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David Smith sketchbook, 1954-1969

Smith, David, 1906-1965

Muralist, Painter, Engraver, Printmaker, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 1 Item, reel microfilm

Summary: A sketchbook in black and white containing sketches and studies beginning in April, 1954 for the Willard Gallery. Sketches and studies are for the sculpture projects "Bicycle," "Ridge Runner," "Monday Woman," "Europa," "Tanktotem III," and "Tanktotem IV." Also included are notes on the sketches and some financial statements, one short letter from Smith's daughter Rebecca Smith, and three family photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

David Smith (1906-1965) was a sculptor from Bolton Landing, N.Y. Began his career as a painter. Studied at Art Students League. Was one of the first sculptors to develop a uniquely American abstract style. Worked in monumental style, incorporating painted metal and welding techniques into his work. Smith died in an automobile accident in May 1965.


Lent for microfilming 1981 by Adam Mekler, a California gallery owner.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Original returned to lender, Adam Mekler, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 2300 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

David Smith sketchbook, 1954-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.