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Alexander Calder papers, 1926-1967

Contents and Arrangement

The Alexander Calder papers are arranged into six series, according to type of material. The contents of each folder have been arranged chronologically.

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Series 1: Biographical Material, 1928-1954, undated
(Box 1; 8 folders)

Biographical Material includes various address lists and business cards kept by Calder, his passport, notes, a catalog with handwritten prices, and other writings. Also found are a French tax document and other ephemera.
DescriptionContainer
Address Lists, undated
1
1
Annotated Catalog with Prices, 1929
1
2
Business Cards, undated
1
3
Ephemera, 1929-1943, undated
1
4
Notes, undated
1
5
Tax Document, 1931
1
6
U.S. Passport, 1928
1
7
Writings by Calder and Others, 1954, undated
1
8

Series 2: Correspondence, 1928-1962, undated
(Box 1; 3 folders)

This series includes correspondence to and from Calder. Much of the material is about exhibitions and works of art; also found are several postcards from friends. The series contains illustrated envelopes from Calder's son-in-law, Jean Davidson. Some items are in French.
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, 1928-1962, undated
(2 folders)
1
9-10
Illustrated Envelopes from Jean Davidson, undated
1
11

Series 3: Printed Material, 1927-1967, undated
(Box 1-3; 1 linear foot)

Included in this series are invitations and catalogs for Calder exhibitions, including some international and rare items, news clippings about Calder, the bulk of which span from 1953 to 1955, and other miscellaneous news clippings compiled by Calder. Also found are various magazines and a publication on graphic arts.
DescriptionContainer
Exhibition Invitations and Catalogs, 1929-1967, undated
(5 folders)
1
12-16
News Clippings, Calder, undated
1
17
News Clippings, Calder, 1927-1955
(12 folders)
2
1-12
News Clippings, Calder, 1955-1960
(3 folders)
3
1-3
News Clippings, Miscellaneous, 1929-1954, undated
(2 folders; not scanned)
3
4-5
Magazines, Miscellaneous, 1953-1956, undated
(3 folders; not scanned)
3
6-8
Portfolio: The Annual of Graphic Arts,
, 1951
(Not scanned)
3
9

Series 4: Photographs, 1927-1962, undated
(Box 3-6; 0.6 linear feet)

This series contains photographs of Calder, including formal portraits, Calder working in his studio, and spending time with his family. Among the photographs are several taken by photographer and artist Herbert Matter. Also found are numerous photographs of Calder at work on an unidentified mobile sculpture from 1954. This series also includes photographs of Calder's Home in Touraine, France, his studio, exhibitions, and his artwork.
DescriptionContainer
Portraits of Calder, circa 1927- circa 1960, undated
(See Also Box 6)
3
10
Calder at Work, 1927-1956, undated
(2 folders; see also Box 6)
4
1-2
Calder at Work on Mobile, 1954
(2 folders)
4
3-4
Calder's Home at Touraine, France, circa 1953
4
5
Calder with Family and Friends, 1932-1962, undated
(3 folders; see also Box 6)
4
6-8
Calder's Studio, 1939-1946, undated
(See Also Box 6)
4
9
Pierre Matisse at Calder's Home in France, undated
5
1
Exhibitions, 1953-1959, undated
5
2
Photographs of Artwork, 1929-1958, undated
(2 folders; not scanned; see also Box 6)
5
3-4
Oversize Photographs, Portraits of Calder
(See Box 3, F10)
6 (sol)
Oversize Photographs, Calder at Work
(See Box 4, F2)
6 (sol)
Oversize Photographs, Calder with Family and Friends
(See Box 4, F8)
6 (sol)
Oversize Photographs, Calder's Studio
(See Box 4, F9)
6 (sol)
Oversize Photographs, Artwork
(See Box 5, F4)
6 (sol)

Series 5: Artwork, 1930-1947, undated
(Box 5-6; 1 folder)

Artwork includes lino cut prints sent to Calder from his nephew, Kenneth Hayes, as well as prints and sketches by Calder. Also found are three Japanese prints by an unidentified artist.
DescriptionContainer
Artwork, 1930-1947, undated
(See Also Box 6)
5
5
Oversize Artwork, 1930-1947, undated
(See Box 5, F5)
6 (sol)

Series 6: Scrapbook, 1926-1932
(Box 7; 1 item)

This series includes one scrapbook, originally a Chinese ledger notebook, containing newspaper clippings about Calder dating from 1926-1932, although it is marked "1929".
DescriptionContainer
Scrapbook, 1926-1932
7 (sol)
1

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