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Roy De Forest papers, 1926-2008

Roy De Forest papers, 1926-2008

De Forest, Roy, 1930-2007

Sculptor, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 12.0 linear feet

Summary: Biographical material; correspondence; business and school records; photographs; writings; artwork; legal and financial documents; printed material, audio visual material and miscellany relating to Roy De Forest's career as a painter and sculptor.

Biographical material includes De Forest's death certificate, passport, school transcripts, a De Forest family tree (27 feet in length) and other records. Correspondence is with friends and colleagues as well as condolence letters to Gloria Scott, De Forest's widow, regarding his death. Business and school records include a teaching contract with Yakima (Washington) School District, 1959 and a school notebook, 1957. Photographs are of De Forest, his friends, family, dogs, works of art (some on DVD) by De Forest and others, and images from De Forest's memorial service. Writings include an essay, "The Vision of Paolo Uccello," by De Forest and writings by others including a Masters' thesis by Audrey T. Strohl, "A biography of Roy De Forest: his relationship to the art movements in the bay area of California" (Memphis State University, 1983) and an essay and poem by David Zack. Artwork consists of sketchbooks and sketches by De Forest and others.

Legal and financial records include sales records and receipts for studio expenses and inventories of works of art. Printed material consists of exhibition announcements, catalogs, brochures, newspaper and magazine articles and clippings about De Forest and others, and source material. Audio visual material including DVDs, CDs and VHS tapes contain digital images of works of art, interviews, and remembrances and remarks from De Forest's memorial service. Miscellany includes a Roy De Forest puzzle, calendars, canvas bag and a t-shirt used for commercial merchandising as well as samples of De Forest's stationary.

Biographical/Historical Note

Roy De Forest (1930-2007) was a painter and sculptor in Port Costa, California.


Material on reel 700 was lent for microfilming April 1974 and subsequently donated by Roy De Forest 1977. Material on reels 1646-1647 was donated in 1979 by De Forest. Additional material donated in 2009 and the majority of the papers donated 2016 by Gloria Marchant Roy De Forest's widow. "Drawing Number 6", was donated in 1973 by William Gravesmill.

Alternative Forms Available

0.3 linear feet microfilmed on reel 700 includes materials gathered for a book on De Forest (never published) planned in conjunction with his exhibit at the Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, in April 1969 and consists of "memories" of De Forest in the form of poems, drawings, or comments by other artists and friends. 0.6 linear feet microfilmed on reels 1646-1647 includes membership cards; address lists; professional and personal correspondence; receipts; credit vouchers; loan agreements; photographs of De Forest with friends, pets and works of art; poems by De Forest; writings by others; artwork and printed material.

microfilm reels 700 and 1646-1647 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Roy De Forest papers, 1926-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.