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Arthur Wesley Dow papers, circa 1826-1978, bulk 1879-1922

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Series 4: Printed Material , circa 1826-1978
(Boxes 1-2; 5 folders)

This series contains exhibition catalogs, clippings, ephemera, and pulications, including 50 volumes of Antiquarian Papers, a four page monthly serial published from 1879-1886, that focused on the history of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Dow published this serial with his mentor Augustine Caldwell and produced woodcuts of the town's historical buildings that were used as illustrations. They represent some of his earliest artistic efforts.
The bulk of the exhibition catalogs pertain to exhibitions of Dow's paintings and prints in solo and group exhibitions. However there is also a catalog of objects from the Freer Collection that were exhibited at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in 1913. The sections "Oriental Paintings" and "Miscellaneous Oriental Objects" are heavily annotated in pencil. Ephemera incudes a postcard of Dow's summer studio in Ipswich, Massachusetts, announcements for the Ipswich Summer School of Art and publication of new editions of his book Composition, among other items.
This series has been scanned in its entirety. In most cases, only the cover and title page of exhibition catalogs have been scanned.
Description Container Select
Antiquarian Papers, 1879-1885
1
28
Clippings, circa 1880-1930
1
29
Ephemera, circa 1826-1977
1
30
Exhibition Catalogs, 1895-1917, 1975
1
31
Oversize Publication, The Visitor, 1890 May
(See box 2)
1
32
Oversize Publication, The Visitor, 1890 May
2 (sol)

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