Dore Ashton papers, 1849, 1931-2014

Ashton, Dore, b. 1928
Art critic, Educator, Author
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 41.5 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of Dore Ashton measure 41.5 linear feet and date from 1931-2014, with one letter in the Joseph Cornell subject file dating from 1849. The records document Dore Ashton's career as an art critic, historian and educator, with particular depth for the period of 1952 through 1990. The collection contains a small amount of biographical material, as well as correspondence, writings, subject files, printed materials, artwork, and reference photographs of artworks. Among the papers are an unprocessed addition of 28.7 linear feet dating from circa 1960-2014, which includes biographical information; personal correspondence with artists such as Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, and Mark Rothko; journals and essays by Ashton; subject files pertaining to Ashton's writing and research; and photographs of Ashton's family and friends.

Biographical/Historical Note: Dore Ashton (1928-) is an art critic, author, and educator living in New York, New York.

The Dore Ashton papers were donated 1982, 1997, 2011 by Dore Ashton and in 2016 by Ashton and her daughter Paris Devereaux.

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Among the holdings of the Archives is an oral history interview with Dore Ashton conducted November 21, 2010 by George W. Sampson, for the Archives of American Arts Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project.
Dore Ashton papers are also located at Emory University Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.