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Tony Vevers papers, 1947-2008, bulk 1960-1999

Tony Vevers papers, 1947-2008, bulk 1960-1999

Vevers, Tony, 1926-2008


Collection Information

Size: 3.4 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter and art professor, Tony Vevers (1926-2008) and his artist wife Elspeth Halvorsen (1929-) lived and worked in Provincetown, Massachusetts as year round or summer residents from 1955-2006.


The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2013 by Elspeth Halvorsen-Vevers the widow of Vevers.

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Scope and Contents

The papers of painter and art professor Tony Vevers measure 3.4 linear feet and date from 1947-2008, with the bulk of materials dating from 1960 to 1999. Correspondence, writings, subject files, printed material, and photographs document Vevers' work as a painter, teacher, and art historian with a strong emphasis on his interest in the Provincetown, Massachusetts art community, and his experience teaching art history at the university level. Printed material and photographs chronicle his evolution as an artist.

Among the biographical materials are resumes, a personal statement, the transcript of Tabitha Vevers' 1986 "Conversation with My Father," and applications for grants to study Provincetown artists and art history of the 1920s-1950s. Correspondence is both personal and professional in nature, and includes some letters to Elspeth Halvorsen, his artist wife.

The collection as a whole - and especially Vevers' writings and subject files - emphasizes the Provincetown art community, its history and significance for Abstract Expressionists. Vevers' writings include many lectures prepared for classes he taught at Purdue University and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, catalog essays, and notes relating to art history and criticism. Notes and research materials relating to his Provincetown related writings include Houghton Cranford Smith, E. Ambrose Webster, Edwin Dickinson, and Lucy and William L'Engle. Subject files include: Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Long Point Gallery and other galleries in the area. The file of Provincetown related obituaries and eulogies includes Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, and Jack Tworkov, with Vevers' eulogies to Tworkov and Myron Stout.

Printed materials consist mainly of clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements relating to Vevers and his art interests. Artwork consists of a small print and watercolor, probably by Vevers; also found is a pen and ink portrait by an unidentified artist.

Photographs are mainly of artwork by Vevers. The two images of Vevers show him as a young boy and in 1984 at work in his studio. Several photographs of the Sun Gallery, Provincetown, record exhibitions (1958-1959); identified artists are: Yvonne Andersen, Dominic Falcone, Red Grooms, Taro and Gwen Yamamoto.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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