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Buffie Johnson papers, circa 1920-2010

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as six series

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1940-2007
3 folders
Box 1

Biographical material dates from circa 1940-2007 and includes an address book, a posthumously received lifetime achievement award, and a few resumes.
Description Container Select
Address Book, 1940s-1950s
1
1
Award, Lifetime Achievement, 2007
1
2
Resumes, 1970s
1
3

Series 2: Correspondence , 1950-2009
0.2 Linear Feet
Box 1

Correspondence dates from 1950-2009 and is primarily letters from friends and colleagues, with a few back and forth exchanges between Johnson and Paul Bowles. Letters and postcards were received from E.E. Cummings, Sonia Delaunay, Marion Moorhouse, Georgia O'Keeffe, Betty Parsons, Kathleen Raine, and Virgil Thomson. One item of correspondence from Tracy Boyd dates from after Johnson's death and seeks to correct the credit line for an image of Johnson's painting posted online.
Description Container Select
Bowles, Paul, 1990-1992
1
4
Boyd, Tracy regarding Johnson's portrait of Tennessee Williams, 2009
1
5
McNay Art Institute, 1974-1976
1
6
Betty Parsons Gallery, 1967, 1950
1
7
Thomson, Virgil, 1982
1
8
General, 1953-1996
1
9

Series 3: Writings , circa 1960-1995
3 folders
Box 1

Writings date from circa 1960-1995 and include several artist and biographical statements by Johnson, as well as other writings about women and the arts. Titles include, "Archetypes of the Feminine," "The Roots of Feminine Power, and "Women in Art." Also found here are two writings about Johnson by her second husband, Gerald Sykes.
Description Container Select
Artist and Biographical Statements, circa 1960-1995
1
10
Other Writings by Johnson, circa 1960-1985
1
11
Writings by Gerald Sykes regarding Buffie Johnson, 1964, 1969
1
12

Series 4: Exhibition and Project Files , circa 1959-1995
0.2 Linear Feet
Box 1

Exhibition and project files date from circa 1959-1995 and include documentation of one exhibition, an exhibition proposal, and a mural Johnson completed for the Astor Theatre. Items include correspondence, writing, printed material, and photographic material.
Description Container Select
Exhibition, Plants (1995), circa 1995
1
13
Exhibition Proposal for Guggenheim Museum, "The Art of the American Woman, 1943-1983", 1979-1983
1
14
Astor Theatre Mural, circa 1959-1982
1
15-16

Series 5: Printed Material , circa 1920-2010
2.5 Linear Feet
Box 1-4, OV 5

Printed material dates from circa 1920-2010 and extensively documents Johnson's career and dozens of exhibitions through announcements, bulletins, catalogs, clippings, newsletters, periodicals, a few published interviews, and posters. Books include The Grey Fairy which Johnson colored as a child, and numerous books from her library inscribed by the authors including, Slate Brown, Lawrence Durrell, Anaïs Nin, and others. A few other items of printed matter include a merchandise catalog, programs, and reports.
Description Container Select
Book, The Grey Fairy, Hand-Colored by Johnson as a Child, circa 1920
1
17
Books, Inscribed, circa 1928-1959
1
18-22
List of Books in Johnson's Library, circa 2010
1
23
Announcements, 1930s-2000s
2
1-3
Bulletins and Newsletters, 1950s-1970s
2
4
Clippings, 1940s-1990s
Oversized clippings housed in Box 4, Folders 1-5
2
5-7
Exhibition Catalogs, 1940s-1980s
2
8-16
Exhibition Catalogs, 1990s-2000s
3
1
Periodicals, circa 1940-1991
3
2-11
Published Interviews, 1976-1977
3
12
Other Printed Matter, 1970s-2000s
3
13
Oversized Clippings from Box 2, Folders 5-7
4
1-5
Posters, 1949-1977
OV 5

Series 6: Photographic Material , 1920-2006
0.5 Linear Feet
Box 3-4

Photographic material dates from 1920-2006 and is primarily photographic prints, with a few negatives that show Johnson at all stages of her life, in her studio, at exhibitions and openings, and in professional portraits. Other photographs capture the interiors of her residences in New York and document her paintings. One folder contains portraits given to Johnson by her sitters including Ruth Ford, Gypsy Rose Lee, Peter van Eyck, Tennessee Williams, and others.
Description Container Select
Buffie Johnson, circa 1940-2000
Oversized photograph housed in Box 4, Folder 6
3
14
Buffie Johnson and Schoolmates, Class Portrait, 1920
3
15
Exhibition Opening at Grandville Gallery, New York City, 1964
3
16
Other Exhibitions, 1950s-1960s
3
17
Family and Friends, circa 1940, circa 1990
3
18
Portraits Given to Johnson by her Sitters, 1950s-1960s
3
19
Residences
102 Greene Street, New York City, 1998-2006, circa 1980
3
20
231 East 77 Street, New York City, circa 1969
3
21
235 East 58 Street, New York City, circa 1946
3
22
Windover, East Hampton, New York, circa 1960
3
23
Photographs of Artwork, 1960s-1990s
3
24
Oversized Photograph of Buffie Johnson from Box 3, Folder 14
4
6

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