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Joseph White papers, circa 1870-2010, bulk 1971-2008

Joseph White papers, circa 1870-2010, bulk 1971-2008

White, Joseph

Collection Information

Size: 1.7 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Washington, D.C., based painter Joseph White measure 1.7 linear feet and date from circa 1870 to 2010, with the bulk of the material from 1971 to 2008. White's career as an artist is documented through scattered biographical material, correspondence with family and friends, poetry, plays, exhibition catalogs, news clippings, and photographs of White, family, friends, artwork, and source material.

Biographical material consists of documentation on White's band, Twisted Teenage Plot, as well as resumes documenting his career as a painter. Correspondence includes five letters sent to White from various people, a few postcards from White to his wife, Renee Butler, postcards to his brother, Lito White, and postcards to White from fellow artist and bandmate, Michael Clark. Writings include plays and poetry in manuscript and typescript form. Several of these writings are illustrated. Printed material consists of catalogs and announcements for exhibitions of artwork by White, as well as newspaper and magazine articles about his career. Photographs include family portraits from the late 1800s and photographs from White's childhood. Also found are handmade books of digital prints of his paintings and watercolors. Source photographs for White's paintings depict people, places, and objects. Many of these photographs include grid lines and masked-out details.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph White (1938- ) is a painter in San Francisco, Calif. and Washington, D.C. White works with a grid system and photographs to create his paintings.


Donated 2010 by Joseph White.

A Finding Aid to the Joseph White Papers, circa 1870-2010, bulk 1971-2008, in the Archives of American Art
Biographical/Historical note
Joseph White (1938- ) is a painter in Washington, DC. White works with a grid system and photographs to create his paintings. In 1963 he received a B.A. from the San Francisco State University. He then moved to New York City where he exhibited abstract paintings at the 1964 and 1967 Whitney Biennials. In 1976 he moved to Washington, D.C., and focused on representational painting. He has frequently exhibited his works in Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY, and is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Art, among others.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 5 series:
Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1973-2004 (Box 1; 2 folders)
Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1971-1999 (Box 1; 4 folders)
Series 3: Writings, circa 1970s-1990s (Boxes 1, 3; 0.7 linear feet)
Series 4: Printed Material, 1944-2006 (Box 1; 6 folders)
Series 5: Photographs, circa 1870-2010 (Boxes 1-3; 0.8 linear feet)
Donated 2010 by Joseph White.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2011.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Joseph White papers, circa 1870-2010, bulk 1971-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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