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Dwinell Grant papers, 1923-1988

Grant, Dwinell, 1912-

Painter, Filmmaker


Collection Information

Size: 2 Linear feet (on 4 partial microfilm reels)

Summary: Biographical material; correspondence; business records; writings; printed material; photograph albums; sketchbooks; and videocassettes.
REELS 4152-4153: Biographical material including a fraternity membership card, 6 resumes, a biographical account, a transcript of an interview of Grant, award certificates, and a diploma; correspondence, primarily dealing with Hilla Rebay of the Guggenheim Foundation from whom Grant received funding for film projects, and including project proposals and financial accounts, some letters also deal with the medical films he produced; letters and financial records concerning the sale of his paintings through the Olympia Gallery, Martin Diamond Fine Arts, Inc., and the Graham Gallery;
typescript writings expressing Grant's thoughts on art and religion; clippings; 17 programs from plays produced at Wittenberg College; 11 exhibition announcements and catalogs; 7 press releases; and 13 brochures and fliers concerning Grant's medical and other filmmaking projects; and two videotapes PROFILE OF DWINELL GRANT from "Profiles in Excellence" conducted by Gary Perdue, and an interview with Grant for ART BEAT;
REELS 4154-4155: writings, mostly from the 1980s, expressing Grant's thoughts and philosophies concerning himself and his art work, sometimes presented in the format of a journal; one album containing photographs of Grant, his family and friends, and nine albums of photographs of works and of gallery installations, annotated with information on sales, experiments with light, including a formula for stereoscopic drawing, notes on abstract films, medical illustrations, and dream fantasies; and two sketchbooks containing abstract drawings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, filmmaker; New York, N.Y. and New Hope, Pa. Born and raised in Ohio, Grant received early art training from his grandfather, Paul E. Henking. He also studied at the Dayton Art Institute and the National Academy of Design. In 1935, he began teaching at Wittenberg College in Ohio. He was primarily influenced by his association with Hilla Rebay and the Museum of Non-Objective Art (the Guggenheim), and from 1944-1948 worked on an unfinished film project for the Guggenheim. In 1947, he began producing medical teaching films and supplemented his income with work on medical books, while continuing to work on his paintings.


Loan, Reels 4154-4155: All material was assembled and edited by the donor specifically for microfilming by the Archives. The writings were copied into the notebook by Grant from other sources.

Location of Originals

  • Reels 4154-4155: Originals in the possession of Dwinell Grant.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 4152-4153 and 4154-4155 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

Dwinell Grant papers, 1923-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.