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Agnes Rindge Claflin papers concerning Alexander Calder, 1936-circa 1970s

Claflin, Agnes Rindge, 1900-1977

Collector, Arts administrator, Educator

This site provides access to the papers of Agnes Rindge Claflin concerning Alexander Calder in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2010. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 71 images.

Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of arts administrator, collector, and educator Agnes Rindge Claflin concerning Alexander Calder measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1936-circa 1970s. Included are five letters, two of which are illustrated, and one postcard from Alexander Calder to Claflin; two handwritten manuscripts by Calder, one untitled and "A Propos of Measuring a Mobile," 1943; an invitation to a Calder exhibition at Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1952; and 14 photographs of Calder, of Calder and Claflin in Calder's studio, of Calder's art work, and of a Calder exhibition installation at Vassar Art Gallery, 1942. Transcriptions of three of the letters and both manuscripts are also included.

Biographical/Historical Note

Agnes Rindge Claflin (1900-1977) was an arts administrator, collector, and educator who spent the majority of her career at Vassar College as a professor and serving as director of its art gallery for 28 years.

Provenance

The collection was donated in 1981 by Philip W. Claflin, widower of Agnes Rindge Claflin.

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