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Fred Becker papers, 1913-2004, bulk 1940-2000

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged in 10 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1913-2004
0.1 Linear feet
Box 1

Biographical material includes a birth certificate and announcement, resumes and other biographical summaries, as well as memorial materials and obituaries. Also included are letters and photographs concerning Becker's WWII appointment with the Office of War Information in China.
Description Container Select
Birth Certificate and Announcement, 1913
1
1
Fairfax High School Diploma and Certificate, 1930, 1931
1
2
China Assignment, circa 1945
Includes correspondence with Soong Chi-Ling, Mme. Sun Yat Sen
1
3
Curriculum Vitae, circa 1950-1999
1
4
Retirement, circa 1976-1986
1
5
Who's Who In American Art, circa 1980
1
6
Driver License, circa 2000
1
7
Memorial and Obituaries, circa 2004
1
8

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1940s-2001
0.7 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence reflects relationships with family, colleagues, and friends including S.W. Hayter, Gail Singer, and Mona Van Duyn, as well as professional organizations, museums, and galleries.
Description Container Select
A, circa 1960-1993
1
9
Art Institute of Chicago, 2001
1
10
B, 1965-1993
1
11
Barbarian Press, circa 1988-1994
1
12
Jeana Dale Bearce, circa 1990-1991
1
13
Carla and Jean Becker, circa 1960s
1
14
Fred and Jean Becker (Wedding Plans), circa 1949
1
15
Becker Family, circa 1940s-1970s
1
16
Fred Becker (Letters From), 1993, 1995
1
17
Robert Blackburn (Printmaking Workshop), circa 1989
1
18
C, 1962-1986
1
19
Frances Carey (British Museum), circa 1985-1995
1
20
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1994
1
21
D, circa 1962-1989
1
22
Nancy Dant, circa 1983-1988
1
23
Mon Van Duyn, circa 1972-2004
1
24
E, 1963, 1989
1
25
F, 1962, 1993
1
26
William Fett, circa 1948-1991
1
27
Tom Funk, circa 1989
1
28
John Furbish, circa 1989
1
29
G, circa 1962-1991
1
30
Tom Garst, circa 1972-1988
1
31
Gordon Gilkey, 1958-1992
1
32
H, 1972, 1993
1
33
Désirée Hayter, circa 1973-1999
1
34
Stanley William Hayter, circa 1949-1988
1
35
Al Hirschfeld, circa 1961-1994
1
36
Ian Hugo (Hugh Parker Guiler), circa 1948-1982
1
37
J, 1977
1
38
Dorothy Jeakins, circa 1950-1995
1
39
L, 1963-1972
1
40
Gold Lewis, circa 1977-1980s
1
41
M, circa 1953-1981
1
42
Metropolitan Museum of Art, circa 1986-1987
1
43
Joann Moser (National Museum of American Art), 1990
1
44
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 1999
1
45
N, 1963-1992
1
46
University of Notre Dame, circa 1963
1
47
O, circa 1962-1992
1
48
P, 1948-1978
1
49
Penmaen Press, circa 1984-1993
1
50
R, 1958-1965
1
51
Krishna Reddy, 1988
1
52
Paul Ritscher, 1989
1
53
Bill Roberts, circa 1989-1990
1
54
Baekland Roll, circa 1961-1994
1
55
S, circa 1958-1995
1
56
Gail Singer, circa 1961-1985
1
57
Syracuse University, circa 1986
1
58
T, 1977, 1981
1
59
U, 1961
1
60
United States Information Agency, circa 1966-1968
1
61
V, circa 1955-1991
1
62
W, 1967-1991
1
63
Washington University, St. Louis, circa 1957-1980
1
64
James Wechsler (Mary Ryan Gallery), 1991-1993
1
65
Worcester Art Museum, circa 1989-1993
1
66
Unidentified Correspondents, First Name Only, circa 1956-1994
1
67
Holiday Cards, circa 1947-1961
1
68
Contacts and Addresses, circa 1970s-2000
1
69

Series 3: Writings , circa 1940s-1993
0.1 Linear feet
Box 1

Writings include essays and artist statements written by Becker, articles and essays written about Becker by others, and writings by poets Ruthven Todd and Mona Van Duyn. Lectures are featured in written form, as well as audio.
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Juror's Statement, 1966
1
70
"The WPA Federal Art Project, New York City: A Reminiscence", circa 1970s-1980s
1
71
Statement for Community Art Registry, Amherst, circa 1980s
1
72
Fred Becker on Gail Singer, circa 1983
1
73
"A Becker's Dozen", 1983
1
74
Fred's Tape (Art-Making Topics), circa 1980s-1990s
Includes 1 sound cassette
1
75
Poetry by Ruthven Todd, circa 1940s-1950s
1
76
Poetry by Mona Van Duyn, circa 1950s-1970s
1
77
"Atelier 17 and the New York Avant-Garde 1940-1955" Typescript of Lecture by Sue Fuller, 1993
1
78

Series 4: Interviews , circa 1976-2004
0.2 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

The Interviews series features interviews in written form, as well as audio and video recordings.
Description Container Select
Fred Becker and P. Rubin, Tuscon, AZ (Dec. 1976), circa 1976
1 sound cassette
1
79
Campus Center Interview (Aug. 1989), circa 1989
1 videocassettes (vhs)
1
80
"Recollections of Atelier 17: In Conversation with Martha Sawin" (May 1999), circa 1999
2
1
Fred Becker Interview, circa 2002-2003
1 sound cassette
2
2
Biographical Interview, Summarized by Lanie Delphin, circa 2003-2004
2
3

Series 5: Personal Business Records , circa 1939-1990s
0.1 Linear feet
Box 2

Personal business records include various studio artwork inventories and information regarding artwork donation and sale at auction, in addition to documents related to Becker's role as an art instructor.
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Inventories and Consignments, circa 1939-1989
2
4
Studio Notes, circa 1940s-1970s
2
5
Teaching Evaluations and Letters of Recommendation, circa 1966-1992
2
6
Museum Gifts, circa 1980s-1990s
2
7
Sotheby's Sales, circa 1990-1992
2
8
WPA Prints at Newark Museum, circa 1990s
2
9

Series 6: Exhibition and Gallery Records , circa 1950-2002
0.2 Linear feet
Box 2

The gallery and exhibition records include detailed documentation on gallery and museum exhibitions, as well as correspondence with specific galleries including the Mary Ryan Gallery.
Description Container Select
General Exhibitions, circa 1950-2004
2
10
Mary Ryan Gallery, circa 1982-1993
2
11
Prints St. Louis Artists Guild (Apr. 1964), circa 1964
2
12
Fred Becker, Jerry Kearns, Jean Morrison Cornell Gallery (Oct. - Nov. 1985), circa 1985
2
13
In Pursuit of Abstraction: American Prints 1930-1950 Whitney Museum of American Art (Mar. - May 1986), circa 1986
2
14
Portrait of the Nation U.S. Customs House (June 1987) , circa 1987
2
15
Gravures Newyorkaises 1940-1950 J.C. Riedel (Nov. - Dec. 1989), circa 1989
2
16
Fred Becker: Master Printmaker Molloy College Art Gallery (Nov. - Dec. 1999), circa 1999-2002
2
17
Dynamic Range: The Prints of Fred Becker Arts Atrium Gallery (Feb. 2002), circa 2002
Includes 1 videocassette (VHS)
2
18-19
Motifs and Meanings: The Works of Fred Becker (Dec. 2002-Mar. 2003), circa 2002
2
20

Series 7: Project Files , circa 1957-1993
0.1 Linear feet
Box 2

Project files include documentation on various residencies and government art programs Becker participated in, as well as significant bodies of work and special projects.
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John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Scholarship, circa 1957-1963
2
21
Art in the Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State, 1968-1970
2
22
National Endowment of the Arts Printmaking Fellowship, circa 1974-1975
2
23
Miro Prints, circa 1947, 1974
2
24
William Blake Prints, circa 1974
2
25
Hooks and Eyes Prints, circa 1990
2
26
Atelier 17 Symposium, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, circa 1993
2
27

Series 8: Photographic Material , circa 1930s-1999
0.3 Linear feet
Box 2

Photographic materials document Becker's artwork and include images in the studio, as well as images of works by fellow artists S.W. Hayter and Paul Burlin. Photograph formats include slides, transparencies, negatives, and black and white prints.
Description Container Select
Photographs of the Artist, circa 1930s-1970s
2
28
Artist in Studio, Transparencies, circa 1950s-1960s
2
29
Washington University, St. Louis, circa 1948-1955
2
30
Artwork Images, circa 1933-1990s
2
31-32
WPA Prints, circa 1940s-1950s
2
33-34
Atelier 17 and S.W. Hayter, circa 1940s-1950s
2
35
Burlin and S.W. Hayter, circa 1950s
2
36
Mexico 1950, circa 1950
2
37
Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, 1954
2
38
Print Show S.C., circa 1940s-1960s
2
39
Artwork and Studio, Slides, circa 1960s-1990s
2
40
Artwork Slides (1930s-1940s), circa 1990s
2
41
Artwork Slides (1950s-1960s), circa 1990s
2
42
Artwork Slides (1970s-1990s), circa 1990s
2
43
Artwork Slides, circa 1990s
2
44-45
U. Mass. Amherst Retrospective (1999), circa 1999
2
46

Series 9: Printed Material , circa 1930s-2002
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, clippings and invitations related to Becker's career, as well as concerning other artists.
Description Container Select
American Prints Today Catalogs, 1959, 1962
2
47
Aterlier 17, circa 1943-1986
2
48
Betweek the Image and the Word, (Illustrated by Fred Becker) Promotional Materials, circa 1959
2
49
Clippings Regarding Fred Becker, circa 1951-1999
2
50
Clippings, Newsprint Cartoons by Fred Becker, circa 1930-1932
2
51
Clippings, Retrospective Exhibition at The Bitten End Gallery (Apr. 1975), circa 1975
2
52
Clippings Scrapbook, circa 1955-1964
2
53
Clippings, Miscellaneous, circa 1960s-1990s
2
54
Fred Conway, 1948, 1986
2
55
Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1947-1991
3
1-4
S.W. Hayter, circa 1958-1988
3
5
Invitations and Pamphlets (Fred Becker Exhibitions), circa 1940s-2002
3
6-7
Reflections, Washington University Student Review No. 1-2, 1952, 1953
3
8
S.A.G.A. Annual Print Exhibition, 1962-1979
3
9-10
WPA, circa 1937-1980s
3
11
Writings on Fred Becker, circa 1960s-1993
3
12
Miscellaneous Printed Material, circa 1952-1980s
3
13-15

Series 10: Artwork , circa 1940-1989
0.6 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4

Artwork includes sketchbooks, loose sketches, prints, and a partial letterpress mock-up of Winter of Artifice, printed by author Anais Nin, with various etching illustrations by Ian Hugo.
Description Container Select
Drawing of Rewi Alley, 1945
3
16
Drawings on Paper, circa 1950s-1980s
3
17
Ex Libris for Washington University Library, St. Louis, circa 1950s
3
18
Prints, circa 1940s, 1989
3
19
Prints, William Blake Series, circa 1974
3
20
Sketchbooks (China), circa 1945
3
21
Sketches (China), circa 1945
3
22
Miniature Sketchbooks, circa 1940s-1960s
3
23-24
Sketchbook, circa 1950
3
25
Sketchbook (Mexico), circa 1950
3
26
Sketchbook, circa 1950s
3
27
Sketchbook, circa 1950s-1960s
3
28
Sketchbook, circa 1950s-1960s
3
29
Sketchbook, circa 1967
4
1
Sketchbook, circa 1970s
4
2
Sketchbook, circa 1970s
4
3
Sketchbook, circa 1970s
4
4
Letterpress Mock-up of Anais Nin Book with Etchings by Ian Hugo, circa 1940-1942
4
5-7

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.