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Ross and Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett papers, circa 1870-1992

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into thirteen series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1888-1965
(box 1; 1 folder)

Biographical materials are on reel 4924.
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Biographical Material, circa 1888-1965
1
1

Series 2: Correspondence , 1915-1972
(box 1; 0.6 linear ft.)

General correspondence primarily focuses on news and financial affairs of the family farm in Iowa. Letters are from Moffett's sister, Faye; Clarence Davis, his first cousin and Undersecretary of State in the Eisenhower administration; and his aunt, Fannie Gelvin. Also included are letters and postcards received from Edwin Dickinson, another Provincetown artist and a life-long friend of Moffett's, regarding daily life and Dickinson's travels through Greece. There is a small amount of correspondence with other artists, collectors and dealers, including Charles Burchfield, and Frank Rehn, as well as letters concerning the WPA.
Correspondence is on reel 4924.
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Correspondence, 1915-1972
1
2-18

Series 3: Financial Material, 1933-1971 ,
(box 1; 2 folders)

Financial materials are on reel 4925.
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Account Book, 1953-1971
1
19
Financial Material, 1933-1969
1
20

Series 4: Notebook/Notes , undated
(box 1; 2 folders)

Notebooks/notes are on reel 4925.
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Notebook, undated
1
21
Notes, undated
1
22

Series 5: Projects , 1880-1969, undated
(boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear ft.)

This series contains records of several projects on which Ross Moffett worked. Files for Art in Narrow Streets include typescripts, printed material, and photographs. Much of the material is general in nature and does not include information about the conception of the book, but focuses more on publishing and promotion.
The project file regarding the Eisenhower mural completed by Moffett in 1956, includes correspondence and photographs used for research about Eisenhower. Also included are five notebooks with notes, expenses, and measurements for the murals by Moffett. Printed material, photographs and slides document the completion of the mural.
Information relating to the Cape Cod National Seashore includes correspondence, published editorials by Moffett and other local residents, petitions, printed material and legal material used by Moffett and others in his effort to establish the park. The material documents Moffett's committment and love for the Provincetown area and his involvement in a community where he was greatly respected.
One file documents the building of the Chrysler Museum at the site of the Provincetown Center Methodist Church. Moffett and other Provincetown residents fought to have the Chrysler Museum relocated.
Projects are on reels 4925-4926.
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Art in Narrow Streets, Material, 1964-1965, undated
1
23
Art in Narrow Streets, Typescripts, circa 1964
1
24-25
Art in Narrow Streets, Printed Material, 1964
1
26
Art in Narrow Streets, Photographs, circa 1880-1920
1
27-28
Eisehhower Mural, Correspondence, 1954-1957
2
1
Eisehhower Mural, Notebooks, undated
2
2
Eisehhower Mural, Printed Material, 1956-1969, undated
2
3-4
Eisehhower Mural, Miscellany, 1936, 1956, undated
2
5
Eisehhower Mural, Photographs, undated
2
6-7
Eisehhower Mural, Slides, undated
2
8-13
Cape Cod National Seashore, Correspondence, 1959-1969
2
14-18
Cape Cod National Seashore, Miscellany, 1959-1962, undated
2
19
Cape Cod National Seashore, Newspaper Clippings, 1959-1966
2
20-24
Center Methodist Church/Chrysler Museum, 1958
2
25

Series 6: Subject File , 1960-1968
(box 2; 1 folder)

This subject file contains documentation relating to the Universalist Church and contains general material, including miscellaneous correspondence and receipts that Moffett collected during his years as a member and as treasurer.
The subject file is on reel 4926.
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Universalist Church, 1960-1968
2
26

Series 7: Printed Material , 1916-1992, undated
(boxes 2-4, 7; 1.5 linear ft.)

Included in this series are announcements for competitions, newsletters from the various art organizations to which Moffett belonged, press releases, news clippings regarding Moffett's works of art, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and magazines with references to Moffett.
Printed materials are on reel 4926.
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Announcements for Societies and Competitions, 1935-1963
2
27
Press Releases, 1956, 1976-1977, undated
2
28
News Clippings, 1916-1975, undated
2
29-31
Exhibition Announcements, 1969-1992, undated
2
32
Exhibition Catalogs, 1916-1917, undated
2
33
Exhibition Catalogs, 1918-1965
3
1-14
Exhibition Catalogs, 1968-1987
4
1-2
The Arts, 1926-1930
4
3-5
Art Digest, 1930, 1933
4
6
Magazine Clippings, 1918-1975, undated
4
7-9
Miscellaneous, 1930, 1934, 1956, 1964, 1986, undated
4
10
Calendar with Print of Moffett Painting for January, 1943
7
1

Series 8: Photographs , circa 1900-1975, undated
(box 4; 15 folders)

Photographs primarily focus on scenes of Provincetown and include photographs of artwork by Provincetown artists. Also included are photographs of artwork by Moffett arranged chronologically, Moffett's studio in Provincetown, and installations at the Provincetown Art Association Galleries.
Photographs are on reel 4926.
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Photograph Album of Provincetown, circa 1913-1930
4
11
Ross Moffett, Family and Friends, 1908-1967, undated
4
12
Provincetown, 1958, undated
4
13-14
Old Provincetown, circa 1900
4
15
Artwork by Moffett, 1916-1968
4
16-18
Art by Provincetown Artists, circa 1940
4
19
Boats and the Waterfront, circa 1958, undated
4
20
Moffett's Studio, 1956, 1964, undated
4
21
Installations, circa 1917, 1925, 1960, 1975
4
22-23
Iowa Farmland near Clearfield, IA, 1954-1956
4
24
Miscellaneous, circa 1950, 1964
4
25

Series 9: Slides of Art Association, Iowa Farmland and the Chrysler Museum , circa 1960, undated
(box 4; 1 folder)

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Slides, circa 1960, undated
4
26

Series 10: Drawings , circa 1929-1934
(box 5; 1 folder)

Drawings consist of thirty-two loose pencil-on-paper sketches.
Drawings are on reel 4927.
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Drawings, circa 1929-1934
5
1

Series 11: Sketchbooks , 1913-1969
(boxes 5-8; 2.5 linear ft.)

This series contains eighty-five annotated sketchbooks (43 x 35.1 cm. or smaller), including four by Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett. The sketchbooks primarily contain pencil-on-paper sketches of nautical scenes and landscapes of Provincetown and Florida, figure studies, and studies for paintings and murals.
Sketchbooks are on reels 4927-4929.
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Sketchbooks 1-44, 1913-1942
5
2-35
Sketchbooks, 45-54, 56-58, 63-64, 66-67, 69-70, 74-75, 77, 79, 80, 82, 84-85, 1940-1969
6
1-26
Sketchbooks, 55, 59-62, 1946-1953
7
2
Sketchbooks, 65, 68, 71-73, 76, 78, 83, 1954-1969
8
1

Series 12: Annotations/Item Descriptions by Josephine Couch Del Deo , undated
(box 6; 2 folders)

Material found here includes a type-written description of many of the documents within the collection and copies of documents from Del Deo's research in other papers and repositories. The files are useful in providing additional information about Moffett's life. Researchers should note that many of the pencil annotations within the collection, such as those found on envelopes, should be attributed to Del Deo.
Annotations/item descriptions by Josephine Couch Del Deo are on reel 4929.
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Annotations/Item Descriptions by Josephine Couch Del Deo, undated
6
27-28

Series 13: Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett Papers , circa 1870-1975, undated
(boxes 9-11; 0.7 linear ft.)

This series contains family letters and Dorothy Moffett's correspondence including letters written by her grandfather, John Milton Gregory (first president of the University of Illinois) to her father, Grant Gregory. There is correspondence with her father which was written from Woodstock, New York (where Dorothy was studying art), New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Provincetown, Massachusetts. The letters discuss her finances, classes, instructors, fellow students, materials, and critiques. Also found are miscellaneous letters from fellow students, letters relating to business affairs, and letters of condolence prior to and upon the death of Ross Moffett.
Also found is original artwork including pencil drawings, lithographs, and etchings, as well as photographs of Dorothy and her family and friends, including one of Robert Henri's Art Students League Class for 1914-1915.
The series contains a file on Moffett's aunt, Julia Gregory, containing correspondence and a will; an illustrated journal on a European trip; material relating to Moffett family history, and information regarding sales and other financial records from 1945-1954.
The Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett papers are on reel 5044.
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Josephine Couch Del Deo Typed Notes, undated
9
1
Gregory Family Letters, circa 1870-1917, 1957
9
2
Letters to Father, Grant Gregory, 1912-1914, 1921-1929
9
3-8
Correspondence, 1915-1919, 1925, 1930-1939
9
9-17
Family and Business Correspondence, circa 1943-1968
10
1
Letters of Condolence, circa 1970-1971
10
2
Incoming Letters, circa 1972-1974
10
3
Julie Gregory (aunt) Material, 1939, circa 1946-1947, circa 1962-1964
10
4
Journal, "My European Trip,", 1910
10
5
Family History/Genealogy, undated
10
6
Account Book, Gregory Building, Inc., circa 1945-1954
10
7
Miscellaneous Items, 1941, 1953, 1969
10
8
News Clippings, 1975
10
9
Photographs, circa 1913-1930, 1950
10
10
Artwork, Pencil Drawings, circa 1926-1930
10
11
Artwork, Etchings, circa 1926-1934
10
12
Artwork, Printed Material, 1907-1908, undated
10
13
Artwork, Photographs of, undated
10
14
Artwork, Early 8 x 10 Oil Study, undated
10
15
Artwork, Lithographs, circa 1925-1935
11
1
Photograph of Robert Henri's Class, Art Student's League, 1914-1915
11
2

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