Ross and Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett papers, circa 1870-1992

Moffett, Ross E., b. 1888 d. 1971
Painter, Landscape painter
Active in Provincetown, Mass.

Moffett, Dorothy Lake Gregory, b. 1893 d. 1975
Painter, Illustrator, Etcher, Lithographer
Active in Provincetown,Mass.

Collection size: 7.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Ross and Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett papers measure 7.8 linear feet and date from circa 1870 to 1992. Because Dorothy Moffett's papers were received separately they are filed together in Series 13. Series 1-12 deal primarily with the life and career of Ross Moffett. The collection documents Ross Moffett's participation in the Provincetown community as an artist and resident through correspondence, photographs, sketchbooks and printed material, including published writings, news clippings, press releases, and exhibition catalogs. The papers of Dorothy Moffett include family letters, photographs, a journal and original artwork providing scattered documentation of her life and career as an a printmaker and illustrator.

Biographical/Historical Note: Ross E. Moffett was a painter, landscape painter and mural painter in Provincetown, Mass. Born Clearfield, Iowa. Studied with Charles Hawthorne and at the Art Institute of Chicago. Officer of the Provincetown Art Association and author of its history, "Art in Narrow Streets." His wife, Dorothy Lake Gregory, was a lithographer, painter, etcher, and illustrator; Provincetown, Mass. She studied with Charles Hawthorne and at Pratt Institute, the Art Student's League and in Paris and Munich.

Material on reel D80 lent for microfilming 1962 by Ross Moffett. Remainder donated 1974 by his widow, Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett (died 1975), via Ross Moffett's biographer, Josephine Del Deo, who turned them over in installments. Funding for the processing and microfilming of material on reels 4924-29 was provided by a grant from the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation, Boston, Mass. Archaeological material and artifacts received with the papers were donated to the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.

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Related resources in the Archives of American Art include a sound recording of a transcribed interview with Ross Moffett by Dorothy Seckler, August 27, 1962; and a sound recording of an untranscribed interview with Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett by Robert F. Brown, September 22, 1972.
In addition to the papers donated to the Archives of American Art a loan was received in 1962 and microfilmed on reel D80. The loan includes 150 letters relating to art organizations and museums; letters relating to government art projects; news clippings; records of the Provincetown Art Association and the Emergency Committee for the Protection of Province Lands; and miscellaneous publications.