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Edward H. La Farge papers, 1928-1974

LaFarge, Edward H. (Edward Hooper), 1901-1981

Art teacher


Collection Information

Size: 1 Linear foot, ca. 600 items (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: Papers mostly regarding La Farge's teaching career at Rhode Island School of Design.
UNMICROFILMED: Resumes and applications, 1937-1962; correspondence, undated and 1928-1971, with letters from Gordon Bailey Washburn, John Davis Hatch, and others; 3 photographs, undated and 1958, of La Farge and others; ca. 200 slides and photographs, undated and 1969-1971, of his students' work; 2 small sketchbooks, undated, containing watercolor drawings, pencil drawings and pastel drawings; other artwork, including collage, ink and pencil drawings, and two woodblock prints, one signed "Phelps" and the other signed "Cardenas"; and five profusely illustrated notebooks and illustrated loose notes dating from his years as an art student.
Also included are writings on art and on his family; teaching files, primarily containing lecture notes, undated; a film strip of student's work; a file on La Farge's activities with the Junior Recreation Center, including equipment lists, budgets, etc., 1943-1945; and printed materials, mostly regarding the RISD (newsletters, exhibition catalogs and reports by the school president, etc.).
REEL 2707: An unpublished photographic essay by John McWilliams on La Farge and his freshman three-dimensional design class at the RISD in the early 1970's. Also included is a letter from David B. Manzella, to La Farge, 1974; and a newspaper clipping about La Farge, 1965.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art instructor. La Farge was an art instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design from ca. 1944-1974.


Material on reel 2707 lent for microfilming 1982 by Anne W. La Farge, wife of Edward H. La Farge; unmicrofilmed material donated 1982 by La Farge.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 2707: Originals returned to Mrs. Edward H. La Farge after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 2707 available 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

Edward H. La Farge papers, 1928-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.