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Paul and Mary Wescher papers, 1920-1976, bulk bulk 1949-1976

Wescher, Paul Reinhold, 1896-1974

Arts administrator, Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 2 Linear feet

Summary: Biographical data; family and personal correspondence, with letters from Julie and Man Ray, William Valentiner, Wolfgang Paalen, Dorothy Miller, and others; published and unpublished writings on art and poetry; printed material; photographs of the Weschers (two by Dina Woelffer), Benny Goodman, Man Ray, Valentiner, and others, including a photograph of Julie Ray by Man Ray, and a photo of Constance Stothart by Man Ray, 1950; sketches; collages; and miscellany [ca. 700 study photographs, negatives and reproductions of works of art, and 19 negatives of the Weschers have not been microfilmed].

Biographical/Historical Note

Paul Wescher (1896-1974) was an art historian and administrator in Santa Monica, Calif. He and his wife Mary collected pre-Columbian art and 20th century painting. Mary's first husband was Herbert Stothart, who won an Academy Award for the musical score for "The Wizard of Oz."


Donated 1977 by Mary Wescher.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 2157-2158 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Paul and Mary Wescher papers, 1920-1976, bulk bulk 1949-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.