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Stuart Davis papers, 1911-1966

Stuart Davis papers, 1911-1966

Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964


Collection Information

Size: 3.0 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 7 reels)

Summary: Scrapbooks; a notebook; files on Davis' involvement in many art organizations and as editor of Art Front; letters; photographs; and letters to Davis from his mother Helen Stuart Davis, and material on her work for the WPA.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; New York, N.Y. Work primarily abstract. Exhibited at age nineteen in the Armory Show. Went to France for one year, 1928; worked for WPA; active in many art organizations.


The scrapbooks were lent for microfilming 1967 by Davis' widow, and are in the possession of Earl Davis, Stuart Davis' son. The notebook was microfilmed by Robert Hunter while in the possession of Wyatt Davis, brother of Stuart. Upon the death of Wyatt Davis, the notebook was sold by his son to an art dealer and eventually turned up at the Pierpont Morgan Library. (The microfilm of the notebook was shot out-of-doors in natural light, and is consequently of very poor quality, with large portions illegible.) The unmicrofilmed papers were donated by Earl Davis, 1984-1988.

Related Materials

Stuart Davis papers also located at: Fogg Museum, Harvard University and Pierpont Morgan Library.

Location of Originals

  • Reels N584-N586, N696 and N70-12: Originals returned to the lender, Mrs. Stuart Davis, after microfilming.
  • Reel 3842: Location of original: Pierpont Morgan Library.
  • Scrapbooks, reels N584-N586 and N696: Originals in possession of Earl Davis.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels N584-N586, N696, and 2803 available in Archives of American Art offices and through Interlibrary Loan Service.

microfilm reel 3842 available for use only at Archives of American Art offices. Not available through interlibrary loan, at the De Young American Art Center, Boston Public Library, or the Amon Carter Library and Archives.

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. Unmicrofilmed material ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.

How to Cite This Collection

Stuart Davis papers, 1911-1966. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.