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Carl Holty papers, circa 1860s-1972, bulk 1940-1967

Carl Holty papers, circa 1860s-1972, bulk 1940-1967

Holty, Carl, 1900-1973

Painter, Author

Collection Information

Size: 1.8 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Carl Holty (1900-1973) was a painter and writer in New York, N.Y. Member of American Abstract Artists and Audubon Artists.


Material on reels N68-93 and N68-105 were lent for microfilming and portions subsequently donated 1972 by Carl Holty; material on reel 670 was donated 1972 by Holty; material on reel 1625 was donated 1976 & 1977 by Charles Byrne, a friend of Holty's. Additional unmicrofilmed photographs donated in 2006 by Virginia Liles, Holty's biographer.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, writings, printed material and photographs documenting Holty's career as an abstract painter and painting teacher.

Correspondence with Romare Bearden, Charles Byrne, and Hilaire Hiler concerns art, exhibitions and reviews, education, and news of mutual friends. Holty's writings include articles, autobiographical writings, unpublished manuscripts of a monograph, Art In America, and an untitled novel. Also found among his writings is a journal which contains his reminiscences of artist friends and acquaintances, and reflections on art, art history, and his life, personal plans and aspirations.

Printed material consists mainly of clippings about or mentioning Holty, and reviews and publicity relating to The Painter's Mind, a book Holty wrote with Romare Bearden. Miscellaneous records consist of a transcript of an interview with Carl Holty and an identification card issued to his father. Photographs are of artwork, people and places. Also included are 6 photograph albums of Holty's artwork, and a small number of negatives. The people pictured are mainly Holty, friends and family. There is also a group photograph that includes Joan Miró.

Loaned material that was not later donated by Holty was returned to Holty after microfilming. This includes Holty's letters to his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Antonia, letters to Zoe Dusanne, letters from Ulfert Wilkie and Erwin Breithaupt, a small amount of general correspondence, and a typescript copy of Holty's journal. Loaned material is available on microfilm reels N68-93 and N68-105.

Holty's autobiographical notes, an unpublished manuscript, his journal entitled "Reflections"; and some lectures and articles.

Correspondence and clippings, 1926-1968.

One photograph of Holty, previously microfilmed under Photos of Artists I, has now been scanned and returned to the Holty papers.

Microfilm reel N68-93, N68-105, 439, 670, and 1625 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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