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Stanton Macdonald-Wright papers, 1907-1973

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 5 series.

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Series 1: Correspondence, circa 1907-circa 1972
0.5 linear feet
Box 1

This series consists of personal correspondence with family, friends, and fellow artists. Family correspondence is comprised of letters from Stanton Macdonald-Wright and his brother Willard to their parents describing their difficulties during wartime in London as they establish their careers. There is one folder of letters originally labeled "Willard 1913-1915" (now labelled "from Willard") among the early family correspondence to Macdonald-Wright's parents, but since the letters are signed under various pseudonyms, it is difficult to know for certain which brother is writing. Other correspondents include Morgan Russell and his wife Suzanne Binon, Michel and Suzanne Seuphor, Ann and John Summerfield, and Bethany Wilson. Unless otherwise noted, the bulk of the correspondence consists of outgoing letters written by Macdonald-Wright to various recipients.
Family letters to Macdonald-Wright's parents are at the start of the series. The rest of the correspondence is arranged alphabetically. Undated and miscellaneous correspondence is grouped together at the end of the series.
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Family Correspondence - Wright, Archibald and Annie, circa 1907-1914
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Family Correspondence - Wright, Archibald and Annie, 1909-1913
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Family Correspondence - Wright, Archibald and Annie (letters from Willard), 1913-1915
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Barthoux, Jules (letters from), 1958-circa 1963
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Russell, Morgan and Suzanne (Binon), circa 1953-circa 1955
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Seuphor, Michel and Suzanne (letters from), 1954-1957
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Seuphor, Michel and Suzanne (letters from), 1958-1966
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Summerfield, Anne and John, circa 1965-circa 1972
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Wilson, Bethany, circa 1963-1964
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Wilson, Bethany, circa 1963-circa 1967
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Wilson, Bethany, circa 1963-circa 1967
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Wilson, Bethany, circa 1963-circa 1967
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Wilson, Bethany, circa 1963-circa 1967
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Wilson, Bethany, circa 1963-circa 1967
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Wilson, Bethany, circa 1963-circa 1967
1
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Miscellaneous Correspondence, circa 1942-1968
1
16

Series 2: Writings, 1920-circa 1970
0.9 linear feet
Box 1-2

Writings consist of typescript and handwritten drafts of essays, plays, and manuscripts by Stanton Macdonald-Wright. This series includes an untitled manuscript for a novel loosely based on the lives of Stanton and his brother Willard, essays on art, and a notebook of haikus. There are also drafts of
A Treatise on Color
with palettes and color wheels;
The Basis of Culture
, a survey of art around the world; and
Bittersweet: An Artist's Life
, a copy of Macdonald-Wright's unpublished autobiography.
This series is organized chronologically.
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Handwritten Draft of Untitled Manuscript, circa 1920-circa 1950
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Typescript Draft of Untitled Manuscript, circa 1920-circa 1950
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"The Rebirth of the Classical Impulse", 1920
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"Four Fantastic Satires", circa 1922
Includes only 3 of the 4 plays.
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20
Essays on Art, circa 1922-circa 1925
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21
A Treatise on Color
, 1924
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Color Wheels and Charts, circa 1924
1
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Color Wheels and Charts, circa 1924
1
24
"The Structure of Art", circa 1930
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25
A Basis of Culture
Glossary and Notes, circa 1933
1
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A Basis of Culture
Byzantine and Italy Chapter, circa 1933
1
27
A Basis of Culture
Modernist Art Chapter, circa 1933
1
28
A Basis of Culture
Persia Chapter, circa 1933
1
29
A Basis of Culture
Mesopotamian Races Chapter, circa 1933
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30
A Basis of Culture
Etruscan, Greco-Roman, and Roman Art Chapter, circa 1933
1
31
A Basis of Culture
The Italian Renaissance Chapter, circa 1933
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32
A Basis of Culture
Revision Notes, circa 1933
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Haiku Notebook, 1962-1963
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34
Bittersweet: An Artist's Life
, circa 1970
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Bittersweet: An Artist's Life
, circa 1970
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Bittersweet: An Artist's Life
, circa 1970
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Series 3: Diaries, 1909-1973
1.3 linear feet
Box 2-3

This series includes Macdonald-Wright's extensive diaries. There is one small bound diary from his time in Paris. The disbound diaries, originally in 5 binders, span over three decades and document the artist's experiences in California, excluding his trips abroad. The travel diaries were written on hotel stationary and notebooks during Macdonald-Wright's numerous trips to Hawaii, Japan, and Europe. Prior to their arrival at the archives, portions of the diaries were edited and some pages have sections cut out and repasted on different pages.
The disbound diaries and travel diaries are grouped separately and arranged chronologically within each grouping. The disbound diaries were originally received in five large binders with pages numbered from 1-1502. These pages were removed from the binders and placed in folders arranged by date. The travel diaries come after the disbound diaries.
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Paris Diary, 1909
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Disbound Diary 1, 1939 January-March
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Disbound Diary 1, 1939 March-April
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Disbound Diary 1, 1939 April-December
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Disbound Diary 1, 1940
2
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Disbound Diary 1, 1941-1943
2
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Disbound Diary 1, 1955 December
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Disbound Diary 1, 1956
2
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Disbound Diary 1, 1957 January-April
2
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Disbound Diary 2, 1957 April-August
2
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Disbound Diary 2, 1957 August-December
2
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Disbound Diary 2, 1958 January-May
2
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Disbound Diary 2, 1958 August-December
2
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Disbound Diary 2, 1959 January-July
2
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Disbound Diary 2, 1959 January-July
2
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Disbound Diary 3, 1959 July-December
2
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Disbound Diary 3, 1960
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Disbound Diary 3, 1961 January-October
2
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Disbound Diary 3, 1961 October-1962 September
2
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Disbound Diary 4, 1963 April-October
2
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Disbound Diary 4, 1964 April-September
2
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Disbound Diary 4, 1965 September-1966 January
2
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Disbound Diary 4, 1966 June-October
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Disbound Diary 4, 1967 June-December
2
27
Disbound Diary 4 Miscellaneous Writings, 1967-1968
Includes miscellaneous "observations" from 1967 and 1968 grouped together at the end of the disbound diary 4 entries.
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28
Disbound Diary 5, 1968 January-April
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Disbound Diary 5, 1968 May-August
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30
Disbound Diary 5, 1968 November-1969 March
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Disbound Diary 5, 1969 June-August
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Disbound Diary 5, 1969 November-1970 March
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Disbound Diary 5, 1970 June-August
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Disbound Diary 5, 1970 October-1971 April
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Disbound Diary 5, 1971 May-September
3
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Disbound Diary 5, 1971 October-1972 February
3
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Disbound Diary 5, 1972 April-July
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Disbound Diary 5, 1972 September-1973 August
3
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Hawaii and Japan Travel Diary, 1959 May-June
3
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Japan Travel Diary, 1960 March-August
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Japan Travel Diary, 1960 September-November
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Hawaii and Japan Travel Diary, 1961 April-July
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Japan Travel Diary, 1962 March-June
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Japan Travel Diary, 1962 October-1963 April
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Japan Travel Diary, 1963 October-1964 April
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Japan and Los Angeles Travel Diary, 1964 November-1965 August
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Hawaii and Japan Travel Diary, 1966 January-1967 June
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Japan Travel Diary, 1967 September-November
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Japan Travel Diary, 1968 May
3
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Italy Travel Diary, 1968 September-November
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Japan Travel Diary, 1969 March-May
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France, Italy, and England Travel Diary, 1969 August-November
3
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Italy and London Travel Diary, 1970 April-May
3
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Japan Travel Diary, 1970 September-October
3
25
Japan Travel Diary, 1971 April-May
Includes a personal essay titled "Summation at Eighty."
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France and Italy Travel Diary, 1971 September-October
3
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Hawaii Travel Diary, 1972 February-April
3
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Hawaii Travel Diary, 1972 July-September
3
29

Series 4: Printed Material, 1913-1967
0.3 linear feet
Box 3, OV 4

Printed material consists of one complete copy and one partial copy of the exhibition catalog
Les Synchromistes: Morgan Russell et Stanton Macdonald-Wright Exposition, 1913
, a photocopy of a newspaper clipping, and a hardbound book
The Future of Painting
by Willard Wright.
This series is organized chronologically.
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Les Synchromistes: Morgan Russell et S. Macdonald-Wright Exposition
, 1913
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30
The Future of Painting
by Willard Huntington Wright, 1923
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31
"The Manifeste des Pintres du Groupe: Les Artistes Musicalistes", 1932
Oversized material housed in OV 4.
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Newspaper Clipping, 1967
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Oversized French Manifesto from Box 3, Folder 32
OV 4

Series 5: Artwork, 1969
0.1 linear feet
Box 3, OV 4

Artwork consists of blueprints for Macdonald-Wright's
Synchrome Kineidoscope
, a color and light projecting machine that involved multiple projectors and film.
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Kineidoscope
Blueprints, 1969
Oversized material housed in OV 4.
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Oversized
Kineidoscope
Blueprints from Box 3, Folder 34, 1969
OV 4

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