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Samuel J. Wagstaff papers, circa 1932-1985

Wagstaff, Samuel J., 1921-1987

Curator, Dealer, Collector

The papers of Samuel J. Wagstaff in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2008. The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 7,614 images.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art

Collection Information

Size: 6.4 Linear feet

Summary: The Samuel J. Wagstaff papers, circa 1932-1985 comprise 6.4 linear feet of correspondence, writings, miscellaneous records, printed material, and photographs documenting Wagstaff's professional and personal relationships with artists and photographers, his career as an art curator, and his position as an important collector of paintings and photographs. Correspondence with artists and others such as curators, arts organizations, galleries, and museums, reflects the diversity of contemporary American art and includes individuals associated with the abstract expressionist, Fluxus, pop, earth, conceptual, and minimalist art movements.

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. (1921-1987), the son of a lawyer from an old New York family and fashion artist Olga Piorkowska, was born in New York City. A graduate of Yale University, he was an ensign in the Navy and took part in the D-day landing at Omaha Beach.

Provenance

Samuel J. Wagstaff donated his papers between 1976 and 1986.

Funding

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art