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Virginia Barnett papers relating to Mark Tobey, ca. 1950-1979

Barnett, Virginia

Art patron


Collection Information

Size: 17 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Material collected by Barnett regarding Mark Tobey including: photographs of Tobey with friends Takazaki and Horiuci, ca. 1950, Tobey's Seattle, Washington studio taken after his death, summer 1976, Tobey with his attorney Arthur Barnett, Tobey's Basel, Switzerland home, and Tobey's funeral; copies made from 16 mm microfilm of two Tobey journals, 1958; and Barnett's handwritten descriptions of the photographs and journals, 1979.

Biographical/Historical Note

Virginia Barnett was a friend of Mark Tobey's. Her husband, Arthur, was Tobey's attorney and it is through this contact that the trio developed a friendship.


Donated by Arthur and Virginia Barnett, 1976 and 1979. The video was donated 1993.

Location of Originals

  • The original Tobey journals dated 1958 are owned by the Seattle Art Museum.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 3465 available at Archives of American Art 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

Virginia Barnett papers relating to Mark Tobey, ca. 1950-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.