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A Finding Aid to the Rockwell Kent papers, [circa 1840]-1993, bulk 1935-1961 | Digitized Collection

Rockwell Kent papers, [circa 1840]-1993, bulk 1935-1961

Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971

Painter, Author, Illustrator

This site provides access to the papers of Rockwell Kent in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2008 from 106 reels of microfilm. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 160,404 images.

Funding for the processing, microfilming, and publication of the finding aid was provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. In 2008, the microfilm was digitized with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 89.8 linear feet

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Summary: The Rockwell Kent papers measure 89.8 linear feet and date from circa 1840 to 1993 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1935 to 1961. The collection provides comprehensive coverage of Kent's career as a painter, illustrator, designer, writer, lecturer, traveler, political activist, and dairy farmer.

Biographical/Historical Note

Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was a painter, printmaker, illustrator, designer, and commercial artist. Kent also pursued careers as as a writer, professional lecturer, and dairy farmer. He travelled extensively, and was a political activist who supported the causes of organized labor, civil liberties, civil rights, anti-Fascism, and peace and friendship with the Soviet Union.

Provenance

Donated 1969 and 1971 by Mr. and Mrs. Rockwell Kent, and in 1996 by Shirley (Sally) Kent Gorton. Funding for the processing, microfilming, and publication of the finding aid was provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. Additional photos, art works and writings were donated 2001 by the Shirley Gorton Johnstone estate.

Related Materials

Additional and possibly duplicate Rockwell Kent material located at Plattsburgh State University of New York art museum. Researchers are advised to check with Plattsburgh for before publishing Kent material found in the Archives of American Art.

Funding

Funding for the processing, microfilming, and publication of the finding aid was provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. In 2008, the microfilm was digitized with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.