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Elsie Driggs papers, 1924-1979

Elsie Driggs papers, 1924-1979

Driggs, Elsie B., 1898-1992

Curator, Painter, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear ft.

Summary: The scattered papers of New York City painter Elsie Driggs date from 1924 to 1979 and measure 0.2 linear feet. Included are correspondence, writings by Driggs, personal business records, printed materials, and portrait and family photographs.

Correspondence includes letters from the Baltimore Museum of Art, Adelyn Breeskin, Alexander Brook, Edward Bruce, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, dealer Charles Daniel, Heckscher Museum, Montclair Art Museum, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Newark Musuem, Cynthia Sanford, Francis Steegmuller, Maurice Stern, Jenny Strauss, Walker Art Center, Wichita State University, and Yale University Art Gallery.

Biographical/Historical Note

Elsie Driggs (1898-1992) was a New York City Precisionist painter, curator, and art critic.

Provenance

Elsie Driggs donated her papers to the Archives of American Art in several accretions between 1963 and 1980.

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Funding

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

A Finding Aid to the Elsie Driggs Papers, 1924-1979, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical/Historical note
Elsie Driggs (1898-1992) was a New York City Precisionist painter, curator, and art critic.
Born in Connecticut, Elsie Driggs attended the Art Students League in New York City. She traveled through Italy where she found inspiration from the works of Piero Della Francesca. After settling in New York City, she became active in the Precisionist movement, which reacted to skyscrapers and other modern building projects. Later in her career, she painted watercolors under the federal Public Works of Art project. Driggs was married to fellow artist Lee Gatch.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 5 series.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1924-1979 (3 folders; Box 1)
Series 2: Writings and Notes, circa 1960 (2 folders; Box 1)
Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1964-1979 (1 folder; Box 1)
Series 4: Printed Material, 1964-1978 (1 folder; Box 1)
Series 5: Photographs, 1925-1961 (4 folders; Box 1)
Provenance
Elsie Driggs donated her papers to the Archives of American Art in several accretions between 1963 and 1980.
Processing Information note
Portions of the papers were microfilmed upon receipt. In 2013, the collection was processed and a finding aid created by Jayna Josefson with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Additional Forms Available

Portions of the papers were microfilmed on reel D160. The microfilm is available for interlibrary loan but researchers are advised that the microfilm does not reflect the current order of the papers and is incomplete.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Elsie Driggs papers, 1924-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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