Agnes Rindge Claflin papers concerning Alexander Calder, 1936-circa 1970s

Claflin, Agnes Rindge, b. 1900 d. 1977
Educator, Arts administrator, Collector
Active in N.Y.

This site provides access to the papers of Agnes Rindge Claflin concerning Alexander Calder in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2010. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 71 images.

Collection size: 28 items

Collection Summary: The papers of arts administrator, collector, and educator Agnes Rindge Claflin concerning Alexander Calder are comprised of 28 items and date from 1936-circa 1970s. Included are five letters and one postcard from Alexander Calder to Claflin, two of which are illustrated; two handwritten manuscripts by Calder, one untitled and "A Propos of Measuring a Mobile," 1943; an invitation to a Calder exhibition at Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1952; and 14 photographs of Calder, of Calder and Claflin in Calder's studio, of Calder's art work, and of a Calder exhibition installation at Vassar Art Gallery, 1942. One photograph depicting an event is possibly the opening of the Calder exhibition at Vassar Art Gallery, 1942. Also included are two polaroid photographs most likely from the 1970s. Transcriptions of three of the letters and both manuscripts are also included.

Biographical/Historical Note: Agnes Rindge Claflin (1900-1977) was an educator and collector, and director of Vassar Art Gallery.

Donated 1981 by Philip W. Claflin, widower of Agnes Claflin.

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Related Materials

The Archives of American Art holds several collections related to the Agnes Rindge Claflin papers concerning Alexander Calder, including the Alexander Calder papers which have been fully digitized; Alexander Calder letters and photographs microfilmed on reel 4781; Alexander Calder letter microfilmed on reel 2787, frames 963-970; and an oral history interview with Alexander Calder, October 26, 1971, available as a transcript online.