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Helen Boyd Keen papers, 1936-1986

Contents and Arrangement

Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.

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Series 1: Helen Boyd Keen papers , 1936-1986
1.5 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2, OV3

Helen Boyd Keen's artworks include sketches of children, animals, and foliage, and one sketchbook dated 1947. The sketchbook contains sketches, notes on Keen's Art Students League calligraphy class, and writings by Eduard Corvin, Isak Dinesen, and D.T. Suzuki. Biographical material consists of a resume and excerpts of criticisms of Keen's artwork. Correspondents include the Annie Wright School, John Edgar Bailes, John Ford, Ruth Jenkins, and Dodie Snapp. Photographs depict Keen's artwork and the Pacific Northwest and may be annotated. Keen's writings include two notebooks kept during her lessons under Tobey (1936-1945). A scrapbook consists of news clippings and a photograph of Keen in London.
Subject files represent the bulk of the collection, and concern Keen's friends, colleagues, and teachers, and may include correspondence, printed material, photographs, and writings. Subjects include Mario Bambagini, Phyllis Cummins, Frederick Dockstader, Jonathan Gibson, Colin Graham, Mildred Johnstone, Mary Kennedy, Sally Lewis, Dr. E.A. Lowe, Barbara Morgan, Ben Nicholson, Nancy Wilson Ross, Walter Starcke, Lynne Thompson, and Vaclav Vytlacil. Of note are forty-one letters from Tobey to Keen.
Series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Description Container Select
Artwork, by Helen Boyd Keen, 1972-1974
1
1
Artwork, Sketchbook, 1947
1
2
Biographical Material, 1972
1
3
Correspondence, 1958-1986
1
4
Photographs, of Pacific Northwest, circa 1940s
1
5
Photographs, of Works of Art, 1950s-1960s
1
6
Printed Material, Books, 1948-1956
1
7-9
Printed Material, Clippings, 1940-1976
1
10
Printed Material, Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1945-1973
1
11
Printed Material, General, 1947-1984
1
12-13
Scrapbook, Mixed Media, 1945-1972
1
14
Subject File, Mario Bambagini, 1972-1975
1
15
Subject File, Phyllis Cummings, 1948-1963
1
16
Subject File, Frederick Dockstander (Heye Foundation), 1966
1
17
Subject File, Jonathan Gibson, 1968-1974
1
18
Subject File, Colin Graham, 1962-1979
1
19
Subject File, Mildred Johnstone, 1960-1975
1
20
Subject File, Mary Kennedy, 1954-1972
1
21-22
Subject File, Sally Lewis, 1956-1975
1
23
Subject File, Dr. E. A. Lowe, 1961
1
24
Subject File, Barbara Morgan, 1967-1972
1
25
Subject File, Nguyen Van Dinh, 1965-1975
1
26
Subject File, Ben Nicholson, 1945-1956
1
27
Subject File, Nancy Wilson Ross, 1942-1972
1
28
Subject File, Walter Stracke, 1968-1975
1
29
Subject File, Lynne Thompson and Vaclav Vytacil, 1956-1964
1
30
Subject File, Mark Tobey, 1938-1974
1
31-33
Subject File, Mark Tobey, 1938-1974
2
1-5
Subject File, Mark Tobey, 1938-1974
3
Writings, by Helen Keen, 1976-1977
2
6-7
Writings, by Others, 1960-1973
2
8-9
Writings, Notebooks, 1936-1945
2
10

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