William Chapin Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995

A Finding Aid to the William Chapin Seitz Papers, circa 1930-1995, in the Archives of American Art, by Jayna Hanson

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Biographical Information

William Chapin Seitz (1914-1974) was an art historian and scholar, painter, educator, and museum curator who worked primarily in New York and Virginia. He completed the first dissertation on Abstract Expressionism while a student at Princeton University in 1955.

Born in 1914 in Buffalo, New York, William Chapin Seitz studied at the Albright Art School at the University of Buffalo and the Art Institute of Buffalo. Seitz met artist Irma J. Siegelman, whom he married in 1938. Due to the Depression, he left school and worked with the Federal Arts Project in New York City in the 1930s and worked as an aircraft fuel cell deigner for the Hewitt Rubber Company during World War II. Returning to the University of Buffalo after the war, Seitz completed his undergraduate degree and remained by accepting a teaching job.

Although he saw success as a painter and exhibited in one-man shows, Seitz focused his career in academia and enrolled at Princeton University for a graduate degree in Art History. Princeton faculty held divided views on Seitz's desire to write a dissertation on the Abstract Expressionist movement and debated the subject for over a year. Seitz's dissertation topic was eventually approved and in addition to writing the first dissertation on Abstract Expressionism, Seitz received the first PhD in Modern Art from Princeton. Seitz remained at Princeton as an assistant professor and advised students such as Frank Stella.

In 1960, he accepted a job as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. At MOMA, Seitz curated The Art of Assemblage (1961), The Responsive Eye (1965), and an exhibition on Monet (1960). Other MOMA exhibitions focused on artists Mark Tobey, Arshile Gorky, and Hans Hofmann. Additionally, he served as director of the Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University from 1965-1970. During that time, Seitz organized the United States exhibition at the Ninth Biennial in Sao Paulo (1967) and the Seventh Biennial of Canadian Painting (1968). In 1971, Seitz returned to teaching at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and was the Visiting Kress Professor at the National Gallery of Art from 1972-1973.

In addition to his successes in painting, education, and the curatorial field, Seitz was an accomplished writer. He published many articles, essays, and books on art and artists including Art in the Age of Aquarius, on which he worked until his death.

William Seitz died of cancer in 1974.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of educator, painter, and art historian William Chapin Seitz measure 32.1 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 materials consist of resumes and CV's, identification cards including one from the WPA, documents from the memorial held at the University of Virginia for Seitz, poetry written by Irma for William on their wedding anniversaries, and x-rays.

The majority of Seitz's correspondence is professional and concerns job offers and opportunities, lectures requests, recommendation letters for Seitz and for others by Seitz, the Kress Fellowship, exhibitions, awards, and organizations. Also found are posthumus materials to Irma Seitz concerning book royalites. Personal correspondence is scattered and includes condolence letters sent to Irma.

Personal business records focus on Seitz's personal art collection, copyright information, publishing records including royalty statements, reports, scholarship and fellowship information, and professional organization membership records.

The bulk of the collection consists of research and writing files which include notebooks, subject and people files, thesis research files and drafts, general research which include writings by Seitz, card files, and recordings of lectures and interviews. Subject and people files may include correspondence, printed materials, research notes, photographs, works of art, and writings concerning and by artists, art historians, curators, subjects, and art movements. Research files are found for Dore Ashton, Alfred H. Barr Jr., William Baziotes, Bruce Conner, Rene D'Harnoncourt, Marcel Duchamp, Arshile Gorky, Adolph Gottlieb, Rockne Krebs, George Segal, James Rosati, and Frank Stella among many others. Also found are research materials on Claude Monet, some of which are written in French.

Teaching files contains extensive reference material likely used by Seitz during his career as well as correspondence, exams, and lecture materials used in specific classes.

Printed material is scattered and includes clippings, exhibition announcements, and articles. Exhibition announcements and catalogs are for Seitz's personal works and for exhibitions he curated.

The bulk of the photographs are of works of art by William Seitz, Irma Seitz, and others which were likely owned by Seitz. Also found are phtographs of exhibition installations at the Univeristy of Virginia and scattered photographs of Seitz with others.

Artwork include several pencil sketches by Seitz, two works by Ellen Banks-Woodson, and a sketch by Phil Elliott.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 8 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • Ashton, Dore
  • Barr, Alfred Hamilton, 1902-
  • Baziotes, William, 1912-1963
  • Conner, Bruce
  • D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968
  • Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968
  • Gorky, Arshile, 1904-1948
  • Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974
  • Krebs, Rockne, 1938-
  • Monet, Claude, 1840-1926
  • Rosati, James, 1912-
  • Segal, George, 1924-2000
  • Stella, Frank
  • University of Virginia--Faculty

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art historians--Virginia--Charlottesville
  • Educators--Virginia
  • Painters--Virginia--Charlottesville

Types of Materials:

  • Awards
  • Drafts (documents)
  • Interviews
  • Lectures
  • Notebooks
  • Photographs
  • Poems
  • Resumes
  • Sketches
  • Sound recordings

Names:

  • Banks-Woodson, Ellen
  • Elliott, Philip Clarkson, 1903-1985
  • Seitz, Irma

Provenance

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.

Separated and Related Materials

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.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed by Jayna Hanson in 2011 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The William Chapin Seitz papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

William Chapin Seitz papers, circa 1930-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1930s-1974
(Box 1; 7 folders)

This series contains William Seitz's resumes and CV's; identification cards including a Works Progress Administration for New York City card; materials concerning a memorial held after Seitz's death at the University of Virginia including correspondence, artwork, writings, speeches, clipings, and condolence cards; poetry written by Irma Seitz for William on the anniversary of their marriage; and x-rays.

Box Folder
1 1-2 CV's and Resumes, 1950s, 1974
(2 folders)
1 3 Identification Cards, 1930s
1 4-5 UVA Memorial, 1974
(2 folders)
1 6 Poetry by Irma Seitz, for William Seitz, 1960s
1 7 X-Rays, feet, 1943

Series 2: Correspondence, 1945-1995
(Boxes 1-2; 1.6 linear feet)

This series consists of incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence, the bulk of which is professionally focused. Correspondence relates to job opportunities, recommendations for Seitz and for others by Seitz, correspondence from organizations to which Seitz belonged, and materials sent and received while serving as the Kress Fellow at the National Gallery of Art, at the Rose Art Musuem, and as associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art. Researchers should note that more correspondence can be found within the Research and Writing Files series. Also found are condolence letters sent to Irma Seitz.

Correspondence is arranged into rough chronological order. Materials organized by Seitz are labeled by subject at the beginning of this series with general correspondence at the end.

Box Folder
1 8-12 Kress Fellowship, 1971-2
(5 folders)
1 13 Stanford, Job Opportunity, 1965
1 14 University of Virginia, Salary and Hiring, 1970-1972
1 15 Offers for Faculty Positions, 1950s
1 16-17 Recommendation Letters, 1965-1969
(2 folders)
1 18 Recommendation Letters, for Others,
1 19 Lecture Requests, 1968
1 22 Lecture Requests, Repeated, 1966-1967
1 23 Regarding Spoerri Sculpture, 1970s
1 24 Regarding Monet Research and Article, 1956-1959
1 25 State University College Exhibition, 1968
1 26 "Quality in Sculpture", 1969
1 27 Concerning Artists and Exhibitions, 1970s
1 28 Rose Art Museum, 1968-1971
1 29 Pepsico International Sculpture Exhibition, 1972
1 30 Associate Curator of MoMA, 1960s
1 31 Syed Muhammed Award, 1966-1968
Box Folder
2 1-2 College Art Association, 1956-1960s
(2 folders)
2 3 Art International, 1966-1967
2 4 Art in the Age of Aquarius, 1970-1979
2 5 Black Mountain College, 1970s
2 6 George Herms Exhibition for Seitz, 1981
2 7 National Gallery of Art, 1985, 1995
2 8 Book Royalties, 1971-1975
2 9 Condolence Letters, 1974
2 10 Irma Seitz Correspondence, 1975-1979
2 11-28 General Correspondence, 1945-1973
(18 folders)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, circa 1947-1990
(Boxes 2-3; 0.4 linear feet)

This series consists of materials relating to William Seitz's personal art collection, including donations, gifts, loans, inventories, and appraisals; copyright information; royalty statements and other materials relating to Seitz's published works; fellowship, grant, and scholarship materials; a project report for the art museum of the University of Washington; and travel papers.

Box Folder
2 29 Donations to UVA, 1975
2 30 Donations to Firestone Museum, Princeton University, 1985
2 31 Donations to Newark Museum, 1985
2 32 Donations to National Gallery of Art, 1982
2 33 Loan Agreements, 1961-1970
2 34 Copyright Information, 1973-1979
2 35 Deeds of Gift, Acknowledgements, 1975, 1990
2 36 Estate of George Seitz, 1952
2 37 Sales Records, 1965
2 38 Shipping Receipts, 1966
Box Folder
3 1 Art Inventory, Personal, 1975
3 2 Forms, MoMA, 1960s
3 3 Lists of Works of Art, 1970
3 4-5 Appraisal Information, 1980, 1990
(2 folders)
3 6 William Chapin Seitz Memorial Collection, 1972
(includes photos of installations of works of art)
3 7 Exhibitions, Juried, 1967
3 8 Paintings by Seitz, Sale and Exhibition, 1949-1951
3 9 Royalty Statements, 1960-1971
3 10 Book Prefaces and Commentaries, 1970s
3 11 Acknowledgements for Art as Experience, circa 1960s
3 12-13 Publishing Records, 1975, 1982
(2 folders)
3 14 Project Report, University of Washington, 1969, 1978
3 15 Fellowship and Scholarship Information, 1950s
3 16-17 Fulbright Scholarship, 1958, 1964
(2 folders)
3 18 Copies of Recommendations for Seitz, by Others, 1960s
3 19-21 College Art Association, Board Materials, 1960-1974
(3 folders)
3 22 Rose Art Museum, Working Information, 1960s
3 23 Travel Papers, 1956, 1967
3 24 Miscellaneous Receipts, circa 1947, 1952

Series 4: Research and Writing Files, 1940s-1970s
(Boxes 4-26; 23.5 linear feet)

William Chapin Seitz's research and writing files comprise the bulk of the collection and span the 1940s-1970s. Files are found for artists, art movements, museums, art historians, and others. Contents of the files vary but typically include correspondence, notes, writings, printed materials, photographs, and sound recordings of lectures and interviews. Research files are found for Dore Ashton, Alfred H. Barr Jr., William Baziotes, Bruce Conner, Rene D'Haroncourt, Marcel Duchamp, Arshile Gorky, Adolph Gottlieb, Rockne Krebs, George Segal, James Rosati, and Frank Stella among many others. Also found are research materials on Claude Monet, some of which are written in French.

The series is arranged as 6 subseries:

4.1: Notebooks, 1957-1968

This subseries consists of notebooks used by Seitz during trips, concerning exhibitions, research, etc. The titles of each notebook were written on the front by Seitz. Notebook V and XI are missing.

Box Folder
3 25 I, Canada Book, 1968 March-April
3 26 II, 1968 March - April
3 27 III, 1968 March - April
3 28 IV, Trip to France, 1950s
3 29 VI, 1957 April 9-10
3 30 VII, 1957 June
3 31 VIII, Monet, 1958-1959
3 32 IX, circa 1959
3 33 X, Paris, 1957
3 34 XII, 1958
3 35 XIII, 1958-1959
3 36 XV, circa 1957
3 37 XIV, Exhibition Plan, 1959 July
Box Folder
4 1 R/E I, circa 1964
4 2 R/E II, circa 1964
4 3 R/E III, circa 1964
4 4 R/E VI, circa 1964
4 5 R/E V, circa 1964
4 6 R/E VI, circa 1964
4 7 Color Vocabulary, circa 1950s
4 8 General Notes, Art and Books, circa 1960s
4 9 Mangritte, 1965
4 10 Michelangelo, circa 1950s
4 11 Monet--Boston, Cambridge, Washington, 1956 Summer - 1957 February
4 12 Wildenstein Monets, circa late 1950s
4 13 "S. F.," 1960 January 4-24
4 14 5, 1961 January
4 15 Composition Book, 1965 April 26

4.2: People and Subject Files, 1940s-1970s

This subseries comprises the bulk of the William Chapin Seitz papers. People and subject files are organized in rough alphabetical order and include a wide variety of types of materials, such as correspondence, printed materials, research files, notes, photographs, works of art, and writings concerning and by the artists, art historians, museum professionals, subjects, and movements.

Box Folder
4 16-22 Abstract Expressionism, circa 1960s
(7 folders)
4 23 Abstract Art, Origins, 1960s
4 24 Adrian, Mark, 1970
4 25 Agam, Yaacor, 1960s
4 26 Ashton, Dore, 1960s
4 27 Alberti, Architectural Theory, 1949
4 28 American Association of Museums, 1960s
4 29 American Consciousness, 1970s
4 30 American Council of Learned Societies, 1950s-1960s
4 31 American Federation of Arts, 1950s
4 32 American Impressionism, 1970s
Box Folder
5 1 American Art at Mid-Century, 1973
5 2 American Art, 1960-1970
5 3 Ancient Art, 1960s
5 4 Anti-Modern Art, 1950s-1970s
5 5 Antiques, 1970
5 6 Applied Art, 1960s
5 7 Aquarius, Astrology, 1970-1970
5 8 Architects, 1970s
5 9 Architecture, 1970s
5 10 Arista Gallery, 1938
5 11 Art and [illegible], 1970s
5 12 Art and Government, 1960s-1970s
5 13 Art and Literature, 1966-1970
5 14-15 Art and Politics, 1970-1972
(2 folders)
5 16 Art and Taxes, 1960s-1970s
5 17 Art and Theater, 1960s-1970s
5 18 Art Dealer Association, 1973
5 19 Art Definition, 1964
5 20 Art Education, 1970s
5 21 Art Films, 1960s
5 22 Art Historians, 1970s
5 23 Art Law, 1960s-1970s
5 24-25 Art Market, 1960s-1970s
(2 folders)
5 26 Art Market Magazine, 1960s-1970s
5 27 Art Scene, 1960s-1970s
5 28 Art, Ridiculous or Bad, 1960s-1970s
5 29 Art, Black, 1970s
5 30 Art, Communist, 1960s
5 31 Art Establishment, 1960s
5 32 Art, Russian, 1960s
5 33 Art Technology, 1960s
5 34 Artists Biographies, 1960s-1970s
5 35-36 Artists, Boston and New England, 1960s
(2 folders)
5 37 Artists Clubs, 1950s
5 38 Artists Crisis, 1970-1971
5 39 Artists Groups, 1950s-1970s
5 40-41 Artists Lists, 1960s-1970s
(2 folders)
Box Folder
6 1-2 Artists Lists, 1960s-1970s
(2 folders)
6 3-4 Artists Assemblage, 1950s-1960s
(2 folders)
6 5 Artists Assemblage Panel, 1961
6 6 Artists Statements, 1970s
6 7 Artists Studios, 1960s-1970s
6 8 Artists Tapes, 1960s-1970s
6 9 Artists, Virginia, 1960s
6 10 Albers, Josef, 1960s
6 11 Asia, 1970s
6 12 Association of Art Museum Directors, 1960s
6 13 Atlantic Brief Lives, 1960s-1970s
6 14-15 Avant Garde, 1960s-1970s
(2 folders)
6 16 Bahai, 1963
6 17 Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1964
6 18 Barr, Alfred, 1952-1973
6 19 Bauhaus, 1969-1970
6 20 Baziotes, William, 1950s-1960s
6 21 Beuys, Joseph, 1960s-1970s
6 22 Biennial, Venice, 1960s-1970s
6 23 Biennial, Sao Paolo, 1960s
6 24-25 Biography, Rickey, 1970s
(2 folders)
6 26 Biographies, Not Artists, 1970s
6 27 Black Culture, Not Art, 1960s-1970s
6 28 Black Mountain College, circa 1950s
6 29 Blurbs, 1960s-1970s
6 30 Bocour, Leonard, 1970s
6 31 Books, Current and Relevant, 1970s
6 32 Books, Art Historical, 1970s
Box Folder
7 1 Books, 1960s-1970s
7 2 Boston, Massachusetts, 1960s
7 3 Boston Scene, 1960s-1970s
7 4 Brown, J. Carter, 1974
7 5 Brush Techniques, 1949, 1970s
7 6 Cage, John, 1960s-1970s
7 7 Calderara, Antonio, 1970s
7 8 California School, 1948-1972
7 9 California, 1960s-1970s
7 10 Calligraphy, 1972
7 11 Camping, 1970s
7 12 Canada, 1970s
(Artists Lists and Data)
7 13 Canadian Art, 1967-1970
7 14 Canady, John, 1960s
7 15 Categories of Art, 1970s
7 16 Cezanne, Paul, 1960s
7 17 Change, 1960s-1970s
7 18 Charlottesville, Virginia, 1970s
7 19 Chicago, Illinois, 1970s
7 20 Christo, 1972
7 21 Collage, 1960s-1970s
7 22 Collage, American, 1960s
7 23 Collage, Objects, 1960s
7 24-28 Collectors and Collecting, 1960s-1970s
(5 folders)
7 29 Club, 1960s
7 30-31 College Art Association, 1970s
(2 folders)
7 32 Color, 1970s
7 33 Comparative Art, 1970s
7 34 Communes, 1970s
Box Folder
8 1-2 Conceptual Art, 1970s
(2 folders)
8 3-5 Conner, Bruce, 1960-1961
(3 folders)
(Includes assemblage mail art)
8 6 Conservation, 1970s
8 7 Constructivism, 1970s
8 8 Cooper-Union, 1963-1965
8 9 Corbett, Edward, 1950s
8 10 Cornell, Joseph, 1950s-1960s
8 11-13 Counter Culture, 1966-1972
(3 folders)
8 14 Creative Process, 1960s
8 15 Criticism, 1960s-1970s
8 16 Critics, 1967
8 17 Cubism, 1971
8 18 Current, 1960s-1970s
8 19 d'Arcangelo, Allan, 1970s
8 20 d'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1959, 1969
8 21 Dada, 1960s-1970s
8 22 Dance, 1971
8 23 Davis, Gene, 1973
8 24-26 de Kooning, Willem, 1950s-1972
(3 folders)
8 27 Dealers, 1960s-1970s
8 28 Death, 1971
8 29 Decades, 1970s
(20s and 30s)
8 30 Decorative Arts, 1970s
8 31 Delacroix, Eugene, 1950s
8 32 Der Strum, 1971
8 33 Destruction in Art, Auto-Destruction, 1960s-1970s
8 34 di Suvero, Mark, 1960s
8 35 Drawing, early 1970s
8 36 Drugs, 1970-1971
8 37-38 Duchamp, Marcel, 1960s
(2 folders)
(Includes transcript of interview)
Box Folder
9 1 Earthworks, 1970s
9 2 Ecological, Mineral Art, 1970s
9 3 Education, 1960s-1970s
9 4 Egbert, Donald, 1960s
9 5 Engineering, 1964
9 6 England, 1965-1971
9 7 Enviornment, 1960s-1970s
9 8 Enviornmental Art, 1970s
9 9 Enviornmental Crisis, 1970s
9 10 Enviornments, 1970s
9 11 Enviornments, Urban, 1971
9 12 Ethics, 1964-1971
9 13 Europe vs. America, 1954
9 14 Exhibition Technology, 1950s
9 15 Expressionism, 1971
9 16 Fakes, 1963-1973
9 17 Fashion, 1967-1971
9 18 Figure, 1963-1970
9 19-20 Figure Symposium and Show, 1962
(2 folders)
9 21 Film, 1960s-1970s
9 22 Flag, 1970s
9 23 Formalist Art, 1971
9 24 Freedom of Artists, 1971
9 25 Friends of Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, 1970
9 26 Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1969
9 27 Future, 1970-1971
9 28 Futurism, 1973
9 29 Galleries, 1970-1973
9 30 Galleries, Europe, 1971
9 31 Gallery Maps, 1970s
9 32 Games, 1970
9 33 Gatch, Lee, 1940s-1960s
9 34 Geldzahler, Henry, 1960s-1970s
9 35 Gorky, Arshile, 1950s
9 36 Gottlieb, Adolph, 1940s-1960s
9 37 Graphics, 1966-1973
9 38 Graves, Morris, 1940s
9 39 Greece Trip, 1964
9 40 Greenberg, Clement, 1940s-1960s
9 41 Group Shows, 1970
9 42 Guggenheim, 1964-1970
9 43 Guston, Phillip, 1950s-1960s
Box Folder
10 1-2 Happenings, 1960s
(2 folders)
10 3 Hard Edge Painting and Sculpture, 1970s
10 4 Heller, Ben and Mrs., 1950s-1960s
10 5 Hess, Thomas B., 1950s
10 6 Hilles Collection, 1966
10 7 Hirshhorn, Joe, 1960s-1970s
10 8 History, 1970s
10 9-11 Hoffmann, Hans, 1960s
(3 folders)
10 12 Homosexuality, 1966-1970s
10 13 Huxtable, Ada Louise, 1970s
10 14-17 Ideas, 1950s
(4 folders)
10 18 Illustrations and Articles, circa 1966
10 19 Impressionism, Art News, 1970
10 20 Impressionsm, Relevance of, 1972
10 21 Impressionism, National Gallery Exhibition, early 1970s
10 22 Information Fallout, 1970
10 23 Installation, 1970
10 24 Intellectual, Role of, 1970-1972
10 25 Irony and Humor, 1970
10 26 Israeli Art, 1974
10 27 Italian Paintings, Central, 1950s
10 28 Japan, 1973
10 29 Jokes, Art, 1970
10 30 Kandinsky, Wassily, 1972
10 31 Kaprow, Alan, 1960s
10 32 Kassel, Germany, 1970
10 33 Kinetic Art, 1955-1960s
10 34 Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig, 1973
10 35 Kitsun, 1960s-1970s
10 36 Klee, Paul, 1940s-1950s
10 37 Knaths, Karl, circa 1950s
10 38 Kootz, Sam, 1974
10 39 Kramer, Hilton, 1960s-1970s
10 40-41 Krebs, Rockne, 1960s-1970s
(2 folders)
Box Folder
11 1 Landscape, 1972
11 2 Las Vegas, Nevada, 1960s
11 3 Leftist Theory, 1970-1971
11 4 Left, New Left, 1973
11 5 Light, 1965-1970
11 6 Linder, Richard, 1960s
11 7 Literature, 1953-1971
11 8 London, England, 1960s-1970s
11 9 London Art, 1963-1972
11 10-11 Magritte, Rene, 1960s-1970s
(2 folders)
11 12 Manifestos, 1940s-1960s
11 13 Martin, Anthony, 1970s
11 14 Marcuse, Herbert, 1970s
11 15 Matisse, Henri, 1960s-1970s
11 16 Matta, Roberto Echaurren, 1950s-1960s
11 17 McLuhan, Marshall, 1960s-1970s
11 18-20 Multimedia, 1960s-1971
(3 folders)
11 21 Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970-1973
11 22 Mexico, circa 1969
11 23 Miro, Joan, 1970s
11 24-25 Modernism, 1970-1972
(2 folders)
11 26 Modigliani, Amedeo, 1960s-1970s
11 27-28 Mondarian, Piet, 1960s-1972
(2 folders)
11 29-32 Monet, Claude, 1950s-1960s
(4 folders)
Box Folder
12 1-19 Monet, Claude, 1950s-1960s
(19 folders)
12 20-21 Motherwell, Robert, 1950s-1970s
(2 folders)
Box Folder
13 1 Munson, Paul, 1971
13 2 Multiples, 1968-1971
13 3 Murals, circa 1968-1973
13 4 Museum of Modern Art, 1961
13 5 Museums, Universities, 1970s
13 6-11 Museums, 1960s-1970s
(6 folders)
13 12 Music, Criticism and History, 1950s-1970s
13 13-14 Music and Film, 1960s-1970s
(2 folders)
13 15 Nalota, Louise, 1960s
(Tap City Circus)
13 16 National Endowment for the Arts, 1970s
13 17 National Gallery of Art, 1970s
13 18 National Shopping Centers, Inc., 1960s-1970s
13 19 National Styles, 1960s-1974
13 20 Nature and Nature Painters, 1948-1970s
13 21 Neo-Humanists, 1960s
13 22 Nevada, 1973
13 23 New York, 1973
13 24 New York, Artists, 1960s-1970s
13 25 New York, Herald Tribune, 1961-1962
13 26 New York, Scene, 1960-1971
13 27 New York, Downtown, 1970
13 28 Newman, Barnett, 1969-1970
13 29 Nixon, Richard, 1968
Box Folder
14 1 O'Doherty, Brian, 1970s
14 2 Obituaries, 1966-1974
14 3 Opposites, 1960s
14 4-6 Optical Art, Theory, 1960s
(3 folders)
14 7 Orient, 1950s-1970s
14 8 Oster, Jerry, 1960s
14 9 Painting, Americna, 1960s
14 10 Panels, 1962-1968
14 11 Paris, Paris Galleries, 1950s-1973
14 12 People, Personalities, 1954-1972
14 13 Perception, 1970s
14 14 Periodicals, Art, 1970s
14 15 Personnel, Literature and Art, 1960s
14 16 Philosophy, 1970s
14 17-19 Photos of Artists and Paintings, 1951-1974
(2 folders)
14 20-21 Picasso and Dewey, 1974 May
(2 folders)
14 22 Picasso, Pablo, 1940s-1970s
14 23 Pictorial Means, 1940s-1950s
14 24 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1967-1970
14 25 Plastic, 1968
14 26 Poetry, 1962-1970
14 27-28 Politics, 1970s
(2 folders)
14 29 Pollock, Jackson, 1950s-1970s
14 30 Pop, 1960s-1970s
Box Folder
15 1-2 Pop, 1960s-1970s
(2 folders)
15 3 Pornography, 1960s-1970s
15 4 Portraiture, Modern, 1967-1971
15 5 Posters, 1970s
15 6 Pousette-Dart, Richard, 1970s
15 7 Primitive Art, 1960s-1970s
15 8 Princeton University, 1972
15 9 Protests, 1970-1971
15 10 Psychedelic Data, 1960s
15 11 Psychology of Art, 1969-1970
15 12-13 Psychology, Abnormal, 1946, 1970s
(2 folders)
15 14 Public Relation Data, 1960s
15 15 Publishers, 1969
15 16 Purists, 1960s
15 17 Quality in Sculpture, 1960s
15 18 Radical Realist Painters, 1974
15 19 Realism, 1970-1973
15 20 Regional Styles, 1970
15 21 Reich, Charles, 1970s
(The Greening of America)
15 22 Relevance, 1969
15 23 Religion, Art, 1950-1972
15 24 Renwick Gallery, 1972
15 25 Resnick, Milton, 1973
15 26 Researchers, 1971
15 27 Responsive Eye, 1968-1971
15 28 Retirement, 1971
15 29 Revolution, 1971
15 30 Rhode Island School of Design, 1965
15 31 Rock, etc., 1970-1973
15 32 Romanticism in 20th Century Art, 1950s
15 33 Rome, Italy, 1961
15 34 Rosati, James, 1960s-1970s
15 35 Rosenberg, Harold, 1972
Box Folder
16 1-2 Rothko, Mark, 1953-1970s
(2 folders)
16 3 Russia, 1960s-1970s
16 4 Sao Paolo Preview Dinner, 1968
16 5 Schwitters, Kurt, 1970s
16 6 Science Art, 1970s
16 7 Scientific American, 1960s
16 8 Schull, Robert, 1970s
16 9 Sculpture Symposium, 1952
16 10-11 Sculpture, Monumental, 1968-1972
(2 folders)
16 12-15 Segal, George, 1971-1972
(4 folders)
16 16 Selz, Peter and Thalia, 1960-1973
16 17 Sensibility, 1970
16 18 Seventies, 1970s
16 19 Sewall, John Ives, 1952-1960
16 20 Shahn, Ben, 1949-1952
16 21 Shapiro, Meyer, 1970s
16 22 Singer Building, 1963
16 23 Sixties Record, 1960s-1970s
16 24 Smith, Leon, 1971
16 25 Smith, Tony, 1967-1971
16 26 Sociology and Anthropology, 1960s-1970s
16 27 Soho, 1971-1973
16 28 Spaces, 1965-1966
16 29 Spoerri, Daniel, 1961
16 30 Steefel, Pete, 1960s
16 31 Stella, Frank, 1960s
16 32 Still, Clyfford, 1960s
16 33 Stuyvesant Collection, 1960s
(Kinetic Art)
16 34 Styles, 1960s
16 35 SUNY Exhibition, 1965
16 36 Surrealism, 1960s-1970s
Box Folder
17 1 Sutherland, Graham, 1974
17 2 Symbolism, 1970-1972
17 3-4 Tamarind Lithography Workshop, 1960s
(2 folders)
17 5 Taste, 1970
17 6 Taylor-Page, 1960s
17 7-8 Technology, 1960s-1970s
(2 folders)
17 9 TV, 1970s
17 10 Theater, 1970s
17 11 Theme Exhibitions, 1960s-1970s
17 12 Tinguely, Jean, 1960s
17 13 Toronto, Canada, 1967
17 14 Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de, 1965
17 15-25 Tobey, Mark, 1960s
(11 folders)
(Includes transcripts of interviews)
17 26 University of Washington, Seattle, 1969
17 27 University of Virginia, 1960s
17 28 Venice, Italy, 1960s-1970s
17 29 Video Art, 1963-1970
17 30 Virginia, 1970s
17 31 Virginia, Museums, 1972-1973
17 32-33 Virginia Biennial, 1971-1973
(2 folders)
17 34 Vocabulary, 1970s
17 35 Warhol, Andy, 1967-1971
17 36 Washington Artists, 1971
17 37 Washington, D.C., 1971
17 38 Wasserman, Max and Jeanne, 1960s
17 39 Watts Tower, 1961-1965
17 40 Willard, Marian, 1952
17 41-42 Women Artists, 1970-1972
(2 folders)
17 43 Youth, 1970s
Box Folder
18 1-16 General Painting and Sculpture, 1950s-1970s
(16 folders)

4.3: Thesis Writings and Research, 1950s

This subseries contains drafts, research materials, correspondence, exams, proposals, and outlines concerning William Seitz's thesis.

Box Folder
19 1-22 Thesis Materials, 1950s
(22 folders)

4.4: General Research, 1950s-1970s

This subseries contains lecture materials, writings and drafts of writings, book reviews, notes, bibliographies, and materials from binders kept by Seitz on various subjects.

Box Folder
20 1-20 Lecture Files, 1960s
(20 folders)
  • Postwar Style
  • Mark Tobey
  • Virginia Biennial
  • The Artist: Prophet or Victim?
  • The Artist and the Innovative Crisis
  • Rene D'Harnoncourt Eulogy
  • Princeton University Alumni
  • Seasons and Moments
20 21-25 Art in the Age of Aquarius, 1974
(5 folders)
20 26 Concerning Monet, 1967 March
20 27 Poem about the Castelli Gallery, 1967 February
20 28-31 Pictorial Arts, 1950s
(4 folders)
20 32 Books Reviews by Seitz, 1960s-1970s
20 33 Books Reviews not by Seitz, 1960s-1970s
20 34 "Part 1, Chapter 1," 1973
20 35 Relevance of Impressionism, 1960s
20 36 Mondrian and Relationships, 1971
20 37-44 Materials for Modernist Book, 1970s
(8 folders)
Box Folder
21 1-3 Materials for Modernist Book, 1970s
(3 folders)
21 4 Resnick Paints a Picture, by Lawrence Campbell, 1960s
21 5 Problems of New Directions Exhibitions, 1963
21 6-7 Impressionism, circa 1969
(2 folders)
21 8 Introduction for Canadian Symposium, 1968
21 9-11 Modern Art, 1951-1967
(3 folders)
21 12 Matisse and the Fauves, 1960s
21 13 Psychological and Social Reasons in Contemporary Art, 1949
21 14-22 Bibliography, 1950s-1970s
(9 folders)
21 23-26 Italian Paintings, 1950s
(4 folders)
21 27 8x5 Index Cards, Notes, 1950s
Box Folder
22 1-17 Binders, 1950s-1960s
(17 folders)
Subjects include:
  • Prints
  • Monet
  • "Shelf Book"
  • "Articles"
  • Tables and Charts
  • Painting Bibliography
22 18-31 General Notes, circa 1935-1960s
(14 folders)
Box Folder
23 1-4 General Notes, circa 1935-1960s
(4 folders)

4.5: Card Files, circa 1940s-1960s

This subseries contains five boxes of index cards used by William Chapin Seitz to organize references to works of art, artists, subjects, movements, locations, and bibliographic references.

Box Folder
23 5 Card Files, 1940s-1960s
Box Folder
24 1-4 Card Files, 1940s-1960s
(4 folders)

4.6: Interview and Lecture Sound Recordings, 1960s-1970s

This subseries contains 30 recordings of lectures, interviews, and music on sound tape reels (1/4 in. tape) and sound cassettes. Labels for lectures have been taken from the boxes in which the reels were housed, and have not been verified. Recordings have not been digitized and use of materials requires advanced notice.

Box Item
25 1-3 Artist: Prophet or Victim?, 1969 March 13
(3 sound tape reels)
25 4 Fine Arts Lecture Series, Aspects of Romanticism, 1961
(1 sound tape reel)
25 5 The Rise and Dissolution of the Avant Garde, circa 1960s
(1 sound tape reel)
25 6 Unknown, Unlabeled, circa 1960s
(1 sound tape reel)
25 7 The Counter Avant Garde, Clement Greenberg, 1970 May 13
(1 sound tape reel)
25 8 Lessons in French, Music, 1960s
(1 sound tape reel)
25 9 Art Symposium, 1968 March 4
(1 sound tape reel)
25 10 ERN(?), Lecture at Brandeis University, 1969 March 13
(1 sound tape reel)
25 11 ERN, Panel Discussion, Gorky, 1962 December 20
(1 sound tape reel)
25 12 Bruce Glaser Inverview, with Lawrence Alloway and William Chapin Seitz, 1966 June 15
(1 sound tape reel)
25 13-15 Music, 1960s
(3 sound tape reel)
Box Item
26 1 Music, 1962
(1 sound tape reel)
26 2 Gorky, 1962
(1 sound tape reel)
26 3 William Chapin Seitz, Albers, Criticism Symposium, 1960s
(1 sound tape reel)
26 4 The Art World, James Rosati, 1969 November 30
(1 sound tape reel)
26 5-7 Milton Resnick with John Lloyd Taylor, 1972 July 25- August 20
(3 sound tape reel)
26 8-10 Segal, 1971 January 21
(3 sound cassettes)
26 11 Jean Wasserman, 1966 August
(1 sound tape reel)
26 12 Criticism Symposium, 1960s
(1 sound tape reel)
26 13 William Chapin Seitz on Radio and TV, 1960s
(1 sound tape reel)
26 14 ATFL, 1960s January 22
(1 sound tape reel)
26 15 Rosati Discussion, 1969 May
(1 sound tape reel)
26 1 Artist, 1969
(1 sound tape reel)
26 1 Artist, 1969
(1 sound tape reel)

Series 5: Teaching Files, circa 1945-1970s,
(Boxes 27-31, OV1; 4.9 linear feet)

This series is comprised of lecture notes, outlines and class materials used by Seitz while teaching at the University of Buffalo, the Univeristy of Virginia, Brandeis University, and for a seminar on Robert Motherwell at Oberlin College; a copy of a thesis written by William C. Agee while at Princeton University; course number specific binders of notes that do not reference any particular school; and subject specific binders of notes that were likely used as reference materials for teaching.

Box Folder
27 1-24 University Specific Teaching Files, 1960s-1970s
(24 folders)
  • University of Buffalo
  • Brandeis University
  • University of Virginia
  • Princeton University
  • Oberlin College
Box Folder
28 1-24 Course Number Specific Teaching Files, circa 1949-1960s
(24 folders)
Box Folder
29 1-12 Course Number Specific Teaching Files, circa 1949-1960s
(12 folders)
29 Reference Files
29 13 Carolingian Art, circa 1950s
29 14-15 St. Denis Bible, circa 1950s
(2 folders)
29 16-17 Illuminated Manuscripts, circa 1950s
(2 folders)
29 18-19 Early Christian Iconography, circa 1950s
(2 folders)
29 20-22 Chinese Figure Style and Art, circa 1950s
(3 folders)
Box Folder
30 Reference Files
30 1-2 Chinese Landscape, circa 1945-1950s
(2 folders)
30 3-5 Nativity, circa 1945-1950s
(3 folders)
30 6 Byzantine Art, circa 1945-1950s
30 7 Mimeographed Readings, circa 1945-1950s
30 8-9 Modern Architecture, circa 1945-1950s
(2 folders)
30 10-11 Modern Paintings, circa 1945-1950s
(2 folders)
30 12-16 Modern and Renaissance Sculpture, circa 1945-1950s
(5 folders)
30 17 Transition and Gothic Architecture, circa 1945-1950s
30 18-19 Byzantine and Eastern Medieval Architecture, circa 1945-1950s
(2 folders)
Box Folder
31 Reference Files
31 1 Renaissance Sculpture, circa 1945-1950s
31 2-3 Northern Renaissance Sculpture, circa 1945-1950s
(2 folders)
31 4-5 Art 401, circa 1945-1950s
(2 folders)
31 6 Flemish Painting, circa 1945-1950s
31 7 Early French and Spanish Painting, circa 1945-1950s
31 8 Aesthetics, circa 1945-1950s
31 9-10 Renaissance, circa 1945-1950s
(2 folders)
31 11-12 Roman Architecture, circa 1945-1950s
(2 folders)
31 13-14 Renaissance, circa 1945-1950s
(2 folders)
31 15-22 General, circa 1945-1950s
(Oversized material housed in OV1; 8 folders)
Box
OV1 Oversized General, Chronologies, circa 1945-1950s
(Oversized material from Box 31, F15)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1937-1984,
(Box 31-32; 0.5 linear feet)

This scattered series consists of articles, clippings, reproductions of works of art and exhibition materials concerning or by Seitz.

Box Folder
31 23 "Quality in Sculpture", Baltimore Museum of Art Announcement, 1968
31 24 Written by Seitz, 1972
31 25 Clippings, by or about Seitz, 1950s-1960s
Box Folder
32 1 Clippings, with Writings by Seitz, 1970
32 2 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, with Seitz as Consultant, 1960s
32 3 "The Real and the Artificial," 1973
32 4 Clippings, with Illustrations by Seitz, 1937, 1954
32 5-6 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, Seitz's Works of Art, 1949-1950s, 1975
(2 folders)
32 7 Britannica Entry for Monet, by Seitz, 1974
32 8 Reproductions of Works of Art by Seitz, 1930s, 1950s
32 9 New York Times Clippings, 1937
32 10 Exhibition Announcements, 1961-1979
32 11 Frank Stella Profile, 1984
32 12-19 Clippings, 1950s-1970s
(8 folders)
32 20-22 Miscellaneous, 1950s-1977
(3 folders)

Series 7: Photographs, 1940s-1981
(Box 32, 33; 11 folders)

This series consists of scattered photographs of Seitz with others, likely friends and colleagues; photographs of installations of works of art at the University of Virginia exhibition for Seitz; works of art by William Seitz, Irma Seitz, and others (likely works owned by Seitz).

Box Folder
32 23 Photos of Seitz with Others, 1940s-1960s
32 24 Photos by and of Others, 1960s
(3 folders; oversized photos housed in Box 33)
32 25 Photos of Installations at UVA, 1972
32 26 Photos of Works of Art, Donated to Princeton University, 1960s
32 27-29 Photos of Works of Art, by Seitz, 1940s-1960s
(3 folders)
32 30-31 Photos of Works of Art, by Irma Seitz, 1960s
(2 folders)
32 32 Photos of Works of Art, by Others, 1960s
32 33 Slides, 1960s

Series 8: Artwork, circa 1950s-1972,
(Box 32, 33; 6 folders)

This series consists of sketches probably by Seitz, two works by Ellen Banks-Woodson, and one pencil sketch by Phil Elliott.

Box Folder
32 34 William Chapin Seitz, Pencil Sketches on Newsprint and Painting, circa 1950s
(oversized painting housed in Box 33)
32 35 Ellen Banks-Woodson, Oil on Canvas Sketch, 1972
32 36 Ellen Banks-Woodson, Pencil on Paper Sketch, 1972
32 37 Phil Elliott, Pencil on Paper Sketch, circa 1960
32 38-39 Miscellanous and Unidentified Artworks, circa 1950s
(2 folders; oversized materials housed in Box 33)