James Brooks papers, 1909-2010, bulk 1930-2010

Brooks, James, b. 1906 d. 1992
Active in East Hampton, N.Y.

Collection size: 18.7 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of Abstract Expressionist painter James Brooks measure 18.7 linear feet and are dated 1909-2010, bulk 1930-2010. Correspondence, subject files, personal business records, printed material and a sound recording document his painting career, interests, professional and personal activities. Also found are biographical materials, interviews, writings, and art work. The collection also includes papers of his wife, abstract expressionist painter Charlotte Park, regarding her painting career, personal life, activities as executor of James Brooks' estate, and some material concerning the James Brooks and Charlotte Park Brooks Foundation.

Biographical/Historical Note: James Brooks (1906-1992) was an Abstract Expressionist painter in East Hampton, New York. Brooks studied under Kimon Nicolaides and Boardman Robinson. He served as an artist in the War Department and during the Depression he painted murals for federal art programs. He was married to artist Charlotte Park Brooks.

The James Brooks papers, donated by James Brooks in 1979, included most of the material borrowed for microfilming in 1969. The majority of the collection, including papers of his artist wife Charlotte Park, was donated by the James Brooks and Charlotte Park Brooks Foundation in 2013.

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Correspondence, interview transcripts, photographs, and printed material were loaned by James Brooks for microfilming in 1969 (reel N69-132). With the exception of an address book, a scrapbook, and a few photographs, Brooks donated almost all of the loan in 1979.
Also among the Archives of American Art's holdings are letters from James Brooks and Sean Scully, 1980-1989 addressed to Theodora ["Teddy"] S. Greenbaum, and an oral history interview with James Brooks conducted by Dorothy Seckler, 1965 June 10 and June 12.