George Tooker papers, 1932-1973

Tooker, George, b. 1920
Painter, Printmaker
Active in New York, N.Y.; Vt.

Collection size: 2.1 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 3 reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence; sketches and sketchbooks; photographs; 3 volumes of vocal scores; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; printed material; and miscellany.

REELS 678-679: Correspondence, 1932-1973, from Monroe Wheeler, Edward Laning, Isabel Bishop, Margaret French, Theodoros Stamos, Lincoln Kirstein, Paul Cadmus, Ralph Ginzburg, Xavier Gonzalez, William Christopher, Bernard Perlin, and others; 199 sketches done for a Reginald Marsh class, ca. 1944; 11 sketchbooks; 64 exhibition catalogs and announcements; magazine articles and other printed material; and clippings. Also included are papers relating to THE SAINT OF BLEEKER STREET, an opera by Gian Carlo Menotti for which Tooker designed sets (including 3 v. of vocal scores, 1954, which were not microfilmed); and miscellany.

REEL 692: 209 photographs, mostly of George Tooker, Paul Cadmus, William Christopher, Jared and Margaret French. Included are photographs taken by George Platt Lynes.

Biographical/Historical Note: George Tooker (1920-2011) was a painter and printmaker in Hartland, Vt.

Donated 1973 by George Tooker.

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