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Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960

Watson, Forbes, 1879-1960

Arts administrator, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 13.92 linear feet

Summary: The papers of New York City art critic, writer, and lecturer Forbes Watson date from 1840-1967, with the bulk of materials dating from 1900-1960, and measure 13.92 linear feet. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, business records relating to the Arts Publishing Corporation, records documenting Watson's work for the Public Works of Art Project and the Section of Painting and Sculpture, reference files, an exhibition file from the Pepsi-Cola Company's Third Annual Exhibition, writings and notes, ten scrapbooks and loose pages, printed materials, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Forbes Watson (1879-1960) was an art critic, lecturer, and administrator from New York, New York.


The Forbes Watson papers were donated by Watson's widow, Nan Watson, in 1961. An additonal folder of material donated 2018 by the Museum of Modern Art via Michelle Elligott, Chief of Archives, Library and Research.