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Phil Paradise papers, 1905-1994

Paradise, Philip Hersche, 1905-1997

Painter, Author, Printmaker, Watercolorist, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 7.3 Linear feet

Summary: Biographical material; personal and business correspondence; travel diaries; journals; a sketchbook and other works of art; writings, including an autobiography; photographs; motion picture film and a video recording; business and financial records; and printed material.
Family correspondence is with Gail, Lee and Alice, 1961-1986, regarding their respective careers and family matters (including 2 prints by Gail). Other correspondence, 1958-1990, relates to exhibitions, novels, finances and personal matters, with Ken Davidson, Phil Dike, Alan Kenward, and others. Travel diaries, 1974-1978, are from Mexico and Latin America. Journals, 1934 and 1986-1990, partly indexed, contain daily entries about activities, incoming mail, phone calls, notes, letters, business records and printed material. 8 engagement calenders, 1930 and 1976-1986, contain brief entries.
Art works include ca. 20 Christmas cards, 2 prints, sketches for pendants, and a sketchbook. Writings consist of notes on Millard Sheets, an essay about Diego Rivera and an essay illustrated with a print, typescripts of Interregnum, La Gringa, Sinaloa, with notes and promotional material, an untitled autobiography (518 p.) and eight journals, 1992-1994, containing Paradise's correspondence, phone calls, exhibition records and personal notes.. Interviews include a transcript of an interview conducted by Ted Williams, a video cassette of an interview regarding Paradise's interest in Latin America, and a 16mm color film transferred to VHS "Phil Paradise at Greystone Galleries and residence at Greystone Manor, 1971-1972" by Sunny Schofield.
Photographs, negatives and slides are mostly of art work, with a few personal photographs and one of Diego Rivera. Business and financial records, 1984-1985, include inventories of paintings and income tax records. Printed material, 1978-1989, consists of catalogs from the National Academy of Design, exhibition catalogs, 1978-1989, clippings, 1941-1978 and publications regarding Yasu Eguchi.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, watercolorist, printmaker, sculptor, writer; Santa Barbara, Calif. b. 1905. d. 1997.


Donated by Phil Paradise, 1990-1995.


Funding for the preservation and transfer of motion picture film provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Some of the journal entries are photocopies.

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

Phil Paradise papers, 1905-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.