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James A. McGrath papers, 1950-2011

McGrath, James A., 1928-

Art teacher, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 5.4 linear feet

Summary: The papers of arts educator James A. McGrath measure 5.3 linear feet and date from 1950-2011. Included are McGrath's papers concerning his artist's residencies and workshops for the United States Information Agency (USIA) in the Yemen Republic, Saudi Arabia, and the Republic of the Congo, 1990-1995. Also found are McGrath's papers concerning artist William Wiley. These papers date from Wiley's high school days and includes correspondence, writings, student files, printed materials, photographs, and artwork. Letters from Wiley to McGrath span several decades and provide details about his artwork, family, and travels.

Biographical/Historical Note

James A. McGrath (1928- ) is an artist and educator in Santa Fe, New Mexico. McGrath was a high school art teacher at Columbia High School in Richland, Washington, where he taught William T. Wiley.


The papers were donated by James A. McGrath in five accessions between 2010-2015. A drawing on tree bark was donated by William T. Wiley in 2016 (McGrath returned the sketch to Wiley at the time of his donation to the Archives in 2015).

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds several collections related to William T. Wiley including an oral history interview conducted by Paul J. Karlstrom, October 8-November 20, 1997 and the William T. Wiley illustrated journals on microfilm reel 910. Additional papers of James A. McGrath located at the University of Washington.