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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Gifford Beal sketches, sketchbooks and papers, 1889-2001, bulk 1900-1954 | Digitized Collection

Gifford Beal sketches, sketchbooks and papers, 1889-2001, bulk 1900-1954

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Series 1: Biographical Materials, circa 1900-1909, 1942, 1953
0.2 linear feet
Boxes 1 and 5

This series contains personal artifacts and documents of Gifford and Maud Beal, including certificates, memorabilia, and a journal.
Membership Certificates include a 1953 American Watercolor Society membership and a National Academy of Design membership from 1914, re-issued in 1942. Maud Beal's travel diary was kept during their 1908 honeymoon to Norway and the British Isles, a December, 1908 trip to Washington, DC, and a 1909 sketching trip to Cold Spring, NY. The journal is illustrated with picture postcards and contains scattered references to Beal's sketching excursions.
This series has been scanned in entirety.

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1906-1954
0.4 linear feet
Box 1

Beal's Correspondence is divided into two groups: letters between Beal and his wife during their courtship and early marriage, and general correspondence.
Letters between Gifford and Maud Beal were written early in their relationship, and are primarily of a personal nature. Beal's letters to his wife contain scattered references to his painting and his experiences in the art world during this period. Two letters from 1906 are illustrated with small cartoons. Scattered third party correspondence of a personal nature is also found among these letters.
General correspondence contains letters from Joseph Pennell (1925); Federal Art Project staff from the Treasury Department including Ed Rowan, Edward Bruce, and Forbes Watson (1938); Walker Hancock (1951); and a series of letters signed "Hyde," from Crow Island, Massachusetts, which may have been written by Edward Hyde Cox (1953-1954). An undated letter from the artist William C. Palmer is filed at the end of the series.
Several postcards with handwritten notes are filed with picture files in the Print Materials and Subject Files.
This series has been scanned in entirety.

Series 3: Printed Materials, circa 1900-2001
0.4 linear feet
Box 1, OV 11

This series contains exhibition catalogs, magazines, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, postcards, and other printed materials related to the career of Gifford Beal.
Exhibition catalogs are for group and solo exhibitions by Beal, with a couple of exhibitions by others represented. A 1938 catalog contains sketches, presumably by Beal, and a few of the other catalogs contain annotations. Single sheets torn from catalogs of group shows are filed at the end of the exhibition catalog file.
Magazines with cover art by Beal include
Town and Country
,
Christian Herald
, and
The Spur
. Clippings contain articles about Beal's exhibitions and reproductions of his artwork. Where found, entire issues of periodicals are filed separately. Pamphlets on artists and art history are primarily small editions produced by Frederick Keppel and Co., which contain etchings of artwork. Reproductions of other artists work such as Fourain, Daumier, Ingres, Degas, Dufy, and others include clippings, prints, and postcards, some of which are annotated with handwritten messages.
The bulk of this series has been digitized. For longer published works, only the covers, title pages, and pages relevant to Gifford Beal have been digitized. Additional printed materials are found in Biographical Materials and Subject Files.

Series 4: Subject Files, circa 1889-1953
0.4 linear feet
Boxes 1-2, OV 10-12

This series contains clippings, photographs, pamphlets, and postcards with images of frequent subjects of Beal's artwork. Contents of files are predominantly printed materials; files containing photographs are noted in the folder listing. The Circus file also contains a large circus poster and numerous programs. The Costume and Horses files contain illustrated reference books. A project file for Beal's Princeton murals also contains photographs, magazine and journal articles, and clippings about the life of engineer Joseph Henry.
Files are arranged alphabetically by subject headings assigned during processing.
The bulk of this series has been scanned with the exception of some printed material concerning artists other than Beal.

Series 5: Photographs, circa 1908-1950
0.2 linear feet
Box 2, OV 10

Photographs in this series depict Gifford and Maud Beal, Beal's artwork, and other subjects. Photographs of Beal include a passport photo and an image of him painting, and there is a single wedding photograph of his wife, Maud Ramsdell Beal. Other subjects include a snapshot of friends inscribed "Cosy, Arthur, and Little Dolly Sullivan" at the home of William Merritt Chase, a religious procession in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and a number of unidentified buildings and architectural subjects.
Photographs of works of art include paintings, murals, and sculptures. The sculptures depicted in the photographs of artwork do not appear to have been made by Beal.
Additional photographs are found in Subject Files. See series description for further details.
This bulk of this series has been scanned. Items which have not been scanned include photographs of works of art; of these, only installation views and one photograph of a mural site have been digitized.

Series 6: Artwork, circa 1900-1951
3.3 linear feet
Boxes 2-9; OV 10, 13-20 and rolled documents 21 and 22

Artwork includes sketchbooks, loose sketches in a variety of media, and prints.
The Artwork series is arranged by type of material into 3 subseries:
6.1: Sketchbooks, circa 1900-1943
6.2: Loose Sketches, circa 1900-1951
6.3: Prints, circa 1900-1939
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Items which have not been scanned due to size, format or fragility are some large format pastel drawings, rolled mural studies and sketches on carbon paper.

Series 7: Scrapbooks, circa 1919-circa 1951
1.1 linear feet
Boxes 7, 23

Series consists of a scrapbook of news clippings and photographs of artwork documenting Beal exhibitions in the 1920s; two scrapbooks of photographs of works of art, some with notations by Gifford Beal, regarding owner and/or subject of the artwork; and some loose photographs and loose scrapbook pages.
This series has been scanned in entirety.

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