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William and Leza McVey papers, 1932-1974

McVey, William Mozart, 1905-1995

Painter, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 22.8 Linear feet, (microfilmed on 22 reels)

Summary: Papers regarding sculptor William McVey and to a lesser extent his wife, ceramist and weaver, Leza McVey.
REELS 869-870: Files on 26 commissions executed between 1938 and 1973; 2 scrapbooks; printed articles by McVey; sketches and drawings; clippings; and photographs. Correspondents include Chaim Gross, Zoltan Sepeshy, Boyer Gonzales, Clifford West, John Canaday, and others.
REELS 5439-5460: Correspondence, writings, art work by the McVey's and others, photographs, and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

William McVey: Sculptor, educator; Cleveland, Ohio; Leza McVey: Ceramist, weaver, Cleveland, Ohio.


Material on reels 869-870 lent for microfilming by William McVey. He subsequently donated the originals to Rice University in Houston, Texas. Material on reels 5439-5460 was donated in 1998 by the McVey estate via executor Seth C. Taft.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reels 869-870: Originals at Rice University, Houston, Texas.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 869-870 and reels 5439-5460 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

William and Leza McVey papers, 1932-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.