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Denys Wortman papers, 1887-1980

Denys Wortman papers, 1887-1980

Wortman, Denys, 1887-1958


Collection Information

Size: 2.0 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: Biographical material, letters, business records, notes, writings, art work, photographs, printed material; and an untranscribed interview.

Biographical/Historical Note

Cartoonist, New York, New York. Born in Saugerties, New York, Wortman studied engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology and at Rutgers College. From 1906-1909, he studied at the Chase School of Art in New York City with Kenneth Hayes Miller and classmates George Bellows, Edward Hopper, and Rockwell Kent. Beginning as a landscape painter from the "Gloucester School," Wortman's career changed when his drawings of life as a sailor in World War I were published in the New York Tribune. From 1924-1954, his daily cartoons "Metropolitan Movies" and "Mopey Dick and the Duke" mirrored New York life in the New York World-Tribune.


Material on reel 3014 lent from microfilming by Hilda Wortman, Wortman's widow. She donated the unmicrofilmed material 1979-1983. Craven interview tape donated 1981 by Denys Wortman Jr.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 3014: Originals returned to the lender, Hilda R. Wortman, after microfilming.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reel 3014 available for use at Archives of American Art offices 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.

Restrictions on Use

Unfilmed: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from: Denys Wortman, Jr., 1000 Massachusetts, Cambridge, Mass. 02138.

How to Cite This Collection

Denys Wortman papers, 1887-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.