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A Finding Aid to the Hassel Smith papers, circa 1900-2004, bulk 1930-1995 | Digitized Collection

Hassel Smith papers, circa 1900-2004, bulk 1930-1995

Smith, Hassel Wendell, 1915-2007

Painter, Printmaker

This site provides access to the papers of Hassel Wendell Smith in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2011. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 5,095 images.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Getty Foundation and funding for digitization was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 4.0 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Southern California painter and instructor Hassel Smith measure 4 linear feet and date from circa 1900-2004, bulk 1930-1995. Found within the papers are correspondence, a transcript of an interview conducted by Jan Butterfield in the 1980s, personal business files, teaching files, writings by Smith and others, sketches, printed materials, and photographs of Smith, his family, friends, and Smith's artwork. There are audio recordings of a lecture series organized by Smith and of reviews of Smith's work. Correspondents include Paule Anglim, Elmer Bischoff, Andre Emmerich, Clyfford Still, Wayne Thiebaud, and many others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Hassel Smith (1915-2007) was a Bay area abstract expressionist painter, painting instructor at the California School of Fine Arts, and a lecturer at the University of California.

Provenance

Hassel Smith donated most of his papers in several increments between 1980 and 1998. His son Joseph donated audio recordings in 1980, and Hassel Smith's widow Donna donated additional materials in 2004.

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Funding

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Getty Foundation and funding for digitization was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.