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George Tooker papers, circa 1851-2010

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1932-1968
0.7 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 5

Biographical material includes an address book, education documents from Harvard University and Phillips Academy, an essay about George Tooker's artwork, and a resume.
Description Container Select
Education Documents, 1938, 1957
1
2
Essay, George Tooker, undated
1
3
Membership Documents, 1968, 1932
1
4
Resume, undated
1
5

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1932-1973
0.6 Linear feet
Box 1

A bulk of the correspondence found here is from individuals and organizations seeking to purchase original paintings and requesting permission to reproduce George Tooker's works for publication. Also included are invitations to participate in exhibitions and artist-in-residence programs, requests from art students for letters of recommendation, and requests to participate in arts surveys. Correspondents include Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Walter Bachinski, William Christopher, Otto Dix, Jared and Margaret French, Ralph Ginzburg, Xavier Gonzalez, Robert Isaacson, Edward Laning, Lincoln Kirstein, Lee Nordness, Bernard Perlin, Joan Peterson, Theodore Stamos, Bridget Tichenor, and others.
Description Container Select
Correspondence, 1932-1949
1
6
Correspondence, 1950-1955
1
7
Correspondence, 1956-1958
1
8
Correspondence, 1959-1960
1
9
Correspondence, 1961-1962
1
10
Correspondence, 1963
1
11
Correspondence, 1964
1
12
Correspondence, 1965
1
13
Correspondence, 1966
1
14-15
Correspondence, 1967
1
16-18
Correspondence, 1968
1
19-21
Correspondence, 1969
1
22
Correspondence, 1970
1
23
Correspondence , 1971
1
24-25
Correspondence, 1972
1
26
Correspondence, 1973
1
27
Correspondence, undated
1
28-31

Series 3: Project Files , 1939-1968
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 3

Project files document Tooker's commissioned work and contain correspondence, business documents, printed ephemera, sketches, photographs, three volumes of vocal scores, and textile samples. Projects of note include set and costume design for Gian-Carlo Menotti's opera The Saint of Bleecker Street and Tooker's participation in the selection of candidates for the Vestris Prize for Choreography.
Description Container Select
Agreements, Art Students' League (New York, N.Y.), 1965-1967
1
32
Commission, NASA, 1968
1
33
Commission, The Saint of Bleecker Street, 1953-1955
(Includes photographs, sketches, and vocal scores)
1
34-39
Committee of Judges for the Vestris Prize, 1966-1968
1
40-41
Miscellaneous Projects, 1939-1967
1
42
Textile samples, undated
1
43
Vocal Scores, The Saint of Bleecker Street, 1953-1955
(Oversized material from Box 1, Folder 39)
3

Series 4: Printed Material , circa 1942-1973
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

Printed material consists of a book entitled Conversations with Artists by Selden Rodman, two scrapbooks with news clippings and annotations about Tooker's artwork and exhibitions, press releases, and miscellaneous invitations and announcements.
Description Container Select
Book, Conversations with Artists by Selden Rodman, 1957
1
44
Invitations and Announcements, circa 1942-1970
1
45
Magazines and Journals, 1954-1968
1
46
News Clippings, circa 1956-1973
1
47
Press Releases, 1946, 1966
1
48
Scrapbooks, 1945-1951
1
49

Series 5: Artwork and Sketchbook , circa 1943-1945
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 3

Artwork includes one sketchbook, loose drawings, and sketches from Tooker's studies at the Art Students' League (New York, N.Y.).
Description Container Select
Drawings and Sketches, Reginald Marsh's Class, Art Students' League (New York, N.Y.), 1944-1945
1
50-56
Sketchbook, Reginald Marsh's Class, Art Students' League (New York, N.Y.), circa 1943-1944
3

Series 6: Photographs , circa 1930-1970
0.2 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3

Photographs primarily consist of black and white photographs taken by George Platt Lynes and PaJaMa in the mid to late 1940s. A majority of the photographs depict artists and friends, among them: George Tooker and his companion William Christopher, Paul Cadmus, Jared and Margaret French, Lincoln and Fidelma Kirstein, Glenway Wescott, Monroe Wheeler, and Bridget Tichenor. Other photographs are of Tooker building his home, gardening, and working in his studio in Hartland, Vermont. Also included are installation views from the exhibition Painting in the United States (1949) at the Carnegie Institute in Pennsylvania and images of a bureau made by Tooker.
Description Container Select
Miscellaneous Photographs, circa 1959-1968
1
57
Painting in the United States (1949), Carnegie Institute, 1947-1949
(Includes installation views and related material)
1
58
Photographs by PaJaMa, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 1946
2
1
Photographs by PaJaMa, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1947
2
2
Photographs by PaJaMa, Rome and Venice, Italy, 1948
2
3
Photographs of Artists by George Platt Lynes, circa 1940s
2
4-10
Photographs of Bureau by George Tooker, undated
2
11
Photographs of George Tooker and Others, circa 1930-1970
2
12-14
Photographs of George Tooker and Paul Cadmus, 1947-1948
2
15
Photographs of George Tooker and Installation View, undated
2
16
Photographs of George Tooker, Hartland, Vermont, circa 1957-1958
(Includes studio views)
2
17
Group Portrait, Young George Tooker at Two Seasons Summer Camp, undated
3

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.