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Roy Moyer papers, 1923-2013, bulk dates 1950-2000

Roy Moyer papers, 1923-2013, bulk dates 1950-2000

Moyer, Roy, 1921-2007

Curator, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 2.7 linear feet

Summary: The papers of artist and arts administrator Roy Moyer measure 2.7 linear feet and date from 1923 to 2013, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1950 to 2000. The materials also conern to a limited degree Moyer's life partner, artist and art historian, Karl Lunde. Moyer's career is documented by writings, photographs of his artwork and exhibiton installations, as well as printed materials concerning exhibitions and his participation in cultural and community activities. There is limited correspondence or material of a personal nature.

Biographical/Historical Note

Artist and arts administrator Roy Moyer (1921-2007) and his life partner, artist and art historian, Karl Lunde (1931-2009), lived and worked in the New York City area.

Provenance

The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2011 by Karl Lunde.

Related Materials

A finding Aid to the Roy Moyer papers, 1923-2013, bulk dates 1950-2000, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Harriet E. Shapiro
Biographical/Historical note
Artist and arts administrator Roy Moyer (1921-2007) and his life partner, artist and art historian Karl Lunde (1931-2009), lived and worked in the New York City area.
Moyer worked as the director of the American Federation of Arts for nine years, curating traveling art exhibitions, including the noted 50th anniversary re-creation of the 1913 New York Armory Show. During this period he also worked with art theorist Rudolph Arnheim on films relating to visual perception. Moyer then served as chief of art and design at UNICEF until 1986. He later devoted his time to painting and continued to exhibit until his death in 2007 following a hear attack.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged in 7 series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1947-2008 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 2: Letters, circa 1960s-1998 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 3: Writings, 1950-2007 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)
Series 4: Subject Files, 1950-2013 (Boxes 1-2; OV 5; 1.2 linear feet)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1959-2010 (Box 2; OV 5; 0.3 linear feet)
Series 6: Artwork, 1950s-1970s (Box 2; 0.1 linear feet)
Series 7: Photographs, 1923-2000 (Boxes 2-4; OV 5; 0.7 linear feet)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of artist and arts administrator Roy Moyer measure 2.7 linear feet and date from 1923 to 2013, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1950 to 2000. The materials also conern to a limited degree Moyer's life partner, artist and art historian, Karl Lunde. Moyer's career is documented by writings, photographs of his artwork and exhibiton installations, as well as printed materials concerning exhibitions and his participation in cultural and community activities. There is limited correspondence or material of a personal nature.
Biographical materials consist of biographical sketches of Moyer, hand written lists of sold paintings and purchasers, Moyer's diploma from Columbia University (M.A.,1947), and a 1977 award from the National Academy of Design in New York. Scattered letters concern Moyer's exhibited paintings and his participation at art related conferences.
Subject files include multiple exhibitions at galleries, materials concerning Karl Lunde, Moyer's employment at the American Federation of Arts and UNICEF, and his contributions to book projects. Writings include an essay, short articles, and student papers.
Printed materials document Moyer's exhibition history and his participation as speaker or panelist at cultural events in the capacity of art critic or art historian. Some items mention Moyer as director of the American Federation of Arts in an endorsement capacity.
Original artwork by Moyer includes pencil drawings and a small sketchbook, including figures and still lifes in color. There are two drawings of unknown origin, one of Moyer and one which appears to be Moyer and Lunde together.
Photographs are of Moyer, Moyer with Lunde, their apartment, and Moyer with colleagues. Also found are photographs of Moyer's artwork and exhibition installations.
Provenance
The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2011 by Karl Lunde.
Related Archival Materials note
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Roy Moyer conducted by Paul Cummings in 1975.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed by Harriet E. Shapiro in 2013.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Roy Moyer papers, 1923-2013, bulk dates 1950-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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