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James Brooks and Charlotte Park papers, 1909-2010, bulk 1930-2010

Brooks, James, 1906-1992


Collection Information

Size: 20.1 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Abstract Expressionist painters James Brooks and Charlotte Park measure 18.7 linear feet and are dated 1909-2010, bulk 1930-2010. Included are biographical material, correspondence, interviews, writings, subject files, printed material, artwork, photographs, personal business records, exhibition records and a sound recording documenting James and Charlotte Brooks' painting careers, interests, professional and personal activities, Charlotte's role as executor of James' estate, and the James Brooks and Charlotte Park Brooks Foundation. There is a 1.4 linear foot addition to this collection donated in 2017 that includes 58 "week-at-a-glance" appointment books, three journals and one address/ telephone book of Charlotte Park; a hand written chronology with significant dates and notes; postcards and exhibition announcements sent to Charlotte and James; doodles; and a sketch, possibly by Don Kingman.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Brooks (1906-1992) and Charlotte Park (1919-2010) were Abstract Expressionist painters in East Hampton, N.Y. Brooks studied under Kimon Nicolaides and Boardman Robinson. He served as an artist in the War Department and during the Depression he painted murals for federal art programs. Park was an art teacher. Brooks and Park married in 1947.


The majority of the collection was donated in 2013 by the James Brooks and Charlotte Brooks Foundation and an additional 1.4 linear feet donated 2017 by the Foundation. In 1979 James Brooks donated most of the material lent for microfilming in 1969.

Related Materials

Also among the Archives of American Art's holdings are letters from James Brooks and Sean Scully, 1980-1989 addressed to Theodora ["Teddy"] S. Greenbaum, and an oral history interview with James Brooks conducted by Dorothy Seckler, 1965 June 10 and June 12.