Arthur and Helen Torr Dove papers, 1905-1975, 1920-1946

Dove, Arthur Garfield, b. 1880 d. 1946
Painter, Illustrator
Active in Geneva, N.Y.

Dove, Helen Torr, b. 1886 d. 1967
Painter
Active in Geneva,N.Y.; Centerpoint,N.Y.

The papers of Arthur and Helen Torr Dove were digitized in 2006 by the Archives of American Art. The papers have been partially scanned and total 6,521 images. Materials which were not scanned include duplicate originals, photocopies, tax records, and photographs of artwork.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


Collection size: 3.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of Arthur and Helen Torr Dove measure 3 linear feet and date from 1905 to 1975, with the bulk of material dating from 1920 to 1946. Arthur Dove's life as an artist, and his life with the artist Helen Torr, are documented in biographical narratives, personal documents, an audio recording, correspondence, diaries, essays, poetry, notes, exhibition catalogs, clippings, magazine illustrations, pamphlets, receipts, an accounting ledger, tax records, sketches, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note: Arthur Garfield Dove (1880-1946) and Helen Torr Dove were painters from Geneva and Centerport, N.Y. Born in Canandaigua, N.Y., Arthur Dove settled in New York City in 1903, becoming an illustrator for popular magazines, including Harper's, Scribner's, and Century. Lived in Paris 1907-1909, where he became acquainted with modern art through friend Alfred Maurer. After 1910 Dove began exhibiting frequently at Alfred Stieglitz's gallery and Duncan Phillips became one of his most important patrons. Married painter Helen Torr Weed "Reds" in 1930.

Loaned by William Dove, Arthur Dove's son, for microfilming in several increments between 1970 and 1975. Subsequently donated by William Dove via the Terry Distenfass Gallery of New York City in multiple accessions between 1982 and 1989, with two major exceptions: 177 letters from Alfred Stieglitz, sixteen letters from Georgia O'Keeffe, and two letters from William Einstein; and Arthur Dove's card catalog of paintings, a photocopy of which had been loaned for microfilming. The papers were digitized in 2006.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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  • The bulk of this collection was digitized in 2006 and is available on the Archives of American Art website. Materials which were not scanned include duplicate originals, photocopies, tax records, and photographs of artwork. Exhibition catalogs and publications that reference Dove have been partially scanned, including title pages and pages which mention Dove and Torr. Material loaned for microfilming is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 725 and 2803 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Loaned material are not described in this finding aid.
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Arthur Dove's letters from Alfred Stieglitz (1918-1946) and Georgia O'Keeffe (1921-1948), and two letters from William Einstein (1937), were originally loaned to the Archives of American Art for microfilming. The original letters were later donated to the Beinecke Library at Yale University, which holds the Stieglitz/O'Keeffe Archives. These letters can be viewed on microfilm reel 725 at the Archives of American Art.
Photocopies of Arthur Dove's card catalog of paintings were discarded after microfilming and can be viewed on reel 2803.