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Rackstraw Downes research material concerning Fairfield Porter, 1962-2000, bulk circa 1970s

Rackstraw Downes research material concerning Fairfield Porter, 1962-2000, bulk circa 1970s

Downes, Rackstraw, 1939-

Painter, Author

Collection Information

Size: 1.0 linear feet

Summary: The Rackstraw Downes research materials concerning Fairfield Porter measure 1.0 linear foot and date from 1962 to 2000. Downes used the material to compile, edit and write the introduction to, "Fairfield Porter: Art In Its Own Terms - Selected Criticism 1935-1975," published in 1979. Research materials on Fairfield Porter's writings include articles about Porter, exhibition catalogs, photocopies of letters and some original correspondence, theses, and manuscripts. Also included are production files for the publication of "Art In Its Own Terms."

Biographical/Historical Note

Rackstraw Downes (1939- ) is the author and editor of "Fairfield Porter: Art In Its Own Terms.


Donated 2012 by Rackstraw Downes.

A Finding Aid to the Rackstraw Downes Research Material Concerning Fairfield Porter, 1962-2000, bulk 1970-1979, in the Archives of American Art
Biographical/Historical note
Rackstraw Downes (1939-), a landscape painter and author in New York City, edited and wrote the introduction to
Fairfield Porter: Art In It's Own Terms: Selected Criticism 1935-1975
. Born in Kent, England, Downes received a B.A. in English literature from Cambridge University in 1961 and earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Arts in 1961. Downes was personally acquainted with Porter.
Fairfield Porter (1907-1975), a painter, art critic and poet, resided in Southampton, New York. Porter was a strong advocate for figure painting. He wrote for
The Nation
, and eventually became art editor for
The Nation
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged into two series:
Series 1: Research Material, 1962-2000 (0.7 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 2: Files on
Fairfield Porter: Art In Its Own Terms, Selected Criticism 1935-1975
, 1973-1992 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)
Donated 2012 by Rackstraw Downes.
Processing Information note
This collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared in 2013 by Rachel Salzmann. The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase information about and access to more of our collections.
Minimal processing included arrangement to the series and folder level. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder titles, but not arranged further. Folders within boxes were not numbered. The collection was rehoused in archival containers and folders, but not all staples and clips were removed.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact the Archives reference staff for information.

How to Cite This Collection

Rackstraw Downes research material concerning Fairfield Porter, 1962-2000, bulk circa 1970s. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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