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Gardner Cox papers, 1920-1995

Gardner Cox papers, 1920-1995

Cox, Gardner, 1906-1988


Collection Information

Size: 7.8 linear ft. (on 9 microfilm reels)

Addition: ca. 12.0 linear ft.

Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, business records, extensive portrait files, sketches and drawings, notes and writings, art works, subject files, printed materials, photographs, audio-visual material and palette samples relate chiefly to Cox's career as a portrait painter.

Biographical/Historical Note

Portrait painter; Cambridge, Mass. Died 1988. Cox was a friend or acquaintance of many leading cultural figures in Boston and Cambridge, painted the portraits of many of them, and often developed friendly relations with his eminent sitters.


Papers on reels 4486-4494 were donated 1982-1985 by Gardner Cox and by his widow, Phyllis Byrnes Cox, 1989-1990. Additional papers received in 1998 from Cox's sons, James and Benjamin, and his daughter, Phyllis Koch.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels 4486-4494 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

Gardner Cox papers, 1920-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.