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Subseries 7.2 | A Finding Aid to the Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, circa 1920-1991, bulk 1946-1983 | Digitized Collection

Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, circa 1920-1991, bulk 1946-1983

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7.2: Biographical Material, circa 1932-1983

Found here are scattered personal papers, such as Parsons' artist biography, family trees for the Pierson and Miles families, association membership cards, interview transcripts, travel itineraries, photographs, and 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. Additionally there is a folder of photographs of works of art, primarily paintings, depicting Betty Parsons.
The bulk of the files in this series chronicle Betty Parsons' 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.
This subseries has been scanned in its entirety, except for photographs of artwork.
DescriptionContainer
Artist Biography and Narratives, 1949-1982
39
5
Family Trees and Histories, 1948 and undated
39
6
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, circa 1960-1982
39
12
Conference of Women in the Visual Arts, 1972
39
13
Creative Arts Award, Brandeis University, 1980
39
14
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, circa 1940-1980
39
29
Memorial Service, 1982
39
30
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
(3 folders)
39
33-35
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

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