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

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7.5: Annotated Sketchbooks , 1922-1981

According to biographical accounts, Betty Parsons was an avid sketcher, having acquired the habit dating from her studies with the English artist Arthur Lindsay in the 1930s. This subseries includes forty-eight of her sketchbooks of varying sizes, many of which are annotated with diary entries and other notes, such as 1951 notes for her WNYC Radio Arts Festival Interview, a transcript of which can be found in 7.2: Biographical Materials, as well as records of trips with Aline Porter and family, Agnes Martin, and others. The sketchbooks contain abstract, landscape, and figurative drawings and paintings in ink, felt tip marker, gouache, pencil, and other media.
Also found are two notebooks containing dress patterns by Parsons, and some loose sketches and other artwork by unidentified artists. Some of the sketches may be by Parsons.
Description Container Select
Sketchbooks, circa 1920s-circa 1930s
60
22
Sketchbooks, 1930
60
23
Sketchbook, 1933
60
24
Sketchbook, 1935
60
25
Sketchbook, circa 1940s
60
26
Sketchbook, 1948
60
27
Sketchbook, 1948
60
28
Sketchbook, 1950
60
29
Sketchbooks, 1950
60
30
Sketchbook, 1951
42
21
Sketchbook, 1951
60
31
Sketchbook, 1951
60
32
Sketchbook, 1952
60
33
Sketchbook, 1953
60
34
Sketchbook, 1953
61
1
Sketchbook, 1953
61
2
Sketchbook, 1954
61
3
Sketchbooks, 1954
61
4
Sketchbook, 1955
61
5
Sketchbook, 1955
61
6
Sketchbooks, 1958
61
7
Sketchbooks, 1959
61
8
Sketchbook, 1960
61
9
Sketchbook, 1961
61
10
Sketchbooks, 1966, 1968
61
11
Sketchbook, 1967
42
22
Sketchbook, 1969
42
23
Sketchbooks, 1969
61
12
Sketchbook, 1970
61
13
Sketchbooks, 1970
61
14
Sketchbook, 1971-1972
61
15
Sketchbook, 1972
61
16
Sketchbook, 1972
62
1
Sketchbook, 1973-1974
62
2
Sketchbook, 1975
62
3
Sketchbooks, 1976
62
4
Sketchbook, 1976-1977
62
5
Sketchbook, 1977
62
6
Sketchbook, 1979
62
7
Sketchbook, 1981
62
8
Dress Patterns, 1922
62
9
Dress Patterns, 1922
62
10
Loose Sketches by Parsons and Others/Unidentified, undated
62
11
Loose Sketches by Parsons and Others/Unidentified, undated
62
12
Loose Sketches by Parsons and Others/Unidentified, 1934, 1939, 1954
62
13
"Sketchbook" Compilation of Photocopies from Parsons's Sketchbooks, Women's Interart Center, undated
62
14
Artwork by Others, undated, 1940
62
15

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