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Ben Messick papers, 1934-1965

Messick, Benjamin Newton, 1901-1981

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet, (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Scrapbooks; photographs; and publications.
REEL 1: Scrapbook of newspaper and other clippings; 60 photographs, ca. 1940's-1960, of Messick, his paintings and Messick instructing at the Chouninard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA.; and 39 publications containing articles about him or advertising his appearances or classes.
REEL LA 9: Scrapbook, 1934-1965, including clippings, publicity, and illustrations.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, instructor; Long Beach, California. Full name Benjamin Newton Messick.


Material on reel 1 donated 1962 by Ben Messick; material on reel LA9 lent for microfilming 1965 by Messick.

Location of Originals

  • Reel LA 9: Originals returned to Ben Messick after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 1 and LA 9 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Ben Messick papers, 1934-1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.