Donald Bear papers, 1923-1960

Bear, Donald, b. 1905 d. 1952
Art critic, Painter, Museum director
Active in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Collection size: 2.0 linear ft. (on 3 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence, writings, notes, photographs, catalogs, printed material, and scrapbooks.

REELS 1713-1715: 285 letters; drafts and notes for lectures, critical works, and radio talks; paper relating to the design of the "Contemporary American Art" exhibit at the New York's World Fair; a curriculum vitae; essays by other individuals, including Jules Lansner and Anne Fremantle; photographs of Bear's art works; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; periodicals; and printed material.

REEL 1286: Three scrapbooks of clippings, including articles written by Bear while director of the Denver Art Museum and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Biographical/Historical Note: Museum director, critic, author, and artist; Santa Barbara, Calif.; b. 1905; d. 1952; full name: Donald Jeffries Bear.

Lent and donated by Esther Bear, widow of Bear.

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