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Agnes Rindge Claflin papers relating to 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 and one postcard from Alexander Calder to Claflin, two of which are illustrated; 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. One photograph depicting an event is possibly the opening of the Calder exhibition at Vassar Art Gallery, 1942. Also included are two polaroid photographs most likely from the 1970s. Transcriptions of three of the letters and both manuscripts are also included.

Biographical/Historical Note

Agnes Rindge Claflin (1900-1977) was an educator and collector, and director of Vassar Art Gallery.


Donated 1981 by Philip W. Claflin, widower of Agnes Claflin.

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