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

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7.6: Writings , circa 1930-1981

Writings are arranged as two subseries.
  • 7.6.1: Writings by Parsons, circa 1930-1981
  • 7.6.2: Writings by Others, circa 1950-1980
7.6.1: Writings by Parsons, circa 1930-1981
Writings by Parsons include poems and statements written about various artists which were often used in announcements and catalogs for exhibitions at the gallery. Also found here are miscellaneous writings and fragments expressing or representing the formation of Parsons's ideas about art and life.
Description Container
Poems, circa 1930s-circa 1980s
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Poems, circa 1950s-circa 1980s
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Poems, 1979-1980
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Poems and Statements About Artists, 1960s-1980s
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Poems and Statements About Artists, 1960s-1980s
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Poems and Miscellaneous Writings, circa 1930s-circa 1980s
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Poems and Miscellaneous Writings, circa 1930s-circa 1980s
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Poems and Miscellaneous Writings, 1933-1969
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Poems and Miscellaneous Writings, 1972-1981
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Notes and Fragments, undated
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7.6.2: Writings by Others, circa 1930-1981
Found here are articles, poems, essays, and unpublished manuscripts mostly about Parsons and the Betty Parsons Gallery, including a typescript for an unpublished monograph, "An American Gallery," written by art critic Lawrence Alloway. Related correspondence can be found in the Alloway folders in the Betty Parsons Papers Correspondence files. Also included is a proposal for a documentary film about Betty Parsons titled "Keeper of the Treasure"; it does not appear that this project was realized. Other writings are related to art, dance, and poetry, including a notebook of poems by Parsons Gallery artist, Dorothy Sturm. Two folders of material relate to Lee Hall's biography of Parsons.
Files are arranged by alphabetically by author, followed by one file of miscellaneous essays and poems.
Description Container
About Betty Parsons, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
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Authors C-Z, circa 1930s-circa 1980s
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Authors Unidentified, undated
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Alloway, Lawrence, typescript of "An American Gallery,", circa 1961-1968
(3 folders)
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Codman, Florence, typescript of "Values in Some Recent American Paintings,", undated
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Dlugoszewski, Lucia, miscellaneous writings, circa 1962-1972
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Dreyfuss, Caril, typescript of "On Judging,", 1980
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Du Brul, E. Lloyd, "Biology of Artistic Behavior,", 1968
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Hall, Lee, circa 1970s-1983
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Hall, Lee, Research Material, circa 1970s-1980
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Hawkins, Erick, Miscellaneous Writings, circa 1961-1962
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[Martin, Agnes], manuscript (photocopy) of "Current of the River of Life Moves Us,", undated
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Mathieu, Georges, typescript of "Declaration to the American Avant Garde Painters,", undated
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McFadden, Elizabeth, typescript of "Anthology for Children,", undated
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McFadden, Elizabeth, typescript of "Poetry Edition,", undated
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Motherwell, Robert, typescript of "In Memoriam: Anthony Smith,", 1981
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Putnam, Wallace, photocopy of talk "Come Dance with Dragon,", 1971
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Putnam, Wallace, typescript of "The Shiny Gilt Frame is Gone,", undated
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Sturm, Dorothy, notebook of poems, 1957
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Unknown author, proposal for "Keeper of the Treasure,", circa 1981
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Unknown Author, Drafts of "Keeper of the Treasure", circa 1981
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Miscellaneous typescripts, circa 1950-1965
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