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

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 10 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1914-1979
0.9 Linear feet
Box 1, 27

Biographical materials include an address books and calling cards, awards, and resumes. Membership materials include scattered minutes and identification cards reflecting good-standing in an organization, many of which are art related. De Creeft's naturalization records and travel documents are also found, some of which are in Spanish. An interview from 1972 on a sound tape reel is with de Creeft by Karl Fortness and interviews with Lorrie Goulet by Jules Campos are on two cassette tapes.
Description Container Select
Address Books and Calling Cards, 1920s-1940s
1
1-8
Awards and Certificates, 1954-1975
Oversized material housed in Box 27
1
9
Calendar, 1932
1
10
Exhibitor's Cards, 1914-1944
1
11
Identification Cards, 1929-1968
1
12
Interviews with José de Creeft by Karl Fortness, 1972
1 sound tape reel
1
13
Interview with Lorrie Goulet by Jules Campos, circa 1972
2 cassette tapes
1
14
Membership Files, 1920-1971
1
15-18
Naturalization and Immigration Records, 1900s-1959
1
19
Resumes and Biographical Sketches, 1930s-1970s
1
20-21
Travel Papers, 1932-1963
1
22
Who's Who Material, 1953-1979
1
23
Oversized Awards and Certificates, from Box 1, F9, 1950s
27

Series 2: Correspondence , 1910s-1980s
4.2 Linear feet
Boxes 1-6

Primarily, correspondence concerns business with some dealers and galleries, exhibitions, students, and art colleagues however family and personal correspondence is also found. Letters from Alfredo, Alice, Barbara and William, Nina de Creeft and Christian (de Creeft) Durupt date from the 1920s to the 1980s. Other correspondents include Alexander Calder, Hunt Diederich, Joseph Escudar, and Gil Gomez, Jacques Lipchitz, Edwin Dickinson, James Johnson Sweeney, Costantino Nivola, Abraham Rattner, and Lamar Dodd, among others
Researchers should note additional correspondence may be found in Series 5 and Series 6.
Description Container Select
Art Dealers, 1926-1964
1
24
Aspillaga, Ramón, 1962-1966
1
25
Birthday Cards, 1974
1
26
de Creeft, Alfredo Ramón, 1930s-1971
2
1
de Creeft, Alice, 1929-1970s
2
2-4
de Creeft, Barbara and William, 1950s-1970s
2
5-7
de Creeft, Nina , 1960-1980s
2
8-14
de Creeft Grandchildren, 1970s
2
15
Durupt, Christian and Jacqueline, 1949-1971
2
16-17
Escuder, Joseph, 1933-1970
2
18-19
Fan Mail, 1970s
2
20
Friends, 1940s-1970s
2
21-23
Inquiries, 1930-1972
2
24
Museums, 1936-1972
2
25
Paine, Elizabeth, 1940s
2
26
Students, 1928-1971
3
1-2
Zegri, Armando, 1960s
3
3
General, 1910s-1950s
3
4-25
General, 1950s-1970s
4
1-23
General, 1970s-1980s
5
1-19
General, 1980s
6
1-3

Series 3: Diaries , 1926-1981
5.4 Linear feet
Boxes 6-11

Fifty of de Creeft's diaries date from 1926 to 1981 and are almost complete. There are no diaries for the years 1930 or 1951 and some years have multiple diaries. Some are bound volumes and others are loose pages that were removed from three-ring binders. The bulk of the diaries are in Spanish and many include sketches.
Description Container Select
Diary 1, 1926
6
4
Diary 2, 1927
6
5
Diary 3, 1928
6
6
Diary 4, 1929
6
7
Diary 5, 1931
6
8
Diary 6, 1932
6
9
Diary 7, 1933
6
10
Diary 8, 1934
6
11
Diary 9 (Loose Pages), 1935
6
12-13
Diary 10, 1936
6
14
Diary 11 (Loose Pages), 1936
7
1-2
Diary 12, 1937
7
3
Diary 13 (Loose Pages), 1937
7
4-6
Diary 14, 1938
7
7
Diary 15 (Loose Pages), 1938
7
8-10
Diary 16, 1939
7
11
Diary 17 (Loose Pages), 1939
7
12-14
Diary 18, 1940
7
15
Diary 19 (Loose Pages), 1940
7
16
Diary 19 (Loose Pages), 1940
8
1
Diary 20 (Loose Pages), 1941
8
2-4
Diary 21 (Loose Pages), 1942
8
5-6
Diary 22 (Loose Pages), 1942
8
7-8
Diary 23 (Loose Pages), 1943
8
9-11
Diary 24 (Loose Pages), 1944
8
12-14
Diary 25 (Loose Pages), 1945
8
16-18
Diary 26 (Loose Pages), 1946
8
19-20
Diary 27 (Loose Pages), 1947
8
21-22
Diary 28 (Loose Pages), 1948
9
1-2
Diary 29 (Loose Pages), 1949-1950
9
3-4
Diary 30, 1952
9
5
Diary 31 (Loose Pages), 1952-1953
9
6-7
Diary 32 (Loose Pages), 1954-1957
9
8-9
Diary 33 (Loose Pages), 1958
9
10-11
Diary 34 (Loose Pages), 1959
9
12-13
Diary 35 (Loose Pages), 1960-1962
9
14-16
Diary 36 (Loose Pages), 1963-1966
9
17-18
Diary 37 (Loose Pages), 1967-1968
9
19-20
Diary 38 (Loose Pages), 1969-1970
9
21
Diary 38 (Loose Pages), 1969-1970
10
1-2
Diary 39 (Loose Pages), 1971
10
3-4
Diary 40 (Loose Pages), 1972
10
5-7
Diary 41 (Loose Pages), 1973
10
8-10
Diary 42 (Loose Pages), 1974
10
11-13
Diary 43 (Loose Pages), 1975
10
14-15
Diary 44 (Loose Pages), 1976
10
16-17
Diary 45 (Loose Pages), 1977
10
18
Diary 46 (Loose Pages), 1978
11
1
Diary 47 (Loose Pages), 1979
11
2-3
Diary 48, 1979-1981
11
4
Diary 49 (Loose Pages), 1980
11
5-6
Diary 50 (Loose Pages), 1981
11
7-8

Series 4: Writings , 1871-1977
2.5 Linear feet
Boxes 11-13, 28

The bulk of the writings found in this series are entitled "escritos various" by de Creeft and are in Spanish. Most are typescripts of essays or draft essay and some also include sketches and doodles. Also found are notebooks, an artist's statement, and lists of works of art. Works by others are by Manuel Borja, Jules Campos, Deborah Norden, Domingo Carmelo Querolez, and Daniel Stetson. Also found is a sound tape reel of Lorrie Goulet reading poetry and a VHS video recording entitled José de Creeft by Bob Hanson.
Description Container Select
General, Escritos Varios, 1924-circa 1950s
11
9-25
General, Escritos Varios, 1940s-1975
Oversized material housed in Box 28
12
1-18
Notebooks, 1920-1950s
12
19-22
Notebooks, 1930s-1970s
13
1-6
Artist's Statement, 1977
13
7
Lists of Works of Art, 1946-1977
13
8-10
by Others, on José de Creeft
Borja, Manuel, 1983
13
11
Campos, Jules, The Sculpture of José de Creeft, Draft, 1968-1972
13
12-13
Goulet, Lorrie, circa 1959-1970s
1 sound tape reel
Sound tape reel is of Lorrie Goulet reading poetry according to the label.
13
14-17
Hanson, Bob, José de Creeft, circa 1980
1 videocassettes (vhs)
13
18
Norden, Deborah, 1975
13
19
Querolez, Domingo Carmelo, "Doctrina Racional", 1871
13
20
Stetson, Daniel, circa 1971
13
21-22
Oversized General Writings from Box 12, F18, 1950s-1970s
28

Series 5: Subject Files , 1924-1980
2.4 Linear feet
Boxes 13-16, 27

Subject files are mixed and include teaching files, project files, and files concerning topics of interest. Teaching files are found for his work at the New School for Social Research, Black Mountain College, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Art Students League. Project files cover Poet, Alice in Wonderland, and his submission for the completion of the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial, 1961-1963. A VHS video recording found within the files regarding Alice in Wonderland is likely a recording of the dedication of the sculpture. Contents of the files vary widely but often include correspondence, printed materials, a few sound and video recordings, scattered financial material and business records, and photographs.
Description Container Select
Alice in Wonderland, 1950s-1970s
13
23-27
Alice in Wonderland, 1980s
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Oversized material housed in Box 27
14
1
American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1970s
14
2
American Federation of Arts, 1960-1962
14
3
Art Students League, 1959-1980
14
4-9
Artists Equity Association, 1978-1982
14
10
Black Mountain College, 1945-1970
14
11
Books, 1963-1970s
14
12-18
Committee of Religion and Art of America, 1970s
14
19
Contemporaries Gallery, 1962-1968
14
20
Delacorte Fountain, 1979
14
21
Dezcallar Portrait, 1978
14
22
Elizabeth Seton Statue, Mt. St. Joseph, Ohio, 1964-1965
14
23
Exhibitions, 1929-1974
14
24-32
Gomez-Gil, Alfredo, 1970-1972
14
32
"Guardian", circa 1970s
14
34
Hispanic Museum, 1986
14
35
Hispanic Society of America, 1976
14
26
Hoosick Falls, New York, 1970s-1980
14
37-39
Isabel La Catolica Award, 1973
14
40
Juries, 1924-1972
14
41
Kennedy Gallery, 1970s
14
42
Kennedy Gallery, 1970s
15
1-9
Keystone Interview, 1975
15
10
King and Queen of Spain, 1976
15
11
López-Herce, Alberto, 1973-1977
15
12
Mallorca, 1920s-1940s
15
13
Materials, 1963
15
14
Miro Foundation, 1980
15
15
Monumento al Descubrimiento de America en Nueva York, 1980s
15
16
National Arts Club Award, 1973
15
17
New School, 1936-1974
15
18-21
Nurses' Residence and School, 1961
15
22
Palm Beach Art League, 1940-1952
15
23
Passedoit Gallery, 1915-1950
15
24
Philadelphia Project, Not Completed, 1950s
15
25
"Poet," Fairmont Park Association, 1950s
15
26-27
Projects, 1982
15
28
Public Health Laboratory Building, New York, 1966
15
29
Publicity, 1969-1970
15
30
Ramonje, Roberto, circa 1930s
15
31
Rosello, Jose Luis, 1980
15
32
Rye Free Reading Room, 1963
15
33
Rutgers University, 1980
15
34
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1980s
15
35
Schools, 1936-1967
15
36
Sculptors' Guild, 1974-1982
15
37
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1948-1959
15
38
Spain, 1922-1977
15
39
Stone Mountain Memorial, 1961-1963
15
40-45
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1960-1962
15
46
Wichita Western Memorial, 1976
16
1
Writers, 1931-1970
16
2
7 Arts, 1945-1972
16
3
Oversized Alice in Wonderland Material, from Box 14, F1, 1970s
27

Series 6: Personal Business Records , 1909-1980s
1 Linear foot
Boxes 16-17, 27

Business records include self-appraisal of works, contracts, leases, price lists, and scattered receipts. Three sets of index cards are inventories of sculpture and some include photographs.
Other business records may be found in subject files under the names of specific galleries.
Description Container Select
Appraisals, 1960s
16
4
Commissions, 1952-1968
16
5
Contracts and Agreements, 1970s-1980s
16
6-7
Expenditures, Notebook, 1928-1935
16
8
Leases, 1923-1963
16
9-10
Lists of Collectors, 1960s-1970
16
11
Price Lists, 1950s-1960s
Oversized material housed in Box 27
16
12-13
Receipts, 1909-1959
16
14-17
Inventory Cards, 1960s
16
18-20
Inventory Cards, Sculpture, 1960s
16
21-28
Inventory Cards, Sculpture, 1960s
17
1-2
Oversized Price Lists, from Box 16, F13, 1950s
27

Series 7: Printed Material , 1921-1980s
4.7 Linear feet
Boxes 17-21, 27, 33

Found are published books, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, exhibition labels, postcards, and posters which document de Creeft's career.
Description Container Select
Books, 1933-1981
Oversized material housed in Box 27
17
3-7
Brochures, 1950s
17
8
Clippings, 1920s-1960s
17
9-24
Clippings, 1970s-2008
Oversized material housed in Box 27
18
1-6
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1929-1940s
18
7-21
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1940s-1960s
19
1-17
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1960s-1970s
20
1-18
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1970s-1980s
Oversized material housed in Box 27
21
1-6
Exhibition Labels, 1947
21
7
Order Forms, 1944
21
8
Pamphlets, 1921
21
9
Postcards , circa 1930s
21
10
Programs, 1942-1975
21
11
Oversized Posters, 1950s
33
Oversized Printed Material, from Box 17, F7; Box 18, F6; Box 21, F6, 1930s-1970s
27

Series 8: Photographs , 1900-2004
5.1 Linear feet
Boxes 21-25, 29, 31

Photographs and twenty-seven photograph albums depict de Creeft, his family, friends, including Alexander Calder, and works of art. Included are de Creeft with friends in Paris; de Creeft and his wife Lorrie Goulet with Raphael Soyer, posing with Soyer's portrait of them; Gertrude Lawrence; art juries, which include Chaim Gross, Jacques Lipchitz, Theodore Roszak, and William Zorach; students, friends, and faculties of Black Mountain College, Art Students League, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Norton School of Art, including Joseph Albers, Alexander Calder, Julio De Diego, Walter Gropius, J. B. Neumann, and Abraham Rattner, among others.
Description Container Select
Photo Album 1, Viejos, Paris and Mallorca, 1910s
21
12
Photo Album 2, Recuerdos I, circa 1890-1920s
21
13
Photo Album 3, Recuerdos II, 1920s-1960s
21
14
Photo Album 4, Recuerdos III, 1930s-1970s
21
15
Photo Album 5, Fragment, 1940s-1960s
21
16
Photo Album 6, Birthday Party, 1966
21
17
Photo Album 7, Drawing Exhibition at Kennedy Gallery, 1971
21
18
Photo Album 8, Events and Dinners, 1972
22
1
Photo Album 9, Art Students League Dinner, 1974
22
2
Photo Album 10, José de Creeft's 90th Birthday, 1974
22
3
Photo Album 11, Gold Medal Award, National Arts Club, 1975
22
4
Photo Album 12, Awards, circa 1975
22
5
Photo Album 13, Campos Party, 1975
22
6
Photo Album 14, Spanish Institute, 1976
22
7
Photo Album 15, Art Students League Birthday Party, 1976
22
8
Photo Album 16, José De Creeft's Birthday, 1976
23
1
Photo Album 17, José de Creeft's Birthday Party, 1977
23
2
Photo Album 18, Portraits of José de Creeft, 1970s
23
3
Photo Album 19, José de Creeft's Studio, 1970s
23
4
Photo Album 20, José de Creeft with Sculpture, 1970s
23
5
Photo Album 21, José de Creeft's Birthday, 1970s
23
6
Photo Album 22, José de Creeft at Events, 1970s
23
7
Photo Album 23, Travel, 1970s
23
8
Photo Album 24, Dismantled, 1970s
23
9
Photo Album 25, José de Creeft Portraits, 1970s
23
10
Photo Album 26 and 27, 1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 29, F1-2
23
11
José de Creeft, Portraits and Snapshots, 1900-1970s
23
12-13
José de Creeft, Portraits and Snapshots, 1930s-1970s
24
1-18
José de Creeft, Studio, 1970s
24
19
Lorrie Goulet and Family, 1960s
24
20
Alice Carr de Creeft and Family, 1920s-1940s
24
21
Albertos, Farewell Party, 1977
24
22
Friends and Students, 1930s-1960s
24
23
Juries and Organizations, 1940s
24
24
Exhibitions and Installations, 1930s-1960s
24
25
Mallorca, 1920s
24
26
Mallorca, 1920s
25
1-2
Works of Art, 1930s-2004
25
3-22
Slides, 1970s
25
23
Oversized Photo Albums from Box 23, F11, 1970s
29
Oversized Photographs, Works of Art, 1950s
31

Series 9: Scrapbooks , 1929-1982
1.8 Linear feet
Boxes 26, 30, 32

Seven mixed media scrapbooks document de Creeft's career from 1929 to 1982 and may contain clippings, exhibition materials and other printed material, correspondence, and photographs.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook 1, New School Retrospective, 1974
26
1
Scrapbook 2, 1975 Exhibition, 1975
26
2
Scrapbook 3, 1975 Exhibition, 1975
26
3
Scrapbook 4, Mixed Media, 1979
26
4
Scrapbook 5, Mixed Media, 1980-1981
30
1
Scrapbook 6, Mixed Media, 1982
30
2
Scrapbook 7, Mixed Media, 1929-1957
32

Series 10: Artwork , 1920s-1930s
2 Folders
Box 26

Artworks include scattered pen and pencil sketches and one sketchbook dating from the 1920s. Many of the works are unsigned.
Description Container Select
Sketches, Figures, 1930s
26
5
Sketchbook, Figures, 1920s
26
6

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  • 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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