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King W. Vidor papers, 1936-1982

King W. Vidor papers, 1936-1982

Vidor, King, 1894-1982

Collector, Filmmaker

Collection Information

Size: 2.1 linear ft.

Summary: Correspondence, printed material, photographs, and film outtakes (transferred to videotape) regarding Vidor as art collector and his work on a film about Andrew Wyeth.

Included are: correspondence, 1941-1982, and printed material, 1936-1947, regarding Vidor's purchases, sales and loans, and donations of paintings by Thomas Hart Benton, Diego Rivera, and Grant Wood, including letters from dealers, buyers, museums, appraisers, and publishers, mainly regarding Benton's "Negro and Alligator" and Wood's "Arbor Day," and a letter from Andrew Wyeth, 1975, regarding Vidor's film, The Big Parade

Material relating to Vidor's film on Andrew Wyeth, entitled "Metaphor: King Vidor Meets With Andrew Wyeth" include a motion picture film print of the completed film, master copies of the final edit (A and B roll), outtakes, and trims, and photographs, negatives. Motion picture film outtakes have been copied to video format and include footage from the two main sections of the film, Vidor's visit with Wyeth and his wife Betsy at Chadd's Ford, Pa., discussing the influence of The Big Parade on Wyeth's work, and clips of scenes from The Big Parade.

Biographical/Historical Note

Filmmaker, art collector; Los Angeles, Calif.


Donated 1985 by the King Vidor Trust.

Restrictions on Access

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How to Cite This Collection

King W. Vidor papers, 1936-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.