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Agnes Mills papers, 1948-1999, bulk 1974-1993

Agnes Mills papers, 1948-1999, bulk 1974-1993

Mills, Agnes, 1915-2008

Sculptor, Painter, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 1.1 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter, printmaker and sculptor Agnes Mills measure 1.1 linear feet and date from 1948 to 1999, with the bulk of the material from 1974 to 1993. Her enduring interest in dance theatre is demonstrated in the papers. Reminiscences of her time in the WPA, artist statements, sketchbooks, and a bound compilation of publicity, biographical notes, and images of artwork provide an overview of her professional accomplishments. The collection also includes curricula vitae; correspondence; writings by and about Mills; price lists and inventories; articles, news clippings, press releases and exhibition announcements; original artwork; and photographs of Mills and her work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Agnes Mills (1915-2008) was a painter, printmaker and sculptor who specialized in dance subjects, who lived in New York, New York and Boca Raton, Florida.

Provenance

Donated by the artist's daughter, Margret Mills-Thysen, on October 17, 2013.

A Finding Aid to the Agnes Mills Papers, 1948-1999, bulk 1974-1993, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Rachel Salzmann
Biographical/Historical note
Agnes Mills (1915-2008) was a painter, printmaker and sculptor who specialized in dance subjects. She worked in the Long Island/New York City area for most of her career, eventually moving to Florida.
Mills was a graduate of Pratt Institute and Cooper Union Art School and worked for the WPA artist project early in her career. For 25 years she served as resident artist for the Alwin Nikolais Dance Company, and several other dance companies hired her to sketch their rehearsals.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 8 series.
Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1982-1990 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1974-1999 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Series 3: Writings, circa 1980s-1990 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1981-1993 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1948-1993 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 6: Artwork, circa 1950s-1990s (Box 1, OV2; 0.2 linear feef)
Series 7: Sketchbooks, circa 1974-circa 1993 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)
Series 8: Photographs, circa 1948-1993 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of painter, printmaker and sculptor Agnes Mills measure 1.1 linear feet and date from 1948 to 1999, with the bulk of the material from 1974 to 1993. Her enduring interest in dance theatre is demonstrated in the papers. Reminiscences of her time in the WPA, artist statements, sketchbooks, and a bound compilation of publicity, biographical notes, and images of artwork provide an overview of her professional accomplishments. The collection also includes curricula vitae; correspondence; writings by and about Mills; price lists and inventories; articles, news clippings, press releases and exhibition announcements; original artwork; and photographs of Mills and her work.
Provenance
Donated by the artist's daughter, Margret Mills-Thysen, on October 17, 2013.
Processing Information note
This collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared in 2014 by Rachel Salzmann. The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase information about and access to more of our collections.
Minimal processing included arrangement to the series and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder titles, but not arranged further. Folders within boxes were not numbered. The collection was rehoused in archival containers and folders, but not all staples and clips were removed.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Original works of art: Authorization to publish requires written permission from Margret Mills-Thysen, 337 Neva St., Sebastopol, Calif. 95472

How to Cite This Collection

Agnes Mills papers, 1948-1999, bulk 1974-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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