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Paul Allen Reed papers, 1952-2008

Reed, Paul Allen, 1919-

Art teacher, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 1.7 Linear feet

Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, writings, works of art, photographs, audio visual material, printed material relating to Reed's artwork and career as a painter and educator.
Biographical material consists of Reed's personal statements and curriculum vita. Correspondence consists of letters (mostly photocopies) from museums and galleries regarding the purchasing and/or exhibiting of Reed's art works, and between Reed and Claudine Humblet, mostly concerning research for her book, "The New American Abstraction, 1950-1970." Writings include Reed's teaching plans and notes, as well as unpublished writing by others, about Reed. Works of art consist of approximately 128 original studies for Reed's works in various media. Photographs are of Reed and his works of art, many on compact disc. Audio visual material includes tape-recordings, including Reed and Roger Selby responding to a letter by Ellen Gross, Feb. 23, 1969 (1 cassette), an interview of Reed conducted by Ed Zerne, Dec. 16, 1985 (2 cassettes) and a VHS video showing Reed's art works in reverse chronology from 1992 to 1936. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, clippings (photocopies); and a set of playing cards featuring a work of art by Reed (published by the Women's Committee of the Wadsworth Athenaeum).

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; educator; Washington, D.C. Reed is a second generation Washington Color School painter.


Donated 1995 and 2008 by Paul Reed.

How to Use This Collection

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.

Restrictions on Use

All images of works of art: Authorization to reproduce for purposes of publication must be obtaiend from Paul Reed or Jean Reed Roberts.

How to Cite This Collection

Paul Allen Reed papers, 1952-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.