Roi Partridge papers, 1909-2003, bulk 1909-1984

Partridge, Roi, b. 1888 d. 1984
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

Collection size: 1.0 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The papers of California printmaker and educator Roi Partridge measure 1.0 linear foot and date from 1909-2003, with the bulk of the material dated 1909-1984. Found here are scattered correspondence, notes and writings, a scrapbook, printed material, and photographs. Several of the documents date from the time Partridge was married to photographer Imogen Cunningham, particularly family correspondence and a travel log of family car camping trips to the west. The same travel log documents one sketching trip Partridge made with Eugen Neuhaus.

Biographical/Historical Note: Roi Partridge (1888-1984) was a printmaker and educator in Oakland, Calif. Prominent West Coast etcher, born in Centralia, Wash., married to photographer Imogen Cunningham, divorced, 1934. Taught at Mills College, Oakland, Calif. He also illustrated several important books including Creative Art, English Studio, Art and Archeology, Prints, and Aesthetic Judgment.

Gryffyd Partridge donated his father's papers to the Archives of American art in 1992 and 1995. A final gift was received from Janet [Mrs. Gryffyd] Partridge in 2003.

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A portion of the gifts received from Gryffyd Partridge were separated and filed with the Imogen Cunningham papers, some of which had been earlier donated by Gryffyd.
The Archives of American Art holds the papers of Imogen Cunningham, Partridge's first wife, which contain additional Partridge family correspondence and photographs. An untranscribed oral history interview of Roi Partridge conducted by Steve Steinberg in 1980 is also available.