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Beth and James Arient papers, 1979-1988

Arient, Beth, 1946-



Collection Information

Size: 1 Microfilm reel, 147 items on 1 partial microfilm reel

Summary: The microfilmed Beth and James Arient papers contain 23 letters from self-taught painter Howard Finster and Pauline Finster to the Arients (1979-1987); and photographs of folk artists, some with the Arients, and their work (1980-1988). Among the artists photographed are Elijah Pierce, Mary Borkowski, Jesse Howard, Joe "The Welder" Janosik, Eunice McCloskey, Dow Pugh, Howard Finster, Minnie Black, Nellie Mae Rowe, Lanier Meaders, B.C. Craig, William Dawson, Carl McKenzie, Denzil Goodpaster, S.L. Jones, Carlton Garrett, Frank Pickle, Sam Doyle, David Butler, Luster Willis, "Daddy Boy" Williams, Kid Mertz, Dilmus Hall, James "Son" Thomas, Derek Webster, Raymond Coins, James Harold Jennings, Sarah Mary Taylor, Mary T. Smith, and Clyde "Jungle Boy" Jones.

Biographical/Historical Note

Beth Arient (1946- ) and James "Jim" Arient (1946- ) are folk art collectors in Naperville, Illinois.


Lent for microfilming 1988 by the Arients.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds the oral history interview with James and Beth Arient, 1988 April 27-29.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lenders, Beth and James Arient, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 4189 available at all Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Beth and James Arient papers, 1979-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.