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William H. Calfee papers, 1937-1982

Calfee, William H. (William Howard), 1909-1995

Muralist, Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 650 Items

Summary: Correspondence, undated and 1966-1982, mostly letters from friends, including Jack Tworkov, Karel Yasko, and others; photographs of Calfee's studio, of his work, of his designs for a Harrisonburg, Virginia WPA mural, and of paintings by Mary Orwen; notebooks, poetry and essays on numerous subjects, 1954-1981, some with illustrations; an illustrated travel diary, 1977, covering a trip to Italy, and other accounts of travels to France, Greece and Turkey; art works, 1937-1955, including many sketches for the WPA mural; one blueprint for the WPA mural; exhibition announcements, 1962-1965; and clippings, 1940-1981. Also included is a complete set of the periodical, RIGHT ANGLE, published by the American University, 1947-1949; and miscellaneous printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, sculptor; Washington, D.C. area. Calfee worked on WPA mural projects for post offices in the 1930s. He was chair of the art dept. at American University, 1945-1954.


Donated 1977-1982 by William Calfee.

Language Note

English .

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How to Cite This Collection

William H. Calfee papers, 1937-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.