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Gene Swenson papers, 1950-1969

Swenson, Gene, 1934-1969

Curator, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 2.8 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of art critic and curator Gene Swenson measure 2.8 linear feet and date from 1950-1969. Included are correspondence with art world and political figures Jim Dine and Harry Truman among others; loose writings and 24 diaries by Swenson, and 13 audio cassette tapes of interviews with artists.

Biographical/Historical Note

Gene Swenson (1934-1969) was an art critic and curator in New York, N.Y.


The collection was donated in 2018 by by Anne Wilson, Gene Swenson's companion.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of audio visual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.

This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to conservation treatment. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Gene Swenson papers, 1950-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.