William Chapin Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995

Seitz, William Chapin, b. 1914 d. 1974
Painter, Art historian
Active in Charlottesville, Va.

Collection size: 32.5 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of educator, painter, and art historian William Chapin Seitz measure 32.5 linear feet and date from circa 1930-1995. The collection includes biographical information, correspondence, notebooks, subject and people files, thesis research files, interviews and lecture recordings, teaching files, personal business records, scattered printed materials, photographs, and artwork. The bulk of the papers focus on Seitz's research and teaching career.

Biographical/Historical Note: William Chapin Seitz (1914-1974) was an art historian and painter from Charlottesville, Va., who taught at the University of Virginia.

The William Chapin Seitz papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Seitz's widow, Irma Seitz, in 1975 and 2003. A transcript of an interview with Mark Tobey by Seitz was donated by Rebecca Massie Lane in 1988. Seitz gave these transcripts to Lane for her graduate work and they remined in her possession after his death.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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The Museum of Modern Art Archives in New York City holds the William C. Seitz papers which contain exhibition files and records relating to an interview with Marcel Duchamp. Correspondence relating to the debate concerning the viability of Seitz's dissertation are found in the Alfred H. Barr, Jr. papers also at the Museum of Modern Art Archives.