Guy Pène Du Bois papers, circa 1900-1963

Du Bois, Guy Pène, b. 1884 d. 1958
Art critic, Painter
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 1.8 linear feet (partially microfilmed on 3 reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence; a passport; 2 diaries; sketches and etching proofs; writings; business records; printed material; and a photograph.

REEL 28: Correspondence, 1929-1958, with friends and colleagues including Royal Cortissoz, Edward Hopper, Antoinette Kraushaar, Homer Saint-Gaudens, Raphael Soyer, Forbes Watson, and with family members, primarily Du Bois' son William; balance sheets and sales invoices from the Kraushaar Art Galleries, 1937-1944; a literary contract, 1930; a passport, 1929; an Academician certificate from the National Academy of Design, 1940; an award certificate, 1942; miscellaneous short essays; 4 clippings, 1943-1949; 5 exhibition catalogs, 1920-1960; a brochure for the Guy Pene Du Bois School of Art, 1940; miscellaneous printed material,; and a photograph of 2 unidentified women.

REEL 29: Four hundred forty-one sketches and etching proofs, 1903-1956.

REEL 2008: Two diaries with sporadic, but fairly lengthy entries from September 8, 1913 to April 2, 1955.

UNMICROFILMED: A letter from Margaret Kalff concerning "The Letters of Frederick van Eeden", 1908; 12 letters from Du Bois to friends and colleagues including Sam Golden, Lincoln Isham, and George Macy, 1945-1949; 3 letters from the MAGAZINE OF ART, 1947, Sam Golden, 1947, and THE SATURDAY REVIEW, 1949; 8 sketches; a book contract, 1939; miscellaneous notes; miscellaneous short stories, essays including "Denys Wortman", "Eyes are Windows", and "Realism", and drafts for book ARTISTS SAY THE SILLIEST THINGS; clippings, 1920-1963; and a catalog for the "Face of America" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, 1957.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, critic; New York, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Du Bois studied at The Chase School under William Merritt Chase, Frank Vincent Dumond, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and Robert Henri from 1899-1905, and was monitor of Henri's class. He was an assistant to Royal Cortissoz on the NEW YORK TRIBUNE in 1916, and became art critic for the NEW YORK EVENING POST from 1917-1918.

Material on reel 28 and unmicrofilmed donated 1971 by Yvonne McKenney, Du Bois' daughter; reel 29 lent for microfilming 1970 by McKenney and William Pene Du Bois; reel 2008 lent for microfilming 1980 by Willa Kim, wife of William Pene Du Bois.

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