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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/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.

Additional 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.