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James Daugherty papers, 1904-1978

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as five series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1911-1965
1 Folder
Box 1

Biographical material includes Daugherty's membership card to the Society of Independent Artists, a partially completed questionnaire from the Museum of Modern Art, a copy of a certificate from the National Academy of Design, and an autobiographical writing.
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Biographical Material, 1911-1965
1
1

Series 2: Correspondence , 1911-1978
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence is predominantly professional and contains both incoming letters and copies and drafts of outgoing letters. Correspondents are art collectors, publishers, museums, and libraries, and topics pertain to commissions, writing projects, the exhibition of Daugherty's artworks, and the purchase, sale, and donation of artworks including those by other artists, Jay Van Everen and Arthur B. Frost.
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Chronological Correspondence, undated
1
2
Chronological Correspondence, 1910s
1
3
Chronological Correspondence, 1930s
1
4
Chronological Correspondence, 1940s
1
5
Chronological Correspondence, 1950s
1
6
Chronological Correspondence, 1960s
1
7
Chronological Correspondence, 1970s
1
8

Series 3: Writings , 1940-1960
2 Folders
Box 1

Writings include fragments of stories by Daugherty, one titled "A Memoir of Arthur B. Frost Jr.," and another about Normal Rockwell. One writing pertains to art instruction. The series also contains a writing by Thomas Hart Benton about painter William Scott.
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Writings by James Daugherty, 1940s-1950s
1
9
Writings by Others, 1940
1
10

Series 4: Printed Material , 1917-1975
1 Folder
Box 1

Printed material includes one newspaper clipping, one exhibition catalog, and one press release pertaining to Daugherty's career.
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Printed Material, 1917-1975
1
11

Series 5: Sketchbooks , 1904-1974
6.3 Linear feet
Boxes 1-11, OVs 12-13

The bulk of the collection is comprised of 150 sketchbooks by Daugherty that span seven decades. Sketchbooks contain preparatory drawings and sketches for abstract and representational artworks, murals, and illustrations, as well mock-ups for books about Daniel Boone and Paul Bunyan, travel sketches and cityscapes, and a good deal of writing including drafts of Daugherty's stories for children. Daugherty worked in both a non-objective abstract style and in representational illustration. His illustrations depict biblical stories and familiar characters and caricatures from American folklore including Revolutionary War heroes, Native Americans, American explorers, and frontiersman. Drawings and sketches are done in charcoal, pastel, pencil, ink, and watercolor.
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Sketchbook, 1904
4
1
Sketchbook, England Travel Notebook with Sketches, 1905
1
12
Sketchbook, France, 1905
1
13
Sketchbooks (2), London; Paris and Rome, 1905
1
14
Sketchbook, London, 1905
1
15
Sketchbook, England, 1905-1907
1
16
Sketchbook, England and the Continent, 1905-1907
1
17
Sketchbook, London and Leona, New Jersey, 1905-1909
7
1
Sketchbook, Florence and Venice and Palisades, New Jersey, circa 1905-1909
7
2
Sketchbook, Washington, D.C., circa 1910
1
18
Sketchbook, New York City, 1910-1920
4
2
Sketchbook, circa 1911
1
19
Sketchbook, 1912
4
3
Sketchbook, circa 1915-1920
1
20
Sketchbook, circa 1918
1
21
Sketchbook, circa 1918-1920
1
22
Sketchbook, Connecticut, circa 1925
1
23
Sketchbook, Biblical Sketchbook, circa 1925-1940
4
4
Sketchbook, 1927
1
24
Sketchbook, 1929
7
3
Sketchbook, circa 1929
7
4
Sketchbook, Daniel Boone, 1920s
1
25
Sketchbook, New Yorker Idea, 1920s
1
26
Sketchbook, Paul Bunyan, Book Mock-up, 1920s
1
27
Sketchbook (disbound), 1920s
1
28
Sketchbook, 1920s
1
29
Sketchbook, 1920s
1
30
Sketchbook, 1920s
1
31
Sketchbook, 1920s
Includes letters from and story by son.
2
1
Sketchbook, 1920s
2
2
Sketchbook, 1920s
2
3
Sketchbook, 1920s
4
5
Sketchbook, 1931
2
4
Sketchbook, circa 1938
2
5
Sketchbook, Text for "The Mountain Man", circa 1939
2
6
Sketchbook (disbound), 1930s
2
7
Sketchbook, A Note on Early Life in Washington, 1930s
2
8
Sketchbook, Notes and Sketches for Daniel Boone, 1930s
2
9
Sketchbook, 1930s
2
10
Sketchbook, 1930s
2
11
Sketchbook, 1930s
2
12
Sketchbook, 1930s
2
13
Sketchbook, 1930s
2
14
Sketchbook, 1930s
2
15
Sketchbook, 1930s
Includes notes by John Steuart Curry
2
16
Sketchbook, "The Unfaithful Trousers" (unfinished), 1930s
4
6
Sketchbook, 1930s
4
7
Sketchbook, 1930s
4
8
Sketchbook (disbound), 1930s
7
5
Sketchbook, 1930s
7
6
Sketchbook, 1930s
7
7
Sketchbook, 1930s
8
1
Sketchbook, 1930s
8
2
Sketchbook, Breadline and Unemployment, 1930s
11
1
Sketchbook, 1930s
11
2
Sketchbook, President Abraham Lincoln, circa 1940
2
17
Sketchbook, circa 1940
2
18
Sketchbook, President Abraham Lincoln, circa 1940
4
9
Sketchbook, 1946
Mostly notes.
2
19
Sketchbook, 1946
8
3
Sketchbook, Southwest Landscape, 1947
2
20
Sketchbook, Travel Journal with Sketches, 1947
2
21
Sketchbook, 1947
2
22
Sketchbook, 1947
2
23
Sketchbook, 1940s
2
24
Sketchbook, 1940s
2
25
Sketchbook, 1940s
2
26
Sketchbook, 1940s
3
1
Sketchbook, 1940s
3
2
Sketchbook, 1940s
3
3
Sketchbook, 1940s
3
4
Sketchbook, 1940s
3
5
Sketchbook, 1940s
4
10
Sketchbook, 1940s
4
11
Sketchbook, 1940s
4
12
Sketchbook, 1940s
4
13
Sketchbook, 1956-1964
3
6
Sketchbook, "Cinders and Aunt Emmaline", 1957
3
7
Sketchbook, Children's Book, 1959
3
8
Sketchbook, 1950s
3
9
Sketchbook, 1950s
3
10
Sketchbook, 1950s
3
11
Sketchbook, 1950s
3
12
Sketchbook, 1950s
3
13
Sketchbook, 1950s
3
14
Sketchbook, 1950s
4
14
Sketchbook, 1950s
8
4
Sketchbook, 1950s
12
Sketchbook, circa 1960
3
15
Sketchbook, 1961
3
16
Sketchbook, 1963
3
17
Sketchbook, 1964-1965
3
18
Sketchbook, 1966
3
19
Sketchbook, 1966
3
20
Sketchbook, Thoreau and Other Drawings, 1966
8
5
Sketchbook, 1967
3
21
Sketchbook, 1967
3
22
Sketchbook, 1968
8
6
Sketchbook, 1968
8
7
Sketchbook, 1968-1969
3
23
Sketchbook, 1969
8
8
Sketchbook, 1969
8
9
Sketchbook, 1969
8
10
Sketchbook, 1969-1970
3
24
Sketchbook, 1969-1973
3
25
Sketchbook, President L.B. Johnson (on T.V.), 1960s
3
26
Sketchbook, 1960s
5
1
Sketchbook, 1960s
5
2
Sketchbook, 1960s
5
3
Sketchbook, 1960s
5
4
Sketchbook, 1960s
5
5
Sketchbook, 1960s
5
6
Sketchbook, 1960s
5
7
Sketchbook, 1960s
5
8
Sketchbook, 1960s
5
9
Sketchbook, 1960s
6
1
Sketchbook, 1960s
6
2
Sketchbook, 1960s
6
3
Sketchbook, 1960s
6
4
Sketchbook, 1960s
6
5
Sketchbook, 1960s
6
6
Sketchbook, 1960s
6
7
Sketchbook, 1960s
6
8
Sketchbook, 1960s
9
1
Sketchbook, 1960s
9
2
Sketchbook, 1960s
9
3
Sketchbook, 1960s
9
4
Sketchbook, 1960s
9
5
Sketchbook, 1960s
9
6
Sketchbook, 1960s
9
7
Sketchbook, 1960s
9
8
Sketchbook, 1970
9
9
Sketchbook, 1970
9
10
Sketchbook, 1970
9
11
Sketchbook, 1970
10
1
Sketchbook, circa 1970
6
9
Sketchbook, 1971
10
2
Sketchbook, 1973
10
3
Sketchbook, 1970s
6
10
Sketchbook, 1970s
6
11
Sketchbook, 1970s
10
4
Sketchbook, 1970s
10
5
Sketchbook, 1970s
10
6
Sketchbook, 1970s
10
7
Sketchbook, 1970s
10
8
Sketchbook, 1970s
10
9
Sketchbook, 1970s
10
10
Sketchbook, 1970s
10
11
Sketchbook, 1970s
13

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.
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