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Ethel Edwards papers, circa 1929-1999

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 9 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1936-1999
0.5 linear feet
Box 1

Biographical materials include address books and cards, awards, genealogical material, membership documents, obituaries for Edwards, resumes, and scattered teaching files for the Art Students League and Truro Center for the Arts.
DescriptionContainer
Addresses, circa 1950-circa 1980
1
1-3
Award Certificates, 1936-1977
1
4
Genealogy, circa 1952
1
5
Identification Cards, 1944-1985
1
6
Memberships, 1971-1997
1
7-10
Obituaries for Edwards, 1999
1
11
Resumes, 1960s-1980s
1
12
Teaching, Art Students League, 1980-1995
1
13-14
Teaching, Truro Center for the Arts, 1980-1991
1
15

Series 2: Correspondence, 1940s-1990s
2 linear feet
Boxes 1-3

Correspondence is both personal and professional. Correspondents include friends, colleagues, and family, including Edwards' husband Xavier Gonzalez. Additional correspondents include Franklin Backus, Sally Knudson Reynolds, artists Hall Groat and Immi Storrs, and galleries and arts organizations regarding exhibitions and sales of artwork.
DescriptionContainer
Personal, 1950s-1980s
1
16-20
Personal, 1980s
2
1
Personal, 1990s
2
2-8
Professional
General, 1940s-1990s
2
9-11
Andre Wauters Gallery, 1976-1979
2
12
Arpa, Jose, Regarding, 1992
2
13
Backus, Franklin, circa 1981
2
14
Bates College, 1996-1998
2
15
Century Club, 1988-1991
2
16
Chandler Gallery, 1991
2
17
D.H. Hershel Gallery, circa 1978
2
18
Exhibitions, Regarding, 1954-1993
2
19-21
Fairweather Hardin Gallery, 1964-1969
2
22
Groat, Hall, 1985
2
23
Hait Gallery, 1973-1974
2
24
Hand in Hand Galleries, 1985-1986
2
25
Kendall Art Gallery, 1977-1980
2
26
Left Bank Gallery, circa 1975-1988
2
27
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 1977-1991
2
28
Professional
The Newark Museum, 1982
3
1
Off the Boulevard Gallery, 1978-1979
3
2
Reynolds, Sally Knudson, 1982-1995
3
3
Rising Tide Gallery, 1989-1990
3
4
Selig Manufacturing Co., Inc., 1976
3
5
Sibley Gallery, 1981-1983
3
6
Storrs, Immi, circa 1983
3
7
Summit Gallery, 1980-1984
3
8

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1937-1980s
0.5 linear feet
Box 3

Writings by Edwards include one journal documenting her travels within the United States and in Europe, various writings and notes about art philosophy, and artist's quotes. There are a few writings by others about Edwards and a speech by Nelson A. Rockefeller's for
The Family of Man
(1955) exhibition at the Modern Museum of Art.
DescriptionContainer
Travel Journal, 1937
3
9
Various Writings About Art, 1937-1980s
3
10-13
Notes, circa 1970s
3
14-16
By Others, About Edwards, 1970s-1980s
3
17
By Others, Various, 1953-1983
3
18

Series 4: Business Records, 1949-1994
0.5 linear feet
Boxes 3-4

Business records for the Wellfleet Art Gallery include inventories and price lists of Edwards' and other artists' artwork, a guest book, and a drawing of the gallery grounds. Personal business records include files concerning about commissioned paintings for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, donations of Edwards' and Gonzalez's artwork, funding applications to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial and the Louis Comfort Tiffany foundations, inventories of Edwards' work at other galleries, and sales records. Additionally, there are scattered files for Edwards' exhibitions at the Architectural League of New York's Chair Fair, Chase Manhattan Bank, Grand Central Art Galleries, Norman Kramer Gallery, and St. Peter's College in New Jersey.
DescriptionContainer
Wellfleet Art Gallery, Drawing of Grounds, circa 1970
3
19
Wellfleet Art Gallery, Guest Book, 1984
3
20
Wellfleet Art Gallery, Inventory, 1949-1989
3
21-24
Wellfleet Art Gallery, Price Lists, 1965
3
25
Commission, Paintings for Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, 1970-1973
3
26
Donations of Paintings, 1958-1980
4
1
Exhibitions, 1951-1994
4
2-11
Funding Applications, 1980-1989
4
12-13
Inventory, Various Galleries, 1985-1986
4
14
Sales, Ledger, 1949-1957
4
15
Sales, Auction at Truro Center for the Arts, 1991
4
16

Series 5: Printed Materials, circa 1940s-1990s
2 linear feet
Boxes 4-6, 13

This series contains artwork reproductions, four books that reference Edwards' artwork, brochures and clippings, catalogs and announcements for exhibitions of artwork by Edwards and others, magazines and journals, posters for exhibitions, and press releases.
DescriptionContainer
Artwork Reproductions, 1950s-1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 13.
4
17
Book,
397 Chairs
, 1988
4
18
Book,
Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture
, 1955
4
19
Book,
Prize-Winning Art: Book 7
, 1967
4
20
Book,
Prize-Winning Watercolors: Book 7
, 1967
4
21
Brochures, 1958-1990
4
22
Business Cards, circa 1970s
4
23
Clippings, 1935-circa 1980
Oversized material housed in Box 13.
4
24-33
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, circa 1950s-1980s
4
34
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, circa 1950s-1980s
5
1-11
Gallery Publications, circa 1950s-1980s
5
12-14
Magazines and Journals, circa 1940s-1980s
5
15-20
Magazines and Journals, circa 1940s-1980s
6
1
Posters, 1980s-1990s
6
2
Press Releases, circa 1950s
6
3
Oversized Artwork Reproductions from Box 4, Folders 17, 1950s-1970s
13
Oversized Clippings from Box 4, Folders 24-33, 1935-circa 1980
13

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1940s-1960s
0.2 linear feet
Boxes 4, 13

Three scrapbooks, mostly relating to exhibitions of Edwards' artwork, contain biographical information, exhibition announcements, clippings of exhibition reviews, and photographs of her artwork.
DescriptionContainer
Scrapbook 1, 1940s-1950s
13
Scrapbook 2, 1940s-1950s
6
4
Scrapbook 3, 1950s-1960s
6
5

Series 7: Photographic Materials, 1937-circa 1992
3 linear feet
Boxes 6-9, 13

Photographs are of Edwards, including portraits, images of the artist in her studio, with Xavier Gonzalez and others at exhibitions and in the studio, and with her students at the Art Students League. Personal photographs are of family, photographer Elaine Croce, and travel in Japan and other areas of Asia. Photographs of works of art include works by Edwards, her students, and a mixture of Edwards' work along with the work of unidentified artists. Additional images of works of art are found in six photo albums.
DescriptionContainer
Edwards, circa 1940s-circa 1990
6
6-14
Edwards, Studio, 1960s-1980s
6
15-16
Edwards, Collage Class at Art Students League, circa 1992
6
17
Edwards with Others, circa 1940s-1991
Oversized material housed in Box 13.
6
18-20
Family, circa 1970s
6
21
Elaine Croce, 1986
6
22
Travel, 1950s
7
1-2
General, 1937-1980s
7
3-4
Works of Art, circa 1950-circa 1990
Oversized material housed in Box 13.
7
5-19
Works of Art, circa 1950-circa 1990
8
1-9
Six Disbound Photo Albums of Works of Art, circa 1940s-circa 1990
The album covers were removed; however, the original order of each album remains the same.
8
10-15
Works of Art, Exhibitions, circa 1950-circa 1990
8
16-19
Works of Art, Student Artwork, circa 1980s
8
20
Works of Art, circa 1940s-circa 1990
8
21-24
Works of Art, circa 1940s-circa 1990
9
1-12
Oversized photographs of Edwards with Others from Box 6, Folders 17-19, circa 1940s-1991
13
Oversized Photographs of Works of Art from Box 7, Folder 5-19, circa 1950-circa 1990
13

Series 8: Artwork, circa 1929-1980s
0.2 linear feet
Box 9

Artwork consists of paint sketches by Edwards and Ulrich Erben, sketches by unidentified artists, and source material for art projects.
DescriptionContainer
Paint Sketches by Edwards, circa 1929-circa 1980s
9
13-14
Paint Sketch by Ulrich Erben, circa 1970s
9
15
Pencil/Ink Sketches by Unidentified Artists, circa 1950s-1970s
9
16
Paint Sketches by Unidentified Artists, circa 1950s-1980s
9
17
Source Material for Artwork, circa 1970s-1980s
9
18

Series 9: Sketchbooks, circa 1936-circa 1994
2.3 linear feet
Boxes 9-12, 14

Thirty-two sketchbooks span nearly six decades contain abstract illustrations, still lifes, and sketches of people and street scenes in various mediums. Additionally, some notes and printed materials are scattered throughout.
DescriptionContainer
Sketchbook 1-8, circa 1936-circa 1949
9
19-26
Sketchbook 9-19, circa 1950-circa 1960
10
1-11
Sketchbook 20-25, circa 1974-circa 1990
11
1-6
Sketchbook 26-28, circa 1991-circa 1994
12
1-3
Sketchbook 29-32, circa 1943-circa 1960
14

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