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Bernard Childs papers, circa 1950-2017

Childs, Bernard, 1910-1985

Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 15.1 Linear feet

Summary: The Bernard Childspapers measure 15.1 linear feet and date from circa 1950-2017. Included are biographical material, correspondence, writings, subject files, a scrapbook, photographs, printed material, an audio recording, and an artifact documenting the career of painter and printmaker Bernard Childs.
Biographical material includes appointment books, day planners, address books and awards. Correspondence is with colleagues, friends, and museums regarding Childs' works of art, exhibitions, and works of art by others. A portion of the correspondence is posthumous and includes condolence letters to Judith regarding Bernard as well as correspondence between Judith and others regarding Bernard. Writings include journals, notebooks, and a typescript of a lecture given by Judith Childs about Bernard, November 1990.
Subject files pertain to artists, works of art, exhibitions, publications, teaching, travel and other activities. Photographs and slides are of Childs, his family, friends and his works of art. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, posters, rare books, and newspaper clippings regarding Childs and other artists. Audio visual material includes an audio recording of a lecture given by Childs. One artifact includes a t-shirt with an image designed by Childs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Bernard Childs (1910-1985) was a painter and printmaker in New York, New York.


Material donated 1980-82 by Bernard Childs and in 2004, 2015 and 2019 by Judith Childs, Bernard Childs' widow.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 72 and 81 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. Use of audio visual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.

Restrictions on Use

The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that they may own.

How to Cite This Collection

Bernard Childs papers, circa 1950-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.