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

Collection Summary: The papers of painter and art critic Guy Pène Du Bois measure 1.8 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 1963 with the bulk of the materials dating from 1920 to 1963. Found within the papers are biographical material; personal and professional correspondence, including letters from Royal Cortissoz and Edward Hopper; writings, including essays, short stories, and drafts of the autobiography "Artists Say the Silliest Things"; personal business records; printed material; and artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter and art critic Guy Pène Du Bois (1884-1958) lived and worked in New York City, New York and was known for his realist paintings, essays, and art reviews.

The Guy Pène Du Bois papers were donated by Du Bois' daughter, Yvonne McKenney, in 1971.

Processing of this collection was funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Sketches and etching proofs were loaned in 1970 for microfilming on reel 29 and returned to Du Bois' children Yvonne McKenney and William Pßene Du Bois. In 1980 two diaries dating from 1913 to 1955, were loaned for microfilming on reel 2008 by Du Bois' daughter-in-law Willa Kim. Loaned material is available at Archives of American Art offices and for interlibrary loan but is not described in the container listing of the finding aid.
The Archives also holds the Guy Pßene Du Bois and Mary Lightfoot Tarleton correspondence.