Roy Moyer papers, 1923-2013, bulk dates 1950-2000

Moyer, Roy, b. 1921 d. 2007
Curator, Painter
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 2.7 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of artist and arts administrator Roy Moyer measure 2.7 linear feet and date from 1923 to 2013, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1950 to 2000. The materials also conern to a limited degree Moyer's life partner, artist and art historian, Karl Lunde. Moyer's career is documented by writings, photographs of his artwork and exhibiton installations, as well as printed materials concerning exhibitions and his participation in cultural and community activities. There is limited correspondence or material of a personal nature.

Biographical materials consist of biographical sketches of Moyer, hand written lists of sold paintings and purchasers, Moyer's diploma from Columbia University (M.A.,1947), and a 1977 award from the National Academy of Design in New York. Scattered letters concern Moyer's exhibited paintings and his participation at art related conferences.

Subject files include multiple exhibitions at single galleries, materials concerning Karl Lunde, Moyer's employment at The American Federation of the Arts and UNICEF, and his contributions to book projects. Writings include a substantial essay or book draft, short articles and student papers.

Printed materials document Moyer's exhibition history and his participation as speaker or panelist at cultural events in the capacity of art critic or art historian. Some items mention Moyer as Director of The American Federation of the Arts in an endorsement capacity.

Original artwork by Moyer includes pencil drawings of nudes and a small book of works on paper, including figures and still lifes in color. There are two drawings of unknown origin, one of Moyer and one which appears to be Moyer and Lunde together.

Photographs are of Moyer, Moyer with Lunde, their apartment, and Moyer with colleagues. Also found are photographs of Moyer's artwork (some in color) and exhibition installations.

Biographical/Historical Note: Artist and arts administrator Roy Moyer (1921-2007) and his life partner, artist and art historian, Karl Lunde (1931-2009), lived and worked in the New York City area.

The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2011 by Karl Lunde.

How to Use this Collection

  • Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
  • For more information on using the Archives’ resources, see the FAQ or Ask Us.

Also in the Archives

Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Roy Moyer conducted by Paul Cummings in 1975.