sketches, photographs of Sanders and his work; and three printed essays by Sanders, COSMOGONY, THE PRINCIPLE OF ALTOFORM, and THE THEORY OF ALTOFORM. REEL 284: Letters from Fred Hovey Allen, art commissioner of the Hotel Majestic in New York City arranging for a hotel sculpture studio for Sanders; letters from an early art patron, Harriet Bishop Lanier; copies of THE THEORY OF ALTOFORM and THE PRINCIPLES OF ALTOFORM; sketches; photographs; and clippings. UNMICROFILMED: Photographs of Sanders's works; sketches; pamphlets on the theory of altoform; clippings; and miscellaneous printed materials.

Biographical/Historical Note: Sculptor, writer; New York City. Sanders's theory of altoform explains the reason for elongation of the human figure in art, particularly American.

Donated 1971-1972 by Sanders.

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