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Denys Wortman papers, 1887-1980

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1913-1958

Biographical material includes biographical accounts and a certificate of marriage between Wortman and his first wife, Aimée Kempe in 1913.
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Biographical Material, 1913-1958
1
1

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1911-1980

Correspondence, which comprises the bulk of this collection, consists of letters, some illustrated, to Wortman and his second wife Hilda. Letters are from his mother, his brother Elbert, newspaper publishers, and colleagues including Peggy Bacon, Roy Baker, George G. Barnard, Gifford Beal, Ruth Benedict, Isabel Bishop, Charlton Bolles, Arthur Brown, E. Button, Stuart Campbell, Edward C. Caswell, Thomas Cole, Nathaniel Collier, Worth Colwell, Fred Cooper, Raymond M. Crosby, Benjamin Dale, Bob Davis, John Dawson, Ed De Cossey, Steven Dohanos, Max and Eliena Eastman, Pat Enright, W. D. Faulkner, Robert Fawcett, Max Fleischer, Juliana Force, Lora B. Fox, Fred Freeman, James Freeman, Alfred Frueh, Murray Harris, Jim Herbert, R. John Holmgren, Ellison Hoover, Will B. Johnstone, H. J. Kauffer, J. Graham Kaye, Clarence B. Kelland,Walter Klett, Gene Lockhart, Arthur Mann, Frank J. Marshall, Jim McKenna,Helen Miller, Gladys Mock, Feg Murray, Frank Netter, William Oberhardt, Lloyd Parsons, Audrey Parsons, Garrett and Florence Price, Raymond Prohaska, George Raab, Samuel Raab, Jack Ratcliff, Norman Rothschild, Harry Salpeter, Albert Sterner, Jack Van Ryder, Leroy Ward, Mahonri Young, Carl Zigrosser, William Zorach, and Thomas Benton's wife Rita.
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Letters, undated
1
2
Letters, A-L, undated
1
3-7
Letters, M-Z, undated
1
8-11
Letters, 1911-1917, 1921-1925
1
12-13
Letters, 1926-1929
1
14-19
Letters, 1930-1934
1
20-27
Letters, 1935-1936
1
28-35
Letters, 1937-1938
1
36-48
Letters, 1939-1940
1
49-62
Letters, 1941-1952
1
63-70
Letters, 1953-1954
1
71-78
Letters, 1955-1980
1
79-83

Series 3: Personal Business Records , 1921-1954

Personal Business records consists of legal contracts with newspapers and publishers, client lists, a lease, check stubs, an expense book, and receipts.
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Contracts, 1925-1938
1
84
Client List, 1935-1954
1
85
Miscellaneous Business Records, 1924-1952
1
86
Check Stubs, 1921-1922
1
87
Notebook of Expenses, 1923
2
1
Miscellaneous Financial Material, 1923-1952
2
2

Series 4: Writings , undated, 1918-1927

Writings includes membership lists for the Dexter Fellows Tent Circus Saints, the Sinners Club of America and, the Artists and Writers Golf Association, word puzzles and mathematical formulas, and the scripts for "I Know What I Like" by Arthur William Brown and Phil Broughton and "Taxi,-Lady?" by William and Vivian Place. Also found is a notebook from 1927, and a diary of Aimée Kempe Wortman.
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Membership Lists, undated
2
3
Miscellaneous Notes, undated
2
4
Diary By Aimee Kempe Wortman, 1918
2
5
"Writings Hobbies For Everybody:'Drawing and Cartooning'" by Ruth Lampland with Chapter by Wortman, circa 1935
2
6
"I Know What I Like" Writing Script by Arthur William Brown and Phil Broughton, undated
2
7
"Taxi,-Lady?" Writing Script by William and Vivian Place, undated
2
8
Notebook, 1927
2
9
Miscellaneous Writings, undated
2
10

Series 5: Interviews , undated, circa 1952

The interviews consist of a transcript of Wortman, Charles I. Stewart, and Johanna Harris discussing "Art under a Democracy," and an untranscribed interview of Wortman conducted by Thomas Craven, circa 1952.
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"Art Under A Democracy," Transcript, undated
2
11
Interview of Denys Wortman by Thomas Craven, circa 1952
1 sound tape reel
2
12

Series 6: Artwork , undated, 1919

Artwork includes 25 drawings, a print by Wortman, and drawings by Francis Hackett and William Zorach.
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By Denys Wortman, undated, 1919
2
12
By Denys Wortman, undated
5
By Francil Hackett, undated
1
13
by William Zorach, undated
1
14

Series 7: Printed Material , circa 1901-1954

Printed material includes clippings, exhibition catalogs, programs, and material concerning The Players and the Society of Illustrators.
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Clippings, undated
2
15
Clippings, 1903-1939
2
16-18
Clippings, 1940-1978
2
19-21
Clippings and Reproductions of Artwork, 1920-1943, undated
4
Exhibition Catalogs, 1935-1953
2
22
Reproductions of Artwork, 1918, undated
2
23
Programs, 1938-1951
2
24
Society of Illustrators, 1901-1939
2
25
The Players, 1938
2
26
Proof Sheet for Booklet Metropolitan Movies, undated
2
27
Miscellaneous, 1939-1954
2
28
Posters and Reprints of Illustrations, circa 1927-1939
7

Series 8: Photographs , circa 1887-1956

Photographs are of Wortman, his family, and colleagues, including Harry Beckhoff, Alexander Brook, Clarence Brown, Glenn O. Coleman, Fred Cooper, Thomas Craven, Rudy Dirks, Steven Dohanos, Max and Eliena Eastman, Duncan Ferguson, Stefan Hirsch, Will B. Johnstone, Frank Kidder, Richard Lahey, Robert Laurent, Joseph Lilly, Esther Merrill, Wallace Morgan, Willard Mullin, Garrett and Florence Price, Otto Soglow, Marguerite Zorach, and Thomas Hart Benton, sports cartoonist Feg Murray (3) with film celebrities Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, and Jean Harlow, works of art, stage productions by members of the Society of American Illustrators and a gathering at the Grand Central Galleries of modern artists including Peggy Bacon, Dorothy Varian, Max Weber, and William Zorach.
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School, 1908-1909, undated
3
1
Wortman and Family, 1887-1940
3
2-5
Wortman and Friends, 1912-1956
3
6-7
Modern Artists, undated
3
8
Works of Art, undated
3
9
Cartoonist Feg Murray with Celebrities, undated
3
10
Miscellaneous Photographs, undated
3
11
Oversize Photographs, 1933, undated
6

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.