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David Tompkins Ellis papers, 1971-1981

David Tompkins Ellis papers, 1971-1981

Ellis, David Tompkins, 1948-

Sculptor, Painter, Printmaker, Author


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear ft. (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence, artwork, photographs and slides of artwork, printed material, poetry, and a diary.

REELS 2154 (fr.1-165) and 3448 (fr.215-248): A resume; correspondence; exhibition announcements, clippings, artwork, 1976-1980; photographs and slides of artwork, a handmade booklet of poems and illustrations by Ellis, and two books containing illustrations by Ellis.

REELS 2154 (fr. 166-184) and 3447-3448: Biographical data, an undated diary, poetry and notes, exhibition catalogs and announcements, 2 clippings and one magazine containing an article on Ellis, sketches, four photographs, and a file on Ellis' quilt sculpture project, including proposals, notes and sketches.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sculptor, painter, printmaker, writer; Austin, Texas. Studied at the Art Institute of Boston and the National Academy of Fine Arts, Mexico City. Ellis lived and worked in Mexico for ten years, moving to Austin in 1977. His work has been exhibited extensively in Mexico City. He was commissioned to create a work for the Dougherty Center Sculpture Project in Austin.


Lent for microfilming by David Tomkins Ellis, 1981, except for material on reels 2154, frames 166-184, and 3448, frames 215-248, which he donated.

Location of Originals

  • Reels 2154, fr. 166-184, and 3447-3448: Originals returned to the lender, David Tompkins Ellis, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reel 2154 available for use only at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and through interlibrary loan.

microfilm reels 3447-3448 available for use only at Museum of Fine Arts Houston; and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

David Tompkins Ellis papers, 1971-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.