Bernard Childs papers, 1952-1998

Childs, Bernard, b. 1910 d. 1985
Painter, Printmaker
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 4.0. linear feet (partially microfilmed on 2 reels)

Collection Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, subject files, a scrapbook, photographs and slides, printed material, and an audio recording of a lecture by Childs.

Biographical material includes a November 1990 typescript of a lecture given by Judith Childs, Bernard Child's wife, about Childs. Correspondence is with colleagues, friends and museums regarding Childs' works of art, exhibitions, and works of art by Jackson Pollock, Juliette Hamélécourt and others. Correspondents include Lee Mullican, Gertrude Perrin (Perrin collection), Len Lye, Alan Fern (National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution) and others.

Subject files pertain to artists, works of art, exhibitions, publications, teaching, travel and other activities. Photographs and slides are of Childs, his family, friends and his works of art. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, posters, and newspaper clippings regarding Childs and other artists.

REEL 81: Correspondence, some concerning Guggenheim application; articles, catalogs, clippings, and teaching material.

REEL 72: Correspondence with [Frederick] Rahr, personal notes, and notebooks.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter and printmaker; New York, N.Y.

Material on reels 72 & 81 lent for microfilming 1971 by Bernard Childs. Bernard Childs donated unmicrofilmed material 1980-82. Additional unfilmed material donated in 2004 by Judith Childs, widow of Bernard Childs.

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