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Rutherford Boyd papers, 1900-1983

Boyd, Rutherford, 1882-1951

Painter, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 1 Linear foot

Summary: Biographical information; correspondence; writings; financial records; sketches; photographs; and printed material.
Biographical information on Rutherford, Harriet and Lydia Boyd; awards and membership certificates; correspondence (some illustrated) with Boyd's wife, Harriet A. Repplier Boyd, and other family members; letters from Josef Albers, Architectural League of New York, Alfred Barr, Elizabeth J. Blake, Claude Bragdon, Central Manual Training School, Philadelphia, Wilford S. Conrow, Edward B. Edwards, Edwin W. Fiske, Leon Kroll, J. Scott Williams and others; and letters of condolence to Boyd's widow; a photocopy of a letter to David Boyd from Conway Scott Williams regarding Dynamic Symmetry; a subject file on the film "Parabola" by Boyd; manuscripts and typescripts of articles by Boyd on design theory; financial documentations and legal records; 2 poems, "Harriet" and Catching the Cat"; sketches; annotated illustration proofs; exhibition announcements and catalogs; photographs of Boyd and his work; and miscellaneous printed materials.

Biographical/Historical Note

Magazine illustrator and sculptor; Leonia, New Jersey. Influenced by Jay Hambidge's theory of Dynamic Symmetry.


Donated 1984 by David Boyd, son of Rutherford Boyd.

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How to Cite This Collection

Rutherford Boyd papers, 1900-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.