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Donald Bear papers, 1923-1960

Bear, Donald, 1905-1952

Museum director, Painter, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 2 Linear feet (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence, writings, notes, photographs, catalogs, printed material, and scrapbooks.
REELS 1713-1715: 285 letters; drafts and notes for lectures, critical works, and radio talks; paper relating to the design of the "Contemporary American Art" exhibit at the New York's World Fair; a curriculum vitae; essays by other individuals, including Jules Lansner and Anne Fremantle; photographs of Bear's art works; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; periodicals; and printed material.
REEL 1286: Three scrapbooks of clippings, including articles written by Bear while director of the Denver Art Museum and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Museum director, critic, author, and artist; Santa Barbara, Calif.; b. 1905; d. 1952; full name: Donald Jeffries Bear.


Lent and donated by Esther Bear, widow of Bear.

Location of Originals

  • REEL 1286: Originals returned to Esther Bear after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 1713-1715 and 1286 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.

How to Cite This Collection

Donald Bear papers, 1923-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.