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Series 2 | 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

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Series 2: Writings, 1906-1978, undated
(Reels 5249-5252, 5741)

Writings, art work, miscellaneous items, and photographs were received from the Estate of Sally Kent Gorton in 2001. Although not physically integrated with the main portion of the collection, this addition to the Rockwell Kent papers is described with the appropriate series in the online edition of the finding aid.
Writings consist of Kent's continuation of his autobiography
It's Me, O Lord!
(1995). The unpublished 185 page manuscript written between 1955 and 1971 recounts the artist's travels, exhibitions, and political activities during the 1950s and 1960s. Among the art work there are many drawings and sketches in pencil and ink, of miscellaneous subjects and various projects circa 1920-1939 including figure studies, landscapes and illustrations for various books by Kent. Also included are a color lithograph study for a war poster, circa 1941, and Kent's 1968 costume and set designs for Benjamin Britten's opera
Peter Grimes
, along with a recording of
Peter Grimes
and its libretto. Photographs of people include formal and informal portraits of Rockwell Kent, Kent with others, and each of his wives; other individuals portrayed are Ted R. Lambert and Eugene Vuchatich. Other subjects include views of Asgaard Farm, the rebuilt Kent house at AuSable Forks, NY, and Kent's grave.
Kent presented the manuscripts for most of his books to the USSR, along with the Kent Collection. Included in this series are drafts, notes, and completed manuscripts for monographs, articles, speeches, book reviews, catalog texts and introductory essays, and miscellaneous writings (often unidentified) by Kent. Manuscripts are arranged chronologically, with undated items arranged alphabetically by title. Also included at the end of the series are a small number of manuscripts by other authors.
The unpublished continuation of Kent's autobiography
It's Me, O Lord!
was received from the estate of his widow, Sally Kent Gorton, 2001.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Poems and political statements written by other authors have not been scanned.
DescriptionContainer
Writings by Kent
Writings, 1906-1912
5249
376-446
Writings, 1914
5249
447-515
Writings, 1919
5249
516-581
Writings, 1922
5249
583-695
Writings, 1924
5249
696-742
Writings, 1927
5249
743-777
Writings, 1928
5249
778-821
Writings, 1931
5249
822-830
Writings, 1933
5249
831-965
Writings, 1934-1935
5249
966-1022
Writings, 1936
5249
1023-1130
Writings, 1937
5249
1131-1135
Writings, 1938
5249
1136-1216
Writings, 1939
5249
1217-1359
Writings, 1940
5249
1360-1485
Writings, 1941
5249
1486-1581
Writings, 1941, cont.
5250
3-60
Writings, 1942
5250
61-171
Writings, 1943
5250
172-194
Writings, 1944
5250
195-407
Writings, 1945
5250
408-425
Writings, 1946
5250
426-440
Writings, 1947
5250
441-645
Writings, 1948
5250
646-820
Writings, 1949
5250
821-878
Writings, 1950
5250
879-934
Writings, 1952
5250
935-965
Writings, 1953
5250
966-981
Writings, 1954
5250
982-998
Writings, circa. 1955-1971
5741
56-239
Writings, 1957
5250
999-1015
Writings, 1958
5250
1016-1058
Writings, 1959
5250
1059-1322
Writings, 1960
5250
1323-1325
Writings, 1961
5250
1326-1418
Writings, 1962
5250
1419-1474
Writings, [1965]
5250
1475-1489
Writings, 1965
5250
1490-1507
Writings, 1966
5250
1509-1546
Writings, 1966
5250
1547-1551
Writings, 1967
5250
1552-1555
Writings, 1968
5250
1556-1560
Writings, undated
5250
1561-1578
Writings, undated
5251
3-1559
Writings, undated
5252
3-310
Writings by Sara Holgate Kent (mother), 1941
5252
311-362
Writings by Sally Kent Gorton
Writings, 1950
5252
365-380
Writings, 1971
5252
381-534
Writings, 1974
5252
535-540
Writings, 1977
5252
541-556
Writings, 1978
5252
557-587
Writings, undated
5252
588-594
Writings, undated
5252
595-599
Writings by Others about Kent
Writings, 1931-41
5252
602-631
Writings, undated
5252
632-672
Writings by Others, Poems and Political Statements and Miscellaneous Items, 1932-1950, undated
5252
unfilmed
Unidentified Writings, "Pets and Paradise" and Miscellaneous Notes, undated
5252
673-681

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