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Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, 1916-1991, bulk 1946-1983

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7.2: Biographical Material , 1916-1982

Found here are scattered personal papers, such as Parsons's artist biography, family trees for the Pierson and Miles families, association membership cards, two interview transcripts, thirteen passports, travel itineraries, photographs, and a mailing list of invitees for Parsons' Memorial. The folder containing miscellaneous personal papers includes ephemera, handwritten notes, an American Red Cross employment application, a small watercolor landscape by Lynn Yarnell, and several unsigned sketches.
Photographs in this subseries include snapshots and professional portraits, the bulk of which span the mid-1960s to early 1980s. Most of the photographs feature Parsons, but there are photographs of others that are not identified as well as beach views, perhaps taken near her Southold, Long Island Studio, and photographs of Parsons at her St. Martin's home. There is one photograph of Parsons and Marie Carr Taylor taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson for Vogue magazine, circa 1960s. Additionally there is a folder of photographs of works of art, primarily paintings, depicting Betty Parsons.
A significant portion of the files in this series chronicle Betty Parsons's activities related to the art world. As a renowned art dealer and respected artist, Parsons was a frequently requested speaker, juror for juried art exhibitions, and awards honoree. Her participation at these events is recorded through correspondence, invitations, programs, and award certificates. Noteworthy files include "The Creative in Art" seminar at Sarah Lawrence College, which includes syllabus and extensive notes for ten lectures. There is also a group of folders that document her social and volunteer activities.
Description Container Select
Artist Biography and Narratives, 1949-1982
39
5
Entry in Who's Who, circa 1940s
56
51
Family Trees and Histories, 1948 and undated
39
6
Guest Book for 75th Birthday, 1975
56
52
Guest Book for "Exhibition Water Colors...", 1936 May 27
56
53
Identification/Drivers License , 1927, 1933-1934
56
54
Interview - WNYC (Radio Station) Art Festival, 1951, October 16
39
7
Interview with Colette Roberts, 1968
39
8
Invitations, Announcements and Programs, circa 1928-1979
39
9
Juries, Seminars, Lectures, and Awards
Althena Award,Rhode Island School of Design, 1981-1982
(2 folders)
39
10-11
Awards and Honors, 1972, 1981-1982
56
55
Awards and Honors, circa 1960-1982
39
12
Conference of Women in the Visual Arts, 1972
39
13
Creative Arts Award, Brandeis University, 1980
39
14
Creative Arts Award, Brandeis University, 1980
56
56
FOCUS Panel on Women in the Visual Arts, 1974
56
57
Honorary Degree, Mount Holyoke College, 1981
39
15
Seminar at Sarah Lawrence College, 1971-1972
(2 folders)
39
16-17
Watercolor Society of Alabama, 1980
39
18
Zaner Gallery, 1981
39
19
General, circa 1950-1974
39
20
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1975-1976
(3 folders)
39
21-23
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1976-1977
39
24
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1977-1978
39
25
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1979-1980
39
26
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1980-1981
(2 folders)
39
27-28
Membership Cards and Certificates, 1916, circa 1949-1982
56
58
Membership Cards and Certificates, circa 1940-1980
39
29
Memorial Service, 1982
39
30
Passports, 1922, 1924
56
59
Passports, 1926, 1929
56
60
Passports, 1933, 1937, 1949
56
61
Passports, 1953, 1958, 1962
56
62
Passports, 1967, 1971, 1976
57
1
Personal Papers, Miscellaneous, circa 1934-1990
39
31
Photograph, Black and White Transparency, circa 1960-1970
(Not scanned)
39
32
Photographs, General, circa 1935-1981
39
33
Photographs, General, circa 1935-1981
39
34
Photographs, General, circa 1935-1981
39
35
Photographs of Parsons, circa 1980-1982
57
2
Photographs of Parsons and Others, 1920s-circa 1960s
Includes photos of Parsons laying out guest house plans with Tony Smith.
57
3
Photographs of Parsons and Others, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
57
4
Oversized Photograph of Parsons with Marie Taylor by Henri Cartier-Bresson, circa 1960s
67
Photographs of Parsons and St. Martin's Home, 1982
57
5
Photographs of Gardens, 1981
57
6
Photographs of House in Marion, MA, 1965
57
7
Photographs of Art Works depicting Betty Parsons, circa 1934-1940
(Not scanned)
39
36
Travel Itineraries and Documentation, 1949-1972
39
37-38
Volunteer and Social Activities
Cosmopolitan Club, 1959-1980
39
39
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 1980-1981
39
40
Paul Taylor Dance Company, 1974-1980
(2 folders)
39
41-42
Visiting Nurse Service, 1971-1972
39
43
Miscellaneous, 1949-1975
39
44
War Ration Coupons, 1942-1943
39
45
Photographs of Art Work, undated
57
8

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