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José de Creeft papers, 1871-2004, bulk 1910s-1980s

De Creeft, José, 1884-1982

Painter, Sculptor, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 28.1 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Spanish-born sculptor and educator José de Creeft measure 28.1 linear feet and date from 1871 to 2004 with the bulk of the material dating from the 1910s to the 1980s. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, fifty diaries, writings, subject files, personal business records, printed materials, twenty-seven photo albums and other photographs, scrapbooks, and scattered sketches.

Biographical/Historical Note

José de Creeft (1908-1982) was a Spanish-born sculptor active in New York City, New York. Born in Guadalajara, Spain and raised in Barcelona. He studied at the Academie Julian, emigrated to the United States, becoming a citizen in 1940, and taught at the Black Mountain College and at the Art Students League.


José De Creeft's widow, Lorrie Goulet, donated the papers in 1985 and 2009.

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Language Note

Approximately five percent of the collection, as well as many artist's statements are in Spanish.


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.

Location of Originals

  • Reels D150 and 375-378: Originals returned to Jose de Creeft after microfilming.