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Sanford B. D. Low papers, 1931-1975

Low, Sanford B. D. (Sanford Ballard Dole), 1905-1964

Museum director, Painter, Designer, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet, (186 items on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: Biographical data; personal and business correspondence, including letters from Thomas Hart Benton, Reginald Marsh, Robert Vose and Robert Vose, Jr. of Vose Galleries of Boston, Inc., and others; writings; exhibition catalogs; printed materials regarding the Sanford Low Memorial Collection of American Illustration; 3 sketches by Low, clippings on Low and the activities of the New Britain Museum of American Art; photographs of Low, of Low with Benton, Thomas Craven and Denys Wortman, and photographs of the installation of a Low retrospective exhibition, 1963.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, illustrator, block printer, decorator, designer, educator, museum director, New Britain, Conn. and Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Was instrumental in organizing and founding the New Britain Museum of American Art, and was its director for a number of years.


The donor, Virginia Low, is the widow of Sanford Low.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 2147 available 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. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Sanford B. D. Low papers, 1931-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.