James Brooks papers, 1928-1983

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

Collection size: 18.7 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, writings, subject files, personal business records, photographs, artwork, transcripts of interviews and printed materials relating to painter, James Brooks.

REEL N69-132: Correspondence, transcripts of interviews, photographs, printed material.

REELS 292-293: Professional correspondence, writings, photographs

UNMICROFILMED: Personal correspondence, financial material, photographs, works of art.

2013 ADDITION: This addition includes the bulk of the collection and contains biographical material including resumes, certificates, calendars, and military papers. Correspondence is both personal and professional and is inclusive of Brooks' wife, Charlotte's correspondence. Writings are by or about Brooks and include diaries, notes, essays, and articles. Brooks' personal business records document the sale of his paintings, his conservation files, and mailing and invitation lists. Photographs are of Brooks, his family, his artwork, and his travels. Artwork includes sketches, drawings, and a bookplate by Brooks. Photographs document Brooks' professional and personal life and travels as well as his works of art. Subject files include Brooks' exhibitions, murals, his teaching files, and The James and Charlotte Brooks Foundation. Interviews are with Brooks and include transcripts. Printed material includes exhibitions catalogs and announcements, periodicals, clippings, and miscellaneous printed items pertaining to both James and Charlotte Park Brooks.

Biographical/Historical Note: James Brooks (1902-1992) was a painter in East Hampton, N.Y. Brooks studied under Kimon Nicolaides and Boardman Robinson. He served as an artist in the War Dept. and during the Depression he painted murals for federal art programs. He was married to artist Charlotte Park Brooks.

Lent for microfilming 1969 by Brooks and partially donated 1969-1979 with additional material. The bulk of the collection donated 2013 by James Brooks via the James and Charlotte Brooks Foundation, Kathryn B. Dodson, President.

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  • Microfilm reels N69-132 and 292-293 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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    2013 ADDITION: ACCESS RESTRICTED: Use requires written permission.
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